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MAC Gareth Pugh 182 Brush $60 (http://makeupbyjoyce88.blogspot.com/2011/12/review-mac-gareth-pugh-182-square.html): The Sonia Kashuk Dense Blush Powder brush is just as soft as the MAC 182 brush, which is ideal for applying setting powder and mineral/powder foundation if you want light coverage. However, the Sonia Kashuk brush is a more suitable option if you want better coverage since the bristles are slightly more densely packed. (Note: The denser the brush, the more coverage you`ll get.) I also find that it offers better control and can get into the small crevices of the face better since the head is smaller.
MAC 109 Brush $34 (http://makeupbyjoyce88.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-mac-109-small-contour-brush-vs.html): The Sonia Kashuk Dense Blush Powder brush feels just as soft, but is slightly more dense than the MAC 109. However, I find that the MAC 109 is still dense enough for contouring. Moreover, it fits perfectly in the hollow of my cheeks and offers better precision because it has a smaller head. However, the Sonia Kashuk version is a more affordable option.
Sonia Kashuk Large Domed Eyeshadow Brush $9.99 (http://makeupbyjoyce88.blogspot.com/2011/08/overview-brush-collection.html): This is ideal for applying highlight on the browbone and for blending harsh lines. The Sonia Kashuk Dense Blush Powder brush is more suitable for face application.
Bottom Line: I highly recommend grabbing the Sonia Kashuk Dense Blush Powder brush for buffing powder products, such as mineral/powder foundation, sheer blushes and bronzers because the bristles feel so soft and dense. It is also a more affordable option as a contouring brush, compared to the MAC 109. Overall, the quality of the Sonia Kashuk brush is well worth the price tag.
Note: The Sonia Kashuk Dense Blush Powder brush measures 7.25 inches and is available at Target for $17.99. By the way, I just purchased another Sonia Kashuk Dense Blush Powder brush and the newer one is less dense than the original one. It also feels slightly softer and does not feel prickly when used in a tapping motion. I find that the newer one is more suitable for applying setting powder, regular pigmented blushes and bronzers, while the older one is more suitable for buffing out over-applied products and for applying mineral foundation & sheer blushes. Check out this
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