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I have had my MAC 239 eye shader brush for about a year and a half now and it is still in amazing condition even after being used almost every day, which definitely reflects how amazing the quality of it is. It cost me around £18 but it has been a great investment!
It is the only brush that I use when applying my eyeshadow because it packs the product on so neatly & effortlessly and the overall look always looks perfect with amazing, vibrant colour pay off and it always looks so much more accurately applied and neater than when I use cheaper brushes - I'd be lost without it to be honest!
The white bristles are very firm & pick up lots of product so there is never any fallout even with very fine eyeshadow, but the bristles feel sooo soft and really gentle against my eyelids and the eyeshadow just glides onto my lids! The bristles are dense and they feel really sturdy and good quality and there has not been very much shedding at all which I find amazing considering how many times I have used it and washed it.
The tapered brush has a rounded edge and it is still in the original shape and it has not become shabby looking - it looks almost brand new. The bristles have not lost their softness either but I do take good care of it and I wash it along with all of my other brushes quite regularly.
The only slight disadvantage that I can think of is that the MAC logo on the handle of my brush has worn off a little over time, but the brush its self is still in amazing condition which is all that really matters in my opinion! The handle of the brush is easy to grip too which I really like as I hate fiddly brushes and it looks very high quality and sleek despite being pretty plain in appearance.
I definitely recommend this brush due to the high quality of it and I give it a well deserved five of of stars!
I've had a MAC addiction for quite a few years now & often try out new products.
One of the items that I've had for ages though is the number 239 eyeshadow brush, which I actually recieved as a birthday present around two years ago. I wear eyeshadow most days and almost always use this to apply it. Unlike some of the cheaper eyeshadow brushes that I have used, this has stayed in perfect condition.
It doesn't cling onto excess powder, meaning that it takes a while for it to become discoloured (impressive considering that it's white) and it never gets clogged up (I think that's the word I'm looking for!) with powder, even when I've not washed it for a couple of weeks. As I recieved this as a gift I'm not sure where mine was from or how much it cost, but it currently retails at £19.00 and is available House of Fraser, Debenhams and a range of online retailers including the official MAC site.
I was quite suprised when I saw how much it costs, but you get what you pay for - the quality is amazing - absolutely flawless and I really can't fault this brush! Design wise, it's long, sleek and very professional looking. If I had to mark it down on anything it'd be the length as I struggle to fit it in my make-up bag and it is not self standing, so I can't stand it on my dressing table.
I'm a bit of a hygiene freak when it comes to my make-up so the fact that I have to leave it laid on my dressing table isn't ideal. It measures around 17 cm long and it's very thin - not to the point of being hard to grip and control though. The brush handle is a matte black and feels very sturdy despite being lightweight - it's made from linden and ramin wood.
There's reflective silver casing on the brush end which is made from nickel-plated brass. The side of the brush has the usual MAC branding with the brush number which are both written in silver writing. The brush itself is a paddle shape with a rounded edge - it's the perfect shape and size and it gives amazing coverage, even right in the corners of my eyelids, but it's accurate enough to be used on the upper socket area/brow bone as well.
The brush hairs are not synthetic - they're made from goats hair, which has been trimmed from the goat rather than been obtained in a cruel way, I am a vegan and this doesn't put me off at all but I am aware that it may be a disadvantage for some people. The hairs are extremely soft and gentle against my skin - no scratchiness or irritation at all. The bristles are very dense, meaning that fallout is very rare/minimal, even with mineral eyeshadow.
The brush picks up and distributes the powder well - it picks up just enough and the colour pay off even with cheaper, less pigmented eyeshadows is amazing. I am always impressed with how my eyeshadow looks when I've applied it with this. The brush can also be used with liquid eyeshadow, primer and other emollient based products. I prefer to use it with powdered shadow, but on the few occasions that I've used it with liquid eyeshadow the results were really good.
The brush is easy to wash and doesn't take too long to dry. After around two years there's no major signs of wear, although this is partly because I take care of it and wash it regularly rather than letting it get stained and clogged up. The handle does look a little worn with a few minimal chips here and there, but this understandable considering how much I use it! I give it a well deserved five out of five stars and highly recommend it.
I've always been someone that uses brushes to apply my makeup, I simply can't understand people that manage to get away with just using their fingers - especially when it comes to eye makeup. I like to think of makeup brushes as a little investment, generally the higher the price, the higher the quality and therefore will last longer. The brush I'll be talking about today is the MAC Eye Shader Brush, also known as the 239 brush. I've had this brush for 4 years now and it's still going strong so I figure I'm qualified to give it a useful review!
The eye shader brush is intended to be used to apply eyeshadow to the lid of the eye, it isn't a blending brush for the crease, nor is it intended for intricate makeup up work. This is kind of a one trick pony brush, but I have been known to use this for concealing minor spots if I've misplaced my concealer brush and it works fine for that too.
The brush handle is roughly 5 inches long (although I've never been great with my estimations, haha) with a 1 inch ferrule (the ferrule is the silvery metal part that holds the handle to the brush). The handle is wooden and painted black with a small silver print on it that says "MAC 239" - this does wear off after around one months use. The brush itself is teeny tiny in comparison to the handle etc, it's maybe 0.75 cm at it's longest part. The bristles are tapered to provide a rounded edge and are white in colour and as far as I'm aware, are all natural. They are densely packed together to ensure a great colour pay off when packing the colour onto the lid.
The brush comes in a little flimsy plastic packet that the brush can just slip out of. This doesn't provide much protection, nor is it particularly useful so it always ends up in the bin.
Using the brush couldn't be easier, simply tap the brush into your desired eyeshadow and gently pat it onto your eyelid. I always tap the excess shadow off of the brush to minimise fallout however the bristles on this brush have been chosen specifically for the purpose of gripping onto the product for minimal fallout. I always find that using this brush gives me better colour pay off and better application than any other eyeshadow brush I'd used in the past. Certain brushes don't pick up the colour well enough and give you a poorly pigmented wash of colour over the eye whereas this one leaves the pigment all over your lid upon the first application.
Quick tip - pat your eyeshadow onto your lid instead of sweeping it, this will keep the pigment true to colour and also reduce the amount of fallout.
I do use the tip of this brush to lightly blend the edge of lid colour before applying the crease colour simply by gently sweeping it back and forth over the line of colour. My inner corner highlight is also applied with this brush.
To keep the brush germ free and in tip top condition, you must clean it regularly. The amount of girls/women that don't wash their makeup brushes is outstanding. I'm not sure if they're unaware about how much bacteria harbour on the brushes or if they just don't care, but enjoy your infections ladies!
Cleaning it couldn't be simpler, you can buy a bottle of brush cleanser from MAC which will spot clean the brushes. Spot cleaning just takes the product off of the brush, leaving it ready for instant use. Deep cleaning is when you properly wash the bristles under water and have to leave them to dry.
I don't bother with spot cleaning these days as I use the same colours every day and spot cleaning is usually just for when you want to use a different colour with the brush, but I do deep clean the brushes at least once a week, but usually twice.
Again, you can buy specialist brush cleaner for this, but you can also just use baby shampoo and it works just as well. I simply squeeze a little bit into my palm, wet the bristles and sweep it back and forth in the shampoo until it's bubbly. Then I rinse the shampoo out of the bristles until the water runs clean and the bristles are left nice and white again. Do take care to avoid getting water in between the ferrule and the wooden handle otherwise it can loosen the glue over time, reducing the life of the brush.
Like I say, I've had my brush for 4 years now and it's still in almost perfect condition (the brush number has worn off). Take care of your brushes and they'll be around forever!
This brush currently costs £19 from MAC stores, counters and online and although this seems like a hefty price for a brush, it is great value for money. I use it every day and have done for 4 years, so I think I've got my money's worth!
5 dooyoo stars from me!
Thanks for reading! All of my reads and rates are going towards my upcoming trip to NYC in August, it's all very much appreciated!
MAC is classed as 'high end' for a reason: they quality is worth it. I don't often apply a blanket term to a whole brand, but in this case, save for very few products, I think it is well deserved!
I remember when I first ventured into a MAC store I baulked at the prices, however now, although I have to save up for my purchases, I know my money is being well spent.
Their brushes work so well for me, and I've not found any others that can duplicate the results I get from my MAC collection.
The MAC 239 eyeshadow shader brush is perfect for any eyelid shape and size (I have quite small lids in comparison to some), and it packs on the colour well. Even if you use it to apply a cheap, low quality eyeshadow, this brush can make good work of it and seems to maximise the pigmentation in even the worst quality products!
I will always insist on one thing: good quality care. If you care for your brushes, they should last you a lifetime. I'm no make up artist, but countless will agree with me and tell you so. Wash your brushes carefully, gently and regularly and you will maximise their life. My MAC brushes are 3 years old (so still pretty new I know) and after a wash they look as good as the day I got them!
That is what I call good value for money!
MAC cosmetics is a line of cosmetics aimed at women. This company is famous world wide and is what many professionals use. They might not have the purest ingredients but all of their products are designed to be of great performance.
I absolutely love pure eye shadow mineral pigments ( not the ones from MAC though) and having a brush who can deal with minerals is an absolute must. Over the years I have tried a few different brushes, I like having a diversity plus is fun to experiment, also different pigments can have different textures that necessities different brushes.
Seeing the MAC 239 eye shading brush I became immediately tempted. The white bristles and it's shape made it look like this would be the sort of brush I could benefit from.
I ordered it over the internet directly from www.maccosmetics.co.uk official website for £17.00. The delivery was easy and quick within 2 days. I would advise not to buy any MAC brushes from any ware else as I hear that are many fakes out there.
The brush came wrapped in an thin transparent plastic. The brush is 17 cm long, that is about 6.5 inches. The long handle makes it easy to manoeuvre it in practice. The brush is sturdy, stylish and looks very well made. Is made in Japan it seems, the Japanese are well know for producing good quality make-up and paint brushes as I understand.
The bristles are soft and when washes this brush never sheds hairs at all.
I use this brush to pack colour into the lid. I find it picks up just the right amount of product and it distributes it evenly. I love using it with my mineral pigments.
For £17.00 I am quite dissipated that the MAC logo and the number of the brush fades away quickly, within 3 weeks of use. For this amount of money I would expect it to last longer.
Also I don't think is that special. I own several different brands with similar designed bristles that don't cost that much and they do the same good job.
Overall this is a good brush and what I mostly like about it, besides the fact that it performs a good job, is also the fact that it has white bristles which is not that common among brushes nowadays it seems.
The thought of paying £16 for an eyeshadow brush 10 years ago made me sick. But 10 years on i am still using that brush and its as good as the day i bought it.
Whats it made of? The handle is made of wood. The ferrule (metal bit) is made of nickle plated brass and the hairs are natural not synthetic
Whats it for? The brush is primarily an eyeshadow brush. It has a rounded end that really helps with blending and the dense bristles help you pack colour into the eyelid.
Where can i buy? I bought mine from selfridges at a Mac counter. Mac also has stand alone shops in most cities and you can also order from their website.
Why is it worth it? Like i said i have used this brust EVERY DAY for ten years. I have looked after it by washing the bristles with a baby soap regularly. The only sign of wear is that the mac logo on the side has worn off. There is no tarnish to the metal and the brush is still in the right shape and colour. It really is amazing what good quality this brush is. It provides professional results and more control when applying more daring colours.
There is nothing more to say except I LOVE THIS BRUSH!
The MAC #239 eye shader is probably the brush that MAC will recommend if you ask for a basic, eye shadow application brush. It is one of their best sellers that many people use, love and rave about.
It is hand assembled using natural white goat hair (cruelty free I might add), and has soft yet densely packed bristles. The brush head measures about 10mm wide by 10mm high and has slightly tapered sides and a fluffed, rounded tip. It retails for £16.64 and is another brush that is available from all MAC locations, be it freestanding or inside a department store such as House Of Fraiser or Debenhams etc.
~ The dense paddle shape of this brush makes it great for depositing colours to the lid heavily for dark / bright looks. It packs on a lot of colour neatly - something that a lot of the fluffier brushes can't quite manage.
It is the perfect size for fitting into the inner corner of the eyes too so no need for a seperate brush.
~ The #239 can also work as a crease brush if needed, though it wouldn't normally be my brush of choice if I'm honest. You can turn it on it's side and press the very tip of the brush into the socket line and shade along it, though you may need to go over it with a blending brudh afterwards to smooth it out a little. But it will work if you need it too :-)
~ I like using the ends of the bristles to apply eyeshadow along the lower lashline. It applies just the right amount of colour and blends easily. Also effective for smudging eyeliner for a sultry, smokey look. I like to draw a quick line of liner along both the lower and upper lashes before smudging them using this brush for a super quick but effective eye look.
~ You can also use this brush with emolient or cream based products as the arrangement of the bristles means that not too of the much product is absorbed or wasted. Great for applying MAC Paintpots or Paints as a base, or highlighting the browbone with liquid highlighters such as Benefit's High / Moon Beam or MAC Creme Colour Bases. Applies and blends well.
I'm sure there are other uses that I havn't come across or discovered just yet but all in all this is a very good brush to own. The perfect size for all types of makeup looks, works with different formulas and has lots of uses. It doesn't blend all that well though, but it isn't really designed too so I can't fault it too much on that. I use this mostly for dark colours as their is little fallout compared to fluffier brushes.
I don't really know what else I can say?! But it's another must have in my opinion and would make a great addition to any brush collection - basic or advanced :-)
Model: Brush #239 / Soft and dense to shade or blend eye shadow or emollient-based products /