MAC 228 Mini Shader Brush Photos & Review

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

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Focus On: MAC 228 Mini Shader Brush

MAC 228 Mini Shader Brush ($19.50) is super small, flat dome-shaped brush made out of synthetic bristles. The brush is fairly firm with a rounded edge. For those with smaller eyes or less eye space, this is a really great brush for packing on color when brushes like the 239 are too large. It’s stiffness also makes it good for applying color on the lower lash line or dragging or fading color outward. It is an excellent choice when you do more detailed work, particularly with small shapes or areas of colors, because it’s small size gives you more precision and control. I would consider it a more specialized brush, which means it is not necessary for everyone and depends more on your needs.

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Don’t own this particular brush but again a dupe similar. It’s from Bare Escentuals & i got in an e/s kit. Think it’s called their “tapered eyeshadow” brush. It’s not tapered in the way i would consider a tapered brush to appear but has the qualities of this mini shader in that it’s flat & dome-shaped. It’s great for detailed work. I’ve used it in conjunction w/ my angle brush to cut my crease, sometimes to apply color to just my inner third of lid & like you said to line my lower lash line. Helpful tool to have in your collection.

Awesome, Nicole! Yeah, the brush series is not just meant to highlight MAC brushes, but more about the different uses of brushes in general, because there are definitely dupes and cheaper alternatives to MAC. MAC is just what I have 😀

I have this and love it. I have a huge eyelid space, and often I don’t like having the crease color all the way up below the brow bone, especially if I want the everyday, natural look. I use this brush to place a little V on the crease and blend it with #217 or #226

Oooh I am going to get this brush ASAP! I found that smaller denser brushes like the 242 do a better job of applying eyeshadow IMO. I feel like I have more control with these types of brushes in applying colors. Lets me utilize my artistic abilities! lol

I got this because I have hooded eyelids and smaller eyes and this was a better size for me than the 239. I think it’s so cute! How does it compare to the 213?

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