Towards the end of last week a very special and much anticipated parcel arrived. I’d had the email from their Marketing Director and nearly screamed in the office as this is a company I follow on Twitter and had wanted to work with for some time but never thought they would get in touch. The company was Nanshy who make the most amazing cruelty free range of professional make up brushes. Now I am by no means a professional make up artist, don’t proclaim to be an expert at make up or be that adventurous with it. I know what I like in terms of my brands (Illamasqua, Chanel, Benefit, BarryM, MAC, Stila and Eye of Horus) and I have always prided myself on being able to create a look that works for me and for occasions. To even consider purchasing a set of professional make up brushes would for me be a complete luxury purchase and until last week my Real Techniques brushes had seemed to do a good job….
All that was about to change though on the arrival of the very beautiful Nanshy Masterful Collection professional make up brush set. Just look at the picture below. This is the set in pearlised white, they also come in onyx black. The set is absolutely beautiful to look at and to hold.
Masterful Collection Brush Set from beauty tool brand Nanshy is animal cruelty-free, PETA approved and perfect for sensitive skin (which for me is great because my skin is suffering a little stress). The brushes are created using high quality, antibacterial, synthetic materials that give a professional, flawless finish. The kit contains essential brushes for both professional make-up artists or novices and is available in onyx black or pearly white. The 12-piece set contains brushes for foundation, stippling, contouring, powder, blush, creasing, shading and lip as well as a liner, pencil and angled detailer brush. RRP is £49.95 which is excellent value when my Real Techniques cost me £20 for 3 basic brushes.
I’ve been using the brushes for four days now and although haven’t used them ALL yet I am massively impressed with the foundation brush and contouring brush. The brushes are lightweight, easy to hold and therefore use and great to work with. There is no shedding when blending and none of the brushes leave any lines or traces on my face. The materials are really soft and wash brilliantly in warm water with a little baby shampoo. Left to air dry naturally they plump right back into shape.
Using the brushes so far I have found that they pick up the product really well since the bristles are densely packed easily which is very good so you don’t have to worry yourself about wasting your makeup product. It really helps blend out the product really well and provides a flawless finish. My make up looked more polished and professional and had more depth and coverage than other brushes I had been using and for £49.95 these are a real investment buy for anyone who likes to make sure their make up looks professional and they do actually save you time in the morning as it makes getting ready a lot quicker! They don’t fall into the stupidly expensive category for make up brushes and they are neither so cheap to be awful to work with. If you love products that have an ethical slant too the fact that they are totally cruelty free, vegan and PETA approved is an added bonus.
For novices, like me the brushes even have what they are for on their handles (which wipe clean with a baby wipe) so you can’t get mixed up. I am loving using the set so far and if you haven’t invested in a good set of professional make up brushes and don’t know where to start (because trust me the reviews of some will get you in a right flummux) then the Nanshy Masterful Collection box set has everything you need to begin experimenting and becoming confident with make-up.
The collection launched today and for the next 72 hours if you head to the Nanshy website (you can’t buy the brushes on the high street yet) you can get 20% off the Masterful Collection using code masterful20 at the checkout. This discount code is only valid for 72 hours but if you sign up to the Nanshy newsletter you can get access to exclusive discounts and codes. Next on my wish list is their stand up make up roll to hold all my gorgeous new brushes in!