01 November 2011

Trade Secrets: Make-Up Brushes; Spree, Spend or Splurge?

Kicking off this new post series, makeup artist extraordinaire, Sarah Lanagan, shares her views on the best brushes.

"When it comes to make-up brushes, I often get asked what the best brands are, whether it's better to invest in a big name or if there bargains out there; in other words, do you really get what you pay for when shelling out for designer goods?

After mmm-ing and ahh-ing about it, my answer is almost always the same; a slightly noncommittal “It depends…” Now, I know that doesn’t seem very helpful at the moment, but it really does depend on whether:

  • You’re big into make-up
  • How often you’ll use the brushes and…
  • Whether you actually want to spend money
I’ve put together a little short list of some different options, which in my experience are all great quality but differ in price and style meaning they’ll suit any budget or need!


EcoTools; an earth-friendly and vegan range, these brushes are made with incredibly soft taklon synthetic fibres and feature bamboo handles with recycled aluminium for a durable yet sleek design aesthetic. The 6 piece brush set comes in at €19.50 and the individual brushes range from €5 upwards. There isn’t a vast variety but the quality is definitely there! 
EcoTools brushes are available in Boots Chemists or via their official website www.ecotools.com


Inglot; a Polish brand that’s starting to make waves here in Ireland offer high quality, make-up artist brushes that come in a wide variety of styles and provide the option of synthetic or natural hair depending on whether you’re using powder or cream products. They are the same standard as recognizable make-up artist brand brushes but aren’t as pricey because the company is still new and name isn’t as well known. Prices start at €11 per brush.

Inglot are available in Jervis Shopping center, Liffey valley & Dundrum   


Shu Uemura; I believe make the highest quality brushes and are always seen in make-up artist’s brush rolls. The sheer variety available can be daunting but with Christmas ever approaching, now is the time that companies start releasing their travel sized kits and limited edition collections, making it (slightly) easier to choose. My advice when going for more expensive brushes is to choose ones that you’ll be using regularly, as that way you’ll get the best value out of them, especially seeing as some brushes can cost as much as €70.

Shu Uemura is available in Brown Thomas. "

Have you tried any of these brush brands and what was your verdict?

Check out Sarah's blog, Pretty Easy, or visit her website  for more great tips, tricks and stunning makeup looks.  
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