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?
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