As I've become increasingly obsessed and picky about eyeshadow, the same thing has happened with brushes. I've always been a firm believer in good make-up brushes, and own far too many at this stage. These four are definitely my most used for blending eyeshadow out post-application, and building up extra colour in the crease. I'm hoping that post might be useful to quite a few of you as if you're after picking up one of the numerous new palettes that have hit the market over the last few months, it's worth making sure that your tools are top-notch to get the very best out of your eyeshadow!
In the unlikely event that you're haven't heard about this brush before, drop everything and listen up. This is the ultimate eyeshadow brush - I have two and would happily buy two more. I have the Crown Brush dupes as well, but to me they just aren't as good, so I reserve them for laying down colour.
The 217 is predominantly a crease brush for me. It's brilliant at adding depth eyes in seconds and it's rare that I'd ever not use it at some point when applying eyeshadow. Having a clean one on hand to blend with is also invaluable if you're after a perfect gradient effect!
For me, this is just as good as (if not better than) the 217. For my eye shape at least (fairly round with a defined crease), this works better than the 217 on the lower lash line, although I usually do employ a smaller brush for that job. I suppose the main difference between this and the 217 is that this blends better on its own, and the 217 is slightly better for achieving colour intensity. The 268 is a bit more foolproof, I think, and kind of does all of the hard work for you! I often use both for a look, and consider this pair as essentials.
This is kind of a "finishing" brush if you will - I like to sweep clean it over the crease post-application, or do a bit of extra blending with a neutral matte colour like Urban Decay's Naked. Again, this is a fairly foolproof brush for achieving a clean blend in and around the crease. I wouldn't use it under the eye, but it's a fantastic brush nonetheless.
In my experience, Crown brushes are quite hit-and-miss, but the good ones can be very good. This is probably my favourite eye brush from Crown; it's kind of the MAC 217's rounder sister. I use it in the same way as the 217 - for blending and building up colour. This works particularly well to bring together a matte eyeshadow look - it just airbrushes colour together. If you like the 217, you will definitely like this.
I really hope this post was useful to some of you... Do let me know what your favourite blending brush is, I'm always on the lookout for new gems!