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Friday, September 30, 2011

Hapamanda Money Savers Series: MAC 187 Stipple Alternative (ELF & Beauty...

Why pay more???

I'm always on the hunt for cheaper beauty items and cosmetics. Living in a world full of MAC, Sephora, Urban Decay and Smashbox money makers we really need to have some money savers for those of us that don't want to sell our children or our right leg for a Stipple Brush :)

In this video I show you a couple of different alternatives to the MAC 187 Duo Fiber Brush, which retails from $40-$50 *GULP*. While the 187 is a fantastic, soft and dense brush, I'm not convinced it is worth the money. Now, I'm no "Brand Snob". I don't want just the name brand things. I want what works and what will get me my money's worth. I definitely think there are some items that warrant the extra money, but not just because of their brand name, but because they are a great product in general.

In the case of this MAC 187 brush I think that ELF's Stipple Brush for $3 is more than comparable! It is a bit less dense and not as soft, but other than that it does the exact same thing for your foundation application and the exact opposite thing to your wallet :)  The other pro to the ELF brush is that you can buy multiples so that you don't have to rely on your 1 MAC brush to use every day and have to wash it every night. I keep about 4 ELF Stipple brushes on hand at all times and wash them on the weekends. The ELF Stipple Brush also has many more uses that the MAC 187 does (IMO). It is smaller, therefore, it is easier to apply blush and to contour your face (and you know how I love to contour!!).

The other option that is in between the MAC and ELF is the Beauty Blender Sponge, which retails from $10-$17 depending on where you get it. I got mine on Amazon for 2 for $20. Now this is not a stipple brush, but I feel that it applies your foundation amazingly well. No streaks, no blotchy spots and no fuss. It's much easier to clean that a brush and this is what I have been using every day for my foundation because I am absolutely in LOVE with it! Beauty Blender has even been super awesome in sponsoring my October YouTube giveaway for all my lovely viewers!!! Run over there and check out how to win!

So, all in all, I don't think you need to spend the $50 for the MAC brush. I would buy 15 ELF stipple brushes or 5 beauty blenders instead (LOL). Don't be fooled into buying products just for their name brands. Do your research, watch youtube reviews and find out more info. Save your money for the items that really deserve the extra money (like the Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette or the NAKED Palette). But not on a brush.

Thanks so much for reading my blog! I hope this helps and please comment below and tell me what you think!

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1 comment:

  1. how useful, thanks! im now follwing your blog and youtube. id appreciate it if you follow mine too. i will also be entering your october giveaway. i like the beauty blender. :)