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MAC 217 Blending Brush

A brush for the shading or blending of powdery or creamy products.
Average Customer Rating:
4.792 out of 5
4.8
 out of 
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(96 Reviews) 94
1 out of 1(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for 217 Blending Brush
Review 1 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:05 01 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A MUST HAVE!
Tags +Blending, Lining, Shading, Applying, everything, all formulas of eye shadows, any style of application, blending applying packing on shadow and more
Years ago I was terrible with blending, especially several colors together, it just came out looking like one weird color. After reading, thinking, going and looking at it I just decided to go ahead and buy it thinking I would just return it. I placed on a color then used the 217 to blend, placed another color and again immediately used the 217 to blend. With my first try at using the 217 just the way I explained to you I have been wearing very dramtic looks ever since and people compliment my eye makeup all the time. I now own several because I am no longer afraid of packing on eye shadow, doing a smokey eye, smudging eye liner as a shadow and a ton of other styles. This brush works for you, as weird as that sounds you don't have to do any work, if you are pressing or scrubbing to blend you are not using the 217. This brush will blend your shadows, even if they are not high end, by lightly going back and forth over your shadow that the first time I used it I blended my dark shadow completely off my eyes:) You won't be sorry, I DO NOT WORK for the company and I just feel we waste our money on things that maybe meant for others but not us, not with this brush it is a must for anyone who wears eye shadow. I had to write this review because this actually makes a difference and to know you can return it, how can you go wrong.
+133points
137of 141found this review helpful.
 / Youngstown, Oh
Review 2 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:01 01 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Slowly becoming my favorite MAC brush..
Tags +Blending, Shading, Applying
The #217 blending brush has taken me a little time to get used to and enjoy. When I first got it, I used a heavier hand with it and only used it for blending eye shadows that had already been applied. What resulted was a "muddy" look with all my different colors, not the beautifully blended wash of colors that I was expecting.
Now, I use a lighter hand and also use the brush to actually do some of applying as well as blending of crease colors, transition colors and brow highlight. I think in the past I over-relied on the #239, but I am quickly seeing what this #217 is capable of -- it can do almost everything that the #239 can, plus some. I use it to apply a softer wash of color in my crease or brow bone and that takes care of half of the blending right there.
For smaller, detailed blending, especially on smaller lids, use a light hand and focus the color on the very end of the brush. The more you dig in, the messier it will be. That is because the brush is more densely packed than a lot of blending brushes. Using a light hand with this brush is key.
It took me several months to the hang of this brush, but it is quickly becoming my favorite brush and I will be ordering a second one my collection very soon. Based on the looks that I like to do, this isthe brush I reach for the most. If I had to choose just ONE of my MAC brushed to do an entire look, I would choose this one. Best part is, you can wipe your brush off and use it for different colors all in the same look. Clean it often to keep it in top shape.
+81points
88of 95found this review helpful.
 / Pinehurst, NC
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 3 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:08 30 2010
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Must Must Must Have
Tags +Blending, Shading, Applying
Let this be the very first brush you buy in your arsenal! If you feel as though MAC brushes are too pricey, buy this brush and call it a day or if you want to test the waters with their brushes, purchase the 217. If you are a make-up artist, buy this to add to your kit, but I guarantee you will be back for another. Perfect for applying highlighter beneath the brow bone, an all over shadow to the lid, a darker shadow to the outer corner of the eye, to add shadow to the crease, or to blend the crease and highlight shadows together. This brush is indispensable! Clean it well to maintain the bristles' softness OR do what I do and use one for light colors (highlights/base shadows) and one for dark colors (crease/darkening shadows).
+73points
76of 79found this review helpful.
 / SF Bay Area, California
Review 4 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:12 23 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
AMAZING!
Tags +Blending, blending colors in your crease
This brush is an absolute must have in my collection. So much so that I have 3 of them (i am not a professional make up artist - just a girl who LOVES makeup). I finally just had to replace one of them because the bristles were wearing thin - - However, I had the brush for over 7 years so I definitely got my money worth on it. It is perfect for blending several colors together within your crease. I have used it with both powder eye shadow and cream eye shadow as well as with the paint pods. It is very easy to use. There is a zero learning curve on how to use this brush. I don't know what I would do if this brush did not exist.
On another note, I would like to point out that every time I go to a MAC store or counter there is always amazing customer service. I have never once felt like "just a customer". Keep up the great work MAC!
+28points
30of 32found this review helpful.
 / Totowa, NJ
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 5 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:01 26 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
LOVE THIS BRUSH!!!
Tags +Blending, Applying
So when I first got these brush, I have to admit I was skeptical. Mainly because it was WAY bigger than I initially expected (I ordered it online, so I had an unclear idea of what it would actually be like). BUT then I started using it and it's AMAZING. I use it for applying and blending my crease. Then I blend on my highlight. IT DOES NOT SHED AT ALL. I've had it for quite a while and it hasn't shed ONE fiber. Not even when I wash it and I wash it pretty roughly (sometimes I'm not as careful with my brushes as I should be D;). SERIOUSLY if you are looking for the HOLY GRAIL blending/crease applying brush, THIS IS IT!
+14points
14of 14found this review helpful.
 / California
Review 6 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:02 13 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Must Have for Eyes
Tags +Blending, Shading, Applying, paints pigments contouring blending
I bought this brush years ago at the suggestion of a friend who wore paints and pigments as much as I did, and it is still one of my fave brushes for eye makeup application and blending. It is a stiff enough to easily apply paints and pigments but soft enough for blending and everyday eyeshadow application. A must have brush for any MAC lover.
+15points
15of 15found this review helpful.
 / CA
Review 7 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:10 24 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fantastic Starter Brush
Tags +Blending, Shading
After many, many, many recommendations from others I reluctantly purchased this brush. It took a bit for me to get the hang of the light touch required for appropriate blending but that is mostly due to my inexperience as a 30 year old makeup novice. This one brush has turned my whole eyeshadow blending experience from a muddy mess to gradient gorgeousness. This is one of the few times where the hype is legitimate.
+4points
4of 4found this review helpful.
 / Alabama
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 8 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:12 15 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
amazing!
Tags +Blending, Shading, Applying
I'm by no means a girly girl. I wear hardly any makeup. Recently been in love with eye shadow. And let me tell you the blending brush MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE! I can achieve the look I want that I thought was impossible. The brush REALLY MATTERS!
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / Hudson
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 9 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:02 20 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Amazing
I bought this thinking "this can't really be that much better than the drugstore brush", and was I ever wrong! I've come to absolutely adore this brush and the fantastic blend I achieve when using it.
+2points
2of 2found this review helpful.
 / Fort Bragg, NC
Review 10 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:07 07 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Love the 217!
Tags +Shading, all-over application
This brush is amazing for beginners. You can use either side of the brush for application to the lid & highlight, but the top of the brush is amazing for creasework and blending. I would 100% recommend this brush. It is also one of the most inexpensive MAC brushes and that is another reason I love it.
+7points
7of 7found this review helpful.
Review 11 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:01 05 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fabulous!
Tags +professional looking makeup
As a MAC fanatic, this is probably my favorite or most convenient brush ever. It goes from average looking makeup, to looking like a Pinterest blended eyeshadow picture that I would pin! I love it.
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.
 / Georgia
Review 12 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:09 10 2010
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best brush
Tags +Blending, Shading, Applying, everything
This brush is the best. I have tons of brushes but I can do all of my eye makeup with this one brush
+6points
6of 6found this review helpful.
 / WASHINGTON, DC
Review 13 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:03 09 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Worth every cent
Tags +Blending, Shading, Applying
I was skeptical about expensive brushes. I mean, isn't a brush a brush? After hearing everyone raving about Mac brushes, I bit the bullet and finally bought some. It was costly, but worth every penny. My eye work has greatly improved. My colors do not look like one big glob. This particular brush is great for applying color and blending, especially blending. I love it.
+5points
6of 7found this review helpful.
 / Houston
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 14 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:02 24 2015
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
New brush - not a fan
Tags +Blending, Shading
Did MAC, for lack of a better term, reformulate these? I have several and the newer ones suddenly feel scratchy on my eye! Shape is still great and does that job, but I expect better quality for the price.
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / Washington DC
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 15 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:07 10 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tags +Blending, Shading, Applying
The best crease and blending brush out there. Known by everyone. I would never do an eye look without this. Can be used to apply shadow to the lid or brow bone, to contour the crease, and works great for buffing in concealer and powders under the eyes or on blemishes.
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.
 / Long island, ny
Review 16 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:02 15 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Worth the money!
Tags +Blending, Shading, Applying
Finally bought a 217 and am so glad I did! What was I waiting for? What an incredible versatile brush! Blends like a dream. Just amazes me honestly! Get it, u can thank me later! XoXo MAC
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / Virginia
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 17 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:02 18 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best ever!
Tags +Blending, Shading, Applying
There's not a greater shadow brush. A must have!
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / New York
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 18 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:06 08 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
In love
This brush simply changes everything when applying shadows on lids. Blend colors like a dream! It's enough to use a light hand because that will help you to get that beautiful effect of perfectly gradient shadows. Is definitely one of my favs.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Florida, USA
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 19 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:11 03 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
HG!
Tags +eye shadows paint pots concealers blending!
This is a absolute, hands down must have brush! So versatile! I use this mainly for blending my outer color into my eyelid. Great on paint pots and concealers aswell. If you don't own this, buy it!!!
+4points
4of 4found this review helpful.
 / Tampa Fl
Review 20 for 217 Blending Brush
Date:06 03 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
217 Crease Brush Par Excellence
Tags +Blending, Shading, crease work
Wow, I mean WOW! This is buy far the best shaped brush for crease work, as well as blending it all out. I am infatuated with this beauty. The 217 blending brush is the Crème da la créme! It has a flatter side to really get in the crease and a fluffier side to blend it all out. Gorgeous.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Southern CA