30 January 2013

Professional, Affordable Makeup Brushes, from AYU Dublin

It seems like the Irish are really carving out a niche for creating high quality yet affordable makeup brushes. I firmly believe that you get a better finish when you use the right brushes, but I'm also adamant that you needn't spend a fortune in the process. After trying - and loving - Irish brands like NIMA Brush and Blank Canvas, I was really interested when I was contacted by AYU, and asked to see how their brushes stack up. 

Affordable makeup brushes from AYU Dublin
The entire AYU range
But first, a wee bit of background: after 11 years in the beauty industry, when professional makeup artist Suzie O'Neill sold her salon she was on the look out for an new challenge and opportunity. Having gone into teaching, and working with hundreds of make up artistry students, Suzie realised there was a gap in the market for high-end brushes that delivered, but weren't priced out of reach of the ordinary customer. 

Having used these brushes for well over a month I can tell you that Suzie is definitely on to a winner. Her brushes are sturdy, well made and designed, feel lovely and soft on the face and really help to deliver a more polished make up effect.
Detailers -  double-ended eyeliner/brow spoolie, flat liner brush, lip brush and brow brush.
I'm really enjoying them - the chunky handles fit well in my hands, they wash well, there's been minimal shedding and the prices are extremely reasonable for the quality of the line. They range from €7 for the flat liner or lip brushes, to €9.50 for the excellent crease and blender brushes, €25 for the Duo Fibre Foundation brush and €30 for the powder brush - that last one might seem a bit steep, but with its chubby handle and dense, fluffy head, this is actually my very favourite of them all. The only brush I'm not completely sold on is the brow brush - it's a bit too soft for my liking - and I find lip brushes a bit of a faff in general, so I don't tend to use 'em. But otherwise? It's a big thumbs up all round. 
 
The eyeshadow brushes have become some of my favourites to use
AYU currently offer a range of 10 brushes in total (more are in the pipeline), which can be purchased individually or in sets. The website is a work in progress but check out the Facebook page or email ayudublin@gmail.com to buy via PayPal. You won't regret it - these are excellent beauty tools that would be a welcome part of any woman's make-up kit.

What's your favourite brand of beauty brush?

25 comments:

little t said...

The eyeshadow brushes look great, its difficult to find good blender brushes from budget brands.

Not Just Inside said...

Loving the sound of these, It's great that the Irish are stepping up to the mark in the cosmetics world.

Avril Murphy said...

Those eyeshadow brushes love lovely! So many good Irish brands to chose from now!!

P.s. I love your new layout! xx

Adele said...

Love how chunky these look Emma. Adore the facelift you've given your blog :)
Happy Wednesday Hun xoxo
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The Dainty Dolls House said...

The brushes look wonderful, I am in need of some new brushes sometime. Have lovely day doll xo

Grace @ Wrinkled Chiffon said...

Thanks for the review! It's amazing how a good brush can really change your makeup routine in the mornings...and make putting on makeup much more fun! Have a great day!

xo Grace
www.wrinkledchiffon.com

mysteppingstonemedia said...

Oooh, I like the look of these brushes - especially the eyeshadow brushes! I will look into these more!

Anibani said...

shadow brushes look like a copy of Sigma brushes:)

Anonymous said...

Ohh these look nice and I love that they are Irish! Thnanks for the heads up x

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Great review and these brushes are really well priced too!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Bravoe Runway said...

I have yet to acquire a full set of brushes from particular manufacturer. These look great, so soft too!

Aleksandra said...

Those brushes looks great !

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ZoƩ said...

This reminds me that I need to buy some fresh brushes! I don't have a favourite brand, so to speak, but my favourite brush ever was a Laura Mercier one. :) Nice post and great quality photos.

Emilyx0- Irish beauty blog said...

The crease brushes look fantastic! Really reasonable prices too! :)

x

Emily Marie {Isnt That Charming} said...

Fabulous! I never think to get new makeup brushes until the ones I currently have are way overdue. Perhaps I'll be proactive this time and try these out!
Isn’t That Charming.

♥ vendy ♥ said...

interesting brushes doll
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Anonymous said...

A beautiful and complete set of brushes.

LUXESSED

Sam said...

I hope this brand will be exported, I really need a great set like this one! P.S Thank you for your lovely comment :) I still need to get over my camera shyness

Anonymous said...

Great looking brushes!

Makeup Over Mind said...

Still obsessed with my Real Techniques, but so excited to see more Irish brushes coming onto the market!:)

Catriona MacLeod said...

I totally agree with you, brushes definitely help enhance a look, they give an almost airbrushed look. These look like some great quality brushes!

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ANDYSTYLE said...

they look good nice reviw

Art Donatella said...

Love the new look of your blog <3 xx

fluff and fripperies said...

Thanks Andreea!