The “New” MAC 224 Synthetic Tapered Blending Brush…

Hey, can I borrow your hot tub/DeLorean time machine for an hour? Pretty please?

I need to get back to 2017 or, really, any time before MAC revamped their brush line and changed so many of their classic brushes. Like this one: the 224.

If you say “yes,” I’ll babysit your cat or bake you brownies. What do ya say? Deal? 🙂

MAC 224S Synthetic Tapered Blending Brush ($34)

I wish I could stock up those old 224s because — HELLO, CRANKY PANTS — this new version is scratchy and stiff, several of the bristles have fallen out, and the ferrule is already loose.

Such a bummer, too, because the old-school 224s are beasts. I have two that are more than five years old and still going strong, but they’ll have to be replaced sooner or later.

If MAC doesn’t bring back the O.G. non-synthetic version, or otherwise fix this one, my plan is to eventually spring for either another NARS #42, which is $32 and BOMB, or the Chanel blending brush, which is $36.

Oh, well.

❤️ 1 out of 5 hearts.

Did you know? Tapered eye brushes like this one are useful for applying sheer washes of color to the lids, as well as for blending shadows together.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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