The bristles are white so they get stained easily and cleaning is a bit difficult. The handle is long and easy for application.
The thickness is perfect for a contouring brush. It is dense enough to pick the right amount of product and not too fluffy like a blush brush.
A contouring brush is an angled brush. It helps you to contour/cut the face. Contouring makes the face appear more defined and shaped. It is also helpful for people who have chubby cheeks/heavy face.
This brush does its job very well. Do not expect it to blend your blush/contour powder like a blush brush. It is mainly used to cut/contour the cheeks and then slowly try blending it towards the hairline.
The bristles are extremely soft and gentle. By no chance can they irritate your skin. I did wash it a few times. It did shed just one hair during the first wash. No shedding after that. Usually, during the first wash, the excess hair falls off and then the brush is ready to use. I always wash my new brushes and then start using.
Rating: 4.75/5 ( White bristles)
Final Words: MAC 168 is a fantastic contouring brush. It surely does do its job very well. The price and availability are the main issues.