So let me show you the Paris Presents brush set first:
This was my very first brush set, and it wasn't so bad at first. It's actually pretty good value for the brushes you get, which is pretty much all the brushes you'll ever need for normal daily use. I also really like the way that case opens and then displays all your brushes nicely. Unfortunately, when I went to wash my brushes for the first time, bristles started falling out! I can't imagine these brushes will last me very long, so that's really too bad. I guess another way to look at it is that you get what you pay for...
Now onto my other brush set, this is from Estée Lauder:
My mom gave me these brushes since she had an extra set. I have a feeling that she got it from one of those promotions. Either way, I have no idea what these brushes are made out of (animal/synthetic hair). I also don't know how to tell. But I'm beginning to get concerned judging by how the colors of the bristles turned out in the photographs. I've used this brush set a couple times, and... I don't like it. It's not scratchy, but it isn't particularly soft either. I haven't even washed the brush yet, and the bristles of the eyeshadow brush is falling on my face left and right. I don't think these brushes will survive long, which is very disappointing for me because I believed Estée Lauder to be a high-end brand.
I have to admit, I was pretty ignorant at first because I had no idea that some brushes are made out of animal hair. The thought of putting animal hair to my face just makes me cringe. But now that I've been brought into the light (so to speak), I'm going to be sticking to synthetic brushes only.
So, there you go! These are my current brush sets. I'm in need of a new, decent, and synthetic set of makeup brushes. Recommendations are welcomed. I accept donations as well - hahaha!
But speaking of donating, have you donated to Japan?