by corinne iaia

June 27, 2014

THE MAC EYE-BRUSH KIT



Brush newbs, unite. I put off buying myself proper brushes for the longest time; it was the section of the makeup counter that I would always avoid. I would buy endless eyeshadows and blushes, and in my mind, why would I purchase a brush when I could add another shade to the stash for the same amount of money? But ladies, if you have a similar affliction, listen up - why are we investing in so many products that we improperly use because we neglect to buy the right tools? I am telling you, firsthand, I have been turned to the brush side. After all, an artist is nothing without her paint brushes…

The eye category is where I have seen the biggest improvement in application due to my latest brush investments. Naturally, after hours slumped over my laptop watching the likes of Lisa Eldrige and Charlotte Tilbury dust their way to perfect 'natural' smokey eyes with the help of their MAC 217 brushes, it was at the top of my list. This brush is the ultimate blending and shading tool for cream or powder eye products and is the best for defining that outer 'v' when you are smoking things up a bit. Once you get your hands on this you will not want to be without it again. If you only want to invest in one brush, look no further, as this baby can essentially do it all (and pick up quite a lot of pigment) as long as you practice up on your skills a bit. I have already picked up a second, and a third is on the list, because having an extra clean brush lying around has been quite the lifesaver if I don't have the time to wash and let dry my other. 

After some additional blog perusing I settled on three other brushes to help me keep my blending skills in check. The MAC 228 brush is the mini shader, and is used for a more precise shading result if you are working with creamy or emollient products. If you want uber blended lids, a defined crease, and a seamlessly airbrushed shadow application, then MAC 224 brush is for you. I think that this is my second most used brush next to the 217; ever since I picked mine up I have relied on it for blending and it works like a dream. The last one I snatched up was the MAC 239 eye shader brush whose soft and dense bristles allow you to pack on the pigment prior to blending. If you have any loose high-pigment products that you aren't sure how to work with (nightmares of fallout scaring you away), then this is for you. 

What eye brushes do you guys use to shade your shadow and blend to perfect airbrushed lids? 
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  2. Gorgeous shades in your palette! Lovely post too, i love Mac brushes!
    xprincessjas | xx

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    1. Thank you! Me too they are my favorite :)

      xx,
      Corinne

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  3. 239 4 LIFE! In my dreams, I would own 20 of them. I own 2 and they are always the first brushes I reach for! I even got my mom sold on them and she now has 2! I think the 239 brush is the eye brush everyone should own. I have a 217SE (short handle) from the Archie's Girls collection and I love that one too and reach for it more often than any other blender brush, including the world famous Real Techniques blender. I definitely want a full size version! What you said about avoiding brushes because of the cost - I totally relate! I felt like a light bulb switched on the first time I used a more professional blush to apply makeup. Everything got so much easier to do and looked THAT much better. Totes worth the dough! :)

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    1. It is so amazing! I love MAC's brushes in general but that one is so good and they really do make a world of difference in terms of application! I did stray from them for so long because I thought I would much rather buy more makeup than brushes, but what good is all of that with nothing to put it on with ;)

      xx,
      Corinne

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