Worth it? The $20 Jessup Brush Set from eBay

Hi dollies.

A while ago I was in need of a serious makeup brush revamping but couldn’t afford high end brushes on my student budget. So in efforts to save $$$ I stumbled upon brush sets for sale on eBay (hear me out on this one). Basically if you’ve ever shopped on sites like Amazon or Ebay you’ll know the same product is offered by countless merchants with the slightest name change and often really overwhelming photos that may or may not match each other.



I ended up being intrigued by this one. It had 15 mostly synthetic brushes for about $17US with a $3 shipping fee and several colour choices. I wanted synthetic brushes for the cruelty-free aspect, and they are usually much softer anyway. I was obviously worried about getting scratchy, awful worse-than-the-dollar-store brushes since 99% of the accounts selling cheap brushes were from Hong Kong and the like. So I typed in “Jessup makeup brushes” into Youtube and one of my favourite beauty bloggers had actually done a review video! (Her name is Amy Macedo and she’s a fellow Canadian and makeup badass, highly recommend her). The brushes came with a good review so I made an order.


So are they worth it- the research time, the shipping wait, the uncertainty?!


They came EXACTLY like the online photos.

The names are printed on them in case you forget what does what.

The black ones are all super soft and plush.

Almost all of them applied makeup beautifully.


They took about a month to arrive, which is pretty medieval but then again that’s $3 shipping.

There was a strong chemical smell about them, but it went away when I washed them.

The white blending brushes puffed out and lost their shape, but are okay for general shading.

The “small eyeliner” brush was a toss-away one. It had about three very uneven hairs.



I use these brushes every day and am so glad I have them. The set has similar, less commonly found single brushes like the “tapered highlight” and “short shader” brush (Do I hear Sigma?). Even on light makeup days, the large powder brush, tapered face brush and tapered highlight brush are worth ordering this considering the price. If you’re an everyday girl who can’t afford expensive brush sets but you want an arsenal of non-pitiful brushes in your life, these are for you!

xo J



  1. October 20, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    Great review! Thanks for sharing. I usually go for Real Techniques, Sonia Kaschuk or Ecotools since they are not expensive but good quality. A whole set, however, would definitely be more than $20.

  2. October 31, 2015 / 10:58 am

    Love this brush set! Amazing for the price! Xxx

    • November 2, 2015 / 5:58 am

      Yes it is! Glad I took the chance, I use them everyday! xo J

  3. February 18, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    I am also in Canada and was wondering if you had to pay any duty fees or anything extra payments for this brush set? Just want to make sure since products shipping to Canada can sometimes cost even more than you pay for a product which SUCKS,

  4. February 18, 2016 / 11:59 pm

    Great review! I live in Canada as well and was wondering if you had to pay any extra costs, like duty fees? I am thinking of ordering a set and just dont want any surprise costs when they arrive, since most duty fees to Canada can cost 5x the amount you even payed for the product

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