“ Type: Brushes / Brand: MAC / Subcategory: Shader Brush „
I received this brush as a gift a year or so ago and I am very pleased I did as although it has many different uses and has become a firm favourite of mine, I doubt I would have purchased it myself as it doesn't appear all that useful at first glance.
I have plenty of other similar shaped brushes so I thought I could give this one a miss, but the flat, synthetic bristles lend themselves to many, many uses making the #231 Small Shader a great brush to own in my opinion!
This brush is made with firm, synthetic fibres, neatly arranged into a small paddle shape. MAC claim it is a 'precision application and blending brush' that works with both powder eye shadows and emollient / cream based products. The brush head measures 6mm wide and is just under 7mm high at the tip - very small. It retails for £12.72 and is available online at maccosmetics.co.uk or from freestanding / pro stores. (I don't think counters within department stores stock this, though don't quote me on it).
~ Due to this brush being made from synthetic fibres, it works very well with MAC Paintpots or Fluidlines. The bristles pick up just the right amount of cream products and apply them smoothly without leaving any harsh streaks behind. The small size lays them down neatly onto the lid, perfect if you need a detailed finish.
~ The size of the #231 also means that it is perfect for priming the lower lash lines, either with Paintpots or UD Primer Potion etc. Some larger brushes apply the product too low down the lower lid, which not only can look messy but can dry out the skin / cause concealer to look crepey etc. Look up whilst you apply and you won't get any in your lashes either!
~ Although I generally prefer using this brush for emollient products, it does work well with powders too so it's a great brush to use if you want to densely shade small areas of your lids with colour. Great if you are going for a multicolour rainbow look or even just to spot highlight the tear duct. I wouldn't recommend it for using all over the lid as it would take forever, but for small areas it works well.
~ You can use the tip of the #231 to apply Fluidlines or other gel liners to the upper lashline. Holding the brush out at a slight angle away from the face and sweeping it gently along the lashline results in a soft, yet defined effect.
~ By again coating the very tip the bristles with a natural coloured powder, cream or gel product and pushing it into the very base / roots of your upper lashes you can fake thick, plush lashes. Many larger brushes would simply make a mess if you tried this, but the small head of the #231 works well. You can also use the flat side to press Fluidlines on to the waterline if needed :-)
~ Last but not least; I have also discovered that this brush works very well with concealers to cover pimples / small blemishes. Although it would take forever to conceal undereye circles using it, it gets to work quickly on smaller areas of skin, disguising any flaws effortlessly. As it is synthetic, you can use liquid and cream concealers without clogging up the bristles.
Overall, this is a great multi use brush! Don't let the size put you off - often the smallest brushes are the most useful and it's definitely true in this case.
Great for both powders and emollients and both the eyes and the face. I may possibly get another of these sometime in the future and until then I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a detailed, easy to use and affordable brush. It will last years and years if cared for correctly too - so great value in my opinion :-)
Model: Brush #231 / For application and expert blending of eye shadow /