To be honest my favorite brush wasn’t what came to mind first though. I initially thought of the MAC 217 brush since I use it every single day. It’s extremely versatile to me. I also thought briefly of the MAC 239 brush since that one is also another that gets used constantly. I really don’t want to be without either of these two in my collection.
But the true star – the winner – the brush I need more than any other is the Paula Dorf Eyeliner Brush. I’ve never come close to finding a brush that could take its place. It’s the perfect size for both my hand and for my eye. My eyeliner of choice is a gel liner. I have a drawer full and use them probably 6 days out of 7. The brush can make or break the way my eyeliner looks though and Paula Dorf’s Eyeliner Brush makes it. So much in fact that as you can see by my picture I have 3 of them! Plus I’m pretty sure I have another in my travel kit. How could this brush not have won???
The brush has the thinnest yet sturdiest head of any I’ve tried. A long time ago there was a brand called Who’s The Fairest? and they sold a very thin brush that I liked a lot. Two problems though – one the brand went out of business and two the brush didn’t have a long life. Eventually it would break down and either become weak or splay and had to be tossed. I don’t find that at all with the Paula Dorf brush. I’ve had these brushes for years now and they work as good now as they did when new. I can’t tell the difference in the age of these brushes.
What I do to take care of them might make a difference in longevity. I take an Almay Non-Oily Eye Makeup remover pad and roll the dirty brush on the pad. It cleans the brush without leaving a residue and helps keep its shape. I’ve cleaned them other ways too so I know it’s the brush that’s so wonderful. I’ve actually reviewed the two of these before about two years ago. My love hasn’t changed.
The brush is 5 ¼ inches/13 cm long with the head being a drop more than ¼ inch and less than 1 cm long. At the widest part of the handle it’s just ¼ inch wide. It fits comfortably in my hand and is easy to maneuver. I can do a thick line, a typical line or if I’m very careful get an extremely thin line.
This is a brush I’d go to war for!! Join my Makeup War friends by clicking the arrows or icons to see what other brushes you’ll want to add to your shopping list. I think the Paula Dorf one should be number 1 on your list though. — Marcia