QUO - ARTISAN BRUSH SET (10 PCS)
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10 oval shaped cosmetic brushes with soft, densely-packed bristles in order to apply makeup effortlessly leaving a flawless finish.
Back of the box states:
QUO Artisan Brush Set is great for professionals and amateurs exploring their natural beauty. They blend and apply makeup effortlessly and effectively leaving a flawless finish. High quality synthetic hair is super soft and comfortable on the skin. The handles are lightweight and easy to grip. Brushes are ideal for liquids, powders and even skin care application.
In the spirit of keepin’ it real here…
This “artisan” set of toothbrush makeup brushes, currently retails for $80.00 CAD. Last year they were selling for $79.00 CAD and they now state on the front of the box “Value of $180.00”…
$180.00? Based off of what, exactly? And that’s not to be douchey, I’m genuinely wondering here. These brushes aren’t brushes that are part of the normal, permanent QUO line…ever. To my knowledge. So, where they came up with this random “value” of $180.00…please, do let me know.
At $80 for 10 brushes, you’re getting each brush for $8.00 each, which isn’t bad, by any means. To say that these brushes hold an approximate value of $18.00 each, in my opinion, might be pushing it. But, we’ll talk about that in a bit.
This 10 piece set comes with the following brushes, (as described):
Foundation Brush (for seamless foundation application)
Powder Brush (used to apply powder all over the face and body)
Blush Brush (makes applying blush on cheekbones effortless)
Contour Brush (use to highlight and contour the hollows of the cheeks and cheekbones)
Concealer Brush (used to conceal the inside corner under the eye)
All Over Shadow Brush (used to apply a base shadow colour on eye lids)
Shadow Smudger Brush (shaped for smudging and blending eye shadow into the lash line)
Definer Shadow Brush (used to intensify eye shadow colour)
Eyeliner Brush (easily apply liner along the lash line)
Lip Brush (used to apply your favourite lip colour)
You can use each brush for what they’ve designated each one for, or you can just use them for whatever application you like. If you have never used these types of brushes before, they will take some getting used to. If you’ve used brushes like these, such as the ARTIS brushes or even the MAC versions, these QUO ones will be nothing like those. I do not have the ARTIS brushes, but I do have the MAC ones and these QUO brushes do not compare.
The QUO brushes are still nice, don’t get me wrong. They’re soft and they get the job done, they’re decently made and I’ve never had any issues with any of the bristles. No shedding and none falling apart. So, we’re good in that department.
Where these brushes fall short is, well, when comparing to other brushes of similar design…when they claim on the back of the box, “the handles are lightweight and easy to grip”, there’s “lightweight” and then there’s too light. The QUO brushes land in the too light category.
You can see, in the picture below, I’ve compared the QUO Contour Brush, with a random brush brand that I purchased from Amazon called Spaire and finally, the MAC Cosmetics Oval 6 brush.
The QUO and the Spaire brush lean to the side when placed down on a flat surface, whereas the MAC brush lays flat and bristles remain perpendicular to the table. What’s happening here, is all related to balance.
The QUO and the Spaire brushes have nothing to counterbalance the weight of the brush head, and this also translates to the face, when using. The brushes are so top heavy, that if you’re not really gripping the brush, they can easily flip to the sides or even the back while using them on the face. Whereas, the MAC brush, is properly balanced all around. The head is still heavier, but the handle also has weight to it. This makes holding it much easier, it has a much more natural feel in the hand. That balance also translates to the face. I’ve never had the MAC brush flip around on me while using it to blend products.
This also shows in the overall total weight of each brush.
I would personally place the QUO brush in the same category as the Spaire brush, as far as quality. They feel very similar, they’re both relatively soft, they perform similarly…the only noticeable difference would be the density. The QUO brush is slightly more dense in the bristle department. Neither of those brushes would be considered dupes of the MAC Oval 6. Not a chance. Dupes from a distance, maybe…until you touch them.
So, to say that the QUO brushes somehow hold a “value” of approximately $18.00 each? No way. Not when brushes are available, of similar quality and performance, that cost about $1.50 each.
This set should be priced at around $49.00 or so and the “value” sticker on the front should say “$49.00 value of $49.00”. The QUO is slightly denser, so I’ll give them that.