Product Type: The Body Shop makeup
Newest Review: ... brushes have synthetic hairs My verdict: I really like the size of the pouch and brushes (maybe I should point out here that I have reall... more
Decent mini brush kit
The Body Shop Mini Brush Kit
Member Name: justathought
The Body Shop Mini Brush Kit
Advantages: good bristle texture, dark bristles (don't look dirty once used)
Disadvantages: a bit pricey, pouch could be improved
A while ago, there was a 40% off offer on the body shop online, so I decided to get this set as part of my stash. It's currently priced at £14.50. The main reason I bought it was that I needed another eyeshadow brush and also a good blusher brush - I prefer a round one, rather than the flat ones that come with some other mini sets, so buying the mini set was cheaper than buying those 2 brushes full sized.
The set comprises:
a nylon pouch with a velcro closure and a pocket for each brush, and a tiny mirror built in
a blusher brush
an eyeshadow brush
a slanted brush
a lipstick/concealer brush
The brushes have synthetic hairs
I really like the size of the pouch and brushes (maybe I should point out here that I have really small hands) - the handles are long enough to grip, and feel sturdy, and the fact that the pouch has a flap closure with velcro - it's nice and simple and easy. I also like the way that the pouch and brushes look - sleek and simple and easy to clean (the pouch is wipe clean). I hate the feel of the pouch - it feels really cheap. Also the mirror that's built in is too small - I tried to do the eyeliner of just one eye in it but it was just too small. The pouch also doesn't have enough width from the side, so the brushes bristles tend to get flattened when the pouch is closed
The blusher brush is nice and soft and spreads my blusher evenly, and I can blend the blusher in well too. I'm not a big blusher wearer, and I do like it to be quite subtle, so this brush is good for that. The blush brush is a bit taller than the others, so does tend to get a bit bent and squashed in the case
The eyeshadow brush is okay - it does the job, but isn't brilliant; I prefer my screenface eyeshadow brush as its head is a lot more compact and it's better for blending.
The slanted brush is the one I like most - I use it for lining my lower lashline with powder over kohl pencil - it's really nice to use and doesn't make my eyes itchy after applying the powder, whereas my other slanted brush does. I also plan to use this for gel eyeliner, but haven't done so yet.
The other brush is meant for lipstick or concealer and comes with a clear cap. It is a firmer brush than the others and I haven't really used it
I would say that overall, I really like these brushes and would recommend them. They all have soft (but not too soft that you don't have control) bristles and are good quality - with minimal shedding (so far). I would say that this was a good product, but not a 5-star product - I'm sure there are other mini brush kits out there that are just as good or even better
Summary: a decent mini brush kit