MAC 217 Blending Brush Review

by Sub Editor Akanksha on June 1, 2013

in A+, MAC, Reviews

MAC 217 (3) MAC 217 Blending Brush Review

Guest Review By Priya R

My Views

The MAC 217 brush had been on my wishlist for a while  . While I was confused between the Inglot blending brush or  MAC 217, of course the price factor was leaning towards Inglot , after reading tons of reviews online and a trial at the store, MAC 217 had win me over.  This brush was an impulsive buy, I had actually gone to pick up MAC Select Sheer powder and while conversing with the MUA, she told me MAC might increase 217 brush’s price again! It already costs a bomb and I do not wish to spend more, so it made sense for me to buy it immediately!

Product Description:

For shading or blending of colour or creamy products. This brush has fine, densely packed fibers that are arranged in an oval shape. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature wood handles and nickel-plated brass ferrules.

Absolutely love and adore this brush, it is best blending brush ever! The classic MAC’s white bristles looks stunning and you don’t feel like dipping in the eye shadow, because they will never be the same again but when you start using it, there is no looking back. The shape of the brush looks flat but it has oval- curvy edges which fit in the crease area easily, making the blending of eyeshadows super easy and quick. The bristles are densely packed, they pick up & transfe the color on the lids without any fallouts. Bristles are also feathery soft and do not feel harsh on the eyes.

MAC 217 is not great just for blending eyeshadows but it easily multi tasks as – applying eyeshadow/pigment all over, highlighting browbone, applying cream eyeshadow/base etc. MAC 217 definitely comes with a very long life and washing frequently does not have any adverse effect on quality. Although the way the brush is sculpted it looks like it has 1-2 frayed bristles and it remains so like that even after washing but it does not affect the blending work. I have seen plenty of images and it actually is sculpted like this only. MAC 217 (5)MAC 217MAC 217 (4)MAC 217 (2)


  1. Best brush for blending eyeshadows seamlessly
  2. Super soft bristles
  3. Can easily multi-task
  4. Easy to clean – retains shape after drying
  5. No shedding of bristles


  1. Increased price
  2. White bristles looks stained after wash too

Verdict: A+

Price: Rs. 1750

Recommendation: If you are looking for a good blending brush then MAC 217 is worth investing in. Not only  does it have soft bristles which do not shed/fray but it can be used in many ways. Highly recommended!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Richa Saxena June 1, 2013 at 11:07 am

That’s really a bombing price! But I guess it’s worth it after reading your review! Great review Priya.. :)


Priya Raghuwanshi June 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

The price almost gave me heart attack! But Mac is Mac! :)


Adity June 1, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Good review but Mac is just sooooo costly..


Swati June 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm

They will increase the price again?? :(
Why? This brush has been on my wishlist since forever..


Priya Raghuwanshi June 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Yeah that’s wat the Mua told me! I think till last oct it was for 1550… Try n see if u get in old price stock


Swagata June 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Pricey stuff…but then after reading this review it is definitely a must have brush…added it to my list :)


Avina June 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I have also been dilly dallying over the 217. Now that you say prices may increase, it makes sense to pick it now


Priya Raghuwanshi June 1, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I had been doing the same for long but finally gave in!


Preethi Hari June 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I got this a year and half back…it costed 1000 bucks. Now I can’t even think abt getting one more….


Priya Raghuwanshi June 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm

U r so lucky! I wish I had picked it up sooner


Heena June 1, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Wow! Seems like quite an investment!


KRITI June 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm

OMG….the price


asmitha June 2, 2013 at 6:56 pm

I think it will become ages for me to afford this brush!!! Happy for you..


Niesha June 3, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I have heard a lot about this brush but the price is really high but a great investment for this multi purpose brush. I have sigma blending brush that is good too!
I voted for Pn B already.:)


gargi June 4, 2013 at 11:29 am

MAC in India definitely feels overpriced!
I try to shop MAC products whenever I am travelling overseas (airports) or USA, much cheaper there!


Sonaluna July 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I really want to buy this brush but the price scares me :) I keep seeing it in makeup artist Lisa Eldridge’s video tutorials. The tutorials are just amazing and this is her favourite eye brush – she uses it so well. Sigh. If only it were not such a hit to the wallet.


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