If you are an avid beauty blog and vlog consumer then you no doubt have heard of this HG (Holy Grail) eye brush ie. “I use my #217 to blend the edges…”
The 217 brush is a fluffy, dense, oval tapered, blending eye brush which I recently invested in. I do not know how I went so long without owning one! I also own a M.A.C 224 blending brush which is tapered and longer which I adore.
What is it made of?
The 217 is made of white goat hair (which I wish they would change to black hairs, surely there are black goats out there?!) and is uber soft on the skin.
What do I use it with?
It is perfect to use on powder shadows as well as emollients such as cream shadows and concealer under the eye. I love to use it to blend out my M.A.C Paint Pots.
How do I use it?
It is a blending brush which makes it:
- best for blending out harsh lines from eyeshadows to create that sort after gradient look of one shadow blending into another;
- blending shadow into the eye crease and outer ‘v’ due to it’s relatively small size;
- great for blending concealer out under eye to achieve that flawless bright, light under eye look pulled off so well by the likes of Kim Kardashian.
The brush comes at a premium price and after owning one you realise that you seem to want multiples of it (particularly since it’s white and you have to clean it more regularly than your darker haired brushes). Unless you’re balling, you probably won’t want to shell out that price x 2 or 3 or 4 (I have known one MUA to own 6!)
From my 1.5 month use of my Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff Brush E250 ($3.95) I can highly recommend this as a comparable inexpensive version of the 217. The only aesthetic difference to me is that one brush handle is slightly longer and that the 217 is slightly more dense. Function wise, they do the same thing.
I would like to think my 217 being a premium priced brush will last longer than my E250 but that is yet to be tested.
Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff Brush E250 – $3.95 USD
A fluffy blending brush is an essential for every make up kit, it makes blending so much easier when you have this tool. The M.A.C 217 is the cream of the crop when it comes to trialled and tested blending goodness, it is a higher price point, however, is an investment.
If it’s not a viable option for my fancye diva/os balling on a budget, check out the Coastal Scents E250 for a purse friendly $3.95.
Fancye scale – 4 / 5 (loses one point because of the white hairs)
Do you own the M.A.C 217 or Coastal Scents E250? What are your thoughts?