The Under £5 Makeup Brushes Put to the Test | Born Pretty Store*


Although I've read about eBay, Amazon etc. dupes for high-end brushes for unbelievably low prices, I'd never actually tried any of them myself. So when the Born Pretty Store asked me if I wanted to try some, I was intrigued to put them to the test! Don't forget, you can also get a 10% discount on the site using the code JAZH10 on full-priced items.


This is a synthetic contour brush with tightly-packed bristles. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised at the feel and quality of this brush. It's sturdy and the bristles feel really soft, not at all plastic-y. I love it for applying a cream contour shade as it fits perfectly into my cheek bones. It's also nice for power contour products. I've washed it a couple of times now and there's been no shedding!


This is an obvious dupe for the Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush, which comes in at an eye-watering £43! I've never tried the Nars brush so I can't compare the two. I don't doubt the Nars is superior in quality, however I was surprised at how much I loved this. I've been alternating between using this for blusher and for bronzer as it works perfectly for both. When I'm using it for blusher, I use light, circular motions on the apples of my cheeks. When I use if for bronzer it fits nicely into my cheekbones. The slightly-tapered tip is what makes this brush great for both. Whilst the (also synthetic) bristles aren't as soft as the contour brush, I think it works as this applies powders so nicely and evenly, picking up just the right amount of product.


My first uber-bargain brushes and I have to say I'm impressed! I really wasn't sure what to expect but I like these better than some much more expensive brushes in my stash and I'd recommend them both for anyone.

Have you tried any super-affordable makeup brushes? What did you think of them?

 


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36 comments

  1. I've never tried any brush dupes, but these two sound so perfect, I might give them a try now! :)
    Urban Obsessions // Vegan Food, Beauty & Lifestyle

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  2. I thought of Nars as soon as I saw that brush! So pretty :) such a great alliterative!

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

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  3. I have two of these brushes and their quality is amazing although I got them from Ebay. Something in me want to crazily purchase the NARS Yachiyo brush (I have to tell that voice to shut up quickly)...xx

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    1. Haha me too and the quality is far better than you'd expect, I agree! xx

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  4. Urhhhh I need both of these brushes! Great finds!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  5. I actually thought that was the Nars brush for a second there, great finds Jasmine!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

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  6. I'm now super tempted to try the Nars dupe, I just don't think I can ever pay £43 for one brush!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

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  7. The blush brush definitely looks like the Nars one that I've had my eye on! x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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  8. I have had my eye on the blush one for a while but was never sure it would be a good one, so thanks for the review, I might get myself one of them :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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    1. You can't really say no at those prices :) xx

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  9. These two brushes sound amazing, might have to go on Born Pretty Store and place an order now haha :-D x

    Makeup, Beauty & Fashion

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  10. I must check these out!! I love finding affordable brush dupes and these ones look great :)

    Blushhx

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  11. Dupe brushes are always great! I use my nars dupe everyday xx

    Karan|| studentbeautyhack

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  12. These look great ! I hate spending a lot on make up brushes so if a good dupe is available i'd much rather buy that

    Distant Dreamer

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    1. There are some fantastic affordable brushes out there :) xx

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  13. I've never tried this brand but the flat contouring brush looks incredible!
    http://amanda-speroni.blogspot.ca/

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  14. I'm very tempted by the Nars dupe offering now... very interesting indeed!

    Heather, Porcelain Beauty xx

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  15. Ouuu both these brushes look great! :)
    I bought a brush some months ago (it was like 2 euros) and it's pretty good but I don't use it that much cause I tend to use the same two brushes and I use them for everything hahaha x)

    Dorky-and-weird.blogspot.com

    Xoxo Jessy

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  16. These look like great brushes! Thank you for sharing these *u*
    ~Kiyomi from kokorosasa

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  17. The contour brush sounds lovely! I have a similar nars dupe brush which I got from eBay and the bristles as super soft! X
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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    1. I never would have thought to try such affordable brushes but I've definitely had my eyes opened now :) xx

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  18. That Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush dupe I really want to get my hands on that! Also, it is crazy affordable :)

    Thanks for sharing!
    x Arwa
    http://cremerose.blogspot.com

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  19. Ok so I DEFINITELY need these now!!

    Kate | kate emma loves.

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  20. I have been saving up for some Zooeva brushes (they are just so dang pretty!) but now you have me second guessing my makeup brush splurge when these sound so lovely! I have had good luck with Ecotools though I feel like they wear faster than my higher end brushes. xo

    Kelsey | www.abalancingpeach.com

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    1. I do love my Zoeva brushes and use most of them pretty much every day :) haven't tried Eco Tools before somehow! xx

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  21. BPS has some great products. I had the actual Nars brush but it was pure trash. I eventually threw it away.
    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  22. It's amazing some of the high quality brushes you can get at low prices. I remember buying fake mac brushes from ebay (I did not realise they were fake and I was only about 16 - we all make mistakes) but they were actually really good and I still use them today.

    Fi | http://fislittleblog.com

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  23. The contour brush looks fantastic! Never heard nor tried this brand but it seems promising! xx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. I love how similar the NARS dupe is haha, very cute exterior and the brush head seems like it would work well as a multi-task brush, for such an awesome price what more could one ask for? ^_^
    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe x

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  25. Thank you for the comments - glad to have introduced a few of you to some fab dupes :) xx

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  26. Absolutely love your blog!! You are so gorgeous as well!
    Definitely checking out some of these brushes, can't believe how expensive some can be..

    Jess xxx

    http://jessscanxo.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Aww thank you lovely, I'm glad you liked the post too :) xx

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  27. I bought the contour brush from Ebay, it looks exactly the same :D. The quality is amazing! I think I prefer a bit smaller brushes for contouring but it's still an amazing brush. The other one sounds great too :)x

    Anu♡ | My life as Anu | bloglovin

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  28. I definitely think everyone should give dupes a try not only with makeup brushes but with lots of things. They tend to get brushed aside as being low quality but you would actually be surprised how high quality they can be, and considering they're usually like 1/10th the price of the "real" version I'd say it's worth it to give them a shot and see for yourself!

    Sarah | Top Bargains

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