My very first eyeshadow brushes were cast-off gift-with-purchase horrors that hardly picked up pigment, did not allow me to place the color precisely and blended away any effect I was trying to achieve. Someone had given to me, and now I can see why. I kept those brushes for far too long, imagining that my skill level was entire problem. Even when I bought very good quality eyeshadows, I was never really happy with the results. A few makeovers taught me the importance of using good brushes–you can actually work with the powder, place it precisely and do controlled blending.
In this spirit, I recently got Chanel’s Eyeshadow Blending Brush #17, a large, flat brush that can be used to blend or to do a wash over large areas of the lid. The bristles are rather soft, pliable and short. The short bristles allow plenty of control and the softness ensures that the brush is not working against you by removing powder.
Unlike Chanel’s U.S. eyeshadow brush, the Eyeshadow Blending brush is quite a bit wider and the bristles are shorter. Here is a comparison with a brush that most makeup lovers already own (MAC #217), so you can compare the relative size and shape (click to enlarge):
Because I like simple washes without harsh lines, I’ll probably wear this one out. A brush with a similar head that is easily available in the U.S. is Laura Mercier All Over Eye Color brush. I hope to add to my Chanel European brush collection when I return to Europe next time.