Wednesday, 8 January 2014

MAC 217 dupes - comparison


After hearing many good things about the MAC 217 brush, I finally ordered it with a 10% discount from Debenhams. You can read my full review of 217 here, but today I would like to introduce you to some more affordable dupes of the brush, ranging from 99p to £10.50. Some of them are incredible and very similar to the amazing 217, some are simply ok and one is a bit disappointing.


The best dupe of the 217 I had a chance to try is definitely the Sigma E25. The quality is amazing, the density is very similar to 217 and it does the exact same job. The bristles are slightly more fluffy and the shape is a bit wider, but overall - it is a fantastic dupe with a lower price tag. Perfect!

Bdellium 776 £7.95

Second place goes to Bdellium 776 - another fabulous dupe, with a more reasonable price tag. The bristles are slightly shorter and the handle is a travel size, but it doesn't change the fact, that blending eyeshadows with this baby is a real pleasure. I have a bit more control with MAC 217, but the final effect on the eye is almost identical.


If C433 wasn't scratchy, it could have been a number 2 dupe in this post. It blends eye shadow beautifully and has a similar shape to 217, but it feels a bit scratchy on the skin and some of you might find it very annoying. Other than that, it is a great dupe and it is three times cheaper than 217.


Ebay 217 Dupe £0.99 

The cheapest dupe you can ever find is this cheap and cheerful ebay brush I ordered from Hong Kong. As you can see, it is actually called 217, but they seller isn't trying to sell a MAC replica, just using the same number to get more sales. The shape is very similar to 217, but slightly bigger. It looks like 217's big sister. For 99p, it does a fabulous job at blending powder eyeshadows and I ordered 3 more, just in case this one starts shedding. I have been using it for over 2 months though and it is still in perfect condition :) One downside: just like the Crown Brush C433, it might feel a bit scratchy.


The only disappointing dupe I bought is the No7 offering and I simply can't stand it. Many people rave about it, so I am worried that the quality changed overtime, due to the high demand (it is usually sold out in store). The quality of the bristles is poor, it started shedding after a couple of uses and it is not dense enough to do a good job at blending. The bristles collapse as soon as I put any pressure on the brush and I don't like using it. Although... If you ever get a No7 voucher, give it a go- your might have better luck than me. I know that these vary in shape and quality, so it might depend on each individual brush.


Overall, I am afraid that the one and only MAC 217 (£18.00) is impossible to beat and I can't seem to find an exact dupe for it, but if you want to save money, the Sigma E25 and Bdellium 776 are fantastic dupes and do a very good job at blending. The Crown Brush C433 is a good alternative too, but it is a bit scratchy, so is the 99p ebay option. The only brush to avoid in my opinion is the Boots No7 Shadow Blend & Contour brush - it is a nightmare to use!

L-R: No7 Shadow & Blending Brush, MAC 217, Crown Brush C433, Sigma E25, Bdellium 776, Ebay 217 dupe
L-R: No7 Shadow & Blending Brush, MAC 217, Crown Brush C433, Sigma E25, Bdellium 776, Ebay 217 dupe
L-R: No7 Shadow & Blending Brush, MAC 217, Crown Brush C433, Sigma E25, Bdellium 776, Ebay 217 dupe
PS. I know that all of these look very similar, but they really are different and you can feel it during the application and blending. Please keep in mind, that these are my opinions and experiences and... brushes tend to vary in shape etc, so your experience or opinion won't necessarily be the same as mine and you might consider other brushes better than 217. From all the blending brushes I have tried, MAC 217 is definitely the best.

Are there any other dupes I should try? Apparently Zoeva's 227 is a very close match too.


*products marked with an asterisk are PR samples


  

38 comments:

  1. Also Hakuro H79 is similare to the 217 brush! I got it and I love it!

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  2. Is it possible Sandra to find out which brushes are cruelty-free from this bunch? X

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    1. All of these are made with natural hair (goat) so not cruelty free.

      PS. I am sure that Bdellium made a big statement that their hair comes from 100% ethically sourced hair. They have really good ethics, so if I had to pick the most ethical option it would be from them :)

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    2. Oh, also... The Essential Crease Brush from the Real Techniques Sam's Picks Set is amazing for blending.

      http://www.beautychamber.co.uk/real-techniques-sams-picks-p-2616.html

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    3. Thank you so much Sandra! I'll definitely invest in the RT brush! X

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  3. Oooh fab post, love my 217 but defs will try out the sigma.
    Thank you xx

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  4. I actually prefer the Zoeva brush, it's definitely worth adding to your collection!

    Samantha
    sjmcdf

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  5. My heart ached upon reading that my beloved eyeshadow brush the No 7 Blend&Contour was the most disappointing dupe for you Sandra. I bought mine nearly three years ago and after countless washes, not once did it shed a single hair and it has served me well as far as blending was concerned. I think you're right, the quality must have suffered to meet the high demands for production. I'm a little bit concerned about this because I was actually planning on picking up a new one as the one that I have is rather abused. Sad times. I'm planning on buying the Mac 217 later on in the year anyway because as a lover of smokey eyes, I know it's a must have but I'm going to purchase the Sigma E25 too. Fab post Sandra. Thanks for sharing the dupes. :) xx

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  6. Loved the comparison... worth reading! Sigma brushes are my favourites...
    xoxo
    Shreya
    http://beautyndbest.com/

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  7. I have the E25 and I find it to be way too fluffy and doesn't really blend colour as well as the 217. I like it to soften the highlight colour and crease colour after I've done the main blending work, but it's not my main brush.

    RIKKI //
    RIKKI POYNTER MAKEUP

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  8. I have Mac 217 and Zoeva 227 and they are really very very similar. I love them both equally :) and I honestly don't think the Mac one is better.

    Blu Button Box

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  9. this is a very useful post. I just got the 217 as a gift, and have not used it yet. I bet I am going to want to have a few of them. I was hoping #7 is going to be a useful one, I guess not.

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  10. I doubt anyone could beat MAC ever, it seems to be No.1 brand!!

    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

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  11. Thank you so much for this post Sandra!! I have yet to try the 217 brush because of the price tag so it's good to know that there are some comparable options at a much better (for me) price :)

    ♥Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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  12. I love the 217 brush I have a couple as I always ask for it on my birthday. I hate cleaning them because I always mess up the hairs. would love a tutorial on how to wash small brushes without ruining them!

    MyLushBox

    xxx

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  13. Great comparison, this was SO useful! Thanks so much. I do have the 217 and it's actually the most amazing brush in the world, I think it's impossible to do bad eyeshadow with it, but I could do with a couple more to avoid cleaning the 217 so often lol x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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  14. id love to try the bdellium tools one! I dont think I have the sigma one either. I will have to check later. I hope I do!

    tzeyien89.blogspot.co.uk xxx

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  15. Great post, I really want the MAC 217, I may try the Sigma or Bdellium brushes now that I seen this. :)

    www.petitebeautyblogger.com

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  16. Great post! I found someone else do a similar one and since reading I've had the bdellium one bookmarked. I'm banning myself from buying the MAC one, but I wouldnt be upset if someone else bought me it :P

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  17. This is a great post - I love some of the Crown Brush ranges, but have found the odd one a little scrathy too. Tempted to order a 99p ebay one to give it a go though! x

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  18. I own a mac 217 and love it but am so put off of ordering more due to the price! I've recently ordered a blending brush from coastal scents and look forward to reviewing it, but this has been such a help for future purchases. Thank you!

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    Louise x

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  19. Lovely brushes ^^

    恵美より ♥
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  20. great comparision.. theres one more dupe of MAC 217,it's coastal scents pro blending fluff.

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  21. Oh wow, so many good dupes, I am planning to invest in the MAC 217 soon because i think i need more blending brushes. Crown brushes can be a bit hit and miss sometimes, i think i bought some a few years back but i have chucked most of them away because they were quite scratchy and hard to use in my opinion. Although, ebay does some really good make-up brushes dupe, i find it quite annoying that they take forever to arrive!

    Thanks for posting this~ It's a really interesting read. I hope you have a lovely day <3

    Ying ♥ || *- YingcBeauty-*
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  22. Great post, really useful :)

    Sophie x

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  23. Wow Thanks for the post!I m planning on buying the 217 from Mac (haven't yet!!!!) and the e-bay cutie !

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  24. Such a helpful post! Thank you!

    Stephanie (@hopefreedomlove)
    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3436251/hope-freedom-love
    xxxx

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  25. Love this post! I often see beauty bloggers talking about these brushed and have been wanting to try them, but after reading this, maybe I will try one of these dupes first!

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  26. my one by bdellium tools is SO scratchy, i mustve got a dud or you got lucky! haha :)

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  27. I would love the MAC 217, I either decide to splurge which I really shouldn't do or choose the cruelty free option which I must say I'm much more inclined to do. This was such a helpful post :)
    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

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  28. This is an amazing post, so helpful! I've been looking for a good 217 dupe for ages as I just find Mac a bit pricey for brushes. I've also always been worried that it might be a bit big as I seem to have tiny eyelids, but at 99p from HK I think I might give a dupe a go! x
    www.taupeandpearl.com

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  29. You should try the 227 from Zoeva, its an amazing dupe for the MAC 227 but much softer and much cheaper too! I'll probably be doing a post about it soon on my blog x
    http://claudiafoxblog.wordpress.com/

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  30. Thanks for sharing! I have heard so much about the 217 and have been searching for a good blending brush. I am so excited to try out these more afforoption options!

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  31. Awesome post!! Dunno if someone has already mentioned it here but I also like a lot the Pro Blending Fluff from Coastal Scents : http://www.coastalscents.com/brushes/eyeshadow-brushes/br-250.html
    Its really cheap but the shipping kills me :X
    Just my opinion :)

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  32. Thanks for these comparisons. I love mac 217 and maybe instead of buying a second one, I'll try one of these brushes!

    http://youarebeaut.blogspot.com/

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  33. Awesome post, I've been searching for a good dupes comparison everywhere! I have the travel E25 from Sigma which I really love. My other 217 dupe is the Zoeva 227 Soft Definer but its hair is definitely fuller and fluffier than E25 or 217.

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  34. Very useful comparison, thank you! I'll give the ebay one a go :)

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