I got this CoastalScents 22 piece brush set back in April. I originally wanted to do a first impressions video, but I decided that I needed to really use them over a period of time to test the out before doing a blog post on them. So four months have passed and I can now give a full review on them.
The brushes come in a faux leather clutch and it make is really practical to take them with you on the go, without the chance of ruining the brushes.
10 of the brushes are synthetic and the rest are made from natural hair.
These is all the brushes in the bag:
- Large Fan (Synthetic)
- Powder Buffer (Synthetic)
- Flat Buffer (Synthetic)
- Round Powder (Synthetic)
- Angle Blush (Natural Hair)
- Foundation (Natural Hair)
- Large Shadow (Natural Hair)
- Concealer (Synthetic)
- Dome Shadow (Natural Hair)
- Doe Foot Blender (Natural Hair)
- Dome Blender (Natural Hair)
- Blender (Natural Hair)
- Pointed Blender (Natural Hair)
- Brow (Natural Hair)
- Medium Shadow (Natural Hair)
- Detail Concealer (Synthetic)
- Detail Shadow (Natural Hair)
- Lip (Natural Hair)
- Large Liner / Brow (Synthetic)
- Medium Liner / Brow (Synthetic)
- Small Liner / Brow (Synthetic)
- Smudger Sponge (Rubber)
I have noticed that the numbers don’t correspond with the numbers shown on the website (here). I don’t now why that is the case. But I have managed to figure out which brushes are which. The above mentioned numbers and those in the photo below are the numbers that are on my brushes.
Source (numbers on brushes have been changed to match mine)
1. Large Fan (Synthetic)
I am on the fence about the fan brush. It applies highlighter well, but it’s just too big. You only end up using the middle of the brush anyway. So I don’t get why they made it so big.
It looks very impressive and is pretty. But it’s not practical and I wish they had made it smaller.
2. Powder Buffer (Synthetic)
Really good powder brush. Nice size and deposits a light amount of powder.
3. Flat Buffer (Synthetic)
Flat buffer or flat top kabuki brush. Good for buffing in foundation for a light coverage and stippling for a heavier coverage. It gives a really good finish and it is a great brush. Probably my favourite of them all.
4. Round Powder (Synthetic)
I don’t like this brush. It wastes a lot of product because it doesn’t pick up the powder properly it just sort of swirls it around in the pan, so the powder end up on the table / floor and not on your face.
5. Angle Blush (Natural Hair)
This is my least favourite out of all the brushes. The blush goes on blotchy with this brush. And you have to load on a lot of product to get any color payoff on the cheeks. I think I can actually say that I hate this brush.
6. Foundation (Natural Hair)
It’s a good foundation brush. Can’t say anything bad about it. I prefer a slanted foundation brush, but that is just my personal preference.
7. Large Shadow (Natural Hair)
Good brush for an overall wash of color. For my eyes this brush is on the large side. I would have liked it to be slightly smaller.
8. Concealer (Synthetic)
Good concealer brush. Does what it should.
9. Dome Shadow (Natural Hair)
Good brush to pack on pigment. Very similar to 11. Dome Blender. This one is just slightly shorter.
10. Doe Foot Blender (Natural Hair)
I don’t like this one at all. It doesn’t blend well and I don’t like the shape. It does blend ok, but it feels more like a gimmick than anything else.
11. Dome Blender (Natural Hair)
Longer version of 9. Dome Shadow. Good for crease color. I think that this brush could do the job for both the dome shadow and blender.
12. Blender (Natural Hair)
Ok blending, but not the best I’ve tried.
13. Pointed Blender (Natural Hair)
Good blending brush. Especially good in the crease.
14. Brow (Natural Hair)
It’s a good brush. I prefer a slanted brush like the liner brushes for my brows. So I don’t use this brush for my brows. I have tried it for my brows and it worked well. But I prefer using it for smudging eyeshadow or eyeliner on my lower lash line.
15. Medium Shadow (Natural Hair)
Good brush. Nice and soft.
16. Detail Concealer (Synthetic)
Good concealer brush. But I wish they had giving a pin point concealer brush instead.
17. Detail Shadow (Natural Hair)
Good small brush for details and lower lash line.
18. Lip (Natural Hair)
Really good brush. Perfect for liquid lipstick.
19. – 21. Liners / Brow (Synthetic)
All three liners are great. I mostly use them with eyeshadow, either dry or sprayed with a little setting spray. The smallest one is great for tight lining.
22. Smudger Sponge (Rubber)
Really good sponge for smudging out eyeliner.
The verdict – is it worth it?
Out of the 22 brushes there are 3 brushes that I’m not going to use. I got my brush set online for just under £30 and that is under £1.50 per brush. So even with the three brushes that I won’t be using it’s still a really good price.
I would say that if you are someone that already has a good sized brush collection, this set might be overkill. But if you are just starting out with makeup, it is a get collection to start out with. It has everything you need to get started!
They bright not be the most amazing brushes I have ever tried, but some of them are really good and have become brushed I use often. At £1.50 per brush I really can’t complain.
This post is not sponsored. All products on the blog are paid for by myself and my opinion is 100% honest.