This year I have the pleasure and the terror of doing my friends' hair and makeup for Hannah's wedding! I'm going to be doing the bride's hair and makeup, and also hair and makeup for 3 other bridesmaids and myself in August! Luckily Hannah wants to get it right, so as an excuse for a girly get-together we all met up last week to have a practice run. It was really helpful to get an idea of what the girls want and so exciting to be allowed (almost) free reign to play with makeup and hair!
What I did learn from the trial is that I needed some decent makeup brushes. I was getting by with my odd collection of brushes I have collected on my travels, but some were tatty, some were missing and I often didn't have the right tool for the job so I invested in a new brush set.
After a lot of researching and review reading, I settled on the Coastal Scents 22 Piece Brush Set which I got from Beauty B Cosmetics for £34.49. They're a cheapish set, but came with good reviews and cost less than the £150 I could have spent. I did consider buying a smaller pack of eye brushes, but my enabler boyfriend convinced me it would be nice to have a matching set and they would last me a very long time!
The brushes are presented in a lovely pleather roll with magnetic fasteners on.
1. Large Fan (Synthetic) - setting/finishing powder, sweeping off excess powders
2. Powder Buffer (Synthetic) - foundation buffing
3. Round Powder (Synthetic) - foundation or blush
4. Flat Buffer (Synthetic) - blusher, contouring
5. Angle Blush (Goat Hair) - various powders, blusher, contour
6. Foundation (Fiber Hair) for applying foundation!
7. Concealer (Nylon Hair) - concealer brush! I'm a total convert from applying with fingers now
8. Large Shadow (Pony Hair) - eyeshadow
9. Blender (Pony Hair) - blending out eyeshadows, the eye crease etc.
10. Doe Foot Blender (Pony Hair) - smaller, delicate blending
11. Dome Shadow (Pony Hair) - more shadow!
12. Dome Blender (Pony Hair) - more blending!
13. Medium Shadow (Pony Hair)
14. Detail Shadow (Pony Hair)
15. Lip (Pony Hair)
16. Detail Concealer (Fiber Hair) - great for highlighter
17. Pointed Blender (Pony Hair)
18. Brow (Pony Hair) - absolutely love this brush for my brows!
19. Smudger Sponge (Rubber) - for eyeshadow blending and eyeliner smudging for a smoky look
20. Large Liner / Brow (Nylon Hair)
21. Medium Liner / Brow (Nylon Hair)
22. Small Liner / Brow (Nylon Hair)
(currently, I'm not sure which is which... so I've been referring to this numbered guide which goes alongside it)
It's more brushes than I'll ever need! So far, the brushes have been brilliant. I have used several to apply my daily makeup and there has been no shedding yet. The brushes are really soft (I hate a scratchy brush) and make swirling up different combinations of eyeshadow fun. I am brilliant at procrastination from university work with this kit!
My only criticism of the set is that for a beginner with brushes like me, the handles don't have labels. Some other kits which cost a little more had engravings to let me know the use of each one. This is handy when I'm not sure of what tool to use for which job, but also stops me putting lipstick on an eyeliner brush and ending up with black lips!
Would I recommend - absolutely! This is a great price for what so far seems to be a great kit. I'm really pleased with my new purchase and can't wait to have another girly practice so I can create some gorgeous looks!