Normally I use MAC 266 for my fluidline, but I need a firmer more precise tip So after rave reviews, I purchased the 209. I use this with Fluidline and it works very well. much better than the 266, I have to admit. but I had so much trouble achieving the winged look when I used the 266, not with the 209. I just use a bit of product and I achieve that fine line that I love. This gives a much better and precise control which works well with my shaky hands syndrome. I would definately buy this again, actually I will when the MAC friends and family sale rolls around...
I own two of these. That should give you an idea of how much I love and use this brush.
The tip is just right for lining of any type... Cat lines, tightline or simple definition.
It is cut perfectly and there is no shedding. It is one of the few MAC brushes which has not given me any grief.
I use this for myself and for my clients.
Generally I use high quality artist brushes rather than makeup brushes but I needed something with a firmer tip than I could find in the art supply store. So I purchased the 209. I use this with Fluidline and it works wonderfully. I had used the slant brush 266, but I had a lot of trouble at the corners getting the very slight winged look. So I figured I would try the 209....wonderful. I can use very little product and get a very fine line or use more on the brush and get a much thicker line. I think this brush gives way more precise control than the 266 brush since I have trouble with shaky hands.
I will buy another one of these to have a back up.
I got this to use along with my Fluidline and Im really not too happy with it. I find it hard to use, maybe someone more skilled in the art of eyeliner would have an easier time with it? Also when I got mine one of the hairs was sticking out off to the side and it really bugged me and I thought it would go away after washing it. It didnt, its still there and Im probably going to end up snipping it off just because its annoying. I wish I would have gotten a different brush, somedays my eyeliner looks ok with this brush and other days it just looks terrible. IDK. I much prefer a slanted brush, I find them to be so much easier to use. I actually got a set of the Sigma brushes and It came with two liner brushes one similar to the 209 and a slanted one. I prefer the sigma ss209 to the real 209.
This is my first Mac brush and I'm loving it with fluidline.
I think if you don't have a steady hand, you'll need to practice a little more. Those of you who have already been wearing makeup/eyeliner for a long time should have to problem. Also, those of you who are visual artists (with paint, pencil, etc.), you've already developed a steady hand, and thus you could probably use this no problem.
My eyes are creaseless, so lining my eyes with super-THIN lines just disappear when I open my eyes and reappear when I close them. This brush allows me to line my eyes thick enough so that the line shows when my eyes are open. I can easily flick the brush outward to create a cat's eye. I can also line my eyes really close to my lower lashes..VERY thinly. Of course, with this brush, a stead hand=ability to make thinner lines
I have a pretty steady hand, so I'm lovin this brush over the 210 liner brush (which takes more times and strokes to create thicker lines)
Swapped away. Nothing special about this brush.
I loveeee this brush! I use this all the time with my blacktrack fluidline. With steady hands you can create the most precise line possible. If you want thickness, just put the brush sideways for it's thickness. Unlike the 210, it's more firm to use as an eyeliner brush (IMO).
I hate this brush , it's wayyyyy to thick to line my eyes . I should go for the 210 instead.
I love this brush. It makes it so easy to make a thin , thik line. I use it with Mac blacktrack Fluidline and it is amazing. I love that the bristles are so firm too.
I don't know why this is marketed as a liner brush- it does the thickest, dumbest looking lines ever! I have and love the 208 and the 210 (which is WAAAAY thinner than the 209)- they do better, thinner and more precise lines than the 209. Out of all of my MAC brushes, I this is the only one I regret purchasing.
This works great with fluidlines, I always use this for precision rather than an angled brush, they never works with small eyes.