MAC 129 Look-Alike: Winsor & Newton series 240 #3 Brush

As we all know, I really love brushes and also love to save money. Although I'm happy with my MAC basic brush set, the only complaint I have is MAC 129 SE is not fluffy enough to be used as a powder brush. However, to shell out money to buy a full-size MAC 129 or 134 is out of the question. I don't have that kind of money to spend on MAC brushes, at least for now. So what can a girl do? Hit the arts store, of course!

On one fine day, Michael's had a sale and I happened to have a 50% off coupon, ka-ching, ka-ching! Money saved! I was lemming for this fluffy white goat hair brush that is oh-so-soft and good lookin'. The problem: it's about $12 USD, full-price. With the coupon, it became $6.00 USD and the price is around the neighborhood that I can shop. So who's this beauty that I'm gushing so much?

Introducing Winsor&Newton series 240 #3 brush
This is one heck of a stunning looking brush in my opinion: did you notice the black and white pattern? So artfully done!

Compared to Loew-Cornell brushes, Winsor&Newton is more expensive and series 240 has 3 brushes, properly named #1, 2, and 3 with #3 being the biggest brush. This brush head is fuller, bigger, and softer than MAC 129 SE that I own. To calm down my inner bitchiness critique on the 129, I decided to get this lovely Winsor& Newton number.

The two fellas, MAC 219 SE and W&N number 3, are really similar so I had to take some head shots to compare them:

MAC 129 SE brush

W&N series 240 #3 brush
Similar, right? One's black, the other one is white (fibre, of course!)

Again, this brush is as soft as butter and distributes powder very well. I use it as my powder brush and love it very much. It does not shed that much and is a very well-made brush. If you love soft brushes, this one is for you. I bet you will love it as much as I do. However, the only complaint I have is the length of the handle: it's around 9.5 inches long from end to end, making it the tallest brush I've had. It may poke you if you apply makeup on other people but when I use it for myself, it's ok.

This brush will really save you some money as it performs the same way as MAC 129 does but costs you much less. I love it very much and hope you will experience the same way too!

Take care and enjoy the day,
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