“ Type: Brushes / Brand: Boots / Brush / Suitable for: Eye „
==Ruby & Millie Eye Shadow Brush==
I do seem to have quite a collection of eye shadow brushes and make up brushes in general. I think I went through a phase a little while back of buying them in the hope of finding the perfect one that suited my needs. This Ruby & Millie Eye shadow brush is a top favourite of mine and probably the one I reach for most often.
The Ruby & Millie range itself is only actually available at Boots which doesn't bother me too much because I get my nice little 10% discount on everything and because they have so many offers always on. I suppose you could buy this brush and some of the range online as it appears to be for sale on eBay and the like.
The brush cost me around the £9 region, I said around because obviously I have my discount to take into account which would have dropped the price by around 90 pence. For a single eye shadow brush this isn't especially cheap but to be fair I have purchased other brushes that are more expensive as well.
The eye shadow brush is a nice length at around 4 inches and it is a little chunkier than other brushes I have which is nice as it means it is comfortable to hold. The brush handle is silver plastic and this has the Ruby & Millie name on the side along with the word - eye. The bristles are held onto the handle by a silver section on the brush which is fairly tough and I have never had any troubles with the bristles of the brush falling out at all.
The bristles of the brush are made of a synthetic material but are really nice and super soft. They are shaped in a rounded tapered manner and this seems to be perfect for applying a vast amount of eye shadows in a variety of ways.
The amount of bristles that this brush has seems to make the head of the brush really quite stiff,. But still in a soft bristle type way. This is ideal for getting a good coverage as the eye shadow product doesn't just fall through the brush like other cheap ones I have used.
Overall this is a great little brush to use. It is an affordable price and like the packaging says - "If you only buy one brush, then this should be it!" and that is totally true. It is easy to use and easy to clean (I have brush spray cleaner which works well and is very easy). I have had this brush for a long time now but its still looking in a pretty good condition all said. It works well and makes the application of any type of eye make up much easier and generally look far better.
I feel that this simple yet effective brush is well deserving of a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and I would highly recommend this brush and even this range of brushes (as I do have a few) to anyone who uses make up.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I decided to buy a set of make-up brushes so every time I received a Ruby & Millie voucher, I run to Boots to get another brush. One of my purchases included Eye Shadow Brush. I must admit that it was not on the top of my priority list however once I started using, I realised how wrong I was!
It comes in a transparent reseable pouch with a little leaflet saying more about Ruby & Millie and what this brush can be used for. At the beginning, I used to keep my brush in the pouch however it was taking too much space. The brush itself is around 15 cm longs, it is fairly think (but you can definitely distinguish between this brush and the lip brush as the latter is noticeably thinner) and the head is around 0.8 cm wide. The brush is silver with the 4cm of it that is closest to the head being shiny and metallic. The 'hairy' bit is yellowish/brown (the very end of my brush is now grey and I am not sure whether it's due to using a lot of grey eye shadow) and it is reasonably soft (i.e. not too soft and not too hard). I am under the impression that due to me washing it a couple of times with warm water and soap it became harder but I do not really mind. The brush is, unsurprisingly, quite flat and the ending is slightly round.
I must admit that I am not great at putting make-up on and my eye shadows are not the greatest quality. I have tried a couple of brushes for eye shadows and I think this one is the best one. You just need to rub it against the eye shadow, shake it slightly (or blow it to remove the excess eye shadow) and voila! you can now apply it. It is extremely easy, you get the right amount of eye shadow and if you want heavier make-up (for example, you are going for a party or something), just do the same thing again... Believe me, applying eye shadow has never been easier!
I am very pleased with this brush and I strongly recommend it, even if you do not feel that you are an expert if it comes to applying eye shadow. One brush costs £6.50 (but with a £5.00 voucher it made it much cheaper for me!).
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I never really considered an eye shadow brush as an essential tool in my make up bag until I got my hands on this one from Ruby & Millie which really opened my eyes!
The brush has quite a large head with shortish bristles. The stem of the brush is about 10cm with a 1cm brush head. The head is just under 1cm wide so its quite large and not for precision more overall coverage and blending.
The brushes wash really well and the bristles don't fall out like some cheaper alternative. This blends all make up really well, even cheaper eye shadows. It applies eye shadow perfectly and its far better than using the enclosed applicators you get with most eye shadows. Unlike these applicators this eye brush puts just enough on and you get a subtle look which you can build up in a few strokes rather than too much on the first stroke.
The cost of the brush is £5.00 which seems quite a lot but it is a great brush which allows you to apply eye make up perfectly. My tip would be next time Boots gives away free £5 vouchers for No7 and Ruby and Millie products then use the voucher to purchase one of these, as they are excellent.
I don't know what it is about Ruby and Millie brushes or why I started buying them, as I have never used any of the Ruby and Millie cosmetics. For some reason though, I now have a large collection of Ruby and Millie brushes, and their Eye Shadow brush (M) which I can only assume stands for 'medium' is the brush I use most often, and wouldn't be without.
~About the brand~
Ruby Hammer is a make-up artist, who often pops up on daytime TV makeover shows. Together with Millie Kendall, a business woman who specialised in taking professional products and making them widely available to all women, they set up brand Ruby and Millie.
~About the brush~
Ruby and Millie say on the Boots website, 'If you only have one brush, then this is it'. I couldn't agree more. This is a fantastic brush for everyday use. It is dome shaped and slightly tapered which means that it can be used for all sorts of different effects from subtle, to more dramatic.
The handle is silver coloured, is made of solid wood, and is fairly short to make it easy to use. The bristles are incredibly soft, but at the same time quite firm. The bristles feel quite natural, but it doesn't tell you anywhere on the pouch what they are made from, so there is a possibility they could be synthetic.
All Ruby and Millie brushes come in resealable pouches. While that may, perhaps, seem a bit strange, I have actually kept all of the pouches and find them useful for keeping the brushes clean. The back of each pouch has tips for application on there as well, which is useful.
Before I started using Ruby and Millie products, I wasn't particularly fussed about which make-up brushes I used, as I didn't think it was all that important. In fact, I think, before I was using this I was using a set of about 6 brushes that I had bought in a pound shop!
I remember when I first started using this, I thought that the bristles were a bit stiff. Although they have got a bit softer over time - possibly with me washing the brush - I now prefer the fact that the bristles are a bit stiffer than you may normally expect. I find that it makes applying eye shadow easier, as the bristles do not splay out when pressure is applied, meaning that you get a more precise finish,
I also love the shape of the brush. It is slightly rounded at the top and also quite flat, and I find that the shape means I can get right into the corners of my eyes. The surface area of the bristles is quite large, which I think makes it perfect for day time use, as it can cover the whole eye area quite quickly.
I have also used this brush for applying more dramatic make-up on nights out, and the tapered edge makes it great for blending, and also great if you want to apply a darker shade to the crease of your eye, because the edge is so flat.
This brush costs £9.00 and I think the Ruby and Millie range is only available from Boots, however I may be wrong. Whilst £9 may seem expensive for a brush, I definitely think it is worth it. This is probably the most used item in my make-up bag, and mine has lasted a good few years now.
As I said, this is the make-up brush that I use the most often, and I really do love it. The bristles are soft but firm, and it's fantastic for every day use. The main issue, is that it's a little bit pricey, but as I've said mine has lasted years, and has retained its shape, hasn't shed any bristles and is still as great as it ever was.