Mar 20 2015

SHANY Pro Signature Brush Set 24 Review


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.

shany pro signature brush 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.


shany pro signature brush set


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.

shany pro signature brush set

The brush roll is very long and I couldn’t capture all of the brushes in one shot.

shany pro signature brush set review
shany pro signature brush set
shany pro signature brush set
shany pro signature brush set 24 review

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.


shany pro signature brush set


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…

shany pro signature brush set

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.


shany pro signature brush set 24 review Medium Powder Brush


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.

shany pro signature brush set

shany pro signature brush set review Mineral Powder Brush


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.


shany pro signature brush set


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.

shany pro signature brush set

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.


shany pro signature brush set 24 review Slanted Finishing Brush


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.


shany pro signature brush set 24


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.


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    • Jemma on March 20, 2015 at 7:41 am
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    ooo these look really good!
    I can’t get enough makeup brushes.
    Thanks for sharing

    1. There are so many great, affordable options for makeup brushes these days. Makes it challenging to not buy all of them, hehe. 🙂

  1. Never come across this brand before in the UK (maybe they aren’t in Europe). I want to try Zoeva brushes though. Similar concept to this in that they started small and wanted vegan friendly products.
    Ting | The Ting Thing

    1. I think Shany is mostly in the U.S. I’ve been eager to try Zoeva as well. I’ll probably place an order at some point as they do offer international shipping. 🙂

  2. Wow, what a bargain! The brushes look great – and there’s just so many of them!! Great review Kimmy xxx

    Kirsty –

    1. Aren’t they, though? I couldn’t believe the quality for the price. Thanks, Kirsty. Hope you’re weekend begins with a bang! 🙂 xo

  3. I’ve never heard of this brand but this kit seems to have everything you could ever possible want or need haha xx

    Magpie Jasmine

    1. And then some! Hehe. My cousin, who purchased this for me, said she didn’t know what half of them were meant to do but she figured I would. 🙂

    • Silke Laura on March 20, 2015 at 7:11 pm
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    The rounded foundation brush looks exactly like my Louise Young 34! 😮 This kit looks pretty great. So many brushes! I could definitely do with a few more brush additions myself. I was thinking of trying out some Zoeva and Sigma ones!

    1. That’s right, it does! The Shany one is a tad more pointed I think, though. I haven’t tried Zoeva so I can’t make any recommendations, unfortunately. I’ve tried Sigma in the past and they do do great brushes but their prices have skyrocketed lately. Personally, I think Sedona Lace offers comparable brushes at much better prices. But if you catch Sigma on a sale, then it’s worth it. 🙂 xo

  4. This looks like such a great brush set!! I have been loving my Sonia Kashuk brushes and my set from Bh Cosmetics. Though sometime I really want to try the Real Techniques ones. Great post! <3 xoxo

    1. Real Techniques brushes are awesome. The fine liner brush is one of my favorites as is the multi task brush (love it for blush) – though that one isn’t available for individual purchase but as part of a set. I’ve been meaning to try BH Cosmetics and Sonia Kashuk for ages but haven’t gotten around to it. :/

  5. Seems like a great set for people who are looking to expand their brush collection!

    1. Agreed! Great if you only own a handful of brushes and want add a large variety in one go at an affordable price point. 🙂

    • Dee on March 21, 2015 at 2:54 pm
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    Nice! Sounds like the brush sets that BHCosmetics puts out. I never expected anything from them but…not one dud so far!! Ive heard of Shany too but havent tried them yet. glad you love em 🙂

    1. I need to try more of BH Cosmetics…well actually, I need to try the brand period as I never have before. :/ What are your top recommends?

  6. So far I have been liking Real Techniques brushes and haven’t gone out of my way to try new brands. I’m picky when it comes to brushes, specially eye brushes. This set seems nice though 🙂

    Pink Frenzy

    1. I know how that can be. I do love my RT as well. I think it’s fantastic that there are so many affordable, quality makeup brushes out there these days.

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