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What? I am not going to name my MAC or Tom Ford brushes that I own. The face is Shu Uemura angle blush brush. You can use it anyway you like for the face with that angle brush. The other is the Loew Cornell brush I bought for less that $5.00 each. I have 4 of them. Bought mine at Michaels. You can get them at Amazon for slightly more. The 1/4 inch is like the MAC 239. I buy the 1/2 inch. It is not as precise at the 1/4 inch but I am lazy…so I just tap more on and apply when I am half awake.

I don’t know about eyes, because I rarely wear eyeshadow. But my favorite multi-tasker brush for the face is my Burberry beauty brush. It’s a small kabuki type brush, but I use it for anything except liquid foundation. It’s a fantastic brush, and it’s small enough I can toss it in my purse for travel. (I’m still waiting for them to release a line of brushes. sigh.)

I agree – MAC 239 and 217 are the only eyebrushed I need to create a great look. Both of them are pretty versatile. If I could only keep 2 brushes, I’d go for these.

For me, it’s a tie between Shu Uemura Natural 10 and Hakuhodo B505bksl. Both of them can lay down color as well as blend.

Much as I like the MAC 239, I think the 217 is probably the most versatile in the sense of “if I could only have one eyeshadow brush”, I find it would work best for applying, blending, buffing and also contouring a crease.

I use the brush that came with the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette and it looks pretty similar. It’s my go-to brush as well, perfect for getting eyeshadow in the crease but also good for blending and really getting a good color application. I have small eyelids so I can’t use the big crease brushes, it gets the eyeshadow everywhere!

I got stuck with the double-ended 24/7 pencil with my N1, but I *love* the brush that came with N2 (I’ve heard they’re slightly different). I’ve read so many negative reviews on both, but I use mine the most of all my brushes.

My Sonia Kashuk crease brush is my most versatile brush for the eyes. It works well both on the lid and in the crease.

I think the MAC 217 is my favorite because of it’s versatility not just for the eyes but other areas of the face as well.

I would say the Essence of Beauty Crease brush. It’s not too big or small, the bristles are not densely packed, meaning it’s good for blending, and it’s also not too floppy, so it’s good for applying lid shades. When I’m in a rush, I stick with this brush, and wipe it off in between colors.

I have large lids so my go to eye brush is either Tom Ford #11 (goat) or Hakuhodo K021 (squirrel) as a very close second. Either one can be used as an all purpose brush. If I had to have one face brush, it would be Hakuhodo K020 (squirrel). It is actually a blush brush, but it is fluffy enough to apply finishing powder or it can be turned on its side to apply contour or highlighter.

Agreed on the 239 for eyes! For face, I think the 109 is a great multi-purpose brush. When I travel I usually just bring my 239, 217, 208 (brows) and 109!

my MAC 217 brush. When I bought my first one, I swear I used it exclusively and none of my other eye brushes. I now have 4 and they are definitely my most versatile/used brushes! 🙂

I love Shu Uemura’s kolinsky/sable 10 brush. It’s expensive but it makes eyeshadow perform at its best, so even not very pigmented eyeshadows show up on the eyelid. It’s soft but stiff and the way the hairs are layered allows for eyeshadow to be blended as it’s applied so I never had to worry much about blending for natural eyeshadow looks. It won’t do everything perfectly but it’s the best all-rounder, especially since I don’t tend to do over-the-top looks. The bristles also handle both powder and creme/liquid textures well so I use it for concealer too. As mentioned before, it’s not cheap, but my first brush has been with me for 10 years and it’s still in perfect condition. It’s never shed and the tips of its hairs are as they were when I first bought it. It was my first individual eyeshadow brush (I started with two holiday brush sets) and it’s no doubt my favourite.

Seconding the Shu Kolinsky/Sable 10. I don’t have a large lid space or deep crease, so I don’t have much use for fluffy blending brushes.

This brush is small enough for targeted application of colour, yet large enough to cover my whole lid. It blends with ease, and has an edge that will smudge eyeliner in a pinch. The fibres of the brush are very soft and silky, with just the right amount of firmness that allows you to be precise. Those with more lid space night prefer the Kolinsky/Sable 12, a larger version of the same brush (unfortunately very difficult to find now).

I think the Bobbi Brown lid brush, small one. It is so dense you could use it in the crease, it’s small enough to use in the inner corners if you turn it to the side, it can highlight and of course lay down pigment on the lid.

For eyes I adore the Sonia Kashuk core tools small eye shadow brush. It is only $5, yet I can do my entire eye look with it. It’s the perfect size, soft yet just stiff enough to be able to blend well, and the chisel edge is fine enough to smudge shadow under the lower lashes or in the inner corner. I use mine every single day and it is in perfect condition, just like the day I bought it.

Mac eyes: 217 I have 3 and always will repurchase, pack color, blend, smudge.. All in one
Mac eyes: 266 angled for brows, and perfect eyeliner
Mac face: 109 foundation, blush powder and cream, highlighter, bronzer, contourning.

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