Primark and I have a very love/hate relationship. I love it because I can afford literally everything in the store – seriously, I’m a right baller when I’ve got an armful of Atmosphere. However, they’re notorious for poor quality clothing, and I’m frequently disappointed when my dress falls apart at the seams at midnight, leaving me looking like a low-rent Cinderella.
But, like my relationship with cheesecake and reality television, whilst I know it’s bad for me, I just can’t stay away. So when I saw that they’ve released a range of makeup brushes, I was all over it like a rash in the Geordie Shore house.
At £1 each, I bought the stippling brush, the concealer brush, and the beauty blend sponge.
The brush is designed to look dual fiber (it’s not, they’ve just dyed the tips a different colour. Think 2000 Justin Timberlake). However, it’s good weight and when used, it buffs out my under-eye concealer and foundation well, giving a lovely airbrushed finish. There’s no fiber shedding, and I was pleased to notice that there were no brush marks in my foundation after use, which you can see from some cheaper brushes.
I used this brush to cover my red areas with a yellow-tone concealer, and then to highlight my under-eyes with a brightening Touche Eclat pen. It spread the concealer evenly, and it blended it neatly. The brush isn’t particularly soft so I did notice some uneven coverage across my nose, but this was easily rectified with the beauty blending sponge.
Beauty Blending Sponge
I bought the blending sponge as I’ve heard that sponges give great even coverage with a beautiful airbrushed finish, but didn’t want to spend a fortune before I’d tried one out. The sponge is egg shaped, and doesn’t have the flat side which most of the pricier sponges have. However, it’s super squishy and the pointed top allows easy access for under the eyes. I used the sponge to finish blending my concealer, and it did this extremely well. This is definitely my new favourite beauty tool.
Look, these aren’t brilliant quality: they’re not made from Princess Diana’s eyelashes and the handles aren’t crafted from carbon fiber. I can’t vouch for how long they’ll last, but from what I’ve seen, I’m pretty satisfied with the quality – perhaps they wouldn’t be my everyday brushes, but I’d certainly keep them as spares or as travel brushes. The beauty sponge gets a massive thumbs up from me, and is a great tool for buffing concealer and highlighters. Brave the crowds of horrors in Primark and head for the accessories section to nab some of these little beauties ASAP – before they’re all shoplifted.