Tuesday, 22 March 2016

3 Affordable Makeup Brushes to Add to Your Collection

   Sometimes, affordable products can perform as good as, if not better than, expensive ones - so don't disregard them! We've seen how Bourjois' Healthy Mix foundation comes in close comparison with Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua, and how MUA's 12 Shade Undressed Palette is scarily similar to Urban Decay's Naked Palette - but what about makeup brushes?

   I've put together a review of three affordable brushes, all of which have the same function and are available from makeupbrushes.co.uk.

1. So Eco Multi-tasking Brush*, £7.50

   So Eco creates eco-friendly and cruelty-free brushes - a great vegan alternative. These brushes are manufactured using sustainable bamboo handles, recycled aluminium and synthetic taklon bristles. The packaging is 100% recyclable, and features environmentally-friendly vegetable inks.

   The brush itself performs well with liquid foundation and powder foundation. Its soft bristles are ideal for dispersing product evenly, with minimal waste - plus, the white bristles mean that its easier to see how much product is left on the brush.

2. Real Techniques Buffing Brush (part of Core Collection, £18.99)

   By now, we're all familiar with the successful and extensive range of Real Techniques brushes available at affordable prices. Created by MUAs for use by people of all skill ranges, these tools are a standard addition to any collection.

   The Buffing Brush, part of the Core Collection, is a great all-rounder. Its weighted handle is packed full of strong, synthetic bristles; however, I would say that it's perhaps too sturdy for applying products like loose powder. I tend to use this more in the winter months for applying a heavier foundation - this is where it performs best!

   Although you might think that £18.99 sounds expensive, just remember that you're getting four brushes in the Core Collection - that works out to just over £5 per brush.

3. Brush Works Multi-tasking Brush*, £6.99

   Like the So Eco and Real Techniques brushes, the Brush Works Multi-tasking brush features soft, synthetic taklon bristles.

   It's incredibly lightweight, which is perhaps a nod to the fact that it is a very inexpensive product; however, it still performs well with light liquid foundations and powders.

   This is great as a starter brush for those who are testing out their skills in makeup on themselves - I wouldn't recommend it for professionals, but it would be ideal as part of a gift set for teenagers!

* Products gifted for review

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