MAC 109 Small Contour Brush For Contouring Chubby Faces Like Mine

It took a long time, plenty of research and some nerve to buy another MAC brush. Mind you, they’re madly expensive! The MAC 109 Small Contour Brush retails for an insane SGD67. I bought it online, of course, but still.

Before I got the MAC 109 Small Contour Brush, I tried using the MAC 168 Angled Contour Brush to contour my cheekbones, temples and jawline, as what I always see Marlena of MakeupGeek do to create shadows on the face.

But because my face is much smaller and I have absolutely no cheekbones even when I pucker up and do the ‘fish face’, I always ended up with muddy, blotchy cheeks that extended almost to my jawline, when all I wanted to do was contour under my cheekbones. The 168 just made the powder blush/bronzer go all over the place.

I kept thinking ‘Wow, I must really suck’ to be always doing a bad contouring job, but later realized I was merely using the wrong tool!

Bun Bun’s Makeup Tip: Don’t fret if you’re getting it wrong. Sometimes, it’s quite alright to blame it on the tool. Heh.




So began my quest of finding the right tool for the right job. I Googled ‘MAC 109 dupe’, but while it’s usually rather easy to find lists of dupes for other brushes, it seemed the MAC 109 was IRREPLACEABLE and UNDUPABLE.


It bit into my bones to be throwing money on yet another MAC face brush, but when you are reminded of how lasting they are, the initial hefty price tag hence divided over a long time period, you feel much better.

It’s an investment worth making. In the long run, you will save money by purchasing a high quality brush.

Let’s get to the part where I tell you why the MAC 109 Small Contour Brush is part of my daily makeup routine.

Picks Up And Deposits The Right Amount Of Powder Product

Made of natural hair, the MAC 109 is dense yet soft, making the application and blending of products very easy. MAC suggests using the 109 for contour powder products and that’s what I use it for.

The 109 face brush picks up the right amount of contouring product with its dense bristles and deposits it on the face where you want it. It also buffs out products nicely so you don’t have ugly stripes down the cheeks.

The thing I really like about the 109 is its precision, something I could never achieve with the 168 Large Angled Contour Brush (or any other brush in my makeup brush stash) even though it is highly recommended by many beauty gurus for contouring.

Bun Bun’s Makeup Tip: No two faces are created equal, so just because someone said a face brush is The Face Brush doesn’t mean you have to force yourself to use it.

(Just in case you’re wondering what that silly thing on my hair is, check out this post on the Hair Velcro Pad)


6 Different Ways to Use the MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush

The first tool I used to apply highlighter was my good ol’ ring finger. Sometimes it would apply too heavily, sometimes it would be hard to blend out, but most times it just took up too much time to create natural-looking highlights on my cheekbones. I have a flat face, I need to fake me some cheekbones! >.<”

The second tool I used was a regular fluffy eyeshadow brush from e.l.f. It picked up a more consistent amount of product, blended better, but still was lacking very much in the blending department. Sometimes I’d look like I was channelling my inner Queen Amidala, except that they’re 2 sparkly white dots instead of 2 rouge-red ones. The elf fluffy eyeshadow wasn’t made to do this so I’m not faulting it.

Then I got to know about the MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Brush and the rest, they say, is blotchy powder application history.