MAC 224 vs Sigma E40

Afternoon, doll faces! Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. We’ve finally managed to get some nice sun over the past couple of days here in the UK – yipee, Summer’s coming!

I love applying my concealer with a brush. It’s mess free, quick & easy. What more could you want, right? So, I come today with a speedy review of one of the most loved MAC brushes, the 224 tapered blending brush & it’s uncanny twin, the Sigma E40.

MAC 224 RRP £22 from HERE.
Sigma E40 £8.95 from HERE.

At over double the price, they look very similar! Both have a fairly fluffy brush to blend eye shadows, or my favourite, concealer blending! They both did malt hairs the first handful of times that I used them, but one wasn’t more than the other.

As you can see the the Sigma brush is slightly longer than the MAC, which to me is on the uncomfortable side of things when you’re blending away. Personally, I LOVE the feel of the MAC 224.

One slight (but major) difference in these brushes has to be the DENSITY of the hairs. The MAC is far more STRUCTURED to the Sigma which again is another reason why I prefer it for my concealer.

I use the 224 for my concealer on a daily basis without fail & the E40 for blending eye shadows. I would totally recommend the MAC 224 as a concealer brush. However, if you don’t want to spend over £20 & don’t mind the density factor or handle, the Sigma E40 does the job. I mean for less than £10, you can’t really complain… Can you? 😛 Saying that, it’s a great brush for blending eye shadows! If you’re not after a concealer brush, then E40 is a must have!

So all in all…

MAC 224 = GREAT concealer brush!
Sigma E40 = GREAT eye shadow blending brush!

 I hope I haven’t missed anything in this post. If you have any questions at all just drop me a line 🙂


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  • Tina

    Thanx kaushal for the review i m planing to buy the mac brush anywayz…& ya loved the new layout of ur blog…is dat gurl u on the layout pic????

    • Kaushal

      Hi Tina, no worries at all 🙂 I hope you like the brush as much as I do! Thank you 😀 yep!! It’s me x

  • You must have read my mind! Farrah was only recently telling me about the sigma brushes plus I really need a concealer brush. Love your new header by the way, just beautiful xxx

    • Kaushal

      We all must be brain twins 😉 LOL Yessss, I do like Sigma! I want to try the new Real Technique brushes out too, but I’ve already bought new ones not so long ago… Can’t seem to justify it! Yay, thank you Jen!! x

  • kuki

    love your new header!!! so pretty! i love 224, i have a few of them. never tried sigma, I’m tempted. am i missing out a lot? i also like illamasqua blending brush 1 and real techniques deluxe crease brush for concealer. xx

    • Kaushal

      Thank you, Kuki 🙂 Sigma are very good & very similar to MAC (& much cheaper!). I really wanna try Real Techniques! x

  • Rani

    Love the new layout xx

    • Kaushal

      Thank you, Rani 🙂 x

  • Arin

    I have these two brushes and I use the Sigma for concealing and the Mac for blending eyeshadows. I think the sigma brush is too thick and big for blending…. I dont use Mac for concealing because I am afraid of loosing its shape… Is that true?

    • Kaushal

      The MAC one I feel is better for blending – but I still do use it for concealing but I like to use my ring finger to really get it blended well!