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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Review: Studio Gear Duo Fiber Angled Bronzer Brush #15

Left: Studio Gear #15 Brush 
Right: MAC 187 Brush
Pros:
  • bristles feels soft
  • ideal for applying highly pigmented products, such as Burberry blushes
  • no shedding when used with powder products
  • no dye bleeding
  • no funky smell after a few washes
  • dries within 5 hours
  • easy to wash when used with powder products
Cons:
  • a little too big for the cheek area
  • too flimsy for stippling liquid foundation

Left: Studio Gear #15 Brush 
Right: MAC 187 Brush

The Studio Gear #15 looks like an angled paddle brush in the stock photo on Ulta's website. In person, it's actually not flat or thin. When compared to the MAC 187 (full review), the Studio Gear #15 is not as dense or as soft. Also, the bristles are sparse and wider than the 187. If you are looking for a brush to apply liquid foundation, I highly suggest grabbing the Sephora #44 brush (full review) because the Studio Gear brush is too flimsy and not firm enough for stippling.

I read a review online about a buyer who used this brush to apply setting powder and then complained about it not picking up enough product. The Studio Gear #15 is not meant for picking up sheer or lightly pigmented products like setting powder because the white synthetic bristles are meant for applying highly pigmented products, such as Burberry blushes because the white synthetic bristles lightly picks up product and disperses evenly. It gives a light application and ensures that the highly pigmented product is not over applied.


Left: Studio Gear #15 Brush 
Right: MAC 187 Brush

The problem with the Studio Gear #15 brush is that it's slightly too big for the cheek area. If you dip the entire tip of the brush into the product & then apply it onto the cheeks, then the product will cover a huge portion of the face. Therefore, you need to pick up the product with only a small part of the brush. Another reason why the brush disperses product onto a large area of the face is because the brush is flimsy. If you sweep the brush in a heavy motion, then the bristles will flare out and cover a bigger portion of the face. Therefore, you need to use this brush in a light & gentle motion when applying the product. 

Top: Studio Gear #15 Brush 
Bottom: MAC 187 Brush

Bottom Line: There is nothing wrong with the quality of the brush; however, it fails during application because the head of the brush is simply too big. If you want to make this brush useable, it will take more effort and technique.

Note: The Studio Gear Angled Bronzer Brush #15 measures 7.5 inches and retails for $32.50 at Ulta.

Have you tried the Studio Gear #15 brush?
How do you use it?

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