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I purchased a set of MAC brushes in a gift set which was 5 for £40, which works out at less than £10 a brush. The only difference in these brushes and buying individual brushes is the handle length, a fact that personally doesn't bother me, though if you like a longer handle you may be better to buy individual brushes at the higher retail price.
In this set came the eyeshadow blender brush which I am about to review. The actual brush is exactly the same as one with a longer handle.
The bristles are very soft and stay in the brush rather than on your face! The soft bristles work well with skin that is sensitive. I find this brush is better than others, as harder bristles tend to hurt my face!
A larger than average "head" size means that it is easy to use and blend eyeshadow. Surprisingly not too much of the product fixes itself to the brush giving you even coverage if you are using as a "sweep and blend" or as an initial application!
Works well with hard pressed eyeshadows, a moderate amount fixes itself to the brush, whether this is down to size or design I'm not sure! I have not used this brush to apply loose powder eyeshadows, however I have used it afterwards to blend and it evens out the colour to ensure you don't look like a clown!!
Application wise - I find it really easy to use and the soft bristles are an advantage! Very versatile and I am sure you could also probably use to apply liquid as well! I also find at the end of the day when you have tired eyes and your make up is looking worse for way a quick sweep over freshens up your eyes and you looking raring to go again - even if you aren't!
Ergonomically designed it is a handy brush to have in your make up bag, but personally if it wasn't part of a gift set I wouldn't have bothered to buy - but now I use it everyday to ensure my make up stays smart!
MAC cosmetics is professional range of cosmetics, mainly make-up items that have always been popular with women due to their good quality range that can perform the most pretentious make-up make-up your mind can come up to.
Like any good respecting cosmetics company MAC has a range of good quality make-up brushes. They are most defiantly are not cheap but they are long lasting and well made, over the years I have bought some other brands and even though they wore in the same price range they have not lasted me so well as the MAC ones. I defiantly think MAC brushes are an investment for the future because of their superior quality.
From my various brushes I have gathered over the years, when I started using mineral pigments to do my eye make-up, I realised that blending brushes are becoming an necessity so when I bought my 222 MAC brush that I loved and used every time I did my makeup I though it would be good to have another one at hand and so I ordered the MAC 224 brush.
The MAC 224 has black bristles instead of white ones and is a bit fluffier then the 222 one. I don't if that is due to the fact that I have been using the 222 more on the long run they have gone in different shapes.
The brush in practice is efficient and truly soft. The application of make-up will be spot on.
Does it worth is for £20? Probably not, you could find a cheap dupe out there. But I get used to my brushes and find it hard replacing brushes that have broken or faded away in time.
Though this does not affect the brush quality or performance I must point out that the MAC logo and number from the handle rubs off rather quickly with use so I will probably forget in the time what brush number this particular one is. I heard that if you put some clear nail polish over it you make the logo last longer but since that is the point where I will be holding the brush with my fingers I don't want to feel anything that can make the grip uncomfortable.
Also a few hairs seem to have a mind of their own and tend to stick out a bit. I have noticed that with some MAC brushes but the bristles keep shape well in time so no worries.
Firstly, I own two of these brushes so that says something in itself in my opinion! It's rare that I feel the need to buy more than one of something that will last forever, but I use the #224 so much that it made sense too.
This brush features extra fine, soft bristles that are arranged into a tall dome shape which tapers towards the end with a fluffed tip. It is made with cruelty free goat hair (black hair this time, not quite as soft as the white goat hair used in some brushes). The size / fullness of this brush seems to very a little as I have seen some that are very wide, whilst others are quite slim. That said both of mine are about the same and measure around 20mm high by 10/11mm wide (at the fullest point).
~ First and foremost I use this brush for applying water or emolient based concealers to the under eye area. Although it is not marketed for such purposes, it works amazingly well. I apply the concealer / brightener to my undereye in three or four dots either using my fingers or a regular concealer brush before buffing the #224 around this area in light, circular motions. It instantly diffuses any lines or patches without affecting the coverage at all.
Amazing, but will need to be washed well afterwards if you plan on using it for powders too/
~ The fluffy domed shape makes it easy to apply a very light, delicate wash of colour to the entire lid. It won't apply shadows densely or brightly however, for something like that I recommend the #217 or #239.
~ It's great for applying overly shimmery or glittery shadows lightly. If you just want to add a light shimmery effect, instead of all-out glitter then gently tap the side of the #224 into the product before pressing it lightly over the lid. (By pressing instead of sweeping you minimize the amount of fallout on your cheeks).
~ This brush also works well for applying highlight shades to the browbone without leaving it looking too harsh or fake. Push right under the highest point of the brow with the tip of the bristles before sweeping the rest backwards and forwards slowly.
~ Besides undereye concealer application, I use this brush mostly for blending eyeshadows. Either used clean from any product or with a fleshtone shade you can buff this brush over the edges of your shadow to give a really professional, diffused finish. This is probably the most effective of all blending brushes I own. It's brilliantly fast and easy to use.
Overall, this brush is great. I would probably even buy another of these at some point. Has many uses and is very easy to use, but as I mentioned before the sizes do vary a little so I recommend you choose one yourself at the counter / store instead of buying online. The larger the brush, the better it will be at blending but the smaller it is, the more it will be able to do, so it really comes down to what you are looking for in a brush.
Also, the larger ones may be slightly too big for those with smaller eyes so bare that in mind :-)
Number: 22 / MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush / For controlled eye shadow application / This brush has soft fibres which taper to form a medium size dome shape / MAC professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials / They feature birch / linden and ramin wood handles / nickel-plated brass ferrules.