Hallo! This is my review of the 13rushes - which I have previously featured here. I will also show you a few comparisons and share my overall thoughts on these brushes.
I have mentioned in my introductory post that I am very impressed by the quality and price point of the brushes. They are made right here in Singapore, and the brushes are all synthetic and soft. I have since used the brushes and washed them a couple more times, and they all hold up just fine. There was no shedding, and no color bleeding watsover that you might experience with some natural hair brushes.
Before I go into the details of my review - I have here another four brushes to show you which I didn't show in the previous entry. They just came in early this week. The angled buffing brush, flat eyeshadow brush, and a couple of concealer brushes.
Did I mention to you how attractive the purple handle and gold ferrel look? When I posted pictures of these brushes on my instagram, everyone was attracted to the pretty purple handles.
Here's a close up of the buffing brushes:
What I like about these brushes is that the ends are super super soft - I am not comparing them to natural hair brushes - that's like comparing apples and oranges. They are both soft yes, but I don't think it is a fair comparison at all.
The soft bristles feel so comfortable against your skin - very important when you are buffing foundation into your skin.
The brushes are quite big and fluffy dense, perfect for applying foundation quickly without streaks.
The concealer brushes are mini versions, I will dab on concealer with my fingers, and then use these brushes to blend and tap into the skin/ spot for a seamless and smooth finish.
Besides the face brushes, I have also been using the eye brushes, in particular the larger paddle ones and the tapered fluffy ones. They deposit colors and blends nicely on the eyelids.
The smaller flat brush packs on color precisely, great for pigments and when you want to apply color on smaller areas.
I like to use the bigger paddle brush for contour areas around the eyes/ nose (I usually use a matte brown eyeshadow). This gives a natural finish yet more defined features.
As you can see, there's a variety of eyebrushes to suit all your needs. I would say the shape of some of these brushes are very similar to what you find in the MAC brush range and also Real Techniques. I do which they make more variations of the fluffy taperes ones, for that's my fave type of eye brushes. But if you like the denser eyebrushes, then you are sure to find a few that suits your needs.
One note though - ultimately, you decide how you want to use a brush ... for me, I never really stick to the original function of a brush anyway. I will use eyeshadow brushes for concealer, powder brushes as foundation...etc etc... brushes are tools, and you don't necessary have to follow the 'rules' at all.
One brush that I didn't feature here, is the angled liner brush which I have used for defining my brows - it is soft enough for me to create a more natural look for my brushes (instead of the very sharp edges which my MAC212 does), and it is soft enough for me to line my eyes without tugging.
Some comparisons to Real Techniques brushes - you can see the sizes, and shape. I would say he 13rushes are slightly more dense. But the soft fluffiness is the same.
- Not sure if you can tell, the 13rushes buffing brush is fluffier than the sigma one. This is significant - while I agree that the sigma buffing brush is a great performer for applying foundation - it is so dense, I feel like it tugs at my skin, esp when used over long period (imagine buffing and buffing your face everyday with this dense brush). The lighter and softer (less dense) buffing brush is still able to buff but without that tugging, in my opinion.
And here's a demo of how I wash the 13rushes - and I just use my Makeup Store soap.
Synthetic hair brushes washes way faster, and dry much much quicker than natural hair brushes, in case you are wondering. That's another bonus.
And here they are all, laid out to dry.
Overall, I am impressed by the quality of these brushes. The range is so wide, you can find a set that suits your needs. They aren't overpriced (unlike, ahem...sigma) and you do find a few unique ones in the collection. They are a good and perhaps more accesible option to Real Technique brushes - again, greater in terms of variety. If you want to use synthetic cruelty free brushes... I think that 13rushes is certainly worth checking out.
I hope I have addressed everything in this entry, and if you have any questions, do leave them in the comments below!
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Hope this overview has been useful, and thanks for reading!