When it comes to makeup application, I believe that tools and brushes of good quality can make the absolute world of difference. You could be the most highly skilled makeup artist ever but without the right tools it's just not going to look the same. It's like the difference between an artist painting with his fingers or with paint brushes, the outcome is going to be entirely different. I remember when I first splurged on my first Mac eyeshadow brush (217 of course) and I was wowed at how much easier and better it was as opposed to my cheap, tattered ones I'd being using from Superdrug (those were the days).
I was lucky enough to be sent a selection of brushes from Crown Brush for me to try out and I've heard lots about the brand in the blogging community so I thought I'd pop up my thoughts about them!
C473 | Pro Contour* | £9.99
As the 'contour and highlight' technique seems to be growing more popular by the day, it's great that more brands are producing brushes so that we can contour to our hearts delight. The shape of this one fits great in the hollows of the cheek which makes for really precise contour application so that you can get those sculpted, amazing cheekbones.
The only other brush I've seen this sort of shape is the Real Techniques Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush, which although I loved it to begin with, I eventually found it to be too dense to apply my contour with as not only was it difficult to blend the product out with, but I found it also seemed to remove the foundation underneath as well which was a bit of a pain. This Crown Brush version however, is much less dense and a bit fluffier, so it's great at blending the product out too, and is also a fraction of the price compared to the Real Techniques version.
C405 | Contour Blush* | £8.29
This brush is probably my favourite of the bunch. I recently bought the Zoeva Rose Golden Set which comes with a brush almost identical to this one and I adore it, so when I spotted this Crown Brush version my eyes lit up. I love that it is angled so that the product applies slightly heavier at the shorter more denser side and a bit lighter towards to longer fluffier side. I love using it along my cheeks with my contour as it create a bit more definition in the hollows of my cheeks and blends softly upwards onto my cheeks (if that makes any kind of sense...). I love using it for blush too! I do still have a big soft spot for my Zoeva version which is slightly softer, but at the price you're paying for the Crown Brush you just can't go wrong!
C404 | Small Duo Fibre Face Brush* | £7.69
This one was unnamed (and also oddly unbranded too) but I'm taking a guess that this is the right name for it! As it is duo fibre it is made of both natural and synthetic fibres and it looks a bit similar to a stippling style of brush. I think this one would be great for blending in cream products in particular cream blush as it's the perfect shape for it!
C433 | Pro Blending Fluff* | £6.09
This one was also unnamed on the handle but from having a little browse on the website I'm pretty sure that this is the correct name for it and it is actually one of their best sellers. It's perfect for applying eyeshadow and also blending it out. It looks really similar in shape to the Mac 217 eyeshadow brush and it's actually a pretty decent dupe for it. I will say it's not quite as good or as soft as the Mac version, but if you're looking for an affordable brush that does the job then it's perfect!
C441 | Blending Crease*
I couldn't seem to find this one on the website so I'm not really sure of the price but judging by the prices of the rest of the brushes it's definitely going to fall in between the £5-£10 mark (bargain). This was the only one I was slightly disappointed with and that's not really to do with the shape/quality of the brush itself but more the fact that I think I got a bit of a dud. There seems to be a patch on the side of the brush where there is a chunk of glue and some hairs missing, so I haven't been able to get much use out of it. It's unfortunate as I think this one would've made a great fluffy eyeshadow brush!
Overall I think that Crown Brush is definitely worth a try, especially if you're on a budget and looking for more purse friendly options!
What do you think?