Hello valued readers! How is everyone doing?
I got back my recent photo shoot pictures recently and boy, do I love them! You can check them out on my Facebook page.
Remember once upon a time, before I became a makeup artist, I barely ever used brushes for makeup? Yeah, well now it's different. -__-
Now I have at least 40-50 brushes in my makeup kit and even they feel like a very small amount. Lol!
These two brushes sent to my by Brigette's Boutique have also become a prominent feature in my makeup!
Brigette's Boutique is a discount cosmetic retailer. The store was started in 2003 and sells makeup products and tools. By obtaining most products in bulk form they can sell them at discount rates. So it is a great place to find that MAC lipstick they don't make anymore. *w*
So, here's a review of both brushes with a little bit about how I use them. ^_^
The brushes were sent really well packed, with bubble wrap and foam. Brigette's Boutique also added two samples of their own product line called Annika Maya, a glitter and an eyeshadow in the package along with their card.
The two brushes are:
The Flat Top Synthetic Long Handle Kabuki Brush:
$9.95 (Approx. Rs.550)
This flat top kabuki brush is like a normal kabuki brush except that it has quite a long handle!
The brush is amazingly soft, in fact my sister who loves to play with my brushes, fiddled with its bristles for hours till I asked her to stop, to which she replied that she had bonded with it and named it "Fluffy." Lol!
Jokes aside, this brush is really soft as velvet, especially since the fibers are synthetic. The top is well cut and doesn't have any stray hairs poking out. Even on the face, the brush is gentle, unlike some of my powder brushes that feel soft on the hand but prickle on the face.
This flat top brush is great for all sorts of uses!
- Blending out foundation with it is a dream.
-Works like a charm for buffing out the edges of your contouring or blush.
-Removing/ buffing out excess foundation is easy. You get a poreless, airbrushed look.
-Applying powders, though I haven't used it much for that.
I loved using this brush for blending, I would apply my foundation over my face with a concealer brush and swirl this brush through. I did however swirl it over my face after moisturising so that it sucks up some of the moisturiser and I waste less foundation. ^_^
Cleaning this brush was very easy, the product let the fibers quite easily but it took forever and a day to dry! Okay, it was almost a day. That's pretty long though, so if you need to use the brush soon after, maybe spot cleaning regularly and an occasional deep clean is a better option.
This brush shed a couple of hairs the first time I washed it but has behaved well after that. No shedding and no losing shape! Woohoo!
Overall a great multipurpose brush and at a very affordable price!
The Duo Fibre Brush:
Aka: Stippling brush/ Skunk brush (gotta love that name! Lol!)
$6.50 (Approx Rs. 350)
This duo fibre brush isn't the best out there but it does what its supposed to and the price is right! I don't think I've seen a stippling brush in this kind of price range in India. Of course it doesn't compare to MAC's 187 which is much fuller and thicker but it's a fraction of the price and gets the job done!
The white fibers (the ones that you actually touch to your face) are lovely and soft, but they aren't very dense so you need a little patience working in small areas with this brush.
-Applying foundation for an airbrushed finish.
-Applying cream blushes or highlighters to make them look diffused and give a soft finish.
-Applying pigmented powder blushes so that you don't overdo them.
How to Use:
I've heard people complain about stippling brushes, most problems arise from not using it right.
The right way to use a stippling brush is by using it at a right angle to the face and using barely any pressure.
Only the tips of the white bristles should have product on them and then you stipple the product.
After that, using the same brush or even the flat top kabuki brush, swirl, to blend.
Again, make sure you use only the white hairs, the black hairs should barely move. ^_^
Using it like a normal brush will give you a streaky finish.
Cleaning this brush was much more tedious than the flat top kabuki. It didn't shed too much but a lot of black dye bled out from the black hairs. After 5 washes, the bleeding has finally stopped!
It did retain its shape well though!
Overall, a very useful brush but has problem when you clean it. But for the price, who could complain?
I hope you liked this review! You can try out Brigette's Boutique for all kinds of makeup products and tools, from MAC to Revlon and they even have their own brand of cosmetics called Annika Maya that I will be reviewing soon!
Thanks for reading!
Products sent for review. My opinion is honest and my own.