Save vs splurge: make up brushes

Penneys have brought out a new line of high quality, budget make-up brushes.
They have a sleek, modern design and work just as well as high end brushes. Coming in at under €3 each, they truly are a necessity to your cosmetic bag.
The bristles on the double ended eyeshadow brush are extremely soft which makes blending eyeshadows a delight. Using circular motions and a light hand, this brush can be used to create a look that was once only achievable by using a Mac 217 brush. At less than a quarter of the price of Mac brushes, you’d be mad not to give these Penneys ones a go.
The kabuki brush is definitely one of my favourites. It’s bristles are also super soft which allows for even coverage from bronzer or a light dusting of translucent powder across the face. Its small enough to fit neatly into your make-up bag, but big enough to be used as a large powder brush as well.
The double ended stippling brush proved to be an investment. It initially appears to be quite small in size but when it’s in action, size is definitely not one of its weaknesses. It pushes the foundation into your skin rather than smearing it around on top of it. You’ll find that this method of foundation application will result in better coverage and a longer lasting finish. This brush is a great dupe for the Real Techniques stippling brush that retails at just under €20. Trust me, try the Penneys one first.
Overall, the brushes are of an extremely high quality. They’re also nice and cheap so you could even fork out and buy a few of them to use on separate products. Having different eyeshadow blending brushes for dark and light colours will ensure no colour crossover and also ensure that your light colours will come out light when applied.
From personal experience, I would definitely recommend these products. Usually, I am a strong advocate of splurging on good quality brushes, but these ones make for a complete exception. Definitely one that won’t leave a dent in your bank account, unlike the night out that will naturally occur once your make-up is fully applied.
Photo Credit: Luisa Fusco