A few months ago, I mentioned The London Brush Company after stumbling across them at this year’s IMATS. Actually Helen takes full credit for spying these brushes and trusting her excellent judgement or I wouldn’t be writing this post.
The London Brush Company is a boutique collection of hand made make-up brushes individually made in the UK. Designed by movie make-up artist, Siân Richards, each brush shape has been nurtured and tested, to ensure it works exactly as Siân wants and you can’t get any better than a testimonial from the lady herself when we both met her at IMATS.
Of all the application tools needed in make-up, brushes for applying eye shadows are imperative in my opinion. It’s like baking a cake – the ingredients (eye shadows), equipment (brushes) and preparation will create the perfect result if the instructions are followed accurately.
I find the same rule applies to using eye shadows. You must prep with a primer or a base of some kind, use quality products (not necessarily expensive) and have the right tools.
For a while I’ve been content with the brushes I own. I have some MAC brushes as well as Sonia Kashuk (which are excellent) but I suspect they may become redundant as these London Make-Up Brushes have blown me away. Their message is simple: “Designed by a Brit. Made By Hand. Loved By All.”
I bought three brushes – No. 14, No. 15 and No. 16 – all made from super soft squirrel hair. If, like me, you still harbour bitter feelings towards those pesky gits running off with the bird feeder, then you’ll feel some satisfaction.
On first glance, I thought the hairs on the brushes were distinctively firm compared to my other brushes, which I was a little apprehensive about so when I used them, I certainly did not expect the result I got.
Firstly the powder stays firmly on the hairs and it glides on effortlessly and quickly over the lids. The feeling is like silk but what I found amazing was how little fallout there was. How annoying is it to sweep away loose powder under the eyes and touch up with foundation? I discovered I got very little and in some cases, none. I’ve tried these brushes on eye shadows from Accessorize through to NARS, and by no means do the results differ.
Blending is incredibly quick and easy too, not the mundanity of relentlessly shading other brushes require, which is another bonus. You really get the job done a lot quicker with these brushes, and they work well with matte and shimmery eye shadows. The brushes come with long wooden handles too.
A lot of cosmetic brushes are manufactured outside of the UK and US (usually in Far East countries to keep production costs low) but these brushes have specifically been made in the UK for at least two good reasons: craftmanship in this country has long been recognised for its high quality and these days it’s rare to come across products made in England so you know you are guaranteed an exceptional product. I’ve got to say, there is something nice about seeing ‘Made In England’ stamped on the brush handle too. Also the London Brush Company are creating employment and keeping the industry alive in the UK.
I am now curious to try their blusher and foundation brushes. Have you bought brushes from the London Brush Company? If so, what do you think of them?
To explore their entire range, visit www.londonbrushcompany.com. It would appear you can purchase these brushes directly from their website (prices in dollars, starting from $12) but I also came across www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk, who sell London Brush Company brushes too. No. 16 and No. 14 cost £27.95 and No. 15 is £25.95 from Cocktail Cosmetics. A worthwhile investment and a chance to champion home-made products too.