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Sephora Professionnel Platinum #44 Stippling Brush $35 (http://makeupbyjoyce88.blogspot.com/2011/07/review-sephora-professionnel-platinum.html): The bristles do not feel scratchy and are slightly more densely packed, but not as wide or as soft as the 2012 Marcel Wanders brush. In terms of performance, I prefer the Sephora brush for stippling liquid foundation because it`s firmer and has a smaller head, which gives me better control during application.
MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush $42 (http://makeupbyjoyce88.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-mac-109-small-contour-brush-vs.html): The 2012 Marcel Wanders brush is a little bit softer, denser and firmer than the permanent version of the MAC 187 brush. However, the permanent version has a shorter handle and a smaller head, which makes it easier to reach the small crevices of the face when stippling liquid foundation. (The Mac 187 brush that I`m referring to is the old version. The new version from the permanent line
(http://makeupbyjoyce88.blogspot.com/2010/12/mac-187-duo-fibre-brush-old-vs-new.html) is flimsier and not ideal for stippling liquid foundation.) Regardless, I still prefer the 2012 Marcel Wanders version because it`s firmer, which gives me better control during application.
Bottom Line: The Sephora #44 brush costs $35 and performs just as well as the 2012 Marcel Wanders brush, which costs $80. However, the pretty packaging and the special dyed goat hairs are well worth the price tag for me, personally. (I could just dye the hairs of my original 187 brush and save $80, but it`s just not the same!)
Note: The 2012 MAC & Marcel Wanders 187 brush (limited edition) measures 8.5 inches in total length and is available at Nordstrom, MAC stores and MAC`s website for $80.
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