I don't really know what make me decide I needed some make-up brushes after years of using mainly my fingers to apply foundation etc. but now I don't know how I was ever without them! If you haven't seen/heard about these brushes already then a) where on earth have you been? and b) you really need to know about them!
The Core Collection consists of 4 different brushes, the buffing brush, contour brush, pointed foundation brush and the detailer brush. They all come in a case which you can turn into a stand for the brushes, which personally I don't really use but it's handy to have.
My favourite brush is the buffing brush. I have tried various brushes to apply foundation before and I always feel like I'm painting my face.. Not the look I am going for! It wasn't until I started seeing buffing brushes being used in make-up tutorials that I even knew they existed. I much prefer this type of brush to what is usually called a 'foundation brush' as I feel it gives a much more even coverage even with the smallest amount of foundation. I also feel that using a brush to apply foundation rather than my fingers is a lot more hygienic - which is arguable as I would always wash my hands before doing my make-up anyway and brushes can in-fact be really quite unhygienic if not cleaned regularly and properly.
I also really like the contour brush, it is the perfect shape and size for getting into the hollows of your cheeks. Contouring in general was never really something I had bothered with before but now I can see the benefit of mimicking some sort of structure on my chubby cheeks!
I've not really found much use for the pointed foundation brush. As I mentioned I've never really been a fan of this style of brush although I am pretty sure I am probably using it in the wrong way. I'm yet to properly research how this brush should be used but to be honest I find it quite unnecessary. Maybe I should try it to apply concealer or something?
The detailer brush is perfect for use with eye shadow. It's teenie-tiny which is perfect for getting right into the corner of the eye. Like all the other brushes it is super-soft which makes it really nice to use. I resume this would also work well on the lips but I wouldn't want to get it all clogged up with gooey lip products!
Overall I think this is a great little set for someone, like me, who is new to the make-up brush world and doesn't really know where to start! This retails for £21.99 which works out about £5.50 a brush which I think is really good, especially for the buffing brush and the contour brush which I feel are both genius little things that I couldn't live without.