I bought a bunch of brushes off AliExpress on January 30th and have been patiently waiting for them to be delivered for the past couple of months. Finalmente, os pacotes começaram a escorrer em meados de março e recebi minha parcela final na semana passada. Here is the real techniques bold Metals set:
And here are the “dupes” next to the real thing:
No geral? I’m really impressed with what I received! Today I’ll review and compare the MAC Oval 6 brush dupe.
I bought this for $1.56 CAD with free shipping! On the import declaration form, it claimed only $0.27 I’m sure Customs raised their eyebrows but it got through no problem. In total, it took exactly 2 months and 15 days for this item to arrive from date of order. Not great, but not terrible either – considering there was Chinese new Year holidays I had to factor in.
In the AliExpress listing, the product description is: High quality pro Oval women face Powder foundation Eye shadow Blusher Soft shape curve Brushes foundation cosmetic makeup Tools. I think they covered all the bases.
The product listing also did all the work for me with specs and explanation on how to care for this brush!
Wool length: 3.5cm
Wool width: 2cm
Can withstand 90 degree bend
Give you a flawless foundation application every single time
No streaks and no areas with too much makeup or too little
With a concave design, which is perfect for you to apply liquid foundation on your face.
If used daily, we recommend washing your brush once a week with a mild cleanser
Clean 2 weeks 1 time, baby shampoo or any low sudsing soap will work. Rinse well and air dry.
The above all checks out – NO idea why they call bristles “wool” though. I also didn’t try to bend the brush 90 degrees either – why?
First thing: this is absolutely not a copy of the MAC Oval 6 brush that I reviewed last week (nor does it claim to be – it’s not stamped with a MAC logo – it’s entirely unbranded).
Side by side, it is apparent that the AliExpress brush is smaller and the handle and bristles are different. As a standalone brush, it is excellent! But, having experienced the MAC Oval 6 brush, I can’t help but to compare this one against the MAC. So here’s what I will say:
• Bristles are not as fine or as dense (but still very soft and silky)
• smaller brush head size – but on the flip side, it’s perfect for blending concealer – literally 2 sweeps of this under each eye and my concealer is blended. I’m not exaggerating!
(I have to apologize, my MAC brush is actually dirty here so it looks a bit ratty)
• Doesn’t glide over the skin as smoothly – there’s a bit of drag on the skin, resulting in a sheerer coverage. I find myself using patting motion at times with this brush to get more coverage when blending.
• absorbs liquids more, so requires a bit more product
• No fancy box! (I’m just kidding with this one!)
These are very picky minor differences – the fact this thing cost me less than $2 offsets a lot of the “cons”. but just like the MAC brush, this is very easy to use, doesn’t shed, and cleans up like new with just dish detergent.
Bottom line: if you’re interested in this brush style, go buy the cheaper version before committing to the higher price tag. This brush is 97% cheaper than the MAC one!
There are actually a number of less expensive brushes available in this style. I’ve seen ones offered by Missha (€15.00) and Etude house ($16.80 USD) – both of which costs less than MAC’s (check out Realitydeity’s review post comparing those two brushes). I want to get the Missha one next – it has a pointed shape like what I wanted MAC’s to be. There’s also a lot of unbranded ones available on Amazon – most of which are less than $5!
• cheaper than a Starbucks coffee
• sem derramamento
• blends out foundation quickly
• cleans up easily
• absorbs liquids requiring more product
• smaller brush head size
Stash Worthiness: 8/10
Don’t get me wrong, I still love the MAC one – I use it for all over face blending and now this AliExpress one is perfect for concealer blending. Would you consider getting a cheaper alternative in this style of brush?
Also, which review would you like to see first – the real techniques miracle complexion Sponge dupe, the Nars Kabuki Ita dupe, or the real techniques bold Metals brush set?
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