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I did something similar once but with moisturiser. No assistant on the counter in Boots so I picked up what looked like the same as I'd had before and put it in my basket. Off I goes to get my other bits and bobs then off to the till yo pay. my face when it came to over £100, turns out this little pot of cream was £60 not the twenty odd I'd had before and before anyone asks no it wasn't bloody with it! Lesson learned, put your glasses on and check the price
iloveto my Mac brushes all shed like hell and that's a common complaint of mac brushes. I'm surprised you've heard that they don't shed!
I prefer real technique but MAC eye brushes and stippling brushes for foundation are very good.
Keep it well shaped OP (washing often and storing in the plastic cover to keep its shape) and it will last a long time (some of mine are 15years + old and still in good nick despite shedding bits now and then)
Oh no! There is a thread on here saying the RT brushes shed and Mac are much better. I'm confused now. I only have non-big name ones and am on the look out for recs for good ones. I've also heard Zoeva are good but who knows now! Like OP says, it's an expensive business.
My Mac brushes shed ridiculously. I had black hairs on my chin my chin chin and the rest of my face after applying foundation with one. I have a Trish McEvoy one now which I love. Have also bought some real techniques ones recently, some better than others.
Most of MAC brushes are meant to be worth the money. If you experience any problems with shedding, make sure you take it back because for that price it should be perfect. I'd opt for Real Techniques in the future :-) or some ZOEVA brushes, pricey, but you do get a lovely set for around £60.00 which will have you covered for all of your makeup needs!