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MY TOP 5 EYESHADOW BRUSHES

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AlexisA
These are my favourite (and essential) eye makeup brushes to create perfectly blended eyeshadow looks. Here they are in the same order as the first photo:
Pencil Brush: Jessup 230 Lux Pencil Brush. This is a mixed synthetic and natural bristle makeup brush. I got this for quite cheap on eBay in a travel kit Jessup BEAUTY - Luxury T264[] and I think it’s one of the only brushes I’ve kept from the kit. It’s very soft! My favourite way to use this brush is for putting on inner corner highlight. Inner corner highlighter helps open up the eyes—scroll through the photos for an example.
Blending Brush: Hakuhodo J5523. This is a beautiful Japanese makeup brush is 100% soft goat hair, and I bought this for $19. I’ve had this brush for years and it’s worth its weight in gold. This brush is perfect for creating beautifully blended eyeshadow. With this, I use the lightest touch and it’s almost as if the eyeshadow blends itself! It's very similar to the MAC 217 MAC - 217S Synthetic Blending Brush[] (Hakuhodo actually makes the MAC brushes for them).
Shading Brush: MAC 239. MAC - 239S Synthetic Eye Shader Brush[] This is a natural bristle brush that costs $26.50. It’s perfect for packing shades on the lid—it picks up colors easily from your palette so you can really pack the shade onto your lid (before blending out with a J5523!). It’s a flat, dense, and versatile brush—just like the J5523, I’ve had this for a very long time.
Blending Brush: Real Techniques Fluffy Blender. I bought this about 7 years ago in an eye kit that RT doesn’t make anymore, but any large, fluffy synthetic brush should do the trick. I actually don’t use this brush to apply any eyeshadow. I use it to make sure my eyeshadow is well blended at the edges. This brush looks most similar from RTREAL TECHNIQUES - Perfect Crease Duo[]
Detail Brush: Real Techniques Accent Brush. REAL TECHNIQUES - Detailer Brush[] This tiny brush is from the same kit as my other Real Techniques brush. This is the perfect little brush for blending eyeshadow on the lower lashline. It’s tiny enough so that you don’t look like a panda after blending out the eyeshadow, but blending eyeshadow under your eyes makes the entire look appear much more cohesive (and professional!)
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MAKEUP BRUSH 101: ESSENTIAL BRUSH GUIDE
The first thing to understand when it comes to makeup brushes is what you’ll be using them for - liquid or powder products? The second thing to look at is the type of bristle, the shape, and the density. Here’s a look at my top three brushes with these things in mind. BASE e.l.f. - Selfie Foundation Blurring Brush Synthetic, dense bristles - perfect for blending out liquid foundation or cream contour. The densely packed bristles help to blend makeup flawlessly - no matter your skin type. For liquid products, it’s important to use a synthetic makeup brush. Natural bristles will just soak up the product and not blend as well. Plus, the dome shape is best suited to larger parts of the face - not for precise work, so it’s best for blending out foundation, forehead/cheek cream contour, and liquid blush. MULTIPURPOSE Eleanor Dorn Pointed Face Brush REAL TECHNIQUES - Everyday Essentials for Blush + Foundation + Shadow + Highlighter + Concealer This brush has a shape similar to the Real Techniques Setting Brush, which got a lot of popularity thanks to Katie Jane Hughes (the makeup artist). It’s no wonder - it has a slightly pointed, but not too fluffy versatile shape that you can use for almost anything. It’s also a synthetic brush which is good for both liquid and powder makeup. It’s not too dense but not too floppy either - making it perfect for a variety of uses. I’ve personally used this brush to blend under eye concealer and to set my face with powder, as a highlighter brush, and as a blush brush. Obviously, I don’t use a single brush at once for all of these purposes - I actually have two of these in my collection so I can ensure I don’t accidentally set my face with blush! EYES Hakuhodo J5523 MAC - 217S Synthetic Blending Brush Personally, I’ve found there’s nothing better than natural bristle brushes for blending eyeshadow. Synthetic brushes don’t pick up pigment as well, nor do they blend them out as well. My favourite eyeshadow brush for eyes is the Hakuhodo J5523. It’s not too dense, as it needs to blend out powder perfectly. It’s made of white goat hair, and the long bristles are shaped into a dome at the end to fit into your natural eye crease and blend eyeshadow perfectly! it's super similar to the MAC 217 brush, too.
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AlexisA
My RODs: Fav Tools | #CheriePartner
**all my brushes are dirty 🥴 please excuse them** I’m a makeup brush finattic & since the start of my makeup journey I have loved makeup accessories, the tools of it all! I love makeup brushes 😍 they make any makeup process go from good to great ( or from a very few good to worst 🥴 ) I myself have over 120 brushes, I have $1 brushes to $70 brushes. I myself have got sucked into the Morphe hype and bought A LOT of Morphe brushes in the beginning of my journey. When I was younger I always dreamt of creating my own under eye brush 😂, i do have a thing for the under eyes ( they do complete the look ) but brushes have always done something for me. Last year January 2019 I decided to create my own brush company, I want to focus on makeup brushes and accessories (i.e brush holders, mirrors, makeup organizers etc). I’ve been using my samples for months now & i’ve used them to create all my looks on my profile 😊 ( that purple shadow look, my eye brush applied that shadow on so nicely). I use my brushes in combination of my other brushes I have in my own personal collection. My brushes don’t launch until November but I wanted to see how you guys thought about my brushes. The name of my company is B.Y.S Tools & Accessories, I will be launching in November & you guys are literally the FIRST people to see it🥺 Please give feedback y’all, tell me how you feel! BRUSHES IN PERSONAL CONNECTION: 1. smashbox - Blurring Foundation Brush 2. MORPHE - M143 Deluxe Soft Fan Brush 3. MAC - 217S Synthetic Blending Brush ( I have the original goat haired brush) B.Y.S Tools & Accessories Brushes 1. KOOKA Brush~ ideal for applying highlighter to skin & also you can wet the brush & towel dry a tad for a more glass like finish to the highlight. 2. PIPPY Brush~ ideal for applying blush & precise bronzing! 3. FLUFF Brush~ ideal for applying lid shadows, this brush is flat enough to apply the shadow & when it’s a lil damp w/ setting spray applies shimmers to give a more foiled finish * chefs kiss * **my brushes are CRUELTY FREE & made with high grade synthetic & imitation goat hairs**
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ALYSSAK
If you want to have a brush set, choose MAC!
Why starting with MAC..? Perhaps it’s to do with their successful brand image and a lot of their products truly stand the test of time. I have had some MAC brushes for more than 3 years and they are still in good condition. Though I am having a lot more options these days , the MAC brushes in this post are still the most used and practical, and I highly recommend them in a heartbeat to everyone. Starting with Eye makeup brushes.  MAC offers an abundance of options for eye makeup brushes – some are nice to have, and some are absolute essentials in my opinion. I have lots of them, and the must-haves for me are: 1. MAC - 217S Synthetic Blending Brush – If you can only have one blending brush, make it this one! I have 3 of them – one for blending powder eye shadows, one for applying cream eye shadows, and one as a stand-by! Perfect size for blending color across the eye lid, and it’s soft but not super soft so it picks up pigments easily and does a good job for blending with some degree of resistance. 2. MAC - 224S Synthetic Tapered Blending Brush – Bigger, less dense and more fluffy than 217. This brush picks up less pigments, and it is great for applying a sheer wash of color. I mainly use it for applying shading color to the eye socket area all the way to the upper nose bridge for contouring. Very easy to use and it’s fool proof! 3. MAC 226 Small Tapered Blending brush: The 3rd blending brush you need is the MAC 226. It’s slightly slimmer, smaller, more dense than 217, and it has a more tapered pointy end which gives you better precision control. Great for blending the colors in the crease area. 4. MAC - 219S Synthetic Pencil BrushPencil brush is for drawing lines then smudging it for a softer blended finish. This is a firm and dense brush so it picks up lots of pigments, and the pencil shaped tip allows precise application around the eye corners and along lash lines. Absolutely must have if you like to smudge a soft wash of color along the lower lash line. 5. MAC 227 Large Fluff brush: Last but not least for blending, the MAC 227 is magical! It’s a big, fat and round-shaped brush that is the best brush for softening any harsh lines. All you need is to dab a beige color and blend it under the brows for a cleaner eye makeup look. 6. MAC - 239S Synthetic Eye Shader BrushHaving a couple of shader brushes is also essential, and you can’t miss MAC 239. Perfectly designed for laying down the shadows on the lid and prevents fall out to build a more intense finish. 7. MAC - 242S Synthetic Shader BrushDesigned for laying cream based color. It’s made of synthetic fiber, quite soft and very flat, and I like to use it for packing on the colors on to the eye lids, or drawing lines using the tips. It can also be doubled as a concealer brush over smaller areas. MAC also have the bigger sister version 252 which is more ideal for applying concealers than eye shadows. Face Brushes – I have less recommendations for the MAC face brushes than their eyes. Simply because I think there are much better options from other brands for face brushes, so I have only picked a few that I absolutely love. MAC - 168 Synthetic Large Angled Contour BrushIf I could only have one MAC face brush, it would be the 168! I have had this one for more than 10 years and it is being used on a very frequent basis, and the condition is still excellent! It’s very soft, doesn’t shed, and it’s a versatile brush as it can be used for applying blushes, as well as for buffing highlighting/shading colors for contouring purposes with the slanted angle design. MAC - 129S Synthetic Powder/Blush BrushA good and basic design for a dome shaped blush brush. It has the right size and shape for multiple ways of application for the cheeks, as you can use it in a swiping motion, or pat it and swirl it for a wash of color effect. The full rounded shape gives an even and smooth finish. Not the softest brush, but it means it will pick up the pigments from even the most sheer blushes. MAC - 130S Synthetic Short Duo Fibre BrushStippling brushes are great for buffing face colors into the skin in a natural effect, and it works well with both powder and cream products. I love the size of 130 and the flat-top design, as it is perfect for blending concealers for under the eyes areas, or applying highlighters over the T-zone, and applying cream blushes over the cheeks! MAC - 159S Synthetic Duo Fibre BrushAnother super versatile brush. The paddled-shaped brush is great for applying foundations and concealers for a natural finish. Also works well for applying a sheer wash of powder and cream blushes. Overall you can pretty much do your whole face with this brush! Experience slight shedding during the first few washes.
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Elyas
Don’t miss it! This brush set is a 10!
Brush set for beginners, it’s a 10! You must have!!! 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽 If I can only choose one make up brush set to keep using that Real Techniques Core Collection Makeup Brush Set is my NO.1 option. REAL TECHNIQUES - Core Collection I've showed how much I loved this brand on last powder brush review. So this core brushset is composed of a buffing brush, a detailer brush, a pointed foundation brush, and a contour brush. It has all the brushes that you need for powders, creams, mineral makeup, and even liquids. Unique and affordable. I briefly reviewed the brushes individually below: Detailer Brush: The small detailer brush can be used for applying eyeshadow to small areas, like highlighting the inner corner or brow bone, or applying a color just on one part of the lid, or also for concealer. Square Foundation Brush: The only brush I don't use is the flat foundation brush simply because I don't like to apply my foundation with brushes like that and also it's kinda small to apply foundation, but may be nice to apply it in small or hard to get areas. You could also use it to apply face masks if you don't like to use your hands. Buffing Brush: The buffing brush in this collection is amazing. It's my go to foundation brush, it's a flawlessly blends foundation. Contour Brush: The contour brush is a little too small for all over foundation application but it can be used for contouring, bronzer, blush, highlighter, and powder (it's nice to set Undereye with). It is also perfect brush for hollowing those cheekbones or applying under eye setting powder. The brushes are made of synthetic so it won’t absorb the cosmetics. For precise application, each brush is handcrafted to obtain the perfect shape. And each brush has a name on it which makes it ideal for beginners. I swear before I bought this set, I was really dazzled by the variety of brushes, totally have no idea how to use them. By the way, they are lightweight and easy to use!! Fantastic quality as well! You can guarantee that it is made of high quality since it is created by renowned celebrity makeup artist, Samantha Chapman. PROFESSIONAL! Pros: ● Perfect for newbies ● Ultra-plush, cruelty-free, brushes ● Panoramic case Cons: ● The pointed foundation blush may be too small ● Some sets sold on Amazon may be fake ● The case can’t fit more brushes
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YourGalSkye
Real Techniques Detailer Brush
I got this brush in their core set! At first I thought wth am I going to use this for. I currently use this brush strictly for inner eye corner highlight and highlighting my brow bone and it does the perfect job! It picks up the right amount of product and applies it perfectly to the above mentioned areas! It is a synthetic brush. I have not seen any shedding during wash or use. REAL TECHNIQUES - Detailer Brush 💕SKINTYPE: oily, acne-prone, texture at times 💕SKINTONE: medium warm 💕HAIRTYPE: 1a, dark brown colour, oily scalp
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JessicaRomano
turn up the HEAT with this dupe🔥
not trying to trash urban decay because obviously i love the brand but i was so happy i found this heat palette dupe! it’s THREE times LESS expensive (WILDFIRE- ICON BY ABSOLUTE: $12.99 vs UD HEAT PALETTE: $54.00) and i love the quality of this product. the shades are rich and they don’t fade after a day’s wear even without eyeshadow primer. i found this gem of a palette at tj maxx but i will definitely be purchasing it again from https://absolutenewyork.com/products/icon-eyeshadow-palette?variant=24504011030628 if you’re on a budget or just getting into makeup and don’t want to spend uber money, this palette is perfABSOLUTE - ABSOLUTE Icon Palette URBAN DECAY - Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette • photo creds of heat palette from https://www.ulta.com
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gabi.marie
Orange You Glad It’s Almost Fall? 🍊 🍁
🍑 SWIPE FOR PHOTOS 🍑 Hi beautiful! I created this fall inspired look today even though it is blazing hot in California right now. This heat wave got the temperature up to 90s in San Francisco! I am definitely over it. I am ready for sweater weather, scarves, pumping candles and high knee boots 😍 I used my Naked Heat palette to create this look. This palette reminds me of autumn leaves that’s why I picked it up. I believe this is the perfect transition from summer to fall palette. It is so warm toned that it can be used in the summer, but can also used in the fall because of its red tones. Another palette that I love that has similar tones and is more affordable is Colourpop’s California Love palette. You can still create a similar look if you don’t own this baby. COLOURPOP - California Love Warm Golden Bronze Eyeshadow Palette I used: -Sauced (transition) -Low blow (to deepen the transition) -Cayenne (crease and lower lash) -En fuego (deepen up crease) -Ashes (outer v and lower lash) -Scorched (mid lid) -Lumbre (inner lid) -Ounce (inner corner and brow highlight) -Stila liquid liner -Essence Lash Princess mascara -House of lashes in the style “demure lite” I am excited to create cool toned looks, Halloween looks and red tones this season! Follow me on insta @ francescadflower for more 😍 Francesca 💋
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FrancescaDee
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yourbeautyjournal
231 Small Tapered Blending Brush
LUXIE-231 Small Tapered Blending Brush
$9.9 | Best Powder Brush Ever
$9.9 | Best Powder Brush Ever
REAL TECHNIQUES - Base Powder Brush, 1 Brush I'm in love with this powder brush from Real Techniques! 💝💕💗 ⭐️ WHEN & WHY I BOUGHT IT? ⭐️ I first bought it about 5 years ago, because everyone around me recommended it. The price is super affordable, only $9.9. My friends told me like “if you need a good brush but don’t want to break your bank, buy it! “ ⭐️ HONEST REVIW⭐️ Bare in mind, so far it's the best powder brush that I have and I use it every day to set my face and neck with compact powder. 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽 Somebody commented that the powder stays on the brush and doesn't transfer well on the face. I did not notice that. It glides over my skin smoothly, applying my powder evenly all over my face without it looking cakey. My face becomes a bit more matte after I use the brush. I don't like to put too much powder on my face and this one helps with that. Also, I washed it a lot, the durability is great. I did not have any bristles shedding. ⭐️ New VS Old⭐️ Bristles: The bristles of the new pink one is softer but flimsier. Some people may like it, but I don’t. It’s the way too soft for me. It's a challenge to apply the powder onto and into the nose crease because they have no "strength" to them. Powder flies EVERYWHERE, even when I apply the smallest amount to my brush. It’s a Disappointing Downgrade :( Handles: Beside the brush head, the new handles (straight, with plastic painted to match) are also a downgrade. The old tapered handles were much more ergonomic, and fit the hand well. The new handles are straight and almost comically large in diameter for no discernable reason (although I'd hazard a guess that it's cheaper to manufacture a more or less straight tube, rather than an hour glass shaped one.) The new handles aren't very comfortable, especially if you have small hands like me. I don't know if it's psychological, I miss the old design lol 😂 〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️〰️ I bought tons of old orange colored one in case I need to change to a new one while they do not produce anymore :)
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YourGalSkye
 Base Powder Brush, 1 Brush
REAL TECHNIQUES- Base Powder Brush, 1 Brush
Drugstore price, pro quality: real technique brushes are totally a steal!
Drugstore price, pro quality: real technique brushes are totally a steal!
This brush set was my first purchase when I became exposed to the beauty world: facing all the various fancy brush brands and sets, I got totally lost, having no idea which one would be the best for my green hand. Then one of my friends helped me out. She recommended the brand Real Technique to me, saying this is totally affordable and of great quality. It turns out true. Now I’ve been using this face brush set for over two years and I am still satisfied with its performance in applying highlighter, blush and facing powder on my cheek. So here comes a detailed review. What does it include? This set is called the “flawless base set” and with it comes four brushes. I lost one so that’s why I only have three now lol. These brushes can be used in multiple ways: 204 Buffing: it is perfect to apply compact powder foundation 205 Square Foundation: I use it to apply foundation and draw contour lines. 206 Contour: If you like cream/liquid products you need this! I use it for foundation, blending out under eye concealer, cream blush and bronzer, as well as highlight. How much does it cost and where to buy? You can buy this set at Ulta or Target and it costs only $20. How does it feel? All of the four brushes have amazing-soft bristles and they are super soft although they are made of synthetic hair. Is it worth it? They are worth every penny! As I said, the price is totally reasonable when the quality is so amazing. Plus the fact that they last a long time, I would say it’s totally a steal! What else you need to know? They clean very well, which means that their softness could be maintain. I would especially recommend it to newbies since the price allows you to buy different sets and help you focus on specific skills or techniques one step at a time.
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Massie
Flawless Base Brush Set
REAL TECHNIQUES-Flawless Base Brush Set
Similar to the La Mer powder brush! But Only $60😱
Similar to the La Mer powder brush! But Only $60😱
SEPHORA COLLECTION - PRO Featherweight Powder Brush #91 I got this powder brush when Sephora was on sale. (touch it several times when I pass by Sephora, it’s so fluffy! Like a bunny tail) It’s good, but it reminds me that you don’t need such an expensive brush to apply loose powder, it may make no difference. I mean, if you are using a high end loose powder, it should work good with any brush, and if you are using a drugstore loose powder, You can buy any cost-effective brush. I have oily skin which means that I must use a large powder for my daily makeup. And I love how huge and fluffy this brush is!  It’s so incredibly soft, legitimately feels like clouds brushing on my skin. (although its material is Synthetic Fibre) And it’s easy to take the powder. It's definitely worth buying. It’s excellent for taking powder or loose powder.   If you're in the market for a powder brush look no further. This brush is fluffy on skin so well made and super soft to the touch. It's very large which makes it unique to my collection and perfect for quick powder application. I wouldn't recommend this for blush or bronzer as it's too large for targeted placement - the # 90 brush is a smaller version of this and would be much more practical for bronzer or blush. I purchased this brush over 2 months ago and after many uses and washes it's still in perfect condition. It's very similar to the La Mer powder brush but for a fraction of the price.   Usage * Load the brush with powder then apply to your T-zone in wide circular motions. * Sweep outwards from the center of the face down to the neck.   In addition, the brush comes with a sweeping cover (a container) to prevent it from being covered by dust. I must say the bush has a really long handle and it doesn’t fit in my brush holder. However, I love the long handle which is making it easy to hold and use. And very fluffy and soft on my skin, it doesn't hurt your face at all! You only need hold just the right amount of products. I love the long handle which is making it easy to hold and use.   Even if you don’t buy it, pls just go to Sephora to touch it! Tender and soft as feather. And the long handle is convenient for use. Hope Sephora isn't discontinuing it because it's an amazing brush. I would recommend it to all.
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Cokey
PRO Featherweight Powder Brush #91
SEPHORA COLLECTION-PRO Featherweight Powder Brush #91
💰9! This is the setting powder brush I have used for the longest time
💰9! This is the setting powder brush I have used for the longest time
A perfect foundation look can’t live without setting powder. While applying setting powder can’t live without a good powder brush. This was the truth that I knew since I was a makeup newbie. When I first started to show my interest in makeup, my elder sister suggested me to do a setting powder step with a powder brush. She recommended me to buy this powder brush from Real TechniquesREAL TECHNIQUES - Base Powder Brush, 1 Brush. When I used this brush, it soon became my favorite powder brush. Several years later, I’m still using this brush and it is the setting powder brush I have used for the longest time. You must have heard about Real Techniques, a professional brand which produces quality makeup brushes, sponges and other applications. Brushes from Real Techniques are basically designed for makeup stater. So if you have not used brush tools for makeup before, and you want to have a try, you can pick brushes form this brand. This powder brush is the best drugstore powder brush that is affordable for makeup newbies. It retails for about $9. I enjoy every time setting my foundation with this powder brush. A little dusting goes a long way with this powder brush. It has a plush large head which makes you feel so fluffy and soft for each time you applying to your face. With those big head of fluffy bristles, I can easily finish setting down my whole face in a short period of time. The bristles are fine but strong, and are able to grab and place a good amount of powder without wasting. The metal banding across the middle is quite quality. The one I bought has a orange metal banding. While last year they launched a new packaging with pink metal banding, which is really fantastic. I will definitely buy a new pink one!
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Jess.w
 Base Powder Brush, 1 Brush
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gorgeous gold eye palette by juvia’s place 👑
gorgeous gold eye palette by juvia’s place 👑
gold tones are my favorite to compliment my deep skin tone. i have been eyeing juvia’s place for a while, and i love this particular palette, Juvia's PLACE - The Warrior Eyeshadow Palette . some of their other eye palettes have shades that i might not be able to pull off (lime green, for example) - but this neutral yet glam palette is right up my alley. the palette has five shimmers and three mattes, and all are very pigmented and wearable. my favorite shades are dahomey (metallic russet gold) and kano (matter caramel). they have solid staying power and minimal fallout (although the mattes dust up a bit when you dip your brush). i would highly recommend this one! it retails for $20 at ulta and on the juvia’s place website. i am really impressed by the quality of this palette for such a reasonable price.
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lns.xo
The Warrior Eyeshadow Palette
Juvia's PLACE-The Warrior Eyeshadow Palette
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