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- Head: 5 cm (2 in) long, 3.5 cm (1.4 in) diameter
- Handle: 13.5 cm (5.3 in) from ferrule
Review & Usage
MAC 137 Long Blending Brush (made in Japan) is part of the 3 new brushes launched with the MAC is Beauty collection. It was designed for a light dusting of any powder but I mostly use it for applying a finishing/setting powder all over my face. The long, pristine white bristles are made of natural bristles (I suspect goat hair) and are very, very soft and flexible. I know most recent MAC brushes aren't quite as soft as before. I actually anticipated this brush to not be this soft but wow, I was wrong! It's almost like applying powder with feathers when I use this brush!
The softness along with the slightly tapered shape allows for a very sheer and diffused application all over rather than precise placement. That's why it's great for applying setting powders although you can certainly use it for applying highlighters and highly pigmented powders such as blushes and bronzers as well (it is a great brush for subtle contouring!). Basically it is a really great tool to achieve a soft and natural finish of pigmented makeup.
If you like using a fan brush to apply your finishing powder or highlighter, I think you'll love this one even more. It is much easier to focus on the desired area. For example, you may want to set only on the area around your nose, or chin, or forehead, this brush has a perfect shape that targets those areas specifically without applying extra product anywhere else on the face. You can also pinch the bristles slightly and use it to contour and highlight the nose, too. It's actually quite versatile for such a loose, fluffy face brush!
Now the reason why I waited so long to review it (the collection was launched since the beginning of April 2015): I wanted to see if shedding would ever stop! This brush did shed a lot in the beginning and I'm really not a fan of picking brush bristles off my face every time I use a brush. It shed so much that I was starting to worry that all the hair would be gone before I knew it! Very fortunately, though, the hair stopped falling off after the fourth or fifth wash. Pheww!
Some of my readers have mentioned that the quality of MAC brushes has changed over time. Some couldn't understand why I love my 217 and 219 so much because they feel scratchy to them. I bought mine many years ago and they are still so soft just like when I bought them. If you're afraid that MAC 137 would be scratchy, I can tell you right now that it is not at all. I truly encourage you to try (feel) it at the counter! :)