Marks and Spencer's Autograph Retractable Brush Review

It did not take me long to realise that if I wanted my makeup bag to be clean and devoid of brush marks, I needed to invest in a retractable powder brush which not only looks pretty and classy but it also ensure that your makeup bag is clean. I still want the Real Technique Retractable Brushes but I decided to get this for now while I get my acts together.

I quite like the packaging of this little brush because black always looks so classy and sophisticated. It has Autograph and Powder embossed on the brush side and the lid. It is quite handy and fits nicely into my makeup bag which is where it lives permanently. I have never tried any makeup brushes from Marks and Spencer’s Autograph range so I was quite curious to see how it held up as Marks and Spencer is well known for its good quality.

Brush Material
It feels really fluffy to touch but not as fluffy as my beloved Real Techniques Brushes but it is soft enough. The bristles are black but with hues of dark brown and red which gives it an interesting look but then you don’t know when it is dirty or not as it looks like you have some make up on. The bristles are made of synthetic hairs which is good.

How I use it
I use it mainly with my Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Glow Powder and I find that it is perfect for an even distribution on my face. The bristles pick up a good amount of product and distribute it evenly. I just wish the brush was just a little bit smaller as that would have been perfect to pack the punch but it’s not too bad. Sometimes, when I wanted a more targeted application, I retract the brush a little and it works really fine. One thing I like about it is how it does not retain products or powder on its bristles. It picks it up well and distributes it with little residue left which makes it feel fluffy for each application.

Shedding and Washing
I just washed it a few days ago and lost a few hairs which was a little disappointing because I really did not expect that but I hope it does not happen again. It washed really well which was such a relief and dried really fast; I was impressed with that. I just wash it with any liquid soap nearby and let it air dry. I think one can actually get away with washing it every day because it will definitely dry but hey! Ain’t nobody gat time fo’ dat.

It costs £7.50 which in my cheapskate opinion is a little pricier than I expected. I think it should be £5. I think it’s just me but it’s easier for me to justify spending £5 as opposed to anything more. Even £5.50 stresses me; I feel like I am just spending £10...I am just weird don’t listen to me.

Personal Thoughts
I really like it despite the cost and the shedding I experienced. It is very good quality and it actually looks more expensive that it costs. It makes my touch ups easy peasy and mess-free and I am pleased with my purchase although Real Techniques Retractable Brushes, I have got my eyes on you still....


  1. I've never used anything from the M&S Autograph. Thanks for the great review :)

    Lu ❤

    1. Hi Lu, thank you so much for always being so sweet...x

  2. Oh wow! Just goes to show that there are many hidden gems in unlikely places. Great review!


    1. Hi Lio, thanks a lot for your comment and yes, gems are always hidden in the most unexpected places...x


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