I bought this brush as at the moment I am going through a phase where I love to wear the winged eyeliner look, and after first buying the Maybelline Gel Eyeliner which I loved, I then moved onto using the Mac Gel eyeliner, I bought the Maybelline one first as it has a slightly lower price tag and I wanted to see if gel eyeliner was worth all the fuss and it really was. The Maybelline liner comes with a brush which I was pretty pleased with as after I bought the mac eyeliner I found out it does not come with a brush. After a short while of using the Maybelline brush I began to get a little frustrated as the brush is rather thick and blunt on the end to my flick on the end on my liner was not thin and elegant, rather thick and stumpy so I decided it was time to invest in a new brush.
The Mac 209 eyeliner brush has a black thin handle with the brand name in silver writing on the brush. The tip is longer than the Maybelline brush and has a much nicer point to the end. I find this brush works best with not too much product on the brush and too much can cause the brush to clog and then the line will not look as fluid and effortless as you would like.
When I apply my eyeliner I find the brush works best when I start in the middle of my eyelid bringing the brush up slowly to meet the crease of my eye. The best way I have found to check that the angle of the flick is most natural is to use the handle end of the brush and it along your bottom lash line, then begin the to move it slowly anti-clockwise until you reach the crease of your eye, when you reach that position draw a small dot on the crease. The take the half line you have drawn and bring it up to meet the dot, going over it as many times as you like, depending on how thick you want the line. I then take my brush to the corner of my eye and draw the rest of the line back up to reach the centre, where you began your first line. The thinness of this brush is perfect for doing this as you can afford to make small jog marks as you easily make the line that little bit thicker, and it was cause too much of a difference.
Overall I would definitely recommend this brush as it is very nice thickness and if you keep the brush clean and keep the bristles covered to prevent the end getting bent, it will last you a very long time.
My best friend really spoilt me this birthday and bought me lots of lovely pressies including a £50 MAC makeup gift card. Not one to really be a big wearer of makeup I went to the MAC store in London's Covent Garden and let one of the pro's get to work on me! He used a really lovely eyeliner on me to help define and exaggerate my eyes and to use this he used a MAC eyeliner brush which he then persuaded me to buy! Eek!
I bought the 210 Precise Eyeliner brush for £16 and although I think the price is a bit steep, I actually really like it and I have had fun experimenting with flicks and tips and practising doing my makeup in general!
The brush is really easy to use with an expertly pointed tip can to do an even straight line application across the eyelid and create an easy look around the corners of the eye. The brush is easy to hold in that it is thin like a pencil and comfortable to manoeuvre around detailing my eye. Having such an extremely fine tip the brush is good for drawing thin lines and more than apt to use in any powder, liquid or cream based eyeliner. Personally I only have a liquid eyeliner but the brush is easy to dab in the pot and apply to my eyes and depending on application (if you're heavy handed of course) it doesn't create a thick blotchy look but a very precise and professional appearance.
Overall, I really like this brush and for make up connoisseurs (unlike me) a good and handy eyeliner brush is a must and this one totally fits the bills. There are other varieties of eyeliner brushes like the 209 Eyeliner brush but it seemed a bit more chunkier for my taste, and as I am a bit of a minimalist when it comes to makeup having a thin amount of eyeliner on is more my kind of look and so the no.210 was a better choice. Their eyeliner brushes don't come in cheap but then again no MAC products are really so I suppose for a long lasting, name branded brush you get your money's worth!
I bought this brush mainly to use with my new MAC fluidline eyeliner (which comes in a solid gel form so a precise brush is required) and it works perfectly for that function. All the bristles are packed tightly together which means that I can achieve a nice clean line on my upper lash line and easily tailor it to be the exact thickness I want.
Unlike more conventional brushes which come with liquid eyeliner in the tube, it doesn't bend too much, making it much easier to get a nice tidy line. Another advantage is the fact that it has quite a long handle, meaning that you can hold it wherever feels comfortable for you, making it far easier to achieve a perfect line.
This brush could be used with all types and brands of eyeliner, helping you to achieve a nice tidy and professional look with whatever you use, just make sure you wash it off quickly if you use it with a wetter formula!
Overall, I think that although perhaps a little pricey it is definitely worth it, especially if you wear eyeliner everyday like me.
I bought this brush to use with my MAC Fluidlines on those days where I just want a simple, quick and easy line of liner across my upper eye lid only to open up and define the eye.
Although angled brushes such as the #263 and #266 create a finer, more precise line they also take little while to get used to and require a little more time each morning.
The #209 is a regular shaped, pointed tipped liner brush much like those you find included with most liquid liners - only a little thicker. It is designed to be use with cream, gel and liquid based products as it is made entirely from synthetic fibres which measure 8mm high by 2.5mm wide. It is available from all MAC locations and retails at just £12.72 - great value in my opinion, especially considering it will last you years if looked after correctly.
~ As I mentioned previously, I mainly use this brush with my MAC Fluidlines and Bobbi Brown Inks. The fibres are neatly bundled and pick up just the right amount of product. The tapered, pointed tip can fit into the inner corner of the eye easily and create a smooth, even line. It leaves behind a line that is about 2mm thick, so it's not the finest liner brush available but not the thickest either.
~ Another way I find myself using this brush is with my MAC Liquidlast liners. Anyone who owns one of these will know that the thick formula can sometimes cause the attatched brush to clog up slightly, making it harder to apply with and easier to make a mess!
By transferring the product from the attatched brush to a #209 and apply with that ensures a clean, tidy line everytime. Be sure to wash it off right away though or it will dry hard and be a pain to remove.
~ If you own any of MAC's "Mixing Medium" or Too Faced's "Shadow Transformer" type products this brush works well to apply your custom, home made liners, be they either glitter or pigment based.
~ Lastly if you were really pushed you could use this brush to apply colour underneath the lower lashes. However, the 100% synthetic fibres will not pick up powder products all that well so I don't really recommend it for this use.
Overall, although this brush doesn't have all that many different uses, it is still a must have in my opinion as it works very well with emolient liners and a simple stroke of those across the lid is an essential for many makeup users.
Looked after well and cleaned carefully after each use (wipe off any products slowly, following the direction of the bristles - never swirl or sweep back and forwards when cleansing) it should last you a very long time without fraying so I highly recommend it. :-)
Model: Brush #209 / An extra-fine tipped synthetic fibre brush used with liquid or cream products for a precise, firm, even line /