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MAC 129 Powder/Blush Brush Photos & Review

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 129 Powder/Blush Brush

MAC 129 Powder/Blush Brush ($34.00) is a is a rounded, dome-shaped brush with a more rounded dome than other brushes. Of MAC’s various face brushes, I do find that the 129 does have a tendency to be scratchier than others, but it is definitely something that gets better with time. After a few washes, the brush is as soft as most MAC brushes, and it feels fluffier than when you first purchase it. It sheds occasionally, but not enough to make me hesitate on purchasing it again. I personally find this is better as a blush or bronzer brush than a powder brush, because it isn’t fluffy enough for my liking when it comes to applying loose or pressed powder all over. MAC does make a short handled version of the 129 (this is a brush of the same quality and caliber as the long handled 129–just to distinguish it from special edition 129 brushes), but I personally prefer longer handles.

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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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i love this brush i like to use this brush for all over loose powder/ for blush and for highlight! the only thing i hate about this brush is that it sheds too! so it starting to annoy me! 🙁 N im starting touse the URBAN DECAY brushes which are the same i think? x

It’s definitely a multi-tasker, yeah? It sucks that yours has been shedding a lot, though!

I’ve only used Urban Decay’s Big Buddha brush, which felt SUPER soft.

Glad it’s not scratchy, though! Mine has been washed many times, so there might be a bit more “fluff” to the edges making it appear more rounded.

I got the short handle recently and I use it to apply my mineralized skin finish natural as setting powder all over I think is very good at it! A lil scratchy I know but I’m happy to know it gets better with time

Nice! It definitely does get better with time 🙂 You can also deep condition your brushes from time to time, too.

I love this brush– in fact, I’m on my second one! It does a great job highlighting my cheek bones and putting the powder exactly where I want it on my face without my makeup looking streaky. MAC has great make up brushes

I’ve only had my 129 for 2 weeks & so far I really like it. Love how it disburses my blush so softly & allows me to build color without it looking streaky. Fortunately, I don’t find mine to be scratchy.

I have this in the gold version from the Monogram collection. It is soft and wonderful to use. I also have a few SE versions of it, varying quite a bit in quality from really good, to not so nice.

This is not my favorite brush from Mac. It might be my least favorite but I have the 129 SE. I think it’s of terrible quality and it is scratchy.
I know the 129 FS is much nicer but I don’t care for it for blush.

I’ve been known to use my 187 for matte blushes. I might use a 168 but my favorite blush brush is Mally’s. It’s very dense.

how do you know when it’s time to get a new brush? i’ve had my 129 for almost 7 years. i do find it quite scratchy, and it has shed since i got it. i was wondering if it’s time to toss it….

I would say when you feel like it doesn’t do a good job any more. Like if it did something perfect when you got it, but now it doesn’t seem to yield the same results, maybe it’s time for a new one.

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