Makeup brushes are a weakness of mine. I collect makeup brushes just like I do lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes. I have more than I need, yet I never seem to have enough. I remember when I was younger, I had only a couple of makeup brushes - and even they were snapped up second-hand from my mum. I've done the whole using your hands to apply makeup thing, and although it worked for me in my younger years (or not so much, if you see the photo evidence), you could not pay me to apply my makeup without brushes now.
When you buy brushes individually, it can be quite a lengthy and expensive process building up your collection. A good quality brush can cost anything from £10 upwards, but a budget-friendly way to grow your brush collection is brush sets. Lots of brands offer them, usually with a handful or so brushes, at a set price which is cheaper than if you bought each of the brushes individually. One such set, which I have been using over the past fortnight, is The Body Shop The Expert Brush Collection (£30).
Featuring five brushes, The Expert Brush Collection is one of three brush collections available from The Body Shop. Like all The Body Shop products, each brush within the range is cruelty free, with super-soft synthetic bristles. With a total worth of £58, you're saving almost £30 buying the brushes as a set, rather than individually. But what brushes are included, and are they worth investing in?
The Body Shop Eyeshadow Brush is a medium flat brush with tapered bristles, which has been created to provide precise and even application with both powder and cream eye shadows. Personally for me, I adore the eyeshadow brush for applying cream eyeshadow bases - I find the synthetic yet gorgeously glossy bristles are perfect for the formula and texture of cream shadows, opposed to looser, more fluffy brushes which never seem to pick up much product for me. It's definitely helped rekindled my love for some of my favourite cream bases, such as my MAC Paint Pots. I also find this doubles up nicely as a concealer brush!
Buy The Body Shop Eyeshadow Brush (£9)
The Body Shop Blusher Brush is the perfect size for a blusher brush. There's a nice density but with slightly longer bristles than other blusher brushes in my collection. I find this makes the blusher brush lovely for applying subtle, more natural toned blushers. I have a lot of lovely natural, warming blushers in my stash (some which double up as a natural contour, such as the Bobbi Brown Almond Powder Blusher) and the blusher brush makes it effortless to apply, adding a touch of warmth to the apples of my cheeks, then applying slightly more pressure to apply a natural contour upwards, slightly fanning the bristles of the brush. Best to use this one just for powder blushes though!
Buy The Body Shop Blusher Brush (£12)
The Body Shop Foundation Brush is a traditionally shaped flat, tapered brush, best suited to liquid bases. I love traditional foundation brushes - although I don't always find them easy to create a flawless finish, I much prefer using them to apply the foundation to my face, before buffing in with another brush (usually my Real Techniques Buffing Brush) for a natural finish. This is lovely for just that, and also works really work for applying cream contours, before buffing in with my Real Techniques Contour Brush.
Buy The Body Shop Foundation Brush (£12)
The Body Shop Face & Body Brush is described as the perfect brush for applying both loose powder products and powder bronzers, for use on the face, neck and décolletage. For me this one is lovely for powder bronzers. The bristles are long, just the right density, but there's a subtle tapered end which works brilliantly for contouring, whilst still being the perfect brush for blending to a natural finish.
Buy The Body Shop Face & Body Brush (£16)
The Body Shop Lipstick & Concealer Brush is the final brush in The Expert Brush Collection and is one I actually prefer just as a lip brush. It's a touch too small for concealer, but works perfectly for both blending lip liners and applying lipstick. With a slightly tapered top, it's really precise and perfect for applying lipsticks fuss-free!
Buy The Body Shop Lipstick & Concealer Brush (£9)
Each of the brushes in The Expert Brush Collection have made their way into my everyday routine. I really like all of them, but my favourites are definitely the Eyeshadow Brush and Blusher Brush! A fab set of brushes that would be perfect for anyone from beauty novices to fully fledged beauty addicts. Have you tried any brushes from The Body Shop before?
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