When I first received my My Kit Co brushes (less than a day after ordering them) I intended to try them out and see if they would fit a blog post idea I had about the best brush on the market for each part of your face. After playing around with them, I decided that this idea wasn’t going to let me talk about the brushes in detail. The brushes all surpassed my expectations, and therefore I decided I would review them in depth instead (but if you’re interested in my original blog post idea, let me know and I can do that one too!). As My Kit Co was a completely new brand to me, I took a gamble and took solely MKC brushes away with me at the weekend to give them a fair test (I even left behind my Holy Grail Real Techniques blush brush!) It was my birthday weekend away, so to be honest, if the brushes were bad and therefore my makeup looked bad, I was going to be pissed.
However! Spoiler alert: they’re GREAT.
The brushes were created by MAC ambassador and makeup artist James Molloy (@jamesmolloymakeupartist on Instagram). This information makes a lot of sense when you look at My Kit Co as a brand, as there are a lot of similarities between MAC and MKC brushes. This is a good thing, as MAC brushes are, in my opinion, the best mid-priced brushes that are readily available to buy.
As you may be aware, MAC have a ‘normal’ and a pro line for both brushes and makeup. This is bad if the item you’re looking for is classed as ‘pro’ (e.g. fan highlighter brushes, why MAC why?) and you don’t live near a pro store, but it’s a good thing if you’re a makeup beginner and don’t want to be confused by all the options. Both lines of brush are the exact same quality, just for different users. Anyway, enough about MAC, the moral of the story here is that My Kit Co also has a normal and pro line of brushes, as well as also selling face charts and having membership deals for freelance makeup artists. But aside from the obvious similarities, the brushes are just as good quality (and remember what I said earlier, MAC are the best quality brushes on the market).
MKC is only 7 months old, and is exclusively sold online, and in Selfridges London and Birmingham. It takes a real baby nine months to develop, but in only seven MKC has been stocked in the two most coveted beauty halls in the country. So if you don’t take my word for it, go and try them for yourself. Also, side note: MKC also sells eyeshadow, and to my extreme relief, magnetic eyeshadow pans, similar to the Z-Palette (and, as you probably know, if you can find a Z-Palette in the UK, they’re ridiculously overpriced, so if you’re looking for a magnetic palette, go for MKC). The other thing they sell (and they kindly included in my package) that excited me FAR too much is super tiny, precise cotton buds for cleaning up liquid eyeliner! I usually buy thin cotton buds from Asian stores for the same reason, but these are even tinier and more precise.
SO: my first impressions upon opening the package. My order was sent in an adorable Tiffany blue box, and as I was opening it, I noticed the brushes and smaller items were wrapped in bubble wrap and tissue paper. On top of all this sat a little business card and a pin badge (these things have nothing to do with the brushes, I just love little additional touches like that, they make online ordering so exciting!). Opening up the brushes, I instantly noticed how long and weighty the Tiffany blue (pro line) and chic grey (‘normal’ line) handles were. Each brush handle is numbered (again, like MAC brushes). The handles are high gloss and lacquered, but they’re also quite chunky. I like this, as I find a thick, weighted handle makes blending waaaay easier. I was also instantly excited by three brushes in particular: the 1.15 (fluffy blending brush), the 1.3 (fine, long tapered brush, MAGIC for blending lower lashline colours) and the 1.17 (their newest launch, the ‘My Tiny Angle’ brush).
However. Regardless of how cute they are. Regardless of the adorable branding and colours. Regardless of how soft they felt on my hand. Let me tell you how they applied my makeup. LET ME TELL YOU. (NB: Because I was out and busy all weekend I didn’t have time to take detailed makeup pictures, but I’ll post the pictures I did manage to take.)
Here, I did my everyday makeup look, a soft purple smokey eye, natural eyebrows and a light contour with a nude lip:
Here, the next day, I was having coffee at Palm Vaults (the coolest coffee shop in Hackney, check it out). I also went for a natural look, similar to above:
And here, on my third day of testing out the brushes, I was on my way to dinner at Roka, so I went for my signature ‘going out’ look. The picture is pretty horrendous but this look involved a heavier brow, winged liner, sparkly eyes, a dark lip and ‘natural’ false eyelashes.
With all three days (and looks) my makeup went on like a DREAM. I was doing my makeup in my boyfriend’s badly lit kitchen in a tiny mirror, and it still came out perfectly blended. The brushes truly make blending your makeup, and specifically eye makeup, foolproof. The shadows I was using came from Morphe and Tom Ford palettes, which both have quite a chalky consistency. However, with the MKC brushes, they blended like butter and I had barely any fall out, something I usually experience even with my ~fanciest~ of brushes.
SO. Here’s my breakdown of the brushes and what I loved using them for.
My favourite brushes from the collections are the eyeshadow brushes. The thin, tapered eyeshadow brush (the 1.3) is a GAME CHANGER for blending eyeshadow into the waterline. The 1.4 is amazing for dark outer crease colours, as the short, dense bristles allow for a precise application but also blend it out smoothly (think of it as a slightly denser, better 217 by MAC). The 1.15 is essentially just a longer version of the 1.4, and I found it excellent for blending an all over lid shade, such as a light, buttery transition colour. The 0.2 is also super versatile. I’ve included it here in my ‘eyeshadow’ section, but it could easily be used as a concealer brush, or to ‘carve out’ your eyebrows. I, however, sprayed it lightly with setting spray and used it to pack shimmer onto the lid and inner corners of my eyes.
Here is the ‘face’ section of the brushes I received.
From L-R, the 0.11 was excellent for under eye ‘baking’ and for applying blusher, the extremely dense 0.7 was a straight dupe for the Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able foundation brush (and less than half the price!) and the 0.4 would be good for applying bronzer. I don’t wear bronzer due to my extremely pale skin and still found myself reaching for my MAC 168 to apply my contour powder. This is because the bristles on the 0.4 are slightly longer than on the 168, meaning the application is less precise. Although this brush is my least favourite in the collection, that’s only because I don’t wear the product it’s meant for, it’s still a great quality brush and a necessity for any collection.
Overall, these brushes are amazing quality. They feel sturdy and hard wearing. I can tell you this from experience; I accidentally squished them into my makeup bag and they bent out of shape even before I’d had a chance to use them (gutted is an understatement) but by running them under water and reshaping them, they bounced right back, and were as good as new. If it wasn’t obvious enough from this entire blog post, I would compare them to MAC brushes, due to their excellent quality. However, I think they’re possibly even better than MAC brushes, due to their weighty and extra long handles (oh, and the beautiful colours and branding, sorry MAC but your brush design is BORING).
If you can only buy a few brushes from the collection, my recommendations would be the 1.3 and 1.4 for perfect eyeshadow blending, the 0.7 for streak-free high coverage foundation application and due to how close a dupe it is for the ridiculously expensive Marc Jacobs version, and the 1.17 (My Tiny Angle) due to how extremely precise it is.
If you can only buy one brush from the collection, I’d say go for the My Tiny Angle brush, because it’s versatile enough to use for gel liner, to create ‘natural’ eyebrows and for fine line work, and simply because there’s nothing like it on the market right now, it truly is a one of a kind brush.
I hope you found this review helpful and if you’d like to purchase the brushes yourself, the website to do so is MyKitCo.co.uk!