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.
Flat Contour Brush* | £3.69
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!
Rattan Handled Blush Brush* | £2.80
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?