I saw someone blog about a £1.47 set of 5 makeup brushes that they got from ebay (I can’t remember who, sorry if it was you – let me know to give you credit! UPDATE: They were in Kayla’s Favourite Brushes Post), and that one of the ones in the set was amongst their favourites, without any looking into what the brushes were I decided just to click and buy – (because at £1.47, why the heck not).
The sent of of 5 are all very similar – All these brushes are synthetic and I must say they are nice and soft, similar to the real techniques. The brush design is very basic – no fancy labels, writing or colours (although they do come in a vast array handle/metal combinations). All the brushes are quite densely packed with bristles, and they all feel quite ‘chunky’ – out of all my makeup brushes, these are probably double the size of most. There are a few stray longer hairs in a couple of the brushes which is what gives the game away as being a budget item, but a quick trim soon sorted that out.
There’s one very dense round topped brush, that is quite tapered at the end, it’s handy for getting product into the crease, but not so good for blending out. There’s 2 flat topped blending brushes – which feel fluffier towards the ends whilst still being a little too dense – these do look slightly different, but not enough to say they’re different, so I’m guessing this is quality control on a £1.47 set. This is also the case with 2 angled fluffy brushes, again slightly denser than I would prefer – but these are the stars of the set for me.
The thing that I have a lack of in my collection is fluffy blending brushes, I’ve been lusting after the 277 from MAC for years, and I need to bite the bullet and buy it (or find a similar product – feel free to give me recommendations) – I was hoping I would find something similar within here, but they all feel too chunky. I will get use out of these brushes, and for £1.47 for 5 (that’s about 30p per brush – including delivery) – you can’t really go wrong, even if they don’t get reached for that often. It just would have been handy to have a more varied selection instead of 2 which had duplicates.
I’ve had these for 2 weeks, and decided to give them a proper test before talking about them. I’ve not noticed any significant shedding, there’s been the odd hair or two, but I find that the case with most brushes when new, that they’re ‘settling in’. They have proved to clean well with the Makeup Revolution Brush Cleanser – and haven’t stained themselves (but I haven’t used anything crazy colour wise in that time either).
Incase you should want to purchase – link is here to buy, they took about 10-14 days to arrive from China.
Have you discovered any budget eBay finds?