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IMG_9117WARNING: If you ever considered yourself someone that could never be addicted to an eyeshadow brush, think again. Once you have this baby you won’t know how you ever wore eyeshadow without it. The product in question is the MAC 217 brush.

Everything from the cut to the density is perfect, hence why I’ve come to have multiples in my stash. I’ll use one to apply the shadow as it ensures everything’s distributed evenly over the lids and another clean brush to blend any edges as it makes shades fade out seamlessly. Cream product? No problem. This brush ensures there’s no clumping, separating or an uneven looking finish. The uses to this brush don’t stop at eyeshadow. If I’m feeling fancy I even use it to blend in concealer too.

Just jotting this down has made me feel the need to pick up a few more. Care to join me on the MAC 217 obsession train? They’re £18 here if ya do.

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  • Shari

    I find this brush SUUUUPER scratchy, though. I thought it was all good and normal…but the Real Techniques eyeshadow brush is softer than this! Im really disappointed. I picked it up and keep using it but feel guilty torturing my eyelids every time I use it

    • Amelia Liana

      That’s so strange! Maybe it’s a dudd? xx

      • Shari

        I wished it were but I’ve had two already and both are scratchy 😐 Bought directly from MAC stores, one here in the Philippines, the other ordered through MAC online. :(

  • Axelle Blanpain

    I loooove this brush! It is one of the very first high quality brush that I ever got and I still love it to this day!

    Style playground

  • so_oh_phee

    I love love love this brush too! It’s a lifesaver for an eyeshadow noob like me – basically does all the work for you!

    Sophie | An Arrangement of Notes

  • Maddie

    My fave eye brush of all time has got to be the MAC 239 but I’ve had my eye on one of these for what seems like forever. Maybe a payday splurge is in order. Loving the blog lately x QworterLifeCrisis

  • Emma

    Completely agree, I’ve got other blending brushes that are very similar but just don’t to the job like the 217. I’ve had mine for about four years now and it’s still going strong!

  • Carina

    I loved this when I got it but I find it doesn’t age that well. Have you tried Hakuhodo’s? They’re extremely soft.

  • Stephanie @ Love, August

    I’m already on this train! There’s no other brush out there quite like the 217, I probably should pick up a few multiples (actually, I think I have three, two of which are on either end of dual sided brushes, haha).

    Stephanie | Love, August

  • ninegrandstudent

    I so wish I could afford MAC brushes – I love the Bodyshop brushes for everything except eyes!

  • Maria

    I really like the 217 though I’m not a huge fan of MAC brushes. It’s a really good brush. But Zoeva has a brush that’s a pretty good dupe. I think it’s called the 227…

  • Maddy Cane

    These look so amazing, but too pricey :( Do you have any recommendations for dupes? x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    • Ella

      Try Zoeva x

    • Amelia Liana

      No 7 Blend and contour brush!x

  • Laura Martinez

    I LOVEEE the MAC 217 brush! I’m obsessed with it also. x

    Laura | The Lipstick Mysteries

  • Ella

    As if I didn’t want one (or three…) already! Amelia, queen of the enablers x

  • Marlenne

    Haha, I have three of these, can’t live without them 😉

  • Rosie von Waldherr

    I want to have one so badly now xD

    Rosie’s Life

  • Vicky M

    I love my Mac 217 and I would be lost without it. It’s the perfect brush for blending out shadow. I know that this is almost blasphemy, but I must say that after a couple of years the bristles on my brush have become a little less closely packed, and I find that the 286 is actually better for a targeted application of shadow.

  • DreamInLace

    My favorite makeup brush of all time. I have 5…and still think I need more. Best brush ever, that and their 266.


  • Chelsea Leigh

    It’s everyones favorite eyeshadow brush, I really need to go ahead and get it already 😉

  • Sandra

    I love it! Although I was a bit surprised that the bristles started to ‘spread’ after only a few months of use. I’ve had other, cheaper brushes for ages and they’re still in perfect condition. Having said that, it still does the best job out of them all.

  • Cornelia Kennedy

    I need another one, and another 187, a Brighton perhaps?

    Cornelia – Ineffable Beauty

  • Zoë Baldwin

    I totally agree. Everyone needs a 217 or Sigma E25 in their life! x x

  • Amber Hunter

    I’ve already joined you in the MAC 217 obsession! I only have one but I know it won’t be too long before I may splurge for another. I’d love to see a brush collection or favorite brushes post/video!

    Lovely Notions

  • Dirty Blonde Ambition

    I haven’t mustered up the courage to fork over the $$ for the 217 yet {I bought its Sigma counterpart, though}, but I know I’ll be getting it in the near future.

    xx Lauren // Dirty Blonde Ambition

  • Amelia McGrath

    I absolutely loveeee this brush, I’ve had it for abour two years now and it is still as perfect as the day I bought it! So worth the money :)

  • Kat Horrocks

    Looove my Mac 217 can’t do a makeup without it!

  • roshkud

    I definitely need this brush, I’m hesitant to spend the money on that one brush though! Have you found any dupes or similar brushes for cheaper pricetag?

    Roshni’s Journey

  • Celina

    I’m addicted to mine! I can’t believe I waited so long to get it!

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • lisecharmel

    it was my self-present for christmas and I already love it! :)

  • Poppy

    Love my 217! It’s not the softest brush out there but no brush blends quite like it.

  • Manouk

    I like it a lot but not for blending. It’s not fluffy enough to blend, if you ask me..

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait