On Rotation: Eye Brushes

I like to rotate my brushes so that I make use of all of them. Or rather, so that all of them feel loved once in a while. I’ve been partial to cream shadows lately, and that’s why I’ve been using synthetic brushes more often. When I get lazy, I’d use my finger to pat on the eye shadow, and use my MAC 217 to blend out the edges. It’s easy and effective. When I have more time, I always use brushes just because it’s less messy, and the finish is cleaner as well.



cream eye brushes



Zoeva 223 Petit Eye Blender brush is great for someone with smaller eyes, like me. It’s great for hooded eyes as well, as it offers more precision. I like to use this for darker colors on the outer edges of my eyes. It darkens the outer corner nicely, while adding a more defined shape to the eyes. Something too big or fluffy does nothing for me. It just blends the eye shadows a little too much and I’d get shadows where I don’t want.

Zoeva 233 Cream Shader brush is awesomeย with Chanel cream shadows. I find that if I use my fingers to apply, I only get a sheer wash of color. With this flat paddle brush however, the pigment is intensified, and I get a beautiful punch of color true to pan. I only use this when I want the colors to be more opaque.

I usually reserve the Zoeva 226 Smudger brush for my lower lash lines only. I use it to smudge out pencil / kohl liners and it works well with both cream and powder. I can smudge out liners without looking too punk rock because I can keep it tight against the lash line. If I want something more grunge, then I use the 223 Petit Eye Blender, which will disperse the colors more.

The MAC 217 blending brush has been in my stash for as long as I can remember. I think this one here is 8 years old. I do have travel sized Sigma brushes which look and work pretty much the same (got them as GWP) – and I use them just as much as I do this. I always have 3 on my vanity, because for blending out edges, I always use CLEAN brushes. I find that when I use dirty ones, the color turns out muddy.






There you go. All these brushes are soft and gentle on my eyes, and these Zoeva synthetic ones are worth every penny. I’m very happy with my purchase. I’m not sure how the MAC 217 brushes are now, because I’ve read that they are now really scratchy. If you bought one recently, I’d love to know if it’s true.

Even when I rotate these brushes out, I pretty much stick to the shapes of these brushes. They work best for my eye shape, and I can create anything I want with them. Do you use eye brushes? What’s your favourite?



xoxo Lily




  • I only use MAC eye brushes pretty much-the 217 and the flat one, 213? I don’t know. That’s it. That’s all I ever need lol…except my finger. Fingers work well for me too for lids hahaha. I’m a cheap jerk when it comes to brushes lol!

    • Lily

      LOL if my fingers were small enough, I’d use my fingers too! Because my eyes are small, it’s hard to do any detailed work without brushes ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow, your MAC brush looks so new! I can’t believe you’ve had it for so long. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Lily

      Right? Hahaha! I do rotate this with my other similar shaped brushes though.

  • LOL. You’re like me, Lily! “So that all of them feel loved once in a while”. I feel like that more towards my eyeshadows since I don’t have that many brushes. In fact, I badly need to upgrade my brushes. I think Zoeva fits my bill. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lily

      I do that with my makeup too! LOL! Yes, you have to check out Zoeva. They are good quality brushes without sucking up all the juice in your wallet.

  • You make me feel so lazy,.. I love cream blushes and have bought brushes specifically for them. But I always just use my fingers instead. I should follow your example because, as you say, I agree the finish is cleaner. xx

    • Lily

      Oh, but for cream blushes, I like using my fingers too! It’s just that brushes keep my hands clean ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I meant cream eyeshadows!!! OOOPS! Yes, cream blushes I use fingers only…

        • Lily

          LOL! Btw, I tried applying cream blushes using the Beautyblender and OMG – it really worked wonders! I used it for my foundation, concealer and then the blush. Flawless finish! A pain to wash though.

  • I only have 1 zoeva brush, and it’s for my concealer! But looks like I need more… they’re so affordable! I am still trying to find a good way to work my TF cream shadow as my natural fiber brushes seem to be struggling.

    • Lily

      I only have 2 TF brushes, and one is their huge ass bronzer, another is the cream foundation brush which is amazing.
      These Zoeva brushes are definitely value for money. I especially LOVE their synthetic brushes. I hope you get to try them one day ๐Ÿ™‚