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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

MAC Brush Series - 217 Blending Brush



This post is part of a series of reviews on MAC brushes.

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Brush: 217
Title: Blending Brush (Eye)
Cost: $37 ($23 in US)


The 217 blending brush is a natural hair, oval tapered brush designed for shading and blending the eye. It's best used with powder products but can be used with cream products if they're not too dry.

I use it for shading the entire eye area or for blending darker colours into the crease. It's also tapered enough to blend colours into the outer corner.

The bristles are medium-dense, they hold their shape and blend colours effortlessly.

I own a few of these because they are one of my all time favourite brushes. They have a unique shape to them, a shape typically reserved for foundation brushes.

The brush photographed is three years old and has had almost daily use since it's purchase. It has had no shedding, only very minimal fraying and hasn't stained (it still cleans up to the same colour it was when I purchased it).



All MAC brushes are hand sculpted with birch, linden and ramin wood handles and nickel plated brass ferrules.

Best used for: Shading the crease and blending darker colours into the socket or outer corner.

Disclaimer: I have worked with MAC on a professional level for many years and received a lot of my professional training from MAC. However I have never been employed by MAC and this product was paid for with my own money. I am not being paid for this review, all opinions are my own.


Animal Testing: MAC has always maintained cruelty-free production of products and is against animal testing. There has been some controversy over the past few months but MAC is still maintaining that they do not test on animals. 
Some MAC brushes do contain animal hair. MAC maintains that the hair is is farmed ethically and cruelty-free. 

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