My Eyeliner Brushes

I was cleaning my brushes the other day and I realized that I have a lot of eyeliner/brow brushes.  Funny because I only really reach for a few of them on a regular basis.  There was a lot of trial and error in this brush category for me.  Every time I tried a new brush there seemed to be something missing that would have me on the look for something else.  Also different brushes do specific things well where others may not.  Anyway… here is my overview on my eyeliner brushes.    
The first brush in this next picture is one I bought off  I don’t remember the name, I just remember it was like $1-$2 so I threw it in my order just because.  It is actually kind of scratchy and not at all good for the purpose I bought it for… It is however FANTASTIC for the brows.  I reach for it almost daily while filling in my brows–especially when I am in a hurry.  It is coarse and picks up the product really well–it also lays down the perfect amount of color on the brows.  
The next brush is actually one I received as a gift from Spell Cosmetics.  I don’t know if the company is still around but they were trying to come up with a brush line and they had some brushes that they liked but they ended up deciding not to use them and sent them out to a few of us that were chatting with them on BlogTV.  I wound up with the eyeliner brush.  I actually used this brush exclusively for around a year and really enjoyed it… Moved on later after finding something I liked more.
The last brush in the picture is the MAC 263.  It is a synthetic fiber brush and it is my HG eyeliner brush.  It holds its shape really well and also glides my eyeliner on perfectly.  It comes to a very very fine point so it is amazing at precision.  People always ask me how I get my flick so perfectly pointed and it is all because of this brush.  

The first brush in this picture is a Rock & Republic angled liner brush.  The hairs in this brush are hard honestly the angle of the cut on this brush is super extreme.  It would possibly be a good brush but I have a hard time maneuvering it with the rather dramatic angle.  
The middle brush is also by Rock & Republic.  It is possibly meant to be a concealer brush but I find it to apply eyeliner VERY well.  It is my next-in-command brush to the MAC 263.  If I don’t wanna do any super dramatic liner but I do want a nice thicker liner this guy does the job.  It is very very nice and it comes to a semi-thin point.  I know that the Rock & Republic cosmetic line is gone but if you see any floating around on blog sales or can obtain this one through a swap I would encourage it.  I really like a number of my Rock & Republic brushes.  
Last in the picture is the Sonia Kashuk bent liner brush.  This is a good brush for thin lines as well.  It has a bit more give to it than an angled liner brush so if you are used to a little more sturdiness this could be an obstacle to you.  It is a very nice brush and readily available for purchase at Target stores.  

Sigma Beauty makes a dupe to the MAC 266 –which is a natural fiber version of the 263.  It is no where near the same as the 266 but nice in its own respects.  I really enjoy this brush when I want thick heavy winged liner.  It doesn’t come to a fine point like some of the others but it does get a thick line down faster. 
ELF has a nice flat liner brush.  I use this to place eyeshadow on top of a gel or pencil liner.  It is the one I use for my waterline as well.  It is a fantastic brush and just a $1. 

So my favorite brushes out of my eyeliner brush stash are:
#1 MAC 263
This brush is perfection–at least to me.  It gives me everything I am looking for in one brush, durability, steadiness, precision, and smooth.  

Took a picture of it sideways so you could get an idea of just how fine a point it comes to.  

#2 Rock & Republic detail brush
This brush is just a nice all-around brush.  It offers many of the same qualities as the 263 but it is slightly less dense and it isn’t angled.  

Here is a picture of it turned to the side as well.  You can see a nice point on it.  

#3 angled brush
Awesome for brows.  I use it daily and it was also very cheap.  Win!  Gotta love with a last minute purchase turns out to be a staple.  

In this picture you can sort of see what I am talking about with it being coarse and scratchy.  Because it is both of those things it is a great brow brush.  

Thank you for having a read!  I am curious–what are your favorite eyeliner brushes?  Do you prefer angled liner or something more like the Sonia Kashuk bent liner brush… is there a different option that I didn’t even mention in this post?  Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Emi at Project Swatch

    My all-time favorite eyeliner brush is a discontinued one – the Benefit Get Bent eyeliner brush, which is really similar to the Sonia Kashuk bent liner brush. I find that bent brushes are the easiest for me to use. For brows, I use a Sephora brand brush that I trimmed a little to make more precise!

    • LauraJean396

      :) Very interesting. What is it about the hard to find/discontinued brushes :DDD I have the same problem.

  • Eight For A Wish

    I’m hoping to get the Mac 266, how would you say it’s different from the 263? Does the use of natural fibers change anything about it? Why is the 263 your favourite and not the 266? :D
    Devon xx

    • LauraJean396

      Synthetic is better for the gel liner I use… it is just the way the bristles work with the product.

  • Musing on Beauty

    I cannot, for the life of me, draw my liner with an angled brush. Anything bigger than a Mac 210 will end up in a disaster, I just need a lot of control and a very fine/precise line.

    • LauraJean396

      I used to fill that way. It is all basically down to what is most comfortable.


    Such a nice and useful presentation… As I can see you prefer the angled ones but have you ever tried the Bobbi Brown eyeliner brush? What’s your opinion about it?

    • LauraJean396

      I have used the BB eyeliner brush. Reminds me a lot the same of the R&R brush. I got the R&R Brush at a fraction of the cost though.

  • Betzy’s Makeup

    You have a great variety

    • LauraJean396

      Thank you <3

  • Jessica

    great brushes thanks for sharing

    • LauraJean396

      Thanks for stopping by!