Maybe one that the blogosphere was overcrowded with DECADES ago. No that's an example of over exaggeration that I usually tend to resort to on weekends. I am just moderately sarcastic on weekdays :)
So even I went through the phase of trying out the original MAC 109 when it first came out, loving it, then hating it, then selling it.
It was such an annoying experience that I had with the brush, when I couldn't figure out what to use it for - foundation, blush, bronzer or everything? Plus I simply couldn't justify paying over £20 for it at that time, simply to see it shed a tonne of hair.
Then came a gazillion companies trying to make dupes of the brush but simply couldn't achieve perfection. I think the closest any brand could get was Sigma but I has simply lost patience till then and found better alternatives.
Until I found Lauren Luke's Flat Contour Brush a while back and have been in love with it since then. It's exactly what MAC 109 should have been.
It has it's minor differences of course as MAC 109 is more fuller and dense and slightly more tapered from the edges. But I have to say it works just as well if not better and is of much better quality.
The quality of the brush handle and the ferulle is quite sturdy and the brush hairs are goat hair I believe and is considerably soft.
Of course there's Sigma F05 which is the more known dupe for the original however if you don't want to spend an atrocious amount on shipping from the US, this a great option for the British ladies out there.
The best part it, all her brushes retail for under £7, with this one priced ridiculously at £5.25! Talk about beating IMAT's prices eh?
The website offers international delivery as well but then if the point is to avoid atrocious shipping charges, it wouldn't be worth the purchase for those outside Europe in my opinion.
It's maddening I tell you. I also have her foundation brush and tapered blending brush and plan to purchase the rest from the range too.
If you've been able to find a better dupe, I'd love to know!