MAC 286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush Review and Photos

MAC makeup brushes and I go wayyyy back. We have been besties for 1+ decade and over the years, I have accumulated quite a few gems, including my most recent addition, 286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush from Naturally Collection.

MAC 286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush

Made of goat and synthetic fibers, the 286 is a two-toned, duo-fiber brush. It first made its appearance as part of a SE brush set from Ice Parade Collection for Holiday 2011. According to MAC,  the brush is meant for “a sheer, more controlled application of MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow”.   

The bristles are long and soft and its dome shape reminds me of MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush. Compared to 224 though, this feels more dense and similar to the limited edition 226 Smaller Tapered Blending Brush from the Brunette, Blonde and Redhead collection.

The brush allows great control and is perfect for blending eyeshadow on the crease and applying a wash of color on the lid. It works beautifully with Mineralize eyeshadows, creating less fall out, but also with regular shadows.

Another thing I love about the 286 is it never bleeds (definitely a win over the 226). It also seems to stay in good shape, even after a few washes.

Overall, the 286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush is a great hybrid of 224 and 226, giving you the best of both worlds.

MAC 286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush
MAC 286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush
Comparison of MAC 224, 286 and 226 brushes
MAC 224, 286 and 226 makeup brushes comparison
MAC 286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush

MAC blending brushes comparison
Comparison of 286 with different MAC blending brushes

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MAC 286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending is available as part of the permanent line at and MAC counters for $30.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Hey, great post – definitely has persuaded me to grab this brush! Do you know if this brush will go into their permanent line? Or if its just limited edition? X

  2. I was told that is a limited edition so I bought i. Hmmmmmm

    I love it though – it’s so soft. I have very senstive eyelids & it blends eyeshadow so beautifully.

    I originally wanted the 224. I tried it & returned it. There was nothing orignal about it. I bought it this one on impulse just to test it out, but loved it so much that I am keeping it after the 1st use only :)!

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