The best highlighters (Drugstore & Luxury)

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Today you guys are going to get the 411 on three of my favorite highlighters.

In case you didn’t know, my preferences for highlighters are rose golds and rich golden colors which complement my skin tone. The amount of shine the highlight gives, that does not bother me too much because I love to switch up my glow once in a while.

Laura Mercia- Summer Bloc

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Laura Mercier- Golden Mosiac

This is one of the highlighters I own that does not give me an intense, beaming, metallic glow that is very much in right now.

 

This highlighter is very subtle, very natural but does have the ability to be built up to a more noticeable glow. I use this one on my lighter days where I just have a little foundation and a gloss.

 

Usually, I don’t go for highlighters like this because I feel the all in one approach, with the different highlighter shades always fails. It is a waste of product in my opinion because there is always one or two colors that you would never use.

 

To kinda combat that, I use my brush and pick up all of the colors, with more of the focus on the deeper colors so that I get a really gorgeous shade that compliments my skin tone.

City Color

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City Color bronzer in Dawn

This highlighter is one that I get asked about the most, it is the most favored out of the three and it is on the wayyyyy less expensive end of makeup spectrum. This is available in two gorgeous colors.

 

This highlighter is a beautiful golden color or more of a rich bronze color depending on where you put your brush.

 

There are two colors for you to choose from, in the pan. The yellow golden color which covers the palm trees and the bronze color that surrounds the palm trees in the pan. The golden yellow color, it’s a very very thin layer so don’t expect it to last very wrong after passing your brush once or twice.

BECCA

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On the higher end of the spectrum, we have the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade Blushed Copper. This was released in limited edition packaging some time ago about 2 or 3 years ago.

 

It was released as a highlighter 2 or 3 years ago but like a year later, it was released as a shimmery blush in the normal BECCA packaging.

 

I don’t know if the blush and the highlighter are the same formulae, consistency but it sounds that way when I saw reviews on it around that time.

 

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From top to bottom: BECCA, City Color, and Laura Mercier
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From top to bottom: BECCA, City Color, and Laura Mercier

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ABH Subculture palette

On July 25th, Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) released their newest eye shadow palette, the Subculture palette officially on their website.

 

On the product page, the Subculture is described as a 14 shade palette that ranges from grungy mattes to bold metallic shades with an underground edge. It is a complement to the best-selling Modern Renaissance palette.

 

 

The website also says:

 

Full pigment and easy-to-blend formula
14 shades with ultra-matte, duo chrome and metallic finishes
Includes dual-ended brush 


Roxy – Ultra matte muted coral
Electric – Duo chrome lime-gold
Fudge – Ultra-matte warm bronze
New Wave – Ultra-matte citron orange
Untamed – Ultra-matte tarnished green
Edge – Ultra-matte gold mustard
Rowdy – Ultra-matte blackened purple
Axis – Ultra-matte blue-green
Mercury – Ultra-matte slate grey
All Star – Ultra-matte vintage wine 

Adorn – Metallic bronze
Destiny – Ultra-matte sage green
Dawn – Ultra-matte sand
Cube – Duo chrome pink pearl

As of right now, the palette is worth $42 and is cruelty-free but now it is sold out.

 

When I saw this palette, I was just like

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You must admit, this is the weirdest eyeshadow palette to hit these Makeup streets. On trendmood’s Instagram page when it was leaked sometime earlier this year, a lot of people honestly thought the leak was a fake.

 

 

In my mind, I honestly thought there was no way ABH would come out with a palette like that👀……here we are today.

The Subculture palette is described as the night palette to the Modern Renaissance palette by many, I think the daughter of the owner, Claudia said that as well and I didn’t get that. To me, the night palette to a warm neutral palette would be a cool neutral palette.

 

 

The Subculture is cool and neutral but the colors were chosen, you wouldn’t have guessed it. If you’re using the Modern Renaissance during the day with reds and warm earthy tones I don’t know how you would use greens, cool toned browns, mustard yellow and a purplish black color to complement warm shades like that in the night.

 

 


In my honest opinion, Subculture should not have been marketed as the sister to the Modern Renaissance because it isn’t.

 

( If you understand the comparison better, let me know in the comments )

 

It should have just been marketed to those into dark, grungy colors like that, who are most likely, people who are goth. That would have been interesting for ABH.
To me, it looks like they knew they made a really odd palette and to get it to appeal to people who already have the Modern Renaissance they talked about the relationship between the two palettes.

 

Apart from all of this, it looks like a great quality palette, the pigmentation looks pretty fricking amazing on deeper skin tones (the best test for pigmentation) the non-matte shades and non-weird matte shades are tempting but you know if you get a palette you’re going to justify getting it then probably not going to use it, that’s what I think is probably going to happen so I am leaving it for those who really want to get it.
What did you think about the new ABH palette?

L.A. Colors Eye Makeup Brushes

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This is the second addition to the Brush Hunt series.

This Brush Hunt is focused on the brand L.A Colors and the brushes they have to offer.

These brushes are on the lower end of the spectrum with the prices ranging from $2.50 the $7.00. There are a variety of brushes to choose from starting with your Angled Brow/ Liner brush to your Powder brush.

These don’t come in a set, so you would have to buy each brush individually which is typical with brushes that are on the lower end of the spectrum. Brush sets are a great way for companies to give you great brushes for a really reasonable price. If the individual brushes are a steal, you probably wouldn’t see them being sold in a set or you would see a set of 3.

These eye brushes are great for the price you are paying. The handles are sturdy. They come in individual plastic holding cases (as pictured below) LCAD79.1-X-500x500

I liked the packaging it came in, it was very simple sleek and gave the details like the type of hair, suggested ways to use the brush and how to clean them on the back of the boxes.

 

 

These brushes are all synthetic, cruelty free, made in China and designed in the U.S.

The three brushes I got were (from left to right):

1.Angled Eyeshadow brush ($2.50) ,  2. Tapered Blending brush ($3.50)

3. Large Shader Brush ($3.50)

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These 3 eye brushes that I got, they were great for the price. They promised softness and they delivered. Each brush is extremely soft, does not scratch the eyelids and blended my eyeshadow well. I would say that even though they are soft, the bristles aren’t really dense so you can’t put a lot of pressure on the brush when blending. The bristles would bend under the weight and eyeshadow is going to end up, where you don’t want it.

The look of these brushes are very very professional, I love the all black look it makes the product look more put together and classy. The brush looks more together and feels more sturdy than some of my other brushes that I paid more for. The stamp on the handle with the brand is  fine, the stamp on my Large shader brush is smudged but that is not a big deal to me. Once the brushes do their job, it is something I can easily over look. One thing I would have liked was having the names of the brushes on the handles. While writing this review in order to remember the brushes I bought, I had to go searching up on the website because I only kept one out of the 3 boxes I got my brushes in. Maybe they didn’t because they wanted to keep the price very affordable,  which I totally understand so again, I am willing to overlook that as well.

If you want to get these brushes you can find them on the L.A. Colors website here

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Overall:

Would I recommend these brushes?

Yup. Would not hesitate to do that

Am I going to purchase more?

Ummmm. Yes. I am going to get these same 3 brushes I got plus some of the Face brushes to test out. Really want to get my hand on the powder and blush brush especially.

Until next time,

The Makeup Reviewer.

 

Best drugstore products

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Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Powder 

This powder is available in 8 shades and price ranges from $7 to $10.99. It promises to be an oil free, Salicylic acid filled formula that claims to better skin in 3 weeks. This is a great product whether you love to go the powder only route every day or you’re that gal that is into the everyday full coverage look.

Wet and Wild Setting Spray

Coming in at the easy on the wallet price of $4.99 per bottle, this drugstore setting spray not only promises to extend your makeup, it also promises to prevent cracking, smudging, fading, creasing and all the other woes we have with makeup. So far I haven’t heard a bad thing about this very affordable setting spray.

Wet and Wild Highlighting Powder

This highlighter has been on everyone’s wishlist since their release last year. It is a $4.99 highlighter that goes toe to toe with some of the more expensive highlighters on the market like BECCA, Hourglass and even some higher end Indie brands. It is a smooth metallic looking highlighter that comes in 6 shades (4 new!) and there is a shade for the fairest of skin, deepest of skin tones and even for the more adventurous makeup lovers that adore color, there is a pink and purple highlighter.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

The most popular drugstore on the market so far. Since I started watching YouTube videos which were 5 to 6 years ago (I think) this concealer has been around and has been a favorite of many and I can see why. Flawless looking, hydrated under eyes, cheap ($8.90) shades that complement a majority of skin tones, there is nothing to complain about.

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks

One of my absolute favorite lipsticks from the drugstore. The Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks aren’t your extremely drying, transfer proof lipsticks but more hydrating matte, comfortable but does transfer. I don’t mind it one bit because the range to choose from is great, the price is unbeatable at the affordable price of $7.99 and it is just good. Trust me. Every time I wear my favorite which is Touch of Spice, I ALWAYS get complimented by strangers and my friends. Great line from Maybelline.

Kleancolor Madly Matte Lip Gloss

I am sure this is an unknown product on my list. This I bought recently and I am so glad I did. Don’t let the Kleancolor brand fool you, this is a quality product. It isn’t matte so let’s get that out of the way, very early. This is an extremely pigmented lip gloss. I am not kidding. I have pigmented lips and one swipe of this gloss and my lips were fully covered. My favorite is the color Hippy which is a pretty burnt orange color that complimented my skin tone beautifully. Apart from the product in the tube, the other fantastic thing is that this baby goes for the phenomenal price of $1.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

I’ve talked about this foundation before so I am not going to bore you with another segment praising it. Lol. Check out the review here. It’s $7.99

L.A. Girl Concealer and Correctors

There is a reason why everyone and their mother’s aunt’s cousin’s sister uses this stuff. Since the release of this concealer a couple years ago and if I remember correctly a big YouTuber bringing light to how amazing it is, this L.A. Girl concealer has been a staple in everyone’s makeup kit. Including mine. Especially their correctors, they are phenomenal. These usually sell for $5 per concealer but you are able to get them in a set of 3 for about $12 on Amazon which I think isn’t too bad.

Rimmel Natural Bronzer

I haven’t heard about this in a while. At one point in time this used to be the “it” bronzer but now it has gotten lost in the many bronzers available on the market. Especially in the drugstore. I am here to remind you, DO NOT forget about this bronzer. Pull it out of your collection, dust it off, put a brush to it and try it again. It’s a $5 bronzer that really performs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA Girl Eyeliner Pencil

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Back again with another amazing blog post. Today, I am going to be giving you guys an eyeliner review. For those of you that don’t know, I am not the biggest fan of eyeliner (I will mention why later on).  The eyeliner that I am going to be sharing with you guys today is

LA Girl Glide Gel Eyeliner Pencil

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To make this review as detailed as possible, I am going to introduce a template that was introduced to me from Review.com. They have a really well written and informative article called

“The Best Eyeliner”

In this article, they did extensive research to narrow down the best eyeliners on the market. They consulted with chemists and formulation experts and out of 70 eyeliners on the market, they were able to narrow this list down to 1 eyeliner overall, for 6 categories: Drugstore, Pencil, Gel, Liquid, Organic, Waterproof/Waterline.

In addition to this, they not only tell you the best on the market, they help you find the best eyeliner for you if you wish to check out other eyeliners that aren’t on the list. I suggest you check it out, give it a read.

Let’s begin!

L.A. Girl Glide Gel Eyeliner

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L.A. Girl Glide Gel Eyeliner Pencil (first swatch)

Let me start off by saying that this is the HARDEST eyeliner to find in Black. I have been looking for this eyeliner since August last year (2016) and only 3 weeks ago I was able to get my hands on it at my local Wonderful World ( beauty supply store). I don’t know if it is because the store is not meeting the demand or the customers are buying this eyeliner 3 or 4 at a time but it took me a while to get this bad boy and lemme tell you, It was worth the wait. If I could create another category on the Review.com website for Drugstore Pencil Eyeliners, this would be considered #1.

Features of this eyeliner pencil

Buildability — This means the ability to layer the eyeliner with no streaking or removal of the previous layer applied. With this definition in mind, this eyeliner fits the definition.

High pigmentation — One swipe is full opacity. This eyeliner is VERY. VERY. VERY black.

Consistency — Very soft, very creamy and very lightweight. Definitely not your mother’s eyeliner pencil.

Strong stick — Yup.

Overall ease of application ­— As easy and putting on a bullet lipstick. One swipe with light pressure and you’re good.

Stay-on power ­— I had this eyeliner on for a cool 10 hours and this thing held onto my waterline like a champ. Funny enough, when I swatched it on my hand before I purchased it the swatch actually held up through multiple hand washing before I got my Lancome Eye Makeup Remover.

No smudging ­­— Zero. Zilch. Nada. No raccoon eyes here.

True to color — It is definitely the color on the package and the color I expected.

Hypo-allergenic — (This is what I was talking about earlier). I stopped using eyeliner many years ago because of what I would experience minutes after using it. After applying eyeliner to my waterline, from application until I was ready to take it off, my eyes would itch, burn and water. It did not matter what type of eyeliner it was, liquid, gel or pencil I would have the same end result.  It was not the most pleasant experience for me as you could imagine so I stopped using eyeliner altogether.

To be very honest, I was expecting this eyeliner to do the same thing but I was definitely surprised.

Availability — This eyeliner was not easy for me to find in Trinidad at all as I mentioned earlier. Wonderful World, All those Chinese beauty supply stores on Charlotte Street and Fredrick street, I could not find this eyeliner anywhere. If you are lucky enough to find it in stores grab them up. If you don’t want the walk around, check out Amazon, ULTA, Beauty Bay and the L.A. Girl website. There are in stock on all those sites currently.

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9 Z Palette dupes

About a month ago, Z Palette went on a social media rampage that left makeup consumers speechless.

I would leave a link with details about what happened

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Basically (excuse my french) Z Palette fucked up.

After people found out that a company they once supported, insulted people online and they made it known that they were not apologizing, a lot of people were in a shitty place.  They don’t want to support a shitty brand but, Z Palettes are a great product. There are some people that were using a black nail polish to hide the brand name (as suggested by The Fancy Face) and there were others that were looking for alternatives. This is where I come in! I am going to condense all of the magnetic palettes that I have found online from indie brands to your bigger companies.

Z Palette made it extremely easy. Their prices are absolutely inflated and every company I found is dollars cheaper so these dupes are going to look great in comparison.

Let’s begin

1. Crowd Color on Etsy

These are the cutest palettes I have seen so far. This shop on Etsy has great designs you can choose from or you can personalize your own magnetic palette either cardboard or tin. These palettes range from US 12.83 to US 20.54. The smaller cardboard palettes are around $13, Medium $17 and Large $20 (approximately). I noticed the prices vary depending on the design and the most expensive palette was a small tin pan for exactly $20.54.

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$12.84
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$17.98
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$17.98

The price is a little up there but you do get the option to personalize, in addition to a great mirror. Compared to the Medium and Small Z Palette, even though it is a few dollars more for these gorgeous palettes, the palettes are slightly bigger in size, they have a great mirror and the option to personalize so this is a better investment.

2. Altair Beauty

These are another set of gorgeous palettes. These are comparable to the Large Z Palettes but they are definitely slightly bigger and have way better packaging and a large mirror on the inside.

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$20.95
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$20.95
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$20.95

These all run for $20.95 which means that it is only 95 cents more than the Large Z Palette which is amazing. I would definitely add these to my list if I were you.

3. SUVA Beauty

These palettes are definitely the cheapest palettes I have come across so far. On the site, they say that the larger of the two palettes available is $12 and the other is $8 which is pretty damn good. Only hang up is, I don’t have dimensions for the two palettes. I have to go just based off of their description. SUVA Beauty is bigger than your standard eyeshadow pan which is 26mm. SUVA is 37mm and it only holds 8, 37mm pans.

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$12
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$8

4. Love Luxe Beauty

This one is for you guys that don’t really care more about functionality than aesthetic. It is a large, plain palette. Compared to Z palette it is bigger than your Medium sized Z palette but not as big as the Large Z palette. Either way, it is wayyyyyy cheaper than both Medium and Large palettes at an unbelievable cost of $12.

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$12

5. Amazon

As always Amazon always coming through with amazing deals. These palettes I found have great reviews.

Double sided magnetic palette with divider

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$29

Definitely a steal for $29. It is basically two palettes in one

Medium sized magnetic palette

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$13.99

6.  Tarte: Wild Animal Tarteist PRO Custom Magnetic Palette

This has to be my favorite. I am not a big fan of leopard print but I do love this.

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$17

7. Coloured Raine Magnetic Palette

This is an indie brand that has been making a lot of waves these past few years and I am proud. I remember when they were on the come up and it’s nice to see them blossom into the bad ass, consistent, great quality product company. Check them out.

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$15

8. Makeup Forever Metal Palette

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$11

The most popular on my list. It is a thin, tin palette with a clean design and it has a foam and clear insert to protect your shadows, blushes, highlighters…etc when traveling. It is something that no other company offers and it was definitely well received since it is sold out nearly all the time.

9. Shea Moisture Metal Palette

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$10

Another metal palette option. Definitely didn’t know about this until I googled metal palettes. Definitely one of the cheaper options on the list.

These are all the companies I have found that offers great palettes. Even though I cannot comment on delivery times and shipping costs because I didn’t order from these companies, I am just giving a master list of all the companies I know that offers palettes like Z Palettes.

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Chit Chat: A comeback for MAC?

It is no big secret that MAC has not been on a lot of people radars since the pre-social media influencer era.

With the popularity of YouTube, Facebook and Instagram and the changing beauty industry, it just seemed like MAC was just standing in the back of the crowd watching everything happen. They just could not find their place in the new makeup era and they quickly disappeared from everyone’s list and their favorites.

In my mind, a lot of things contributed to this.

Competition Back in the early 2000’s, apart from drug store brands which didn’t have much to offer, MAC was the one ‘high end’ brand you could run too for just about anything. As a makeup artist and as a makeup enthusiast. There weren’t many companies offering the type of products that MAC were offering. Now, everyone of their mother has a makeup line and offers just as much or even more than what MAC offers.

Price, Quality gap  I remember when anything MAC was holy grail. If you had a collection full of MAC, you were ‘it’.  Now, MAC is just, ‘meh’. As mentioned before, as more and more companies released product, they were selling better quality eye shadows for example and at a cheaper price and naturally, people would flock to the better deal. Instead of just putting up with the O.K quality like before because you didn’t really have a lot of choices, people have the hundreds of other companies to choose from and their quality and prices may be better.

Their collections MAC even though they were in a kinda rough patch, they were still cranking out collection after collection. Which is a good thing……if the collections were good. In 2016 alone, I believe they had 40 collections and in my opinion out of those collections, only 2 really made me want to grab my wallet and throw out all my money on a MAC counter.

Those two were the Taraji P. Henson collaboration

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Those two collections were absolutely phenomenal in my honest opinion. A lot of avid MAC collectors over the years got bored with the things they were releasing and it also seemed like MAC was running out of ideas.

Apart from the negatives, I must say that last year MAC really did attempt to get in with the cool kids. They hopped onto the trend with liquid lipsticks. Which was a really brilliant step because liquid lipsticks are still a hot item.

mac_retromatte001They fell short though because every vlogger and blogger I knew and followed, hated them. Still gave them a thumbs up for trying though, the colors in the line were gorgeous. Some other things that they did last year was introduce more bold and bright colors in their Matte lipstick collection,featured-slider-image-copy-1  reintroduced strobe creams in their collection imageand their Spell Binder eye shadows were a MAJOR hit

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This year, they have been having major hits so far as well.

New lipkits

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Getting on the metallic trend

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MAC seems to be doing  a-ok for now.

I love their new stuff so far.

What do you think?

Is it too little too late for them?

Do you think they never lost their touch?

Do you see MAC slowly creeping back into your collection soon?

Are you a MAC collector?

Let me know in the comments below.

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bh Cosmetics 14pc brush set review

 

The Bh Cosmetics 14 piece brush set is the first up in my Brush Hunt series for the new dscn0650year. I introduced the idea earlier a couple weeks/ months ago and I must say the response was wonderful. People liked the idea. It was just something that crossed my mind when watching YouTube videos and I decided to give it a go.

The first thing that comes to mind when you hear Bh cosmetics is BRUSHES. At least that is true for me. Before I got sucked into the makeup world, I always heard about Bh cosmetics and I always knew that they had very cheap BUT very high quality brushes and this 14 piece brush set is no exception.

I bought this brush set from Beauty Stash in Trinidad 9+ months on a whim because I got tired of buying individual brushes. Individual brushes are great but I realized instead of buying one brush for $25TT, I could just save up some money and buy a 12-14 piece set for $150-200TT. Which is great. If the 14 piece was $200, the brushes individually it would be $14 and that is phenomenal.So, I put my money toward something better and I got this set for $200TT.dscn0653

 

This brush set is 14 pieces. In the set there are 5 Face brushes:

1. Powder Brush
2. Flat Contour Brush
3. Domed Buffing Brush
4. Small Contour Brush
5. Angled Blush Brush

 

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There are also 9 Eye brushes:

6. Tapered Blending Brush
7. Crease Shading Brush
8. Large Flat Shadow & Concealer Brush
9. Medium Flat Shadow & Concealer Brush
10.Tapered Smudger Brush
11.Small Detailing Brush
12.Angled Brow & Liner Brush
13.Bent Fine Liner Brush
14.Spooley Brush

 

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Larger brushes
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Smaller brushes

Specs

Types of Bristles-  Cruelty Free Synthetic Hairs

 


Vegan- Yes

 


Brush handle- I believe it is made out of wood. It has some weight and it is definitely sturdy

 


Ferel-I am not sure about the material the ferel is made out of but these brush ferels have definitely been through a lot of washes, improper drying (please dry your brushes with the bristles below the handle) and they are just as solid as the day I bought them.

 


Softness- In general, all of these brushes are very soft and luxurious on the face and eye area.  There is not one brush in this set that is scratchy to the touch, which is always a wonderful thing and what you would expect in a good quality brush.

 


Shape- I have two criticisms here. Majority of the brushes are shaped well for their intended function except for number 1 and number 10. Number 1 which is the Powder brush, instead of the brush ferrule being round it’s slightly flattened and the bristles are almost fan like but it isn’t quite there yet. So you have to choose to pick up powder with the flat side which doesn’t work OR on the top, but that doesn’t work out well either because the brush doesn’t have a big surface area like a normal powder brush so it takes a while to powder. It’s just odd. In addition the number 10 which is the tapered smudger, I wish it was a little shorter to effectively smudge.

 


 

All in all, this brush set is an awesome buy and I think that I am going to purchase more bh cosmetics brushes from their inventory. You should definitely consider this set in your next brush purchase. Thanks so much for reading. Stay tuned for another addition to the Brush Hunt

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Intro

For the New Year, I am going to be adding another type of review to my blog. It’s called the Brush Hunt.

In these brush hunts, brushes both individuals and in sets that I have purchased, I’m going to give detailed information about price, location (US and Trinidad) and any”specs “that would be of great interest to makeup brush buyers.

Just a quick example,  I would give facts about types of bristles but also give my opinion on brush softness, handle weight, packaging and whether or not I recommend the featured brush set.

Over the past year, I’m not going to lie, I bought a lot of brushes.

Mostly inexpensive ones, but still, collectively, a lot of money was spent. It’s ok though, the more brushes I purchased, the more I realized that all brushes are NOT created equal. Even though the price tag may be amazing (or make you clutch your wallet), sometimes it is just better to spend a little bit extra (or a little less) on your tools.

Hopefully these reviews would better guide you through the over whelming necessity, which is brush shopping. There is nothing is more disappointing than wasting your money on a brush that does not do it’s job.

What do you guys think?

Is it something that you would be interested in?

Let me know in the comments!

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