Sometimes you find something so wonderful that's such a steal that you can't help but tell everyone. This is how the Essence of Beauty Deluxe Duo Set of brushes is for me. I've told many friends how much I love these and now I have to tell you!
Of course, I was skeptical when I first heard of these. I mean, who would believe that a set of three double-ended brushes for $14.99 U.S. would be great quality? It sounds way too good to be true! I have a Stila brush I dropped $50 for and love it. I also paid a hefty price for my Bobbi Brown travel brush set, which I completely adore. But I don't use or love them any more than this set, truthfully. I've had these for about a year and a half and they're still as nice as when I bought them. I've had very little shedding and can't recall the last time a bristle dropped out. They wash up well, look stylish with their natural wood handles, and feel as soft to me as my more expensive brushes. Yes, really.
Brush one is called Foundation and Conceal, and I use the foundation end to apply cream blushes since I don't wear liquid foundation. I use the conceal end daily and like how it's a bit larger than the average concealer brush.
Brush two is called Blending and Eye Shadow and I use this daily, as well. The eye shadow end has a rounded angle to it that makes it perfect for applying shadow to the crease, but also works well for the lid. The blending side is soft and fluffy but really does a fantastic job of blending out uneven edges.
Brush three is called Blush and Powder and is the one I've had to learn to love. At first I was mystified about how small the blush end of this thing is. I've always thought bigger was better when it comes to blush and powder brushes, but have found otherwise with this little guy. I have an attraction to blush and bronzer duos that can tend to have small pans and this brush fits in them quite neatly. The size of this brush duo allows me to precisely dust on some bronzer then put a pop of blush just on the apples of my cheeks.
Other Essence of Beauty brushes can be hit or miss, according to what I've read, but this set has been a real winner for me and scores an A+. The set can be bought at CVS or on-line at www.cvs.com
Originally reviewed May 23, 2009