Monday, July 6th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Face Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Face Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush

MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush ($42.00) is a brush made famous by mineralize skinfinish fans everywhere. It is a large, densely bristled brush packed with a blend of both goat and synthetic fibers. It also better known as a stippling brush. I originally used this brush primarily for applying liquid foundation (Studio Fix Fluid), and I loved the results! It was really soft, light coverage spread everywhere and gave a soft finish. I personally found the 182 to give me even better results, so the 187 is no longer my go-to for foundation. One of the reasons I preferred the 182 is sometimes the 187 would give me a few streaks that I’d have to work a bit more at blending out; the 182 doesn’t give me any streaks at all. Though for a cream-based foundation, I much prefer the 187 over the 182 — the 182 is a bit too dense for that purpose.

I do like the 187 for sheerer application of blush and highlighters. If you’ve ever owned an ultra pigmented blush, you might struggle, as I do, with applying just the right amount. The 187 is amazing at picking up just that right amount of blush and lightly depositing it on your cheeks. For using them with mineralize skinfinishes, I’ve found the result is a softer look; kind of like a subtle glow rather than a super shiny or glittery cheeks. I do often use other brushes for my mineralize skinfinishes, often treating them as I would a regular blush. It definitely depends on the mineralize skinfinish and preference, though.

The 187 does shed a bit, particularly in the beginning, but after a few washes, it seems to stop shedding. It is a pricey brush, but it’s one of my favorite brushes. I also like its smaller twin, the 188, and if I had to buy only one, I’d probably go for the 188, just because the smaller size lets you do everything the 188 can do, but also the 187 (it’ll just take longer). Though if you’re in the market for a brush to use for your liquid foundation, you’ll likely want the 187 for the time-savings from the larger size.

How do you like to use this brush?

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37 thoughts on “MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush Photos & Review

  1. Sass

    Love. And more love.

  2. binnie


    I use it for foundation but also for blush esp colours which are a bit dark so it does not apppear to dark xx

  3. Nicole15

    This is the brush next on my list for purchase. I’ve been holding out since I’ve been able to get along without it for so long, but it is definitely one that I would like in my collection at some point.

  4. Wilcoa

    #187 aka the best brush in the world. I use this for everything – foundation, powder, bronzer, blending, highlighting…. When I bought this I was really hesitant of the $40 price tag since it was my first MAJOR brush, but it was beyond worth it. One of my best cosmetic buys ever!

  5. AYHM

    Got this one at my local CCO… the baby one too :)

  6. Love, Love, Love this brush! I have a couple and use them for foundation, powder, MSFs, blush, highlighter and bronzer. Both this and the 188 are must haves for me.

  7. Jae

    I love this brush! Depending on the type of coverage I want, i go b/t this brush and the 182 for my foundation. The 187 gives me just the right coverage for my day to day wear. I find that its especially good with darker blushes as it picks up just the right amount to build from. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!

  8. Amazing brush. So pricey, but I think it’s a must have. Works great for applying liquid foundation, powder, bronzer, blush, highlighter.. pretty much any face makeup. I love it!

  9. i have 2 of this 187, pricey but well worth the money :)

    i use it for my foundie primarily, but since i hardly use foundie anymore, this 187 has been my MSF brush ever since. It gives just a nice glow to the skin without it being over shimmery or anything, and with super pigmented blushes, this is great! Nothing works better with the Blonde msf i own than 187!

    btw, does your 187 have any stray hairs? Mine does, and more often than not, short little hairs stick around annoyingly in all directions!

  10. Tianna

    Yes…this brush does tend to shed!!! However, the way that this brush makes my blush stand out is so perfect and I love it

  11. hi there, is there anyone who can help me choose,
    i have two options, one is MAC 187
    and another one is
    price pretty the same and really good one, do i really need big one or i can use travel size ?


  12. Sarah

    I tried it at the MAC counter and its sooo soft! I wanna purchase it, i cannot wait ! I wonder what this brush is like with cream color bases … hmmm :)

  13. chetali

    i just LOV this brush !!! its so soft ! its next on my list .. but i m so confused which one to buy .. 182 or 187 .. few ppl told me that 182 is the best for msf and then the other half said that 187 is the best for msf .. ahh !! so confusing . lol ! i think i mite go with 187 coz its good for light makeup for day to day use ..