As a trained makeup artist (no longer practicing) I can't stress enough how important good quality makeup brushes are. They don't have to necessarily be expensive but for makeup artists, brushes are tools of the trade and they are worth investing in. I'm pretty fussy about the makeup brushes I use. There are so many crap brushes out there (I have a drawer full of them) and honestly, it's just not worth using them.
When I was asked to try out the new Platinum Beauty Brushes that are exclusively available at Woolworths I immediately thought that there was no way that brushes I could pick up from my local supermarket could be that great. I thought I better check it out and see for myself.
I was sent the Platinum Essential Collection and also the Platinum Flawless & Precision Sponge Set.
The Platinum Essential Collection consists of three brushes; a buffing brush, small powder brush, and a contour brush. They come together in a pack housed in a grey case. Personally, I don't keep my brushes in cases like this as I find it to be a bit bulky and just take up excess space but it could be handy if you travel a lot.
After using all three brushes for the past month or so I have to say I am really impressed with the quality. They are packed densely and super soft. They pick up product really well and make the application such a breeze. The brush handles are really well-weighted meaning they sit comfortably in your hand and feel lovely to hold. I would say these are very comparable to other brushes I own by Morphe. My least favourite brush out of the three would have to be the buffing brush as I can't quite work out which product to use it best with. It's not quite dense enough to use for foundation or powder and isn't the right shape for contouring or highlighting. The contour brush I have been using daily for contouring with my Hoola bronzer and it works beautifully and the small powder brush has been the perfect brush for applying blush.
The Platinum Flawless & Precision Sponge Set consists of two sponges. The pink one is just your regular shaped beauty blender type sponge and the purple one has different edges to give you a more precise finish if you need it. Personally, I'm a huge fan of the original beauty blender and even after trying lots of different brands I haven't found anything that comes close to the original. Until now. I know this is a huge claim to make and I'd be sceptical too but I can honestly say I won't be buying the original beauty blender again. The texture is very slightly different but hardly noticeable but the finish is EXACTLY the same. It does everything the original beauty blender does for a fraction of the price. Even if you don't believe me, it's cheap enough for you to try out and see for yourself. I have mainly just been using the pink sponge as I don't really find a need for the edges on the purple sponge. I did try the purple sponge for applying cream contour though and was pleasantly surprised with the results.
The Platinum Essential Collection 3 Brush Set retails for $29.99 and the Platinum Flawless & Precision Sponge Set retails for $9.99 and even more surprisingly these are available from your local Woolworths supermarket. There are a few other brushes in the collection for eyes so if you're interested in those, keep an eye out at your local Woolies.
*These brushes were provided to me for my consideration but as always I pride myself on only giving my honest review and opinion regardless of whether I am given something or purchased it for myself.