Monday, 19 May 2014

MAC Monday: MAC 217 Blending Brush

MAC 217 eyeshadow Blending Brush
MAC 217 Blending Brush

The MAC 217 Blending Brush has to be a make up kit staple for so many people. If you only own one decent brush then this really should be it! I think this must be one of MAC's most cult products and I know that some people actually own several of them.

The MAC 217 Blending Brush can be used to apply or blend eyeshadow or cream eyeshadow. The fibres are densely packed and arranged in an oval shape. The brush has a long wooden handle, feels nice in your hand and is easily controllable.

MAC 217 eyeshadow Blending Brush
My 217 Blending Brush - fluffy after cleaning with MAC Brush Cleanser

I use my 217 to blend colours together and smudge away harsh lines, it is great to create a smokey eye look or to blend darker colours into the crease or corner. Now this of course is why some people have a couple of these in their stash - I have made the mistake of quickly reaching for it and messing up my make up because it is full of darker shadow. So either give in and buy a couple or make sure you keep it clean. I use the MAC Brush Cleanser for mine which cleans it brilliantly and really quickly.

MAC 217 eyeshadow Blending Brush

Since I bought the 217 Blending Brush I have more confidence creating bolder eyeshadow looks. My friend recently bought a lovely Bobbi Brown shadow palette but wasn't sure how to create a good smokey eye - I immediately told her to get one of these brushes as it is the easiest way to avoid those messy looking edges to your eye colour.

The best way to use the brush for blending is to use really small circles but with a light touch. Don't scrub away as if you are mixing paint as it won't work any better and you'll end up irritating your skin.

MAC brushes aren't cheap, so it may not be something that you just pick up on a whim, so feel assured that this is worth the investment. I can absolutely recommend this brush to anyone who wears eyeshadow - good tools are as important as good quality shadows. Along with my MAC 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush (which I reviewed HERE) this is my favourite MAC brush. So invest in this brush or stick it on your birthday or Christmas list and you won't be sorry!

The MAC 217 Blending Brush is £18 at Debenhams HERE (AND they currently have a 10% off Beauty promo so it is just £16.20 if you hurry).

Do you have any favourite MAC brushes or know of any good dupes?

MAC Monday is my weekly celebration of my favourite MAC products! Here are my previous MAC Monday posts:

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette HERE
MAC Pressed Blot Powder HERE
MAC Swiss Chocolate Eyeshadow HERE
MAC Chroma Copper Cobra Nail Polish HERE
MAC 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush HERE
MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick HERE
MAC Warm Neutral Eyeshadow Palette HERE
MAC Mineralize Blush in Petal Power HERE
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose HERE
MAC Cremesheen Glass in Deelight HERE
MAC Club Eyeshadow HERE
MAC Prep+Prime Skin HERE
MAC Fanfare Lipstick HERE 
MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Out For Passion HERE
MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow HERE
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Let's Skate HERE
MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow HERE
MAC Huggable Lip Colours in Fresh and Frisky HERE
MAC Brick-O-La Lipstick HERE
MAC Divine Night Fluidline in Deliciously Rich HERE

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