When I showed you my Jessup brushes on Snapchat last week, lots of you said you'd be interested in a post about what kinds of makeup brushes are available on eBay.
Over the years, I've bought a lot of makeup brushes from eBay and AliExpress. The odd time I've gotten caught with a fake MAC or one that smells of chemicals, but for the most part, the unbranded ones are pretty okay. Some of them are more than okay, they're every bit as good as brands you can buy in shops here.
Jessup BrushesThere are hundreds of people selling Jessup brushes on eBay, just search "jessup". They're available in sets of 7,8,10, 15 or individual face and eye sets. I've never tried their small eye brushes but I've ordered a set for €7 so I'll let you know what they're like when they arrive. The best thing about Jessup is the value for money - a 15-piece eye and face set will typically set you back around €16 including postage. I bought my blue face set in 2013, and they're only just starting to give up the ghost now. I think they were around the €8 mark for a set of 10.
They wash well, they're soft, and they apply makeup well. I mostly use them all for foundation or cream products, but they do the job and the flat top kabuki is every bit as good as more expensive brands.
I use the smaller ones in the face set for blending concealer or an eyeshadow base. Again, they're fluffy and they do the job, but they're no good for detail or for the crease, they're too big. They work great for buffing larger areas or applying concealer under the eyes.
The little flat kabuki in the middle is by a brand called Mixcos, I got it here on Ali Express for €3.46. It's not as dense as the Jessup flat kabuki but it still does a great job, I've had it 2 years and it hasn't shed or loosened.
The third brush is a new addition to my collection of eBay brushes, I saw this on CherrySue's facebook page after Christmas. Apparently it's a dupe of a very expensive brush by It Cosmetics but I've never heard of them, I just wanted this because it looked SO FLUFFY!! It took about three weeks to arrive, I got it on eBay from this seller for under €6 posted. It's every bit as soft as it looks, and it'll be a dream for applying bronzer to my neck or face powder or setting powder.
Tips When Searching for Makeup Brushes on eBay or AliExpress:
1. Don't search for brand like MAC or Real Techniques. They're fakes, they're not well made, and they stink of chemicals.
2. Stay away from unbranded brushes if they resemble MAC or if they've a block of colour hiding the name. In my experience, if they don't have a name or logo, they'll arrive stinking of varnish with "m.A.c" stamped on them.
3. Use sellers with feedback of 98% or more.
4. Urban Decay have never made a "Naked" brush set. Don't buy that.
Hopefully that gave you a bit of an idea what to expect if you're thinking about ordering brushes from overseas. I still love my Blank Canvas, Real Techniques, etc - but it's great to be able to instantly double your brush collection for under €15.