Product Reviews

MAC 129 Powder/Blush Brush

An all-purpose brush for blush or face powder.
Average Customer Rating:
3.454 out of 5
3.5
 out of 
5
(33 Reviews) 33
0 out of 1(0%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Review 1 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:09 16 2010
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The Perfect All Purpose Brush
Tags +All over application, Highlighting, Blending, powder makeup
This brush is awesome for picking up any type of powder very well.
My blushes always glide on smoothly with this one. Its never too heavy or fake looking....it really places the PERFECT amount each and every time!
The most I have to swipe is twice and that is for my sheer ones.
I can actually use each side of this brush for each cheek.
As, it is slightly flattened and tapered on each side.
I also, use this for my mineral powders and of course my HG Studio Fix Powder. This brush never leaves a chalky appearance and covers each pore flawlessly.
At first, I was worried by the hairs not being very soft like. I thought that this was going to be super soft. Well, its not a "super" soft brush.
But, it is not coarse one either....by any means! It is soft and fluffy! It has the perfect feel for allowing the hairs to pick up and applying any powder smoothly... where you want it...and blends it out nicely... each time! Yay!
Now, I want you to know that you will probably lose some hairs at first. I did lose some too... with the first few washings and usage. I was extremely concerned and I did a lot of research and blogging about it. Though, after studying.....I read and have found that is to be expected with any real haired brush.(This was many years ago when I was very new to brushes)
Now,I can happily say that it has never shed since back then! I've had it for over 3 years and its very full and looks brand new! I always use MACs brush shampoo or baby shampoo... like only once a week or so. I just wipe very very softly between each dark color. Too many washings can harm your brushes. .
I want you all to remember, that MAC brushes are made with quality genuine hairs. So, they are not going to be extremely soft... like a synthetic hair brush. Which I personally find that the synthetic face brushes really do not pick up a perfect amount each time nor do they place my products as smoothly and naturally looking.... like my genuine haired MAC brushes.
These are our tools. They are just like the tools men buy and collect, that have a lifetime guarantee, from a store in the mall.
Well, these will last forever too!(if cared for properly) And will do the job right.... the first and every single time! IMO, they are worth every cent!
+21points
21of 21found this review helpful.
 / INDY
Review 2 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:02 20 2012
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
so when i first bought it i was really excited for this brush and because it was mac i thought it would shed. i went home tried it out and found out it sheds a lot i would have a bunch of the black bristles covering my face. very disappointing. i tried washing it and still same thing happens.
+31points
32of 33found this review helpful.
Review 3 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:02 26 2013
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
it's OKAY
Tags +Contouring, All over application, Highlighting, Blending, blush/powder
This brush is beautiful, but it has it's flaws.
PRO:
applies my powder well (flawless appearance), picks up powder, prefect size for powder/blush applicator
CON:
It sheds! Sheds! And never ending sheds! It's on my face, my clothes, & every where else. It's not a lot but it's enough to notice. It happens every use of the brush.
Overall:
I don't regret buying it. I use it everyday. But it's not worth your thirty-five dollars. Will, I ever buy this brush again, No! I do not recommend it.
+11points
12of 13found this review helpful.
 / San Diego, CA
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 4 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:01 19 2011
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Not happy
Tags +All over application
I'm new to the brush world but I know better that a high end brush shouldn't leave fibers on your face. It is a perfect size and it covers perfectly but I hate that I have to pull of black fibers off my face after I apply my power.
+6points
6of 6found this review helpful.
 / Georgia
Review 5 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:08 17 2015
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Not a good brush for Long term use
I had this brush for 3 years and its a shedding machine. I love using it as an all over the face powder brush but it isn't worth the unnecessary shedding all over your face and vanity table. This brush looks nothing as it did when I first purchased it like how my other mac brushes does. It shape is more spread out and you can tell where the bristles fell out. It looks hideous.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / NJ
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 6 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:04 13 2014
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Good brush
Tags +Contouring, Highlighting
I really liked this brush because it is so soft and does a great job of distributing my bronzer evenly. The only problem, and kind of a big let down for me, is that every time I use it I end up with a bunch of hairs from the brush all over me. I have to pick them of my face, boobs and clothes. I would think it would stay together a bit better.
+4points
4of 4found this review helpful.
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 7 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:05 16 2013
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Sheds, Sheds, Sheds
Tags +Blending, All over application
I like the way that the brush feels on my face and the blending of powder on my face but it sheds all the time. It will not stop shedding no matter what I do. I even called the MAC counter to ask for any suggestions and they told me that one day it will settle. It is now going on a month and it continues to shed everyday.
+7points
8of 9found this review helpful.
 / Charlotte, NC
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 8 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:02 15 2013
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
shedder
Tags +Contouring, a hairy face lol
omg i was suprised to see this brush sheds like a dog...truly disappointing for a mac product...i would not buy it agaiin =(
+4points
4of 4found this review helpful.
 / NC
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 9 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:11 07 2011
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fairwell brush
Tags +Contouring, Highlighting
Had brush (smaller S size) for less than a year. Dont use brush very often, but when cleaning brush fell a part. Bristles came unattached and I couldn't put back together. I've had many other MAC brushes for years and this is the first time I've had this experience. Very shocked and disappointed! I really liked the brush until it prematurely and unexpectedly fell a part - hence lower rating.
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / Los Angeles, CA
Review 10 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:10 04 2010
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Very very nice.
Tags +Contouring, All over application, Highlighting, Blending
I bought this brush after using my friends 129, it's an absolutely gorgeous brush for blusher and bronzer, picks up colour really well and allows you to blend really well also great for applying powder, one of my favourite brushes.
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / Ireland
Review 11 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:04 16 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
It's a Multitasker.
Tags +All over application, Highlighting, under eye application, good coverage application
This is my Holy Grail Blush brush. It applies my blush products amazingly and proportional. It can apply sheer or bold. I can also use this brush to highlight my cheekbones. the bridge of my nose etc. I also use this brush to set my translucent powder under my eye and sometimes use it all over my face. This brush just works well with any face powder.
+2points
2of 2found this review helpful.
 / New York
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 12 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:03 10 2011
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Not my favorite
Tags +All over application
I normally love my mac brushes but this one sheds like crazy!! Not a good thing for 34 dollars.
+4points
5of 6found this review helpful.
 / dallastx
Review 13 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:10 15 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent for bronzer & blush
Tags +Contouring, All over application
I came to the store initially intending to buy the 182 brush but was convinced by the sales associates to try this one instead (the 182 picks up a lot of product and while it's great for buffing & blending, it's not so great just for application). I'm so glad I did. The makeup artist modeled how to apply it and when I tried it at home, it worked beautifully. One side of the brush can be used for contouring bronzer (although not as good as an actual contour brush), and the other side can be used for applying & blending in blush. I love it! I mostly use it for applying bronzer all over b/c I prefer to use an actual contouring brush (the 168) for my pink blush. But this could be used either way. Very happy with this brush.
+1point
2of 3found this review helpful.
 / Roseville, CA
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 14 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:04 27 2015
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
blush bbrush
Tags +Blending
It is alright I really don't use it often
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / miami, fl
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 15 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:09 09 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Staple!
Tags +blush application
I have had this brush for nearly 15 years. Yes it does shed a little when you clean it, but I can honestly say this is one of the best beauty purchases I have ever made. I use this brush only for my blush application. I carry it with me everyday in my cosmetic bag, and have for years. Anything that lasts that long in my opinion and still does the trick is worth every penny. It's as good as the day I bought it!
+2points
2of 2found this review helpful.
 / Philadelphia
Review 16 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:02 08 2015
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
I gave up MAC brushes after this one!
This brush sheds a lot! There is no use in wash it, it will continue shedding. Do not buy it!
-1point
0of 1found this review helpful.
 / Brazil
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 17 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:01 08 2015
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Perfect blush brush
Tags +Contouring, Highlighting
I love MAC brushes, they are pricey but you get what you pay for. They last forever, I never have bristles falling out. This brush distributes blush perfectly.
-1point
0of 1found this review helpful.
 / Northern California
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 18 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:07 07 2013
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
It's going back
I bought this brush yesterday at my local MAC store but when I tried it out at home I saw two hairs coming out and when I wanted to feel it it felt very scratchy. I can only describe it was taking the split ends of your hair and trying to use them as a brush it doesn't feel good. So when I get the chance it's going back. The only good part is the size, I have a small face and this would be perfect if it wasn't so scratchy.
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 19 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:03 26 2013
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Ouch!
No matter how much I condition this thing, it scratches. So uncomfortable to use. If you attempt to blend with it, it shifts foundation around/it's hard to apply product evenly with this.
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 20 for 129 Powder/Blush Brush
Date:10 09 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
great multi purpose brush
Tags +Blending, Contouring, All over application
I love this brush. It feels amazing on your skin and I love how dense and thick the bristles are it gives a great finish. I use it mainly for putting my powder over foundation but its an awesome blush brush as well and always gives a good contour. I was slightly hesitant to purchase this brush given the price point but I'm glad I did. It makes my makeup look super flawless!!!
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / CA