This post will be about the Sephora Collection Pro Blending Brush #27 and the MAC 217 Blending Brush. It’s pretty much a given that the MAC 217 is a highly coveted brush, with rave reviews, and major emotional attachments from everyone who owns one. And, if you’re like me, you own multiple MAC 217’s “just in case.”
I’ve tried various blending brushes since the discovery of the MAC 217 Blending Brush, and I admit, there’s been a few that have come pretty close. However, I’m most excited about the Sephora Collection Pro Blending Brush #27 — which turned out to be a pleasant surprise for me since it caught me off guard. :)
The Sephora Collection Pro Blending Brush #27 is described as “a large shadow brush that flawlessly blends eye shadow for gorgeous results.” Just like the MAC 217,this brush smudges and diffuses color well, and even applies the base color nicely and evenly. The “natural goat bristles softly glide over the skin with a silky touch and apply pigment with ease. The tip of the brush is less dense than the center, encouraging perfect blending.”
Compared to the MAC 217, the Sephora brush is a tad bit bigger in length and width. But the tapered edge is rounded, which makes transferring color easier; and, the flexibility of the bristles allows for a good “windshield wiper blending” motion. Another added bonus is that the brush can also be used to apply liquid concealers under the eyes for a brighter, airbrushed look — just like the MAC 217. While the MAC 217 is brilliant and probably won’t be replaced any time soon, the Sephora Collection Pro Blending Brush #27 comes in a close second place for me. I like to use it to blend out colors or use it to apply a sweep of color onto my lids. It’s quite versatile which makes it a worthwhile investment.
Sephora Collection Pro Blending Brush #27 retails for $20.00 USD.
MAC 217 retails for $24.00 USD.
Both brushes are made with natural goat hair.