TOOLS | Jessup brushes super post two

Dec 22, 2017 MORGAN
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Jessup makeup brushes are pretty well-known in the bargain-hunting online beauty community. They’re touted as being as good as Sigma, Real Techniques or xoBeauty brushes, but are significantly cheaper. Are they actually though? DON’T WORRY, I BOUGHT ALL OF THEM FROM EBAY TO TRY FOR YOU. In this post I’ll tell you what I think of the Jessup 15pc makeup brush set, and both the large and small 4pc Kabuki makeup brush sets. This is a pretty massive post, so grab a cup of tea and while you’re at it, blow a goodbye kiss in the direction of your other brushes. Trust me.

So, what’s the deal with Jessup? They don’t have a brand website that I can find, but are sold primarily on eBay by a few different sellers based in China. Their Kabuki brushes get a lot of love online, especially in Makeup Obsessives, and those were the first ones I tried, but I’ve since bought the 15 piece makeup brush set too – I was curious to see how the quality of their other brushes would be.

I’ve seen a lot of crap, shitty cheap makeup brush sets in my time, and I would usually steer people away from them. I know that even Real Techniques brushes can be prohibitively expensive to people, though, especially in stores in New Zealand where a set will cost $50 or more.

Let’s start with the Jessup 15 piece makeup brush set in gold and grape. The colour doesn’t matter, really, but gold and grape looked fun (although I would call it more of a maroon). At the moment this set costs approximately NZD$22. That’s TWENTY TWO DOLLARS for FIFTEEN MAKEUP BRUSHES. INSANITY. Even if you aren’t going to use all of them, that’s incredibly good value. Provided they’re good quality.

And they are! They are all made from synthetic bristles except for the two white-haired eyeshadow blending brushes. The bristles of all the brushes are incredibly soft, and perform equally as well as my more pricy brushes – on par with Real Techniques, Eco Tools and Artiste. I didn’t experience any shedding when cleaning them apart from a few hairs in the first wash.

I’ll show you my favourites and what I use them for because that is useful information. I’ve chosen eight as my favourites, so even if we were to completely write off the other seven brushes, they’re still coming out at under $3 NZD each. Hand is for scale.


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