MAC 217 Brush vs Bdellium Tools 776 Maestro series
Hi! These days I’m reading a lot of love about MAC 217 brush. I am a big fan of MAC make up brushes. I’m totally a sucker for make up brushes in general, I must confess. (Maybe I’ll do a post series about all my make up brushes, may you be interested in?)
MAC 217: the perfect blending brush
MAC brushes have been my first, serious make up brushes since I started to be into make up. At the beginning of my collection (well, collection is not the right word: I use all of my make up. Indeed.) I thought it would be a good thing starting to building up my tools. So I started to save my money in order to get some serious, great quality make up brushes. My first brush was MAC 217.
MAC 217 brush is one of most favourite blending brush among MUAs alongside with 224 but when I saw them in real life I found 224 too big for my crease and I so much preferred 217. They’re also so different. MAC 217 hasn’t the typical crease brush shape. It is rounder and wider. Bristles are not too long so it’s not too fluffy so you can blend exactly where you want to. But since it’s not the typical crease brush you can’t have the same precision that you get from tradional pointed crease brushes. I personally use it only as a blending brush onto the crease, upper crease to browbone and even on the eyelid to blend various colours in order to obtain a sort of gradient. With MAC 217 you can obviously apply the colour directly but I usually prefer an intense colour payoff so I choose another kind of brush (MAC 239 for example).
MAC 217 has natural bristles, white goat hair. After several years (I own mine since 2008) it’s really difficult to go back to original perfect white hair (it’s slightly yellow now) but it didn’t ever shed – not a single time – and its shape is always the same, even after so many years and so many washes!
Seriously, I can’t think about a make up look without a blending work with this brush: with small circular motions you can achieve a flawless look without any harsh line. I do think that good tools – and good make up brushes in this case – are essential for a good work and MAC 217 make so much easier blending. Definitely a make up brush I couldn’t live without. You don’t think you need this brush until you try it.
Right now it is sold at €24.70 at MAC cosmetics.
Bdellium Tools 776 Maestro series: a perfect dupe?
Since MAC 217 is one of my most used make up brushes and it is really pricey I spent a lot of time searching for a good dupe. I think that “dupe” is usually an overrated word. Exact dupes are extremely hard to find and in many cases you get what you pay for. After reading a lot of reviews I decided to give a chance to Bdellium Tools 776 brush from Maestro series.
Just like MAC 217 it has nickel plated brass ferrule with black lacquered birch wooden handle and natural white goat hair. I bought mine at Beauty Chamber for £8 so it’s a lot cheaper than MAC 217.
Of course thare are a few differences between these brushes. Bdellium Tools 776 is slightly harsher, bristles became greyish and it lose a bit its original shape: bristles are wider now and you can blend with less precision.
Strictly speaking, Bdellium Tools 776 is a good dupe for MAC 217 but it lacks in terms of longevity, especially because it’s not in the same original shape after you wash it even if it didn’t shed.
Don’t get me wrong: Bdellium Tools 776 is a good quality blending brush and I still use it a lot after three years but MAC 217 is far way better, it’s still as perfect as the first day I used it. If you’re really on a budget go with Bdellium Tools 776 and you’ll have a good blending brush but if you can afford a little investment get MAC 217, you won’t regret: it will last forever and your make up looks will be almost perfect.