Makeup is an integral part of your appearance game and a good makeover game can definitely take your game up to a much higher level. But to begin to develop a game on that front, you need the right tools to get into it strong and in a way that lets you build up from it. In the case of makeup brushes, you will need to know a bit about what different types of brushes are available, how to identify them and how to use them. To further move on into the point of brushes, I will be looking at a particular set; the Bestope makeup brushes that come in many pieces and is at the budget range for all makeup junkies looking to get something for the entry level.
Brushes in the set
As ever, the most important bit about a box set is, of course, the contents inside. Inside the box, depending on the model you choose, you have the option of choosing between a variety of sets. Safe to say, most people just beginning to step into the curious world of makeup artistry will be better off starting small! For the sake of examination, however, we will definitely be covering all of them!
Eyebrow and eyelash brush:
With long and slightly stiffer bristles than the conventional bristles found in most of the other brush types, the eyebrow and eyelash brush from Bestope has a black base with many straight, rugged bristles and will be used to apply eyeshadow or liner on the brows or eyelash respectively.
Angled detail brush:
This brush is one of the more specialized brushes and is used to apply contour to your cheekbones, used usually to highlight the natural colors and features of your face. It’s definitely one of the trickier skills and users who can skillfully apply contour will definitely stand out in terms of looks and the brush provided here by Bestope also remains a top choice for contouring at a budget.
Angled eyebrow and eyelash brush:
The more popular form of the brow and lash brush, the angled brush is more effective than a standard brush because the angulated shape allows for more precise application of eye makeup and lets you draw out your brows much more efficiently than the standard one. Granted, a lot of people won’t be as good at using this particular brush at the beginning so it is quite thoughtful of Bestope to include both in the set and make everyone’s lives easier!
As the name might suggest, the eyeliner brush is used primarily to apply eyeliner to the eye lines and to attain that winged eyeliner look. This is the brush you and millions of other makeup junkies can accredit as the main contributor to the ‘eyeliner on fleek’ convention! So it is quite clear why Bestope decided to have this in the box and contribute to the cause a bit more.
As apparent from the name, this brush is used to apply concealer on affected areas of blemish in order to hide all spots and blemishes. The tip of all the bristles from Bestope are slightly colored in order to give you an idea of how much of the bristle you should be using for the application and it is slightly rounded with slightly thicker bristles for a natural fade on the blemish. Bestope has you covered if you have blemishes to deal with!
Similar to the angled detail brush, you’ll likely use the angled brush primarily for contouring around the cheekbones such as applying highlighter and to bring out the natural flair and details in your face. It differs from the detail brush, however, in that the brush is much wider and the bristles are spaced out on average, a bit more than the detail brush. It lets you contour a wider area as opposed to the detail brush, which you will be using to draw lines. Bestope basically has your contour covered comprehensively!
Flat angled brush:
Similar to the angled brush and performing a similar function, the flat angled brush from Bestope is flat, as opposed to the angled brush which is more rounded and is going to be something you probably use to contour your cheeks in areas which are flatter. This is not going to have quite the same diffusion as a rounded brush so that’s something you’ll definitely have to consider.
Face flat brush:
Flat faced brushes, like the one included with the 16 pieces set from Bestope will more often than not, be used for foundation application. Just going off that, you can probably tell that this is one of the more basic and essential brushes that you will need off the get-go and will definitely be part of the 8 brushes if you opt for the smaller bundle. Foundation is the foundation of a good makeover so definitely get used to this brush as soon as possible. The brush from Bestope is definitely a place to start and should provide reasonable performance.
The powder brush is very spread out and in a hand-fan shape that lets you collect lots of powder from a palette or a powder box and applies it evenly and with a very light layer of product on the face. You’ll want to use a very thin and short part of the bristles when using this particular brush, judging by how short the purple highlight is on the tip of the bristles in this one. Maybe just use it as a fan once in a while too!
A slight variation on the typical variation, this brush is slightly more pointed than the standard blending brush and much bigger too. It is used to blend liquid makeup and foundation over a larger area and with good diffusion but less detail than your standard blending brush. It remains a common blending brush though so of course, Bestope included their own version of it.
The round brush is used more for applying blush on your cheeks. It takes a decent amount of blush onto the bristles and helps diffuse it in a way that looks very natural. Again, this is a standard brush that is very fundamental to your brush collection and therefore, shouldn’t be surprising that it is included in both 16 piece and 8 piece brush sets.
As should be apparent from the name, this brush is the conventional brush used to blend. It is slightly angulated and smaller than the bigger variants and therefore, it will let you work out much finer details in your makeover.
Another small brush, it is primarily used in the crease of your eyes to apply eye makeup if you want something on your crease. It is fine and well-rounded with a defined crest so it should let you apply whatever you want to your crease with great precision. However, it is slightly different from most other crease brushes and is a bold choice from Bestope!
Angled eyeshadow brush:
Similar to the eyeshadow brush but only angulated in order to apply more naturally to the brows and lashes.
Classic detail brush:
Similar to the angled detail brush in all but maybe minute details and you are likely to use it for similar purposes. If anything, it is a good back up for the angled detail brush.
A very small and precise brush, Bestope included this so that you could do your eye makeup with immense precision and this is definitely among the smallest brush on this list, being only second to the eyeliner brush. Precision and technique when using this brush are key and it’ll be something you take time to learn. Good thing it’s being offered in a budget set because you can graduate to higher end precision brushes after getting a hang of using one.
- Needless to say, the fact that a manufacturer can stuff 16 different brushes into a set at a budget is incredible! This set legitimately covers every brush you are likely to ever need to use and then some! A feat that I doubt most brush sets can boast to accomplish and even more so, at a budget.
- For a very, very low price, given that you get such a vast array of brushes, this is perhaps one of the best value for money product sets that you, like someone getting into makeup artistry, can get. It’s dirt cheap and how bad can it really be to where it is unusable? It simply isn’t!
- The bristles, for the most part, are quite soft on most of the brushes and they should feel just fine on your skin. Of course, you have to adjust how hard you press depending on the type of effect you are trying to achieve but you can be relatively certain that you won’t be damaging your skin with these all that easily!
- It has a bunch of brushes together that can be used as a substitute for another brush. Something you are unlikely to get too many of in budget brush sets is replacement versions of a particular brush so it definitely stands out in this regard. The best part of this is that many of these brushes, even standalone, perform quite a number of functions that are different from the alternate brush and in that sense, you get two birds with one stone.
- A lot of the brushes would have the bristles coming off the wooden handle way too easily. One or two bristles now and again would be manageable but when it happens at a significant scale, that’s probably a problem that is too difficult to handle properly.
- Like with most products of the sort, they have a chemical smell to them right out of the box but the smell in this one is particularly strong and off-putting to a lot of users. If something smells unpleasant, users understandably do not want to put that thing on or anywhere near their face!
- A lot of the brushes aren’t as densely packed with bristles as a user might need them and therefore, you do not get proper, consistent application over the area of application. This is probably due in some part due to the easy removing of the bristles too, I imagine. Either way, not having sufficient bristles in the brush in certain instances might render it unusable and if it isn’t a quality control issue on the part of the manufacturer, it certainly needs taking a look into.
- On average, the brushes are on the smaller size and some of the brushes, like foundation brushes, that users typically prefer to be bigger aren’t as big as many users would like them to be. Normally, this isn’t a big issue but when the size of the brush area is critical in the good and consistent application of foundation, it is likely to cause quite some inconvenience to the user. I understand that cutting corners is bread and butter of offering budget products but maybe, not do it in a way that takes away too much from the product?
All those negatives aside, I don’t see too many other reasons why it isn’t something you could go with for a beginner brush. It is easy to use, there are a lot of brushes and they have instructions regarding cleaning and using. They work well enough and it’s a good place to start off in my opinion. Unless if you are some super genius who grasps techniques in the snap of a finger, you are going to want to start somewhere cheap and easy and then work your way up to the really advanced brushes. Therefore, all in all, it does represent good value for money and a place to start for beginners and I am quite confident that you will not regret the decision to opt for this brush set to get started.