oh dear, my beloved 217 has gone unreviewed. My bad.
this is a must have, a makeup artist's staple for blending eyes, concealer or bronzers/blush. I have been purchasing this for the past 8 years I believe. It is indispensable for a finished, polished look.
I do not like the goat hair all that much as I have to keep cleaning and rotating the brushes. I usually keep 5-6 in rotation. I have had no problem with shedding, however after a few years of use, sometimes the old goat gives up the ghost and starts to break off (like badly dyed hair which has not been conditioned). I have heard some people prolong the life of the brush by using a light conditioner on it. I have not tried this but would not want a buildup on the brush tip.
For the price I would prefer to purchase a new one and have a squeaky clean and fresh one on hand,
there are few market comparables at this price range (just peek at TF brushes).
will continue to purchase.
The MAC #217 blending brush is a WONDERFUL brush! I use the fluffiness in my crease, but I can also use the side to pack on eye shadow to my lid. I use it every morning and it does the job I need it to! I would repurchase this any day! I wish that MAC brushes came in a better packaging, like maybe something that could help it keep its shape for traveling, or after you wash it but oh well..
Believe every good review on this one. If you can only afford one good eye brush for shading/contouring or blending above the crease, this is it. I personally think there are many acceptable drugstore brands for lid placement, but for crease and above, the right brush is crucial. I get sad when this one needs to be cleaned and dried and I use another brush for contouring and blending because the result is flawless when I use the 217 and I need a backup.
MAC's 217 blending brush is what got me into using quality brushes for MU in the first place. The difference it makes in blending shadows is amazing, no more muddy, messy looking eyeshadow! The light weight handle is perfect for controlled and precise application, and the brush head is the perfect size for my large eyes/lid space. I also find that this brush works GREAT for blending out undereye concealer. I have two now- one for e/s and one for concealer!
Buying this has definately hurt my wallet! I was hoping to not like it as much so I won't consider buy anymore MAC brushes, but the truth is, I love it. The bristles are uber soft! I love that it is white so I could see the shadow colours I'm using, unlike those black bristles ones. I just absolutely adore this brush, but just not the price tag. I read many reviews before purchasing this and honestly, I have to say that I'm glad I bought it out of curiosity because the quality is better than the other eye brushes I own. However, when I say 'better' I only mean 2x better. To me, I have to judge the product with quality, price, and not so much the brand. I think that this brush is 2x times better than my say, real technique brush, but this is 4x the price of that said brush, making it not very attractive for me. So even though it's a great brush, and I love it so far, I might hesitate to repurchase only because of the price factor. I just hope I won't lose it. In the meantime, I might try out art store as I heard they got same quality brush for fraction on the price.
Nice brush, performs well, It could be a slightly softer..real techniques has a cheaper and better one, so does Sonia K.
Best blending brush on the planet. It can turn your eyeshadow into a work of art. Blends like a dream. One of the first MAC brushes I bought way back and it changed my life. Years latter I have a bunch of them laying around. You will not be disappointed.
This blending brush saved my life. Before I got more serious into makeup, I had always used this really cheap fluffy blending brush... which ended up making my crease shadow go WAY too high and me looking like a hooker (not cute). The lady did my makeup at the MAC counter and I wasn't even intending on buying anything, but when she mentioned that the 217 blending brush would fix my "hooker" shadow problem, I bought it immediately. This brush is FANTASTIC!!! Not only does it blend extremely well, but it's a stiffer, more structured blender than other brushes. This allows you to have total control over where your eye shadow goes and make sure you precisely put it where you want it the first try. Totally in love, I would give this as a gift to all my friends.
This is my favorite brush EVER. I can make an entire look just by using this brush. It's not too big, not too small, not too dense, not too loose. It's perfect! It is more dense than the blending brushes I was used to, but it is still fluffy and soft enough to blend everything perfectly! I would definitely re-buy if I would ever lost it!
I love this brush. It blends my shadows effortlessly and beautifully. I would definitely repurchase again and again.