Many of us probably have some basic set of brushes for make-up. If its small set – then the pouch or small case would be enough for our needs. I want to write little bit more about professional solutions for bigger brush collection – for all this that are total make-up geek or work professionally as make-up artists. I thought it would be useful to put down a couple of brush storage solutions. Of course type of the brush case/roll/holder for our tools is matter of personal choice – but is good to know what do we have on the market, know pros and cones. I came across that brush pouch with zip, brush rolls, wraps are most popular – what to look after to choose the good one?
- brush rolls/wraps – buy one that have flap on top – it’s protects your brushes and prevent falling of from it if you grab the case in wrong side – if you have roll and brushes from different brands – check size of slots for your brushes – you may end up with useless brush roll because your foundation and contouring brushes wouldn’t fit
- brush belts – the same as above – but check how big is space from top brushes to edge of belt – if would be to close edge – it’s highly possible that you get transfer make-up products from brush to your top/t-shirt e.g when you bend to pick something or to take stuff out of your toolbox. Consider length of your brushes) And this is the reason I hate brush belts!
- brush case/pouch with zip – zippier can limit the space for your brushes. Brush rolls have straps that you need to tied up, so that gives you some flexibility… but zip would not stretch, and fabrics also are not elastic – your case may not close if you have lots of big ‘fat’ brushes. Avoid silk fabrics – with every move your brushes will fly away of your pouch. Good it would have sew in elastic band or made of leather – that will hold brushes tight.
Our problems can start if our brush collection will grow…using 2 big brush rolls or 1 wrap + 1 brush belt can be good idea…many Make-up Artists ends up on this set. But what I noticed – that brush roll/wrap can take huge, sometimes absolutely enormous space on your table! When I had to work on small space – I was struggling even with my smaller brush case + brush belt (Brush belts makes me mad – I had dirty T-shirt every time! because my brushes went touching it very time!)…Brushes fells of very often, couldn’t find the right brush, dirty brushes was touching the clean ones and all product was transferring…not so hygienic to me… So I started searching for new holders…
Good option could be folding brush case or so-called wallets/books. Real Techniques are really good but I think it’s more convenient for personal use or small set of brushes – because case is very small. Disadvantage – putting back to case can be tricky – elastic band is too tight. If you put inside non RT brushes is ok, but non RT brushes – may easy fell off. Few other brands make quite decent folding cases/wallets. Good are models with fabric rim on the bottom – it’s extra protection against falling our your brush and when you use the case in upright position it works as a holder (even if you don’t put your brush inside elastic band).
My favourite solution for carrying and storing brushes is Brush Tube/Holder! It’s saves lot’s of space on your workplace! When is open works as two cups – it helps to separate clean brushes from used brushes!
My very first brush holder was from Fero Beauty and I paid £15. I am in love in attached shoulder strap! – this let you to I can carry brushes out of toolbox, bag etc… My brush holder was locking on small snap fastening and holds pretty good. Unfortunately after 2 years, piece of fabric near snap fastening gets damaged – however new, updated version have metal clips (see picture bellow – silver tube). I am not sure if lining inside the tube has changed – If not, then the fabric can start lose fibres and transfer the black colour and fibres on to your brushes – so is not good at all.
Sigma have great quality tubes , after dividing into half are both that same tall – why I am pointing that?? > Some tubes do not divides into 50/50 but e.g 60/40, 70/30 e.g. Crown Brush holder (no name brands got often bigger difference). If your brush have short handle you may struggle to get find it between all brushes. (even Crown Brush – brushes for eyes have much shorter brush handle then face brushes – however Crown Brush says that their tube is designed to host mainly your foundation brushes…). Both holders got better lining inside if compared to Fero tubes. Cones: Crown brush snap clips opens too easy…could get open accidently. Both Sigma and Crown Brush tubes would not allow you to attach own strap.
Designer Brush Tube – Crown Brush – £19.99 (designs: Zebra, Leopard, patent leather, faux snake skin)
Crown Leopard Print Brush Tube – via Love Make-up– £19.99
Crown Brush Zebra Makeup Brush Tube -via Love Make-up – £19.99
Sigma Beauty Brush holder – BH cosmetics – £22.99
BEAUTY B Cosmetics holder – BH cosmetics – £18.99
If you don’t scare to buy from Hong Kong sellers: No name holders – Ebay seller – £3.40 – £5
Photos of my Fero Brush Tube – It’s about 3 years old now, clip material and dust and fibres starts show up after about 2 year of exploiting. New fero holders have new type of fastening.
New version of Fero Brush, Sigma Holder, Crow Brush holder have the almost the same shape and size. Different is only in lining and cover.
If you don’t care about strap, want to avoid the clip issue – You can also consider lightweight plastic tubes. But I am not sure if this wouldn’t become uneven and get tilt under brush weight??? Note: Paris Berlin Tube is very narrow, probably Cozette is better option, and you can buy it in different sizes.
Cozzette Red 9 inch Makeup Brush Vessel – Love Make-up – £15.00
Cozzette Make-up 6″ Vessel – Love Make-up – £5.50
Cozzette Make-up 6″ Vessel – Cocktailcosmetics – £6.50
Paris Berlin – Le Tube – Backstagshop – £8.70
Paris Berlin – Le Tube – Guru Makeup Emporium – £9.50
Unfortunately non of above have met my expectations ( 1st- no shoulder strap 2 – I know that my brush collection will grow 3 – I wanted something better than Fero…
Then I found MUFE – Make Up For Ever holders! And oh WOW! IT’S HUGE! The plastic clip and different lijing makes it durable. This is what I was looking for a long time! Only one cone – Clip is only on one side – on another is stretchy band, and its a bit long it can come apart a little. (Why they didn’t made clip both sides??sic!) If you don’t carry anything small – you don’t have to worry about it. See review by Miloberry Blog.
When I was on IMATS I could check it, unfortunately it’s like she said – so I was worry that my short brushes can fall out + I couldn’t see how to clip in the shoulder strap….so decided do not buy it yet.
On IMATS I have seen also another interesting holder Make Up For Ever Small Brush Pouch– zipped upright pouch, looks pretty functional. Looks like tube – but as name says it’s more like pouch. When is open – looks good…you getting more space – buy if you put too much brushes – zip would not close. The only one difference (in comparison to typical pouch) It’s just the little fabric that holds both sides – so you could use it in upright position.
Make Up For Ever Danys Pouch – Guru Makeup Emporium – £22.75 ;
Make Up For Ever Danys Pouch – PAM store – £22.95
The same style but smaller size – Monda Faux Leather holder – PAM store – £17.50
Make Up For Ever Small Brush Pouch – Guru Makeup Emporium – £13.75
Eve Pearl also have nice brush holder – although pretty narrow… but when I was on Eve Pearl’s seminars and demonstration, Evie believes Make-up Artist not always need huge sets of brushes – just basic set – so that why her holder so small.
And finally my winner!! My current brush tube! NANSHY brush holder! It’s the same size as Make Up For Ever Dany’s Tube, the same type of fabric – the difference is that Nanshy have clip on both sides! Clip strap is adjustable – and I can easily attach my shoulder strap.