Bdellium Tools 785 Tapered Blending Brush | Review + Comparison to MAC 224

The Bdellium Tools 785 Tapered Blending brush allows you to apply your eyeshadow in order to add depth and dimension to the crease.  My go to transition color is MAC Cosmetics Brown Script which can come off a bit too strong if applied with the wrong makeup brush.  The 785 brush is nice and fluffy so it doesn’t pick up too much product, but the eyeshadow it does pick up is blended so effortlessly across my crease area giving a nice diffused application of my favorite transition color.

The Bdellium Tools 785 Tapered Blending Brush is one of my go to brushes for applying and blending my initial transition color for an eye look.  So needless to say I was so excited when I received another one in my blogger’s bag from The Makeup Show. Did you see all the goodies that were packed into my swag bag??? Trust and believe having another 785 brush was a welcome addition to my makeup collection.bd785

The Green Bambu Series from Bdellium Tools are all vegan and cruelty free.  The handles are made from bamboo and they have soft synthetic hairs.  I’ve had this brush since IMATS NYC 2013 and I have yet to experience any shedding in the hair which is amazing to me.   I can’t stand having to pick little hairs off my face in between applying my makeup.

In fact I do recall a time I plucked a single hair out because it became longer than the rest of the bristles, but removing that hair had no effect on the brush.   The best part about this makeup brush?  It only retails for $9 on the Bdellium Tools website and they even offer free shipping on orders over $20.  By the way the B is silent, because if I hear one more person call it ba-dellium tools I’m gonna punch the screen, yeah you YouTubers LOL 😉
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The Battle of Tapered Blending Brushes

I’ve seen some people compare the Bdellium Tools 785 to the MAC Cosmetics 224 blending brush but for me they are two different brushes.  While the 785 is considered to be tapered, it’s clearly more fluffy than the 224 brush.   The handle is also shorter; although Bdellium also carries the 785 blending brush in their other series so you may find a match in handles in one of the others.


Both ferrules (the silver part that connects the brush to the handle) are equal in size as well as sturdiness.  Both of the brushes have soft synthetic hairs, the MAC being just a tad bit softer but the Bdellium Tools 785 is a close second.  When applying I don’t feel any scratchiness of tugging at all which is major for my sensitive contact lens wearing eyes.

The most noticible difference between the two are definitely the heads though and that changes the application.  I tend to use my 224 brush both in the crease of my eye but prefer to use this for my nose contour as well, it just provides a more defined look while as I mentioned before the Bdellium Tools 785 would give it more of a diffused effect.


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Having quality tools is necessary when trying to achieve a flawless makeup application and this is why I do the Brushes Going Up on Tuesday Series (plus I love to sing the song when I’m typing this!).  I want to give you options based on what I’ve tried, what I like or not.  The fact that Bdellium Tools provides quality brushes with an affordable price tag is perfect for all makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts alike is reason alone to want to get some in your makeup arsenal.  That means you get to rack up and have the necessary tools for a beat at any given time (that’s if your brushes are clean, need help with the struggle? Watch my key to get quick makeup brush cleaning here).

From 7/1- 7/3/2015 order online to receive 10% of your order along with Free Shipping when you spend $20.  These eco friendly brushes are definitely ones to try!  Click here to check out their website 10% OFF on all orders with code BD10OFF at Valid July 1st – July 31st, so SHOP NOW!

Until next time, Stay Blessed Beauties!!!

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  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    I’ve been hearing such great things about Bdellium brushes for quite a while now. And all the girls are coming back from the makeup shows with the brushes in their hauls. I would like to try them sometime when I have some extra cash. The price is right and the 10% off and free shipping over $20, definitely makes it even more appealing. I don’t yet own any MAC brushes, so this would probably be fine for me.

    • Kay’s Ways

      Oh yes definitely a great alternative to get better bang for your buck.

  • Question: how do you pronounce Bdellium? Is it “buh-del-ee-um” or is the B silent? These brushes sound nice, though! I’ve never heard of them before!

    • Kay’s Ways

      LOL, i can’t stand the buh-del-ee-um. The B is definitely silent. Thanks for stopping by

  • Bdellium has pretty good tools. I did purchase some for my kit a few years ago, but I noticed that they do not last as long as some other brands I have. This was a really good review.

    • Kay’s Ways

      Hey Kim, thanks! Thankfully mine are still going strong after two years but I’m sure you probably use your brushes way more often than I do as an active MUA.

  • Tee Joe

    Wow, I saw all your goodies from the show that is amazing. Lucky you. I have so many brushes already that I can;t justify spending my money. I would have to make it a Christmas gift. Great Post.

    • Kay’s Ways

      There’s no such thing as too many brushes LOL. But trust me, I definitely know what you mean. Thanks so much Tee Joe!

  • Ursula Ball

    Wow, I enjoy your honest review of this brush brand with MAC! Will consider in the future for replenishing my makeup brushes 🙂

    Ursula aka Blueridge Beauty

    • Kay’s Ways

      Definitely worth trying, who can beat $9 plus a sale AND free shipping?!

  • Laura

    Love finding affordable makeup brushes, who needs MAC when you can get something so good at a fraction of the price xxx

    • Kay’s Ways

      Right?! You get more for your money.

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    I desperately need new brushes!! Thank you so much for the tips and advice!!

    • Kay’s Ways

      No problem, thanks for stopping by. ((Sorry for the late response))


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