Monday, 12 May 2014

The Battle of the Blending Brush

Hey there,

So once upon a time there was a girl who knew nothing about make up and every thing she applied to her face was done with her fingers.. there were no brushes around because she didn't know anything about the best ones. Then she started watching YouTube, got into watching beauty gurus and started blogging. Now that girl has many brushes for one individual. Guess what that girl is me.

One of the things I tend to use a lot of times during the week are eye brushes and especially blending brushes because I like to mix eyeshadows together. Surprisingly although I like to blend I only have three blending brushes and they are all from different brands.

If you have ever watched a beauty video or read a blog, you will know that when it comes to blending the one that everyone falls all over the MAC 217 brush. When I first stepped into the world of blending brushes about a year and a half ago, I didn't want to buy a MAC brush... they are expensive and I wasn't sure whether I would use it. So my first blending brush was the Sigma E25.

The Sigma E25 was the very hyped dupe of the 217 when about a year ago so that of course was where I started my interest in the blending style brush. Of course I realised how useful  a blending brush is in the life that of course I wanted more.

This want for more brought me to the decision that I should try the thing that the Sigma E25 was duping... the MAC 217 itself. I bought it when Debenhams was having one of their 10% off events so it was a little cheaper but still MAC Prices (a bit pricy). There was a little bit of a difference between the feeling of the two brushes (MAC is a little softer) but the finish one the eye was similar. 

I was content with these two until I got the Zoeva Rose Gold Collection of Brushes, which happened to have a little blending "217 dupe" in the shape of the 227 Luxe Soft Definer. As you can see from the picture the Zoeva brush has slightly longer bristles but not by a lot. This brush feels rather soft and washes well too. There are no complaints here.

Pricewise, there is a wide range of them. Cheapest is an individual Zoeva 227, which retails on Love Make Up for £5.95. Next up in the price fight is the Sigma E25, which normally retails for about £9.95 (it's $12 on the Sigma website). MAC being MAC is the most expensive with the 217 retailing for £18. 

I bet you are all wondering which I think is the best. Well if I was giving out medals, the gold would go to the Zoeva 227. This is because it is soft, it works the product in brilliantly, washes great and is the cheapest of the three at just over £5.

Silver medal goes to the MAC 217, there is a reason why there are so many dupes of this brush, it is the original blending brush which every other brand has tried to recreate. The only down side for me is the price. £18 for one brush is a once in a blue moon treat for me. 

Bronze goes to the Sigma E25. It is still a good brush don't get me wrong, but the other two are just that little bit softer than the Sigma brush. Plus it's starting to shed a little, which always makes me a little sad. It has had a battering over the past year and a bit though.

What do you think of blending brushes? Have you tried any of these brushes? Do you know any other good 217 dupes that I should try? Tell me down below.

Lots of Love,



  1. I need to try the Zoeva brushes! I hear so many good things about them!

  2. I love the Zoeva brush I have and have been thinking about picking up some more, this sounds like a lovely one! Great post :)

    Jess xo

  3. Excellent post, I am a huge lover of Zoeva brushes and bought the 15 piece set a few months ago. Surprisingly, the blending brush hasnt been taken out of its packaging yet!! I have been using the crown brush dupe (sorry, dont have the number on hand) and love it to bits but will whip out the zoeva tomorrow!

  4. I bought a Crownbrush blending brush (not sure what it's called now), as I'd seen it likened to the 217. But it didn't stay soft for very long and it's quite scratchy now xx

  5. It's not an exact dupe but the Kiko crease brush is really similar, I've had mine for three years and they are still as good as new! x


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