This brush is totally UNDERhyped. I had my mom buy it when she was in NY a month ago because it's been out of stock for months in Malaysia. Now I wish I'd gotten two :) It's a small flat paddle-shaped brush with synthetic (not taklon) bristles. The length of the bristles is stiff, but the tip is cut to a thin taper, so it's more flexible at the tip. This makes it the Perfect Eyeliner Brush. I've used it with gels and powders (wet and dry), for regular lining and tightlining, and IMO the precision, comfort, and ease of use is unbeatable. Forget the 266, this brush is everything you need. You can also make the thinnest thin line with this. Eyelining has never been this easy, or this fast. Makes even crumbly L'Oreal HIP cream liners go on fast and smooth. Better than the 266 and BB's ultra fine liner brush. Affordable at $17.
My must-have brush. I bought it primarily for applying eyeliner gel.... and WOW! It's small and stiff that guarantees precise applications, yet soft enough that won't hurt the lids. From the day I got the brush lining eyes has became fast and easy. I got the smooth and thin and tight lines that I'd always dreamed of with my shaky hands. ;p The brush also works wonderfully with eye shadow cream and powders. Overall, this is a great brush for detail work. Highly recommended.
Great little brush.
I use it as a liner brush, and is better than the 266.
Highly recomended!, great work MAC!!!
This and the #219 are the perfect brushes for me. This brush is a short, thin, small shading brush made of synthetic fibers. This is a duo fiber brush with white tips. Great with powder and cream products. This brush is fabulous to shade small areas, lining upper and lower lashline and lining the waterline. Love using this to line the water line because of it's flat tips. Rounded squaere brush with a flat tips, so it's perfect for patting on color to the waterline with the flat side and the tip is so small that it's perfect for lining. :D Cute little multi-tasking/multi-purpose brush!
Love this brush! I dip it in any of the dark eyeshadows, such as the black one from the new Gentle Fume palette to line between my eye lashes and the bottom of my eye. Its hair is soft enough that it doesn't poke your eyes and make it watery, as much as the other brushes do.
Awesome little multitasker! This flat, thin, compact little paddle shaped beauty works for packing pigment or shadow onto small areas as well as for lining and tightlining both the upper and lower lashlines. Because it's rounded, not flat or squared, it feels softer on the lashline than a push brush or angled brush. I would definitely consider a backup of one of these little gems.
Just got this brush recently and I can see that this is definitely going to be very useful. I used it for lining with my f/l and it works wonderfully - very even and thin line. At the same time, it would works great with packing on pigments and shading e/s in the corners of my eyes. Great soft brush and not expensive.
I bought this brush a couple of months ago and literally said, "oh crap" as soon as I got it home. I tried the in store tester - which must've been pummeled to death - and found it to be a soft flexible brush. So when I realised how dense and 'stiff' mine was I was quite disappointed. I liked to use the 228 for lining with shadow on my lower lid and thought I'd be able to use it for that too. The bristles are too tight and 'narrow' so it really didn't do anything I wanted to.
Cue 4 months later. My friend came over and was borrowing my brushes and as I was hogging the 228 and my angled brushes she resigned herself to use it to line and shade. Lo and behold a new love was found. While it may not be able to apply shadows to the lower lid to well... (or in my opinion) it was amazing as as push liner. I am an angled brush type of gal so it never really occurred to me to use it in this way. Lately my brushes have all flared slightly so this was able to give me the tiiiight thin line I always wanted. Yay! Plus I was able to use it to do detail shading on my lids. I still prefer the 228 for this work.. but I would use it in a pinch. I highly recc this brush.. and kind of want to buy another....
I bought this brush for applying e/s but then I actually now use it for concealer! It's a good size for me, and the perfect firmness. When I first bought it (for eyeshadow) I found myself reaching for other brushes first, and it was quite neglected. Then I read it was good for concealer, and now I'm using it daily!
I'm so glad I read the reviews here before purchasing an eyebrush. I have Asian eyes that are not very deep-set and I normally have a problem applying e/s with regular e/s brushes as they are often too big. I was looking for a brush that I could use to apply, then blend or buff out my MAC fluidlines to use them as e/s, and also something that could be used to apply e/s as eyeliner. I almost planned to get the 219 or the 217 based on their reviews, but I read further and decided on this one instead. You ladies are so right! It has nice firm but stiff hairs and the brush keeps its shape. It's small enough to do the jobs I specified above. I love it for applying then buffing out my New Weed F/L as my e/s base, then applying Graphic Brown F/L on the top lashline as my e/l. The effect is very pretty. I also use it to apply Deep Truth e/s as e/l and it picks up just the right amount of pigment and allows me to draw a thin precise line. I've also used it to create a smokey look with dark brown/purple e/s. I really love this versatile brush! Thanks for your reviews. BTW, MAC makes some great brushes. I have the #180 buffer (see review) which I love, and the #239 for applying e/s or pigment all over the eye (it's great to apply Naked pigment as a wash all over my eyes for pretty "neutral with a kick" look.