Yipee! I've got the ever elusive Etude House Duo Fiber Brush!
The night I'm leaving for Hong Kong, J Lee of Etude House texted me to inform me that my order of stippling brush arrived in SM Megamall, I texted to kindly request that they reserve the stippling brush for me and I'll claim it when I come back from Hong Kong because it would be quite unpractical to travel all the way to Megamall and hurry back to pack up for Hong Kong.
When I came back I learned through Girltalk that EH stippling brush is out of stock, I thought they didn't really reserve one for me so I decided not to travel to Megamall until one Girltalker pointed out that EH informed them that there are some stippling brushes reserved. I decided to go and find out if one is indeed reserved for me even if I was still deadbeat tired from walking and travelling 24/7 in Hong Kong.
Yipee! They did reserve one for me! ^.^
I bought Etude House Duo Fiber Brush for Php428.00
This photo is taken after several washes and you'll see black goat hair sticking out already but that's okay.
The bristles are soft and it doesn't prick your skin when used with powder products but when you're using liquid foundation the bristles pricks the skin unless you're planning to use this the way you're normally using a liquid foundation brush.
Compared to MAC 187, Etude House stippling brush's white bristles is firmer so it doesn't sway when you stipple it on your face but the white bristles do look more synthetic and plastic-y than MAC 187 which looks more natural hair than synthetic (though both are truly synthetic)
Etude House Duo Fiber Brush is indeed travel friendly, it is just almost the size of my hand and yet foundation application is a breeze.
The handle is actually quite heavy which is comparable to the feel you'll get from MAC brushes ^.^
Update: I think the stippling brush is still out of stock and according to Eleonor (the cashier) they are still not sure when the brushes would arrive from Korea but it is for sure they will replenish their stocks.