I’m so excited writing this post today! Like all beauty fanatics, over the past year or so, I’ve come to realise the importance (and benefits) of make-up brushes. I don’t know what’s going on with the teenagers today but I grew up using basic make-up and the only brushes I had were those little foam eyeshadow applicators! How simple things seemed back then, no pressure to wear make-up either! Anyway, I’ve started using more brushes in the last while for my foundations and contouring among other things so I felt it was time to buy a full brush set.
Now I don’t know about you but all the designer/high-end brand brush sets seemed ridiculously overpriced to me. I bought an Armani Foundation brush for €56 last year and although it’s one of the best brushes I’ve ever used I was hesitant to spend over €100 which appeared to be the price of any small kit from Mac or Crown Brush. As you’ll know from previous posts, I bought an eyeshadow kit from Crown Brush and I do love it. So, before committing to such a hefty price tag I went looking for alternatives and turned to one of my favourite sites, Etsy.com, where I found this amazing 24 piece kit!
As you can see it was only €15.93 and just under €5 for shipping. Now obviously I didn’t think I was buying a high-end outstanding quality kit, but at €20 I thought, why not? No harm in trying and if it turned out to be useless I would have learned my lesson and gone out to spend a fortune on a real kit. So, here’s the bad news. It turned out that this was being shipped from Hong Kong, not the US. I actually knew this beforehand from reading the reviews so it didn’t come as a shock, however it did mean that I ordered on 27th November 2015, I received an update to say it had been posted on 4th December 2015 and given Christmas periods and all that I didn’t actually receive it until 14th January 2016! It felt like forever waiting for them but in reality it took just over a month which isn’t too bad!
I was like a child on Christmas opening these! They were all in perfect condition, wrapped securely and protected from damage. The fibres were so smooth I was in heaven, I knew these weren’t as “cheap” as the price implied! So, 24 pieces is an awful lot and I admit I sat there for a few moments trying to figure out what to use each brush for! Then I set about testing. It was a Thursday night after work so I didn’t want to spend a lot of time applying make-up so I settled for a half-face. Eyes using Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette. Foundation: Armani Luminous Silk.
The face brushes work amazingly, application is quick, easy and suprisingly flawless. This was just a quick test to be fair and I focused more on my eyes, the most important part of my make-up! These brushes are everything I’ve ever been searching for. They pick up and transfer so much pigment the sparkle is unbelievable! I have honestly never gotten such a pigmented finish using any other brush. There were so many different brushes there is something for every different stage of creating a standard smoky eye: a dabbing, crease, blender, buffer, detailer, tear duct, angled ‘V’ brush. The list actually goes on, but if you’re not familiar with the terms you’ll just know from looking at the various shapes what they should be used for!
The real test came when I applied a full face and I was so pleased with the results. These brushes are brilliant quality at such a bargain price! Below are the results of my second trial using these brushes. Eyes using Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette and foundation is Armani Luminous Silk.
I’d really recommend these brushes to everyone, especially those who are hesitant to spend a fortune on a set. They are so effortless to use they’d be perfect for any beginners too. Who knew such a bargain (and gamble) would turn out to be such amazing quality!