MAC 217 Brush – Is it worth the Hype?

I have just recently purchased a MAC 217 Brush – My first MAC Brush purchase ever. I chose to buy this one because the MAC 217 Brush is one of MAC’s highest selling brushes. Primarily used for eyeshadow blending, the MAC 217 Brush has white bristles, made entirely of goat hair, which means it does not have synthetic bristles like most brushes.


In the past, I have mainly used random brushes I have collected over the years. I’ve also been using ecotools brushes, both eyeshadow and face, and I’ve never had an issue with them. However, after using the MAC 217 for my eyeshadow application, I was completely stunned. The MAC 217 blends out eyeshadows BEAUTIFULLY. The bristles are super soft and do not scratch the skin at all. It picks up a great amount of product and makes eyeshadows look perfectly blended. The brush is the perfect medium sized to blend eyeshadows – it’s not too big or too small for application. I use the brush mainly for my crease and blending out any harsh lines that may be in the crease, but the brush is also one of the most multipurpose brushes I have used.  Occasionally, I sometimes use this brush to apply a light contour to my face, nose, and temples.

Basically, this is hands down the best eyeshadow brush I have ever owned. The MAC 217 brush really does do all the work for you. All you really have to do is move the brush in a back and forth windshield-wiper movement and it really does blend out even the harshest of eyeshadow colors. I can definitely say that I am itching to buy more of these brushes, just because they’re perfect for almost anything, and you can use them for so many different things. The MAC 217 brush runs for about $23 at your local MAC Cosmetics Boutique. Yes, the brush is a bit on the pricey side, but I definitely believe that the MAC 217 is well worth the money, especially if you are someone who uses eyeshadows on a daily basis and you’re looking for an amazing brush to work wonders with your eyeshadows! So if you’re contemplating getting this brush, I highly recommend that you do because it is one magical little fella. :]

xoxo – Preksha :]

4 thoughts on “MAC 217 Brush – Is it worth the Hype?

  1. My absolute favorite! I have 3 and use them allllll the time. I use them for general eyeshadow application when I want one fail swoop, to apply to the crease, and to blend out. Amazing. Great review!

  2. Thanks for the insight. I just can’t bring myself to pay that much for a single brush but I’m now thinking of getting this after reading your view. Thanks for sharing x

    • I honestly felt the same way at first, I do know that Sigma has a dupe that’s much cheaper and from what I’ve heard, its the exact same thing for half the cost. However, I had bought this because I really really wanted it and it was one of the best investments I’ve ever made! It truly is worth the money. I highly recommend it.

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