Name: 219 pencil brush
From MAC’s website:
For precision shading on lid, in eye crease or along lash line. The soft, smooth fibers of this brush are gathered into a pencil-shaped tip. It is ideal for blending eyeliner into eye shadow to create a smoky looking eye.
What I liked:
- soft and dense bristles
- picks up a lot of color
- can be used to place color everywhere
- perfect for precise work, to create eyes shape and to work in small areas
- can be used to place the color, blend it and smudge it
- doesn’t shed
- doesn’t lose its shape after washing
What I didn’t like:
- white bristles get stained easily and they are hard to clean
- if you don’t like using brushes with natural bristles, this is not for you
- the price
As you know, I’m not a big fan of MAC these days but I have to admit they make some of the best brushes around. One of my absolute favourites that I use in almost every look I do is the 219 Pencil Brush. It’s a must have for me and I have never regretted buying it. I actually wondered how I could have lived without it!
The 219 pencil brush has a pointed tip, just like that of a pencil as the name suggests. The bristles are soft so they don’t scratch skin but dense and pick up a lot of product, so be careful or you might end up with too much powder on your brush. Also, its size and shape ensure precise application in small areas and make this a very versatile brush that can be used for lots of things.
This brush can be used to apply color on the lower lashline effortlessly and blending it too or to apply highlighting shades in the corner of your eyes to brighten them up. It can also be used to place colors in the crease easily and painlessly so that then you can blend them with a crease brush, or to create a defined line. But that’s not all. If you’re into smokey eyes, this brush makes your life so much easier as it can be used to smudge eyeshadow and eyeliner. Because of its shape, the results are very precise and achieved in a jiffy.
It is also useful to blend shades in the outer corners and to create every eye shape you want. You could even use it to apply colors on the lid if you wanted to. Seriously you can place the color everywhere with this brush and it deposits a good amount of it too so that, whether you want to create a defined shape or blend out the edges, you can do so very easily. In addition, the bristles don’t shed and reshape very well after washing, which is something I was worried about.
However, there are a couple of things I don’t like about this brush. First off, the white bristles get stained easily and are hard to clean. Most of the times, after I wash it with baby shampoo and water, they are still stained and look like they’re dirty even though they’re not. I really wish the bristles were darker but considering how amazing this brush is, I can put up with it.
The other downside is the price: €24 is a lot of money for an eyeshadow brush. Still, this is one of the very few cases when I didn’t mind splurging because not only this brushes has so many uses and I can do pretty much anything with it, but if taken proper care of, it can last for years and years and you won’t have to repurchase it ever again. Considering the quality, I consider it to be a really good investment.
Also, some people may not like that the bristles are natural. They are made of goat hair, so if you have a problem with that, you should avoid this and choose a pencil brush with synthetic bristles instead.
Overall, I adore MAC 219 pencil brush. The soft but dense bristles place color effortlessly everywhere: crease, inner and outer corners, crease, lower lashline and even lid. The pointed tip is perfect for precise work in small areas, to create defined lines and shapes and to smudge colors. Also, the bristles don’t shed but are hard to clean and natural. And the price is steep for an eye brush too.