Makeup Geek Brush - Stiff Dome Brush

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Hopefully, the Stiff Dome Brush will return in early to mid December- We are working on making it even better!

One of Marlena’s go to brushes, this brush is quite the essential in our book! Often used for creating a dramatic smokey eye, the domed shape tip of this brush feathers out darker eyeshadows to easily create the effect. The stiffness of the bristles ensure more color is picked up, so typically this brush is used to apply eyeshadow to the outer half of the eye. This versatile brush can also be used to feather eyeshadow into the crease of the eye.

Our new design features a bronze gunmetal ferrule, and an espresso tinted handle with a beautiful pearl finish for a sleek and elegant look. The bristles include all synthetic fibers for a cruelty free (& guilt free) makeup application!


  • Brush Bristles: Synthetic (cruelty free)

  • Seamless Ferrule: Tightly holds bristles in place to eliminate shedding

  • Brush Handle Colors: Gunmetal bronze, espresso w/pearl finish

  • Estimated Brush Length : 6.75”

Customer Reviews

  • Great crease brush

    Review by Brittany on June 24, 2014

    I Love this brush, it reminds me of the mac 217 but better. Also the price is great. I bought two and now I'm waiting for it to be back in stock so I can buy more. If you want great brushes that are comparable to mac & sigma give mug brushes a try.
  • Perfect for Crease

    Review by Magen on May 26, 2014

    LOVE this brush. It picked up my eyeshadow with ease and applied right where I wanted it! The bristles were smooth and it's much more precise to apply into the crease than Mac217. If you want more defined application, go for this baby!
  • GREAT brush!

    Review by Megan on May 12, 2014

    SUCH a great brush and especially for the price. I'm blown away because I know I never would have gotten a brush this good for so cheap anywhere else except on the Makeup Geek site. Definitely going to be purchasing more!!!
  • Great blending brush

    Review by Aleli on March 9, 2014

    I purchased this brush almost 3 years ago and forgot how amazing it is! I just ordered two more. In my opinion this is better than the Mac 217:)
  • Great Product

    Review by Aru on January 29, 2014

    I just realized that I put my review last month under the wrong item. I bought the Stiff dome brush and put it under the soft dome brush. I really apologize for this unintentional mistake.

    Here is the correct review:

    I have never used MAC brushes! So no idea about the comparison. But this brush has been serving me so well till really does its job... Considering I am a newbee in the makeup world :)

    A great product...
  • Excellent brush

    Review by Karen on December 16, 2013

    I received this brush in the mail today and was very pleased with the quality of this brush. The handle on the brush is a good length so it doesn't feel short in your hand. I would definitely recommend this brush to anyone wanting a quality brush without the high price. You won't be disappointed!
  • Bought another.

    Review by Megan on May 23, 2013

    I just repurchased a second one of this brush so I can have a clean one on hand for blending. Love it! Ordering from Makeup Geek is easy with reasonable shipping and packages arrive quickly in the US. I will continue to purchase Makeup Geek items for sure! :)
  • Good brush for the price.

    Review by Brittany on March 27, 2013

    I'll start by saying the shipment of this, along with the other two brushes I ordered, was very fast. Maybe a week total from the time I placed my ordered to the time I got it. The packaging was neatly done with peanuts and each brush in its own plastic wrapping. The brush itself is good for the price and fairly comprable to the famous MAC 217. A little scratchy like some have said, but my 217s were also a bit rough when I first got them so I'm hoping that will wear away with time and use. My one hitch with this brush is I don't feel like it's got as many bristles as my 217, it's almost like the tapered cut of the tip lessens its ability to blend. Perhaps that's just me though! Still for a fraction of the cost of its famous MAC sister, I'm more than happy to use this MUG brush!
  • Good dupe of MAC 217 but...

    Review by Maggie on February 17, 2013

    Good duplicate of MAC 217 but its stiffer and feels rough on delicate skin on eye lid. But I guess that's where the "control" comes from. Overall I prefer using MUG Soft Dome Brush (for blending) instead.
  • A Great Bargain

    Review by Kimberly on January 1, 2013

    I have this and the MAC 217. I have used them both for over a year now. I literally cannot tell the difference. This is a great buy.
  • Another winner!

    Review by Queentutt on December 6, 2012

    Can't decide which I love more...this or the crease brush. They are both excellent quality. They do the job nicely while not breaking the bank. I am a reformed "brush snob". Why pay more when you don't have to? I wish you would make an entire brush collection for us MUGs...I'd buy one for sure!
  • Great brush!

    Review by Whitney on June 26, 2012

    Fantastic!! I absolutely love this brush. I got it today and couldnt wait to use it. I wasnt disappointed and I will be buying this instead of MAC 217s in the future.
  • First try!

    Review by Megan on April 30, 2012

    I loved it on my first use today. I haven't tried a MAC 217, so I have nothing to compare it to. I just know it's a lot darn better than some of my other crease and blending brushes, so I will definitely be putting it to use daily. Mine isn't rough at all...what on earth are you people doing with this brush that it's causing pain?? Yes, the bristles are dense and stiff, but mine is super soft. We'll see how it holds up to washing!
  • All I got to say....

    Review by Sasha on March 30, 2012

    I LOVE THIS BRUSH!!! I own a MAC 217 and now own 3 of MUG stiff dome brush!!
  • What you pay for is what you get.

    Review by GMG on March 15, 2012

    I originally bought this thinking that it would be better than MACs 217. Well, i was wrong. I ended up buying the 217 anyways, because this one was so rough.
    I think it is a good brush, if you dont want to break the bank. However, take into account that it is not a replacement for the 217. When it comes to this brush, you really have to pay for the quality.
  • It sheds

    Review by Mariana on March 5, 2012

    After washing, it kept sheding. The courious thing is that those are small fibers, not the complete hair. Also, it's too rough.
    Not really close to the MAC 217, it's flatter, rougher, pointed and sheds.

    ** Edit from Makeup Geek Staff: Hi Mariana -- if you have a brush that sheds, please contact our customer service and we will replace it for you -- either respond to your order email or contact us here
  • OK brush

    Review by Liza on February 29, 2012

    Got my order of brushes today and use all of them and love almost all of them. This one is to rough and has lot of fall out. But, all the other brushes are super!!!!
  • awesome 217 dupe!!!

    Review by sandra on February 25, 2012

    I must say I am a lover of my 217 brush but I love ur shadows So I decided to give this product a try too...and I love love love it..I love the handle on this better than my 217 this one is thicker so I feel better control when blending. I will be purchasing a second one!!
  • Maybe im not used to it

    Review by G on February 9, 2012

    this brush is very stiff and I haven't figured out how to use it yet
  • Allright MAC 217 alternative

    Review by Ella on January 25, 2012

    I do like this but if you have sensitive skin it can earatate your eye so I can't say I love it
  • Excellent MAC 217 Alternative!

    Review by Julie on November 10, 2011

    I'm in agreement that this is a great, cheaper alternative to the MAC 217. It may not be an exact dupe, but it does the job for sure.

    I'd recommend this one in a heartbeat.
  • NOT a 217 dupe! Ok brush

    Review by Tygerlilee84 on November 8, 2011

    OK, you guys are all nuts. This is not a dupe for the MAC 217. It might look like it, but it's much flatter which gives it a different purpose. Being flat makes it harder to blend in the crease. It will blend but you have to use a different technique. It's also not as soft as the MAC brush. Enough with my rant.
    To review this brush for itself, I like to use it for applying paint pots/cream eyeshadows because it is flat and a little fluffy. Being flat makes it easier to put it where I want, and fluffy allows me to apply a thin layer. I do not like to use it for blending into the crease; because it is flat it makes it a weird shape. Overall, it's ok if you are on a budget. Otherwise, I'd say skip it.
  • must have brush

    Review by KAYE MUA on September 15, 2011

    This is a complete dupe for the MACs 217 brush. I mean for less than 10 bucks you can get the same function as the pricey mac brush. I own a mac 217 and when i received this, omg! its really the same. it works really well, and I am planning to get another of this one. So for you MUGees out there, this brush is a must have!
  • It's really a 217 dupe!

    Review by citygirl123 on August 5, 2011

    I just got this brush today and I'm so happy with it! I know that Sigma has a MAC 217 dupe, too, and it's only a couple of bucks more than the MUG one, but I would much rather support the MUG site, especially because shipping was SO fast and very inexpensive (I also ordered two other items from the MUG site).

    This brush is really high quality and is the exact same shape as the 217. I have a MAC 217 and wanted a few more because sometimes I just need some extra clean ones on hand for blending but I really didn't want to pay the full price for them (I'm not a MUA). I held this brush up to the 217 and it's really exactly the same. The only difference I could see was the 217 was every so slightly (like, a millimeter) wider, but as far as height and the shape, it was exactly the same.

    Such a great deal! Thanks so much to the MUG team and Marlena for creating such wonderful brushes! I own a few other MUG brushes and they're all really high quality.
  • Pretty much the perfect dupe for the 217

    Review by HeySharon on July 31, 2011

    It's only on very close inspection you'll see any difference in shape of the brush, though it is very only slight. Blends beautifully. Sheds slightly, but that is to be expected.
    Best 217 dupe so far!
  • I am loving this brush!!!

    Review by Serena on July 26, 2011

    This brush is AMAZING!! It is soooo soft ! It adds and blends color so perfectly:) I also own the MAC 217 and both brushes work the same and are the same length. I love them both! This is such a great dupe!!! Thank you makeup geek for your awesome products !! I will definately pick up another brush. This one is a must have:)
  • Awsome

    Review by kayla2492 on July 25, 2011

    I am so happy that Makeup Geek came out with a stiff dome brush!!!!! Cant wait to try it!!

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