Monday, 6 November 2017

Testing Primark PS..Pro Makeup Brushes

Primark PS Pro Makeup Brushes

When I was a teenager, Penneys makeup was little to write home about to be honest. It seems to me and to a lot of others that I've been chatting to that they have really stepped up their beauty game in the last year or so. I've come across a few gems there recently and if you have been reading this blog for a while you might have caught some of those review posts too. For today's post, I'm giving you my thoughts on their latest range of makeup brushes, their PS Pro makeup brush range.

The PS Pro range is a step up from the standard Penneys PS beauty range and it claims to offer professional quality beauty products yet at affordable prices. There was an entire limited edition PS Pro makeup range a year or so ago which I did pick up a few bits from that you can read about herehere and over here, The makeup range was only available in a limited number of stores and some of the items were really impressive (and some not so much!) but I was really curious to give these brushes a try.

PS Pro Large Powder Brush no. 105, €4.


Primark PS Pro Makeup Brushes

This is a large tapered powder brush suitable for applying setting powder all over the face. The tapered end however makes it perfect too for setting under the eyes and really getting into the nooks and crannies under the eyes. It also works very well for applying powder contour or bronzer. I was sceptical as to how this would clean but it actually cleaned very well and did not shed or have any colour run like some of the other brushes of this type that I have used in the past. It also went back into shape nicely when dry so I was really impressed. This can definitely rival my higher-end powder brushes.

PS Pro Duo Fibre Buffing Brush no. 101, €4.


Primark PS Pro Makeup Brushes

I have to admit, until fairly recently I would not have gone near one of these types of brushes for my foundation application. My brush type of choice has always been a flat head kabuki - namely from Nima Brush or Blank Canvas Cosmetics. However, there is a brush of this type in the makeup kit we were provided with at makeup college and I may have been converted. One of the advantages of these types of brushes is that they don't absorb tonnes of product - hence making them easier to clean. I was sceptical about the level of coverage that they can give but since using one for applying makeup on others, I've noticed that it is really easy to build coverage. The Penneys version here is very similar to my professional kit one - and it is incredibly soft to the touch and stands up to cleaning as well as the powder brush. I would go so far as to say that I prefer this one to my kit one in fact as the other one is double-ended. I have since bought one of these for my kit too - which is proof in itself as I would never use something on a client's face that I haven't vetted and tested myself first!

PS Pro Foundation Brush no. 100, €4.


Primark PS Pro Makeup Brushes

This brush is much more similar to my comfort zone of foundation brushes - the flat head kabuki type. It is not completely flat as it is slightly angled on one side, and is not as big as the Blank Canvas Cosmetics F20 for instance, but it is very soft to touch yet dense enough to be able to stipple on foundation and create that flawless, high coverage finish. The size of it also makes it useful to blend in concealer under the eyes too. I have cleaned this brush several times too and again, no shedding or loss of shape.

PS Pro Touch-up Brush no. 141,€3.


Primark PS Pro Makeup Brushes

This is quite possibly my favourite brush in the range. For some reason, the handle on this one is different to the others - being mostly silver as opposed to black - but this instantly reminded me of the Real Techniques Setting Brush. This brush is the perfect size for either setting under the eyes or for applying highlighter. I was so impressed with this brush that I picked up two more - one to have as a spare and one to put in my kit.

PS Pro Angled Eyeliner Brush no. 242, €2.


Primark PS Pro Makeup Brushes

I'm very fussy about eyebrow or angled eyeliner brushes. I alternate between two brushes - my Nima Brush one from their Starter Set and my Blank Canvas E38s (I have two of these because yes there is a pattern developing here..I always like to have backups of my favourite brushes..)
This Penneys one is very similar to the E38 and is perfect for powder or gel brow products or for applying gel eyeliner. I picked up two of these and for some reason, the bristles on one are totally black and the other one has black bristles with white tips like a duo fibre brush but I don't think that will make any difference performance-wise but just letting you know in case my picture is different to what you see in store!

PS Pro Eyeshadow Blending Brush Duo - 220 and 230, €4.


Primark PS Pro Makeup Brushes

These particular brushes have been doing the rounds on social media for a while now and I've been using them for the past few weeks. The reason for their popularity is that they are said to be dupes of MAC's 224 and 217 respectively and although I don't own the MAC ones, I can definitely see a similarity in appearance at least. They are quite often sold out in my local Penneys at least! The 220 is the tapered black blending brush which is for either applying a sheer wash of colour over the lid or for blending shadow in the crease. The 230 is a white haired blending brush for blending shadows together funnily enough. The 220 has become one of my day to day brushes and again cleans very well without shedding. The 230, although it does the job, is not my favourite and feels a little 'scratchy' on the lid sometimes to me if that makes sense. It also doesn't clean as well and the bristles do tend to splay a bit after washing and they don't really go back into shape once dry. It is also prone to staining from very dark eyeshadows being that it is white. That being said, as the duo will only set you back €4, the price is still worth it for the 220 in my opinion as that is a decent little brush!

So these are all the brushes that I've tried from the range so far. The only one that hasn't impressed me so much is the white blending brush but other than that they are great quality brushes and so affordable, making them perfect for either personal use or for those like me starting out in makeup artistry.

Have you tried any of these brushes yet and what did you think? Are there any that I haven't mentioned that are worth trying out? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!

Bye for now,





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4 comments

  1. Great review hun. I haven’t picked up the foundation brush as I have an abundance of them but the rest are fantastic and so affordable!!

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  2. great review sweety, i am starting out in makeup artistry and on the hunt for brushes but i live way in Jamaica so i don't think it would be possible to get those brushes
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  3. I know what I want from primark next!My local one isn’t that big so it’s quite hard to grab some of the good stuff.Im impressed they held their shape after lots of cleaning,thats what will make me love a brush regardless of brand/price.Great photos btw x

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  4. I have the eyeliner one, I loved!!! Better than the one the MakeUp course provided..

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