MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush

4.4

377 reviews

81% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$$

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

The initial reason I bought this brush was because a MAC mua used copperplate shadow quite breezily and quickly in my crease. I always had difficulty using this shadow, but it looked rad as hell when she used the 224--i was sold.

Had no idea it was as $$$ as it is, and sort of choked when they rang me up at the register, but it ended up being worth it.

Would i repurchase? Unfortunately, gonna have to, since I've lost mine, and haven't managed to find a decent dupe (i probably spent more trying to find one, honestly.) I know there are better brands out there, but I love the 224, so I find no need to look elsewhere (ahem, anymore.)



Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This was my first MAC brush and with how underwhelmed I was with this brush, I'm surprised i bought another brush. I feel like it was very hyped up, and i had very high expectations for this brush. Generally, it serves its purpose well; it blends out colors beautifully. But I have never owned a more scratchy brush in my life. For a brush as costly as this one is, I was expecting a super soft, fine bristled brush. Additionally, the hairs of this brush fall out so frequently, I'm surprised there's still a brush left. I've had this for about 3 years and it is still shedding. I could have gotten a defect, but seeing as others have complained about the scratchiness, I'm assuming this brush isn't living up to the hype. All of my other MAC brushes are wonderful, though, its a shame.


on 5/14/2015 6:43:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I Purchased this brush years after I owned the Mac 217 and I must say I love this brush even more. I like the diffused effect it gives. After trying other brands of brushes I've realized that Mac's brushes really aren't the softest. It sucks because I'm in love with two Real Techniques brushes at the moment and they are way cheaper and super soft.


on 4/22/2015 12:48:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This brush is like Photoshop for your eyeshadow. If I'm creating a really complicated eye look, or am using really high-contrast colors that still look harsh even after being blended with 217, I'll blend out my lid, crease and brow bone with the 224 for a more flattering soft focus effect. This brush is also excellent for blending concealer (despite not having a tapered edge for the inner eye corner) and for setting the undereye without getting powder everywhere else. In fact, I'm considering getting another 224 exclusively for this purpose, since mine is always covered in concealer these days.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 4/5/2015 8:25:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Green

Upon first purchasing this brush, I was disappointed. But it has become a staple for me alongside the 217 and 249. Firstly, this thing is scratchy. My eyes are in no way sensitive and I have never had such an issue before, but this actually hurt to use. For a brush that costs so much, this is utterly unfair. However, after washing this several times and conditioning it with oil, I've found it much more comfortable to use. Yet I do not regret my purchase. If I had to, I would buy this again (though I may consider trying a dupe first. For placing my transition shade in or just the crease, this is perfect. It's too large for precise application, but it creates a lovely diffused look. I have also used this brush for my under-eye concealer, to set my under-eye with powder and it works wonderfully. Lastly, I use this almost every day to apply my highlight to the tops of my cheekbones and browbone. I prefer the 217 brush to this, it's softer and generally more useful to me. Yet, the 224 has really grown on me. In summary, this brush is far from ideal. But it is highly functional and I'm genuinely glad to have it.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 3/21/2015 10:24:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

Maybe this brush works better on people with larger eyes, but for my smaller, moon-shaped eyes, it's useless. It is too big to dispense shadow properly in the eye crease - the fallout is ridiculous. It's also not very soft, as some others have said. I never use this brush and it was a waste of money. If you have small eyes, avoid this brush.


on 2/28/2015 7:33:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I have 15 mac brushes. It is a must have mac brush. I love the 224 for blending, best blending brush ever and for applying concealer, perfect. I do love love this brush.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

cool stuff :)))))


Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

As an avid MAC user, who has respect for the brand and owns a few of their other brushes, I'll say without hesitation that this is the worst makeup brush I have ever used (high end or drugstore). I just don't understand the cult following this seems to have. I love the 217 and use that nearly every time I do my makeup. I understand the need for a larger, less firm brush to more softly dispense eyeshadow or to blend, so I thought this was THE one to buy. Well, this may be the only makeup brush to ever make me angry. If I hadn't ordered it directly from the MAC website, I would think I had gotten a fake. I'm sorry, it just doesn't apply color well, it's not dense enough to be useful at blending anything, and, the scratchiness...oh, the scratchiness, and the sound it makes when you use it is like rubbing straw together. And just in case that isn't enough for you, the bristles break off in little pieces EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I would love to see anyone use the brush that I have and tell me it's good. I'm open to the possibility of having received a dud, but based on a few of the reviews (I'm surprised at how few), I'm not alone in my experience. All I can say is there are much, MUCH better brushes out there. Try before you buy.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 12/26/2014 6:45:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

One of the only Mac brushes I have that I don't use everyday. While it doesn't shed, the hairs started snapping around year 2. It doesn't matter how much I condition. I reach for my white handled Sonia kashuk more or my sigma e35. Did I mention it's scratchy?




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