Up until about two years ago, I applied my foundation with my hands, my eyeshadow with my fingers, and fake tan with a sock. I had one bronzing brush that I used for blusher, powder and bronzer. The first proper brush I bought was the Sigma F80 - and so began my obsession.
Recently, after the launch of the Real Techniques Bold Metals collection, I had a good look around to see if I could get a decent set of brushes at a better price, and one name kept cropping up.
This is the Zoeva 12 piece eye set, and she is a beauty.
I know that the rose gold set seems to be popular, but I like the simplicity of black and silver, so I went for that. Plus the rose gold wasn't in stock.
The brushes all come with plastic protectors, in this lovely little bag.
There are twelve brushes in the set, and each one has a number on the side along with a description of what it does. I really wish all brushes had that - sometimes I haven't a clue what to do with a particular brush, so this is incredibly helpful. Here's what you get:
142 - Concealer Buffer
224 - Luxe Defined Crease
226 - Smudger
227 - Luxe Soft Definer
228 - Luxe Crease
230 - Luxe Pencil
231 - Luxe Petit Crease
234 - Luxe Smoky Shader
237 - Detail Shader
317 - Wing Liner
322 - Brow Line
They're gorgeous brushes, so soft and really sturdy. They cost €60 for the set on the Zoeva website (plus €7.50 for shipping via DHL). Even at €67.50 that's working out as €5.60 per brush, which is a great price for something that's really good quality. Personally I'd rather a lower price and not bother with the bag, but I suppose it is handy if you're travelling or working, or if your brushes don't fit in your makeup bag.
There are lots of other different sets available, including face brushes and smaller eye sets. Zoeva are also available on a couple of other websites - there's a stockist list for Europe and the U.S on the Zoeva site here.