Tool Thursday: MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush, 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush, and 211 Pointed Liner Brush Review

MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush, 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush, and 211 Pointed Liner Brush
MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush, 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush, and 211 Pointed Liner Brush
L-R: MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush, 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush, and 211 Pointed Liner Brush
L-R: MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush, 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush, and 211 Pointed Liner Brush
L-R: MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush, 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush, and 211 Pointed Liner Brush
L-R: MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush, 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush, and 211 Pointed Liner Brush
L-R: MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush, 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush, and 211 Pointed Liner Brush
L-R: MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush, 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush, and 211 Pointed Liner Brush

Review & Usage

MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush, 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush, and 211 Pointed Liner Brush are small synthetic fibre brushes primarily designed for detailed work such as lining the upper and lower lid line. They can be used with any type of product — cream, liquid, gel, or powder. I sometimes use them to “smudge” my eye pencil as well. Using the very tip of the brush will create a very thin and precise line, then you can angle the brush and use the side to draw a thicker line. All three of them feature wood handles and nickel-plated brass ferrules. I've had these brushes for a few years now and they seem to wash well, dry fast, and don't lose their shape over time.

Comparison

MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush
210 Precise Eye Liner Brush
211 Pointed Liner Brush

209

210

211

Measurement
Head length: 0.9 cm
Handle length: 11.2 cm
Head length: 0.7 cm
Handle length: 11.3 cm
Head length: 0.6 cm
Handle length: 11.1 cm
Size
Medium
Small
Large
Flexibility
Medium
Most flexible
Least flexible (firmer)
Line thickness
Medium
Thinnest
Thickest
Main purposes
Eyelining
Eyelining, body detailing
Eyelining
Control
Easy to control
Tricky to control
Easiest to control
Other note
Great for creating a winged out look! You can also use it to conceal spots, too!
Gives the most natural look. Creates an illusion of naturally full lashes without being obvious.
I love using this one to smudge my pencil eyeliner and drawing thick lines!
Buy
US$20 | Nordstrom
US$20 | Nordstrom
US$20 | Nordstrom
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14 Comments

  1. says: Sunny

    Whoa, thanks for another epic brush post, Jaa! The only eyeliner brush I use is the Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush. I like how you can create a thick OR thin line at will. I guess it’s the closest to 211, but it looks softer!

    1. says: Jaa

      You’re welcome, Sunny! :D I like comparing things. LOL. I have a travel-size version of the BB one but I don’t reach for it too much for some reason. Maybe it’s too small or something. Hehe. :D

    1. says: Jaa

      Thanks so much, Sara! I find that sometimes tabulating the data is much easier than explaining them in paragraphs. :D

  2. says: Sylirael

    I wish I had a better eyeliner brush…I only really have the one that came with the Maybelline gel pot eyeliner, and although it’s pretty good for what it is, I feel like there is better out there…

    *stares intently into sunset, hand shading eyes against the fiery rays streaming over the horizon*

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