We all know by now that I do tend to favour my high end beauty products but that doesn't mean that I'm not looking for a bargain as well. If I can get something that's just as good as something else for a fraction of the price then I'm definitely going to be game to try it out.
A brand new online shop, Makeupbrushes.co.uk, got in touch with me to see if they could send over a selection of their brushes for me to try out and to give my honest feedback on. I had a look at their website and was immediately impressed at the variety of brands that they stock and the selection of brushes that they have within their ranges.
Makeupbrushes.co.uk are essentially a one stop shop for affordable makeup brushes and accessories. They only sell 100% genuine products that they source directly from the brands themselves and have over 600 products in stock, with new exciting brands, products and collections being added all of the time!
The great thing about this website is that a lot of the products are actually at a discount compared to their RRP. I know how much we all love a bargain!
I picked out the Japonesque Pro Eye Shadow Fluff Brush in the medium size, firstly because I've heard a lot about the Japonesque brand and secondly because of the shape.
This is a fluffy dome shaped eyeshadow brush that is lightweight and easy to hold, giving you great control over how you use it. It enables me to sweep eyeshadow over my lids or to blend shadows into the crease. The natural fibres that this brush is made from are really soft and the brush is pretty fluffy so it doesn't pick up masses of product which is ideal for those who are a little heavy handed and need a handy with a lighter application.
This brush retails for £13 and I do think that the quality is worth the price tag.
The next brush that I picked to try out was the So Eco Multi Tasking Brush which is far more of an affordable makeup brush, being priced at £7.50. I chose it because its rounded, almost kabuki style shape reminds me of the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.
This is a brush that you can use for either liquid or powder products. I personally have been using it to buff in my liquid foundation. It isn't as densely packed as other brushes I've used that have a similar shape to this one, such as the Real Techniques brush, and I find that it does take a little more work to blend my foundation into my skin because of this. However the little extra effort is worth it as it does leave a lovely finish on the skin.
If your budget doesn't stretch to the Real Techniques brush or the Look Good Feel Better brush, then I would suggest going with this one as it does work well for for the lower price point. It is also ethically sourced, eco friendly and comes in recyclable packaging which will be important to so many people.
The final product that I've been trying out is actually a kit; the So Eco Eye Brush Kit.
This is a 5 piece kit, designed to enable you to line, smudge and blend eye makeup. It comes in a cute little brush roll which you could use to store the brushes in should you be travelling or transporting them, or simple for storage. They're made from handcrafted, responsibly sourced materials like the rest of the So Eco line.
This is the item of my package that I didn't enjoy trying out. It comes with a brush thats labelled as an Eye Shading Brush but it actually looks like a Concealer Brush. It is far too large for eye shadow application, at least on my eyes, and when I have tried it to apply concealer, I found the bristles on the brush to feel quite harsh and wiry. It didn't blend the concealer as I would have liked it too and I felt that it left my skin a little stripy.
There is a fine liner brush in the kit which is too flexible to work effectively, in my opinion, because the bristles kind of stick together and bend awkwardly which doesn't enable to you to use the brush precisely. Then theres a brow comb which is pretty standard; I tend to find that I get brushes like these in kits and then I never end up using them.
The two brushes from the kit that I do like are the spoolie, which is great for combing through the brows and my lashes if I'm wearing extensions, and the Angled Eyeliner Brush. This brush is too thick and too soft to be used for winged liner as it isn't precise enough but it is good for smudging shadow along the lower lash line.
At £12.50, I wouldn't recommend this brush set as I think that there are far more effective brush sets out there for a similar price per usable brush.
Now that I've tried Makeupbrushes.co.uk, I would certainly buy from my website myself when I next want to order a makeup brush. I'd be particularly interested in trying out the rest of the Japonesque line as well as some others from my well loved brands, Look Good Feel Better and Real Techniques. The also stock plenty of beauty tools and lashes, including my affordable faves by Red Cherry.
Makeupbrushes.co.uk offer a speedy service, in that if you order before 2pm Monday to Friday, they'll dispatch your order the same day with FREE 1st Class delivery.
You can shop their full range here.