It may appear as if I’ve been on makeup brush buying spree, but actually, I received this SHANY Pro Signature Brush Set as a Christmas gift. Yes, it’s taken me three months to review it. The perils of being a beauty product junkie, I suppose. As brush sets go, it is very affordable, offering 24 brushes for $39.95 USD. That’s about $1.67 per brush. I’d never tried anything from Shany so I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially given how inexpensive the set was. But, I was pleasantly surprised…no, shocked really, by how much I enjoyed the brushes in this set.
According to the company’s back story, the SHANY brand was created by a young woman who was enthusiastic about makeup, but didn’t agree with the price of high-end products. Her goal was to offer affordable makeup made with the good ingredients which she accomplished in 2006 with the launch of SHANY Cosmetics. The company is also a member of PETA and against animal cruelty.
The *SHANY Pro Signature Brush Set of 24 brushes “is specially designed for the professional makeup artist or makeup enthusiast who wants their most essential brushes in one beautiful, convenient set”. Design features include: Oak wood handles and hypoallergenic, antibacterial-treated bristles. Hair materials are a mix of Sable, Goat, Badger, Pony, and Synthetic Laser Cut Microfiber. The set also comes with a faux leatherette brush roll.
Once I opened the box and unrolled the pouch, I found the brushes were packed very well. However, initially there was a very strong plastic smell. Once you let the pouch air out, the smell does go away. The brushes themselves did not smell but you might get a faint whiff of the plastic scent before the first wash.
The brush roll is very long and I couldn’t capture all of the brushes in one shot.
Testing out 24 of these brushes and attempting to include 24 reviews in a single post seemed a bit much, so I decided to narrow it done to my favourites…the brushes that really stood out to me.
There are eight brushes featured above but I’m actually only going to talk about seven. I skip the eye shadow blending brush, not because it doesn’t work great but because I can’t seem to find it. I hope I haven’t lost it somewhere. Anyway, it’s a great blending brush and the long, light handle makes it a breeze to work with. Onto the other brushes…
Fan Brush – A supersized fan brush that is super fluffy and soft. Great for adding highlight to the face and well as dusting on a setting powder.
Medium Powder Brush: I have been loving this for blush application. It’s super soft and fluffy but still has good density, blending the blush beautifully into the skin for a more natural look.
Mineral Powder Brush: This may be my favorite…because it is so similar to the Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush which I use to apply my beloved Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation (I talk about how they are a perfect pairing here). Actually, I’d say the Shany brush and Urban Decay brush are pretty much dupes – only the UD brush feels heavier because of the handle. Even though this is labelled as a mineral powder brush, I love it for thinner liquid foundation formulas, particularly those that have a powder-like finish.
Rounded Foundation Brush: I would never think to use a brush of this shape and size to apply liquid foundation. With its density, thin body, and pointed tip, the rounded “foundation” brush definitely seemed better suited for concealer. But I decided to give it a shot anyway – and it really worked. With more speed that I would have thought possible, I was able spread the foundation evenly over the face, the shape allowing me to easily “carve” around my nose, under the eyes, eye brows and lips. It’s pretty awesome.
Mineral Bronze Buffer Brush: Again, I did not use this brush for powder but to apply liquid foundations, concealers and cream products. It also does an amazing job blending out cream blush for an airbrushed, natural finish.
Slanted Finishing Brush: Like the Rounded Foundation Brush, I enjoyed using this to carve liquid foundation around the contours of the face. As a “finishing” brush, I noticed that it worked well to blend in cream and liquid products without leaving behind obvious brush strokes.
Eye shadow Buffer Brush: A really handy, eye shadow brush that packs on color and pigment just as well as my MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush. Definitely a staple, work horse type brush.
In my opinion, the *Shany Pro Signature set is worth it for the seven brushes that I’ve mentioned in this post alone. But there are four times that in the set. It is a great option for someone who is a little past a “beginner”, though anyone who loves makeup would enjoy these brushes.
What’s your favorite affordable makeup brush brand?
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