February 09, 2016

Travel Brushes from Born Pretty Store & Discount Code*


Let me introduce you to the Born Pretty Store: an online store specialising in budget makeup, tools and accessories, with free, twenty-four hour, worldwide shipping. Recently, I've been exploring the Born Pretty website. Having read reviews of their products from other bloggers, I wanted to see what the deal was here; can products and tools this cheap really be all that effective? This is the first of a few posts I've been planning, in which I aim to delve into the realm of Born Pretty and examine the quality of their products...




Today, I will be talking about one of their brush sets (click here to view the product). Let's start with the packaging (pictured below)... This set isn't exclusively for travel, like the title here suggests; given the size (length) of these brushes and the packaging, however, that's how they appear, to me. The brushes came in a faux leather, pink pouch with wrap tie. To be perfectly honest, the first thing I thought was 'ugh, how tacky!' and I stand by that initial impression. The packaging isn't the best it could be (it actually looks rather childish), but I chose to overlook that, given the price. This seven-piece set costs just £2.60! That's less than a bus ticket, a glass of wine or a Taco Bell (ooh jeez, now I'm craving a Taco Bell...).

The set contains: a powder/blush brush, a large round eyeshadow brush, a small round eyeshadow brush, a lash and brow spooley, an eye definer brush, a lip brush and a small lip liner brush. I'm going to take you through, brush by brush, giving my opinion on them. 

Powder/Blush Brush: This brush definitely isn't big enough or dense enough to use as a powder brush! So, let's just call it a blusher brush, from the outset, alright? The synthetic hairs are super soft, and none have shed since they arrived on my doorstep. This brush would work perfectly well with most powdered blushes and highlights. I can't really fault it!

Large & Small Round Eyeshadow Brushes: I think the name of these brushes is really deceiving to be quite honest. In every other brush set I have bought, the word 'round' has literally meant just that, that the bristles taper in at the top and the brush is fluffy. Both of these brush heads are flat. I think that these would work better for building definition, rather than applying base colours.

Eye Definer: This is just your typical, run-of-the-mill, sponge eyeshadow applicator. The kind you'd receive in any drugstore eyeshadow palette. It's nothing special, and not something I have chosen to apply eyeshadows with since I was a teenager.

Brow/Lash Spoolie: The plastic bristles on the brow side of this spoolie are way too harsh! I'd never consider brushing my brows out with this. It would also be impractical, if not impossible, to use it to brush out brow pencils and products to give that sought after gradient. However, there's nothing at all wrong with the lash side of the spoolie. I've needed one of these for ages, and just never get round to buying one. This will do nicely for after I've curled my lashes and before I go in with the mascara!

Lip Brush: This brush arrived a little deformed! The bristles have folded in, for some reason. I've never applied lip products with a brush, and this particular brush isn't really inspiring me to start. It's small, so I guess it would be accurate, but it's also quite rigid. 

Lip Liner Brush: Again, I'd never consider using a brush to line my lips, but I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work for this purpose. It's size and the fact that the bristles taper in at the top make it perfect for faultless application. I think it could also serve as a gel liner or petite crease brush, depending on the skill of the handler.  


The Verdict
In my honest opinion, this set isn't a substitute for a proper brush collection. Some of the brushes work perfectly well for their function. This set may be alright for travelling (if you don't like to take your more expensive brushes with you), or for younger teenagers looking to experiment with makeup for the first time. I think this would definitely appeal to a younger audience, and would be great as part of a gift or even a stocking filler for Christmas time. 

I'd definitely recommend checking out the Born Pretty Store for some amazing, budget pieces! Keep your eyes peeled for my next post featuring Born Pretty products. Have you tried anything from this online store?

PS: you can use this exclusive discount code to receive 10% off your order with Born Pretty Store: LGEH10

*The featured products were kindly sent to me for my consideration. For further and full disclosure, please click here
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36 comments

  1. It's a shame some of these brushes weren't quite what you were expecting! I would have never of thought to apply lip liner with a brush either! Great review :) xo

    ohhelloitshannah.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. You get what you pay for at the end of the day, and while these would be okay for touch ups on the go, they aren't my faves for applying day to day makeup! Thank you :)xx

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  2. I guess it happens when some are disappointing but they sure do look pretty

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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  3. I'm always unsure about whether to waste my money on budget brushes (albeit they were under £3), but I tend to stick to the more popular and well known brands. Though I do love having a read of people trying out cheaper versions of products, especially the amount of dupes you can find on Ebay! This was such a nice read :)

    http://theseprettylittlethingsxo.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks lovely :) You're right to be dubious; I think I'll stick to the likes of real techniques and zoeva for now xx

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  4. these are pretty for sure, to be bad they dont perform as well as other brushes. The price would amazing for something with a little more quality!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. Definitely! You get what you pay for though I guess!xx

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  5. While these look pretty I don't think I'll be exchanging them for my real techniques brushes anytime soon!
    The Lipstick, The Girl and Her Wardrobe

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  6. Too bad the quality wasn't great, but they look pretty at least! haha Great review!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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    1. Yep, the silver lining is that they look pretty in my brush pot!

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  7. These look so pretty and a great quality for the price ♥

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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    1. A couple of the brushes are great quality, but not the whole set!

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    1. They're a bit too 'cutesy' even for a pink lover like myself! Would definitely say they're for a younger buyer!

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  9. I'm always weary with order sets like these from sites like bornprettystore as I would imagine it lacks the quality I look for. I agree that they would be perfect for someone young just starting out with makeup tough especially at that affordable price :) x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Definitely! For those who have nothing to compare the quality too, I'm sure they'd be fine, but we've been spoilt with the likes of real techniques, zoeva, sigma and spectrum!xx

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  10. How cute! Its a shame that the whole set wasn't what you hoped, but as you say, for the price they are a nice back-up set!
    Emma
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    http://peacelovevintage.com/

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  11. This is such a great honest review! Its a shame these weren't so great. I reviewed some stuff from Born Pretty last year and they definitely have some budget gems, I think they're just a little bit hit and miss xx
    www.chasingbelle23.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Definitely hit and miss! I've got a review coming soon on a couple of their lip products, and it will be a much more positive one! :)xx

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  12. They looks so pretty! Beautiful color!!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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    1. I love the colour, just not the length!xx

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  13. Aw...love the color and they are so pretty! Would you like to follow each other? if you decided to follow me on BLOGLOVIN and Instagram please let me know so I can follow you back. Thank you.

    www.love-joice.com

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  14. Aw...love the color and they are so pretty! Would you like to follow each other? if you decided to follow me on BLOGLOVIN and Instagram please let me know so I can follow you back. Thank you.

    www.love-joice.com

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  15. I think sometimes it's hit and miss with big brush sets like this. Although if they replaced the flat eyeshadow brushes with the 4 piece eye set you can get on ebay for £2 I think this would be a much better set for beginners. :)

    Velvet Blush

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  16. This set looks adorable but it's definitely not complete. I can see quite a few brushes I wish it'd have, especially instead of that one with the sponge, which would be totally useless for me. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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    1. I totally agree, though I haven't found many sets which I would well and truly class as a 'complete' set. Where is the contour brush, slanted eye brush, flat topped buffer brush etc? Yep, totally agree: I'm very unlikely to use it!x

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  17. These are adorable and although I'm sure aren't all completely amazing quality, they sound great if you're on a budget! x

    Always, Alice

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  18. I've never even though about applying lipliner with a brush!
    I think I'll stick to my Real Technique ones, however at under £3, I might have to get a set for my handbag just in case!
    ♥ Fran - www.frannymac.com xx

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    1. Strange concept, isn't it?! Real Techniques brushes are brilliant, so I don't blame you!xx

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  19. These look so pretty, you've photographed them so wonderfully. What a shame they're not as functional as they are beautiful! But still, a great price :)

    Elese | elesedowden.com

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    1. Thank you :) They are very practical and pretty but not great for the experienced brush user

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