I look forward to the day MAC does us a solid by finally adding the beyond awesome MAC 226 Small Tapered Blending Brush ($24.50) to their permanent eye brush lineup, but until then I guess these periodic appearances will just have to do.
To say the 226, which makes one of its periodic limited appearances next month in the MAC Me Over Fall 2011 Collection, is just one of my favorite MAC brushes of all time would be like saying New York is a nice little town. I’ve actually had nightmares about losing it, no joke. It’s fan-frickin’-tastic for applying color into the crease, and I it so much that it always comes with me whenever I travel. I literally never leave home without it, LOL!
Basically, the 226 is like a thinner, pointier version of the famed MAC 224, which many MACaholics adore for applying color into the crease. I love it, too, especially for applying under-eye concealer and for blending out harsh lines, but when it comes to crease work, I prefer the shorter bristles of the 226.
The 224’s larger, fluffier brush head covers a wider area than the 226 does, depositing more shadow than I need on my lids. The 226’s shorter bristles and more compact brush head, on the other hand, not only fit the size and shape of my crease area better than the 224, but I don’t think its bristles splay out as much, and therefore give me more control over the eyeshadows I apply.
My favorite ways to work it? With some of my favorite browns in the crease (for contouring to create an illusion of depth). I also use it all the time to apply color into the outer crease area as well.
Believe you me, if I lost my 226 and there was only one left at the counter, and another girl (or boy) grabbed it out mah hands, the earrings would come off! I’d be ready to throw down! I’m not kidding…
Well, actually I am. But it is that good. 🙂
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition; available August 25 with the MAC Me Over Collection
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,