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I shop in Boots quite frequently. I buy my lunches in there quite often and take advantage of their meal deals. Quite often I receive a £5 off No 7 voucher and I use these all up and update my make-up bag and brushes in the process. I probably own almost every single No 7 brush that they've made over the past few years and I like knowing that I pay just a couple of pounds for these brushes too, even better!
This brush can currently be purchased in store for £7.25. This is a little bit expensive for a make-up brush, however, I bought this when it was £7.00 (I think?) and so I paid just £2.00 with my voucher. This was a great price and I picked up a number of brushes over the course of a week or two while the offer was running, usually picking one up every day when I picked up my lunch. These offers are available quite often in Boots and while I feel that some of their items are overpriced I love their sandwiches and I am always happy to use these vouchers when they are available, sometimes even buying them on eBay for a pound or two to save myself a few quid!
This is a reasonable sized brush and fits in to the bag I keep my make-up brushes in comfortably. I would say that this is about 5 or 6 inches long in size and is a comfortable enough length and width for me to hold and use with ease. This is a double ended make-up brush that makes blending your eye make-up simple. There is a rounded end that is ideal with shading and blending. One end has very soft bristles, I use this for applying the make-up and making sure it goes around the line area of my eyelids. I find this great for getting the colour to transfer nicely to the line crease in particular and it is very simple to use. The soft bristles do not irritate my eyelid at all and I have no problems at all with applying whatever colour I am using evenly, despite some of them being a bit bright! The line that was transferred was a smooth neat one and there were no jagged edges that I had to touch up or anything like that. The bristles do not soak up lots of eye shadow without transferring it so there is minimal wastage when using this end.
The other end is one a brush with a slanted edge and this is great for contouring. I use this on its side too sometimes for blending if I am in a lazy mood and I do find that this works quite well too. This brush end is ideal for contouring around the edge of my eyes and the creases. This is a very soft brush too and the bristles have stayed strong and do not drop out everywhere although I have lost a couple but then I use this brush on an almost daily basis so I would expect nothing less. I like the different slanted lengths to these bristles because it meant that I could use the corner of either edge if I wanted to depending on the look and finish that I am going for.
I normally use a standard brush to apply the bulk of my eye shadow and then I use this double ended brush to ensure that I get the perfect finish that I am wanting, especially important when I am going to be spending a day at the office! The finish that I get with this brush is fantastic, it really is. I love both ends and I have found that the bristles have been lasting for a long time now, apart from a few stray ones that either fell out or had to be cut off as they were at a funny angle and were annoying me. Despite me being quite shaky I am able to use this brush with ease and get the look and finish that I want.
As I said before I never pay full price for my No 7 items, well rarely, and I feel that this brush is a great price, even at full price, particularly for the longevity that I have received so far. I am sure that this brush will continue for ages yet and with a quick rinse in lukewarm water and a few hours to naturally dry this brush is almost as good as new again!
I would definitely rate this brush 5/5. This is a fantastic size of brush and it works incredibly well at helping me to blend my eye shadow and achieve a perfect look.
For some time now I have been meaning to get better at applying eyeshadow, more experimentative, use more colours and blend and contour! During certain time periods, when you shop at Boots and spend over five pounds on qualifying products (of which there is a very wide range) you receive a voucher for five pounds off your next No7 purchase. There is no qualifying spend. When I receive these vouchers I really do make the most of them. I had one in my hand and was browsing the No7 range when I spotted these brushes. They cost seven pounds and twenty five pence, but with the voucher I only had to pay just over two pounds for this brush.
Product and use:
The brush comes in a practical thick plastic case. It is perfect for protecting it whilst it is in my make up bag. The brush itself has a thick black handle which is nice and comfy to hold in your hand. The end of the brush is made up of loits of thin soft fibres. None of which have fallen out of my brush yet. The brush head is chunkier than I am used to, so it took some practise to make sure I was applying the right amount of powder to my eyes. My one top tip for this stage is to give the brush a really soft blow before you actually put the powder onto your eyes. This gets rid of any loose bits and avoids giving your eys that loose powdery look which looks less dramatic.
The brush not only feels good to use, as it is nice and soft on your eyes, but it applies the make up really easily too. Once you get used to the brushes dimensions it is easy to know where to apply what to get the desired effect. A few extra strokes of the brush between colours gives a really nice amount of blending, and turning the brush on its side allows for the finer details to be applied.
I really like this brush, it does a great job, has helped me really improve my make up, and I got it for a bargain price. I am not sure how I would feel about it if I had to pay full price though. I would recommend regular washes to minimise germs and keep the brush in tip top condition. For these I use baby shampoo.
I bought this as my second make up brush and use it as a crease brush. This is a much cheaper brush than MAC but cheaper brushes can be found from elf! The brush has been useful but I have found that the bristles can be a little tough on the delicate eye skin. It is not the softest brush I have ever used but is easy to clean and has little brush fibre fall out. It is good for picking up colour and is a very nice size for the eye crease! I think it is a smaller crease brush than others I have seen so is useful for delicate application of colour instead of applying too much to the crease and ruining your make up. My only other issue with the brush was that the tip including the metal and the brush fell off! It can be easily glued back in place but I was just annoyed that I had spent around £7 on a brush that then fell apart.
I had a spare Boots £5 voucher (since writing these reviews I have noticed that a lot of my make up purchases have originated from these!) so decided to invest in some more make up brushes. Over the years I have managed to collect a couple of lovely MAC make up brushes which work really well. However, as they are a little costly, I don't like taking them away with me on weekends or when getting ready in other people's houses for fear of losing them.
Hence, when I received the voucher I decided some cheaper brushes would be a good investment. As soon as I began eyeing up the brushes I immediately noticed this brush as it looked so similar to one of my MAC brushes (not sure of the number sorry), abeilt a smaller size.
The brush itself has a reasonable length handle, which I know seems like a little irrelevant, but I find that some are too big to fit in my make up bag. It is described as a 'blend and contour' brush, and this is exactly what this brush does! I'm no make up artist, and I may not ever use this brush correctly, but I find it fantastic for blending the edges of my eyeshadow so it fades rather than stops harshly. I also use it to apply a darker shadow to the crease of my eyes to add a little shade.
The bristles themselves are really soft and feel lovely when you apply the shadow. The end of the brush is also fairly rounded which I believe helps to blend the eyeshadow much better than my flat end brushes. The only downfall, and this is being very picky, is that the bristles are white so it can look grubby compared to my black bristled brushes. (try saying that tongue twister!) I've had the brush for about six months, and it hasn't been affected by cleaning at all. I tend to just swirl it in some baby shampoo in my hand then rinse gently.
I would recommend this brush for any make up lover! It cost £6.75 which is a fab price anyway, but with the Boots vouchers it costs only £1.75 which is an absoloute bargain. I'm not sure if professional make up artists would agree, but I believe that it is as good as my MAC brush and I would definately purchase some more of the No 7 range in the future.
I think I have a slightly updated version of this brush as it is called the exact same name, however the brush is a pale pink colour and the bristles are brown. Also, it is double ended, with a rounded, typical 'eyeshadow' style end and the other is slanted for contouring.
The brush came in the No 7 brushes set, which I am not sure whether they still sell any more, however, singularly I think I have seen it for around £7.50, though you may be able to pick it up cheaper online, don't forget you have to pay postage on most items.
It is available from Boots, as all No7 items are exclusive there, however, I think it is also available on the online store, 'www.boots.com'.
The brush itself is what I would call a normal brush size, one that would fit into most make up cases, in the main zip, or in the 'brush' section. I would say it is perhaps about 12 cm long, with 2 ends as I have previously stated.
The rounded, eyeshadow end, is mainly for shading / blending. The bristles themselves are SO soft, which I think is needed, as I often find that the better quality a make up brush, the better look you can achieve with your make up, whilst making it easier to apply.
The bristles are easily move and just running it across my finger the bristles all move in the same direction as one another and there are no 'loose' one, or ones that randomly stick out! The brush itself is quite squarish at the root, however it become more rounded as it comes out to reach a semi circle at the end.
When using this end I was thoroughly impressed! It picked up the eyeshadow from my pallet easily and when applied to my line it felt lovely, soft and sleek. Due to the rounded edge it also left a lovely, clean line, which meant I didn't really need to do any touching up. I was also pleased to see that not too much of the eyeshadow was left trapped in the brush, which means that the majority of it was on my eye and that i wasn't wasting the eyeshadow.
Due to the rounded shape of it, it also meant that the eyeshadow had this curved line once applied, which means that the eyeshadow had this lovely light, soft curvature to it which highlighted the brown bone beautifully. It also meant that my eyes didn't look harsh, meaning that I didn't draw too much attention to the make up and not the colour of your eyes.
When using this end to blend I was equally as impressed, the brush has a nice size to it, which means that you can use it on its side if you want to blend it slightly, or using the full brush to blend it more evenly and I often use the full brush to blend in the corners as this gives a mush softer look.
Also when blending, I thought that most of the eyeshadow might collect in the creases, however this brush allowed to cover it lightly, yet with an even coverage across the eye which meant that all the eyshadow didn't fade into the creases over time.
The other end was the slightly slanted end, which is used for contouring, though can also be used to blend.
I use this one for the water line of my eye, for the corners of for the crease of my eyes. This brush again is equally as soft and again I was pleased to see that all the bristles stayed closer together. I thought that the bristles would be more likely to come out of line with this and would then end up with an out of line brush, however the bristles have still stayed in the same slant and have remained the soft.
The slant is a diagonal one and at one corner they are short, then they slowly graduate, so that they are slightly longer at the other, creating the 'slant' I am talking about.
I tend to use this brush alongside the other one, so after putting on my 'base' mascara I use this one to contour. I use it along the crease on my eyelid and was very impressed with the results. It leaves a very soft, subtle line, by this I mean that it is not too noticeable so that you have a eye shadow line across the eye, however, is able to add definition and allows the base colour of your eye shadow stand out more.
Due to the slant being quite small and slim, it allows for this quite 'perfect' line along the crease and is not jagged like some can become and when going back and forth with the brush you are able to even out the eyeshadow, though if you go over it more in the corners you can create a slightly darker look, which is also effective.
This also works well for the water line, as it only collects a little of the eye shadow so it can also allow for quite a subtle, yet adequate bit of definition along here.
As I have said, this also only collects as much eye shadow as you will need and it also transfers well onto the eye, meaning that not a lot of it will get trapped in the brushes.
I have had these brushes / brush for about 8 months now and they are still as soft as ever and feel like new. I simply wash them out with a little warm water and allow them to dry naturally and although I am aware that there are other ways to wash them I feel like this way works the best for me.
The bristles have also kept their shape and have not come out of line, which again allows for the great results I was achieving when they were new all these months on. The bristles have also not become in any way brittle or hoarse and none of them have become to stick out awkwardly, which is another reason why I would rate these brushes!
Overall I would definitely recommend these brushes and if for any reason I find myself needing some new brushes I will definitely be returning to these as they are the best make up brushes I have used in a long time. I also feel that make up looks a lot better applied and stays for longer when using these brushes, compared to some of the others, slightly cheaper ones that I have used.
If you were debating whether to get this or not as £7.50 or so does seem a lot more than some other brushes, it is also a lot cheaper than others and for the time that you'll have them for I would definitely recommend it!
*I think I may have the slightly older/newer design of this brush as while most elements of the shape and size are the same my brush has a pearl handle and brown bristles so that is the one I will be reviewing.*
When I woke up on Friday morning I randomly decided to quit smoking so now ever since then (and I havent had a ciggie YIPPPPEE!) Ive been trying to keep myself busy by organising pretty much everything and my make-up cases were the first that needed sorting. And believe me there was a lot of crap in there but I also found some really great products that I had totally forgotten I even had and this one falls into the latter catagory. This "No7 Eyeshadow Blend & Contour Brush" was something I got in a gift set a few years ago and I think because I dont wear eyeshadow a lot I put it somewhere and forgot but since I found it again Ive been using it ever since! And I wont be going back to using my fingers to apply eyeshadow again!!
For: Making Appliying Eyeshadow Easier & Less Messy. Making It Easier To Blend Eyeshadow & Smudge It.
Im not to sure whether or not I have the older design or the new one but I think both of them although they are very simple are really nice. I dont think a make-up brush needs to look dead fancy or have some mad shape to it as long as it does the job quickly and easily it is fine by me. Now the brush for this one is a slightly different shape as rather than being totally straight it is slightly curved and angled round the top which is supposed to make it easier to reach the top and corners of your eyelids without getting eye shadow everywhere. The bristles are proper soft and feel really light against your skin and even though it is inevitable that this brush is going to get filthy dirty (I wear brown & black eyeshaow so you can imagine!) you can simply wipe it clean with a baby wipe if your looking for a quick-fix clean.
I really do love using this brush to do my eye make-up as I think it makes it look a lot better and it is so much simpler. The curved part of the brush definately makes it much easier to get the colour right into the corner of your eyes without making a big mess and its great for just a sweep of colour just underneath the brow bone as the brush seems to fit perfectly - I have no idea how I was even doing it without this brush before! It is much easier to blend and smudge your eyeshadow with this brush as well and rather than looking like you have two very different colours on your lids with this brush it helps to give a really two-tone blended effect - really perfect for smokey eye lovers like me!
I cant recommend this highly enough and even though the price isnt exactly cheap I think if your going to be using this a lot its definately worth paying. Once you've used this you will wonder how you ever lived without it - but remember they may be selling this brush in pearl now so keep your eyes peeled for both designs. For eyeshadow lovers this is a must have item because make-up just looks so much better when its applied with this brush.
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