Monday, June 29th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Considering investing in brushes for your eyeshadows? Trying to figure out which brushes you need? Look no further — here’s our guide to MAC Eye Brushes! Plus, seasoned MAC Artists weigh in with their must-haves!

MAC Eye Brushes — Our Reviews

Temptalia’s Recommendations

  • 5 Basics to Begin With: 217, 219, 226 (if unavailable, 222/224), 231, 239
  • 5 More to Add Down the Road: 205, 208, 249, 266, 272
  • 5 Great Multi-taskers: 208, 217, 231, 239, 249
  • Best for Highlighting:  217, 272
  • Best for Blending:  217, 224, 231, 239, 272
  • Best for Crease:  219, 222, 224, 226
  • Best for Eyeshadow Application:  231, 239, 242

What the PROS Say

MAC Senior Artist Luc Bouchard loves the 222, he says, “I love this brush because I can define and diffuse the crease in a second! I also use it to apply and blend concealer – it allows me to apply a perfectly blended sheer coat.”

MAC Senior Artist Keri Blair must have the 224, because it is “hands down this brush is great for blending, blending and blending… It’s been an extension of my right hand for over 13 years. The tip of the brush picks up the color and all the tapered hairs help to move the product out and across the eye.”

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Best for Highlighting:
Best for Blending:
Best for Crease:
Best for Eyeshadow Application:

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22 thoughts on “Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

  1. Stephanie

    This is very helpful, Thank you!

  2. Todd

    5 Basics to Begin With: 239, 217, 224, 210, 219
    5 More to Add Down the Road: 242, 252, 208, 227, 213
    5 Great Multi-taskers: 217, 224, 219, 239, 242
    Best for Highlighting: 217
    Best for Blending: 224
    Best for Crease: 224
    Best for Eyeshadow Application: 239

    I decided not to include anything but brushes that aren’t LE. The 226 would have a special place if it weren’t LE.

  3. baybee415

    5 Basics to Begin With: 217, 219, 224, 252, 263
    5 More to Add Down the Road: 226, 222, 227, 209
    5 Great Multi-taskers: 252, 263, 217, 227, 224, 231
    Best for Highlighting: 242, 252, 239, 217, 224, 227
    Best for Blending: 224, 217, 227,
    Best for Crease: 222, 217, 226, 219
    Best for Eyeshadow Application: 252, 242, 239

  4. GS

    OMG I was right, I´m more of a newby in makeup and the only three mac brushes I want are 217, 219 and 224 (I have one that´s very similar to the 239) from what I´ve heard they´re great, as soon as I can I´ll buy them.

  5. 5 Basics to Begin With: 239, 217, 219, 210, 224
    5 More to Add Down the Road: 222, 242, 231, 227, 272
    5 Great Multi-taskers: 239, 217, 242, 272, 227
    Best for Highlighting: 249
    Best for Blending: 222, 217
    Best for Crease: 272, 219
    Best for Eyeshadow Application: 239, 242

  6. Rada

    5 Basics to Begin With: 239, 217, 219, 252, 227
    5 More to Add Down the Road: 224, 266, 209, 275, 242
    5 Great Multi-taskers: 239, 217, 227, 252, 224
    Best for Highlighting: 252
    Best for Blending: 224, 217, 239
    Best for Crease: 217, 226
    Best for Eyeshadow Application: 239, 252

    • What do you like to use the 252 with, Rada?

      • Rada

        I like to use the 252 to highlight the middle of the lid with a shimmery or frosty e/s when need to, but I love it for highlighting the brow bone because it blends out the harsh edges beautifully. As I use my 239 to apply colors on the lid, I just want a clean brush for my browbone and the 252 fits perfectly in that space. =)

  7. Waruta

    5 Basics to Begin With: #266, 269, 217, 239, 213
    5 More to Add Down the Road: #226, 211, 205, 214, 272
    5 Great Multi-taskers: #266, 217, 226 (Only 3 for me)
    Best for Highlighting: #217
    Best for Blending: #226
    Best for Crease: #226
    Best for Eyeshadow Application: #242, 249, 252

  8. 5 Basics to Begin With: 217, 239, 266, 224, 242
    5 More to Add Down the Road: 227, 222, 226, 272, 219
    5 Great Multi-taskers: 217, 227 (can’t think of more now)
    Best for Highlighting:227
    Best for Blending: 224
    Best for Crease:226
    Best for Eyeshadow Application: 217

  9. My fave eye brushes: 239, 219, 209, 226(LE)

  10. Lyall

    5 Basics to Begin With: 217, 219, 226 or 224, 239, 266
    5 More to Add Down the Road: 266, 252, 209, 222, 226 or 224 depending on what one chose/was able to get first :)
    5 Great Multi-taskers: 217, 239, 249, 266, 219
    Best for Highlighting: 217, 275
    Best for Blending: 217, 224, 239
    Best for Crease: 219, 222, 224, 226
    Best for Eyeshadow Application: 239, 252

    I love, love, love the 239, 217 and 226 (there is a pretty decent dupe from NYX, the Contour Dome Brush from they regular brush line with the black handles, for everyone who can’t get a hold of the 226), they are an awesome trio.

    I always take at my 5 (6, actually) Basics from above and can get away using just them for a whole long time :)

  11. ee

    this was very helpful i was wondering what mac brush is best for bronzer and one best for powder thank you