Friday, April 15, 2011

April's Brush(es) of the Month

One of my favorite brushes is MAC 224. I had bought it many years ago. It was, at that time, a good brush to use for the crease because it was tapered. Over the years with some wear and tear, it's not quite so tapered anymore but it still is a nice, soft brush and is perfect for blending and/or applying a light wash of color. This is the brush that I use to blend my eyeshadow colors together.

I had seen a sample of the Sonia Kashuk Small, Multi-Purpose Powder Brush but it had been out of stock. I went to MAC yesterday because I had been really wanting the new, LE, eyeshadow quad from the Quite Cute collection. The MUA did my eye makeup using the quad, after which I wasn't quite so impressed with it after all. One brush that he used was the MAC 217, which is similar to 224 but with slightly shorter bristles and a bit stiffer. It is perfect for using in the crease and adding to the outer corners of the eye. I decided to buy it, mostly because I liked it and didn't have any idea what I was going to get for this month's brush and partially because I felt badly about not wanting to buy the quad after the MUA did my eye makeup.

Today, I had to stop off in Target to pick something up and lo and behold, the brush that was out of stock was now in stock. I decided to pick it up even if I did buy a brush for this month. I didn't want to miss out on it again if it sells out. This brush is very similar in feel to the MAC 224. I am so glad because I've been wanting to get another soft, blending brush.

From left to right--MAC 224, Sonia Kashuk, MAC 217

I'm happy that I was able to find and get two brushes for this month. As a side note, the Sonia Kashuk brush was half the price of the MAC 217 brush. I know that MAC makes good quality brushes that last for years but I believe that Sonia Kashuk's brushes are just as good. Of course, I don't have any idea if it's longevity will be equal to MAC's but I must say that I haven't had any problems with any of the brushes that I have bought.

How is everyone's weekend going so far? Mine will be quite busy so please excuse me if I am not around much. I'm hoping that you all will have a wonderful weekend!



Jennifer said...

I've a few brushes from SK but they aren't very durable >_< mine sheds like crazy (a double-ended powder brush)

coffretgorge said...

i really like my Shu Uemura ones, but one of these days im going to just go and get me some MAC brushes! ive been wanting to try them for so long! :)

have fun on your busy weekend Kat! <3

K said...

I LOVE my MAC 217! I'm glad to hear that you like it too!!!

galpal.hi said...

@Jennifer--Thanks for your input on it not being very durable. I have to admit that I haven't had any problems with any of the SK brushes that I own shedding. In fact, none of them have shed at all. Perhaps you got a bad brush?


galpal.hi said...

@coffretgorge--You're definitely going to have to try a MAC brush! One thing is to make sure that you buy a regular brush and not one of the travel/LE brushes. The regular brushes are hand made and are quality. The travel/LE brushes are not made the same way--even the SA told me that.


galpal.hi said...

@K--It really is a great brush! I might buy another one for next month's brush.


BV said...

I think the Sonia Kashuk brush looks really good. I think I might even prefer it to the MAC one cos it is slightly smaller...

I love my MAC brushes also but I find my el cheapo brushes work just as well and if they wear out over like 5 years or so I don't mind just replacing it!

It is defn good to hear about non-MAC brushes and their performance. I am very tempted to order some of them the next time I order from Target...


galpal.hi said...

@BV--I have a whole array of brushes, both higher priced ones as well as the cheaper ones. You're right in that since they are inexpensive, it's not difficult to just replace it.