Thursday, April 10th, 2014

MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush
MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush

MAC x Proenza Schouler 129SE Powder/Blush Brush ($38.50) is a short-handled version of the 129 brush, which is typically used for blush, though it can be used with other face and cheek products as well. It’s a medium-sized brush with a flared, domed-shaped brush head. The brush head is 1.25 inches / almost 4 centimeters in length, 1.5 inches / just over 3 centimeters in width, and 3/4 of an inches / 2 centimeters in thickness. It’s moderately dense with some spring/flexibility, but it doesn’t feel floppy or feathery.

I’m not a fan of MAC’s 129 in its permanent, original form, as the bristles are noticeably scratchy against the skin. The only time I ever reach for it is if a blush is so stiff and difficult to use that I need rough, scratchy bristles to dislodge the powder, but I’ll still use something softer and gentler against the skin to actually apply the color. If you do very gentle sweeps of the brush across the cheek at an angle, it doesn’t feel too scratchy, but practically speaking, I would rather use a brush that I didn’t have to worry about scratchiness regardless of how I used it.

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129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush

If you do very gentle sweeps of the brush across the cheek at an angle, it doesn't feel too scratchy, but practically speaking, I would rather use a brush that I didn't have to worry about scratchiness regardless of how I used it.
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MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush
MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush

MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush
MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush

MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush
MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush

MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush
MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush

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28 thoughts on “MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush Review & Photos

  1. Stacey

    With so many other choices, I will pass.

  2. That brush handle looks so pretty!
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  3. I love the 129 brush!

  4. Oh my…that design! I’ve no problem with the 129 being particularly scratchy (perhaps it is compared to some other brushes but MAC is as high-end as I go normally), so I’m drooling over this. $38.50 though…I dread to think how much it will be in the UK :(
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    • My 129s are some of the scratchiest brushes I own by MAC (even just comparing them against other MAC brushes!), unfortunately. I can’t even use mine without it causing my cheeks to turn red and bumpy!

  5. Scratchy brushes can get far away from me, but…uh..the handle is pretty!
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  6. Oh, I love the packaging on this line. No surprise since it’s from Proenza Schouler. The cases on the lipsticks are great, and the ombre’s blushes are to die for. Looking forward to your review of those.
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  7. rosewinnie

    I remember you saying years ago, in the comments, that your favorite was 168, then 116 and been using 109 lately. Is any of them still your favorite for blushing and contouring?

  8. Too bad it’s scratchy!
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  9. I love the handle, but I don’t love scratchiness!
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  10. Onlt the handle looks prettyy.. the brush is skippable! :)

  11. I’m pretty sure I own the permanent version of this brush, but I rarely use it. I love the handle here, but I will pass.

  12. The design is pretty but the quality of these mini brushes are never that great as the full sized ones. Sometimes I wish they were though
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  13. I think once you go Hakuhodo brushes or Goss nothing else compares. They really spoiled me :)