This is a comparison of the 4 Flat Top brushes that I own, as requested by a reader. I will compare the Everyday Minerals Flat Top Kabuki, MAC 130 Short Duo Fiber Brush, Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Blusher Brush, and MAC 187 Duo Fiber Brush.
From left: Everyday Minerals Flat Top Kabuki, MAC 130 Short Duo Fiber Brush, Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Blusher Brush, MAC 187 Duo Fiber Brush
As expected, the MAC brushes are much more expensive than the Everyday Minerals or Sonia Kashuk brushes. EDM brushes are available on their website ($11 does not include shipping). Sonia Kashuk brushes are available at Target.
Comparison of handles
Length: EDM < MAC130 (16cm) < MAC187 (18cm) < SK (20cm)
No major difference between the brushes, except for the EDM brush. The EDM brush has a very short handle, similar to many kabuki brushes.
Thickness: SK < MAC130 < MAC187 < EDM
The Sonia Kashuk brush has a curved handle, which may or may not be comfortable for you.
Materials: EDM – Bamboo, MAC 130/187 – wood, SK – plastic
Comparison of bristles
Density: MAC187 < MAC 130 < SK < EDM
The EDM brush is very dense. It may take more than one day for this brush to dry after washing it!
Length of bristles: MAC 130 < SK < EDM < MAC187
Material of bristles: EDM & SK – Synthetic, MAC130/187 – Duo Fiber (Synthetic & Natural)
Softness of brush: EDM is the softest, followed by SK, MAC 187, and MAC130
These four brushes are not very similar. I use each for a very different purpose.
EDM - great for applying and buffing mineral foundations, and will give full coverage. I have heard of this being used for liquid foundations, but I’ve personally never tried it.
SK – LOVE this for applying and buffing in liquid foundations. I could probably use this for mineral foundations for a medium coverage. I’m not sure of how to use this as a blusher brush, which was the original intent of this brush.
MAC130 – great for cream blushes! I could probably use this for liquid foundation, but I would imagine it would take a lot of time since the head is so small.
MAC187 – the famous dual fiber brush! I use this for stippling on liquid foundation to get an airbrushed finish. I also use this to lightly apply bright blushes.
Have you tried any of these brushes? What do you think of them?