The last time we visited Quiapo Church, we went to Wellmanson and that's were I found this paddle makeup brush set. I already took it out of the box since it's generic and most of the times Quiapo and Divisoria brushes have the similar quality anyway. The set includes five brushes, an egg shape sponge and a brush cleaner.
What: Paddle Makeup Brush Set
Where to buy: Wellmanson, Quiapo, Manila
I've been so curious about these paddle brushes since it first came out and it is easy to find at the mall but I cannot afford to pay a thousand or more for a single brush. Not even three hundred per piece for something that may be similar in quality with those from Quiapo or Divisoria.
The downside is, cleaning this is difficult. Soap, water and squeezing it out isn't enough so in case you have one of these, you may want to put a little more pressure and use the brush cleaner that came with it to make sure no product is left.
Next is the brush egg. I've seen one exactly the same at Watsons but it cost P94 per piece. If I'm going to divide the total cost with everything I got, it means I only paid P45 for it at most. Imagine the price difference for something that does the same job. Another good thing about it is that it doesn't have the strong smell that Quiapo and Divisoria plastic/silicone products normally have. It even has a compartment that makes holding it more convenient when cleaning brushes.
Lastly, the paddle brushes I so wanted to try. Upon opening it, there were stray fibers out of length which isn't something to worry about because you can trim it down.
The neck is also thin and soft that it bends. At first I was scared it could break easily but it actually has a purpose. It bends to follow the shape of the surface it's pressed on and glide smoothly onto skin.
The brushes are also dense that it can hold each other by it's bristles and blend the product well so it doesn't leave harsh lines unlike the typical foundation brush.
It's kind of hard to tell though what to use each brush for because it doesn't have a label on it. So what I did is simply use it base on it's size. The biggest one for foundation, since it covers more area and the smaller ones for cheeks, contour, eye makeup and also the thinnest one to reach small areas.
Final verdict - well, you get what you pay for so there wasn't much to expect. But I'm glad most of it actually worked out.
- Aisiah Ezekyel