Those are the exact same brushes, yet they are so different. Both are from E.L.F.’s $1 line of products. The one on the right, the old version, I purchased online quite some time ago. The one on the left, the newer version, I purchased about a month ago. So, do they work the same? Not even a little. I like both brushes, but the new version is leagues better when it comes to blending.
The old version of the brush is good. The bristles are really soft, and it applies color nicely. I use it for highlighting my brow bone, because it keeps me from going overboard with shimmery colors. I also use it for my tear duct area too. I sometimes apply color in my crease with it, because the color looks almost completely blended with very little effort.
The only issue with this, which is kind of a big deal to me, is that it really doesn’t blend at all. It’s called a blending brush, so I expect it to blend. The problem is that the bristles aren’t just soft, they are soft and bendy. The brush smooshes out quite easily, so you can’t really do much with it other than apply color. I do like it for what I use it for, but it really disappointed me as a blending brush.
So how does the new brush compare? As you can see the new version is more compact. The bristles are shorter, and they don’t fluff out the way the old version does. I feel like it gives me more control with shorter bristles. The bristles are still soft, but because they don’t squish this brush blends really well. I love it. It is also a bit more pointed on the end, and the old version is quite rounded. The pointed end makes it easier for me to get into the crease without getting color in areas I don’t want it to go.
Overall, I like both brushes, but the clear winner is the new version. For those on a budget I would definitely look into this brush for an effective blending brush.