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MAC 217 Blending Brush


Pros: It blends like a dream! It can be used for a number of things. It's a great multi-tasker!

Cons: There are none.

This brush along with me 239s are my favorites!  I have three or four 217s and two to three 239s.  I can't imagine doing my makeup without them.  They are lovely!!!


Pros: applies and blends eye shadows very well, very soft to touch, does not shed or bleed upon wash

Cons: splays

This was actually my first eyeshadow brush from MAC. I liked it so much that I ran out and bought 239,209, 219, and 168 soon after. 

but about a month or two after, I started to like them less and less.. 


At first, it applied my base shadows beautifully. for someone who likes subtle, soft and natural everyday look, it was perfect for me. it picked up and laid the shadows in just the right amount, and it did not feel scratchy on the skin whatsoever. 

it also worked great as a blending brush. any harsh lines of eye shadows, this was The fix. I even considered buying a few more so I can use one for blending harsh lines of eye shadows, applying highlights, contouring of the nose bridge, and applying base shadows. 


but I've noticed that with every wash, the shape began to change. I even purchased a brush guard, but it didn't help. once I started using it to blend, the bristles that were sticking out just made them very uneven and ugly. wasting a lot of time and eye shadows too because I would have to apply it a few times to get the right pigmentation. 

soon after, it became quite flat with a lot of single strands sticking out to the sides 


Hakuhodo has a similar brush that keeps its shape better for a cheaper price too if you're willing to pay for the shipping 


Pros: everything except the price

Cons: pricey

I bought the first one in 2012 and another one in 2013 and totally love the brush! If I had to give up all of my eyetools except two, I would keep this one and the 239, which is the perfect match for this one.

The quality is great, it is smooth and both don't loose hair. If they were not that expensive, I would buy a couple more.


Oh, by the way, I paid € not $!


Pros: The brush is soft and blends like a dream

Cons: Pricey

This is the best brush hands down. If I lost all of my brushes this would be the first I would go out and repurchase. I use this to place shadows in the crease, to blend colours together. I also blend out concealer with it as well sometimes. I also use it to apply highlight because it gives a soft application!


Pros: Blends eyeshadown perfectly, picks up enough product yet is dense enough to make product stick. Amazing for concealer as well... looks airbrushed.

Cons: On the more expensive side. Not as easy to purchase multiples.

I love this brush so much, I couldn't do makeup without it. Between this and the #239, it's all I use to do eyes. It blends better than anything else MAC makes, and can be used for eyes or for concealer. You need more than one of this brush! Overall my most used MAC brush.


Pros: Great quality bristles, perfect firmness for blending, and it never sheds

Cons: Due to the color of the bristles they can stain.

I was lucky and purchased this at the CCO. I use this brush always when putting on shadow. I really wouldn't mind having a second or a third as it can be used for applying concealer to blemishes. If you want to start a MAC brush collection, this one is a necessity.


Pros: Blends well, great quality,

This brush is awesome! It is the best for blending, especially for hard-to-blend colors, because the bristles are stiff enough that they actually move the color around to blend out harsh lines but soft enough that it's still comfortable to use. This is definitely my favorite blending brush!


Pros: good for blending and for other things.

Cons: none

I love this brush! Not just for blending but also for applying eye shadow.  I wish I had several of these because of it's multi tasking.  Blends wonderfully!  

MAC 217 Blending Brush

For shading or blending of colour or creamy products. This brush has fine, densely packed fibers that are arranged in an oval shape. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature wood handles and nickel-plated brass ferrules.

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