Virtuoso 15-Piece Fine Paintbrushes

Last updated date: October 30, 2019

DWYM Score
9.6


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Overall Take

This detail brush set has shorter, thicker handles that are easier to balance for more consistent results. Durable faux-hair bristles make gorgeous strokes for new and experienced artists alike. They're especially good for watercolors. During our testing, we found that these brushes absorbed the paint nicely. We liked that they came in a nice zippered case and had plastic tip protectors. In our analysis of 29 expert reviews, the Virtuso Virtuoso 15-Piece Fine Paintbrushes placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 30, 2019:
Checkout The Best Detail Paint Brushes for a detailed review of all the top detail paint brushes.

Expert Summarized Score
10.0
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
1,303 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The premium brushes have an ergonomically designed short and thicker-style handles that are easy to grip and are well balanced. The super-fine precision point faux hair bristles allows you to produce those fine lines and intricate details that larger brushes cannot achieve and can be used for other techniques like painting soft strokes, shading and blending.
- Morning Chores
October 21, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Bristles can fray easily and not ideal for applying thick brush strokes.
- Morning Chores
October 21, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Those of us who enjoy artistic paint projects defined by lots of careful detailing know the joy of a completed project with crisp lines and eye-popping features. We've also known the frustration produced by shedding paint brushes that trail stray paint across our masterpiece. And there's the ache in your hand forced to grip a brush handle that is just too thin. The Virtuoso Premium Detail Mini Paint Brush Set offers the solution. Our sturdy double-crimped ferrules and precision bristle points are topped with chunky handles featuring an ergonomically correct design for hours of painting enjoyment. THESE BRUSHES HANDLE THE SMALL STUFF! Virtuoso mini paint brushes are perfect for working in small scale! Whether you enjoy expressing yourself through watercolors, tiny works of art on canvas or building intricate doll houses, Virtuoso paint brushes will add to the experience. They work great as acrylic paint brushes, oil painting brushes and are among the very best watercolor brushes. If painting model ships and airplanes causes your spirits to soar, a set of Virtuoso artist brushes is certain to elevate your experience. These small paint brushes are perfect for painting army figures, as well as Wargaming and Warhammer 40K pieces. Virtuoso's faux hair bristles make these brushes ideal for working with enamel. LET THE FUN BEGIN! Children and adults alike will love the beautiful face painting and nail art you can do with a Virtuoso Premium Detail Mini Paint Brush Set. Add fine details you could never manage before! High-Quality Paint Brush Set for Fine Detail Work Amateur and professional painters alike will appreciate the quality and versatility of this Virtuoso 15-Piece Miniature Paint Brushes Set. Featuring an ergonomic handle, this artist brush set provides a comfortable, balanced grip that lets you paint for hours without cramping. The fine point tips lets you create neat lines and fine details, making these brushes the ideal choice for work on miniatures, models, dollhouses and even nail and face art. Featuring quality, professional construction and a lifetime replacement, this paint brushes set will support you through every stage of your next creative project. brush set brush set 15-Piece Brush Set This paint brushes set comes with round brushes (sizes 4/0, 3/0, 2/0, 0 and 1), liners (sizes 4/0, 3/0, 2/0, 0 and 1) and flat brushes (sizes 0 and 1), so you can create detailed artwork that meets your vision. ​Ideal for Fine Detail Featuring ergonomic handles for the ideal grip and balance and the best Korean filament precision points, this paint brush set is ideal for fine detail work including models, dollhouses, figurines, miniatures, action figures and nail and face art. Versatile Application Are you looking for watercolor paint brushes or acrylic paint brushes? This versatile set can be used with all types of paints from acrylic to watercolors to enamel and even oil paints. ​Professional Level Co Crafted with the highest quality standards, this set must pass a rigorous inspection processes before it's carefully packaged and shipped to the artist. These brushes also come with a lifetime replacement should your set ever get damaged.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Arteza Hand Made Detail Paint Brush, Set of 15
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 2
2. Virtuoso 15-Piece Fine Paintbrushes
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 2
4. Dugato Detail Paint Brush Set
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 2
5. Crafts & Colors Professional Detail Paint Brush Set
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 2
6. Nicpro Micro Detail Paint Brush Set, 7 ct.
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 4
7. eBoot Detail Paint Brushes Set Artist Paint Brushes
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 1
8. MyArtScape Detail Paint Brush Set
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
9. Transon Round Watercolor Goat Hair Paint Brushes
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
10. D’Artisan Shoppe Miniature Paint Brushes Detail Set
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Detail Paint Brushes

The devil is in the details, particularly for painters. Whisper-thin borders, gentle lines and graduated shading make your finished pieces stand out from the pack. You’ve got to have the right tools to pull off those tiny add-ons. A premiere set of detail paint brushes will deliver the results you see in your mind. 

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Nail artists, paint-by-numbers hobbyists, face painters and professional artists of all stripes can benefit from the right detail brushes. A good set will come with a range of tip shapes, a sturdy ferrule (the metal connector between the brush itself and the handle) and a comfortable grip. 

Some tip shapes you should look for when you shop for brushes are rounds, liners, spotters and shaders. Round brushes have a rounded tip and deliver versatile thick or thin lines to your paintings. Liners have long-length hairs that come to a thin point; they’re designed to create outlines or borders. 

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

Spotters are itty-bitty brushes for tiny details like eyelashes. Shaders have square-shaped bristles for precision control when you’re painting edges or creating blocks of color. 

You can pick up inexpensive brushes at hobby stores, but you might pay for it later. “Cheap versions tend to splinter and lose bristles easily, which can result in stray marks,” says our resident art expert Amy Markham. She’s an art teacher and the creator of Starling, a podcast dedicated to helping artists develop creative depth. “Invest in quality detail brushes and care for them.”

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

Detail brushes will be much smaller than standard paint brushes. Artists’ brushes are labeled with numbered sizes. The smallest size is 30/0; the largest size is 30. Most detail brushes are in the 4/0 to 1 range, although you can go much smaller if you’re painting models or intricate nail art.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

Now that you’ve got a base coat on detail brushes, put on the finishing touches with the hints in our Tips & Advice section.

DYWM Fun Fact

You can pick up a great set of paintbrushes at any art supply store or at major online retailers, but they weren’t always so easy to come by. 

The first paint brushes were used about 40,000 years ago to create those famous cave paintings you learned about in school. Sticks, wood shavings and even bones served as the first brushes. The Ancient Egyptians used reeds, and quills were also favored for centuries. Eventually, brushmakers started individually gluing animal hairs to wooden handles. 

Metal ferrules were added during the Industrial Revolution, which helped brushes last longer. Eastern Europe was home to some of the world’s favorite paint brushes for years — their manufacturing skills produced high-quality brushes made from Chinese pig bristles.

The Detail Paint Brush Buying Guide

  • Paint brushes come with either synthetic or natural bristles. Natural bristles are made from animal hair, like hogs or boars. Synthetic bristles are made from polyester or nylon. “I prefer synthetic bristles because they are less likely to frizz or splinter,” says Markham, our resident art educator. “However, if you’re mainly a watercolor painter, natural fibers may be your best option”
  • The piece of metal that connects your brush’s bristles to its handle is called a ferrule. Look for a ferrule made from nickel-plated brass; this blend reduces the risk of corrosion and breakage. 
  • Properly washing, drying and storing your detail paint brushes will help the bristles maintain their shape. Clean your brushes ASAP after you’re done painting, especially when using quick-drying acrylic paint. Dampen the bristles with water, and then work soap or shampoo into them. (You can also use dishwashing liquid for stubborn paint.) Rinse them until the water runs clear, and then let them air dry.
  • Make sure you also wash the ferrule. Dried-on paint can cause cracking and splitting, rendering your paintbrush useless. 
  • Store your clean brushes horizontally in an artist’s pouch, drawer or box. You can also store them upright with the bristles pointing up, but don’t pack them too tightly. If the bristles of different brushes lean against each other, it can distort their shape.