Quo Brushes

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Makeup > Brushes & Applicators > Brushes/Applicators/Curlers
Last Updated:
11/19/2013
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It's somewhat of a secret that at Shoppers Drug Mart stores throughout Canada, Quo Cosmetics offers some of the best, most affordable brushes anywhere. The range is extensive, and includes all of the essentials plus several others you may want to consider, if only for occasional use. The best brushes are as follows: Blush Brush ($17), Precision Foundation Kabuki Brush ($17), Face Contour Brush ($17), Bronzing Powder Brush ($22), All Over Shadow Brush ($13), Cream Eye Shadow Brush ($15), Difiner Shadow Brush ($13; and, yes, the misspelling is intentional); Liner/Brow Brush ($13), Angled Contour Brush ($15), and the synthetic hair Large Concealer Brush ($15).

Brushes you should consider carefully, it at all, include: the very small Concealer Brush ($13), Brow/Lash Brush ($15), the overpriced Retractable Lip Brush ($13) and Retractable Powder Brush ($22), Fan Brush ($15), Cream Blush Brush ($17), and the Powder Brush ($20).

The rest are worth testing to see if you like the results, and these include several variations on eyeliner brushes. Quo also sells a range of brushes they label as Professional, but we did not encounter any of these brushes in the stores we visited.

This relatively small but comprehensive makeup line is sold exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, and is one of their star performers among a backdrop of other name-brand drugstore product lines. The impetus behind this simple but elegantly packaged line was the need to bring makeup artist–quality cosmetics into a mainstream drugstore. As heroic a claim as that may be, the truth is that there have always been superior makeup formulations at the drugstorein fact, some of those products have set the standards that the rest of the industry tries to keep up with.

Despite their unconvincing excuse for launching yet another cosmetics line, many of Quo's products have velvety, smooth textures, even application, and a pleasing mix of classic and contemporary shades, including neutral-toned foundations. As was the case when we reviewed this line a few years ago, the standout products are the powder eyeshadows and the makeup brushes; however, the lipsticks and lip liners are also worth your attention. A significant improvement from my last visit is that now the Quo displays feature testers for every product, and the staff at Shoppers Drug Mart encourages you to use them! We wish more drugstore cosmetic lines would incorporate this feature, but for now, this is another area where Quo really stands out, and it deserves serious consideration by Canadian residents and visitors alike.

Of course, not everything Quo offers is remarkable and, if anything, their expanded roster of products seems more gimmicky than innovative, although some of the newer items are outstanding and, given the new testers, now you can try before you buy. The concealer category is the weakest, followed by the powders, which, with one exception, aren't keeping pace with advances in this area, especially compared with the preferred options from L'Oreal and Revlon (often sold right next to Quo). 

For more information about Quo Cosmetics, visit www.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

Note: All prices for Quo Cosmetics products are in Canadian dollars.

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  1. ANA P.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    do not Do it!
    • Just don't buy these. They are scratchy and fray easily and loose their shape. Save your money. They are not *dirt* cheap, and you could find cheaper ones that are better. Real Techniques, Sigma, Elf, bdellium

  2. Katrina O
    Reviewed on Monday, September 23, 2013
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    do NOT buy the blush brush!
    • I love the other Quo brushes - have had them for years with regular washing and they've never shed a hair. I've had several Quo blush brushes and they are HORRENDOUS. Never had a brush shed so many hairs! I thought the first one was a fluke, but I bought a second and it was just as bad after only a few uses. Washing makes it worse - the hairs split and broke. Just a terrible brush all around!!

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