OOH! I like NYX brushes, and they just added 11 new ones to their already extensive 24-piece makeup brush line (for a total of 35!).
Some use bristles made from pony hair and others bristles made from synthetic fibers, and all are reasonably priced from $4 – $15 each.
I used four of the new eye brushes and one of the brushes for face to do my makeup yesterday, and I came away with a good impression. I’d say these are on par with Sonia Kashuk brushes, and you know that’s saying a lot.
All of the brush heads feel soft in all the right ways, meaning neither too soft nor too rigid, and I like how the mid-length, lightweight handles fit my smallish hands (and most makeup bags).
I think NYX also deserves extra credit for printing the numbers and names on the side of each brush. It’s a small thing but surprisingly helpful sometimes.
I plan to use the B30 Shadow/Point and B31 Shadow/Smokie-Small brushes often. The brush heads are tiny, making them great for intricate detail work on the lids, and/or if you have a small crease.
I haven’t used them long enough to tell how well they’ll hold up over time, but I hope they don’t shed too much, too fast. That always bums me out when it happens.
Based on price, performance, handle size (for my hands) and bristles, I think these brushes are great. In fact, I like ’em much more than the mini-brushes in the MAC holiday kits. Those things have been scratching and shedding like cray-cray!
PRICE: $5-12 apiece
AVAILABILITY: Ulta stores, many drugstores and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,