I always thought MAC brushes are over priced (still think) and over hyped in the Beauty Community and although there are a lot of dupes and variations of brushes available in the market for half the price, I thought of investing in two brushes I would get the most use out of. My brother bought these for me from Malaysia and they costed me a total of $55 AUD. In Australia they retail for $37 each. The brushes I am talking about are MAC 217 which is a blending brush and MAC 210 precise liner brush.
I have bought a lot of dupes of the MAC 217 from Ebay and I always found them to be scratchy and shed in like two washes. Although they did do a good job of blending the eyeshadows, they wouldn't last me very long. Since I have gotten this brush I use it almost everyday and it is so soft that it doesn't irritate they eyelid area. I have washed it once and it hasn't shed even one hair which is brilliant. I do know that I will not be able to keep it looking white in the long run as some eyeshadows are going to stain the brush hair but if this brush is going to last me many years and not stop doing what it does best- blending, then I don't mind it. I have not tried it on cream products yet but it does say on the website that you can use cream or powder products with this brush. I would not buy another one of these from Australia but if I was traveling I would buy it from overseas because then I wouldn't be paying as much.
MAC 210 Precise liner brush is exactly what it says it is, a eyeliner brush which can create the most finest lines. I do like using gel liner when I want my liner to last all day and I was using the Models Prefer pointed liner brush which is great, don't get me wrong but this brush tip is more fine and helps me create the perfect wing. Again this retails for $37 in Australia which is a ridiculous price to pay but I think I got it for around $20. I won't repurchase it as I won't need to, but all in all I am really happy that I bought it.
Have you tried MAC brushes? What do you think of them?