Some time back Pigsback.com had a megadeal which offered a 12 piece face and eye brush set from Blank Canvas Cosmetics for €44 instead of the RRP of €91. At the time I was studying to be a makeup artist and had been relying mainly on cheaper brushes so decided to take the chance on the offer as a pre-exam treat to myself. You can find the exact set here and the good news is that the price has come down since Pigsback priced it! 😉
The set contains:
001 Powder Brush (High grade goat bristles)
002 Double ended Foundation/Concealer Brush (Synthetic bristles)
003 Small Duo Fibre Brush (Made of a blend of natural goat and synthetic fibres)
004 Blush Brush (High grade goat bristles)
005 Large Precision Concealer Brush (Synthetic bristles)
006 Tapered Blending Brush (High grade goat bristles)
007 Flat Eye Shading Brush (Synthetic bristles)
008 Small Angled Shading Brush (High grade pony hair)
009 Precision Pencil Brush (Synthetic bristles)
010 Small Blending Brush (High grade pony hair)
011 Angled Brow / Liner Brush (Synthetic bristles)
012 Precision Eyeliner Brush (Synthetic bristles)
A handbag sized foundation brush (synthetic bristles) was also included.
The brushes came in a lovely brush roll with 12 compartments to hold the brushes securely and help them to maintain their shape. It is made from polyurethane fabric which while looking as smart as leather is animal cruelty free. This fabric is durable and soft which makes for a brush roll that is easy to roll up with ties to keep your makeup brushes secure and in place helping to maintain their shape. A big plus for this brush roll is that it is very easy to wipe clean while also looking well.
Out of this set the brushes I have used most are the powder brush (001), the duo fibre brush (003), the blush brush (004), the travel sized foundation brush, and the eye brushes (007, 008, 010, 011).
There are only two complaints that I would have about this set. The first is that I find the concealer brush on the double ended brush (002) can get a little out of shape when stored in the brush roll. I have had to start storing it using a brush guard so that the damage is not permanent. The second complaint is in relation to the tapered blending brush is that it is very large and in my case I have a relatively small eye area to work with so it’s impractical for me to use it for its intended purpose. Aside from that this is a brush set that I would *highly* recommend!
I actually prefer the brushes in this set to some of my Sigma brushes and it does such a good job that (so far!) I cannot understand given the price difference what a MAC brush would be able to do for me that BCC and Sigma don’t! All of the brushes can be bought individually so you also don’t need to commit to buying the full set if you know in your heart and soul that you will only use a limited number of the brushes.
The next item I plan on buying from them is the Brush holder which can be found here. At €22 including postage it’s a bargain in my opinion!
Oh, and did I mention that Blank Canvas Cosmetics is an Irish company?!? 🙂 Yep! So you are guaranteed not to get stung by customs if you order from them, shipping time should be quicker and you are supporting the Irish economy all while getting a really quality product! I think it’s a win/win situation – do you agree?