Any beauty lover will know how exciting a good brush set is – you can have all the best make-up in the world but no decent tools and it just won’t look quite as good. I am a sucker for a good brush set (or just the purchase of an individual brush that makes all the difference) so I’m excited to see that so many brands have jumped on the brush set bandwagon for gifts this year. This post is a little run down of the various options out there for all budgets…and a personal favourite of mine.
Real Techniques Sams Picks Set* (Escentual, £25.40) – The Real Techniques brushes are much hyped and for very good reason. They’re fantastic – the buffing brush (the fat handle orange one in this set) is my favourite brush in my collection and has been going strong for a couple of years. There’s no other brush out there that’s managed to deliver the same buffed and perfected finish as this. This set is my favourite of the various sets launched so far as it’s the perfect combination of all the brushes you need, from base to cheeks to eyes. At only £25 I think this is a bargain for six excellent brushes.
Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Brush Set* (John Lewis, £49.50) – If the Real Techniques brush is my all time favourite, then Bobbi Brown is a very close second – their eyebrow brush is fantastic and this little set of handbag brushes housed in a glam metallic clutch to give the ideal on the go touch up set (a mini angled brush is fab for brows, a powder brush that could work as well for a blusher as for touching up the t-zone with powder plus a couple of essential eye brushes). This is a little set that would have any beauty junkie going ‘Oooh’ as it definitely feels like a real treat!
The Body Shop Expert Brush Collection* (The Body Shop, £30 – worth £58) and The Body Shop Ultimate Brush Collection* (The Body Shop, £45 – worth £85) these are two sets from The Body Shop so you can find one to fit your budget. I actually hadn’t had much experience with Body Shop brushes but have been using the ones from the Ultimate Brush Collection and I’m finding them really nice – they’re acrylic but feel super soft and silky, my favourites are the angled brush and the big powder one. I don’t personally love applying foundation with a flat brush but the eye ones are also great. The fact The Body Shop has a range of these kits available is fab as you can choose one that suits your budget (the other winner fact being that they have 50% off EVERYTHING at the moment….!)