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Until a few months ago, I had been keeping some of my make-up brushes in a little clear plastic pouch that had come as part of a 'gift with purchase', while other brushes - for foundation, powder and blusher - that were too long or just too big for the pouch were loose in my make-up bag. In the end I got fed up with this, for two reasons. The first was that the pouch was becoming a little bit grubby as dark eyeshadow had transferred from the brushes to the plastic, and the second was that I wanted to keep all my brushes in the same place, so that I didn't have to keep rummaging around for them.
I eventually decided to invest some of my 'pocket money' and treat myself to a proper brush bag. I needed it to be a certain length - my foundation brush has a long handle - and roomy enough so that I could keep everything together. I did some online research and decided that my best option was this brush bag, which is part of the Boots No7 make-up accessory range. I bought it online for £8.25, and I have been delighted with my purchase.
The bag is brown and gold, with brown along the length of the bag, and gold curving down both ends from the top and on the base. The bag is well-constructed, and is made from a fabric that feels like a very soft leather. It has a wipe-clean lining, and has a zip fastening - with a good-sized oval metal tag with which to pull the zip. This tag is a dark gold colour, as is the zip, and it bears the No7 logo. The dimensions of the bag are: 20cm long, 7cm deep and 5cm across the widest part of the base. The lining is a sort of pinky/mushroom colour, which is light enough to make it easy to find what you are looking for.
At the moment, my bag contains a number of brushes: foundation, powder, two blusher, eyebrow, eyeliner brush, eyeliner pencil, smudger, five eyeshadow brushes, a lip brush, and my Simple Corrector pen. There is still room for other items such as a lip gloss, lipstick, tweezers etc. I don't think I'd want to add anything else to my bag, though, as the rummaging problem might then rear its ugly head once more!
I do think it's a good idea to keep your make-up brushes separate from your cosmetics, as it will keep them clean for longer and will avoid any transfer of product. It will also protect the brush heads from damage.
The bag costs £8.25, and in my opinion the quality is definitely worth the price. If you are able to buy it in store with one of No7's frequent £5 vouchers, it would be superb value. It is currently showing (23rd January) on Boots website as part of a No7 offer of 3 for 2 on selected purchases. Boots online delivery charges are £1.95 to your local store, free if you spend over £20, and £2.95 to your home, free if you spend over £40.
Although there are quite a few brush bags on the market, I liked this one initially because I knew it would be long enough to store my foundation brush. After using it for a few months now, I really appreciate the way this bag keeps my brushes organised, clean and protected.
I saw a few online, and the prices ranged from the economical to the whopping. The other one I particularly liked was from Bobbi Brown, but that was £37, so I much preferred my £8.25 purchase. You could of course use a pencil case if you're on a tight budget, but I love the feel and quality of my brush bag, and am happy to give it five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)