I have a lot of makeup brushes, and truth be told I probably don’t need any more in my life, but that doesn’t stop me wanting more; mostly because I am lazy and the more brushes I have, the less often I have to wash them as I won’t run out of clean brushes so quickly. At the moment I mainly use my Nanshy brushes (both eyes and face), but I want to splurge on a new set of eye brushes, but before I spend £60+ on a set I wanted to try out a few brushes from the brands I had narrowed it down to: Zoeva, Crown Brush and Morphe. So here are my thoughts on the brushes I tried, and the set(s) that I will be buying once the long January pay month is over.
These brushes make me want to sing the Soft Kitty song from Big Bang Theory; they are just so soft and fluffy. I stupidly only picked up one Zoeva brush, which was the 228 Luxe Crease Brush (£6.95). I had wanted to try a brush for laying down colour, one a little firmer than the blending brush – ah well. I can say that the blending brush is amazing though, it’s so soft and beautifully blends out transitional shades in just a few strokes. Despite it being a rather fluffy brush it isn’t too wide, and is narrow and tapered enough to fit in to the crease of the eye perfectly.
I have tried a few blending brushes from Crown Brush before, but they were too dirty to picture next to these beautifully white clean ones – so I didn’t. I have had the C139 Stiff Tapered Crease (£3.09) and C441 Pro Blending Fluff (£3.99) for a while and I absolutely love how well they blend. I recently got the SS01 Oval Foundation Brush (£4.99)* which I have being using to apply my foundation before buffing, as well as blending the lower edges of my eye concealer. But the second brush I got was the real winner; the C443 Pro Blending Fluff (£6.09)* is everything I wanted to Zoeva blender to be – a little firmer yet still soft. It’s great for packing on a crease colour and then also blending it out, so not just solely a blending brush for me.
I have my eye on the Crown Brush 517 15 piece Luna Series (£49.99) or the 619 Sable (£40.99) sets and a couple more of the individual blending brushes – because you can never have too many brushes to blend with, right? The BK range looks especially good.
With beauty bloggers everywhere been sponsored to rave about Morphe I was always sceptical about just how good they are. However, they are good… and bad too. I bought 3 of the brushes are watching Tati from Glam Life Guru give an honest non-sponsored review. She mentioned that some of the brushes were brilliant, and some not so good, and I kind of have to agree. I will start with the bad; the Morphe M516 Angled Blender (£4.75) looks brilliant on the site, but in reality the brush is a little too large, too bristly and too scratchy – I certainly wouldn’t buy another brush from the M range, it felt cheap. The Morphe B72 Round Crease Brush (£3.95) however is so soft and fits perfectly in to the corners and crease of my eye, so works well for darker defined crease looks – I need to get a few more from this range and the bristles are so much nicer than the M ones. I also ordered the E7 Angled Buffer Face Brush (£9.50) which I love, except that the surface area is pretty small for a face brush (around 10 pence piece size), so I have being using is mostly on my cheek area where I need a second layer of foundation for higher coverage.
I wouldn’t buy a set from Morphe I don’t think, mainly because of the hit and miss nature of the brushes, I would buy more singles though.
I want ALL the sets from ALL the brands – shocker. But, I guess it depends on budget and if you will use all the brushes from a set, which I know I would. For value for money (especially when it comes to individual brushes) it would have to be Crown Brush, for a luxe feeling and softer blend brushes then Zoeva is your best bet. To buy individually then I would stick to Morphe (I will actually be buying a few more of their face brushes) as the brushes seem a little hit and miss in terms of quality and durability, so to spend £50+ on a set with only a few good brushes in would be heart-breaking.
Do you have any sets, or individual brushes for me to add to my list of ‘try before you buy’?
Products Marked * are PR Samples