When it comes to makeup brushes, I don't like to splurge too much. Brands such as Real Techniques have some great brushes that aren't pricey. The most expensive brush I own is MAC's 217 blending brush - a cult favourite.
The MAC 217 blending brush is designed for shading and blending of colour or cream products. The brush is made with soft, dense goat hair with an oval shape. I've had this brush for around two years and its still in perfect condition - it doesn't shed and it washes extremely well.
In comparison, the ebay brush has a matte black handle and is slightly longer and thicker than MAC's 217. The brush itself is also longer and slightly wider with a tapered edge. Whilst I'm not actually sure what the ebay dupe is made of as the listing doesn't say, I will try and found out but personally I think its goat hair. The feel of the brush is very similar to the MAC 217 - its extremely soft!
The deal breaker between the two is the size of the brush. Ultimately I find the ebay brush too large to use on my eye area. For blending out concealer, its perfect but for shadow its the MAC 217 that's the winner here. For me the 217 does a better job of blending, whereas the ebay brush needs a little extra work. Then again, for 99p I cant complain. Its great value for money and whilst it might not be an exact dupe for the MAC 217 its a nice brush to have for concealer, blending out foundation around the nose and highlighter. I bought my ebay brush from this seller - it arrived quickly and was well packaged. My brush hasn't shed and has washed well so far. If you're looking for some cheap makeup brushes, I really recommend having a look on ebay as there are some fantastic lower priced alternatives on there.