One of the three I just can't control, but the other was seemingly fixed when my fairy grandmother showed at my door (and I totted with a MAC palette as a result). But, the latter was a mission to be assigned.
So, in CIA fashion, I stalked websites, conducted research, and carefully mended outcome by outcome in my head. MAC brushes? Too damn pricey. Zoeva? Can I just move to Europe already? Sigma? Hmm...now that requires contemplation.
But don't envision chin-scratching motions for too long, because, before I knew it my fairy postmother (who happens to be a man...) appeared at my door with packages in tow.
The Sigma E40 Tapered Blending and Sigma E70 Medium Angled Shading were soon unwrapped and eyeshadow was swept (what else?).
The blending counterpart wins Google prize for 'MAC 224 dupe.' Although, I don't have both to compare, I can deliver on it's washing abilities.
For natural, 'barely there' eye-adornment fiends (like myself) this brush is what your imagined countenance is made of. Choose a champagne, bronze, or taupe, and this baby will seamlessly blend color across your lids in a matter of seconds. 'Are you really wearing eyeshadow?' Now that's what I like to hear.
Then, the shading variety lives up to it's promises--and then some. Its stiff bristles pack on color and shimmer, but a clean tip also blends. It's angled nature makes it sizable for crease work, but, I must gush, it doesn't quite live up to that title as well as the MAC 217.
Considering I'm rarely the heavy pigment wearer, this set of bristles doesn't get as much use as it's fluffy correlative. But, as you've probably been able to realize since the first sentence, I can't speak for daily smoky eye execution.
As I now stare at these two black handles, I realize, 'these babies really need some more love.' Yet, I also can't help but sigh that the E70 wasn't exactly the most necessary of purchases. Oh well. I guess I'm a buyer of brushes in true princess fashion, but I still couldn't justify the gorgeous copper handled variety.