Inexpensive Beauty Find: Superdrug PRO Make Up Brushes

Posted by Lipglossiping On November - 15 - 2011

Superdrug have been raising the beauty stakes lately.  First with their new beauty card, some great new brand exclusives and now a new range of affordable makeup brushes designed for the more makeup-savvy among us.

The Superdrug PRO Make Up Brush range contains eight new brushes in total.  Each brush is hand-crafted with 100% natural hair and as you’ve come to expect from Superdrug, all are BUAV approved (bunny friendly).

I have a few of the brushes from the new range and have been putting them to the test over the past week or so.  My feelings on each brush vary, so I thought I’d do a quick speed-review of each one.  Let’s get started…

PRO: 02 POWDER BRUSH is a fluffy, domed brush with a softness that belies its price tag.  I would have liked to see a little more weight to it and there is a tiny hint of scratchiness but nothing that would particularly bother me.  It grabs product well and disperses evenly across the face.  The fibres are dense but fairly loosely packed ensuring a light but buildable application.  I didn’t experience much shedding either or on my face, or when washing.  Good stuff.   £9.99

PRO: 11 EYE SHADOW BRUSH – WIDE is a nice tool for applying a wash of colour over the lids.  Again, it’s not the most densely packed brush which means that you’ll be able to build pigmentation with this effectively but it may end up frustrating you if you like to pack colour on quickly.  It also works well to blend harsh lines in a pinch, easily soft enough not to irritate the delicate skin around the eye area.  I have quite small lids and did end up wishing that it were a touch smaller.  £7.99

PRO: 13 EYE SHADOW BRUSH – ROUND isn’t one of my preferred brushes.  It’s nicely shaped with an excellent taper that really allows for some precision work but I just found this one a little too scratchy to use comfortably.  A real shame  because it has some nice resistance to the fibres that will allow you to get right into the corner of the eye and underneath the lashline with confidence that the head won’t splay.  £6.99

PRO: 14 SLANTED EYE LINER BRUSH makes for the 2nd disappointment in the set.  I simply find it too large and soft to give enough precision to line my eyes.  As I draw the brush across my eyelids, it tries to find its own path of least resistance, buckling under the weight of the drag.  Not great.  £5.99


Overall, I think the range is a useful but not outstanding addition to the store.  It’s always nice to have more choices where budget brushes are concerned but none of the ones I’ve tried above hold a candle to my favourite ELF Studio brushes.

If you want to check these out for yourselves, you’ll be interested to learn that Superdrug are offering the entire collection at a special introductory price until 22nd November with prices starting from only £3.99 (concealer, lip) and ranging up to £8.49 for the most expensive (foundation, powder).

Have you tried the new Superdrug PRO Make Up Brushes yet?

* press sample


10 Responses to “Inexpensive Beauty Find: Superdrug PRO Make Up Brushes”

  1. liloo says:

    how exciting is that!! really fancying the brush 13. I need to see if they do a blending brush. I am always using my mac one, and it needs a break! xx

  2. Claire says:

    I feel like the prices of these low-end brushes has got so expensive! I’m sure I used to see brushes for less than a fiver. I notice that these are real hair but still… thank goodness for ELF! I might have a look while they’ve got this special offer on though, I’m needing a lipbrush.

  3. Robyn says:

    I’ll probably check these out but if they’re not as nice at the ELF pro then I don’t think I’ll be sold! I really wish there were more smaller, denser shadow brushes around, the QVS ones or whatever they are aren’t in my superdrug any more and they used to be *perfect*

  4. Yinnie says:

    Ooh. I just bought makeup brushes too, but not from superdrug. Am testing the bubzbeauty ones (that one makeup vlogger from youtube) LOL and I’m liking it.

    I wish the western world did smaller brushes too, the only decent blending round brush i have is allll the way from Korea.

  5. I have the same set as you above, I’m using mine for travel.

    Perfect results from a set of brushes that you can sling in a travel make up bag and not worry about carting around your regular ones

  6. Trimperley says:

    The powder brush looks alot like the one Tesco/Barbara Daley did a few years ago. I still have mine and it’s a favourite. Claire I agree with you re prices

  7. redtiger21 says:

    Ooh I must check these out in town tomorrow. Despite your review, I do quite like the look of the round eyeshadow brush- is it any good for the crease?

  8. Its so hard to find a decent slanted eyeshadow brush – I might even treat myself to one! The one I have came with the Elizabeth Arden Christmas set a fair few years ago and has definitely been neglected :-)

  9. Ruth says:

    I’ve tried the slanted blush brush and am pleased with it! It looks and feels really professional and because it’s affordable I might choose to get some of the other brushes to add to my collection.

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