As a freelance make up artist I’m always reaching for my tools. By tools I mean brushes. I need to have them with me at all times cleaned and ready to use. I have become so selective with which brushes I take with me on bookings so I must rely on the best tools that will help me create a flawless and beautiful face. For years I’ve been using brushes from a very well known celebrity infused brand because they were a cult favourite among all makeup artists. Now it seems everyone is creating and selling brushes online. That’s great for the consumer as it offers many options but this can become overwhelming when there are too many options out there.
I have tried a lot of brushes and have come to the realisation that because it’s sold in a fancy department store or its a brand associated with many influencers doesn’t necessarily mean the brushes are a) well made and b) worth the money. I can tell you that I have bought many brushes that have been hyped up by influencers and some have been great and some most definitely not. I fell into that trap where I’ve bought a product because my favourite beauty guru told me it will change my life. The reality is…no product will change your life…it may make it easier for you to apply your makeup or enhance your beauty but will not change your life , sadly 🙁
Back to brushes 🙂
We all need them, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg for them . I need more than the average user but I’m not willing ( anymore) to spend a crazy amount for them.
Well it seems my prayers were answered because Trade Secrets sent me a PR sample of their Pro Finish brush collection. Now, now , I know what your thinking…here goes another influnencer trying to sell me a product. I’m not selling you this product. I was not paid for this blog post nor do I receive a commission( ding ding no affiliated links!), BUT, I am writing this post because I do love these brushes and as a blogger I must share these hidden treasures with you!
Here’s why I use them:
- they are all made with the highest quality of synthetic and natural fibres
- the handles are very sturdy ( so important for the longevity of the brush)
- fibres did not shed even after being washed over and over again ( BONUS!!) so again longevity!
- quick drying time
- affordable as Trade Secrets has them on sale at times for 40% off
If you follow me on Instagram, which you totally should by clicking here , you would have seen my post on these brushes and my declaration of love for the Pro Finish fan brush. I love all the brushes for their high quality but I had been on a search for a good fan brush within my budget ( around $30) and I found it in the Pro Finish collection. I have become a wee bit obsessed with highlighting lately so whenever I need to apply highlighter on a client I reach for this brush and it does the work for me. It picks up the product very well because the natural fibres are very sturdy so you are guaranteed even pickup and distribution of product. This is so important to me as I don’t want my work to look sloppy! Many fan brushes I have used in the past have weak fibres so the application looks uneven and not professional so in turn this means more work for me.
I love the fan brush so much that I ended up buying another one to use on myself. Now I own 2 🙂 That’s how good this one is.
On my most recent booking I used the Pro Finish brushes on my model. I first used the ultra soft foundation brush to blend the foundation and then the luxurious powder brush to apply translucent powder. The blending brush was used to apply 2 different shadows to the eyes. This brush has tapered ends so it does the blending work for you. To finish off the look I used the retractable lip brush to lightly apply a nude colour to her lips.
If you decide to give them a try, you can order them online here or in store.
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!
* These products were sent to me as PR sample, but as always the opinion expressed on this post are always my own