Lazy belated blogger that I am, this post will just confirm a very cold bit of news (olds?): that MAC have tampered with one of their very best products, the 217 brush. The new version is a rough, kinky [I realise I may be making this sound more appealing than it is] scratchy mess of a shapeless....messy thing.
Makeupalley rumours hinted at one point that the way to spot the old/new versions was to check whether the handle was engraved with Japan (old) or USA/France (new); this is not true as both my brushes are made in Japan and they could not be more manifestly different.
I'll let the pictures speak for themselves from here, but for reference, my old MAC 217 is about 5 years old (and identical to the one I had previously, from about 10 years back) and the new one was purchased in May 2012.
|handles are essentially the same -- even at this angle you can tell the new brush head is bigger|
|see how the hairs of the new brush splay outwards like those of a machine-cut brush rather than tapering inwards directionally like the ones on the old one?|
|each individual hair in the new brush is thicker and rougher too compared to the old|
|I'd washed the new brush twice by this point, and the old over a hundred times -- yet it's the new one that's shapeless|
|the biggest variation is how much 'give' the two brushes have -- in practice the new 217 does not provide the directionality and precision of the old one; it doesn't even perform as well as the much cheaper Real Techniques Base Shadow brush.|
All together now: (larghissimo and in generally dirge-like fashion) #Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes~