I’m a huge believer that you can have all the fancy makeup in the world, but if you don’t have the right tools to apply it, it can be very easy for things to look a little messy. I have always invested in my makeup brushes, and yet some of my favourite tools on the market are the super affordable Real Technique brushes. After loving the RT sets I’ve been on the look out for other affordable tool brands to try. So when Spectrum Collections asked if I’d like to review their affordable, fun brushes for Made From Beauty I was super excited!
I tried out the 8 Piece Eye Blending Set and created three different looks along the way! The beautiful baby pink, bright ombré bristled set includes the A16 – Precision Crease, the B06 – Tall Tapered Blender, the B04 – Small Angled Shader, the A08 – Medium Fluffy Shader, the A07 – Stubby Shader, the A12- Fluffy Pencil, the A13 – Short Smudge and the C06 – Tulip Eye Contour.
Look One – Blue Peacock
Each look I started out with the A16 – Precision Crease brush. This stiff, flat-headed brush is perfect for laying down colour. For my first look I then went in with the B04 – Small Angled Shader to smudge out my bright blue base; the Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Matte Blamed Blue. Over the top of that shade I used the A12- Fluffy Pencil brush to give me definition in the crease with a black shadow from this YSL palette. The A12- Fluffy Pencil brush has to be one of my favourites from the collection; it’s petite enough to get into the crease for detailed work, yet fluffy enough to give you a good blend on matte shadows.
With the B06 – Tall Tapered Blender I used MAC’s Charcoal Brown to blend out my matte black shadow, making the look ultra smokey. The B06 – Tall Tapered Blender is fluffy, slightly tapered and easy to buff out shadows giving you a seamless look. I love this brush as a finishing brush.
Finally I went back to the A16 – Precision Crease brush to lay down my blue shadow (this KIKO number I picked up back when I started blogging) and finished the eye with an inner corner highlight.
Look Two – Bronzed Moon
I have finally had chance to play with my Stila Magnificent Metals Eyeshadow in Gilded Gold for this look. Taking the A16 – Precision Crease brush to lay down the colour precisely.
To keep the look simple, I used both the A12- Fluffy Pencil brush and the A07 – Stubby Shader to seriously smoke out dark, warm toned browns from my tarte palette (which you can read more about HERE) all around the eyes.
Look Three – Green Gaze
For this look I started off by blending in MAC’s Charcoal Brown and Swiss Chocolate lightly into the crease of my eye with C06 – Tulip Eye Contour. I love this brush as it is slightly stiffer than the B06 – Tall Tapered Blender with more tightly paced bristles, making it perfect for placing and blending colour at the same time.
After popping on the KIKO Watercolour Eyeshadow in Olive Green all over the lid with the mini A13 – Short Smudge brush, I went in with the B04 – Small Angled Shader which is perfect for creating a lifted, elongated shape at the outer corner.
All in all I am very impressed with the quality of these brushes. For me, what I would call the ‘finishing brushes’ are my favourites like the A08 – Medium Fluffy Shader, the B06 – Tall Tapered Blender and the C06 – Tulip Eye Contour. I have been using them in my daily routine, loving them for eyeshadows – especially cream shadows (as synthetic bristles always work best for this) – as well as using brushes like the C06 – Tulip Eye Contour around the face for concealer blending.
If you have a friend who’s as addicted to make as you are, these would be a great present. Not only are you getting quality brushes (which not a single hair shed from today when I washed them), but also that cute ombré bristles and to-die-for pink wooden handles.
So do you think you’ll be trying out the Spectrum Collections brushes? Let me know in the comments below!