Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Trish McEvoy Brush 30 Eye Blending

As a makeup brush geek I was quite thrilled to see a new plaything from Trish McEvoy. Trish is responsible for one of my favorite blush brushes, the Sheer 2B, so I had high hopes, especially for a blending brush.

Trish McEvoy Brush 30 Eye Blending is probably meant to compete with the classic MAC 217. They're quite similar in shape, though since the MAC is slightly bigger and wider, those who found it uncomfortably large might be happy with Trish #30. The new brush is of the same softness level as the 217 but less dense, which doesn't make me happy. It's very similar in shape and dimension to Paula Dorf's regular eye shadow brush (though Paula's brushes are softer and feel like they're better made than #30). I also find the blending. You can also see how it compares to Paula Dorf Sheer Crease brush.

I have to say I'm not impressed. My preference for serious blending is bigger and fuller brushes that cover more lid space (I have some serious real estate up there), such as Chanel or Edward Bess. I also get a better performance from Paula Dorf brushes (the Sheer Crease you see above or the wider Blender). When it comes to more elaborate color buffing and placing, I feel the denser MAC 217 does a better job.

Bottom Line: nothing special.

Trish McEvoy Brush 30 Eye Blending ($28) is available from most department stores.

All photos are mine.


  1. I'm so glad someone finally reviewed this brush. I compared it at the counter with the MAC 217, and honestly could not see a difference between the two. Your photos make it clear that the 217 is a little bigger, though.

    Since one can never have enough of this brush style, I will probably buy the Trish #30 at some point. I also like to use the Kevyn Aucoin Medium eyeshadow brush for the same type of work as the 217.

  2. Gorgeois, I think you're right about the KA brush: it's probably better at blending than at packing on color.


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