I wish my Target would get in more of these so I could buy a backup--I'm lazy about washing my e/l brush every night during busy work times and I wish I could use this every day. Anyway, this is the best eyeliner brush I have tried (compared to MAC 212, a similar flat Lancome brush with synthetic bristles, Fyrinnae's soft synthetic tiny angle e/l brush, SK's natural bristle angle brush similar to MAC 266, and a Utrecht art store pencil-type brush which is my current second favorite--yes, I've been on an e/l brush mission). I'm not a tightliner, and a wide flatline or angle brush is way too hard to control for normal lining, so it's definitely a pointy pencil type for me. SK's is perfect. The bristles are soft, the tip narrow enough for a delicate line and flexible enough to give a bolder one with more product and more pressure applied to it. The bend in the brush makes it easier to reach my eye comfortably without blocking myself in the mirror. I know Stila and SB make bent e/l brushes as well, but at 1/3 the price I cannot imagine why I'd depart from SK!
Thanks MUA!! I picked up the Bent SK e/l brush while in Target because of the reviews I had read on MUA. I am sooo happy that I bought it! The brush has long thin bristles that are very soft. I was able to use the brush to go under my lower lashes to apply eyeshadow as a liner directly on the lash line. I always have a problem with my lashes getting in the way, so this was great and with the bent tip it was easier to manuver. The price was around $5-6 and I have easily seen the same brush for $15-20. I would recommend that you go out and purchase it now.
Great product. I use MAC Fluidline with it, and it takes seconds to do and looks great. The bent shape seems intimidating at first, but it's actually really easy to use. It can produce some pretty thin lines, and thicker if you press it down. Cheap, too!
I liked it for the most part. It was easy to put on my Fluidline with it, and it gave a nice thin line. I'm always making mine too thick, so this was nice.
I felt that it didn't pick up the eyeliner very well though. I had to dip it back in the jar before every stroke, and even then I had to go back over it to make the line darker, which was VERY annoying.
Also, I bought it yesterday, and there are already like 4 little hairs sticking out.
The bent shape makes application easier, but I ended up spending the same amount of time putting my eyeliner on because I had to keep going over it.
I now want to return my MAC 209 eyeliner brush. This is a great brush. I always imagined it would be difficult to use this type of brush since it's bent, but it is so much easier then my MAC 209. I wish I would have found this brush sooner. Thanks to the reviewers @ MUA, I picked this brush up today and tried it with my MAC Fluidline, and all I kept thinking was WOW. Thanks MUA reviewers!
Edit: I won't be buying this again. I fell back in love with my MAC 209. I can't just get precise lining out of this like I can with my MAC 209.
I'm no slouch in applying gel eyeliner since since I've been using liquid liners on and off for about 15 years, but I hadn't found a brush that I really liked.
I tried two MAC brushes (266 and something else that looked similar) and found that I could only make a thickish line and it didn't always come out even so I returned them both. I also tried a "push" looking brush from the art store which was just okay for eyeliner (fabulous for concealer!).
I'd resigned myself to using a washed out brush from an old tube of liquid eyeliner. I saw the Smashbox brush, but didn't want to have to go through the hassle of plunking down all of that money and then returning it if I didn't like it. I saw this at target (which I go to way more often than the mall so returns aren't as much of a hassle) and tried it out.
It makes application so easy and about 10 times faster. The bend is really intuitive. I can even use after I've super-curled my lashes (which was always a problem with straight brushes). I just swipe a good bit of product on both sides and tap any gross excess on my hand. Next I just line away. I've used this brush at all angle (even upside down) depending on the look I'm trying to get and where there is product remaining. Overall, a pretty fantabulous brush.
What a great product! So easy for my fumbly fingers to handle and use. Makes me look great with beautiful dark full lashes at the base (naturally blonde). I use it with Bare Escentuals retro liner and my eyes look naturally lush. I would buy this again in a heartbeat! In fact, they are so inexpensive I may go ahead an buy another for a spare.
I don't have much to add to what's been said about this brush already. I use this for gel eyeliner and occasionally with shadow, and it's great. This brush is what helped me to master winged eyeliner and it's much easier to use than an angled eyeshadow brush.
At first I wondered if I would be able to get the hang of using this (looks so awkward), but the brush angles perfectly. Draws a fine or thicker line depending on how much pressure is applied. I love SK brushes - you can't beat what you get for the money. Highly recommend.