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Monday, August 16, 2010

Review: Crown Brush Italian Badger Angle Blush Brush

The Crown Brush Italian Badger Angle Blush brush is perfect for contouring, applying blush and bronzer. I mainly use it for setting concealer with powder under my eyes. However, like the other Italian Badger brushes, it's a little bit scratchy.

It is also important to note that after a few uses, the handle broke. I had to use super glue to attach it back together.

The total length of the brush is 6.5 inches long. The handle says "IB106 Angle Blush." It costs $7.09 at CrownBrush.com



What do you think about this brush?

 

Review: Coastal Scents Italian Badger Blush Brush


The Coastal Scents Italian Badger Blush Brush is too big for applying blush and for contouring. 

The bristles are not too dense or too flimsy, but can be a little bit scratchy. I personally use this brush to apply setting powder. I prefer to use the Coastal Scents Italian Badger Buffer brush (review) when I want more coverage.

The total length of the brush is 7.5 inches. The handle says "IB126 Chisel Blush."  It costs $8.99 on their online store.

Update: Coastal Scents discontinued this brush, but you can still buy it from Crown Brush for $9.24. It's called the Italian Badger Series IB126 Chisel Blush Brush.


What do you think about this brush?


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Review: Tarte Easy Crease Brush



The bristles are dense, firm and super soft, just like my Sonia Kashuk Black Domed Eyeshadow brush (review). It picks up alot of color, but the color doesn't disperse well on my crease because it creates a thin harsh line. I then have to grab another brush to blend everything out because the bristles don't blend out my crease color that well. I find that it works best for defining the outer v.


The handle is a deep purple, eggplant shade and has a nice grip because it is thick. The brand is engraved on the silver ferrule.

The total length of the brush is just a bit over 5 inches. It is small enough to fit in your makeup travel bag.

It costs $16.00 at Tarte

What do you think about this brush? 


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Review: Coastal Scents Italian Badger Buffer Brush Large


I use the Coastal Scents Italian Badger Buffer Brush Large to apply setting powder. The head of the brush is short and dense; therefore, it buffs mineral foundation into the skin very well.

However, the bristles of the Italian Badger Buffer brush are a little scratchy and sheds like crazy during the first wash. It now sheds a little bit from time to time.

The handle of the brush says "IB103 Flat Bronzer." The total length of the brush is 6 inches. It costs $11.95 on their online store

Update: Coastal Scents discontinued this brush, but you can still buy it from Crown Brush for $10.95. It's called the Italian Badger Series IB103 Flat Bronzer Brush.



What do you think about this brush?


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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Review: Studio Tools Smudge Brush


The Studio Tools Smudge brush is smaller than your average eyeshadow brush, but this may be perfect for someone with smaller eye lids. The head of the brush is a little bit longer than half a centimeter, and is flat and a little bit stiff, while the bristles are soft. It is good for applying eyeshadow under your waterline and for smudging your eyeliner. I personally use this for packing color onto my lids.

I've seen this brush with a silver ferrule on other blogs, but I could only find the one with the black ferrule at my local Target for $2.49. The total length of the brush is 5.5 inches. This is great for someone who's just starting out with makeup or if you are on a tight budget. 

What do you think about this brush?   


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Friday, August 13, 2010

Review: Coastal Scents Synthetic Shadow Brush


The Coastal Scents Synthetic Shadow Brush has multiple uses. It is not your traditional eyeshadow brush because it does not pick up powder eyeshadows that well. However, it does wonders when you use the brush for pigments, cream bases and concealer. 
  
The bristles are dense and firm. It lay downs cream-based products really well and blends them easily into the skin.

The total length of the brush is 6.5 inches. It costs $2.95 on their online store

What do you think about this brush?




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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Review: ELF Eye Shadow Brush

I bought 3 ELF Eye Shadow Brush online and all 3 came in different sizes and shapes. The first one had the longest handle, measuring 6 inches in total length, and the longest bristles. The head of the brush was also the widest compared to the other two. 

The brush is so soft and dense enough for adding color onto the lids as well as for blending the lid color up to the crease. 

The second brush measures 5.5 inches in total length. The head of the brush is the shortest compared to the other two and less wider than the first brush. The bristles are as soft as the other two brushes, but thinner and flatter. I would not use this to blend; however, I use it all the time for packing color onto my lids because it is the perfect size.

The third brush measures 5.6 inches in total length and is a little longer than the second brush. The head of the brush is pointed and the least widest compared to the other two. 

The bristles are dense and a little stiffer than the first brush. It also does a little better at blending.

They cost $1.00 on the online store, drugstore.com and Target.





What do you think about this brush?   


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Review: Coastal Scents Tapered Crease Eye Brush

Original C139 Brush
Original C139 Brush
I bought the Coastal Scents Tapered Crease Eye Brush about a year ago. The bristles are tapered and fits perfectly on the crease area. I loved this brush so much that I reordered 2 from Coastal Scents; however, this time, I received 2 different sizes. They are not the same as the original that I bought a year ago. The new brushes are too long and flimsy for blending. They are only good for applying color onto the crease.

I notice that this happened with a lot of the other brushes that I bought from Coastal Scents. No two brushes of the same model have the exact same shape and size.

The handle says "C139 Stiff Tapered Crease". The total length of the brush is 6 inches. It costs $2.49 on their online store

What do you think about this brush?   


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Review: Coastal Scents Chisel Fluff Large Shadow Brush

The Coastal Scents Chisel Fluff Large Shadow Brush is good for packing color onto your lids. The bristles are soft and it's a great brush for blending because it's firm and dense. 

I bought a couple of the same brushes, but all of them had different sizes. One brush had bristles that were thicker and fuller, while another brush was a little wider and the handle was a little longer than the rest. However, all of the brushes had no problems doing the same purpose of applying color to the lids and blending. 

The head of the brush, which is 1 centimeters long, fits really well on my lids. The total length of the brush is 5.5 inches. The handle says C153 Large Chisel Fluff. It costs $2.75 on their online store.

What do you think about this brush?   


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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Looks: Light Wash of Violet Purple


This is a look that I did using my Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer Palette.

What looks have you created with this palette?


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Review: Crown Brush Backstage S217 Round Contour Brush

The Crown Brush Backstage S217 Round Contour Brush is ideal for defining the outer v. It is soft, dense and stiff. You can also use this brush to blend, but I find it to be a little small. I would use this brush mainly for contouring and adding color to the outer corner.

The handle of the brush says "S217 Round Contour." The head of the brush is 1 centimeter long. The total length of the brush is 5.5 inches. It is small enough for travel. I bought this at CrownBrush.com for $1.87.

What do you think about this brush? 

Review: Crown Brush Italian Badger 109 Chisel Fluff Brush



The Crown Brush Italian Badger 109 Chisel Fluff Brush is bigger than your average eyeshadow brush. It is too big for my lids. The head of the brush is about 2/3 of an inch long. The total length of the brush is 6 inches.

The bristles are really soft and fluffy, but not dense. It is also a tad bit flimsy and doesn't pick up color that well. I would suggest to use this brush if you want to apply a light wash of color onto your lids. I personally use this brush to apply highlight on my brow bone and to set concealer with powder under my eyes.

It costs $3.09 at CrownBrush.com Also, I love the packaging, especially the wooden handle. 

What do you think about this brush? 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Review: Sonia Kashuk Black Domed Eyeshadow Brush

I am in love with my Sonia Kashuk Black Domed Eyeshadow brush. The bristles are dense and firm. I use this brush to add highlight under my brows and then to create a smooth transition by blending everything out. The bristles are also much softer than my Sonia Kashuk Large Crease brush (review). The head of the brush is wider and just a millimeter longer too, but it still fits on my eye really well.

I can't think of anything negative to say about this brush. It really is one of the best blending brushes out in the market. Not only is the application wonderful, but the packaging looks sleek too.

The length of the brush is 6.5 inches. I bought this at Target for $9.99.



What do you think about this brush? 

Monday, August 9, 2010

Review: Coastal Scents Silver Duo Fiber Stippling Brush

The Coastal Scents Silver Duo Fiber Stippling brush is flimsy and not dense at all. The length of the brush is about 8.75 inches and costs $7.95. The white synthetic fibers are too short; therefore, applying liquid foundation is not ideal with the use of this brush. Moreover, it sheds like crazy. I've spent more time picking the hairs of the brush off my face rather than applying my foundation with this brush. I have also washed the brush a couple times, but it still keeps shedding every time I use it.

It works best for applying setting powder and super pigmented blushes because it doesn't pick up alot of product, but the shedding is frustrating. Maybe I'll just use it to dust my keyboard. 

What do you think about this brush?


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Looks: Pale Pink and Purple


This is a look that I did, using my Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette.

What looks do you create with this palette? 


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Review: Sonia Kashuk Large Crease Brush (Crease Shadow Brush)

The Sonia Kashuk Large Crease Brush (Crease Shadow Brush) is my holy grail blending brush. This is one of the best blending brushes I own. The length of the brush is 6 inches. The bristles are dense and firm, which is absolutely fabulous for blending as well as packing on color to the crease. The bristles are not as soft as my other brushes, such as my Studio Gear Blending Crease Brush #35 (review), but it is by no means scratchy.

The title of the brush is "Large," but don't let the name fool you. It is not a huge brush. It is the perfect size for the crease and for blending. This is my "go to" brush when I want a smokey effect or when I just need to get rid of harsh lines.

White handles tend to get dirty easily and I wouldn't want to clean it with water because water damages the wooden handle. So, the only thing that I have to complain about is the color of the brush. I prefer the handle to be black and sleek, like the ones from her professional line.  

The brush is $5.99 at Target, which is really affordable for such a high quality brush. I bought another one for backup.

What do you think about this brush?


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Review: Studio Gear Blending Crease Brush #35



The Studio Gear Blending Crease Brush #35 is made from squirrel hair and is super soft. The bristles are firm and dense, but they're also shorter and less wider compared to my Sonia Kashuk Large Crease brush (review). Therefore, the Studio Gear brush is more for smudging, adding color on the crease area and inner corner.

The length of the brush is 7.5 inches. It can be purchased for $30 at a Studio Gear counter in Macy's. If you have money to splurge, I would definitely recommend this brush. 


 
 
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