Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Sigma Makeup Brushes vs. MAC Brushes

Make sure you check out my standalone review for Sigma Brushes, which considers them on their merit and by themselves, not as an alternative to MAC specifically.

Q. Are they on the same level as MAC? Or are they a more affordable alternative, but not as good?

The majority of brushes are not on the same level as MAC, and there are some subtle differences that translate in application that makes me think Sigma really would be better off having their own numbering system and designing original brushes and improving upon their existing designs or similar-to-MAC brushes. Though the numbering system has made me hesitant to review Sigma since I first heard of the brand (because I don’t like copycats, diversion, knockoffs, etc.), I think they could do just as well without the MAC numbers. I think it automatically invites very tight, very critical comparisons between the two brands.

Sigma Makeup brushes are definitely a more affordable alternative to MAC brushes or any other high-end brushes. They are good, but not always great and sometimes just so-so. Like all brush ranges, not all brushes are made equal. Some brushes aren’t as soft, others not as useful. I have all of the currently available MAC brushes, and there are certainly brushes that I have no use for and some that I don’t love or even like. To expect every Sigma Makeup Brush to be outstanding or to surpass MAC or other high-end brands is a very tough expectation to meet.

I think if you go in with “this is an affordable alternative” rather than “this is exactly the same or better” mindset, you won’t be disappointed. (Of course, also make sure you’ve read my thoughts on the brushes themselves, because some might still disappoint you–e.g. 187!)

See brush-by-brush comparisons, photos, and more Q&A…

All photos show Sigma Makeup Brushes brand new–they have not been washed or used, they’re right out of the package, so my MAC brushes may look dirtier (I swear I cleaned them all, but I think I might have forgotten one or two) and some of my white-bristled brushes I’ve never been able to turn 100% perfectly white again. This post focuses exclusively on how Sigma brushes stack up to MAC brushes, because this is the most common question I’ve seen asked.

Q. How do they compare to MAC brushes of the same number? (e.g. quality of the handle, hair, shedding, similarity to, worse/better)

First, one common denominator: nearly all of the Sigma Makeup brushes are heavier (the handle being heavier) and thicker/larger in diameter in comparison to MAC brushes. Most of the Sigma Makeup Brushes are also longer.


MAC 109 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS109 Brush


MAC 109 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS109 Brush


Sigma Makeup SS109 Brush / MAC 109 Brush


MAC 109 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS109 Brush (Handle thickness comparison)

SS109 vs. MAC 109: The MAC 109 is denser, softer, and the brush-head itself is about 2mm longer. I found the SS109 to be fluffier and not as densely packed as the MAC brush; the shape itself is a little more domed and not as flat. My MAC 109 doesn’t shed very much (maybe one bristle for every 2-3 uses), but I do have some trouble with my SS109 shedding. The SS109 splays out more, while the MAC 109 is rounded and tapers in.


MAC 150 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS150 Brush


MAC 150 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS150 Brush (Handle thickness comparison)


MAC 150 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS150 Brush


MAC 150 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS150 Brush (Length comparison–MAC is 5-6mm longer)

SS150 vs. MAC 150: The MAC 150 is more domed and tapered inward, while the SS150 flares out more and then has a wide dome shape. The SS150 has the same softness (which, by the way, the MAC 150 isn’t ultra soft, it’s soft but could be softer) as the MAC 150, but the SS150 differs greatly in its shape and density. I think the SS150 is more similar to MAC’s 134 (even though Sigma also offers the SS134). The SS150 is flatter and denser, not as fluffy as the MAC 150. The SS150 sheds like nobody’s business, while my MAC 150 doesn’t shed much at all. The SS150 is also the smelliest, most troublesome brush out of all the Sigma brushes I’ve tried–it sheds, smells, and bleeds. The weight difference between these two also feels the largest–the SS150 is distinctly heavier than the MAC brush, even though it’s shorter.


MAC 168 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS168 Brush


MAC 168 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS168 Brush

SS168 vs. MAC 168: The MAC 168 is tighter, more compact, and it retains its shape a lot better than the SS168, which was splayed when I first opened it and still splays out even when I re-shape it after washing. The SS168 is fluffier and better for diffusing a blush than it is for cotouring, just because I find the lack of firmness makes it more difficult to contour the hollows of my cheeks. (Please keep in mind that I’ve had my 168 forever, and I didn’t always know how to clean them, so mine is a little discolored–it does start off white!)


Sigma Makeup SS182 Brush / MAC 182 Brush


MAC 182 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS182 Brush

SS182 vs. MAC 182: My MAC 182 is a Couture 182, which means it has a square handle and is thusly not *exactly* the same as the permanent MAC 182. (And yes, I still own TWO of the Couture 182s, and I love them dearly!) These two are almost equally soft. I’d say the MAC brush is just slightly softer against the skin, but it’s really close. The SS182 does a really good job replicating the feel and density of the MAC 182. The MAC 182 sheds less than my SS182, but neither sheds much at all. The SS182 smells after washing, though, and my MAC 182 always just smells like whatever I washed it in (baby shampoo).


Sigma Makeup SS187 Brush / MAC 187 Brush


Sigma Makeup SS187 Brush / MAC 187 Brush


MAC 187 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS187 Brush


MAC 187 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS187 Brush (Handle size/length comparison)

SS187 vs. MAC 187: I found that the differences between these two were more pronounced than in many of the other comparisons. The MAC 187 is significantly softer and it is much more dense. It also holds its shape better and has enough firmness/density so you can use it for stippling. The SS187 feels a little fluffy and floppy in comparison. The SS187 is nearly an inch longer and significantly heavier with a thicker handle.


MAC 188 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS188 Brush


MAC 188 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS188 Brush


Sigma Makeup SS188 Brush / MAC 188 Brush

SS188 vs. MAC 188: Like the previous comparison between SS187 and MAC 187, the SS188 is just not as dense or firm as the MAC 188. The 188 is tighter, thinner, and doesn’t flare out like the SS188. The SS188 brush-head is about 1-2mm longer in length.


MAC 190 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS190 Brush


MAC 190 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS190 Brush

SS190 vs. MAC 190: These two are very, very similar. The MAC 190 is a little softer, but otherwise the two brushes are identical.


MAC 194 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS194 Brush

SS194 vs. MAC 194: I don’t think these brushes are comparable. The MAC 194 is thinner, skinnier, and longer. They’re two totally different brushes. The SS194 is considerably longer than MAC 194.


MAC 209 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS209 Brush


MAC 209 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS209 Brush

SS209 vs. MAC 209: The MAC brush is skinnier overall, but it’s also more straight/narrow and comes to a point, but it’s not as tapered as the SS209, which almost bulges at the bottom and middle before it comes to a thin point. The SS209 is also a good deal longer and the handle thicker than the MAC 209.


MAC 219 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS219 Brush


Sigma Makeup SS219 Brush / MAC 219 Brush


Sigma Makeup SS219 Brush / MAC 219 Brush

SS219 vs. MAC 219: The photos do a really good job showing just how different these two brushes are. The SS19 is a fluffy, dome-shaped crease brush, whereas the MAC 219 is more penci-shaped, more pointed and less domed, and it is much tighter/compact and not nearly as fluffy. I find that both are good to have on hand, but the SS219 is not like the MAC 219. Just think of them as two different brushes entirely! The SS219 is also over an inch longer than the MAC 219.


MAC 224 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS224 Brush


MAC 224 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS224 Brush


MAC 224 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS224 Brush


Sigma Makeup SS224 Brush / MAC 224 Brush

SS224 vs. MAC 224: The SS224 is about 10mm longer than the MAC 224, even though the MAC 224 brush-head is 3-4mm longer than the SS224. Much like the 219 comparison, there are enough differences between these two brushes that make them less than identical. The MAC 224 is longer, skinnier, and not as dense–it’s very soft and floppy in a sense. The SS224 is shorter with more of a domed shape rather than a tapered edge like the MAC 224. The SS224’s shorter brush-head allows you to have more control over it.


MAC 239 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS239 Brush


MAC 239 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS239 Brush


Sigma Makeup SS239 Brush / MAC 239 Brush

SS239 vs. MAC 239: One of the most noticeable differences is the fact that the MAC 239 is white-haired, while the SS239 is brown. The MAC 239 is much, much better than the SS239 at picking up, packing on, and blending eyeshadow. The SS239 is larger, denser, and stubbier in comparison to the MAC 239. The SS239 actually reminds me of an old, long-discontinued Benefit eyeshadow brush I used to use. These just aren’t very comparable to me–it doesn’t mean the SS239 is bad, it’s decent, but it’s not the same as the MAC 239.


MAC 266 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS266 Brush


MAC 266 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS266 Brush


MAC 266 Brush / Sigma Makeup SS266 Brush

SS266 vs. MAC 266: Even though the angle of the MAC 266 looks much more severe than the SS266, they are actually the same. (Maybe your eyes are better than mine and didn’t think that, but I put them side by side, and the angle continues perfectly.) As you can see, the SS266 is skinnier and a smidgen shorter. The SS266 is also just under an inch longer than the MAC 266 with a thicker handle–I like my eyeliner brushes on the shorter side for more control but that’s a personal preference.


Sigma SS275 Brush / MAC 275 Brush


Sigma SS275 Brush / MAC 275 Brush


Sigma SS275 Brush / MAC 275 Brush

SS275 vs. MAC 275: The SS275 is significantly smaller than the MAC 275, which isn’t a bad thing. It actually kind of reminds me of MAC’s 272. The SS275 is a little more angular towards the edge in comparison as well. Like most Sigma brushes, the SS275 is also about half an inch longer than the MAC 275. The SS275 fits better in my inner corner than the MAC 275, actually! The SS275 sheds a bit more than my MAC 275 (which doesn’t shed at all). It’s not particularly worrisome, but it’s worth noting.

Q. Do you like the Sigma or MAC Kabuki (182) better?

I like the MAC 182 better, but it is really a tight race. I prefer the square handle of my MAC 182, which is actually not even what MAC 182 normally comes equipped with! I find MAC is just the littlest bit softer. Is it worth the huge price difference? No, I don’t think MAC is $25+ better by any means. I also like that my MAC 182 doesn’t smell after washing. I’m not that bothered by the scent, just because I don’t notice when I actually just use the brushes rather than specifically going out of my way to smell to see if there *is* a scent. The SS182 hardly sheds, is incredibly dense, very soft, and it retains its shape well after washing. I didn’t have any bleeding with the SS182 either.

Q. How does the weight of the brush compare?

The weight of the Sigma brushes seem heavier than the MAC brushes overall, and the difference is more noticeable in the face brushes, just because the handles are significantly thicker. Nearly all of the Sigma brushes are longer than MAC brushes.

Q. Why do they have the same numbers as MAC brushes?

According to Simone, when they originally launched their brushes, they didn’t have numbers. Customers requested that numbers be added to the brushes so they could refer to which brush they were using. Simone has told me that they are slowly phasing out the MAC-based numbering system and will have a new numbering system in place by the end of this year.

Q. Do you think these would last a lifetime like MAC brushes?

If you don’t use them very often, sure. If you use them everyday, I don’t think they will last you as long as MAC brushes. I see some of the ferrules loosening up over time with heavy use (I put ‘em through the ringer, trust me!), a few brushes have some shedding/dye issues that could be fixed, and the smell might get worse after a couple of years (can’t say either way). These are just some concerns I’d have for lifetime use. I think they’ll last you a few years, and if you have to replace them in a few years, I think the low cost of even an entire set is certainly worth a few years’ of usage, you know?

I know several makeup artists who can vouch for their MAC brushes being as good today as they were 15 years ago when they first bought them–but they also take meticulous care of their brushes. With good care of your Sigma brushes, I imagine you can get several years out of them. You may have to hot glue the ferrule back on after a few years, but the brush itself seems to hold its shape, not shed so much that you’re missing half a brush six months later, etc. It is unrealistic to expect that Sigma = MAC (and unfair to hold Sigma to MAC standards, considering their price point, to be honest) in every single way.

Q. Do MAC brushes fit in the brush roll?

Yes.

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257 thoughts on “Sigma Makeup Brushes vs. MAC Brushes Comparison with Photos

  1. Silvia Spinassi

    hi gorgeous! Can I compare 197 Sigma brush with 130 MAC brush?
    thanks

  2. Terry

    Wow,Christine, you’ve done an excellent job with this detailed comparison. Thank you! By any chance do you know the suppliers of the brush heads for either either Sigma or Mac? I need to use special handles (because of a physical disability). Before I read your comparison, I was going to buy a Sigma set to dismantle,(I’d never dismantle MAC lol)But now it seems like what’s most affordable, would be to just to buy the brush heads. Again thanks for the helpful comparison.

    • I’m not sure who supplies either company’s brushes, but if you google around, you might. Crown brushes are also more affordable and supposedly pretty high quality (I haven’t tried).

  3. Thank you so much. This was really useful. I own both full sets by sigma and I am pleased with them over all. I also own quite a few, though not all MAC brushes, and I am very happy with them. The ferrule problem is a concern and I have had it with 5 brushes out of the total 28 brushes i have by sigma. I still would like to buy more MAC brushes but I want to prioritize the ones were the difference with the sigma ones is the most noticeable. Unfortunately, MAC brushes are a lot more expensive in Norway than in America. Again, Thank you.

    • I completely understand, Chichi! Sigma brushes are definitely a nice alternative to MAC brushes, especially if you want to get a feel for what brushes you’ll use regularly. I think if someone simply wants something more affordable and still has quality, they’re a good choice, but if you think you’ll get 100% quality, use, longevity, etc. of a MAC brush, it may not necessarily be true.

      So glad you’re enjoying your brushes!

  4. Thea

    i think sigma is much better with their new numbering system and i got the conplete kit a long time ago and its still like brand new:) i dident have any brushes back then and not a lot of money so i got the kit… i still love my sigma brushes but i slowly started collecting mac brushes when i could afford it so now i have brushes from both mac and sigma<3

    some of the sigma brushes are better and some of the mac brushes are better:) its nice to start like that<3 thanks for the review!

  5. Nukey

    What an amazing site. So glad I finally found someone with honest opinions. My daughter wanted a Sigma set and I was inclined (reluctantly) to get them for her although I have been a long time MAC fan. You really shed plenty of light and after seeing the difference between the two, it’s definitely a no brainer. MAC hands down.

  6. Leesh

    Hi Christina! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your site. I really appreciate your taking the time to do these comparisons and reviews of the different products for us fellow addicts. :)

    I am starting to revamp my brush collection. After MUCH research, I’ve decided to go with quality and do what I can over time rebuilding my MAC brush collection. Quick question for you. The 1st three brushes I am going to purchase are gonna be for my overall face (powder), blush, and contouring/highlighting. Which 3 MAC brushes would you recommend for these? I assumed the 168 for contouring, and the 129 for blush, but kinda tossed about overall powder brush. Your take?

    • I prefer the 116 over the 129 – softer and better for blush, IMO! I use 134 for powder – but loose and pressed – SO soft. The 150 is a bit scratchy in comparison.

  7. Avatar of Claudia Claudia

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for doing this review!! I’ve been considering on doing some inviestin and satrt buying here and there as much as I can afford the MAC Brushes but then again I heard about Sigma and I’ve been doing some reading about them which it has made me hesitate about buying Sigma instead of Mac. I know that you did NOT do this review in order to make me or other subscriber to buy Mac instead of Sigma but your reviews ALWAYS make think twice and most of the time, I go w/what you have written about you are right… So thank you so much again!

    Claudia

  8. Harley

    Hey Christine, I came across this post while researching Sigma & Mac brushes. I’m so glad I did before ordering the Sigma set, because while it offers a good value for the price it doesn’t seem like something that will last years. I’d much rather invest money in a product that with care can last years than have to spend money repurchasing something. I’m convinced to definitely get a few Mac brushes for my collection. Thanks so much for your reviews!

  9. be

    Thanks this review is so candid. So many other gurus rave about the Sigma brushes that were given to them which makes you wonder about their credibility even though they always preface with “this is my honest opinion”. This speaks to your integrity which I applaud.

  10. Claire

    Hi Christine
    thanx for this review, I found it really interesting. Because I live in australia there is nowhere I can go an physically look at sigma brushes (that I know of) but ive heard heaps of makeup artists rave about them. Do they have a dupe of the MAC 217 brush?
    thanx
    much love
    claire
    xoxo

  11. Morgab

    I hate how people are always putting other makeup brands down because it’s “not as good as mac”. I am ALL for sigma, because they are WAY cheaper. Who would want to spend $40 on a stick with hair? That money could go toward something with way more value than a brush that does the same thing that a $16 brush would do.

  12. Sabrina

    Where can you buy Sigma brushes? Can you only get them online or is there a store that carries them?

    • Sophia

      umm well from what ik of in some country’s there make be stores that cary them see i live in illinois so i order them but ik if u are a makeup artist and could some how promote them in some way call the company and the will send u a set of their brushes so u can promote them to other people in some sort of way…youtube.. website/blog and for my opinion on the review i ordered them and i have gotten a feel for them sigma has a certain drying brush roll that will keep your brushes looking brand new and will help the to keep shape and not shed, and flair. it cost 20.00 which is a great investment if you really care about the brushes honestly i am questioning if who ever did this review sry do not know the name of the persona but maybe consider washing them using the drying system and caring for them deeply before making in-depth review and i do have many mac brushes and mac brushes will flair out and shed if you do not take care of them as would sigma brushes and the owner of the company is constantly coming up with ways to improve SIGMA from what ik

      thank you sophia

      • Sophia

        again this is sophia i ordered them but have not gotten mine i used some one else’s but still my comment is completely my honest thought and i used my friends for 2 weeks because she wanted my honest thoughts

      • Hi Sophia,

        I used these extensively (this is an older post, but I remember around 4-8 weeks), and I put them through the ringer. This is my review, and this is just my experience based on the results I achieved :) I’ve had my MAC Brushes last just fine for years, so I know how to properly take care of my brushes! :)

  13. Tania

    Thanks Vhristine for this review! I am starting off my make-up brush collection and I was hesitant about purchasing this brushes, they seemed so good based on beauty gurus on youtube. =/ Fortunately I didn’t buy them. In your opinion what are some good brushes to purchase I have a budget of $220. I was thinking about purchasing the bdellium tool maestro brushes or the sephora pro kit brush set. Please help!
    Best Regards, Tania

  14. Classic & Beautiful

    These have actually changed a lot. Some haven’t but there is a good amount that have. The newer Sigma brushes are incredible quality and look very similar to the MAC ones, with a couple of minor exceptions. It would be good to do an updated review.

  15. Joan

    Christine, have you heard anything about a new line of Sigma makeup brushes coming out before the end of this year. I did e-mail Sigma and they replied that there will be a new line of brushes coming out before the end of the year. Just wandering what kind of brushes. I will definitely be interested. I was going to order the Make Me Cool aqua set of brushes, but I think I might wait to see what they come out with.

  16. Jess

    Really good and thorough comparison! However, I think you kinda tried to show whether these brushes were identical when in fact what most people want to know (I would presume) is not whether brush A is heavier than brush B or even whether brush B is 2.35mm longer than A but whether the application is as good.
    I also didn’t think you were very objective in your comparison – from reading just the first few lines I could tell that you would say that the Mac is always better.
    This review could be sum up in one line – Sigma brushes resemble Mac brushes but they are not as good ….
    So was this review helpful? nope… if people are thinking of buying sigma brushes they don’t necessary compare them to Mac brushes and without that comparison they seem to be good affordable brushes but with your review it seems only expensive Mac brushes are worth anything

    • Please read the review. I think you missed that. This was specifically a comparison post – this was not a review. I did the review separately.

    • raeda

      That is what I wanted to know. Is it the same application wise? I only found one review on Youtube of a guy who did an APPLICATION comparison but behold-he is affiliated with Sigma. Application is not the same with the exception of one brush, trust me on this, the angled blush brush. The shader brush, which is one of the most important brushes, is good for all over lid color, but you cannot get precise work done with it or blend in the outer corner because it is too wide. I bought the 239, and regardless of what others say, application IS different. That goes for all the brushes especially the pencil brush, the powder brush. The duo-fibre brush cannot be used with foundation as you will not be able to buff it in-it is too flimsy but so is the MAC 187. The only two brushes I would strongly recomment that you buy from Sigma is the angled powder brush and the SIGMA F80 (which MAC has nothing like, so amazing). I hope this helps. I am not a MAC die hard fan, just someone who needed good brushes and left no stone unturned. I just hope someone can learn from my experience, save the heartache and hard earned money and just buy MAC eye brushes. When it comes to face brushes, I think that comes down to preference and substitutes for sure can be found, but NOT the eyes.

      • raeda

        Forgot to mention that I prefer the MAC 130 over the MAC 187. It is smaller and gets to hard to reach places like around the nose and under the eyes much better. Buffs like no other.

  17. Francesca L

    Hi Christine! I was wondering if you could do a post on the essential eye, face and lip brushes that every makeup junkie needs. Up to now I’ve only used drugstore brand brushes, but I want to start expanding and buying better quality, longer lasting brushes. I know that better brushes mean higher prices, so I’d really appreciate if you could limit to choosing around 10-12 high quality brushes from MAC, etc. that are absolutely essential.

    Also, I’m obsessed with your blog and I just want to say thank you for all of the great tutorials, reviews, tips, and contests that you do!

    Thanks so much!
    Francesca

  18. Avatar of Mariana Mariana

    Hi Christine! I need to know… the MAC Special Edition brushes have the same quality as the individual ones? I heard they’re made in China… Thanks!!

    • SE are machine made, regular are handmade – SH is short handled but should still be like a regular, full-sized brush and handmade.

      • raeda

        I checked out the SE brushes. Don’t get them. Save and buy the regular ones. The SE are inferior and YOU WILL regret it in my honest opinion.

  19. Katelyn Tuyet Vy

    Hi Christine, for some reason some of your posts don’t have the comment box for me to put in comments.

    I just received my Mac brushes, never in my life had I ever thought of investing a big amount of money on makeup brushes, but after getting the Mac brushes, I know the reason why your eyeshadow always look clean and pretty while mine looks messy, and not blended, because I’d always used cheap brushes. I’m very happy with my brushes that it blends so well, but for some reason my eyeshadow doesn’t come out vibrant, and clean like yours. My eyeshadow blends into each other well, but it looks very dirty, looks like a whole bunch of color mixed together. Is it because I use one same brush for all 3 colors? When I watch tutorial video, I noticed that the person is using the same brush for 2 colors or more, but the color still come out nice, so I did the same thing but my color doesn’t come out vibrant, it blended into each other and make a huge mess. Am I supposed to buy more brushes or can I get away with using 1 brush and clean it in between each color? Right now I only have 1 of each brush : 208,217,219,239,188. If I need to buy more eyeshadow brushes for clean look, which one would you recommend me buying and how many? and how should I use them to make it clean looking? What I did was I use 239 to pick up color for the lids,and crease I use two colors one after another using the same 239 brush, then I use 217 to blend it in and also for highlighting brow bone. I use it cosmetic lid eyeshadow primer.

  20. raeda

    Oh God where do I start. So I fell into “If you are a beginner to brushes get the Sigma set” load of crap. I watched so many reviews and went and bought the Make Me Crazy set. In all fairness, Sigma is much highter quality than ALL drugstore brushes here in Canada. Quo was horrendous. Anyway, I had the Estee Lauder paddle brush and the Estee Lauder Foundation Powder Brush which I love. Come along sigma, and I loved their angled blush brush. I loved the concealer brush for inner corner eye highlight and brow bone highlight. I also loved their small eyeshader brush. I loved the color purple and the case it came in.
    The sigma pencil brush sucked. The face powder brush poked. The duo fibre brush is way too flimsy. The blending brush way too big and not cut properly. So, I went to MAC and bought the MAC 130, 217, 219, and 226, and 239 and like I said I use the EL foundation powder brush to set my foundation. I think my kit is the perfect kit. I believe beginners to brushes should go straight to the high end brushes because it will make the transition easier. An expert could work around lower quality brushes, but a beginner wouldn’t. I would have saved so much money had I just gone straight to MAC from the beginning. For high end brushes, MAC is actually in the middle. HakuHudo brushes are like $100 a brush, so are crown brushes. So worth the money.

  21. Roxana

    Hello,

    I really need your honest opinion. If you need a brush for foundation blush and contour whiCh brush would u choose Mac 168 0r 109? Tnx

  22. Simone

    so would you recommend MAC brushes to Sigma brushes? i noticed that most of your comments on each brush seemed to favour more towards the MAC brushes but i was just wondering overall which you preffered.
    :)

  23. jaimemakeup

    Have you tried crown brushes since? :) I can’t seem to find a review of yours on them.