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MAC 138 Tapered Face 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 138 Tapered Face Brush

MAC 138 Tapered Face Brush ($52.00) is a large, extremely tapered brush made out of natural fibers. It is extremely dense, and it is relatively firm. The end of the brush tapers into a rounded tip with angled sides. The brush shapes reminds me of the 226 or 224, except several times larger. The bristles feel incredibly soft against the skin, and I have found mine to shed very rarely (which basically means I can’t remember it really shedding at all). The 138 can be used for a variety of applications: creams, liquids, highlighters, blushes, and contouring. It is touted by MAC as a contouring and highlighting tool, but like most brushes, usage depends more on you and your needs. To contour with this brush, simply slant it against your face with the tip pointing towards your mouth. To highlight, just use the tip of the brush on the areas you would like to highlight. It is one of MAC’s pricier brushes, but I’d say it’s completely worth the investment!

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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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got this during the 25% discount, it’s so soft and being so big, i was surprised how it gives a soft application for blushes. i would say because if the price it’s not necessary a must buy but with the discount, it’s a deal i just couldn’t pass up. i heard it’s great for cream foundations, have yet to try that.

My favorite way to use this brush is to pick up highlighter on the tapered end and press the brush above the cheekbones and roll it. I know it’s hard to understand without a pic/video, but it really works great!

I use it mainly for contouring/highlighting.. Also love it for sheer application of blush and MSFs 🙂

btw Christine – keep up the good work! the site keeps getting better and better. you seem like a very sweet girl and i’m glad you’ve had this much success!

hello gorgeous 🙂
i have a question about this particular brush. i recently ordered it from a site that supposingly sells original mac stuff (rockthecatwalk), since there are no mac stores in my country. it does look authentic, it’s soft, doesn’t shed, it came in a plastic sleeve with the bar code etc. BUT it bleeds like hell, every time i wash it it leaves a blue stain on my towel 🙁 so my question is, does your 138 bleed, or has it ever? i’m concerned this might be the sign of a fake? :/
thanks a lot. btw i love your site, it’s amazing! keep it up!

I know a few people have had bleeding issues with some of their MAC brushes (but generally not) – I haven’t myself.

Hi I’ve noticed you tend to use the 116 a lot. Would you recommend that over this one as a multipurpose brush? I’m wanting to use it for blush/contouring/highlighting. Or do you think it’s better to have 2 separate brushes? TIA!

MAC 138 is a tapered brush suitable for applying loose powder and brushes, and for contouring. The bristles are ultra soft, like, SUPER soft, and my sensitive skin has never felt so good before. I use the side of it to dap on loose powder, and the result is even and compact. Of course, I make use of the tapered shape to put on bronzers and blushhes, and the tip just makes everything precise. The brush is semi-dense I would say, not too fluffy but not too dense, so the right amount of powder is packed up and can give a sheer satin finish. I know it looks huge, but according to the MAC makeup artist, its big size and unique shape means versatility – can be applied on big or small areas catering different needs.
I wash the brush and it doesn’t shed, maybe 1-2 hairs? But it definitely doesn’t shed on my face when I am using it. The shape is retained after washing, and it surprises me how quick it dries – perhaps partly due to its semi-dense nature?
It’s really pricy ($48 Euro in Hong Kong) and one of the most expensive brushes from MAC, but if you want to buy a quality brush for multi-purpose, choose this over MAC 129  – it sheds much less, feels much softer and can apply, blend and contour on big/small areas. It’s ‘THE’ HG big powder brush that I need and certainly is an investment.
Bristles: 5/5shape: 5/5versatility: 5/5application: 5/5price: 3.8/5 (consider the quality and the size)
Overall: 4.76/5
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