Friday, July 29, 2011

Smashbox Arced Liner Brush #21

I don't know why I only have one bent eyeliner brush in my collection, the Smashbox Arced Liner Brush #21 you see here. It's a good and efficient tool for gel, liquid and cream eyeliners, and one that is wonderfully easy to use. As a matter of fact, this is the brush I often recommend to liquid/cream eyeliner beginners, and have also bought it for my mother-in-law when she ventured outside of her makeup comfort zone.

When it comes to size and proportions, Smashbox Arced Liner Brush #21 is right between MAC 209 and 210. It's a case of not too wide/not too narrow, very easy to control and create a line as thin or as thick as one desires. The angled shape of the ferule ensure that you can get right into the lash line while holding the brush in a very comfortable grip that allows you to see exactly what you're doing and where you're going. This is why it's such an essential brush for eyeliner novices- Smashbox #21 takes out a lot of the guessing from eyeliner application. More experienced users will be able to create a super thin line (just like the one you will get from the Sephora #19, which is great but not as easy to use. By the way, Sephora does offer a similar brush, Professionnel Platinum Angled Eyeliner Brush #23. I might pick it up eventually as a backup).

Smashbox is a PETA-approved brand and all brushes are cruelty-free. The hair of the Liner Brush #21 is made of a "sable substitute", whatever that is. In any case, the head is finely shaped and has the necessary firmness for precision work without poking you in the eye.
Bottom Line: an essential

Smashbox Arced Liner Brush #21 ($20) is available from Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom and


  1. I will have to check this one out. A bent e/l brush has been my saving grace on periods when I thought I was done with e/l (gasp). So easy to use. I've been using the Sephora professional platinum one but will have to check out the Smashbox, esp as it seems a tad thicker. Thanks for the comparison pics!

  2. Please note that Smashbox brushes are NOT cruelty free
    PETA gave cruelty free status to their cosmetics because they are not tested on animals, but this does not include their brush line.


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