I didn't have many make-up brushes before, I had a powder brush, a blush brush and a couple of random eyeshadow ones. All of which are very cheap, but I still use them as they have lasted well and do the job!
I wanted to experiment a little and try out a few different types of brushes but didn't want to spend a lot. So ebay it was! These brushes have since been removed from the sellers shop as they apparently sold the maximum quantity they were allowed, although I have a feeling there were perhaps some legal reasons...Who knows. All I know is that they are great quality, and I'm very, very happy with my purchase!
What did I get? Well here we go.
There are 12 brushes in total, so that's £1 each and a free bag!
Here is a list of the numbers, descriptions and their prices on the MAC site. They are listed in order as pictured above, from top to bottom.
136 - Large Powder Brush (discontinued, I think) - £40.
187 - Duo Fibre Brush - £32.50.
190 - Foundation Brush - £26.
168 - Large Angled Contour Brush - £26.
275 - Medium Angled Shading Brush - £19.
219 - Pencil Brush - £19.
212 - Flat Definer Brush - £17.
214 - Short Shader Brush -£19.
263 - Small Angle Brush - £16.
316 - Lip Brush - £16.
209 - Eyeliner Brush - £16.
231 - Small Shader Brush - £16.
Bag - £30 approx.
Total - £293.50.
That makes it a saving of £281.50!! I realise you are paying for the name and to support the company, but they are a big, international company so I don't feel as if I'm screwing them over too badly. Like I said I do buy their lipsticks, foundation and blushers. I just couldn't justify paying almost £300 for brushes.
There are a couple of slight differences, such as the 214 brush isn't as short as the real one and the 136 is discontinued I believe, I wasn't able to find it on the website. I haven't used any real MAC brushes and I'm not an expert, but these work extremely well for me, there are one or two that shed a little, but most are perfect. I especially love the 187, the 219 and the 168.
What do you think? Would you buy a fake product or is it a massive no-no?