Showing posts with label brushes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label brushes. Show all posts

Friday, May 10, 2013

MAC 239 vs MAC 242

Today's post will be short and sweet -- a comparison between the 239 and the 242!

The MAC 239 is a long time favorite of mine. It is a flat shader brush made of white goat hair and is best used with powder products.

The MAC 242 is also a flat shader but made of synthetic bristles. Because it is synthetic, the 242 can work with powder, cream, and liquid products.

The bristles of the 242 are slightly longer and the 239 is wider.

I did a little experiment the last couple days to see if I could get an identical result using the 239 on my left eye, and the 242 on my right. The eyeshadow I chose to use yesterday is Club -- and if you own this one, you probably know why I chose it. Club is somewhat of a tempermental eyeshadow and if you want its duochrome to show it really has to be packed on. I also tried this with Saddle (Matte) and All That Glitters (Veluxe Pearl).

My results: The 242 without a doubt packs on more color, especially when using Matte and Satin eyeshadows. Because it is made of goat hair, the 239 eats up more color and doesn't deposit as much on the eye. Although the 242 deposits more color, I can't say it is the clear cut winner. The 239 gives a softer look -- so I guess it depends on your preference. I think the 239 is better for beginners and the 242 is a great addition to any eyeshadow addict's brush collection!

Do you have the 239 or 242? What's your favorite brush to pack on color?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sigma Brush Haul -- Brutally Honest Review

I have been putting off purchasing Sigma brushes. I just got the impression that they were a poor substitute for MAC brushes and I don't like copy-cat companies. Today I'm writing an HONEST review. I don't have affiliate links, coupon codes, and I'm not sponsored by Sigma.

Whew! Now that I have that out there, lets get started! Please click the pictures to enlarge!

Left to Right: F10, F80, E40, E34, E65

 Sigma F80 - Flat Top Kabuki Brush
I rarely say this -- but this brush has completely changed the way I do my makeup. I hardly ever wore liquid foundation because I hated the way other brushes applied it and it took forever... until I found this brush. It is hands down the best foundation brush I have ever used by any brand. Not only does it leave a flawless finish, but it does it in half the time. The synthetic bristles are so soft and they don't eat up all your product like a lot of stippling brushes do. This brush also helps to give a fuller coverage. I have washed it three times in the last week that I've had it and I haven't noticed any shedding. It does take quite a while to dry because the bristles are so densely packed. Regular exfoliation is a must! Buffing brushes like the F80 can cause micro-exfoliation -- this will make any dry patches appear flakier. I haven't had any issues, but I have combination oily skin... Ladies with super dry skin may proceed with caution. 

Sigma F10 -- Powder/Blush Brush

I use the F10 for blush only. It's not big and fluffy enough to be used as an all over powder brush. I think the F10 is soft and performs its job well. It is similar to the MAC 129. I find that a patting motion works best with this brush. I would repurchase it and I use it daily. I'm not over the moon, but I like it and would recommend.

Sigma E40 -- Blending Brush

I originally purchased this for applying my transition. After washing the E40 around 7-10 times it has completely lost its shape and now I only find it suitable for applying highlighter to my cheek bones. I would NOT repurchase.

Sigma E45 - Tapered Blending Brush

I have been praying that MAC repromotes the 226, but now I could care less if they do... this brush is perfect for detailed crease work. I think it applies eyeshadow beautifully and is great quality for the money. I have washed it twice and it has completely kept its shape. I bought my mom one for Mother's Day :)

Sigma E65 -- Small Angled Brush

Total Disappointment. As you can see in the close-up it is not at a perfect angle... it just levels off. This is my biggest pet peeve when it comes to brushes. I would return it but it's not worth the shipping cost. I'm sure not all Sigma E65's will have this problem, but mine does and I'm pissed. I was going to use this for gel liner but clearly that's not an option. It is also too wide imo to be used for this purpose -- unless you want a thick line.

I don't think all Sigma brushes are created equally, as I've read a lot of bad reviews on certain ones... so if you are planning on purchasing some I would recommend checking out makeupalley or reading other reviews. I plan on getting a couple more and will do another haul post!

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Do you have any Sigma brushes? How do you feel about them?

Saturday, February 9, 2013


It's no secret that MAC Brushes are a bit pricey, but they are definitely an investment! I've had a couple of them for about 10 years and they still look brand new. I am a sucker for their eye brushes because I think they are the best ones out there.


MAC 217 - Blending Brush

The most perfect, amazing, phenomenal creation ever made! Seriously. I could not live without this brush! It is perfect for blending, applying crease color, applying lid color, and it can even walk on water! This goat hair extraordinaire is worth EVERY penny. I love it so much I have a spare!

MAC 239 -- Flat Shader Brush

This baby packs on lid color like no other and can also smudge out liner. Because it is made of densely packed goat hair the brush doesn't eat up a lot of the shadow like most flat shaders do.

MAC 219 -- Pencil Brush

I used to despise pencil brushes because they were too scratchy... until I got my beloved 219. I use this to smudge pencil liner and to apply shadow to the lower lash line.

MAC 224 -- Blending Brush

It took a little while for me to love this brush, but now it is a dear, dear friend. I use it to apply my transition and to blend out any harsh lines. If you have smaller eyes this may not be the best choice for you, and I must admit that it does shed from time to time.

MAC 208 -- Small Angled Brush

I love this little baby for its versatility and multi-functionality! It is perfect for eyebrows and applying shadow to the lash line. Some gals like to use it to apply gel liner. It is small, compact, and densely packed. Love this brush!

These are the Top 5 I could not live without! Do you own any MAC brushes? Which are your favorite?



I have included a list of all the eye brushes I own to help give a point of reference:

MAC 208
MAC 210
MAC 213
MAC 214
MAC 217
MAC 219
MAC 224
MAC 226
MAC 227
MAC 239
MAC 266
MAC 275