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I bought the #252 Large Shader brush 2 years or so ago now, along with my first ever purchase of a MAC Paintpot. I had done a little research before and decided this was probably the best brush to get, so when the MAC Sales Assistant confirmed it, I was eager to purchase. I already owned the smaller version of this brush (#242) but wanted something that would apply product quicker and easier, but without losing too much detail.
The #252 is designed for shading the eye with both powder and emolient based products. The brush head is a dense yet flexible square shape that measures 13mm wide by 17mm high. It is a mixture of synthetic fibres and cruelty free hair, making it perfect for creamy, emolient products as some all natural fibre brushes tend to absorb too much product and leave streaks.
This currently retails for £19.57 and can be bought from any MAC location or online.
Due to the size and shape of this brush, there are lots of different ways to use it. Some of my favourites include:
~ Applying MAC Paintpots or other similar products all over the lid, to either wear alone or as a base. The bristles do not absorb too much product and it smoothly applies leaving no clumps or streaks. I like that it is a larger brush as it makes this process a lot quicker than when using a smaller one!
~ As with the Paintpots, you can also use this brush to apply powder shadows all over, covering a large amount of lid at one time. Perfect if you're in a rush or only want a simple wash of colour all over. Not so good if you are after a more precise, detailed look - in which case it's smaller sibling, the #242 may be better for you! Works very well with matte shades too.
~ I use this brush to apply my MAC Creme Colour Bases directly under the brow for a polished and super defined highlight. Some brushes cause the CCB's to apply with blotches, but this one works brilliantly, especially if you tap or press onto the skin rather than sweeping.
~ Also useful with concealers, especially cream types. The size and mixture of fibres works great for the undereye area and applies and blends the product like a dream. Some all synthetic concealer brushes tend to leave it a little streaky, but the natural fibres in this brush create a soft, diffused finish.
~ Lastly, I also use this brush to apply and smooth Benefit's "High Beam" onto my upper cheekbones and temple areas. It covers a large area at a time and leaves a gorgeous glow behind - though you may benefit from smudging further with your fingertips afterwards to ensure there are no harsh edges.
So, overall I really love this brush! Super useful and super versatile, I definately recommend it if you plan on using a lot of creamy or gel based products. I'm sure there are many more uses that I havn't discovered or read about yet - but if not, there's still enough up there to warrant getting one in my opinion! :-)
Maybe compare this in real life to the #242 before purchasing, as those with smaller faces / eyes may prefer that one.
Model: Brush #252 / For shading with eye shadow or emollient-based products /