So is this six-piece P770 brush set any good?

If you didn't know by now, I spend an inordinate amount of time at Althea. I do it for, er, "research", okay? There's always something new to watch out for and the products are so well-curated that there aren't many throwaways. I've been snooping on skincare there a lot these days for starters. I also keep an eye out for interesting deals like this COC Marine Blue Makeup Brush Set (P770)!

I got it because the photos looked fantastic on the product page plus the P770 price tag for six brushes seems more than reasonable. It's not exactly dirt cheap but the quality looked good so I just went for it. Plus, I will be traveling a couple of times this month and could definitely use a compact travel brush set!

That's probably my favorite thing about the COC Marine Blue set. It comes in a small ziplock pouch that isn't fancy but can fit in a normal handbag. I initially thought that the brushes inside would be too small to use comfortably; that isn't the case as they fit in my hand properly.

So how are these synthetic brushes, individually? Here's a quick rundown:

  • Powder Face Brush. This is sufficiently fluffy and dense, enough to blend powders seamlessly. I've had softer bristles, honestly, but the hairs on this one are serviceable.
  • Buffing Brush. This reminds me of a Real Techniques brush I have. It's perfect for blending cream or liquid products as it's super dense and soft.
  • Blending Brush. This is for applying powder in small areas like the lids and under eyes. It's not as dense as I would like; this would be my least favorite brush in the set.
  • Flat Brush. This is a basic eye brush, ideal for patting on a solid layer of eyeshadow or concealer.
  • Smudger Brush. Stumpy with a rounded edge, this brush can nicely smoke our or soften your eyeliner. It can also pat eyeshadow on the upper and lower lids.
  • Eyebrow and Spoolie Brush. The angled brush is not as stiff and dense as it should be. I love the spoolie though - it's soft and doesn't scratch my skin!

Overall, while I wouldn't say that the COC Marine Blue Makeup Brush Set is at the top of its game, it's functional enough for the price. I appreciate it most for its compact size and packaging; otherwise, these brushes aren't what I'd use for my everyday look. I would bring it to a trip however, when I care about space.

Now this set Is currently out of stock at Althea but there are other interesting things from the COC brand. See more brush sets and makeup ~mostly~ under P400! What do you think? Do you like collecting travel-sized brushes?