Beauty Tools

Beauty Battle: MAC 224 Versus MAC 217

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Gather round kids time to battle some brushes! I get alot of questions about which is the best blending brush for creating good eye looks. When I first started out with MAC I was recommended two brushes from a Specktra member that changed my life (and I’m sure yours if you own them). The 217 and 224 are recommended far and wide by MAC lovers everywhere as the perfect brush for blending color to a fine finish. They are two of my very favorite brushes and I probably wouldn’t want to face the makeup world without either.

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Placing them in the ring together to battle it out isn’t such a fine idea as they are both very good brushes and should both be in your arsenal but who follows rules anyway! Might as well stir thing up.

Our beauty battle will begin after the jump as I pit the MAC 224 up against the MAC 217. Who’ll be the victor? You’ll see have to read to find out more!

As I mentioned above both the MAC 224 and the MAC 217 are incredible blending brushes but of course one has to be the winner in this battle. Which will it be?

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In this corner we have the MAC 224 which is a fluffy shadow brush specifically designed to blend out shadow color particularly in the crease. I wouldn’t recommend it for applying color directly to the lid but it’s a treat for blending shadow out especially if your contrasting shadow within the crease or towards the V of the eye. I reach for it often when blending and find it does a very good job of gently blending color together without creating a muddy mess. It’s $28.50 price tag is well worth it however the MAC 217 has a bit of an advantage with a cheaper price tag.

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The MAC 217 is smaller compared to the 224 with fluffy bristles that are just a bit more denser. It works incredibly well at blending within the crease or all over the eye. It’s small size makes it a shoe in for fitting over the eye socket for a seamless blend. At $22.50 it’s $5.50 less than $28.50. With it’s cheaper price tag and ability to blend colors evenly while fitting nicely into the curve of the eye this could prove to be a major kick in the 224′s face.

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Picking between two incredible brushes like these is a difficult task but I award the final knockdown to the MAC 217. It’s smaller size fits my crease quite well and allows me to blend easily without creating fall out which I find happens with the 224. It fits neatly all over my eye particularly my crease. It blends shadow like a dream and allows me to press as lightly or as hard as I like without having to worry about screwing up the entire eye look I am trying to accomplish. For the most part I think it’s advantage is the smaller length of the bristles when compared to the longer ones of the 224. For controlled application and blending the 217 wins this beauty battle hands down!

What do you think?

Does the MAC 217 or the MAC 224 win your beauty battle?

Tell the Muse!

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MAC Colour Craft: MAC 131 and MAC 226 Review


Brush hauling ahead peeps. Three new brushes were released with the MAC Colour Craft Collection, two of which I hauled!

Jump ahead for a peep and a babble about the new brushes!

When I was plotting my haul for MAC Colour Craft I got so obsessed with snagging the 131 that I almost missed out on the 226. The 226 was originally released with MAC BBR and it was sold out by the time I made up my mind I must have. Thank gawd the MAC gods were shining down upon me as it’s been re-released with this latest color story.

The 226 is quite like the younger sister of the 224. It’s slimmer, far less bushy, and denser. I love my 224 and couldn’t live without it but the 226 has alot going for it. The brush fits beautifully into the crease of my eye and blends shadow a treat. The bristles are light and dense enough so my heavy hand doesn’t overdo my eye makeup. I’m absolutely in love with this brush at the moment. It’s worthy of a look at and a pick up if you adore the 224.


The second brush I knew I had to have was the 131. The 131 reminds me of a fiber optic brush that I reviewed for you a while back ago. Although the 131 isn’t as bushy it’s almost an exact dupe for this brush so if you’d like a cheaper alternative grab the Aromaleigh version. As for me I’m loving the 131 for picking up a light wash of MSF or it’s rather ideal for deeply pigmented blushes as it applies very gently. Really a great brush and also worthy of a look at. Of course it contours and highlights beautifully as well but for the most part I’ll be using it with MSF.


Overall, these are two not to be missed brushes in my opinion particularly the 226 if you’re looking for a good, dense blending brush!

Anyone haul these?

Wanting to?

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Beauty Most Unusual: Horny Remover

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The Muse has confessed on occasion her elbows do indeed get dry and rough however she’s unsure if she’s up for removing that roughness with a…horny remover?

This simple tool will get rid of all that horny on your elbows. Ah the joys of Asian beauty tools!

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Possibly multitasking for the hub or the boyfriend on nights you have a headache….”here honey use the horny remover!” See? Relationship help and a beauty tool all in one wonder!

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Double Delight: Seohora Double-Ended Brush Collection

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Double your brush collection with the new Sephora Double-Ended Brush Collection. These new double ended brushes from Sephora are available at the same price as one normal end brush is so you’re getting a bit of a bang for your buck!

Click ahead for some deets!

I have a love hate relationship with dual ended brushes as I find them difficult to store without having them split on me. I also find they are a bit difficult to work with when applying makeup. Even though I do rant I also kinda dig buying a brush for $18 or so and getting two brushes instead of the one. That’s kinda nifty if I do say so myself.

Sephora has five new dual ended up brushes which I think are worthy of a look at if you don’t have a ton of brushes in your collection already and you’re looking to purchase a few this is a good deal. I’ve always had great experiences with Sephora brushes and I’m not doubting this new collection will be just as good as it’s regular brush line.

Here’s the offerings:

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Neutrogena Wave Duo

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Kinda weird I was discussing the release of a new Clarisonic a few posts back and now Neutrogena Wave Duo pops on the scene.

Neutrogena Wave Duo is the new and improved Wave Cleaner from Neutrogena!

Click it to find out what’s new!

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One of the main areas of interest on the new Neutrogena Wave Duo is it now has two speeds. One speed removes dirt, oil, and makeup where as the other speeds things up for a deep pore refining clean.

I was quite delighted with the original Wave when I tested it out several months ago so count me curious what the new version is like.

If you’re looking for a cheaper route and aren’t willing to dish out $200 for a cleaning brush this is something to consider.

You can get $3 off the Wave or $2 off the refill pads by visiting and signing up at the Neutrogena site if you’re interested.

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