I’ve seen these Oval make up brushes around for a little while now and my first thought as GIMMICK. WHAT? What’s wrong with the brushes we already have eh? This looks like a giant toothbrush! They’re also so expensive.
When I was offered the chance to review some brushes, any set my heart desired I decided to go for a 10 piece set of oval brushes just to see what they are all about. This particular set comes with a nice holder and it’s supposed to come with a cleaning egg for free. The brand is called ‘Docolor’. There are some seriously excellent and affordable brushes on eBay these days.
As a price comparison, MAC do a size 6 oval brush for £34.50 (eek), Spacenk do a Artis oval brush set for £284 (double eek). Iconic London, who are the brand that made me aware of Oval brushes charge £85 for a set of 5 sexy looking ones
So these Docolor one comes in a presentation box – it’s not bad looking, not luxurious but I wouldn’t feel embarrassed gifting it to someone.
Here is the full set of 10. I love this! No need to buy another oval brush ever again (unless these break)….
The holder requires some screwing together, as long as you have a screwdriver you can do this:
So these brushes have a plastic handle which is sturdy but because the head is so big and heavy on some of them, it feels like if you press too hard they can snap! That didn’t actually happen of course, but it feels almost unnatural to have such a big head on a small neck!
The brush head is super super dense and soft. It doesn’t feel rough at all, it’s like rubbing a bear on your face.
Oval 10: Foundation, Bronzing, Setting powder. This one is massive, good for the body, I think its a big too big for the face.
Oval 9: All the about plus cheek and contour. This is the one I would use for foundation. Blends really well.
Oval 8: All the above and eyeshadow (this is what it says on the box FYI). No way would I use this for eyeshadow, good for foundation and blush methinks.
Oval 7: Same as above. I prefer this for cheeks.
At this point can I said these brushes are so dense they work well with CREAM textures. With powder I don’t know…it lays it a bit too thick.
Oval 6: Concealer, Shadow and Lips. I wouldn’t use this on lips and I have pretty big lips. Maybe for the lid all over colour.
Oval 5: Concealer, Cheek, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow. Don’t know what I would actually use this for. Emergency toothbrush?
Oval 4: Eyeshadow, Brows, Liner, Concealer. Again, weird shape, I dunno.
Oval 3: Shadow, Brow, Liner. I would use this for eyeshadow, not that it’s any good for packing colour on. Blending, yes.
Oval 2: Lip, Shadow, Concealer. Concealer, yes. Shadow, maybe.
Oval 1: All of above and brows. Eyeshadow and concealer again I think.
I think these brushes feel lovely and are great for buffing product in. I don’t like them more than regular brushes for use on eyes or lips though but for face cream and liquid products, they are excellent.
Here they are in the stand which are worth the money:
The brushes I personally will use regularly are:
1: Blending Shadow
One point – because these are so dense and they suck product up you probably want a good cleaner (wash and some kind of tool) get get them really clean.
Totally worth it and the foundation brush I’m particular is excellent. You can also buy single brushes if you don’t want a whole set.
This brush set with holder is $36 from Amazon.