I got it because I'd read an insane number of MakeupAlley reviews about how airbrushed it would leave my skin looking. At the time, I had a major acne situation going on, so anything even remotely describd as "flawless" or "airbrushed" or "full coverage" sounded immensely appealing. That's also how I discovered my MUFE HD foundation, but that's a story for another day.
After having had it for a little over a year, I've found out that I use it for everything but foundation. With liquid and cream foundation, it leaves a streaky mess. Other people seem to have this magic ability to use the white hairs for dabbing on their foundation and the black hairs buff it in to airbrush-y perfection, but...my white hairs streak up anything the black hairs do. How are people retracting the white bristles???
- Bronzer: Recently I've been using Calvin Klein Foundation in a much darker colour as my bronzer -- I got this when I was lemming Chanel's Soleil de Tan but it was sold out at my regular counter and I was too lazy to inquire at another one. The 187 picks up just enough pigment for me to start building my contour very lightly, which I love. Other bronzer brushes (I'm looking at you, EcoTools) pick up way too much pigment and require a lot more blending. Also, because the head is smaller, it's easier to concentrate the colour where you want it. I've also used this with powder bronzers and it's equally effective.
- Powder: I have no idea why I'm so anti-powder, given my oily skin, but I just hate putting it on. I have such faith in Goss's rolling method, but I honestly have never even attempted it on myself. However, if I want a fine dusting of silicone powder, Guerlain meteorites or even a powder foundation to finish off, the 187 is a godsend.
- Highlight: I use this with YSL Touche Eclat for a very natural dewiness. The lightness of Touche Eclat's reflecting property and the sparseness of the brush make for an extremely light radiance. Just put a few clicks on the back of your hand and stipple onto the tops of cheekbones, shoulders, and chin. Voilà!
Any other 187 uses, lovelies?