A lot of you have asked about this… wait no longer my friends, here it is:
The MAC 286 Duo Fibre Blending Brush review and photos! *please, hold your applause until the end*
Is it my new HG brush? Keep reading to find out!
“With its soft dome shape, this two-toned, duo-fibre brush of goat and syntheticfibres provides a sheer, more controlled application of M·A·C Mineralize Eye Shadow.”
My thoughts: It’s a good blending brush, it has the large dome shape that works perfect for putting color into the crease and blending out. The duo-fibres are perfect for picking up just a bit of color. That being said… does this brush sound familiar? Say, like… the 224?
This brush is very similar to the 224 in the fact that they both do the same thing. The duo-fibres in the 286 pick up a bit less color than the 224, other than that they’re really similar.
The fibres are about the same length (the white fibres on the 286 stick out a teensy bit more than the 224).
The 224’s handle is a bit longer. They are both the same price ($30.00). Both brushes work well for concealer under the eye too (that’s my personal favorite use for the 224, but the 286 is close to replacing it!).
To best describe the 286 brush, I would say it’s the love child of the 224 and the 188 (or the 187, which is the same as the 188 but larger). If these two brushes had a baby brush, this would be it.
The 188 is the small duo-fibre face brush ($34.00).
MAC description of the 286 says that’s it’s for a “more controlled application of MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow.” I tried both my 224 and the 286 with a MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow and I did experience (a little) less fallout with the 286 brush.
Overall: A solid brush, I like it. However, I would say you could go with either the 224 OR the 286 because they are very similar. If you are a Mineralize Eyeshadow fan, opt for the 286. Since both brushes are the same price, my suggestion would be to go to the MAC store or counter and try them out to see if you like one over the other.
Glitter rating 4.5 / 5
See my comparison of the 224 vs the 217 here.
You can purchase any of these products at any MAC store or counter. You can purchase the MAC 286 Duo Fibre Blending Brush here online. Prices are listed above.