I’m a firm believer that the right makeup brush can make all the difference when applying your makeup. Finding the right makeup brush that both works well and is affordable is a challenge. My go to for years has been EcoTools. They offer great products, sleek designs, sturdy bamboo handles, and soft brushes. But, I wanted to go outside my box and try something new. When I saw Wet n Wild was releasing their new cruelty free brushes, at prices ranging between $.99-$2.99, I was sold. I had to check them out. At a price like that, everyone can afford to look fabulous!
If I’m being honest, I was skeptical. Could brushes for that kind of price really work that well? I decided to put them to the test!
A lot of the brushes I didn’t really need. There’s one for liquid makeup, which I don’t use. There’s a variety of eye shadow brushes that I don’t particularly need because I have so many already. They also have several powder brushes, stippling brushes, fan brush, concealer brushes, eye liner brushes… you name it and they have it. There’s 17 brushes total.
I decided to get the: Blush Brush ($2.99), Powder Brush ($2.99), Small Concealer Brush ($.99), Angled Liner Brush ($.99), Small Stipple Brush ($2.99), Fan Brush ($2.99), and the Flat Top Brush ($2.99) which totaled $16.93. I ordered mine on their website and paid $4.90 (sadly) for shipping. You can get most of these brushes at Walgreens, but they tend to sell out fast. Some of them are online only, so you may still have to order some online regardless. I will say that the shipping took longer than I had anticipated. It’s not a huge deal, but for almost $5 shipping, I thought they would’ve arrived a little quicker.
My initial thoughts: Each brush comes in its own plastic case. You can store them in the case if you choose. I threw mine out because I have separate spot for my brushes. I love the colors. The pretty pink against the white really pops, and is super girly. I like that the handles are ergonomic, so they’re easy to hold. The handles aren’t overly large, I feel like they’re a perfect size. The handles are hollow. The bristles are super soft. For the price, I feel like the quality is pretty good.
I’ve been using the Flat Top Brush for my bronzer. I’ll be honest, I really didn’t know what to use it for. The description is that it’s an all purpose brush with densely packed bristles to pick up the right amount of product, whether it’s liquid or powder. Turns out, I really like it for bronzer. I smoosh the bristles together to allow for a contour along my cheek bones, then I use it regular to blend. Plus, it works well to frame your face when adding bronzer to your temples and forehead.
Needless to say, I’ve been using the Blush Brush for my blush. My other blush brush was EcoTools and one swipe was enough color for my face. Sometimes, if I was half asleep in the morning and I wasn’t paying attention, I would put too much on and look like Mimi from Drew Carey. This brush allows for light layers of blush. It takes me a bit to get the color I want, but it does help me to avoid putting too much on.
I’m not the biggest fan of the Small Concealer Brush simply because I feel like the bristles aren’t dense enough to apply the concealer appropriately. I’m still using my EcoTools concealer brush, but this one is a good size for those small areas that my other brush can’t get. It still isn’t bad for the price.
I have always wanted a Fan Brush. I just thought they looked so fun. They’re good for applying highlighter, or removing excess powder from your face without messing up your makeup. I use mine for highlighter and I feel like it applies the right amount. Unlike the other brushes, this one has a plastic sleeve to keep the brush protected, and I love that. I wish they all had one! This is my favorite brush, I’m really glad I got it.
The Powder Brush is so multi-purposeful. You can use it for powder foundation, bronzer, blush, highlighter, finishing powder… if it’s a powder, you can use it. I use it for my foundation, and I really like it. I would suggest getting a few to keep on hand for whatever powders you need. At $2.99 it's affordable to buy more than one.
The Angled Liner Brush and the Small Stipple Brush I haven't used yet. I've wanted to use the Angled Liner Brush but unfortunately my allergic contact dermatitis is really flaring on my eyelids right now and I can't wear eye makeup. For those who don't know, allergic contact dermatitis is essentially like eczema. My skin is allergic to something I'm using, and it makes my eyelids red, itchy, swollen, and sore. It's a lot of fun, as you can probably imagine. Narrowing down what's causing it has proven to be harder than I thought. But, I look forward to my eyelids healing so I can use it, which I'm excited to do!
The Small Stipple Brush I haven't used yet because honestly, I don't know what to use it for. I imagine it would work best for a liquid type, but I got it perhaps for a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. It got short bristles to grab the product and long bristles to blend it to sheer streak free perfection. I thought about using it with my Jane Iredale Dream Tint but since I only use it on a small area of my face it seemed useless. But, I'll have it for when I need it.
My final thoughts: For the most part, these brushes are totally worth it for the price. They're not all 100%, as I mentioned above, but a lot of them are really great. I've noticed minimal bristle fall out. I think the saddest part is the makeup staining the pretty pink bristles lol. Definitely check out these brushes if you're in the market for something affordable, you can't go wrong with these!