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  1. LeGeeque
    May 14, 2014

    I’ve got the Tom Ford eyeshadow brush that’s possibly similar to this that I use to lay down the base colour. It’s not as good for blending because I prefer a more tapered brush for accuracy. Mine’s white-turned-cream too :D Welcome to the club!

    • Paris B
      May 22, 2014

      Mmm Tom Ford…. now where was I? :D You could be right. That Tom Ford brush does look like it’d do a similar job. I’m kind of glad we don’t have Tom Ford here yet or you know, I might just be broke? :P

  2. Hanny Daforcena
    May 14, 2014

    I have a MAC 239 too and I love it to bits! However, I don’t use it as often as I would like to anymore because it’s a hassle to clean and dry on a day to day basis because I get colors off my synthetic flat brushes just by wiping them with a wet tissue. Perhaps I should not be lazy and take the brush to the shower with me and leave it to dry overnight. HMMMM.
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    • Paris B
      May 22, 2014

      Actually you aren’t supposed to wash your brushes everyday because it’ll kill them :P For natural hair brushes, especially when working with powder products, you can just brush it over a piece of clean tissue paper until you no longer see streaks and that’ll be sufficient, especially if you are the only one using it. It’s what I do all the time and I switch colours everyday and it doesn’t quite matter. Then I do a big wash maybe once a fortnight (coz I’m lazy that way) and it all washes out clean :)

  3. Maria
    May 14, 2014

    I have a MAC 239 … This is a good brush … Must have items

    • Paris B
      May 22, 2014

      Absolutely! One of the only items I’d ever voluntarily like from MAC :P

  4. Robert c.
    May 14, 2014

    Hello there~ I own the Hakuhodo J004H – the one made of horse hair- but I use it for a totally different purpose, which is as a concealer brush for under the eyes and spot-concealing. Umm, have you checked out the Zoeva brush line before? Their brush 234 is similar to these two and their brushes cost a fraction of the hakuhodo one and MAC.

    • Paris B
      May 22, 2014

      Good point Robert! I think this brush would work for that too :) I purchased a couple of Zoeva brushes quite recently but haven’t got round to washing and playing with them. I’ve read lots of lovely reviews on them though and they sure look promising!

  5. Peggy
    May 14, 2014

    I love my MAC 239, I use it alternately with Sigma E55. I find it easy to clean too with the MAC brush cleanser

    • Paris B
      May 22, 2014

      Yay another MAC239 fan :) I use it practically everyday for eyeshadow and it rarely ever fails me!

  6. shasha
    May 14, 2014

    Wow, it lasted you for so long now, no wonder people say that brushes are a lifetime investment! I have the Sigma SS239 which is rather similar, but I think me needs the MAC 239 now. I havent stepped into a MAC store for a while now, and find myself rather reluctant to enter into one, thanks to their amazing customer service, but I’ll brave myself one of these fine days :D
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    • Paris B
      May 22, 2014

      Haha indeed! I only just realised how long I’d owned it, which scares me somewhat yet is testament to the quality of a good brush. It hasn’t even become scratchy despite its age. I pretty much avoid the store like the plague but it also helps that I’m turned off by all the limited edition launches that do not interest me at all. Oh but if you don’t want to step into the store, MAC now has online shopping locally, as I just found out recently!

  7. gio
    May 14, 2014

    I’m not a big fan of MAC either, but I agree that their brushes are amazing. I haven’t tried this one yet because I have a similar brush from Gosh that works just as well, but you’re tempting me to get one as a backup. I just wish the bristles weren’t white. My MAC briushes have all turned cream too.
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    • Paris B
      May 22, 2014

      I actually love the white brush hairs :D I’ve found that white goat hair bristles tend to be softer and of higher quality than brown or black dyed hair so I’m a little biased towards them. That said, they do turn a little cream over time but I guess that’s just age :)

  8. Arpita
    May 14, 2014

    It’s a fabulous brush, as is MAC’s 217. The latter I cannot live without though because I’ve found an incredibly cheap dupe for the 239 in the form of a paint brush (Loewe-Cornell 3/4 with the purple handle that retails around RM18). Granted, it is not as soft as the 239, but it’s by no means scratchy and works in an almost identical manner. If you adore this brush this much, it’s worth looking into!

    • Paris B
      May 22, 2014

      I have that Sigma dupe for the MAC217 but after reading everyone’s raves, I think it’s time I got the real deal ;) I’d read of people using paint brushes as makeup brushes a while ago but I was never really sold on the concept mainly because I sort of felt a little leery that they weren’t meant to be used on skin but I suppose the concept is the same after all. Thanks for the tip! I’ll look out for it – might make a good travel option :)

  9. Nicole
    May 15, 2014

    I didn’t buy this #239 individual brush, but instead in limited edition holiday brush set probably 5 years ago. I was surprise of its good quality and still working well these days! So I bought another set 2 years later but the quality has gone terribly! Their brushes (esp the stippling brush) just won’t stop shredding, that’s when I decided I should just switch to something cheaper and in good quality eg real techniques brushes :)

    • Paris B
      May 22, 2014

      You are absolutely right about MAC travel brushes quality, Nicole! I own a set from years ago and the quality was quite decent. I’m still using a couple of their brushes but from what I saw of later and more recent travel brush sets, the quality has now deteriorated dramatically. Even back then, there was a difference in quality between travel and full sized brushes, but these days, the travel ones are sad to say, junk. You’re right. It’s better to just get Real Techniques (although I’ve never tried RT eye brushes).

  10. Ika Roseworn
    May 15, 2014

    I have this brush, and. I must say I hardly ever touch it, unless I plan to use pigments which doesn’t happen very often. I use to buy a lot of Mac because I had the Pro Card, so shopping at Mac was “worth it”! The card has since expired and I have discovered other affordable/better brands that I like, so Mac is not the “ish” anymore! Having said that, I prefer the Mac 217 anytime!!

    • Paris B
      May 22, 2014

      Haha did you get it for using pigments too? :D I have stopped using my pigments but they’re so pretty!

  11. Shari
    May 16, 2014

    For some reason, I can NEVER find a dupe of this MAC 239 (except the Hakuhodo which I haven’t explored yet! EEK). This is one of my holy grail brushes and I hate that word (holy gra—eeeeh). Truly a gem, I agree with you Paris!
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    • Paris B
      May 22, 2014

      Yay! Another fan :D I didn’t realise how many of us love this brush! I use it practically everyday, it was a surprise to me that I hadn’t once reviewed it!

  12. Jyoan
    May 18, 2014

    So glad you love this too! You’re spot on about all the merits of this brush.

    Two more to add:
    – This is really good for lining both the upper and lower lash line because of how flat and thin it is. I love using this to pack black eyeshadow/powder over gel eyeliners to set it. And I also love using this to pack cream/champagne shadow on my lower lash line for a Korean-watery eyes effect.

    – The corners of the 239 are also small enough to get highlighters onto the tear duct area.

    With all of these merits, it is no wonder a simple daily makeup can be done with just 217 and 239 alone!! Like you, I have been living on just two brushes every morning for the last 3-4 years (ever since I bought both).
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    • Paris B
      May 22, 2014

      Good points Jyoan! Looks like so many us of love this little brush right? It’s pretty much perfect for everything I need to do, I wonder why I even need so many brushes LOL!

  13. Ting
    May 19, 2014

    hmmmph…! I need to get this now!! :D

    • Paris B
      May 22, 2014

      Yes you do :P

  14. Yvonne
    August 31, 2014

    Hi Paris, I LOVE your site, first time commenting here.I don\’t own a MAC 239 but my must-have MAC brush is the angled shading brush 275, it makes applying eye shadow specially at outer crease so easy and fun! This brush has made my 217 blending brush redundant but I still love to use both occasionally! Xx

    • Paris B
      September 1, 2014

      Hi Yvonne! Thanks for dropping by and commenting! :D I don’t have a #275 but since I don’t have as much of an aversion to MAC brushes as I do to their makeup I could steel myself to have a look :D Thanks for the heads up.

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