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Tinklewinkle Fri 27-Nov-15 15:33:13

14 year old DD has asked for a set of make up brushes for Christmas.

SiL has always raved about MAC's brushes and as DD hasn't asked for anything particularly expensive I thought I'd treat her to some

I've found this set from Selfridges, with 10% off

Is that pretty much a decent set of brushes? Are MAC as amazing as I keep hearing? Will they perform miracles and stop DD spilling make up all over her carpet? Their single brushes seem almost as expensive as that whole set so is there something here I'm missing confused

I'm not a big make up wearer so am a bit clueless. Thanks!

swooosh Fri 27-Nov-15 15:35:53

Yes lovely collection but she will probably also want a brush like the 187 for liquid foundation. It's my favourite brush grin

FatimaLovesBread Fri 27-Nov-15 15:40:29

Do they have to be MAC? Real techniques do good brushes and there's been a few offers about for black friday. The starter set for eyes has been on amazon for £9.99

3timesascrazy Fri 27-Nov-15 15:40:43

I treated myself to this kit the other day and its great! I love mac brushes but the price adds up so quickly. They are only mini brushes though, but still good enough for old fuss pot me!

Tinklewinkle Fri 27-Nov-15 15:42:51


I'll have a look for that brush too

That set isn't half as expensive as I thought it would be actually.

Are there any other MAC must haves while I'm there, and there's 10% off?

I was expecting £75/£100

MitzyLeFrouf Fri 27-Nov-15 15:42:56

I'm not a fan of Mac brushes. They always moult all over my face!

Zoeva are at a similar prince point and are much better than Mac. But to be honest Real Techniques are just as good. And much cheaper too.

ExasperatedAlmostAlways Fri 27-Nov-15 15:43:44

Yip id go for that it has an angled foundation brush so no need to buy another.

FatimaLovesBread Fri 27-Nov-15 15:44:08

Just checked at the real techniques starter kit is on amazon lightening deals bow and their core collection kits is on at 6pm tonight

Bluecheese22 Fri 27-Nov-15 15:44:36

Real techniques are brilliant. Boots have them on offer today but TK Maxx have lots in too

BumWad Fri 27-Nov-15 15:45:37

Have had both Real Techniques and Mac - much prefer Mac and that starter set is good value

Tinklewinkle Fri 27-Nov-15 15:45:50

Sorry, crossed posts

It doesn't have to be MAC, but SiL has always raved about them and DD has mentioned them quite a bit. I don't think DD really cares, but would be thrilled to open MAC on Christmas Day IYSWIM

I hadn't realised they were mini, I'm using my phone and there's not a whole load of info. Will have a proper look on the PC later

Onsera3 Fri 27-Nov-15 15:46:17

Apparently, the sets are a lot cheaper as they are made in China and the quality isn't quite as good. That said, I'm happy with the quality of brush sets I've got which are similar to the one you're looking at.

The handles are quite a bit shorter than the individual full price ones. But personally I find this convenient as they fit better in makeup bags.

I like the brushes in the mineralise set best.

Tinklewinkle Fri 27-Nov-15 15:47:06

Crossed loads of posts again

Will have a look at the other brands too

Thank you!

DownstairsMixUp Fri 27-Nov-15 15:48:12

I use mac foundation and skin finish but I don't like their brushes. Real techniques are the ones I use (the gold ones) I got a set of them on sale in Boots last year but that purple one that someone just linked looks good for a 14 year old.

foolssilver Fri 27-Nov-15 15:48:32

I don't rate Mac brushes, I have a gift set I got a few years ago and there is only one I like. The rest shed badly. I wonder if the gift set ones are more shoddy that full price ones.

Would definitely recommend Zoeva or Real Techniques.

Nabootique Fri 27-Nov-15 15:52:19

Zoeva, Sigma, Real Techniques, Morphe are all good, as are Crown Brushes, and they really are cheap, but a makeup artist favourite!

Tinklewinkle Fri 27-Nov-15 16:08:12

Thanks all!

With the MAC ones, is it just the handles that are shorter or are the brush bits mini too? the shorter handles would be more practical in her bag (and leave more room for actual books ever hopeful grin )

I saw the mineralise ones too, but assumed they were for mineral-type make up (told you I was clueless!). She just uses liquid foundation really

The Real Technique ones look fab though, and much cheaper confused

TheCraicDealer Fri 27-Nov-15 16:14:03

Look at Zoeva on They get really good reviews and I've been impressed with the ones I have. They also have some gorgeous sets with rose gold ferrules or pink handles. Pure beaut and much more reasonably priced than MAC's offerings.

Linky linky

Tinklewinkle Fri 27-Nov-15 16:32:50

Oh, they are lovely!

I don't know what to do now confused

She's 14, and MAC is the brand of choice amongst her friends, and at 14 it is all about the brand

But the Real Techniques and the Zoeva ones are fab and much better value/great reviews

Tinklewinkle Fri 27-Nov-15 16:35:05

Oops, pressed post too soon

She's not expecting MAC, and I don't think she'd really care either way, but I think deep down she'd prefer the same as all her friends IYSWIM

Nabootique Fri 27-Nov-15 16:35:21

Does she watch any beauty bloggers? I know Lily Pebbles really likes Zoeva, for example. Might be a good endorsement for a teen!

MitzyLeFrouf Fri 27-Nov-15 16:54:50

If Mac is what will make her squee on Christmas Day I'd go for for the Mac!

It's a bit like wanting a sparkly pair of party shoes and your mum saying some Wellingtons would be more sensible.

Carpaccio Fri 27-Nov-15 16:58:35

I don't rate the Mac face brushes - they shed loads.
However, the brushes for eyes and lips are very good.

For face brushes, I like Real Techniques. They do a sponge similar to the BeautyBlender which is also nice (these sponges make foundation look very nice, but the BeautyBlender costs a small fortune and I don't think the quality is good - and they need to be replaced often).

The Mac sets tend to be smaller than the normal brushes - the handles are shorter.

Being 14, will she be likely to take good care of the brushes - washing them often, make sure they don't lose their shape and so on?
If she is careful with them, then it's worth getting the more expensive ones, but if she isn't very careful with them, then cheaper ones will probably be better as they'll need to be replaced at some point.

I have some Mac brushes that I have used more or less daily for the last 10 years and they are still perfectly fine.
Real Techniques brushes (I have face brushes only) have held up well as well, but I wouldn't be massively upset about having to replace them after a few years because they are a bit cheaper than Mac.

I have no experience with Sigma and Zoeva, but they get brilliant reviews online and makeup artists like Lisa Eldridge uses Zoeva and that to me means they must be good.

mowglik Fri 27-Nov-15 20:00:38

MAC brushes do shed loads - very annoying to have to pick out thick black hairs from a freshly made up face. Bought at different times and places so it wasn't just a bad batch.

I have relegated my MAC brushes to the back of the cupboard since getting a set of real techniques brushes - they don't moult and keep their shape. You could get a few sets e.g face set, eyes set etc from real techniques for price of a 187 MAC brush

Only MAC brushes I really still use is the 227 eyeshadow brush and blusher brush

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 27-Nov-15 20:14:18

My 13.6yo has Real Techniques (which was what all her friends were using. YY to being influenced by friends)
We got a couple of sets then she added a stippling brush and concealer brush.

I have a mixed rogues gallery of brushes (M&S, Barbara Daly, BodyShop from years ago )
I have one RT , the silicone eyeliner but I really don't like it. Most liner brushes I've seen as very thick, so I bought some good quality fine art brushes.

DD uses the Superdug B cleaner for them. Need to dry flat. She puts hers on the windowsill with the brush hanging over the edge.

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