The one shown here is made by Delicate Caress and contains 12 travel-sized brushes in a handy brush holder, which also doubles as a carrying-case.
Included in the kit are (Right to left): Large Powder, Duo Fibre, Flat Foundation, Large Angled Contour (blush), Pencil, Concealer, Eye-shading, Medium Angled Shading, Flat Definer, Angled Blending, Tapered Blending and Lip brush.
Just in case you're not sure which brush does what, the labels are thoughtfully printed on each of the bright pink and purple handles.
Now for what I think about this kit.
It is very convenient for short travel in that it contains pretty much all the basics you will need for a full face of makeup. The brushes included can of course be used for anything you want but it is nice to have uniformed labels printed on them. For example, I like to use the "Foundation Brush" for blending my under eye concealer.
I have had my eyes on the Sigma Travel Kit for a long time but I could never justify spending $75 for small brushes that I will use for maximum of a week every couple of months. In addition to this, the Sigma version, which also includes the brush cup/case, only comes with 7 brushes while the Delicate Caress version contains 12 brushes for less than $25! Is that insane or what!
Having said that, the quality of these brushes is noticeably lower than what I would expect from Sigma or other big brands. Though the bristles are soft enough and comfortable on the skin, I had a bit of initial shedding from the Large Powder and the Tapered Blending brushes. Also, the glue was not very strong connecting the ferule to the handle and one or two of the smaller brushes came loose even before I used them.
For the price and fact that I only use these brushes for short periods of time, I can overlook these flaws. The glue issue was easily remedied with regular super glue and the shedding decreased after a few washes. For $25, there's not much I can complain about.
For a size comparison, here is how some of the Delicate Caress brushes stand up to full-sized versions of their counterparts from Sigma. All of the eye brush heads are the same size as on a full-sized brush but the face brush heads are a little smaller in diameter.
Above is a comparison of the full-sized Sigma cup/holder to the Delicate Caress version. The travel brush holder stands only 6.7 inches tall so it can easily fit in a handbag or carry-on luggage.
I purchased the Delicate Caress Travel Brush Set from Amazon for $24.50 with free shipping at the time (4 months ago).
Overall, I am quite happy with this travel brush set. For the short amount of consecutive time that I use it on weekend getaways and short trips, the lowered quality in comparison to what I look for in full-sized brushes is easily accepted. I love that it comes with a dual-purposed container to both display and carry the brushes and the fun hot purple color is a nice change from my regular black brushes. Honestly, when I've travelled lately, I have swapped out a few of the brushes for others that I like better for foundation and eyeshadow blending but the rest of them work just fine for me.
I will rate this kit based on the assumption of very short term usage and not for everyday makeup application.
I give the Delicate Caress Travel Brush set 4/5 for convenience and affordability.
Thanks for reading!
What brushes do you carry when you travel?