Is it an expensive brush? Yes. Will it be worth your money? Absolutely. This is one of the best brushes for a nice soft smokey eye look. You can use it to blend or deposit colors into the crease for a soft look. It may be a bit big for gals with smaller eyelids but overall a great brush. You may also want to try the 222 (white goat hair) if you'd like a smaller version of this brush. As typical of all MAC brushes review I make, I do not recommend buying the SE versions of this brush. They are typically not as soft and does not provide the accurate blending you're looking for as the original brush.
The best blending brush ever! Everyone claims that this is the best blending brush, and I wanted to get it but I did not want to spend $28.00usd. I was at my local Cosmetics Company Outlet and they had this brush for $19.00usd, and I had to get it. So glad I did it blends my eyeshadows together wonderfully.
This is my second 224 brush. The first one I bought 2 years ago litterally sat in my brush cup gathering dust. It was bushy and too big for crease work and not good at blending either. After watching so many youtube gurus use this brush for crease work I went to Mac again and looked closer at some of the 224s on the shelf and they are at least 1/3 smaller than mine and much more tapered. I repurchased the brush and I am taking my 224 back in its place. Shame on mac for inconsistancy. Choose your brush carefully as all mac brushes are not created equally. IMHO the Chanel #12 is much softer, better quality and only a little more expensive.
I use this one every day, I love it! I hesitated before finally splurging on this baby – it was worth every penny! That was a few years ago and today my brush looks almost new, because I take good care of my investment. This brush is very soft, picks up eye shadow with ease and is so easy to use! I use it to blend my eye shadow, especially in the crease.
This is a great brush to have in your collection. Like others have mentioned, it is very versatile from applying concealors, to highlighters, to setting concealor, to blending eyeshadow. This is my absolute favorite blending brush. It does a great job diffusing the color and creating soft lines. It fits great in my crease. I want to pick up another one soon just because one isn't enough for me. It is on the expensive side however so I may be looking into the Sonia Kashuk brush like another reviewer suggested. But if you've been lemming this product for awhile, definitely make the plunge. You won't regret it.
This is my favorite blending/crease brush. I also use it for my brow highlighter. It's a must have
Ever since I saw pixiwoo (a MU guru on youtube) using this as a concealer brush, I wanted it. I don't like the regular concealer brush that much that just smears it under your eyes, and I don't like applying concealer with my fingers because my nails are so long and my concealer will end up in my nails (yuck!) Sooo, I am very happy I bought this. This brush is amazing.. it's definately one of my favorite brushes. It applys my concealer flawlessly and buffs it into my skin so perfect. It's very dense and it doesn't smoosh or bend during application. It's very sturdy. I absolutely love it. Well worth the $28 in my opinion. After applying my concealer I even use it to apply my setting powder under my eyes and it doesn't cake and rarely needs to be cleaned. You can use it for so many things too.. you can use it to highlight areas on your face.. blend your shadows, contour your nose, etc.
This brush is decent, but I feel like I could have found a better one for much cheaper. It sheds occasionally and I don't like how long the brush hairs are - makes it hard to control where the product goes. It's okay for blending, but honestly I don't understand the hype.
I'm going to give this brush 4 stars because it is an excellent blending brush but honestly, I've compared this to my Sonia Kashuk white handled blending brush (which was only 6 bucks or so) and it has the EXACT same result. I've tried convincing myself that the 224 was worth the $28 and that it is of better quality but the SK brush is soo comparable. The 224 is only a tad larger and slightly less tapered. I have a small crease space to work with and the SK is nice because the hairs are a bit more dense and do not splay out as much as the 224. The 224 is a bit too flimsy for crease work- it's better for blending. But as a few other MUAers have noted, this brush works a lot better in the crease when only the very tip of the brush is dipped into the eyeshadow. I use it in conjunction with my 217 because my 217 alone doesn't diffuse and soften color as well as the 224. I use a 217 to apply color to my crease and slightly blend it out. Then I use a 224 in a windshield wiper motion and small circular motions and blend like crazy. I love the result it gives me. It softly blends out any harsh lines and makes my blending skills look professional and airbrushed. It's also versatile in that it can be used to blend out concealer, contour the sides of your nose, and apply a highlight to the cheeks or browbone. A great brush to have but if you're on a budget, I would definitely say go with the SK brush I mentioned earlier.
This was one of the first MAC brushes I got and it has remained a favourite of mine that I use in my everyday make up routine.
When I first got it I used it for applying and blending eyeshadow in the crease.
It's fluffy and quite dense, however not as dense as #217 and a bit more fluffy and domeshaped. This makes it ideal for blending and to sweep on a highlight color to the browbone. It actually kind of does both at the same time.
It might not be just quite as versataile as #217, although the fluffyness of the brush makes me prefer it over #217 for everyday blending and sweeping on highlighter.