Mac 217 brush sigma dupe

I cannot always respond personally to every post, but appreciate and read them all. One of the reasons I started this blog so many years ago, is that I wanted a resource for people to easily find cruelty-free makeup brushes. The brush that I became obsessed with was the M. The size, shape and density of the bristles make this the perfect blending brush. It is a must-have in most makeup artist's kit. Yet, at the time I had a hard time finding a cruelty-free dupe.

I asked other makeup artists I know to show me their dupes. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may know that M.

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While this version was gifted to me, M. Luckily, I have found numerous cruelty-free dupes duplicates all at a better price point than M. I was able to find short-handle and long-handle dupes from a variety of brands.

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First up is the shorter handled brushes. These are ideal for personal use, and I specifically recommend these for those who like to sit close to a mirror while applying eyeshadow. From left to right above: Here is a closer look in a different order - below from left to right: If you are a professional makeup artist, you may prefer a longer handle.

Don't worry, I've got you covered!:. From left to right: In the second box: I also have a group of brushes I call my "not quite brushes. I use the brush so often, I can't have it on the counter drying and not be able to use it Gasp!

Enter the new brush. With two of them and one at a fraction of the price I can alternate between the two while the other one is being cleansed. But I digress; the E25 is definitely softer, even when it's not as ideally clean as it should be. But, call me cheap, I'd still prefer to pay less if I can. Imagine my joy when I received my weekly email from Coastal Scents announcing its sales and saw that brushes were on sale and in the photo I saw a brush that looked just like the I had no idea that Coastal Scents had this brush!

I'd been on their site many times before and had never seen it. Turns out, it's relatively new about 6 months. I immediately clicked on the link and went to find out if this brush was in fact a comparable dupe.

Beauty Battle: Sigma E25 vs MAC 217

There were tons of reviews on it. Apparently it had been out long enough for the legions of fans to try to get their hands on it, so it was always out of stock how had I NOT heard of this until now? Most reviewers were saying it was a comparable dupe. And here is the kicker.

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Are you ready for the price? Even without the sale I could get 4 of these brushes for about the price of one I'm counting shipping. I jumped on it. I have to report, it really is a close copy. The is definitely denser fluffier, more hairs and a little rounder, while the CS Pro Blending Fluff Brush is a bit flatter and stiffer. But don't let this fool you. It still does an amazingly good job at blending your shadow and packing it on if needed. It's excellent quality at a fabulous price.


I washed mine, and it didn't lose shape. However, when I did wash it, it looked like it might lose shape the bristles started drying all wide. I fixed this by folding my towel in half and drying the brush wedged inside the fold to help hold the shape since I don't own brush guards.

I then put a small container I used an eye shadow over the bristle side to keep some pressure over it, and that worked just fine. When I unfolded the towel and got my brush the next morning, it looked just as it did before I washed it. I recently urchased more of these brushes and have more to say about them on this post. Here are photos of my brushes so that you can compare them side-by-side. Apologies for the one dirty brush. I'd used it obviously.

Is It A Dupe?! - MAC 217 Blending Brush

As you can see, the Sigma brush is fluffier and fuller, while the Coastal Scents brush is a bit flatter. However, they are all so similar, the distinctions are truly minor.