Barry M Make-Up Brushes

Barry M have branched out and have launched the Barry M Make-Up Brushes range. These white and pink brushes have a pretty distinctive design – topped with white and black bristles. They’re available in either individual brush options – or there’s a mini set with a few essentials for on the go. But with Real Techniques pretty much dominating the affordable brush market – how do I think these are going to fare?
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I’m not a die-hard user of any one particular brand of brush, I tend to chop and change across different uses – so for a buffing brush I love my Real Techniques, for brows it’s always Bobbi Brown. For blusher, I have a Jemma Kidd brush I love and for powder I always reach for my double-ended Kiko Brush. So I’m not a die-hard fan, but having said this – I do tend to judge new brushes against these old favourites. So how did the Barry M Make-Up Brushes stack up?

Well, it’s a little bit mixed – the handle and design feels more expensive than they are. But the bristles do lean somewhat towards the cheaper end of the scale – more on how densely packed they are and how on a couple of the brushes (contour and the mini set) I felt there were a few random strays that stuck out a bit. For me, there’s a distinct difference between the quality of the travel sized and the full sized brushes – I’d opt for the full size every time. I always question why those comb brushes are often included in the travel sized kits too?! Is it just me or are they totally useless?! So many options would be more useful than one of those. The other thing I’d say is that a buffing brush is missing – this might be just my personal preference but I’d opt for buffing over a traditional foundation brush every day.

My favourite brushes in the range are the Kabuki – good size and feels good quality. The large concealer brush – great for under eyes and around the nose and the contour – whilst the shape isn’t quite perfect on this it is a good brush and I like the angled tip for a blusher brush so this is great.

I would say these brushes are a good entry level option if you’re just getting into make-up or perhaps just don’t want to spend a fortune on tools. I would recommend the single full-size brushes as my top pick over the smaller travel kit.

Barry M products * are available from Boots



  1. May 27, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    Such a shame that the brushes don’t live up to the good standard Barry M usually set for a highstreet brand, but I’ll definitely try a kabuki! I have a bit of a penchant for kabuki brushes anyway!

  2. May 27, 2014 / 9:16 pm

    I’m excited that they’re doing a proper brush launch. They had an old range that was sometimes found in Superdrug and on their website – I actually own a few of those brushes because I had a 20% off code. And they’re cuuuuute. How’s the blush brush? I’m in the market for a new one.

    I suppose someone must use that comb brush. I only reach for one if my mascara’s went to Clumpsville tbh.

  3. May 27, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    These look good, I would try them if I hadn’t just bought real techniques brushes.

    I’m new to blogging, and have just posted my first blog! Any help would be good 🙂 x

  4. May 27, 2014 / 11:18 pm

    I’ll make sure to purchase them. They look so great ! xx

  5. May 28, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    I’ quite fussy with brushes and I can tell from the photo that I don’t think I will like the bristles… Such a shame because they really do look very pretty!

    Alex | PinkElephantBlog

  6. May 28, 2014 / 1:14 pm

    I LOVE the design, but I think the only one of those I’d make room for is the Kabuki it looks lovely – I think thats something RT haven’t really got right. Thanks for the review 🙂

  7. Dulcie
    May 31, 2014 / 7:31 am

    Great post on these Barry M brushes. I was thinking about trying them out when I saw them in the shop yesterday. Great blog. x

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