As any working make up artist knows, whilst working on a job it is quite possible to run out of clean brushes. This can be resolved by either keeping plenty of brush cleaner in your kit or by having lots of brushes. I try and do both.
For this reason I recently bought a set of 24 brushes in a leatherette pouch from Fräulein 3°8 (I bought mine from Amazon). The entire set, including P&P came in at under £15 so I wasn’t expecting them to be amazing at that price, but I just wanted to have some more ‘spare’ brushes in my kit.
I debuted these brushes whilst working on an episode of web-based comedy Soup. I decided to try and only use the Fraulein 3°8 brushes and see how adaptable and useable they are.
One character needed to have smudged eye make up – there’s a mascara wand in the set and a thin brush I used for eyeliner. Both these brushes work well. However, considering the number of brushes in the set, there’s no decent eyeshadow brush. They’re all synthetic hair and good for cream application, but none of them are good with powder products. The powder brushes themselves aren’t very soft and will only be used as a last resort I’m afraid.
However, there are plenty of small synthetic brushes. These are the sort of brushes I often run out of and so it was great to see so many in this set. I used one for scabs, another for tearstick application, another 2 for lipstick, one for concealer, one for under eye dark circles and still had some brushes spare. These are the real benefit of this set. It’s described as being a ‘starter set’ but I wouldn’t recommend it for fashion/beauty make up – there are no decent soft brushes. Yet, for film/T.V. and SFX work, I would definitely recommend them. They’re cheap, versatile and keep their shape well.
All in all I’m really pleased with this set, I had realistic expectations and therefore they haven’t disappointed me. They do everything I require of them and are a very useful addition to my kit.