I hope your weekend was smashing. How do you like the new layout? It makes me think of springtime and high fashion and those are very good things in my world. I added some links to other blogs I read on the right-hand side of the page, under my Twitter updates. Check the links out if you have the time!
This weekend I completely reorganized and cleaned all of my makeup supplies and as I looked at all my brushes, pretty and freshly shampooed, I decided that you lot might like a post on brushes. What I’m going to do is just talk about a handful of my favorites, starting with the MAC brush. Then I’m going to give you the dupes. Links and prices will be included in each example given. I’ll tell you which of the dupes I have (because I don’t have any MAC brushes). I’m only recommending brands that I own and use daily. I have heard that Sigma and Crown Brush are worth their grits, but I’ve yet to try them myself. So let’s jump right in!
1) The Small Shader Brush.
MAC’s 231 Small Shader Brush. Retails at $17.50
Posh Dupe: Retails at $10.00
Sonia Kashuk Dupe: Retails at $4.99
2) The Duo Fibre Brush
MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush retails at a $42.00 (Ridiculous.)
Sephora Dupe: Retails at $35.00
Sonia Kashuk Dupe: In your neighborhood Target for $12.99
*Note: Crown and Sigma had similarly shocking low prices, but again, I’m going by word of mouth on their quality as brands, and not my own experience. A note about Duo Fibre brushes: bristle shedding is quite common, from MAC down to the cheapies. I haven’t noticed any shedding in my Sonia Kashuk dupe, even after shampooing, so I don’t think price is a factor in that issue at all.
3) The Retractable Lip Brush
MAC’s 318 Retractable Lip Brush is yours for $22.50
Clinique Retractable Lip Brush: Mine for $13.50.
Sephora‘s retractable lip brush has a slightly different shape but retails for $12.00.
Imagine my disbelief when I was doing research and I found the Sonia Kashuk Dupe for the stupidly low price of $6.99.
4) The Angled Blush/ Contour Brush
MAC offers their version for a nifty $32.00
Sephora doesn’t even knock the price of their dupe. $32.00
Posh Dupe: Retails at a cool $14.00
Sonia Kashuk Dupe: Might rock your world for a mere $10.00
5) The Pencil Brush
MAC‘s version will cost you $24.50
Sephora‘s Dupe: Only $18.00.
Posh has a smokey eye brush, but it is a thicker pencil brush, not a 219 dupe. It’s nice, I have a Sephora version of that brush, and I love it for placing crease color. Posh’s thicker smokey eye brush is only $10.00.
Sonia Kashuk Dupe: Only $5.99
6) The Tapered Blending Brush
MAC‘s will run you $29.00.
Sephora Dupe: $20.00
Posh offers a Crease Brush Duo for $14.00 that would probably do a nice job, though neither of the brushes are exact 224 dupes.
Sonia Kashuk will only set you back $5.99
7) A Large Eyeshadow Brush
MAC‘s brush will cost you $30.00
Posh Dupe: $10.00 to happiness.
I couldn’t find a Sephora or Sonia Kashuk dupe, but if someone wants to try a new brand, the Crown dupe could be yours for the STUPIDLY LOW price of $1.95, while the Sigma E 50 could be yours for $9.00.
So there you have a list of some of my favorite brushes. If you were wondering, the total of those 7 brushes at MAC prices comes to $197.50. Using the cheapest dupes on my list (and you could probably find cheaper!), the dupe prices comes to a total of $62.91. And $20.00 is the Sephora brush because I only opted for exact dupes. I’m positive Sigma has a much cheaper dupe.
I’m not endorsing one brand over the other; I just wanted to illustrate that you can find quality dupes for cheap, cheap prices. And I’m not trying to knock MAC, either. There’s a reason their brushes are what everything else is compared to and why they’re industry standard. They rock. But as a serious bargain hunter, I wanted to tell you guys about some of my favorite brands. Do some exploring! I’m sure you can find even cheaper prices!
I hope you enjoyed and that this was informative. Please let me know if you’ve tried Sigma or Crown- I’ve been eying those brands for what feels like forever!
Brush with death,
P.S. FINALLY, FINALLY ordered my Urban Decay Naked Palette! I’m going to die of happiness and joy when it gets here. Also placed a massive Clinique order because I’m running low on staples. I’m just informing you of this because that means I MUST stay away from all makeup stores indefinitely. Although the MAC Wonder Woman collection is tempting me so hard it hurts. I want the Wonder Woman Lipglass and the Marquise D’ lipstick so badly! And the Amazon Princess blush… Siiiiiigh.