Friday, September 14, 2018

Sara Hill Makeup Brush Dupes

When I saw the new makeup brushes from Sara Hill, I noticed that they looked very familiar. Her Pyramid brushes, which can be purchased here: look exactly like the paint brushes that I have been using for makeup application. She does say that they were inspired by art brushes which makes me think the brushes I have are likely a pretty good dupe.

Above is a picture of one of the brushes I purchased at Blick, my local art supply store. The bristles are made out of premium synthetic faux squirrel hair and are incredibly soft. I have been using this brush to apply highlight to the cheekbone area and for powder blush application. The shape fits the contours of the face beautifully, and reminds me of Fenty's shark tooth brush.

I admit that I have not tried the Sara Hill brushes, so I cannot honestly compare quality. However the art brushes I have feel quite luxurious.

Here are some others I have purchased:

The brush in the lower left corner (above) I use to paint on face lotion or primer. The other brush I use with very pigmented blush as it only picks up a small amount of powder, allowing for easy layering.

This smaller brush (above) I have been using to blend eyeshadow. It works much like a MAC 217, but the bristles are a bit more loose and fluffy. For this reason I do not use it with cream products, but favor it for blending out powder eyeshadow.


Above is the listed retail price for these brushes. As you can see, if you purchase 5+ of any combo of brushes, the price per brush drops significantly.

As with all brushes, the larger the brush, the more expensive it is. I find the prices, especially if buying 5 or more to be extremely reasonable compared to makeup brushes. Many high quality makeup brush brands, like Smith Cosmetics (which I love) offer a paint brush style aesthetic. However these are typically among the higher priced makeup brushes. So I think going straight to the source and trying paint brushes is a good option. I do recommend buying art brushes in person because you really want to feel the brushes to make sure they are soft enough for use on the face, especially around the eye.

Here are a few more that work nicely for makeup application:

Whenever I am inside of an art supply store, I spend a lot of time browsing the isles to see what items I can adapt for use in makeup. I hold my eyeliner in a roll intended to hold color pencils. I often find many of the tools are perfect for makeup and the cost is significantly cheaper!

Here is the display at my local art store

They also had a variety of small traditional looking paint brushes (pictured font row, bottom right corner above) that remind me of the Makeup Forever brushes.

This is the sign in the art store that made me stop and feel the brushes:

Using art brushes for makeup is not a new concept. It is certainly not one that I invented. However with makeup brushes being designed after art brushes so frequently, I think it is worth taking a closer look.

Pop into your local art supply store. You never know what dupes you may find!

Do you use art brushes to apply makeup?

*All brushes in this post were purchased by me. I do not get paid to write reviews.



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