Last weekend I was in that space where I was feeling a bit spendy, I had a couple of things that needed replacing but I’m really trying hard to keep to a budget. So, having persuaded myself that I had to replace my foundation brush and that my top coat was far too gloopy to be used one more time I headed off to the shops. Now when I say shops I should say that we’re not talking Westfield or Oxford Street we’re talking Tooting – where even Superdrug has closed down and Boots has pretty well given up. But we do have TKMaxx and I sometimes manage to cure my need for great brands by finding the odd bargain there.
Now I’m not very knowledgeable about brushes. Until about a year ago I didn’t own any that didn’t come with products. This all changed when I got the Final Checks Brushes from Danielle Everitt and I posted then about not really knowing what all the brushes were for. Since then I use several brushes each day in my make-up routine. Sadly the foundation brush was looking a bit worse for wear and (this is where I went wrong) I thought that I could probably find a good replacement for not very much money. I know, I know, I can here you shouting at me! I should have got a replacement from Danielle or at least chosen a well-known brand. Still, I was trying to stick to my budget and so I selected the Danielle Creations Foundation Brush. It cost £4.99 and it looked nice in the pack and knowing that TKMaxx reductions are pretty good I thought that I might have found myself a bargain. Wrong! It does look lovely to be fair but the bristles are just too synthetic – they don’t really pick up the product and they just scrape the product on rather that blend it. What a shame. I still need a replacement but with limited funds I’m not sure what brand to try next. Any recommendations? Would really like to know that I’m not going to waste any more money but I still have a gap in my brush collection.
My second purchase from TK Maxx turned out to be much better. I chose the China Glaze No Chip Top Coat for just £3.99. When I got home and read reviews before trying it, I was a bit worried as everyone said that it takes for ever to dry and that they wouldn’t buy it again. I thought that I didn’t have much to lose at this stage as I’d already paid my money and gave it a try. it gives a really high gloss finish and as I’d heard about the long dry time I used my Elegant Touch Rapid Dry for Nails and it was perfect! My polish lasted for around 5 days before I got any chips. So that success almost made up for my brush disaster. So that’s why I say some you win, some you lose!
Have you had any disastrous purchases when you’ve been trying to save money? Do share in the comments below.
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5 thoughts on “Some you win, some you lose!”
Have you tried the Real Techniques brushes? they’re great and always on some offer in Boots or Superdrugs x
No not yet. I thought maybe the GOSH brush would be OK but it’s not a patch on my final checks one. Some people have suggested Zoeva. It’s hard to know till you actually buy it and then it’s too late!
The RT face expert brush is great. I keep hearing raves about Zoeva but not tried either. Good luck!
second mortgage for Zoeva lol
I can’t even afford one from Wilko at the moment haha!