A few weeks ago now, I was sent a selection of products to try out from Born Pretty, including this five-piece brush set* which I chose because of the handy case they came in - I thought it would be perfect to keep the brushes clean and safe whilst travelling! But at less than a fiver for the whole set, are they any good?
Born Pretty state that the set consists of a precision flat brush, a precision round brush, a precision angled brush, a precision tapered brush, and a precision flat angled brush. Each brush within the set is a different colour, although the colour of each brush appears to vary depending on which set you get, if that makes sense! (For example, in my set the precision angled brush is blue, but in another set it may be pink.) So, we'll talk about these based on what colour mine are, okay?
The flat brush (black) is supposedly for stippling concealer onto sunspots, blemishes and small imperfections; I also find it ideal for placing eyeshadow precisely into the crease before blending. The round brush (pink) claims to be for applying eyeshadow base or primer to the eyelids; this is the brush I've used the least, as I find the fibres are just a little too short, given how fluffy the brush is, meaning the ferrule catches the skin. The angled brush (blue) is meant to be used to apply product to the sides of the nose and the hollows of the cheeks; I think it's too soft for that, but it is lovely for blending out concealer under my eyes, or for blending out powder eyeshadow, and I've also used it to dust highlighter along the tops of my cheekbones.
The tapered brush (purple) is apparently for applying concealer in hard-to-reach areas such as around the eyes and the lips; I think it makes quite a good lip brush as it's quite firm, meaning it's easy to get a clean line. It's also really good for getting an inner corner highlight right into the corner of the eyes. And finally, the flat angled brush (yellow) is meant for precise concealer application, but in my book it's perfect for brows and eyeliner; it's maybe slightly softer than ideal, but it's worked well for me so far!
Overall, this is quite a nice little set, and I've been using four of the brushes pretty regularly within my makeup routine; they've washed well and I've not had any trouble with them shedding. For the price I think they're a bargain and they'd be perfect for travelling with, as the lightweight metal case will keep them clean and prevent them getting squashed! The Born Pretty 5-Piece Brush Set is priced at £3.47 here, in a choice of pink, purple, black, blue and yellow. Remember you can take 10% off anything on the Born Pretty site with my code 'JESSMK31'! Would you try out budget make-up brushes like these, or do you prefer to invest in more familiar brands?
[*Product provided for consideration. Prices correct at time of writing but may fluctuate with changes in exchange rates.] Follow