Searching for a great, better-than-basic cosmetic brush set? Look no further than this one from Kirkland Signature by Borghese. I was desperately in need of a good set of brushes, and when I saw this set at Costco, I was skeptical. (Makeup brushes from Costco?!) I decided to give them a shot, and I'm so glad I did. This kit includes everything you need for a great starter set: fan brush, powder brush, brow/eyelash comb, blush brush, foundation brush, kabuki brush, eyeshadow brush, precision eyeshadow brush, flat eyeliner brush, angled eye contour brush, smudger, and lip brush.
My absolute favorite brush in the set is the foundation brush. I never realized what a difference a brush could make in foundation application, but it does! I like to dampen the bristles for a sheer, flawless application.
My next favorite brush is the precision eyeshadow brush. This brush alone is worth the $21.99 price tag. It is great for creating a smoky eye look (just use this brush to draw the 'V' in the outer corner of the eye).
The eyeshadow brush is like my magic wand. It is soft and perfect for blending. The kabuki brush is a great quality mini 'buki, and I love using it to apply shimmer. The powder brush is full, soft, and fluffy. Anyone who wears powder or mineral makeup will love it. The blush brush is stiff enough to allow for sculpting and contouring, yet not scratchy. It isn't the most amazing blush brush I've ever used, but it will definitely do the trick. The flat eyeliner brush is great for using gel or cream liner, especially when applying to the upper waterline to give the illusion of fuller lashes. The brow and eyelash comb comes in handy every day and is perfect for taming unruly brows (brush before applying brow gel) and de-clumping gunky mascara. The smudger is standard; I use it on a daily basis to soften harsh liner. Sometimes I dip it in eyeshadow before smudging to get an even smokier look.
The lip and fan brushes are not tools I use on a daily basis, but I could see them coming in handy for other people. If you love lipstick, the smooth lip brush will help you get a perfect application. For people who use loose powder eyeshadows, the super-soft fan brush is a must for sweeping up fallen shadow from under the eyes and on the cheeks without ruining the rest of your makeup.
The set also includes a brush bag and a mineral shimmer powder. I really didn't like either of these. The brush bag felt very cheap and its magnetic closure was flimsy. However, for $21.99, I'll find another way to store my brushes. The mineral shimmer powder went straight into my trash can. It was more like glitter, and looked a little too teenybopper for my taste.
Overall, this set is great. The quality is surprising for such a low price and from such an unexpected place. If you are looking for a set to begin your makeup arsenal, give this a shot.