Tool Thursday: Chanel Large Tapered Blending Brush #19 Review

Chanel Large Tapered Blending Brush #19
Chanel Large Tapered Blending Brush #19
Chanel Large Tapered Blending Brush #19
Chanel Large Tapered Blending Brush #19
Chanel Large Tapered Blending Brush #19
Chanel Large Tapered Blending Brush #19


  • Head: 1.3 cm H x 0.7 cm W x 0.7 cm D (0.5 in H x 0.3 in W x 0.3 in D)
  • Handle: 14.5 cm L (5.7 in L)

Review & Usage

I was a little confused when I first saw this brush in person because it doesn’t look like a traditional blending brush that I am used to that is usually bigger in size and has loose and fluffy bristles. According to Chanel, the purpose of their Large Tapered Blending Brush #19 is actually for “blending eyeshadow with precision” which now makes a lot more sense. You know sometimes when you just want something small to blend out the very edge of your eyeshadow without disturbing the rest of your eye look, this tool is perfect for that.

The other confusing part is the word “large” because to me, this brush is very small. It looks like a combination of a pencil brush and a smudge brush. It’s definitely not large, although the “tapered” part is true. The soft bristles — made of natural- and synthetic-hair — are slightly tapered to form a pointy tip so this tool is ideal for applying contouring colors to the crease area as well as adding definition to the outer corner of the eyes to achieve precise results (this is what I mainly use this brush for; it fits perfectly in the outer corners of my small eyes!). It is also a great little tool to smoke or smudge the shadow along the upper and lower lash lines as well as adding highlighting colors to the brow bone and inner corners of the eyes.

I find the quality of the brush excellent. The matte black handle is lightweight and of perfect length making it easy to maneuver. The bristles are soft but dense enough to maintain their shape during application. I have not had any shedding issue with this brush so far and it has retained its tapered tip beautifully even after a few years of use.

A couple things worth mentioning:  (1) on the handle it says “19 Eyeshadow Blender” instead of its official name Large Tapered Blending Brush #19 and (2) this brush is now considered the older version (although it is still widely available for purchase); the new version now has white bristles and appears to be slightly more fluffy.


US$38 at Nordstrom

At Chanel counters

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  1. says: Eesha

    Hey, this seems to be exactly what I am looking for precisely blending/ building up colors in crease . I need to run to Chanel store. Thanks for sharing Jaa :-D

  2. says: Sunny

    I’ve actually never even touched a Chanel brush before! I guess I get too distracted by everything else ;) This shape does look very useful tho!

    1. says: Jaa

      It’s easy to get distracted at a Chanel counter, isn’t it?! Everything is so pretty! I do look at their tools and skincare often, though!

  3. says: Erin

    I had this brush used on me in my Chanel Makeover. I thought it was slightly scratchy. My eyes are deep set and worked well to get in there where other brushes fail. My other favorite Chanel brush is their Duo Fiber. It one of the better ones I’ve used!

    1. says: Jaa

      I had no idea Chanel made duo fibre brushes? Which one is it? My #19 doesn’t feel scratchy at all but I bought it right after its release a few years ago. Maybe they changed the hair type on the newer ones?

  4. says: sylirael

    O_O A combination of ‘pencil and smudge’ brushes?! Why is this not in my life?! Oh, that’s right…Chanel doesn’t sell any of their tools here, *sigh*. Or their Holiday collections. Or, arbitrarily, random other items in their line. I had to get my curlers in Singapore on my honeymoon, LOL!


    1. says: Jaa

      Again, look on the bright side: SO much money saved!!!!! But you know.. if you ever need anything… you know what to do. ;D

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