I bought two of these brushes and I am very satisfied. It enables me to create a smokey outer 'V' as though I was a professional makeup artist! It works extremely well with most finishes (satin, starflash, velvet, and even matte2/matte - think Plumage by MAC). Any Gal who likes to sport the smokey-V look and create it in seconds - invest in this brush!
Wow, I purchased the 224 brush after purchasing the 217 brush. I have to say....I like this one better! I dont know what it is but I feel like I have so much more control with this brush as opposed to the 217. I also love the way it leaves the shadow on my crease with a sort of airbrushed look. It just cleans up the entire look...I love it!
I got this after watching kuupio1207 on YouTube. It really helps with blending colors and giving a finished, air brushed look with little effort. I love this brush and I have two of them. One full sized and one SE for travel.
This is my favorite eye brush. Without this colors look muddy or I look like I have two black eyes. No other brush compares, especially for your crease and outer V. I have so many dupes of this: Sonia Kashuk, Posh, two Coastal Scents and they don't even come close. I struggled with different brushes for a long time before I got this and my only regret is not buying it sooner. You can use dark brown or black shadows with ease and it's so fast!
This is one I use daily, you cannot beat the blending ability. Maybe you can, but as a novice I find this brush very user friendly and forgiving if need be.
MAC Brushes #217 and #224, both valuable additions to my makeup arsenal, are confusing b/c they are marketed as "blending" brushes. Not so!
I like the 217 ($22.50 USD) for depositing shadow into my crease b/c it has a soft *pointy* head that gives you more precision.
I like the 224 ($28 USD) for actually blending harsh lines created with the 217. This has a nice fluffy *round* head.
Obviously, both are necessary for doing the smoky look but I find uses for everyday. Pricewise, I find the 217 to be a better bargain (which is why I took off a lippie).
This is my go-to blender brush. For softening the line in the crease it's superb. I also use it for adding and blending colour to the outer edge of the lid. However, don't use this brush if you want any sort of precision on where you want the colour to go, it's slightly too big for that. It can be used to add highlight to the browbone effectively.
I'm still working on this one but I love it more each time. It's a bit big for my eyes but it's wonderful in softening harsh lines. My only problem right now is that it gets color everywhere and sometimes just muddies everything up. But I think that might be more in my application than the brush itself. Eh-in time I'll know.
my favourite mac brush! Can be used to lightly sweep colour over the lid, use to pit highlighter on or what I mainly use it for smokey eyes! I swear I have to do no work with this brush it does it all! I have big eyes so it works well however I think if you have smaller eyes your better off with the pencil brush. Some may think this is weird but I sometimes use this brush to contour my nose as it shape really helps! But then I guess its personal preference!
I love this brush! I have really small lids and a small crease area (I'm part Asian). I tried using the 217 brush first but I didn't like how it blended. And it felt like it was tugging at my eye when I used it :/ So I just apply a harsh line on my crease and blend it out with the 224! It's great and soft. If you have small lids and area hesitating at buying this, don't. give it a shot. It is expensive but a lot of good quality brushes are.
EDIT: I recommend the 226 brush instead of the 224. It is better for blending and defining the crease...and definitely perfect for Asian eyelids (monolids or just small lids).