Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Eye Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 225 Large Tapered Blending Brush

MAC 225 Large Tapered Blending Brush ($36.00) is large, tapered blending brush with a dome-shaped end. Think the 224 but about three times larger. It really is huge relative to your eye and most other eye brushes. (If you own the 227, it’s in the same realm of size.) Even though it’s classified as an eye brush, I personally use it as anything but. The fluffiness of the bristles, yet the overall denseness of the brush, allows for great application of creamy products like concealer and blush cremes. It’s also incredibly soft with no scratchiness or harshness whatsoever. When using it with concealer, it helps me conceal problem areas/blemishes with a more natural result. I have also used this for highlighting when I want/need more precision – like the nose, right on the cheek bones, etc. If you want to do a soft wash of color all over the lid, this is up to that task. I just find it too large for any precise eyeshadow application, and I much prefer using many of MAC’s other smaller brushes like the 239, 217, 222, etc. for that purpose.

P.S. – I think this brush has been discontinued, but I found it at my local MAC store.  You might check yours or a CCO (if you are jonesin’ for this brush).

How do you like to use this brush?

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12 thoughts on “MAC 225 Large Tapered Blending Brush Photos & Review

  1. love the feel of this brush, i wish it isn’t so pricey though…

  2. JO

    this brush looks cool…I have the 224 tho and the 227….I am a sucker for brushes tho lol. Got my eye on the 222 and now this 1 lol. Oh and CANNOT WAIT for the 226!!!!!!!

  3. Nic15

    Yeah, definitely a big brush. But, as you said, I can see it for concealer application or if you just want to put a wash of color all over your eye, like Shroom or something. But, i think I would find myself using this for applying highlighter on my cheeks & nose.

  4. Christy

    I have this and use it to apply setting powder under my eyes and around my nose. Also for highlighter on the tip of my nose and top of my cheeks.

  5. Hannah

    does anyone have a picture of the 225 next to the 224?

  6. I just bought this brush, and I LOVE it…. it is so fluffy, and just great for a great wash of color all over the lids, like the 225 another fave of mine.