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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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It’s a MAC kinda day isn’t it? I thought I’d babble briefly about the MAC Mineralized Baked Eye Shadows released with the Colour Craft Collection.
Jump ahead for it and feel free to join in with your thoughts!
I thought the release of MAC Colour Craft Face was incredible. The blushes, the MSF, the brushes, all really great products. However, I was disappointed with the mineralized shadows which failed to impress me. Each shadow is split into four separate colors which could be exciting for some but just had me dreading the terrible mess it would be later on in life. Some of the color selections of the shadows were very nice two in particular I’m swatching today are gorgeous however the quads did fail to impress me because it seemed like alot of color in one tiny pan.
I wouldn’t necessarily mind all that color however since it has no separator, no divider of any kind it does become a bit of a hot mess when working with each individual shade. Already after a single eye look my pan is looking like all the colors have blended into each other, yak mess! Although I love the idea, in action it fails to work and the shadow just becomes a mess of muddy colors since they are all running together unless you’re extra careful when swiping with your brush.
The two shades, the two best shades in my opinion, that I’m showing you today are Natural Flare and Assemblage. Natural Flare is made up of many Summer-ready shades particularly the fiery orange which reminds me of MAC Firepit. The shades range from orange to golden beige, brown, and copper bronze. Truly the combination of the four shades is stunning. Assemblage is made up of some interesting shades that quite remind me of a Seasonal Winter look. Shades of black, shimmering gold and white, and a deep pewter gray will make a very pretty smoky eye.
I adore the idea of these shadows but I do think they are a tad on the messy side. Singles, sure. Duos, yes. A quad in one small pan? Not a good idea.
What do you think?
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By now the Muse considers herself an experienced MAC collector but I admit it never fails to amaze me when MAC throws something completely new at me. Do you think a bunch of the MAC creative team sits down in a mafia style meeting and brain storms about what the MAC junkies of the world need next? Do you think that one day they might run out of ideas? Today is not that day though but it is a day I’ll show you a little sneaky peek at the MAC Baby Bloom Collection and a few swatches of the new MAC Suntints Liquid Lip Balm releasing with the collection!
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Don’t be mad at me but I think it’s quite pointless to have SPF in my lip balm…..but maybe that’s me. No matter, I’m still in love with MAC Suntints which contain an SPF 20. MAC Suntints are a liquid lip balm which mimics that of a lipglass but in a squeeze tube packaging with a slightly milky, creamy formula. The tints are super sheer and have no color payoff however they are a pure joy for topping lipstick or stains with plus if you’re partial to SPF in your gloss these work a treat. The texture is perhaps a tad bit thiner than your average lipglass but not by much. If you’re not a fan of applying your lipglass with a sponge tip applicator these are rather great as they come in a squeeze tube which allows you to spread a generous layer onto lips.
I’ve been testing two today and both are very subtle and sheer but rather great regardless since they give lips plenty of shine plus wear long. The two colors I have are Lilt of Lily (Creamy Pale Pink) and Moist Plum (Light Lilac). These could prove disappointing for some if you expect a pigmented gloss but if you adore lipglass and always fancied it in a squeeze tube you’ll adore these. I can’t speak for the other shades but I look forward to seeing if the others are a bit more pigmented than these two.
Also releasing with the MAC Baby Bloom Collection is a Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 in five shades, excited to try this myself!
Overall, MAC Baby Bloom is one of those itty bitty collections that makes MAC junkies everywhere step back and grin.
Anyone into this?
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Yay! The return of MAC StarFlash Eye Shadow is coming to us July 30th! Have a sneak peek at some swatches of the upcoming MAC Love that Look Collection after the jump!
MAC Starflash Eye Shadow is one of my favorite finishes. It’s a bit frosty, a little bit shimmer, very velvety, and super easy to blend. Loves it!
My first round with MAC Starflash was a tiny haul and I have ever since regretted it so of course I’m super excited to see some shades are making a return appearance with the MAC Love That Look Collection along with a slew of new shades.
12 shades of MAC StarFlash Eye Shadow will be released along with 4 shades of Pearlglide Eye Liner which I know many of you raved upon the first release! The shades I’m giving you a tiny peep at today are Fashion Groupie which is a pretty voilet, Strike a Pose (my fav!) which is a deep blue green, and Style Snob a pretty pink brown with a heavy hint of gold.
Here’s the official color release information:
MAC StarFlash Eye Shadow
Dreammaker (Frosty Yellow Gold)
Smoke&Diamonds (Dirty Taupe)
Glamour Check! (Reddish Brown)
Strike a Pose (Blue Green)
Ego (Light Yellow Pink)
Fashion Groupie (Violet)
Unbasic White (Bright Off White)
One-Off (Green with Silver)
Rated “R” (Yellow Green)
Style Snob (Pink Brown with Gold)
Fashion (Grey Green with Gold)
- Grand Entrance (Frost Peach Beige)
MAC Pearlglide Eyeliner
- Black Russian (Black with Navy Blue Glitter)
- Rave (Deep Purple with Purple Glitter)/li>
- Molasses (Brown with Brown Glitter)
- Fly-by-Blu (Light Blue with Blue Glitter)
I’m looking forward to the MAC Love that Look Collection as I def want to haul a few more of the shadows. Truly if you missed MAC Starflash the first time around now is your chance to experience these incredible shadows. Loves ‘em!
Anyone a fan of Starflash?
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The color trio marbleized MAC Lipglasses from the Colour Craft Collection are not original as they have been done before with the MAC SugarSweet Collection however the shades are new. The first round of these released didn’t capture my fancy and I admit the second time coming they held little appeal as well.
Jump ahead for a few thoughts, a few swatches, and general babble about MAC Lipglass!
First off I hope MAC doesn’t embrace this new square packaging as I’m rather partial to the round, standard lip gloss tubes thanks so much. Does anyone feel the same or am I alone here?
I’m not denying that this style of MAC Lipglass is very pretty and quite unique however I do fear in the long run that the pretty shades and colors in the tube will end up a dreadful mess after many times of removing and applying the gloss. This is one main reason I’ve avoided these glosses up until now.
Although pretty the gloss still fails to capture my interest as I’m not all that interested in three shades of gloss combing to create one single color, as that’s the effect and finish after all right? Seems like a whole lot of extra that I don’t need in my life.
The two shades I’ve been fiddling about with today are Crazy Haute which is a bluish pink but just looks rather purplish to me and Pretty Patter which is a very nude, sheer beige.
Overall, as pretty as these are I prefer my old MAC Lipglass in the long wrong. Tried and true favorite for the Muse.
What do you think?