- Head: 2 cm H x 1.2 cm W x 1.2 cm D (0.8 in H x 0.5 in W x 0.5 in D)
- Handle: 15.5 cm L (6.1 in L)
Review & Usage
MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush is a medium-sized, dome-shaped natural fibre brush designed for, according to the brand, “controlled” eyeshadow application. It is one of the brushes favorited by many for blending purposes. The tapered tip is supposedly the perfect size to fit in the crease area so one can use it as a crease brush also. As you can see in the photos above, the bristles are loosely-packed and each hair is slightly wavy so it makes for a really good fluffy brush. It's not too dense or too firm so it picks up and lays down the right amount of pigment on the eye.
Now I believe this is a great brush for those who have medium or big-sized eyes. However, speaking from a person who has small eyes, here are a few problems I encounter with this brush:
- It's simply too big to use as a blending brush. Whenever I use it to blend my eyeshadow, it always overblends. All the colors get mushed together and basically become one muddy application as a result.
- It's too wide to use as a crease brush. First of all, I do not have a prominent crease line so this brush does not do me any good in placing the color in the crease. The head is too wide to use in a controlled manner.
So what do I use this brush for?
- Blending out under eye concealer. Oh it is great for blending out concealer! The fluffy bristles buff out the pigment to a soft, natural-looking and even finish with such minimal effort. No harsh lines, no heavy or streaky appearance!
- Contouring the nose. The shape of the brush fits perfectly on the side of my nose! It picks up just the right amount of the contouring powder so I rarely overdose on the color. The hairs fan out so perfectly that it pretty much blends itself to a diffused look. Love it!
- Blending out concealer over blemishes and scarring. I have some serious scarring on my cheeks so this brush is great for blending out concealer in wider area to a non-cakey finish.
- Laying down a wash of color. On days that I only want just a soft wash of one color on the lid, this is the brush I grab. It places the color all over the lid lightly and blends out to a soft smokey finish in no time! Good for morning rush!
- Highlighting the very top of cheek bones. Highlighters that are super pigmented/sparkly are best applied with a smaller brush for more precision! You don't want to end up with sparkly bits all over the face. :D
The brush feels soft for the most part but sometimes it can be a bit scratchy in certain angles. I noticed that if I use this brush to blend lightly and slowly with zero pressure on the skin, it will not feel scratchy at all. However, if I blend too fast and accidentally put a little too much pressure on the skin, then it becomes prickly. I have washed it numerous times with olive oil which normally helps soften bristles but it has not softened this brush at all. Those who have sensitive eye area may want to test this brush in store prior to purchase. I have also experienced some shedding here and there both during application and after wash. At least it holds up its shape well throughout the time I have had it which is about 4 years now.