MAC • 222 Tapered Blending Brush [DISCONTINUED] • Makeup Brushes
|Would buy this product again.||90%|
This product has been discontinued
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is a great underrated brush! It is perfect for my smaller eyes. I also own the 217 and 224. It has white goat hair like the 217 but is longer and thus less stiff than the 217. I've been using the 217 for 6 years but find that it is a bit too big for my eyes compared to the 222. Now with the 222 I can precisely apply the crease color and transition color exactly where I want it without overblending (like with the 217) and making a muddy/overblended mess. The color is blended exactly where I want it to be blended on the eye. Now I can blend my transition color where I want it and blend my crease color where I want it without overlapping them overly much. It really has changed my application for the better. It costs $21 at CCO which is more expensive than the 217 (which is $23 at retail, $17 at CCO) but the 222 is really worth it for precisely blended application.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Oily, Dark, Warm Hair: Black, Relaxed, Coarse Eyes: Brown
This brush is what I wanted the 224 an the 217 to be. Both the 217 and the 224 overly blend my shadows- because the brushes are to big. However, the 222 is perfect for getting into my crease and blending the harsh edges of my shadows. This is because the 222 is thin and long enough to blend without making everything a muddled mess.
I got my 222 from my CCO, so this was an excellent buy for me.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
hmm... sorry to disagree, guys! This brush didn't work for me. It's simply too big to blend on my lids and crease. Besides, it has lost its shape big time. Mine is still nice and soft, but it looks nothing like the ones above.
I've given it three lippies because I still have to try to give its old shape back and see what happens (no brush guards anywhere in sight).
If I would buy this again? I don't even bother. MAC-eye brushes cost around 60 dollars at Brazilian MAC stores. Will have to wait till my next trip overseas to get new brushes.
(It's no longer displayed on their website - maybe discontinued?)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium Eyes: Green
I like this brush but I wouldn't call it a staple. Yes, it's soft and precise, blends eyeshadows well and never shed a hair or stained. Why not a staple, right? Well, I can have the same results with my 217.
Oh, and I just noticed that it's not on the official MAC website anymore...
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brunette, Medium Eyes: Hazel
My HG of MAC eye makeup brushes. It is truly blending magic! It makes blending and applying to the crease a breeze! Doesn't shed and keeps it's shape. I would totally repurchase this brush if it was lost or damaged by me somehow as I can't live without it! :)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Oh MAC 222... you are so good to me. I love this brush for a lot of reasons... it works well to apply to the crease, blends well, doesn't shed, etc etc but my favorite use for this is to apply pigment. I find that it holds onto pigment really well and then blends it out fantastically. This is one of the brushes that I would really like to have a double of, it's verrry useful.
PROS: great for crease, applying pigment, blending, good quality, holds shape
CONS: more difficult to find as it is a Pro brush, semi $$$
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Curly, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I own pretty much all the tapered/crease eye brushes MAC has to offer, and of those, the 222 is indispensable.
Like a lot of people, I find the 224 too big and fluffy to define my crease. It tends to muddy the crease, lid, and brow colors (which makes it great for blending -- not so much for defining).
The 222, on the other hand, is veeeeeery precise. Its narrow shape and "stiffness" lets you easily sweep color directly into the crease -- no higher, no lower. For someone like me, who doesn't have a lot of "real estate" to work with, it's a godsend. (But don't take this to mean this brush is only good for people with smaller eyes -- just as I use the 219 pencil brush to deepen my crease, so could you with the 222!)
This is a top-notch brush on par with the famed 239: it's soft, durable, picks up and packs on pigment, doesn't shed, and holds up through washings.
I seriously can't see why anyone wouldn't find something to love about this brush -- it's just so GOOD at what it does!!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
This is probably one of my favourite makeup brushes, especially for eyes. At first I didn't really think I needed a brush like this one.. But it makes blending and applying to the crease a breeze! It has held it's shape well for the 6+ months I have used it daily and does not shed at all. Since it has soft, slightly longer bristles I would not recommend it for applying eyeshadow all over the lid. Would repurchase if it was lost - as I doubt I will need to replace this. :)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I gave in to the MAC hype and bought this and a 217. I like the brushes. They are soft, dense, and pack on color well. They wash well, too - don't worry that the bristles are white, they will stay that way if you take care of them.
I gave these a four instead of a five because a) no brush should cost this much and b) they are NOT universal in their application. I have a small eyelid space and these brushes are just too big to blend in a flattering way, especially in the crease. I was told this was a perfect product that works great for everyone, but no matter how slowly or carefully I go, I still have muddy overdramatic/overdone looks.
An artist is only as good as their tools, and I thought I would finally have good makeup because of this brush, but I don't, not yet. I'm still looking for the blending brush that flatters my eyes. These brushes would most likely flatter you and do everything the other reviewers say they would do, but I, for one, am a little bit disappointed.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
This is a really great brush. I use it for my crease shades and it works very well. Somehow, even though the brush is wider at the end, it is still able to get into my crease and distribute shadow with precision (yet gives a softened edge to the shadow). I would repurchase this brush - it's much better (for me at least) than the MAC 224.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Love this brush, I went to my mac counter and wanted a good blending brush for blending out the edge of my crease to brow bone and the MUA instantly pulled this one out. I'm so glad I got it - it is pricey, but so far I haven't had any shedding and when washed the white bristles do not retain the e/s colour (which I was a little worried about with the white bristles). I have quite a deep crease and because of the length of the brush i can get right into the crease and still be able to see what i'm doing! Great - love it. I have seen that others compare it to the 217, so I suppose that's good cos now the 217 is off my wishlist :) !
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
A very good brush: gives you everything you might expect. It's main function is blending, and it does it well.
I would have given "5" if tried many of similar ones. I just got this one since read a lot of reviews before buying. Absolutely happy about.
But you can't expect multiple functions. It's a blending brush.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I recently got into make up brushes, so I am SPLURGING on brushes like MAC, Shu Uemura, etc etc. I love this brush, I mean, REALLY love this brush. I suck at blending eye shadows, and this brush really helps me out. Honestly, I am not a make up pro, but I realized its the brushes that make it work (and practice too!).
If you are seriously contemplating about getting a blending brush, I would definitely recommend this one!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This brush is very expensive and I was a bit iffy at first, but I knew I wanted it. I'm glad I got one because it's my most used brush, it works amazing and I use it absolutely everyday.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Very soft and perfect for my crease when I want precise application.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Blue
I like this brush, I use it to place colour in the crease. It is amazing quality, as all MAC eyebrushes (the face-ones vary i bit too much), super soft, but with lots of hold. It holds shape exellent after being washed, and it pointy enough to give a defined line, and still blends brilliantly.
However, the 217 does the exact same thing, and as the bristles are shorter, it is easier to use. the 222 is a lot more expensive than the 217, so it my 222 ever die, I wont repurchase, but get another 217 instead.
So in conclusion, I like it, but it is not an absolute must-have, and there is a good substitute.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
What can I say that hasn't been said before? It's a great brush! Super soft, so it won't irritate the delicate skin on the eye, but firm enough to give precise definition to the crease. Well worth the money.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
I'm looking real good these days due to MAC brushes. As long as I've been using makeup I only recently discovered how great these are and what a phenomenal difference they make. I formerly used Trish McEvoy and Bobbi Brown and I THOUGHT they were good quality, or good enough but NO, NO, NO. They are just average for the average girl who doesn't really care much about makeup. That's not me. I have acquired 5 since reading the reviews on MUA and this last one, the #222 is a miracle. It was probably created for the crease but a reviewer suggested it for applying concealer which is what I got it for. I hated the collection of product that would just sit on my skin and it never looked so good (Laura Mercier concealer), now with the brush, it is a totally different product. Of course any brush made for the crease would work beautifully in the hollow underneath the eye too - Genius! If you are not happy with your undereye concealer, don't go shopping for yet another one. Pick up this brush and give them another chance.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
for approx 5 years i have used the 217 for blending and placing some crease color, so i went to mac pro store and asked for something a little more precise and i got this. the girl was 100% correct... this is wayyyy better, doesnt frizz out as much, therefore is much better designed for a pro look.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Medium Eyes: Green
I think I have a new best friend. At first I was doubtful looking at the length of the bristles but when I did the crease of my eye, it looked absolutely flawless. I have medium shaped eyes, for reference. It fits in perfectly with my 224, 217, 239, and 219 brushes.