For applying eyeshadow I like a densely packed brush that holds it shape well. For blending, however, I much prefer a softer fluffy type brush of which I have several.
The first one I’m going to write about is Smashbox Crease Brush #10. At £19.50 this is an average priced professional brush. Its bristles are quite long and therefore, for me not very easy to control. It’s also very soft so would require a bit longer to nicely blend any eyeshadow. This is a good brush to have in your kit but it’s not my favourite. I only tend to use it when the others are dirty.
The next blending brush I use is MAC Tapered Blending Brush 224. At £22 it’s more expensive than Smashbox, but not really by much. Again, the bristles on this are relatively long and so less precision control. I received this brush as part of a set which I have decided to keep for personal use, rather than keeping in my kit. As with the Smashbox brush, this is good for blending if you have quite a large eyelid and brow bone area. Also, these two brushes, although not designed for this use, are excellent at blending under eye concealer. For this reason alone, they are worth having in your kit.
And now to my favourite – MAC Blending Brush 217. At £17 it’s the cheapest of the three yet still, to my mind the best. Its bristles are slightly shorter giving more precise control and also meaning that it blends quicker than the others. I’ve had mine for nearly 5 years and it may well be my favourite brush in my entire kit. It’s excellent at blending anything – powder or cream, hasn’t stained too much and has kept its shape well. This is always the first brush I use for blending and I can’t see it being surpassed anytime soon.