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MAC 217 Blending Brush
Mac 217S Blending Brush
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on 12/19/2017 7:40:00 PM
More reviews by GiGiQue
Skin: Oily, Olive, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
I have two MAC 217's, they are over 5 years old and they are in excellent condition. They perform beautifully after all these years of near-daily use and countless cleanings. The are not scratchy and they don't irritate my highly allergic, very sensitive eyes. I use a very gentle , non-alxohol, fragrance free cleaner; sometimes ill dry them with a brush cover on to keep their shape, but I've let them just plain air-dry (no shape-covers) and they have kept their shapes and textures perfectly. They pick up product beautifully, handle beautifully, and when I am on autopilot these are what end up in my hands. Am a makeup brush hoarder (it's an illness 😜😆). I've had to try many different brands and types due to extreme eye sensitivity.. and due to performance issues. I've tried all sorts of dupes for the 217, thinking that if I found the perfect dupe I would save wear & tear on my 217s and have them forever primo! I bought 3 Coastal scents dupes 3 years ago, and they were phenomenal in shape, texture and performance-- when I ordered more for gifts, the CS brushes were cut very poorly and couldn't even perform. Haphazard batches I guess. I have 4 dupes by Crown Brush, which are cut well, have a wonderful texture & perform well--but they aren't the exact shape of the 217, which always does me right! The Crown Syntho line is excellent. But, the MAC 217 reigns supreme as my FAV eye brush! A guaranteed performer! Am heartbroken these have been discontinued! Yes, they are too expensive. But they are an investment. If eye makeup is your thing, these are WORTH every penny.
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 10/12/2017 11:00:00 AM
More reviews by Beelzebubbles
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
When I first set out to buy nice brushes, I was recommended the Hakuhodo J5523 as an upgrade to the 217 or the sigma e25. I bought a few Hakuhodo brushes and used them all the time, but the 5523 was scratchy on my hypersensitive eyelids. I thought the 217 would be even worse, so I didn't bother trying it until I needed something that shape in my travel kit. I bought the 217SH (Short Handle) and I was amazed at how *not scratchy* it was! So the next time I had a MAC code, I bought the full length version, and again, much softer than my 5523. Since then, I've put the 5523 in my backup drawer and switched to the 217. I feel like MAC gets a bad rap much more than they should, because I love so much from the line, and this brush is a perfect example of how MAC is unjustly maligned these days.
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 8/3/2017 8:54:00 PM
More reviews by Bethtremain
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Buy it! Having the right brushes really transforms your makeup look and you can blend to perfection. My brush has lasted me a whole year. It picks up a good amount of product. This is my go to brush and to be honest is really the only brush I use. Yes I understand that investing in this brush can leave you questioning to buy it but I do recommend.The reason I gave a lower packaging score is due to it being given in a plastic wrapper and not a box or something, but then again it is a brush.So if you are pondering, take it from me and buy it. Plus I love cleaning it because it goes really poofy.
on 6/30/2017 3:59:00 AM
More reviews by KasiaTB
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
No no and one more time NO!.the time when Mac was very good brand ..is gone :(Since last few years Mac is more open for "normal-everyday make-up people and I have notices that all products are made for quantity not for qualityFoundations, blushes, powders, lipsticks, highlithers and brushes are worst than 10 years ago.This brish is my biggest mistake! Hair is rough and scratches the eye,after wasching brush has distorted hair overall.Later I have checked where is that produced....I dont remember good but in China or Bangladesh.For almost 30euro you will receive weak product which is worth probably 3 $I have bought it at Mac store in Holland so my brush is for sure originalWelcom in corporation world!
on 6/29/2017 3:01:00 AM
More reviews by lurkymclurkerson
Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine
This brush is a true workhorse. I have hooded eyes, so I do buff my crease out and up quite a bit. The famous 217 blends like a dream and never feels stiff or stratchy. I have had mine for at least seven or eight years, and after multiple washings it still holds up, doesn't shed, and dries without the bristles being flayed. The handle and the ferrule are still in good condition as well with just the numbers worn off. I am glad that I purchased this, but if something happened to this one I'd pick up a dupe since MAC is no longer considered cruelty free.
on 6/14/2017 9:30:00 PM
More reviews by hijs1111
Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
Great quality, have used this for years. Cool tool for my everyday makeup routine.My handy makeup buddy!
2 of 3 people found this helpful.
on 6/10/2017 3:42:00 PM
More reviews by adh1006
Skin: Sensitive, Tan, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Kinky, Coarse
I have loved this brush ever since I used it a few months ago! It blends eyeshadow so smoothly! It is so soft! I clean mine with a fragrance-free soap and it's just like new! This is a must have brush for me.
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 4/5/2017 10:09:00 PM
More reviews by kristin_dee
Skin: Normal, Other, Not Sure
Like other reviews here, I too have 3 of these!! It's the type of brush that gets better over the years. The more you wash it the better it gets. Don't be discouraged if you don't love it when you first use it. It needs to be washed and softened up and it will be your absolute favourite!
on 4/4/2017 12:06:00 AM
More reviews by Susie0205
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
I finally got this one, and Im happy I did. this is the best blending brush I've ever used
on 4/1/2017 2:44:00 AM
More reviews by kadytheredpanda
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool
Hair: Red, Straight, Other
I hate using the term "game changer" to describe something, but this is indeed that. It applies crease colors and blends out with so little effort. The first time I used this I was in awe because the contrast to my previous brush and this were night and day. I have a couple other similar brushes to this that work well too but I go for this one the most often by far.
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