Thankfully, the days of having to endure plain and boring makeup brushes are behind us, with the arrival of brands such as Real Techniques, Zoeva and Spectrum Brushes who've made it their mission to create brushes as pretty as they are functional.

I've seen a lot of Twitter hype on Spectrum brushes over the last few months, but chose to sit it out - until I saw their Marbelous Contour Set and was immediately drawn in by the brushes' beautiful rose gold and white design.

The brush set comes with 4 brushes all designed to help you achieve your perfect base - from applying foundation, powder, contouring and highlighting. The set contains a Flat Top Buffer and Domed Buffer which can be used to apply and blend cream, liquid or powder foundations. The brushes have super soft bristles which means that the foundation can be buffed lightly into the skin for a beautifully even finish that can be left lighter or built up for a fuller coverage.

The Tulip Powder and Angled Powder brushes are, as their name suggests, for use with powder to help finish your base. I tend to use the Angled Powder brush to add definition to my cheekbones and use the tapered tip of the Tulip Powder brush to apply a light contour to the rest of my face.

These brushes are lovely and a very welcome addition to my collection. I'm not sure I'd say they were better than Zoeva brushes, but they come a close second and are equally as pretty. This set costs £34.99 and can be picked up online here.

Have you tried any Spectrum brushes? What are your favourites?