Well, here we are and the much awaited review.
The brushes were couried to me. I wasnt in the office when they arrived. Imagine my surprise when i was told a package had arrived for me. I opened it and saw these gorgeous looking red and black brushes in a beautiful brush belt with a flap.
|The brand name is embossed on the flap cover and not boldly written across the brush belt like some others are. This gives it a touch of class and elegance. me likey. Each of the brushes also has this written on them.|
I really love that the brush belt has a flap, this means that regarless of how i fold my brush belt and put in a carrier bag, there is no danger of them scattering everywhere and even losing shape as is often the case.
|This is my present brush belt. I needed a bigger one from my first and when i bought the Sleek professional brush set, i realised it was bigger so i put most of my brushes in it and this is what i use for gigs.|
|See how the brushes fall out if the brush belt is mistakenly placed upside down or a bit slanted.|
|this is not the case with Gifty's Daughter brush set as the flap holds everything in place.|
|This belt has only 3 tiers for the brushes as against the regular 4 tiers. They are also sewn up leaving out the regular 2nd tier which is usually open.|
|2 individual dual-ended brushes were included in the package. Foundation-concealer & Crease-flat e/s brush.|
|Foundation - Concealer. These are made of the regular synthetic fibre and can be washed easily.|
|I love the concealer brush. This is rare in a lot of Nigerian brush sets.|
|This is a really cool flat e/s brush. It is however too small for an all over eyelid application an dis much better for more detailed work on the eyelid e.g. e/s in the inner third of the lid.|
*The 2 dual-ended brushes are a very good initiative and are indeed commendable as they are good quality and fill a need (for me - flip and apply). However, the e/s dual-ended brush needs a complement to it and that will be a dual-ended e/s brush with a bigger flat e/s brush for eyelid application and a softer, fluffier crease brush for blending of the crease colour.
|The face brushes. These are my favourite in the entire set.|
|From the top - large fan brush, large powder brush, small powder brush, round top blush brush, angled blush brush (which can also be used for contouring), foundation brush.|
|Spoolie and brow brush/lash comb|
|I have a preference for steel lash combs due to the fact that they do not break and the teeth are generally smaller than the plastic combs which may break when in use or even in the process of packing with other brushes.|
|This is a plastic lash comb with a ragged edge. this brush has never fallen before but this was due to several skirmishes with other brushes in the brush belt.|
|These are the next largest brushes in the set. From sight, i believe they are to be e/s brushes but they are HUGE.|
|From top - shader brush, flat shadow brush and angled e/s brush|
|the GD shader brush at the bottom with the Sleek and Italian badger shader brushes (i just washed the IB brush thats why it looks a bit flat)|
|From top - GD angled shadow brush, GD crease brush, IB deluxe crease brush, MAC 222 brush and Sleek miniature set crease brush|
|The liner brushes (i love them)|
|About these, im not quite sure. From top - lip brush, small netural bristle brush, smudged tip brush, natural bristle brush, lip brush.|
Il definitely be using one of th enatural bristle brushes as a smakk e/s bush for precision detailing on the eyes.
|So there are 3 lip brushes in the set (il most likely use one of them for spot concealing)|
Would i recommend as a first brush set for an upcoming MUA? No. Would i recommend as a back-up set? Yes. Would i recommend to anyone who doesnt know their brushes? No.
- This set has great face brushes but absolutely no good eyeshadow brushes. Remember that as makeup artists, the beauty of our work is blend, blend, blend. Unless you are doing a cut crease look, you have to blend all your shadows out (and even with a cut crease look, you have to blend your crease colour upwards and with the brow bone colour.
- The foundation brush is not meant for heavy duty work. Sometimes, i just prefer to use my brushes all the way and not use my hands at all. So unless you are more into sponges, id say the foundation brush here is half of a much needed 1.
- For an upcoming MUA, you need a brush set that will act as your partner. You are just starting out and perhaps you havent mastered most of the tips and tricks needed to enhance the beauty of your art. Your need a brush set that will give you a certain completeness which most MUAs have with their first set of brushes.
Areas of Improvement:
1. The crease brushes are too dense and could actually lead to abrasions in the skin if used for blending.
2. There should be a supplementary foundation brush made for heavy duty use.
3. The flat e/s brushes should be varied e.g. one for eyelid detail work, one for all over eye application, one with a fluffy edge.
4. More versatility in the brushes made e.g. duo fibre brush, buffer brush, small fan brush, pencil brush.
5. The pointed liner brush should be a little bit stiffer for more precision work.
The beauty of a great makeup brush set is that the individual pieces have the ability to perform several functions. This brush set is hindered from that by the none versatility of the brushes and in some cases the intense density of some of the brushes.
All in all, i still believe its a great brush set and im really proud of the fact that it is coming from a Nigerian MUA.
|Here are my brushes that were in the Sleek brush belt and the GD brushes.|
Great work Funke a big applause goes out to you and Gifty's Daughter (GD)
*As stated, the product was provided for review. All views are my personal opinions and they have not been sponsored by anyone.
*For purchase of this product please contact Funke Tonye-Preghafi on facebook or Gifty's Daughter makeup Studio - 48, Khana str, Stopo over plaza, D-Line, Port Harcourt, Rivers State (+234 803 3368 927, +234 805 1654 105.