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~A handy brush set that could be better~ ******************************** I bought 2 sets of these little No7 make up brushes when they were highly reduced to the super low price of £1 per set which I was happy to pay. At the time I thought these sets would be useful to have as they contain a range of compact brushes that I felt could be popped in to a handbag or make up bag without taking up too much room. As I had used many No7 products in the past and continue to do so I felt that these brushes should be of a good quality that would make them last well. ~Whats in the pack~ **************** My pack of brushes came in a simple clear plastic pouch type container that looked nice enough if you were thinking of giving these brushes as part of a make up or pamper hamper gift. I liked the way I could clearly see what was in the pack as it meant there was no guesswork needed as to what I was getting for my money. In my brush set I got a compact cheek/ blusher brush, a softish eye shadow brush, a not overly thin eyeliner brush and a lip brush. All the brushes came in a simply made black sateen style pouch with a plain cream trim stitched around the edge of the pouch. ~Using the brushes~ **************** In use the small pouch is a good size for these brushes and it is small enough to take with you in a handbag if wanted. The flap over style of the pouch makes it easy to open and close when you want access to the contents by using the small popper style closure which is placed at the front centre. The pouch seems durable enough and can be hand washed if it gets a little grubby over time without damaging it. The brushes do seem to fit inside the pouch well enough and I feel that because of this the pouch functions as it should. The actual brushes themselves are not overly fantastic but they are reasonably functional with the best of the bunch being the cheek or blusher style brush. I feel that this brush works fairly well if used to add a nice light hint of blush your cheek bones and it can also be used with a highlighter powder to good effect if wanted. The other brushes are not as useful as they might be which is rather a shame. I find that the eye shadow brush is soft enough to not scrape the soft skin of my eye area, but is doesn't really hold eye shadow powder all that well and can end up dropping bits on to my foundation which is not very good. The lip liner brush is in my opinion not as good as other lip liner brushes I have used and I would have preferred it had this brush been replaced by one of those simple sponge on a wand type lipstick applicators you can buy, as this would have been of more use. The so called eye liner brush has to be the worst of the bunch in my opinion as it really is not fine enough to be able to be used to any great effect. Most liquid eye liner products come with their own purpose made liner applicators now and this brush seems to be rather redundant. ~Price and rating~ ************** As far as prices go I feel that this is an over priced set when compared to other cheaper sets you can buy. Having checked most recent prices I have found that the set sells for £9 at the moment which I feel is much too high for this product. I feel that Boots have set their prices so high because they very often have £5 off No7 voucher promotions, which would make this a much better buy at just £4. My feeling is that at £9 this set is highly overpriced, but at the offer price it offers fair value. My rating for this set is 3 stars as whilst I haven't had success with the entire contents of this make up pouch I have found some of the contents useful.
I had been looking for a nice set of travel makeup brushes for a while when I found this nice handy set in Boots. I've got some really nice make up brushes but some of them, such as the blush brushes and bronzed brushes are big, round and bulky and take up too much space in my already bursting at the seams make up bag. I'm not the type of person that takes their make up out with them in their handbag during the day, nor do I have to reapply during the day but I do go away over night quite a bit with my make up bag and so wanted some smaller brushes that I would use for this purpose only. I found this set of brushes in Boots' No. 7 range. What I like about them is that they come in a handy little travel pouch with a snap closure on the front. The pouch is quite simple, just black with some white piping but I like the fact that you can store the brushes in here when you are not using them and it keeps them together as a set as well as protecting the bristles from any damage that may occur if they were loose in your make up bag. The set comes with four brushes, a cheek brush, an eyeshadow brush, an eyeliner brush and a lip brush. Each brush has a black plastic handle and then a metal silver portion at the top which the brush is then attached to. On the black plastic is written the word No. 7. The brushes are short so the handles are not that long but they are long enough that you can hold on to them and get a good grip to apply your make up. I do generally like a bit longer of a handle to apply make up but as I only use them once in a while it's not too bad. The cheek brush is flat and looks like the kind of brush you get in a cheek compact. Again, I usually like to put on my cheek blusher with a short round brush but for once in a while it is not too bad. The eyeliner brush and the lip brush are my favourites in this set. Each one is short and has thin cut bristles and so this makes application of eyeliner and lipstick very precise and easy. All the brushes have good quality bristles that apply my make up well and so far none of the bristles have fallen out of the brushes so I am very pleased with my purchase thus far. The set costs £9 and can be purchased at Boots.