Mac 224 Tapered Blending Brush

I'd had my eyes set on the mac 224 tapered blending brush for a while. I'd heard so many rave reviews that being the eyeshadow blending fanatic that I am, I had to own this brush.

The brush is made of soft black fibres that taper to a dome shape. With the classic Mac hand made black wooden handle & nickel plated brass ferrule.
The 224 works a dream for blending out eyeshadows. With more pressure added to the ferrule the wider the fibres spread giving a wide soft blend. Also with a light hand it can be used for a more precise controlled application. Although for smaller eyes this may not be the best brush as it is quite broad.
If blending has ever been a problem for you the 224 will certainly help you out, it practically does the blending for you. Not only is the 224 amazing for blending eyeshadow, it also works well for the application and blending of concealer.

My one and only down point would have to the fibres shedding. Not even particularly when washing the brush does it lose fibres but just through daily use (I must add it washes & dries beautifully back into shape). I use the 224 brush everyday & roughly around every other use I will lose a few bristles. With that being said I don't notice any loss in density of the brush when the fibres fall out. All but one mac brush I own shed, so this really isn't a surprise to me or many other mac fans. Oh and the price £22.50 is pretty hefty, but I do have to admit it's worth every penny & I would repurchase.

If you don't have or don't want to spend £22.50 on a blending brush, the closest cheaper alternative I have come across is the Crown Brush C433 pro blending fluff brush. The main difference is this brush has white goat hair & is slightly more narrow so it doesn't achieve the exact same effect, but the idea of the brush is similar.

Whats your go to blending brush? 

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  1. I wonder if you could use this brush for contouring?
    This sounds like a really good brush!

    Jess x
    New post up at

    1. I think it would be fab for outlining the contour area. xx

  2. My go to blending brush is the Sigma E35. I have smaller eyes and this is great for precise blending in the crease.

    1. I really do want to try out some Sigma eye brushes xx

  3. I have this and really like it too, although MAC are yet to disappoint me with their brushes. My eyeshadow would be in such a mess if I didn't have this!

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  4. The shedding would definitely put me off at that price.. I hate it when brushes shred, and I'd cry if a MAC brush did! xxx
    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

    1. It sadly seems a common trait in Mac brushes. Although it's not so bad that it would out me off using them xx

  5. I dont think i could spend that much on a brush if it sheds that much! But ive heard the crown brushes are amazing :)

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