When you're just starting out with makeup, it can be very costly to build up a collection and to get yourself a full face of products before you've even thought about how you're going to apply your makeup.
For me, I really stepped up my makeup game and started loving the looks that I created once I moved from my fingers and sponge applicators to brushes in my mid to late teens. The result is far more perfected and while applying makeup with my fingers is still an option if I'm working with a foundation that needs a bit of warming up or a cream product that I want to pat on, I do prefer to always use brushes. I hate getting my hands dirty so they're the best option all round really.
There are lots of great brushes on the market at a range of price points but generally speaking, buying brushes individually tends to work out more costly than buying a set. Makeup brush collections are often created with looks in mind so if you were to buy a full face set or an eye collection then usually they'll have enough variety of brushes to create a range of different looks.
The Makeup Revolution Amazing Brush Collection is a great example of this.
You get 9 makeup brushes for the face and eyes all for a grand total of £20 (or £10 if you buy them on sale here now!) and there's more than enough brushes here for you to apply a full face of makeup.
There's a foundation brush and concealer brush for the base, a stippling brush that's great for applying cream blush, a powder brush that could be used to apply powder all over the face, bronzer or blush and a contour brush that you can also use to apply powder highlighter too.
For the eyes, theres an eyeshadow brush, eyeshadow contour brush, eyeshadow blending brush and an eyebrow brush.
Aesthetically, the brushes are gorgeous with their sleek, all black design and rose gold lettering.
They're all quite soft, some are a bit scratchier than others but I think that's to be expected for the low price point. My favourites have to be the powder brush and contour brush which I think pick up just the right amount of product and blend it well into the skin.
The stippling brush is far better for cream blush than it is for foundation like Makeup Revolution suggest however as it isn't densely packed at all, I find that it does take a bit of work to ensure that the blush blends nicely into the skin.
The brush that I didn't get on with at all was the foundation brush. It feels harsh against the skin and I found that it didn't blend my foundation well at all however I do usually always prefer more of a buffing brush so I think I wasn't really set out to like this one from the off.
As for the eye brushes, I think you get a great range of shapes in this kit. The fluffier looking brushes are good for shading and blending but the flat little stubby one is a little too stiff for blending shadow so its great for applying it precisely to the bottom lash line but you'd need one of the others to blend it in.
My favourite brush however has to be the eyebrow brush which I now use very regularly to fill in my brows. The brush is at just the right angle and it isn't flimsy at all so it gives me plenty of control over the look that I It is small and dense so it allows me to apply my brow powder precisely over the arch and underside of my brows and then shade in the fuller part of them with ease for a natural or more dramatic look.
My favourite brushes to use are still affordable but they're more of a mid range price point and not necessarily something that is needed if you're just starting out with makeup. On an everyday basis, I use this rose gold set and this set from Zoeva, together with the Too Faced brush that I blogged about here and some Real Techniques brushes.
I personally haven't tried any ridiculously expensive brushes that are around £30-£40 per brush and up over and with the sets that I already have, I don't feel as though I need to. One of the Zoeva sets will set you back around £60 which is pretty middle of the road for makeup brushes but far more than the Makeup Revolution so if you're young, just starting out, on a budget or not too into makeup then I'd opt for the Makeup Revolution set.
The Amazing Brush Collection by Makeup Revolution is available direct from their website at Tam Beauty (currently ON SALE with 50% OFF at ONLY £10!!) and also from Superdrug. Makeup Revolution also have some products to help you to clean your makeup brushes which are again, very low cost and a great entry into makeup brushes and their accessories!
I've also linked some of the different Makeup Revolution brush products below together with some of my other recommendations for if you were wanting to invest a little more in your tools.
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