A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get the chance to try out the Fraulein 38 10 piece brush set for review. I love make-up brushes and trying out new ones as I'm always playing around with new looks so I jumped at the chance. This set usually retails for 14.99€
I have to say, I have been holding out a little on posting this review however because I found the brush set to be a bit of a mixed bag and over all, rather disappointing Not terrible, but disappointing definitely.
On to the brushes:
In this ten piece set you get a large flat brush, a domed powder brush, blush brush, foundation brush, eyeshadow brush, small shader brush, large shader brush, media shader brush, eyeliner brush and eyebrow brush.
To make things simpler I've split these into two groups; the large face brushes and the small lip and eye brushes.
First, we have the large brushes.
The blusher brush is really lovely. The bristles are soft and the brush picks up powder well but not in a way that packs too much colour onto the face making the effect garish, I now use it every day. Likewise, the foundation brush is very effective as it is nice and dense meaning that it picks up products well and doesn't give a streaky finish. On the other hand, I have a real problem with the quality of both the large flat brush and the powder brush. The amount of shedding I have experienced is truly awful and I am left with dark black hairs all over my face every time I try to use either brush. I know this can happen with new brushes but even after two thorough washes using brush shampoo it is still a problem and they are almost un-usable. Finally in this group we have the media shader brush. I don't have any problem with this brush but I also don't really like it. It took me a while to find a use for the brush as it is a strange size that is too small to use across the whole face but too large to use on eyes or lips. I decided to use it as a cheek contour brush and it does do a fairly good job but again I have noticed a fair bit of shedding. I also have a problem with the hairs refusing to all stay pointing the right way, even after washing so its far from perfect.
Now for the small brushes.
So, like I said to begin with, this set is a rather mixed bag. I simply cannot happily recommend this kit, even to beginners because even though some of the brushes are lovely, there are other budget sets that are better all round quality.
However, what I must say is that there has clearly been a lot of thought put into the design of the brushes because they are all the perfect length to handle for their job which cannot always be said for other brands so I think that with a little work on the shedding problem, Fraulein 38 could really make this into a great, good quality set.
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*this set was sent for review from Fraulein 38 but I have been 100% honest as always