We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
  • TarteGet Free Shipping when you spend $40 or more, ends 7/30.

Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

81 Comments

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the post above for information regarding pricing, availability, dupes, and availability, and keep discussion on-topic. If you have general feedback, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us.

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

Comments on this post are closed.

Hakuhodo!
I love their brushes, and it makes doing makeup a easy and fun thing, but the price is really expensive.

I love MAC brushes too…the 182 is my everyday brush ….:).i also like Sephora’s brushes…unfortunately we dont have many other high end brands..to compare with..would love to try Sigma if they ever opened up here πŸ™‚

I love Louise Young brushes, you should try them.
It’s just really a bummer that with ordering online you don’t see the size of them.

Is the brush you dislike the stiff flat eyeliner brush? I hated it too until I started using it with gel liner and wiggling it between my lashes to cover the skin showing in between them, especially when I’m doing a smokey eye look.

I just stick to MAC. I’ve learned that shelling out for good quality brushes beats risking it with cheaper ones for sure. That and we don’t have Sonia Kashuk here or I would try hers out!

My favorite brush brand is mac brushes too ! LOVE* I find their quality is seriously the best. I like the fact that they are all inquistive hand made and not mass machine produce. They are really expensive in my country, but i dont mind for the quality, workmanship that i receive.

I absolutely looooove 4 of the 5 MAC brushes that I own. I don’t really like lipstick so I never get to use my MAC lip brush. I also love ELF brushes. Can’t beat the $1 shader brush and the $1 blending brush. The bamboo brushes from ELF are nice too. I also like the Essence of Beauty crease brush.

I have to agree with mac,so many ppl compare mac to sigma but I dont see it. Sigma has nice brushes but to me theyre in their own category

Agreed.

I love their Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki – F80 though and make me want to rest of their Synthetic Kabuki bnrushes.

Definately MAC – without a doubt the best quality brushes with the best selection in the industry.

I only discovered MAC brushes in the last year – I used Estee & Lancome brushes for years and thought they were the best. Once I tried a MAC brush, I replaced all my brushes with MAC brushes and what a difference it’s made in my makeup application.

EcoTools are my favourites by far! They are affordable, cruelty-free and high-quality. Almost all my makeup brushes are EcoToools.

I’d say MAC for their quality and affordability; if there is another brand like this out there I would sure give it a try as well.

I love MAC even though my wallet cries every time I buy one πŸ™‚ I have a mix of brushes….lots of Quo from my earlier days, some Sephora and some MAC..I am planning on slowly replacing all the Quo ones with MAC but its a process due to the cost……

Lumiere Cosmetics and Silk Natural Synthetic line of brush, Ecotools, Royal Langnickel S.I.L.K and Crown Brushes has a few good ones.

Other than my 2 duo fiber brushes (187 from MAC and the one from Silk Naturals for blush) I use all Synthetic brushes.

Not just because there maybe cruelty issue but most natural hair brushes have second cut hairs which is why they become scratchy.

MAC brushes uses first cut hairs which are tapered at the tips from first growth. The rest of the brush companies get second blunt cut hairs that start to split at the tips over time. The older the hair structure they more likely it with degrade as well.

The new synthetic brush fibers mimic that first cut structure and is part of the reason they are so insanely soft.

Also Sable hair is more expensive due to the fact it come from a certain patch of hair on the body. In particular where the animal is moist on it underside. These are the hairs used in watercolour brushes … when I learned this in my art class during High School it put me off buying them. >_<
I have 2 hand me down sable brushes from my uncle when he was in school though.

Mac brushes are my fave and the majority of my collection. I’ve had many for about 5 years and they’re still in great condition.

I guess Mac, most of my blushes are from them, I love the colour range and pigmentation. Also I’m a sucker for mineralize blushes and skinfinishes, so Mac has me every time they release mineralize products!

Oh yeah. πŸ™‚ In that case definitely NOT Mac, they are overpriced and no better quality than some cheaper brushes. I love GOSH brushes, they work really well for me and they are much cheaper than Mac.

My favorite blush brand is NARS. I love MAC too, but I seem to reach for some of the more flashy NARS colors daily.

Hi Christine,
I like MAC brushes the most but thats cause those are the only ones I own. I a thinking of ordering some Sigma brushes but wonder how good they really are. I know earlier in the year you were going to review some Sigma brushes you received but you never did, did I miss that post? What did you think of the brushes?

Wow Christine! I am truly amazed, that is a very helpful review of the brushes…and I think I’ll stick to my MAC brushes. Thanks so much, you are just the best!

I love my MAC brushes but I also have a couple of brushes from Monsoon thatΒ΄s realy good quality.

Sigma is good quality too and the prices are ok.

HOURGLASS! Hands down! They’re a little pricey but so worth it! Christine, you should review them! πŸ˜‰

I love MAC brushes but I own a lot of EcoTools brushes. Its hit and miss with them but its way cheaper to replace if it breaks. If I could I would own all Mac or MUD brushes. =)

(Seems like some of the commenters misread that as blush, not brush. Heh.)

Anyhoo, I would have to say Sigma, with the e.l.f. Studio brushes in second. I do have my eyes on a couple of MAC ones as well (239 and 263).

I like MAC’s 266 angled eyeliner and 190 foundation, but stick to Sephora and Loew-Cornell Maxine’s Mop paintbrushes for eyes πŸ™‚

I like mac for quality but not affordability. I’ve got my essentials, 242, 217, 149. I also have a 222 but i wouldn’t have ever bought it if have had the 217 first. I can’t recommend the 217 highly enough, it can do everything.
I’ve tried some other very inexpensive brands and paint brush dupes but none of them are comparable in long term quality. I normally throw them away after a few months.

Sigma! Definitely the best as far as bang for your buck. The F80 Flat Top Kabuki is THE brush to apply liquid foundation with.

Even though they don’t have a wide variety, my faves are from The Body Shop. I’m a bit of an animal lover and I like that their brushes are completely synthetic. The eyeshadow brushes are my absolute favourite, I use them everyday. The other brushes I that I use are from MAC, Smashbox, and Sephora.

I just started building my MAC brush collection, and I’ve never been happier! they’re my hands-down favorites, as I’ve owned a couple of cheaper brushes before when I was just starting out with makeup.

Oh I forgot, I LOVE the Revlon Professional Line’s All Over Shadow Brushes and the Contour Shadow Brushes.

Sonia kashuk. They look pretty, do the job and reasonably priced. Eco Tool’s bronzer brush is the reason why i still havent bought MAC 182. Retractable Kabuki brush from the same brand is also my fave for minerals. I think MAC brushes are great, but honestly overrated. Sephora”s giant powder brush is a must have for everyone I think.

I like Sonia Kashuk brushes. Affordable, easy to find, and they work – whats not to love. I like being able to go to Target and feel the brushes. Speaking of which , must get more brushes

I love the mac selection they are nice but nars has some amazing artisan brushes and smashbox has the best angled precision eye liner brush and MUfE has a square shaped lip brush that’s simply amazing and a must have.

MAC & Sephora for “specialty” store brushes, Sonia Kashuk for drugstore. But all three are amazing! In fact, I think some of my Sonia brushes are better than any of the expensive ones I’ve tried! The fluffy powder brush is amazing.

I do have to agree with Christine though, that MAC definitely has a great range & selection of shapes for what I want/need and my face.

La Femme blushes are by far the best I’ve used. Far better than MAC or any other brand (aside from maybe Ben Nye). Much more pigmented, and MUCH cheaper.

If you don't see your comment yet, it's still in our moderation queue. We try our best to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind. Thank you for your patience!

On Instagram