Artis Brushes review and photos.

Artis Brushes: Oval 7, Oval 3, Circle 1, Linear 1.

We all know quality makeup tools are equality important as using quality cosmetics.  I honestly thought I had every efficient tool at my disposal to achieve a flawless finish.  That is, until Artis Brushes ($35-60 USD) came along with their innovative design and artisanal charm.  Will these “hand-assembled” beauties render my animal hair counterparts extinct?  You’ll see.   🙂

Artis Brushes: Oval 7, Oval 3, Circle 1, Linear 1.

Artis Brushes:
Oval 7, Oval 3, Circle 1, Linear 1.

The Pros to Artis Brushes:

  1. Made of “CosmeFibre® monofilaments”– incredibly soft dense synthetic fibers.
  2. Quality synthetic fibers can be used with powder, liquid and cream products.
  3. Handles are composed of “thermoformed resins, like those used to make high-end automobile components.”
  4. Metallic faux coating is fingerprint resistant.
  5. Brushes come housed in a sturdy box (see below).
  6. The Elite Mirror, Elite Smoke and Elite Gold collections contain a rubberized center that makes holding and gripping the brush convenient and comfortable.
  7. Rubberized center is easily cleaned with any moistened wipe.
  8. Handles are ergonomically designed to efficiently apply makeup to oneself.
  9. If you are a makeup artist, the Oval 7 can definitely be used to apply foundation on others as well.
  10. The Oval 7 is especially effective on mature and sensitive skins for foundation application.
  11. The Oval 7 in particular, looks exquisite when placed on a vanity.  The density, shape, unique fiber bundling and color reminds me of hair brushes from the Victorian Era.
  12. All the brushes are multifunctional.
  13. Brushes do not contain a ferrule, which makes cleaning and drying stress-free.
  14. Fibers hold up perfectly after weekly deep washings.  Artis does not recommend this frequency, but I do it anyway to ensure bacteria does not accumulate within the dense fibers.
  15. Brushes “resists excess water, alcohol, acids, detergent. Your Artis® brushes won’t degrade from brush cleaning formulas.”
  16. Any micro-fiber cloth can be used to remove excess product immediately after product application.
  17. Synthetic fibers on all Artis Brushes are cruelty-free and vegan.

The Cons to Artis Brushes:

  1. Most of Artis brushes are manufactured in China.  This baffles me, considering they clearly employ a USA factory for production of the Fluenta Collection.
  2. The Fluenta Collection (exclusive to Neiman Marcus) is made in the USA; costing five-ten dollars more per brush.
  3. Limited retail locations to see and feel the Elite Mirror and Smoke Brushes–my preferred collections.
  4. The dense fibers of the Oval 3 and Circle 1 deposit a heavy layer of powdered pigment–not something I prefer for eyeshadow application.
  5. Not the most efficient texture for highlighter application.
  6. The perpendicular angle and head size of the eye brushes are not the best choices for intricate eyeshadow application.
  7. The Linear 1 brush is not my favorite.  The long stiff fibers paired with the angle of the brush head makes for awkward eyeliner application.
  8. Artis’s website is configured oddly with two thick, black blocking strips on the top and bottom of the screen–makes viewing products and navigation bothersome.

Artis Oval 7 Brush:

Artis Brush Oval 7.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

  • Let me begin by stating the obvious, the Oval 7 ($60 USD) brush is my favorite out of the lot. The larger oval shape, and dense flattened surface area is perfect for a picking-up and buffing-out product quickly.
  • The ridiculously soft fibers glide on the skin so smoothly without tugging or scratching.  Color deposition is immediate on the first swipe.  The ultra fine tipped fibers blend and press the liquid foundation into pores, resulting in a flawless appearance.
  • For the above photo, I used Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation without diluting the formula. Normally, this full coverage foundation needs to be thinned out with some primer in order for the formula to apply smoothly on my dry skin.  However, since discovering the Oval 7, I place one thin dot on my cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose and proceed to run the brush over the skin in a fluid motion.  This technique results in an even distribution of foundation that melds with the skin, rather than sitting on top of the skin.
  • The Oval 7 is also great for powder application and for cheek contouring.  Simply use the sides of the brush to despots a noticeable contour line and then blend out the line with the surface of the brush.
  • Bottom line, if you want to dip your toe into the world of Artis, the Oval 7 is one brush you will not regret buying.

Artis Oval 3 Brush:

Artis Brush Oval 3.

Artis Brush Oval 3.

Artis Brush Oval 3.

Artis Brush Oval 3.

Artis Brush Oval 3

Artis Brush Oval 3 used for concealer.

Artis Brush Oval 3

Artis Brush Oval 3 used for nose contouring.

  • The Oval 3 ($35 USD) brush has a more rounded surface than the Oval 7.  Truthfully, I was hoping this would work as a great crease brush, but it is simply too bulky and rounded for my liking.  I prefer to use this for concealer application.  The oval size fits the contours of the bottom eye socket perfectly and the dense fibers blend concealer beautifully without any product settlement into the fine lines.  In addition, the sides of the brush head work well for buffing powder to set concealer.
  • I have also been enjoy using the Oval 3 to contour the sides of my nose.  Granted, this is not something I do on a daily basis, but it is nice to know I have such a competent tool at my disposal should the mood strike.  The dense fibers blend-out the pigment to perfection, giving the illusion of natural shadowing.
  • Bottom line, although not a must-have, I have found use for Oval 3 in my routine.  I still prefer my MAC 217, Eve Pearl 105 , Billy B brush, and Chikuhodo Z-5 for eyeshadow application.

Artis Circle 1 Brush:

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

  • The Circle 1 ($35 USD) brush is flat-out adorable.  This is the one brush I can throw into my makeup bag for easy touch-ups throughout the day.  The long dense fibers work well as a lip brush, crease brush, spot concealer brush and to apply an inner corner highlight color.
  • Lately, I have using this guy to spot conceal the green veining on the sides of my nose, closest to my inner corner.  The stiff, soft fibers fit the area perfectly and somehow blends the smallest amount of product seamlessly.
  • Bottom line, great little brush that surprisingly does the job of many.

Artis Linear 1 Brush:

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

  • Oh my, where do I begin?  You know how some people save the best for last?  In my case, I wanted to dazzle you in the beginning, and let you down easily to show, not all brushes from this line are wonderful.
  • The Linear 1 ($35 USD) brush, to put it bluntly, was a colossal waste of money.  I thought I was going to create the perfect eyeliner shape, however, as you can see the brush design is completely inefficient.  In order to apply liner one has to use short strokes and have a head-on view to accommodate the different contours of the eye.
  • This brush does not allow for much movement.  The stiff, Spinosaurus-like bristles are too long and thick.  In addition, the head’s perpendicular positioning on the handle, makes it difficult to get a good view for color placement.
  • As for brow color application, I would say this would be good if you are using a powder eyeshadow with room to accommodate the cumbersome head shape and angle.  In my case, the Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro (reviewed here) pot is too small to handle the large head.  I could transfer some cream to a palette, but I find that step a tad unrealistic for my personal routine.
  • Bottom line:  hop, skip and jump away from this one–I’ll stick to my angled liner brush any day.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

  • Artis Oval 7 is so nice I had to buy it twice.  This mentality may not suit everyone’s budget or needs, but a $15 off $60 coupon from Beautybar.com was too tempting to resist.  Furthermore, if I were to add-up the cost of all the Beautyblenders I have purchased over the years, it would certainly surpass the cost of this one brush.

 

**Artis Brushes are sold at net-a-porter.com, Beautybar.com, artisbrush.com, saksfifthavenue, neimanmarcus, etc..**  Beautybar.com coupon code for new customers to receive 20% off  total purchase is AFF20BEAUTYBAR or $15 OFF $60 purchase with code BENEFITHUB15.  (coupons are subject to change and may not work at the time of this post).  

 

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Artis Brushes are truly innovative.  The Oval 7 is clearly a must-have in anyone’s collection, regardless of age.  The eye brushes are really nice to have, but not so much so that I will ever give up my traditional eyeshadow brushes.  As of late, the market has been flooded with Artis design dupes, some sets costing less than the cost of the Oval 7.  Personally, I rather get the original then settle for a cheap imitation–which is true for anything in life.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos and/or written content cannot be copied and/or used for any other social media and/or publications.*

Products I’m Just Not That Into…

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R, Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks, and Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara.

Let’s face it, not one cosmetic brand is perfect.  Most of the products featured on this blog have brought me much joy; however, even the most cherished brands can sometime deliver faux pas.  For today’s post, I decided to take a departure from my normal makeup accolades, and bring you Products I’m Just Not That Into.  Call it a public duty, an act of kindness, or a bit of girl talk–but these products need a serious makeover–STAT!!  I hope you enjoy.

Product #1:  Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R Brush:

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R

Products I’m Just Not That Into:
Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R

Products I’m just Not That Into:
Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R vs. Artis Oval 7 Brush.

  • Artis Makeup Brushes were designed for personal use to deliver optimum results while utilizing minimum product.  There is no denying the soft synthetic fibers (CosmeFiber) feel heavenly on the skin; however, the excess packaging and quality control is questionable.
  • For some reason, the company manufactures the majority of their brushes in China and a single style in the USA:  The Mirror Collection (white) is made in China, The Elite Smoke (gray) is made in China and The Fluenta Collection (black/w silver details) is made in the USA/exclusive to Neiman Marcus.  All the brushes contain the same CosmeFiber, with the only visible difference being the design of the exterior handles.
  • When I first saw the box on my front stoop, I thought Neiman Marcus sent me the wrong package. The two-pound box (according to the shipping label) seemed rather large for a single brush.  To my shock, The Fluenta Circle 1R Brush ($40 USD) came housed in an oversized black velvet box (as seen above).  This sort of excess extravagance is completely unnecessary, considering the size of the brush and material used.
  • Truth be told, I sense the company is overcompensating in packaging to justify the inflated cost of the brushes.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R

  • As soon as I held the Fluenta Circle 1R Brush, I knew it would not be a favorite.  Firstly, the brush, with the exception of the fibers, is constructed entirely of a plastic. The silver facade is not metal and the black lower half is composed of a texturized (not rubberized) hardened plastic/resin. Secondly, the partially exposed seam on the inner side of the brush, appears to be a misstep in the bonding process.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R

  • Another partially exposed seam can be found on the side of the brush.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Artis Fluenta Collection Circle 1R

  • The bubbled silver material at the front end of the brush is further evidence of lax quality control.
  • The Fluenta Circle 1R does an adequate job of blending out eyeshadow, but quite frankly, for the price, this brush should be flawless from tip to base.

Product #2:  Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks:

Products I'm just Not That Into: Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks Barely Pink and Plum Naked.

Products I’m just Not That Into:
Eve Pearl Liquid
Lipsticks Plum Naked and Barely Pink.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks Barely Pink and Plum Naked swatches

Products I’m just Not That Into:
Eve Pearl Liquid
Lipsticks Barely Pink and Plum Naked swatches.

  • As you may have surmised, Eve Pearl is one of my favorite makeup lines.  When I heard she started  formulating liquid lipsticks ($26 USD each or $29 USD for the duo on QVC), I was ecstatic. The promise of a well designed applicator, universally flattering colors, hydrating feel, long-lasting wear and full coverage was just what the doctor ordered.
  • My personal issues with these lipsticks is the pungent fragrance and color options.  Sadly, the artificial grapefruit/pepto bismol-esque aroma is so overpowering, I was unable to properly test the formula (hence, the lack of lip photos).
  • IMHO, the two colors offered are not universally flattering.  Against my olive skin, Barely Pink’s lavender undertone makes me look downright sickly and Plum Naked translates into a pinky orange.  I believe these colors would look spectacular against fair/light-skinned beauties, those with blonde hair, and blue/green eyes.  Plum Naked could work on darker complexions.  However, both colors seem to clash drastically with medium olive complexions.
Products I'm just Not That Into: Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks Barely Pink applicator head.

Products I’m just Not That Into:
Eve Pearl Liquid
Lipstick Barely Pink applicator head.

  • Admittedly, the applicator head is wonderful.  As Eve demonstrates on QVC (here), you truly get full coverage using only one dip of the wand.
Products I'm just Not That Into: Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks Barely Pink and Plum Naked ingredient list.

Products I’m just Not That Into:
Eve Pearl Liquid
Lipsticks Barely Pink and Plum Naked ingredient list.

  • On a slightly personal note, I’m not a big fan of Mineral Oil used as the main ingredient in any product (read more about mineral oil here and here).  It is rather inexpensive, inefficient and not befitting of this amazing brand.

Product #3:  Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara:

Products I'm just Not That Into: Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara.

Products I'm just Not That Into: Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara.

  • As you may know, I adore my Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (pink wand/reviewed here), however the Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara ($6.99 USD) is not on the same level.  As you can tell by the above photo, the tapered design traps the wet formula toward the base of the wand.  This uneven product placement translates to the lashes instantly, creating a spidery appearance and clumps galore.
  • Furthermore, the plastic bristles are too short to properly comb the formula through the lashes, thus contributing to the clump factor.
  • As expected, the wet formula remains in a soft state, thus smudging throughout the day.  Most of the damage is noticeable against my socket bone–the area my lashes come into contact with the most.  Individuals with hooded eyes and oily skin will do well to stay clear of this mascara.
  • To make matters even worse, removal is a pain in the tuckus.

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you a product’s success is very subjective.  Although these products did not work for me, they may work for others.  In the meanwhile, I will continue to enjoy my Artis Oval 7 Brush (great with liquid formulas), my Eve Pearl foundation, concealer, eyeshadows, etc. and my beloved Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara.  After all, makeup companies are entitled to some mistakes–just as long as they learn from them.  Lesson over–class dismissed.  🙂   Are there any products you are just not that into?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

PS: I’m thinking about making this a monthly series–a respectful dose of honesty never hurts.  🙂  

 

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me with the exception of Eve Pearl Liquid Lipsticks (sent by PR for consideration).  *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos and written content cannot be used for any other social media and/or publications.

Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette review and photos.

Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palettes.

There are very few makeup accessories/tools that successfully capture my attention.  In all fairness, many are geared toward professional makeup artistry and are not intended for the mainstream.  Then again, my dubious nature automatically dismisses these products as fads or clever marketing ploys designed to garnish more sales.  Such is not the case with Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette ($30 for two).  This is one “professional” accessory that has proven it’s worth many times over.  I hope you enjoy.

Eve Pearl

The Pros to Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette:

  1. Comes with two palettes per order–black and silver.
  2. Different colors make it easy to distinguish each palette’s purpose–one for foundation and concealer, the other for eyes and lips.
  3. Rectangular shape is discreet, yet sizable.
  4. Malleable material is rather durable and slips on the fingers easily–especially on larger fingers.
  5. Multiple palettes can be used on the same hand–up to three at once.
  6. Lightweight design is truly feather-light.
  7. Scratch resistant surface is easily cleaned–even in the presence of long-wearing formulas.
  8. Makeup application is more sanitary–especially if applied to others.
  9. “Made of a non-porous material for durability.”
  10. A must-have for makeup artists and those of us with excessively dry hands (explanation below).
  11. Due to the thin design, the palette fits neatly in any drawer or makeup kit.

The Cons to Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette:

  1. The adjustable ring does not accommodate slim fingers.  I tried to tighten the band to fit my ring finger more securely, but I found the material did not want to hold its shape.
  2. Country of origin and/or material used is not specified anywhere on the box or product info page.
  3. Expensive–purchasing during the Eve Pearl Black Pearl sale (which I did) is highly advisable.

Eve Pearl

Eve Pearl

  • The purpose for my purchase was to rid myself from using the back of my hand to mix foundation and lipstick colors.  I know this sounds so trivial, but for those of us plagued with excessively dry skin on our hands, the constant wiping causes skin to crack, feel unbearable and appear unsightly.  This palette has made makeup concocting so much more pleasurable during my morning routine.  🙂
  • As you can tell from the photos above, the ring-like design allows the palette to rest against the contours of the hand very nicely.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I rarely use the palettes in this manner.  For my personal use, I simply hold the band attachment between my thumb and index fingers.
  • When I applied makeup to my mother, I found wearing the palette on my middle finger provided the ideal proximity for applying foundation, concealer and liner with easy and speed.

Eve Pearl

Eve Pearl

  • For the above photos, my Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation (reviewed here) was mixed with Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Poreless Primer (here).  Normally this long-lasting concoction does not remove smoothly from the back of my hand–a good dose of scrubbing with a tissue is often required.
  • However, cleanup was totally effortlessly with the Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette–saving my skin from unnecessary scrubbing and exceedingly parched conditions.

Eve Pearl

  • From time to time, in an attempt to consume some of the liquid matte lipsticks in my collection, I like to mix colors together.  However, as we all know, matte liquid lipsticks can be quite arduous to remove when given the opportunity to dry–not the best scenario for my dry skin.
  • The Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette not only exhibits the colors more accurately, but the newly formed mixture does not dry-out on the “non-porous” surface and removal is a breeze.  For the above photo, Lime Crime Wicked (ultra drying/long-lasting formula) was mixed with Dose of Colors Merlot.

Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palettes.

  • The clever slender design of these palettes, allows for easy storage–my two lovelies are inconspicuously stashed away alongside my face brushes.

**Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette can be purchased on EvePearl.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette is beyond useful–bordering on necessary.  The amazing size, scratch-resistant surface, lightweight feel, ring design, amount given and convenient storage makes this purchase totally worth the expense.  As mentioned in my previous post, Eve Pearl hosts a number of Black Pearl sales throughout the year–all of her merchandise is discounted 40%, 50% and 60% off.  At the time of my purchase, the Pro Palette was 60% off ($12).  Signing up for email alerts for the next Black Pearl sale (most likely on Black Friday) would be the perfect opportunity to sample this amazing brand.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences.*All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos can only be used for other social media and publications with granted permission.

Blotterazzi by beautyblender review and photos.

blotterazzi

As you may already know, I am a huge fan of beautyblender products.  IMHO, the original pink egg is the only tool that is able to blend-out my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation to perfection.  Their micro. mini incarnation (reviewed here) has the ability to meld concealer on skin seamlessly.  Needless to say, when their newest creation, blotterazzi by beautyblender ($20 for 2 sponges) was introduced, I knew I wanted–nay needed–to review this beauty.  Will this latest installment live up to the beautyblender rep or fall short on its claims?  You’ll see.  🙂

blotterazzi

Blotterazzi Performance:

  • The purpose of blotterazzi is to act as an alternative to blotting papers.  The sponges are designed with beautyblender’s signature soft latex-free material, pink coloring and egg shape.  At first glance, the thinly cut sponge seems flimsy, but the resilient material used on blotterazzi resembles that of the original beautyblender.  The tapered design is ideal for wrapping around one’s finger to access hard to reach areas on the face.  I must admit, I found the shape, size and girth perfect for accessing the corners of my nose and under eye area.
  • Personally, I’m predisposed to dry skin with an oily T-zone that blooms by late afternoon.  On a number of occasions, I did use blotterazzi, as directed, with minimal difference in my appearance. Despite the actual thinness of the sponge, the material simply was not absorbent enough to act as an effect “blotting” tool.  Pressing the sponge firmly on the affected area for 5-10 seconds did absorbed some oil, but did not completely mattify the skin.
  • I can see this product working for those that do not want to add extra product (aka: powder) on the skin, or for those that desire a slightly dewy finish rather than matte.

Blotterazzi Packaging:

blotterazzi

blotterazzi

blotterazzi

  • The accompanying compact is relatively thin, houses two washable/reusable sponges and a sizable mirror with a protective plastic sheet between the sponges.  The vented openings on the bottom is a nice touch, by allowing the sponges to “breathe” while contained.
  • I found the compact to be extremely lightweight and thin enough to fit in my small handbag; however, the overall appearance of the compact does not substantiate the cost.  The beautyblender logo could have been discretely placed on the bottom corner sans the words blotterazzi by beautyblender scrolled across on the cover.
  • The stark white compact coloring could have also been styled with the same pearlized gray coloring of the outer box.  Just based on appearance alone, this compact could easily be mistaken for the drugstore variety.
  • I realize these are rather superficial issues, but I believe packaging plays a huge part in pricing, and by golly, for twenty dollars, I want nicer packaging.

Blotterazzi Other Use:

blotterazzi

blotterazzi

  • As always, my curious nature did get the best of me, and I have since discovered another use for this seemingly average product. When used dampened or dry, blotterazzi makes an amazing tool for blending out concealer–dare I say, even better than the micro. mini.
  • The thinness paired with the oversized design are ideal for individuals with larger fingers and hands (like myself).  For perfectly blended results, I simply wrap the sponge tip around my index finger and grip the body of the sponge securely in my hand.  Patting motions work wonderfully to conceal veining and blemishes and the press and roll method is ideal for setting concealer with any powder of my choosing.
  • Since this discovery, I have consistently used blotterazzi for all of my concealing needs.

blotterazzi

  • As the above photo shows, blotterazzi’s substantial design is large enough to grip in the hand and the pointed end sits perfectly against hard to reach areas.

beautyblender Comparisons:

blotterazzi

  • As the above photo demonstrates, the beautyblender siblings are more robust and 3-dimensional than blotterazzi.
  • The original beautyblender is excellent for heavy liquid/cream foundation formulations.  When dampened, the sponge blends-out the heaviest formulas for skin-like results.
  • The micro. mini is cute as well as functional.  This sponge is ideal for concealer application and functions along the same lines as her older sister.  The only issues I can verify, is the small size can sometimes be a bit pesky to grip properly and the chartreuse coloring stains easily.

**blotterazzi by beautyblender can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom and beauty.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you blotterazzi by beautyblender is not a must-have.  If you are one that suffers from oily skin and are looking for an alternative to blotting papers (for a matte finish), this product may not be for you.  However, if you are looking for an amazing tool to blend out and set concealer, then you may have hit gold (slight exaggeration–but you get the point 🙂 ).  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, products in this post were provided by PR in exchange for an honest review. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos can only be used for other social media and publications with granted permission.

Rae Morris 15 Precision Bent-Liner Brush and 16 Brow Definer Brush review and comparisons.

Rae Morris 15 and 16 Brush.

Rae Morris 15 Precision Bent-Liner Brush and 16 Brow Definer Brush.

As you may already know, my brush collection is very edited.  My basic requirements when it comes to makeup brushes (natural or synthetic) are straight forward; they must be soft and exude remarkable craftsmanship.  So when my less than exquisite brow brush began falling apart, I decided to put my money where my mouth is and invest in Rae Morris 15 Precision Bent-Liner Brush ($18 USD) and 16 Brow Definer Brush ($18 USD). These two brushes successfully fulfill my insatiable need for convenience, quality and functionality.  I hope you enjoy.

Rae Morris 15 and 16 Brush.

Rae Morris 15 Precision Bent-Liner Brush and 16 Brow Definer Brush along with the 8 Medium Pointer Brush.

  • What sets Rae Morris brushes apart from any other brands is her signature magnetic base. Personally, this feature has made my makeup application faster and more pleasurable.  I simply attach the brushes to the metal base of my makeup mirror (as shown above) and easily reach for the brushes when needed–no more fumbling around my drawer looking for the appropriate brush.
Rae Morris 8, 15 and 16 Brush.

Rae Morris 15 Precision Bent-Liner Brush and 16 Brow Definer Brush in my MAC palette.

  • Rae Morris 15 Precision Bent-Liner Brush and 16 Brow Definer Brush have a slim design–perfect to store in any magnetic palette.  As you can imagine, such a convenient storage solution is ideal for traveling.
  • For the above photo, all three Rae Morris brushes (Rae Morris 8 Medium Blender reviewed here) are nestled perfectly in my MAC Palette and can easily be used to create and complete any look.  If only my Chikuhodo Z-5 Brush came with a magnetic base, then my life would truly be complete.  🙂
Laura Mercier vs. Rae Morris 15.

Bent-Liner Brush Comparison:
Laura Mercier vs. Rae Morris 15 Precision Bent-Liner Brush.

Laura Mercier vs. Rae Morris 15.

Bent-Liner Brush Comparison:
Laura Mercier vs. Rae Morris 15 Precision Bent-Liner Brush.

  • The Rae Morris 15 Precision Bent-Liner Brush is composed entirely of synthetic fibers.  The long tapered brush tip is perfect for creating a straight line on the upper lash line.  When compared to the Laura Mercier Angled Liner Brush, the Rae Morris Brush is longer, has more tightly packed fibers and a finely tapered tip to create the perfect winged liner.
  • This brush is unique in that it possesses a certain amount of give without being too stiff or difficult to maneuver.  Gels, liquids and powders cling to the bristles beautifully, creating a seamless line.
  • The acutely bent angle is ideal for reaching the inner corners of the eye and drawing an extended line past the tear duct.  Personally, this brush works especially well for those of us with longer lashes–the bent tip is able to reach above the lashes, for a clear shot of the lash line.  This is also useful for false lash wears to hide the lash band without smudging any liner on the lashes themselves.
  • This brush also makes the perfect choice for makeup novices that are not yet skilled in eyeliner application–the bent angle does most of the work.
  • Based on Rae’s recommendation, I can verify the pointed tip is fantastic for filling in beauty spots that have been masked by foundation.  🙂
Rae Morris 16 Brow Definer Brush.

Rae Morris 16 Brow Definer Brush.

Rae Morris 16 Brow Definer Brush.

Rae Morris 16 Brow Definer Brush.

  • Rae Morris 16 Brow Definer Brush is a great brush–this little wonder is a true multitask(er).  The tightly packed fibers retain their composure despite the amount of scrubbing incurred after every use. Naturally, the soft synthetic fibers can easily handle a variety of products, from gels, to creams to powders.
  • The hairs are cut to a precise angle and the top of the brush can be manipulated (by dampening and pinching the upper part) so that it resembles the finest, sharpest edge, to deliver a paper-thin line–any powdered eyeshadow can easily be used as an eyeliner.
Angled Eye Brow Brush Comparisons

Angled Eye Brow Brush Comparisons L-R:
Estee Lauder 20, Sephora 15, Rae Morris 16, MAC 208, MEMEBOX, Billy B., Make Up For Ever.

Angled Eye Brow Brush Comparisons

Angled Eye Brow Brush Comparisons L-R:
Estee Lauder 20, Sephora 15, Rae Morris 16, MAC 208, MEMEBOX, Billy B., Make Up For Ever.

  • For my part, the 16 Brow Definer is used mostly to fill-in my brows and to line the upper waterline.  As you can tell from the above photos, all of my other angled brushes have issues not befitting of my needs at the present moment. Some have splayed hairs, some are lacking density and proper girth, and others simply are composed of coarse, stiff material that is too abrasive for my tastes (looking at you MUFE).
  • This Brow Definer is quite useful for drawing in the finest hairs–great for spars eyebrows.  On my naturally full brows, this brush deposits color on the skin and defuses the pigment nicely throughout the hairs.
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Eye look using the Rae Morris 16 Brow Definer Brush damp with powdered eyeshadow across the upper lash line and with a cream product on the brows.

Rae Morris 15 and 16 Brush.

Eye look using the Rae Morris 15 Precision Bent-Liner Brush with gel liner and 16 Brow Definer Brush on the brows with a cream product (cloudy day).

Rae Morris 15 Precision Bent-Liner Brush and 16 Brow Definer Brush.

Eye look using the Rae Morris 15 Precision Bent-Liner Brush with liquid liner and 16 Brow Definer Brush on the brows with a cream product (sunny day).

**Rae Morris brushes are manufactured by hand in China and can be found at Beautylish.com**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Rae Morris 15 Precision Bent-Liner Brush and 16 Brow Definer Brush have become irreplaceable in my collection.  The thin handle design, tightly packed fibers, fantastic magnetic base, sleek appearance and multipurpose functionality are certainly present in these brushes.  Frankly, I have truly become accustomed to having my brushes so accessible at the base of my mirror, I have a feeling this will not be the last we see of Mrs. Morris’s line.  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Makeup Details and Direct Links:

All Photos:

  • Inglot AMC Liner 90 is used on the upper waterline with MUFE M-510 on the brow bone (here and here).
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (reviewed here purchase here).
  • Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in 2 Wedge Wood used on the brows (here).
  • Laura Mercier Rosegold Caviar Stick on the inner corners (here).

First photo:

  1. Laura Mercier Sandglow Caviar Stick all over the lid (in all photos) and waterline with Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo in 5 Vulcano across the lash line and in the outer “v” (here and here).
  2. MAC Uninterrrupted in the crease (here).

Second photo:

  1. Kjaer Weis Magnetic in the crease and outer corners (here). 
  2. Bobbi Brown Gel liner in Black Scotch (here).
  3. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo in 4 Wood to deepen crease (here).
  4. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Cocoa on the waterline and lower lash line with a little Cargo Bronzer lightly on top (here and here). 

Third Photo:

  1. MAC Uninterrupted in the crease and lower lash line with Cargo Bronzer lightly on top.
  2. MAC Sketch eyeshadow in the outer corner and slightly in the crease (here).
  3. Guerlain Liquid Liner (here).
  4. Laura Mercier Sandglow Caviar Stick on the waterline. 

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains affiliate store links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

The beautyblender micro.mini review and photos.

beautyblender micro.mini .

The beautyblender micro.mini.

By now, everyone has tried the infamous original beautyblender.  The neon pink malleable sponge works to blend out the heaviest foundations to sheer perfection.  It was only a matter of time before the company realized a smaller more compact version needed to be created.  Enter the beautyblender micro.mini ($17.95 USD/2 sponges); this little egg-shaped nugget is a must-have for true concealer junkies–or anyone that wants their under eye area to look flawless.  🙂   I hope you enjoy!

beautyblender micro.mini.

The beautyblender micro.mini.

The Pros to the beautyblender micro.mini:

  1. Tapered tip design is ideal for under eye concealer application.
  2. Non-latex foam with “open cell structure” is durable and melds pigments to skin seamlessly.
  3. Ideal for travel–compact shape fits in various sized makeup bags.
  4. Enlarges to twice the original size when wet.
  5. Washes easily in seconds and can be stored anywhere to dry.
  6. Due to the micro size, the sponge dries in less than an hour.
  7. Slightly more malleable than the original beautyblender.
  8. Using stippling motions conceals blemishes like no other.
  9. The bottom side can be used to apply highlighter to the tops of the cheeks and the center of the nose.
  10. Also suitable for light powder application under the eye area, using the press and roll method.
  11. I’ve also used the base to apply a light dusting of blush to the apples of my cheeks.
  12. Made in the USA.

The Cons to the beautyblender micro.mini:

  1. The neon chartreuse color is lively, but is prone to staining, especially when used with highly pigmented concealers.  I would have preferred a black version.
  2. Mini’s size maybe a bit too small for someone with larger fingers.
  3. Can seem like an extra step (you have to remember to immerse the sponge in water and squeeze out excess water) in the mornings when time is of the essence.
  4. The company claims the mini can also be used for contour application.  IMHO, the micro size makes contour application a bit awkward–I prefer the original BB for this purpose.
beautyblender mini

The beautyblender micro.mini.

beauty blender micro.mini

Size Comparison:
Dry beauty blender micro.mini vs. a dry original beautyblender.

  • Admittedly, when I received my beautyblender micro.mini I was taken aback by just how teeny tiny it was compared to the original beautyblender.  However, putting aside all of my preconceived notions, this little guy reaches areas on the face the original could not and really does blend out concealer to perfection–all the while providing fantastic coverage.
  • I prefer to place a small amount of concealer on the back of my hand, dip the tip of the beautyblender micro.mini directly into the concealer and dab the product on the desired areas.
  • As you can tell by the above photos, the size of the micro.mini doubles in size when wet.  The soft dampened sponge possess an airy quality that effortlessly stippled the pigment on the skin, resulting in flawless coverage.
beautyblender micro.mini

Under eye concealer, highlighter and powder blush were applied with the beautyblender micro.mini.

  • As stated earlier, the beautyblender micro.mini can also be used to apply a highlighting shade.   For the above photo, I utilized the rounded base of the mini to apply my Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Highlighter (reviewed here) to the top of the cheeks and bridge of my nose.  I also dipped the base of the sponge into my Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige and applied the color to the apples of my cheeks.
  • BTW, I had a slight blemish on the tip of my nose and a few dabs of concealer on the beautyblender micro.mini obliterated any signs of that pesky bugger.  When I removed my makeup at night, my husband looked at me and pointed to the blemish and asked, “Was that there before?”  Nope–but thank you for noticing.  Ahhh…the power of the MINI 🙂
beautyblender micro.mini

The beauty blender micro.mini drying in my ring holder.

  • My little BB micro.mini dries nicely in my ring holder, which incidentally holds everything else but my rings.  🙂  Frankly, this little guy can be perched on any surface to dry.

**The beautyblender micro.mini can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom and Beauty.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you the beautyblender micro.mini has managed to really impress me despite my initial doubts.  The signature soft beautyblender texture and amazing blending abilities is very much present in this tiny offering.  If you are someone that considers concealer the most important step in your makeup routine, then this newest little creation is for you.  Taking a few extra moments to wet the sponge in the mornings, will pay off in a beautiful complexion for the rest of the day.  Until next time, be well, stay safe, and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, the item in this post was provided by PR for consideration. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliated links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Rae Morris 8 Medium Point Shader Brush Really Delivers.

Rae Morris

Rae Morris 8 Medium Point Shader Brush.

Over the years, I have amassed some really lovely cosmetics brushes.  However, overtime tastes evolve and feelings change toward certain makeup products and tools.  As we age, skin becomes quite sensitive, especially around the eye area, and scratchy brushes become almost unbearable to use.  The search for a soft tapered blending brush lead me straight to Rae Morris 8 Medium Point Shader Brush ($30 USD).  This remarkable little gem has become one of the most useful makeup tools in my collection–my eyelids are rejoicing.  What can I say–it is the little things in life that make me happy. 🙂 I hope you enjoy.

Rae Morris

Rae Morris 8 Medium Point Shader Brush.

Rae Morris

Rae Morris 8 Medium Point Shader Brush.

Rae Morris 8 Medium Brush.

Rae Morris 8 Medium Point Shader Brush signature magnetic base.

The Pros to Rae Morris 8 Medium Point Shader Brush:

  1. Amazing tapered head design fits the curves of the eye socket perfectly.
  2. Composed of blue squirrel hair that is animal cruelty free.
  3. Black bristles look sleek and will not show eyeshadow discoloration.
  4. Ultra soft bristles and airy design glides on the skin without any eyeshadow drag–great brush to blend-out darker eyeshadow colors.
  5. Ideal for more mature skin, sensitive skin and those with smaller lid space.
  6. Pointed head is specifically suited to define the crease line for the quintessential cut-crease look.
  7. Can be used to apply the lid color, crease color, lower lash line color and to define the outer “v” area.
  8. Patented magnetic base can attach itself to any surface that is made of iron, nickel, or cobalt–quite useful when drying the brush upside down from my closet rod…don’t judge.
  9. A signature metal plate can be purchased to neatly display and organize all Rae Morris Brushes.
  10. Slim handle design can fit beautifully in any custom-made palette.
  11. Brown mahogany colored handle is made out of “recycled bamboo” and the lettering does not come off in the presence of lotions, creams or oils.
  12. Shorter handle is more convenient for close-up makeup application.
  13. According to a lovely Beautylish representative, the brushes are “considered hand-crafted (in China), with some elements [that are] machine-made.”
  14. Instructional videos on each brush are available through www.beautylish.com or www.raemorris.com.

The Cons to Rae Morris 8 Medium Point Shader Brush:

  1. In the spirit of full disclosure, my first #8 brush had some serious shedding issues.  **Beautylish graciously offered to ship a replacement hassle-free–a true testament of their amazing customer service.**
  2. The thinner handle does take some getting use to, especially if one is accustomed to using thicker handled Chikuhoho Brushes.
  3. Should you own more than one Rae Morris brush, and store them in a drawer or container, the magnetic base will attract the brushes to each other.
  4. Can only be used with powdered products–blue squirrel hair is too delicate to use with cream or gel products–be gentle peeps 🙂
Rae Morris Brush.

Rae Morris 8 Medium Point Shader Brush used to apply my crease color, brow bone color and lower lash line color.

Rae Morris Brush.

Rae Morris 8 Medium Point Shader Brush size in relation to the eye.

  • As you can tell by the above photos, this brush is quite compact and versatile–even for someone like me, with larger lid space.  Anyone can use this marvel to create an eye look from start to finish; IMHO, the smaller tapered head design suits a broader spectrum of people.  From the first moment I used the 8 Medium Point Shader, I knew it would be the one brush I did not want to be without.
Rae Morris Brush.

Comparison Brushes:
Smashbox #15 Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush, Rae Morris 8 Medium Pointer Shader, Trish McEvoy 29 Tapered Brush.

  • Smashbox #15 Eyeshadow Brush domed head design is really great for blending out pigmented colors, but the densely packed bristles create some drag on my skin.  In addition, the longer handle gets in my way every time I need to get up close and personal with my mirror 🙂
  • Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here) is a definite love of mine.  This brush is obviously larger and denser than the RM #8, but both brushes are composed of the same blue squirrel hair, which makes eyeshadow application an absolute pleasure.
  • Rae Morris #8 Medium Point Shader Brush is not overly dense and the airy quality deposits just the right amount of color on the skin, which in turn, blends out with the utmost of ease.
  • Trish McEvoy #29 Tapered Blending Brush feels like Brillo compared to Rae Morris or Chikuhodo.  Granted the tapered design is wonderful, but I could no longer tolerate the scratchy feel against my skin.
Rae Morris Brush.

Rae Morris 8 Medium Point Shader Brush packaging details.

Rae Morris brush.

Rae Morris 8 Medium Pointer Shader Brush sitting comfortably in my MAC metal based palette.

**See what Sonia from Sweet Makeup Temptation (aka: The Queen of Makeup Brushes) is saying about the entire Rae Morris Magnetic Brush Line (here).**

**Rae Morris Brushes are sold exclusively in the USA at Beautylish.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you are in the market for a tapered blending brush that feels heavenly and performs brilliantly, than set your sights on Rae Morris #8 Medium Point Shader Brush.  Despite the occasional stray hair that falls out, I would not hesitate for a moment to purchase another brush from the line.  Now, if only I could forgo my children’s summer wardrobe expense and buy more Rae Morris brushes–that would make me a happy lady indeed.  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush Does It All.

Make Up For Ever

Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush.

So much time, energy and money is spent on searching for the right foundation, bronzer, blush and highlighter.  Undoubtably, these are essential in achieving a beautiful complexion, but the brushes used to apply these products are just as important.  Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush ($48 USD) is the one artisan tool that can truly do it all.  Ladies, put all your other cosmetic brushes aside and make way for one of the most useful makeup tools you will ever encounter.  🙂

Make Up For Ever

Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush.

The Pros to Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush:

  1. Incredibly soft dense bristles.
  2. Tapered shape is perfect for distributing product under the eyes and around hard to reach areas.
  3. Longer metal handle is substantially weighted for comfortable hold during use.
  4. Hand-crafted by 30 artisans using a 25 step process.
  5. 100% synthetic straight fibers are easy to clean and can be used with liquid, powder and cream products.
  6. Fibers are bunched tightly to ensure zero shedding.
  7. Long fibers do not absorbed liquid foundation.  Minimal product is needed to achieve even and flawless results.
  8. Perfectly shaped for contour/bronzer application.
  9. Tapered sides also allows for precise highlighter application.
  10. Powder foundation can be built-up with ease for impeccable results.
  11. Compact kabuki design is ideal for travel.
  12. Lettering will not rub off easily, they seem to be etched on the metal.
  13. Manufactured by renowned brush maker Raphaël (here) on the island of Mauritius (Africa).
  14. 76 brushes in the Artisan Line:
  • 100s = complexion
    200s = eyes
    300s = lips
    400s = artistic specially designed for professionals.

The Cons to Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush:

  1. Beautiful brush does not come with an accompanying pouch, like their old kabuki brush.
  2. Due to the dense composition, dry time ranges between 12-15 hours.
  3. Seriously, no other cons…this is a fantastic all-in-one brush.
Make Up For Ever

Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush.

Comparison Kabuki Brushes:

Kabuki Brushes

Kabuki Brush Comparisons:
Make Up For Ever Buffer Kabuki (5 years old), Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush, Edward Bess Kabuki Brush, Dior Mini Kabuki.

  • Make Up For Ever Buffer Kabuki has been in my collection for five years.  The synthetic bristles are so soft, but the handle’s outer plastic covering cracked within the first month of ownership.  I barely use this brush, simply because the bristles are too splayed for my liking.
  • Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush is rather dense compared to all the rest.  The closely-packed synthetic fibers and tapered head work well with a variety of formulations.  In addition, the longer metal handle really fits the contours of the hand perfectly.
  • Edward Bess Kabuki Brush is not really a favorite.  The natural fibers are too scratchy for my liking. In addition, the lettering on the outer casing are prone to rubbing off–hence the clear polish on the name.
  • Dior Mini Kabuki came with my Dior Nude Bronzer.  The natural hair bristles are surprisingly soft and fantastic for any powder application.  However, this little guy lacks the versatility found in his synthetic competitor.

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Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush.

Finished Look using Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush.

The above photo shows how well Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush applied my liquid foundation, bronzer and highlighter.  This brush could have easily handled powder blush, but instead I opted to apply Kjaer Weis Abundance Blush with my fingers (review coming soon).  Should this beauty seem too overwhelming for some of you, MUFE also offers the 102 Small Foundation Kabuki, (here).  FYI, ignore the gray hairs…a clear sign of wisdom, not age.  🙂    

Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush

Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush housed in my old MUFE Kabuki pouch.

My newest little friend is housed in my old MUFE Kabuki Brush pouch.  For the price, I really wish MUFE would have included a pouch…regardless, my little guy is as snug as a bug in his little makeshift bed, raising a bristle saying, “Peace-out Peeps.”  🙂

**Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush can be purchased at Sephora and Amazon.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush is a do-it-all wonder.  The soft densely packed synthetic bristles, sturdy metal handle, hand-crafted tapered shape and compact style make this brush a must-have.  Will this mean the end of my Tom Ford, Wayne Goss and Chikuhodo Brushes?  NO…but, honestly speaking the fantastic quality of these MUFE brushes is making me wonder if I really needed……STOP MARIA!!! Don’t even think about finishing that sentence.  🙂  Check-out the video below and see if this brush is right for you.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Memebox Meme Brush Set review and photos.

Memebox Meme Brush Set.

Memebox Meme Brush Set.

Memebox Meme Brush Set faux leather and glittered top brush holder.

Memebox Meme Brush Set faux leather and glittered top brush holder.

Whenever I go on vacation, I have a difficult time discerning which makeup brushes to take along for the ride.  The customary solution is to take one primary brush and utilize him for everything.  My overworked foundation brush usually performs the roles of base, blusher, bronzer and powder brush.  So when Memebox contacted me to review their travel Memebox Meme Brush Set (normally $36 USD/ 6 brushes), I quickly pounced on the opportunity.  Could these delightful sextuplets be the answer to my dilemma?  After all, who could resist pink handled travel size brushes?  Not I my friends 🙂

According to Memebox:

Memebox curates the most trusted and popular Korean beauty products, while offering consumers the flexibility to choose by steering away from traditional subscription-based programs offered by most other sampling services. Customers can order from Memebox only when and as often as they want.

In addition to its box series, Memeshop carries full-sized products featured in previous Memeboxes, offering targeted insights into Korean cosmetic trends.

Introducing Memebox’s new line of high-quality brushes, conveniently packaged in a sleek black travel case. This set of six versatile, easy-to-use brushes contains every brush needed to conquer all makeup looks. Plus, the cute and handy travel case will have you toting this collection with you everywhere.

For a limited time only, this luxe makeup brush set is available for USA customers for half the original price with free shipping!

MATERIALS
– Lip & Blending Brush: Synthetic Fiber
– Angle Eyebrow Brush: Synthetic Fiber
– Angle Contour Brush: Wool
– Basic Eye Shadow Brush: Linsey-Woolsey
– Multi Powder Brush: Wool & Synthetic Fiber
– Eyeliner Brush: Synthetic Fiber

Memebox Meme Brush Set.

Memebox Meme Brush Set.

Memebox Meme Brush Set dual-ended brush.

Memebox Meme Brush Set dual-ended brush comes with a protective cap for the eyeshadow end.

Memebox Meme Brush Set dual-ended brush liner end retractable closure.

Memebox Meme Brush Set dual-ended brush retractable closure.

Memebox Meme Brush Set angled brow brush, eyeshadow brush, small liner brush.

Memebox Meme Brush Set angled brow brush, eyeshadow brush, small liner brush.

Memebox Meme Brush Set angled contour blush brush.

Memebox Meme Brush Set angled contour blush brush.

Memebox Meme Brush Set dual fiber brush.

Memebox Meme Brush Set dual fiber brush.

The Pros to Memebox Meme Brush Set:

  1. Adorable pink travel size brushes measure roughly 4¾ inches (12 cm) each.
  2. Comes with a faux-leather zip around pouch with glittered covering (glitter does not come off at all).
  3. Shorter handles yield more control.
  4. Perfect for young girls starting out in makeup.
  5. Lightweight and compact design is ideal for travel and for carrying around in a makeup bag.
  6. Pouch can house additional makeup items, such as a lipstick and mirror.
  7. A complete look can be achieved with this set, with the exception of foundation.
  8. Angled contour brush is surprisingly soft (not scratchy) giving a perfect diffused look to bronzer and blush.
  9. The brow brush is soft and dense enough to apply gel liner and to tight line the upper water line.
  10. The dual-ended eyeshadow and lip brush (my favorite) is ideal for color placement and smoking out any liner or cream shadow.  The lip liner end has a retractable closure, which can also be used for precise spot concealing.
  11. The eyeshadow brush is dense enough to lay down color without being scratchy or flimsy.
  12. For a limited time, US customers can purchase this set for $18 USD ($3 for each brush).

The Cons to Memebox Meme Brush Set:

  1. Washing these brushes before use is a must to remove the protective spray coating on the bristles.
  2. The dual-fiber brush shed quite a few hairs during the first washing.
  3. The eyeshadow brush is composed of Linsey-Woolsey, a combination of wool/cotton or wool/linen.
  4. Made in China…but then again, so are Bobbi Brown Brushes.

Memebox Meme Brush Set in Action:

Memebox Meme Brush Set eyeshadow brush.

Memebox Meme Brush Set Eyeshadow Brush used to apply the lid color.

Memebox Meme Brush Set dual ended brush used to apply and blend cream door along the lash line.

Memebox Meme Brush Set Dual-Ended Brush used to apply and blend cream color along the lash line.

Memebox Meme Brush Set eyeshadow brush applying crease color.

Memebox Meme Brush Set Eyeshadow Brush used to apply crease color and blend out darker color.

Memebox Meme Brush Set liner brush used to apply inner corner highlight color.

Memebox Meme Brush Set Liner Brush used to apply inner corner highlight color.

Memebox Meme Brush Set eyebrow brush used to apply tight line color to the upper waterline.

Memebox Meme Brush Set Eyebrow Brush used to apply tight line color to the upper waterline.

Memebox Meme Brush Set angled contour brush used to apply bronzer.

Memebox Meme Brush Set Angled Contour Brush used to apply bronzer.

Memebox Meme Brush Set angled contour brush used to apply blush.

Memebox Meme Brush Set Angled Contour Brush used to apply blush.

Final Look using 5 out of the six brushes in the Memebox Meme Brush Set.

Final Look using 5 out of 6 brushes in the Memebox Meme Brush Set.

The Memebox Subscription and MeMe Brush Set are available at us.memebox.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Memebox Meme Brush Set has really made a remarkable impression.  Will these little pink darlings replace my higher end brushes?  No; however, the dual-ended brush and contour brush alone are worth the expense of this entire set.  Bottom-line, totally worth $36 and a steal for $18; now all I need is a vacation destination  🙂  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned. *The products for this post were provided by PR for consideration. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Makeup Organization: Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer review and photos.

Makeup Organization:  Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer.

Makeup Organization: Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer.

Makeup organization is a topic I am asked about often.  Admittedly, I do have a lot of makeup and storing it can be problematic at times.  Let’s face it, I cannot possibly wear everything I have all at once, so what is the point of surrounding myself with my entire collection on a daily basis?  My everyday solution came in the form of The Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer ($59.50-$79.50).  This attractive handy unit allows me to remain structured, neat and prepared.  Who wouldn’t want that?

Makeup Organization:  Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer.

Makeup Organization: Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer.

Makeup Organization:  Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer.

Makeup Organization: Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer.

Makeup Organization:  Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer.

Makeup Organization: Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer.

The Pros to Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer:

  1. Made of shiny scratch-free acrylic.
  2. Displays makeup beautifully for easy viewing and attainability.
  3. Can be ordered with one or two drawers depending on your needs; top-tier comes standard.
  4. Stainless steel frame is sturdy, attractive and provides contrast between each acrylic piece.
  5. Wide (13-1/2″L x 8-3/4″D x 7″H) design provides ample room for products.
  6. Ideal for people who want a “smaller” version of the famous and massive Clear Cube.
  7. Entire unit can be nestled easily in more confined spaces.
  8. Lipstick holder is removable along with the entire top-tier.
  9. Very friendly and helpful customer service.
  10. Generous 90 day return policy.  Frontgate even offers a full year repair/replacement guarantee.
  11. Top tier has roomy sections that can hold a variety of standing items.
  12. Each compartment can be fitted with your liner of choice.

The Cons to Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer:

  1. The far right corner of one of the drawers arrived cracked.
  2. The corner seams on both drawers are not aligned properly..definitely not “Clear Cube” quality.
  3. A thinner acrylic is used to manufacture the drawers as opposed to the thicker acrylic used for the top-tier.
  4. Two out of four black end caps at the base of the unit were worn-out.  Easily replaceable, however, quality control is questionable.
  5. Quite expensive…I would put the pricing for the two drawer unit at $59 not $79.  I used a 20% coupon code for my unit (located at the bottom).
  6. Frontgate charged me $14 for delivery for this puppy.
  7. Made in Taiwan.
Makeup Organization:  Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer damaged drawer.

Makeup Organization: Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer damaged drawer.

The cracked drawer was immediately noticeable right out of the box.  According to some reviews posted on Frontgate.com, this particular unit has a history of flaws.  When I called to report the damage, the representative was extremely helpful and immediately issued a replacement drawer to be shipped out within 10-15 business days.

Makeup Organization:  Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer lined with ConTact Grip Liner.

Makeup Organization: Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer lined with ConTact Grip Liner.

Due to the smooth nature of acrylic, makeup compacts and brushes have a tendency to slide around when drawers are constantly opened and closed.  Con-Tact Grip Liner is great, because it truly “grips” and holds everything in place.  The lack of movement, keeps expensive brushes and compacts from rubbing up against each other, thus preventing damage to delicate makeup items.

Makeup Organization:  Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer lined with Con-Tact Grip Liner.

Makeup Organization: Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer lined with Con-Tact Grip Liner.

Makeup Organization:  Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer.

Makeup Organization: Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer top tier.

The top-tier is constructed of heavy-duty acrylic.  This section can easily store more than you see.  My minimalistic approach to stocking this section is a direct result of my dislike for clutter.

Makeup Organization:  Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer.

Makeup Organization: Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer first drawer.

The contents of this drawer are subject to constant change dependent on my mood.  As a side note, the face compacts cannot be stored on their sides, simply because the drawers are not deep enough (2¼ inches deep) to accommodate the height of the compacts.

Makeup Organization:  Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer.

Makeup Organization: Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer second drawer.

The second drawer holds all of my daily face brushes.  I prefer to store my face brushes in a drawer to minimize dust build-up and keep bristles from rubbing up against each other.

Makeup Organization:  Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer in makeup area.

Makeup Organization: Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer in my makeup area.

My vanity is nonexistent.  I prefer to apply my makeup in front of a window; my three oversized windows (43 inches wide) provide me with optimal lighting conditions.  Notice how my Ava Organizer sits discreetly in the right hand corner, leaving my window seat free to be utilized for whatever purpose I deem fit 🙂 

Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer can be purchased at frontgate.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer is a wonderful solution to keep your everyday essentials handy and organized.  The rest of my makeup is stored securely in an Ikea Alex Drawer set located in my closet.  I visit that drawer quite often to interchange certain items from my Ava Organizer.  Do I think the Frontgate Ava Acrylic Organizer is worth consideration?  Yes I do; however, I would try to find a coupon code to reduce the blow of the expense.  To my knowledge, code FG063519 will give you 20% off and code FG063521 is for free shipping.  You can only use one coupon per order, so test to see which will give you a more substantial discount.  I hope you found this helpful.  Be well, stay safe, be happy and stay organized 🙂

-Maria

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Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush review, photos and comparisons.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Chikuhodo makeup brushes are renowned for their handmade quality and attention to detail. Just like Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush (reviewed here),  Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush ($43 USD) is yet another example of an eyeshadow brush done right.  The size, shape, hair quality, design, and weight are so meticulously constructed, I often wonder why I waited so long to purchase this beauty.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

The Pros to Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush:

  1. Made from 100% Gray Squirrel.
  2. Hairs are”uncut,” shaped and assembled by hand in Japan.
  3. Substantial thickness to the handle, yet lightweight design indicate thoughtful construction.
  4. Densely packed hairs apply powdered eyeshadows easily and deposits color evenly for flawless results.
  5. Hairs are tapered with a “flat-round” shape–ideal for all over color application, crease color and lower lash line color application.
  6. Larger head size is perfect for fast application of eyeshadow during busy mornings.
  7. Soft gray squirrel hair is ideal for people with very sensitive skin..feels like silk on the skin.
  8. Has not shed one hair during usage or deep cleaning.
  9. Shorter handle (5.3 inches/13.4 cm/135 mm from tip to base) will allow people to get up close to makeup mirrors, without the annoyance of having the brush handle bump into the mirror.
  10. Wooden handle is engraved with the company name on one side and the brush name on the other.
  11. Now-eproject offers a personalized service where anyone can have their name engrave on the brush for an additional two dollars per brush.
Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

The Cons to Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush:

  1. Not sold in any retail location in the US.  Ordering such an expensive brush from an online source takes a tremendous leap of faith.
  2. People with smaller lid space will find this brush overwhelming.
  3. Gray Squirrel hair can only be used with powder eyeshadows…don’t even think about using this angel with cream eyeshadows.
  4. Deep cleaning is recommended once a month…so if you feel an overpowering urge to wash your brushes on a weekly basis…DON’T.  Chikuhodo suggests to “dry” clean gray squirrel brushes on a clean towel in-between uses.
  5. No other cons…This brush is pretty much perfect in my eyes 🙂
Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush used to apply all over lid color.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush used to apply all over lid color.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush used to apply color under the brow.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush used to apply color under the brow.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush dipped into bronzer to apply color to the eye crease.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush dipped into bronzer to apply color to the eye crease.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush used to apply color to the eye crease.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush used to apply bronzer to the eye crease.

Comparisons to Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush:

Comparisons: Billy B #8 Eyeshadow Brush, Shu Uemura #10 Flat Eyeshadow Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush, Smashbox #17 Brush.

Comparisons:
Billy B #8 Eyeshadow Brush, Shu Uemura #10 Flat Eyeshadow Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush, Smashbox #7 Brush.

Comparisons: Smashbox #7 Eyeshadow brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush, Shu Uemura #10 Flat Eyeshadow Brush, Billy  B #8 Eyeshadow Brush.

Comparisons:
Smashbox #7 Eyeshadow Brush, Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush, Shu Uemura #10 Flat Eyeshadow Brush, Billy B #8 Eyeshadow Brush (click to enlarge).

  • Smashbox #7 comes the closest in size to Chikuhodo Z-5.  Both brushes perform similarly, but Chikuhodo surpass Smashbox in terms of design and softness.  Chikuhodo’s tapered head is suitable for more precise eyeshadow application, whereas Smashbox’s brush head is structured more as a blending brush.
  • Shu Uemura #10 is clearly not the same type of brush, Shu is primarily designed to lay down color on the lid.  Chikuhodo is able to deposit and blend out color at the same time.  Shu Uemura #10 is an excellent brush and has served me well for 14 years.  I prefer to use #10 when I want a heavy eyeshadow application.
  • Billy B #8 (reviewed here) is a great little brush for just about anything–the only difference other than the size, is the quality–would love it if Chikuhodo came out with a brush of this size in their Z-Series.
All eyeshadows (with the exception of the liner) were applied with Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

All eyeshadows (with the exception of the liner) were applied with Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

  • All eyeshadows were applied with Chikuhodo Z-5 Brush:  Bobbi Brown Cement on the mobile lid, Too Faced Bronzer in the crease, Bobbi Brown Bone under the brow bone, Cargo Water-Resistant Bronzer on the lower lash line and Bobbi Brown Espresso applied lightly in the outer corners. Chantecaille Iron Ore Eyeshadow (reviewed here) was used wet on the upper lash line with Estee Lauder Angled Eyeliner Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow brush can be found exclusively at now-eproject.com and  Beautylish.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush is one of those makeup tools you will always reach for, never regret buying and secretly wish for multiple back-ups.  I hope you enjoyed.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.   *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product.  *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush review, photos and comparisons.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

It is my personal belief one should invest in quality makeup brushes from the very beginning.  Some of the best makeup brushes are made in Japan.  Unfortunately, one cannot easily gain access to those products; many Japan based companies are unable to ship to the US.  Thankfully, companies such as Chikuhodo, are making it possible for overseas consumers to purchase their products (for a premium of course). Taking full advantage of this convenience, the Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush ($109 USD) made its way across the Pacific into my eagerly awaiting little hands.  This decadently supple gray-squirrel brush caresses the face like the finest silk imaginable.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush personalized with my name.

The Pros of Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush:

  1. 100% gray squirrel hair.
  2. Hand made in Japan.
  3. According to now-eproject, “The ultimate Chikuhodo brush collection series, where [Chairman Tesshu Takemori] himself oversees material selection to finishing.” 
  4. Brush measures roughly 6 inches (15 cm) from hair tip to base..I like shorter handle brushes.
  5. Extremely light-weight feel with minimal design.
  6. Hairs are uncut, giving the brush an incredibly silky quality.
  7. Hairs are bundled meticulously for a voluminous airy feel..perfect for people with sensitive and dry skin.
  8. Blends any powder blush or bronzer to perfection.
  9. Can be used with highly pigmented powders for a soft-focused effect.
  10. The rounded paddle shape and tapered sides picks-up color beautifully and makes for effortless application.
  11. Round-oval shape coupled with a slightly pointer end is fitting for bronzer and contour application.
  12. Company name and brush type is printed with raised white lettering, which has not faded in the past month of use.
  13. For an additional two dollars per brush, you can personalize your brushes.
  14. Chikuhodo also manufactures Suqqu Brushes, Kanebo Tesshyu Collection, La Donna, Shiseido Brush Etheindre, RMK, and Lunasol.
Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

The Cons to Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush:

  1. Ordering such an expensive brush online takes a tremendous leap of faith.
  2. Not for people who prefer a strong blush or bronzer application.
  3. Not the most efficient bronzer brush..takes more time to build-up color (IMHO, the results are worth it).
  4. Natural oils from the skin will collect on the delicate hairs after every use.  Make certain to “dry” clean your brush on a clean towel before storing it away for the day.
  5. Some may find the shorter handle not to their liking.

 Comparisons:

Comparison L-R: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Comparison L-R:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

As you can tell Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush is the daintiest of the lot.  Tom Ford Bronzer Brush has a towering presence in both appearance and feel.  Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush is lightweight, not as much as Chikuhodo, but it is definitely bulkier in comparison (not my favorite brush).

Comparison L-R: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Comparison L-R:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here) is composed of dense goat hair; I prefer to use this brush for a fast all-over bronzer application, and to deposit bronzer down my neck and décolletage. Chikuhodo is delicate from the start; this exquisite swan will dance brilliantly over the skin, depositing a light veil of color. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush is the brute of the bunch…he sheds like crazy and I find the shape a bit awkward.

Tom Ford Cheek Brush and Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Tom Ford Cheek Brush and Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Tom Ford Cheek Brush (reviewed here) is composed of densely packed goat hair and is ideal for those who prefer a heavier blush/bronzer application.  The more substantial goat hairs are able to pick-up powder products that are tightly pressed in the pan or blushes that are subtly pigmented (like my Giorgio Armani Blush #10). Chikuhodo is the perfect shape and density to blend highly pigmented blushes (from Nars and Tom Ford) to sheer perfection.

Too Face Chocolate Bronzer applied with Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied with Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Too Face Chocolate Bronzer applied with Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush.

Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied with Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush (with flash).

I use Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush with Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer and the coverage is delicate and balanced.  Chikuhodo recommends deep cleaning gray squirrel hair brushes once a month.  Read their outline here.

Chikuhodo Brushes can be purchased at now-eproject.com and  Beautylish.com 

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you want to treat yourself to a beautiful, yet functional makeup brush, then Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush would make the perfect investment.  My husband gifted this to me after he saw me drooling over Sonia’s (Sweetmakeuptemptations) review (here) and Tarabayz’s review (here). Admittedly, this brush will not be for everyone, but if you get a chance to experience the feel of Z-8, I doubt anyone will be able to resist its charms.  What can I say, some girls like flowers, dining out, designer bags, shoes, etc..personally, I’ll take Chikuhodo makeup brushes any day….however, jewelry is always welcomed 🙂   I love anything makeup related, but I’m not completely crazy.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.   *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product.  *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.