By Sheila Arkee
Crowdsourcing for beauty suggestions is possibly my favorite by product of social media. When I was looking for a dupe to replace some well loved MAC 242 brushes in my collection, I took to Instagram where the Bdellium Tools 773 Shading Blender Brush was suggested by pro makeup artist and beauty blogger Norah Salazar from Norah Loves Makeup.
Knowing Bdellium’s good reputation and being quite pleased at the decent price of $10, I snapped up this brush immediately. The 773 is a soft, firm brush that’s made from a combination of natural and synthetic fibers. The “B” in the name Bdellium is silent, if you’re wondering how to pronounce it! All Bdellium Tools brushes are antibacterial, eco-friendly, and vegan.
With over a month of experience using this particular brush, I can say with full confidence that it’s an excellent dupe for the much more expensive MAC 242 brush, which is currently $25.
The MAC 242 brush has been a staple in my professional and personal brush rolls for well over a decade. This flat synthetic brush changed my life when I first started using it and I’ve collected about 6 or so through the years. While I’ve always been a good steward of my makeup brushes – making sure to wash them regularly and keep them stored properly – several of my good ol’ 242’s are starting to fray and show signs of wear and tear. That’s 10 years of being put to serious work!
In comparison to the Bdellium 773, the 242 is a tad longer. I compared the Bdellium 773 in between the MAC 242 and 239 brushes and found it to be a happy medium. Where the 242 is completely synthetic and the 239 is made of animal hair, the Bdellium 773 brush is a mix of both natural and synthetic. With the 773 I can achieve the same results as with the 242 along with the added blending capabilities of the 239.
My Final Thoughts: After years of a fruitless search, I am so glad to have come upon the Bdellium Tools 773 Shading Blender Brush. It’s an excellent dupe for the MAC 242 and I will definitely purchase more! I have noticed that the brush needs to be conditioned after every few washes to keep it supple and soft. Otherwise, this brush is a steal and worthy dupe.
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