Are They Dupes? Makeup Brush MAC 217 vs. Paint Brush Loew-Cornell 1/4″ AMM Mini Mop

It’s really fun doing reviews and comparing dupes of famous (and famously expensive) makeup brushes. Previously I did a dupe review on whether the Loew-Cornell Maxine’s Mop 3/8” is a good substitute of the MAC 239 – Flat Eye Shader Brush.

MAC 239 and 217 are two must-have and much loved brushes of every makeup artist or junkie. There are many brush dupes out there but people (like me who bought a lot of dupes) ultimately succumb to the softness and precision of these two incredible MAC brushes.

Also, MAC brushes are more available internationally to the masses than some premium brushes (eg. Adesign, Royal & Langnickel) and others which one would otherwise probably only be exposed to at exclusive MUA events like IMATS (International Make-Up Artist Trade Show). I hope to attend IMATS one day. Please come to Singapore!

Some people say the Loew-Cornell 1/4″ AMM (Ann’s Mini Mop) Brush is a dupe for MAC 213 (Fluff Brush), some say it’s for MAC 217 (Blending Brush). I say it’s a combination of both. You have a little bit of both, but not in a good way.


Like the Loew-Cornell Maxine’s Mop 3/8”, it looks very much like a typical art brush and is lightweight. It is also longer than the 217. I prefer my makeup brushes to be fatter at the handle and weigh a little more.


Are They Dupes? MAC 239 VS Loew Cornell Maxine’s Mop 3/8”

I’ve always loved paint brushes.

In school I colored faces and objects, painted the skies and meadows, and sprinkled yellow stars on navy blue skies. There’s something intriguing in seeing a clean brush being dipped into poster or water color, getting its hairs soaked in hue, and then transferring it on your canvas.

When I was younger I used poster color to on my nails, colored staples to make them look more exciting and vibrant than the boring grey, and lo and behold! painted my eyelids with paint too! I think it was a bright pink. Thank goodness I didn’t suffer from an allergic reaction to paint.

And then I forgot all about my baloney childhood experiences with paint. Until I read about the Loew-Cornell Maxine’s Mop 3/8”, paint brush, being a much loved dupe of the famous MAC 239!

Where to find Loew-Cornell brushes in Singapore

I kept hearing ravings about the cheaper alternative to the MAC 239 flat shader brush. Michael’s seems to be the only store that sells Loew-Cornell brushes and we don’t have Michaels in Singapore. We have Artfriend but they don’t carry Loew-Cornell. I’m sure we have brush studios or special craft stores to feed the arts people here, but I don’t know of any. I searched on Google and it seemed like all hope was lost when……