I'm sure the question most asked is why would anyone pay such a high price for an eye brush when you can find plenty of other shader brushes out there for much cheaper. First, this is an extremely soft brush yet is dense enough to pack on the colors without causing fallout. Second, it delivers a precise application of eyeshadow to create a flawless look. Last but not least, it is a high quality brush that will last from 5-10 years if taken care of properly. My only gripe with the brush is the MAC/part number on the handle scratches off very easily. When you first get your brush, please remember to lightly paint a layer of clear nail polish over the MAC and number to avoid it looking like below.
To illustrate the versatility of the 239 brush, I have included several methods of how it can be used. Pardon the unruly brows!
Patting is the simplest method of applying eyeshadow to avoid fall out especially if you're working with glittery colors. Hold the brush vertically and lightly pat the colors onto the lid. Do not sweep it back and forth to avoid to fall out. Keep in mind the farther you hold the handle of the brush (i.e below the 239 number and closer to the end of the brush), the more precision you'll have during application. This allows flexibility of the hand to maneuver the brush around the eye. There is no need to choke the brush or hold it too close to the metal part, which causes more pressure to the lids when applying shadow.
Another method is to start from the crease and pull the color right down the middle of the lid. This has a bit more fallout but precisely places the color right in the middle. Also notice the color is not distributed as evenly as patting, where the top of the crease is darker than the portion close to the eyelash. I use this when I'm in a rush and want to apply the mid color for a 3-color eye look (lighter inner corner, mid color in the middle, and dark color in outer crease).
The brush is also small enough to use for applying shadows in the inner lid. Patting motion keeps the color distribution the same from the inner to mid lid. Sweeping motion will be a gradient effect where the inner corner is darker and fades out as it gets to mid lid as shown below.
Blending at the crease uses the same sweeping motion where you start at the outer corner of the eye, sweep the colors upward into the crease and lightly roll into the middle of the lid, stopping right at the center of the pupil. Here you can see the gradient of colors from darkest at outer lid to lighter as we move inwards. The concentration is mostly near the outer crease. The brush is now held in a different position, rotated 90 degrees from the previous illustration.
Place the brush at the very outer corner of the top lid as shown and move it downwards to meet the outer edge of the lower lash line. That is where you'll find the outer V. Moving your brush up and down this path will create the outer V outline.
Using all the techniques above, you get a simple smokey eye look using only 1 eyeshadow color and 1 brush. Of course there needs to be more blending to ensure the colors are even but as you can see, it's simple to put together a look that doesn't require so many brushes or steps.
Overall, the 239 brush can be used to apply cream or regular powder shadows through patting, sweeping, and blending motions. I have both the SE and the regular version which I equally like. The SE version has a shorter handle but the application is comparable to the regular 239. I highly recommend picking this up if you are looking for an eye shader brush that is both versatile and high in quality.
What do you think of the 239 brush? How do you use it for every day application?