Sunday Sharing: Eye Brushes I Use Most Frequently

I love makeup brushes. I experimented with a few brands, and I’ve also tried brushes of different shapes and sizes. I am always looking for better ones, and some older ones just don’t feel good enough anymore. Yes, I’m fickle like that. However, these are the few brushes that withstood time and until I find better ones, I’m sticking to these.

 

For patting on eye shadow on my lids, I always go to this Sigma 239 (old numbering). It is a little denser and thicker than MAC239 which I also own and I find that I reach for this more.

 

 

For blending, there is nothing like MAC217. I also have a few Sigma brushes shaped like the MAC217, called the E25, and they perform just as well. However, the Sigma ones splay with frequent use. I’ve disposed of 2 of them because after much washing, the shape just isn’t the same anymore. I have more than 1 because I like to blend out colours using a clean blending brush. I also use this to blend out cream eyeshadows. I pat on the cream eyeshadow on my lids and blend out the edges using this brush.

 

 

To smudge out my eyeliner, I like this tiny brush from Lunasol. It is soft but firm and it doesn’t scratch my eyes at all. I don’t have large eyes, so this brush size is just right for me. It doesn’t smudge out too much colour which might make my eyes look dirty and bruised. MAC214 does the job quite well too, but I can’t get into smaller nooks and crooks due to its size.

 

 

Lastly, I use a pencil like brush to apply darker colours at the outer corners of my eyes. I like this one from Crown Brush and I have no idea what it’s called. There is no name on the brush handle. The hair can be a little scratchy on my eyes but with a light hand, it does the job quite well. I also rotate this brush with MAC219, but I like the Crown Brush one better because it’s fatter, which makes it easier to blend. When I use the MAC219, I need another blending brush to blend out the dark colours.

 

 

I have yet to try the luxury brushes like Suqqu and Hakuhodo but I’ve heard so much about them I’m using all restraint I have to stop myself from buying them. So far so good. What eye brushes do you use? If you have one or some that work for you, do let me know. I might want to try them too :-)

psst… Face Brush edition click here

 

xoxo Lily

 

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  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    Love this post! I never got into Sigma brushes for no reason. I think of the mixed reviews? You did convince me on the 239 alternative, I’m still looking for a similar brush. I’m so bummed about the Mac 217, it seems like the newer versions are scratchy, and I was planning on getting one or two more, ugh!

    • Lily

      I was crazy about Sigma once, then it faded…I found the newer brushes are getting scratchier and the hairs fall out. I bought the brushes when they first started and I found those brushes had better quality. I bought the MAC217 a while ago…so the newer ones are scratchy? That’s sad… maybe you can try the Sigma ones, but after frequent use and wash, the shape doesn’t hold well anymore.

      • BooBooNinja

        I’m sorry to hear about the new MAC 217′s. I have very sensitive eyes and I was thinking of investing in a “real” 217 since my non-brand name one also splays with use.

        • Lily

          You might find some good ones. I remember the MAC consultant told me to choose the brushes personally. Since they are handmade, each brush can be a little different.

  • Patricia

    I feel like these days, you could easily find dupes for MAC brushes. Five years ago, probably not and it was worth the investment but so many companies have mastered duping MAC brushes down to every microfiber.

    • Lily

      I guess the shapes of the brushes can be easily duped. I agree there are many around. I wonder if any of those cheaper dupes have the same brush quality though. I have the MAC239 and MAC217 for ages, and they’re still holding onto their shape very nicely. Sigma is the most obvious dupe, and while others still perform well, I needed to chuck some out because they just don’t do it anymore…

  • http://beautefabuleuse.wordpress.com Stephanie/Yukaeshi

    Nice post! I’m only starting to get into eyeshadows so I’m on the lookout for suitable brushes to try too :) Though I’m quite eyeing Hakuhodo haha :x Can I borrow your post idea for my face brushes? :D

    • Lily

      Oh don’t get me started on Hakuhodo. Oh, please do a post on face brushes :-) I was going to do another post on that myself!

      • http://beautefabuleuse.wordpress.com Stephanie/Yukaeshi

        I -might- be getting Hakuhodo soon-ish, depends :x All right then I will get to it as soon as I get back to KL where all my brushes are! :D Thank you for the permission, I will be sure to credit you of course :) And yes I look forward to your post on your face brushes too!

        • Lily

          No probs Steph… can’t wait to read yours :-)

          • BooBooNinja

            Have either of you tried the black Hakuhodo Kinoko/Fan Brush (Blue Squirrel and Sokoho goat hair)?

            • Lily

              I wish I got me some Hakuhodo brushes too! So to answer your question, no, I haven’t. Hakuhodo and Suqqu brushes are on my wishlist…which might take a while to materialise ;-)

          • BooBooNinja

            Tee hee. :) It’s going to be a while for me too.

            By the way, I noticed theBalm is on HauteLook again. I’m not in the States, but sometimes use a package receiving address in the States. Let me know if I can ever help you out. It takes a bit of finagling, but I’m open to helping :)

            • Lily

              Thanks for the offer sweetie. Will definitely keep that in mind ;-)

  • http://bronzerbunny.com Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    i have a nars brush that is similar to the mac 219 and crown brush ones. i really like that shape! Otherwise my favorite eye brushes are the too faced essential eye kit (all great eye brushes) and ecotools 1203 :) I also want to try suqqu and hakuhodo! Oh and i have a few sephora brand eye brushes i like :)

    • Lily

      I haven’t tried any NARS brushes before, mainly because they’re not in Malaysia. I’ve tried some Sephora brushes too, and they’re not too shabby. The price is a little steep though, and for a few extra bucks, I could get a MAC one. Any brushes from Sephora that you’d recommend?

  • http://www.hannyrr.com Hanny Daforcena

    I have the MAC 239, 217 and 219 as well! I love them to death heh heh heh. They were separate gifts from my aunt when she went traveling to places were MAC was cheaper, weee~

    Like you I also have a few Sigma brushes, particularly the 217 dupe, which I find is better for blending colors while clean because it is slightly bigger than the 217.

    Has anyone tried brushes from the Lash Bar, they have MAC dupes as well, even dupes for the Shisheido foundation brush! Their crease brush worked great for me and it’s only RM 18

    • Lily

      I think these 3 are essentials. I haven’t tried any from Lash Bar before… did you do a review on yours?

  • Gin

    i use 3 no name brushes i bought in the cosmetic fair at KLCC earlier this year. they surprisingly works very very well! better than the dept store brands i have used. the small brush was even better than lunasol and rmk.

    i was told that they are made of squirrel, and i believe it is authentic coz they are velvet soft and the good performance really WOWed me. didnt expect it to be great coz there was no brand… hahaha.

    i love little surprises like this

    • Lily

      Wow, good for you! And yes, definitely a pleasant surprise :-) I think expectations come with certain brands and when they don’t perform as well, the disappointment is higher.

      • Gin

        exactly!
        and i would say i am super picky with brushes…cant stand any trace of scratchiness/ stiffness at all… dont care some people say u need the brush to be a little stiff to grasp more powder..i’d rather compensate that for ultimate comfort HAHAHA

        • Lily

          I know what you mean. Once you’ve tried the super soft ones, it’s really hard to go back to anything less. Aaahhh… we’re pampered. LOL!

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    I’m not crazy about brushes like some people are and the majority of my brushes are from Sonia Kashuk. They work quite well and are nice and affordable. The large powder brush, blending brush, and smudge brush are AMAZING!

    • Lily

      Oh, I heard about Sonia Kashuk brushes before. They’re sold at Target right? I want to give their brushes a try one day :-) Did you do a review on them?

    • http://thewombiesindulgenze.blogspot.com wombiekhoo

      Where can I find her large powder brush, black ergo handle? Am into large powder brush craze again… love love real techniques ‘…

      • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

        Hi Wombiekhoo, there are lots of large powder brushes around, with black handles especially. One of the larger face brushes I enjoyed using was MAC134. It’s a huge paddle brush that is a little pinched.

  • Wynnce

    I like Sigma E15 for tight-lining!

    • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

      Now I just use pencils to tightline. Fast and easy and don’t have to wash brushes. Hahaha!

      • Wynnce

        Ya, me too! especially in a hurry~ but sometimes it is just some annoying spacing in between our upper waterline and lash line that’s difficult for pen to get in~

        • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

          Sometimes I just use mascara without using eye liner! That’s how lazy I can get. Lol!