Product Reviews

MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush

A flat-topped circular brush for lightweight application and blending of any formula.
Average Customer Rating:
3.808 out of 5
3.8
 out of 
5
(26 Reviews) 26
0 out of 1(0%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Review 1 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:12 06 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Killer quality and softness! But.....
Tags +Blending, Contouring, All over application, Highlighting, cream blush, primer, softer blending, any thinner fluid
For me, this lil' baby was just not firm enough to blend my foundation out.
I use Studio Fix Fluid in NC15 and since it has a thicker formula anyways, this softer brush made it so difficult to really blend it in and it ends up looking too thick for me. Plus, even though I only do 1 section at a time, the stuff would just dry too fast before I could finish it.
I do love this for a lightly applying cream blush and a light wash of primer.
Its also perfect for contouring and adding soft highlights.
The ways of usage are endless!
The quality is superior to most other prestige brushes I have tried.
I did not experience much shedding upon first few washes and there was no dye. It really is an awesome brush!
Just because it didn't work for me doesn't mean it wont for you. There are many great reviews for this being used with liquid foundation. Its just my way did not work for me.
MAC brushes will last a lifetime, if taken care of properly. They will actually save you money in the long run. I mean those 5-10 dollar bills do add up, when trying to find that perfect dupe out there.
IMO,these are our tools....just like the tools with the lifetime guarantee from the mall, that my hubby and most men collect for their quality. These are quality and will do the job right every single time. ;)
+8points
10of 12found this review helpful.
 / INDY
Review 2 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:11 21 2013
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Works well, but hairs EVERYWHERE
Tags +All over application
It applies my liquid foundation very well and actually makes my foundation look air brushed, but I always have at least 4 little black hairs on my face after. It's a bit annoying since I have used MAC brushes without this problem. I wash this brush regularly and I always have black hairs left in my sink. It's a good brush, but the hairs falling out makes it a bit annoying to use.
+8points
8of 8found this review helpful.
 / Michigan
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 3 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:06 12 2015
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
It's so-so. Sheds A LOT
This brush is OKAY. I first purchased it to apply my match-master foundation. It's a little small for the job and my foundation starts to dry before I can get it blended even though I do it section by section. I have switched to studio fix foundation and I'm not confident that I can get a good blend with this brush. It also leaves hairs all over my face. It's pretty bad. I wouldn't recommend this brush.
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / tx
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 4 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:08 22 2011
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Tags +Blending, All over application, cremeblend blush
I bought this because of the reviews and I was thinking, oh wow this must be perfect for liquid foundation, setting powders. my mousse foundation, and creme blend blushes. yeah, I was wrong. This is a great brush for creme blush since it is small but I find it is not stiff enough to actually get a great finnish. That is why I exchanged it for the 187, which I love much better for foundation and such. I would have kept the 188 for blush but I already have a 168 so I don't really need another blush brush since I'm 13. But other than that this is an okay brush, but if your looking for a flawless and much faster to use brush, get the 187 because nothing can compare.
+12points
13of 14found this review helpful.
Review 5 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:01 31 2015
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Wonderful
Tags +All over application
allows product to glide all over face with no lines how ever if not washed often maybe every week your foundation will start to look streaky
+2points
2of 2found this review helpful.
 / Boston MA
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 6 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:04 20 2014
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
188 brush
Tags +face
This was my first mac brush purchase I was highly disappointed this brush sheds badly have black fibers on my face seriously was not worth the $35 I brushes from many other compaines this by far worst
+5points
6of 7found this review helpful.
 / atlanta, Ga
Review 7 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:12 29 2010
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Hate it
I purchased this brush along with the Studio Sculpt foundation. I bought it because I heard it was so wonderful to apply foundation with and really gave a "flawless" look. Um, not the case. SHEDS LIKE CRAZY. Also, it does NOT blend well - my face looks blotchy and uneven after I use it. I have used it with numerous foundations, with different primers, different moisturizers...nothing. Hate it. I never use it anymore, so it was a waste of $34.00 for me. I would not recommend this.
+4points
4of 4found this review helpful.
 / California
Review 8 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:03 10 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best brush
Tags +Contouring, Blending
This is one of my best purchases from MAC, it's really worth the price. I use it for contouring my face and really blends perfectly. I really recommend this product.
+4points
5of 6found this review helpful.
 / Mex
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 9 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:08 27 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Awesome brush
Tags +Contouring, All over application, Highlighting, Blending, everything
This brush can be used for applying foundation, blush, highlighting, contouring and almost everything...I just love it...i gives a lot of precision where required and an air-brushed effect to the make-up. I use it a lot...am sure you'll love it
+4points
4of 4found this review helpful.
 / India
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 10 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:08 29 2010
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Daily wearers of liquid foundation...
Tags +Highlighting, Blending, liquid foundation or powdered highlight
This brush's flexible bristles make it perfect for blending liquid foundation all over the face. To sheer out heavy-looking foundation, spritz a bit of water onto the tip of the brush, and blend. It is not, unfortunately, useful for applying cream blush as the texture of MAC cream blush is too dense and viscous to be easily blended/applied. It can, however, be used to highlight areas of the face such as the cheekbones (when used with a powder highlighter).
+5points
6of 7found this review helpful.
 / SF Bay Area, California
Review 11 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:07 09 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tags +Contouring, All over application, Highlighting, Blending
Great for individuals with a smaller face or in need of a more directional brush than the 187. Does all that the 187 does, but is also great for liquid, cream, or powder highlighting and contouring due to its smaller size.
+3points
4of 5found this review helpful.
 / Long island, ny
Review 12 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:02 19 2013
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Nice blending ability but oh god the hairs!
Tags +Blending, All over application, liquid foundation application, airbrushed effect, precision application
I recently bought this brush today over the 187 brush because a MAC cosmetician told me that albeit it took a lot longer to apply foundation, it had better precision because "it was easier to get around places like the nose". She was definitely right about that - I was able to apply foundation smoothly even in the crevices behind my nostrils. However, this brush has an extremely bad problem with bristles falling out as even ON THE FIRST DAY it was leaving flyaways all over my face.
Aside from the bristle problem, this brush is excellent for blending and applying liquid foundation. When used properly (a statement that should be bolded), it can create an airbrushed effect that many women aspire to create. Moreover, it is not too harsh on the skin as the bristles are soft and flexible. A must have for anyone who won't mind the occasional loose bristle on your cheek. Which, in my opinion, is a small price to pay for excellent looking skin.
I haven't used this to apply anything other than foundation but I imagine it would work just as well.
+1point
2of 3found this review helpful.
 / Scarborough
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 13 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:09 01 2010
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I Love It!
Tags +All over application, liquid foundation
This Brush Is My One And Only Brush (So Far(: I'm New To MAC Cosmetics, But I Am LOVING Them! Saving My Money For More!!!) But AnyWhooo, I Absolutley LOVEE This Brush! Perfect For Liquid Foundation....What Else COULD You Need In A Brush?!?
+2points
3of 4found this review helpful.
 / Salem OR
Review 14 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:03 04 2014
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Meh...
Tags +Highlighting
The extended synthetic fibers on the brush make it feathery. I had hoped to use it to apply foundation or concealer but it wasn't compact/firm enough to get the look I was going for. Ended up returning it. Would probably be good for highlighting, however I have other brushes I could also use for that.
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / Saint Paul
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 15 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:11 27 2014
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Worse Brush
This brush literally fell apart while I was applying my make up. So upset!
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Chicago
Review 16 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:12 23 2012
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Great for Moisturizer
Tags +All over application
I use this brush to apply my moisturizer and foundation primer. My only complaint is that the bristles fall off A LOT. I just get disappointed when this happens because the quality should be a lot better for the price. Also, be careful when washing this one, I had to replace my other one, because I was washing it and pulled a bit too hard when drying and ALL the bristles came out of the casing!!!! Not good!
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
Review 17 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:03 27 2013
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Love for application of moisturizer
Tags +All over application
MAC rep recommended this brush to apply moisturizer and she is right. It works so much better and faster than finger tips. I would have given it a 5 for performance but I agree with all the comments about shedding!!!
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / Goodville, PA
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 18 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:11 09 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
AMAZING!
Tags +All over application, blush
I LOVE THIS BRUSH! It works perfectly for putting on blush! A must have tool for anyone's make-up kit!
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / CA
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 19 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:03 01 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great for blending - love it!
Tags +Blending, All over application
I use this brush with Studio Fix and Studio Tech foundations. It's great for eliminating brush marks giving a smooth "airbrushed" look. It's also good at blending under-eye concealer with the rest of my cheek/face. One drawback is the initial shedding. Granted this was while using Studio Tech foundation, so maybe a thicker product and a new brush = normal shedding? Regardless, it's fantastic.
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
Review 20 for 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Date:08 20 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A Godsend!
Tags +All over application
I am in love with this brush. I use it with Matchmaster foundation and it makes it look airbrushed. People ask me how I get my skin to look so good. In reality, it's the brush!
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / NYC
Product Purchase: MAC Store