Ladies and Gentleman! It’s time for a good ol’fashioned makeup throw-down! (Ok, so it’s probably mostly ladies, but it sounds more exciting that way).
In my explorations as a self proclaimed makeup fanatic, I come across products that I think are build for the same exact purpose. I often wonder, how do people make their decisions as to which one to buy? I’m sure marketing and brand recognition have a LOT to do with it, BUT.. I also thought it would be great to do a direct comparison between similar products, a little something I like to call a makeup throwdown!
The Tapered Blending Brush Throwdown
I picked out two brushes that I regularly use, a MAC 226 and a Sigma E45. If you look at the pictures below, you can see they are virtually identical in the way they look. They are both designed for crease work, and are a must if you want to get really creative around your eyes.
MAC 226 (Limited Edition)
The MAC 226 is the perfect blending brush for small eyes. It’s fluffy and soft, so it feels really good when applying it. Because of its size, it is really good for blending eyeshadows between the lid and the crease.
The Sigma E45 is also tapered, but with a slightly pointy profile. It’s a really soft brush, too, so it has a very good feel. It has a pointy profile, which makes it perfect for detailed work, like for creating the outer V and for really precise cut crease work.
Head to Head
I love both of these brushes. One thing that I didn’t like, however, was that the MAC 226 is limited edition and only available whenever MAC wants to. I got mine as part of the MAC Me Over collection, but in a way this is very annoying! There’s no way to get the freaking brush unless you pay a ridiculous quantity of money on Ebay. I wish they would make it a permanent part of their collection. The Sigma E45 is regularly available, which is a plus if you suddenly are looking for this type of brush. Another plus for the E45 is that its priced around $9.00. I paid $26 for the MAC 226, almost 3 times the price. When I got my MAC 226 it was in the MAC Me Over collection and the price I paid was $26.00. As far as use, I feel that with the Sigma E45 I have more control to get into the socket line and crate the cut crease looks. I had no problem using it for the outer V look as well because of the shape. The MAC 226 is a little fuller, so for some types of blending it worked a bit better. Both were very soft, and a pleasure to use. One thing I like more about the MAC 226, though, is that after cleaning, I didn’t loose any bristles like I did on the E45, so I think the MAC 226 will last a bit longer.
And the Winner Is…
I must say, I am very impressed with both of these brushes, but if I have to recommend one of them, I would definitely point you towards the Sigma E45. While I think the MAC 226 is a bit better quality and will probably last longer, I can get 3 E45s for the price of 1 MAC 226. I don’t think it’s three times as good to justify the price jump (and that’s not considering buying it on Ebay.. I won’t even go there). I also think the E45 is a little more versatile because of the pointy shape, so it allowed me to do a bit more precise work. I know there’s other brushes that you can use for more detailed work, but sometimes I have to pick a few brushes to take with me, and I like to use brushes that can multi-task, so to speak. Even though I think the E45 will wear out before the 226, I would recommend it and that’s why I chose it for the winner of this throwdown!