So, since I began wearing more eye makeup, I decided it was time to focus on getting some high-quality tools for the job. I realised I was lacking a blending brush and grabbed a couple to compare and review. I'd heard that these brushes were all dupes for each other, but I wanted to see for myself.
(Also I did a bit of a binge shop in January and that's why I have all of them!)
|MAC 217, Zoeva 227, Hakuhodo J5523|
If you're on a budget, the 227 is by far the best choice - it's available from Beauty Bay at such a reasonable price and with free international shipping over $20 - you could easily pick up two, or another Zoeva brush if you wanted. I recommend the 234, by the way! It's very similar to the MAC 239. I wouldn't say the 227 is an exact dupe, but it is a great blending brush for the price.
The best brush to get based on quality and price is the J5523 by far. It's not that the 217 is bad, it's just that the J5523 is so much softer and costs slightly (or a lot less) depending on where you tend to shop from. Also, it turns out that Hakuhodo actually has an OEM agreement with MAC, so the J5523 is actually the EXACT same brush as the 217, but higher quality and better priced.
What's your favourite blending brush?