Sunday, 1 February 2015

Brushes by Wilko?

When I was in my local Wilkinsons picking up the essential toiletries, I spotted their offering to make up brushes. Now this isn't the first time I've seen them, I simply walked past last time abandoning the idea of them and assuming because they're cheap they'll be rubbish but they've recently released a premium make up brush collection which is in a very similar style to Real Techniques, with a black and gold finish and the super soft bristles. On this particular visit, I made a beeline for the brushes and picked up three from the collection, which was the Stippling Brush (£4), the Smokey Eye Duo Brush (£3) and the Eyeshadow Smudger (£3).

Firstly lets touch on the Stippling Brush. The packaging of this states is mainly for liquid foundation use to blend into the skin to crease a seamless finish but after being so desperate for a decent powder brush, I've opted to use it for that instead. The duo fibre bristles mean the brush doesn't pick up a huge amount of product and I can dust the powder over my face to get the right amount of coverage. The bristles are soft and slide over the skin effortlessly. I've noticed the odd hair fall out but nothing major like cheap make up brushes. My Louise Young brush sheds like crazy and that was 5 times the price so in terms of it's quality, it knocks the socks of Louise Young.

Now onto my two favourite brushes... I am an eyeshadow novice and I think anyone who knows me knows I just avoid it so when I used these the other day to create a pink smokey eye, I was really impressed. I used the Eyeshadow Smudger to pick up my base colour and cover my lid with the eyeshadow, this brush is quite dense to be used as a standard eyeshadow brush but the slightly rounded tip means it's super easy to get into the socket and blend out the eyeshadow. Then I used the Smokey Eye Duo Brush to add a darker shade of pink and blend out as well as lining my lash line with a black eyeshadow using the liner end of the brush. The brushes are super soft and dense, they really pick up a lot of product and the quality would compare well against a Mac eyeshadow brush.

Overall I'm so impressed with these make up brushes! I've been dying to try the Real Techniques Bold Metals collection but I have to say these have reduced my urge to try them and their quality compares almost exactly to the original Real Techniques brushes and for such a reasonable price and fantastic quality, I'll be picking up more!

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