A long time ago I went a little crazy on Lookfantastic and ordered a lot of things that I just wanted to give a try. Something I came across were these Spectrum Brushes. I had heard of the brand before but so far I didn’t have any experience with it. They looked very bright and they even remind me of unicorns a little bit. I’m personally not that into unicorns and bright coloured makeup brushes, but the quality did seem to be pretty alright so I decided to give them a go anyway. I ended up buying two brushes and today I’m finally going to review them. So, if you do love bright, unicorn brushes and you want to know whether or not these are any good, make sure you continue reading this post!
Let’s start off with the first brush of the two. The first one I want to discuss is the Large Fluffy Shader Brush. This brush is the biggest one of the two and when I first got it I didn’t really know what to do with it. It’s really large and even though I do have big eyes and eyelids, I wasn’t sure where this was going to fit. But before we get into that, let’s first discuss the look of it and the quality of the materials used to make this brush.
As you can tell the handle of the brush has a really pretty bright milky pink colour. Like I said I’m not a huge unicorn and bright coloured things fan, but I do like the pink handle. Pink is just my favourite colour so I can definitely appreciate it. The thingy between the wand and the hairs is black and on the brush itself it also says the name of the brand and brush in black. The hairs on the brush are blue and purple and that’s not my favourite thing in the world. I do think that the brush would’ve looked more professional when the hairs were either white or brown or even black.
Anyway, the brush does feel pretty good to be honest. It is quite an affordable brush and because of the colourfulness I didn’t have high hopes in terms of the quality of the used materials. However, this surprised me. It’s not like a very hefty brush or anything like that, but it isn’t cheapy in a way everything feels like it’s about to break and that is something I did kind of expect.
Spectrum Collections A06 Large Fluffy Shader Brush – €5,95
Having said that, let’s take a closer look at the brush itself. The brush is, like I said, pretty large. It does have a pretty normal shape. It’s a very fluffy shader brush that is a little thicker than your usual shader brush. In a way it does remind me of a large version of the Zoeva Soft Definer Brush. Because it’s so fluffy it seems like it’s also going to be great as a crease brush that you use to, for example, apply your blending shade with.
According to Spectrum their A06 Large Fluffy Shader Brush is an ultra-soft makeup brush that combines a vibrant colour palette with expert hand-crafted design. The ‘Shady Lady’ blending brush arrives in a wide, flat shape, which is ideal for applying a wash of powder and cream makeup products to the entire eye lid. They say that the large, fluffy head boasts super soft, synthetic bristles to blend hues with a seamless, expert finish. It should be ideal for a subtle everyday look or for building colours to create intense drama.
All in all it sounds like this is going to be a brush aimed at applying your lid-shade in a rather natural way. You can use it to apply it more heavily, but then you have to build it up. In my experience this brush isn’t great for all over the lid colours. I only like it for that if I’m using a very natural shade and don’t have to be precise at all. In all other cases I just think that it’s way too big and bulky to do such a thing. When it comes to applying my transition shade I don’t hate it, but still I think it’s a bit on the bulky side and it’s a bit dense for that. I just don’t think this shape and density is what I was looking for and therefore this just isn’t a brush I’m going to use much.
Moving on to the second brush. This is the Spectrum Collections B05 Tall Tapered Blending Brush and it has the same unicorn inspired look as the bigger one I just reviewed does. I still love the pink on it and I like that these two brushes stand out in my collection. Nowadays my brush collection is pretty large, so a brush does have to have something special for me to notice it.
The main difference between the two brushes in terms of looks is the fact that the A06 is much thicker than this one is. This one is slimmer and therefore it’s a little bit lighter. It still feels like the materials they used to make is are pretty okay and I’m sure this brush won’t fall apart within a couple of months. I know that this does sound very extreme, but trust me. I have had it happen to me and I’m not willing to let that happen again.
Spectrum Collections B06 Tall Tapered Blending Brush – €5,95
Compared to the last brush, this one seems a bit more up my alley. It’s not as dense as the thicker one is and therefore I think it’s easier to work with for me. According to Spectrum Collections this B06 Tapered Blender Brush is an ultra-soft makeup brush that combines a vibrant colour palette with expert hand-crafted design. The ‘Blending Friend’ is the perfect tool for applying and blending eyeshadow seamlessly. The coveted blending brush is crafted with a super soft, fluffy brush head, which can create an array of eye-catching makeup looks, from soft and subtle, to smokey and defined. Whether it’s blending out colour or building up hues, the tapered blender is an essential addition to any makeup brush collection.
Somehow I feel like their claims try to make you think all of their brushes are absolutely essential. And to be honest I do think it’s essential to have some sort of blender brush in your collection, it really is. But whether or not this is the one? I don’t know.
I have to say that I like how soft this brush feels. I also love that the brush is not as thick as some blending brushes can be, because it allows me to have more control. However, I do think it’s not as multifunction as they claim it to be. I think it’s great for blending, maybe applying your transition shade, but I don’t love it for all over the lid.
All in all I do think it’s a pretty okay brush. It feels like the quality is decent, the shape of the brush is okay and it does what it should do, which is blending your shadows. However, I don’t think it’s incredibly. I have other blending brushes from Zoeva which I think get the job done way quicker and easier. So I’m not the biggest fan of this brush, all though I do think it’s better than the Shader Brush.
In conclusion I definitely think that these two Spectrum Collections brushes are pretty okay. The colour of the handle is cute and I do feel like the quality of the materials used is pretty decent. However, I don’t love to use them as much as some of my Zoeva brushes and on a daily basis I tend to gravitate towards other brushes I have that do the same thing. So if you already have a huge brush collection I don’t think these two brushes add much. However, if you’re still growing your collection or just love the unicorn look, you might really like these brushes!
That will be it for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know what you think of these funky looking brushes!