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MAC 252 Large Shader Brush

A soft but firm brush for shading with powder or emollient-based products.
Average Customer Rating:
4.417 out of 5
4.4
 out of 
5
(12 Reviews) 12
Customer Reviews for 252 Large Shader Brush
Review 1 for 252 Large Shader Brush
Date:08 30 2010
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
All-over shadow application...
Tags +Applying
This brush is useful for applying one color of shadow to the entire lid, the lid area beneath the brow highlight, or beneath the crease. Its firm bristles allow it to pick up a sufficient quantity of powder product and distribute it in an even fashion to the lid. The same effect can be achieved with the 217 Blending Brush. Not an "essential" brush, but would be nice to have for someone looking to expand their brush collection or a for a make-up artist.
+14points
15of 16found this review helpful.
 / SF Bay Area, California
Review 2 for 252 Large Shader Brush
Date:09 21 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I LOVE THIS BRUSH!!!!
Tags +Blending, Applying, eyelid application blending
I was introduced to this brush during an instore event. My rep applied a paint pot to my eyelid and I was "in love". The application was very smooth and evenly applied! I had her apply it twice just to be sure. i purchased the brush that day and since then it's the only brush I reach for when applying products like the paint pots and lid colors. The bristles are stiff enough for smooth coverage without being to rough on my eyelid. The coverage is perfect every time. I went back later and bought two more!!!
+9points
9of 9found this review helpful.
 / Chicago, Il
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 3 for 252 Large Shader Brush
Date:03 08 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Favorite eye brush
Tags +Blending, Shading, Applying
I use this brush when I want my eye shadow to go on very pigmented. You can use this brush for cream shadows, but I tend to only use for powder shadow since that is what I wear on a daily basis. You will not be disappointed with this brush since it's so versatile. Highly recommended!
+8points
9of 10found this review helpful.
 / TX
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 4 for 252 Large Shader Brush
Date:10 14 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Didn't know I needed it until I bought it!
Tags +Applying
I wouldn't say this brush is necessary for makeup application, but it really does make it easier and it's great to have a brush that has so many uses. I have used this to apply cream primer to my eyelids, blend out under-eye concealer, and apply a base powder shadow all over my lid. It's fantastic at all three, I wouldn't mind having another one to have one specifically for powder and another one for cream (I also want the smaller 242 after loving this brush!). Mac's description is correct, it is firm yet very soft and it has just the right amount of flexibility to comfortably move on the skin without compromising great application. You could probably find a similarly shaped brush any place (even a craft store), but the quality and flawless performance of this brush really can't be beat, you won't find something that feels this nice on the skin. It's a great addition to any makeup lover's collection.
+2points
3of 4found this review helpful.
 / San Francisco
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 5 for 252 Large Shader Brush
Date:04 03 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
My Everyday Eyeshadow Brush
Tags +Applying, all types of eyeshadows (cream & powder)
I wear eyeshadow every day of the week, and this brush is the 1st one I reach for when starting the job. I pat my base/lid shadow all over my lower lid with this brush, and it never, ever sits down on the job. I get nothing less than perfect results with this brush, and I now own 2 of these. This applies cream eyeshadows as well as it does powder shadows. I really don't know what I would do without this brush...
+4points
5of 6found this review helpful.
 / NJ
Review 6 for 252 Large Shader Brush
Date:03 14 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great for one purpose
Tags +Applying
I use this brush to apply my Painterly Paint Pot as a concealer before I apply eyeshadow. Since the paint pots are thick, I think a stiffer brush like this one is ideal for applying them. On top of being stiff, it's also flat which is great for smoothing out the color all over my eye.
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / Atlanta
Review 7 for 252 Large Shader Brush
Date:01 16 2011
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Not great
Tags +Applying, applying color
This brush came in a holiday brush set I bought last year and I find myself rarely using it. It's ok when placing color onto the lid in a patting motion but the bristles are way too stiff and actually hurt your lid if you try to blend with it. I've cleaned and conditioned it but nothing helps. This one is a toughy.
+4points
5of 6found this review helpful.
 / Austin, TX
Review 8 for 252 Large Shader Brush
Date:01 22 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
GREAT FOR PRIMER IF YOU HAVE NAILS!
Tags +Blending, Applying, applying concealer primer or liquid to the lid
This brush is great for putting on whatever primer I am using on my eyes. This makes the primer go on evenly. I have medium length nails so I don't really like to put products on my face with my fingers. Using this brush helps me to spread out whatever eye product I am using evenly. I also use it for my Prime Vibrancy Eye and it does a GREAT job! Make-up brushes are essential to me! If you don't have this brush, you will be OK, but if you are like me, I want ALL of them! LOL. I only have about 3 more to go and I will have all of the brushes. I LOVE MAC!! :-)
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / Fayetteville, GA
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 9 for 252 Large Shader Brush
Date:03 03 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
fav eyeshadow brush
Tags +Blending, Shading, Applying
Love love love this brush! I don't know how other people don't. Theno shape of it is perfect for my eyes and I love that I can shape my eyeshadow with this brush. Perfect for cream or powder and its awesome for concealed too! Such an amazing multi purpose brush I don't know what I'd do without it. Lol.
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / CA
Review 10 for 252 Large Shader Brush
Date:07 10 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tags +Applying
Great for applying liquid and cream concealers around the face, setting them with powder, applying cream eye shadows, and applying powder eye shadows.
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / Long island, ny
Review 11 for 252 Large Shader Brush
Date:10 31 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
perfect for "fresh face"
Tags +Shading, Applying
I always use this brush when I want to apply shadow for a fresh face. Many other brushes that MAC produces can be used in a variety of ways. This one is limited but works very well.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Bowie, MD
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 12 for 252 Large Shader Brush
Date:02 15 2011
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Not great
Tags +Blending, Shading
This brush is good for blending but not for overall color. It is very soft but doesn't pick up shadows well. If you are looking for a high pigmentation brush, I would not recommend this one. Good for blending and crease, though.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / USA