Jan 232014

EcoTools SetI received this Eco Tools set from Klout  as a Klout Perk a few months ago.EcoTools Open boxI’ve never used any Eco Tools products so I was eager to receive this.  EcoTools Set 4 products It includes two pairs of false lashes and two brushes.EcoTools Lash Brow Duo BrushEcoTools Lash Brow Duo brush back This is the Lash and Brow Duo Brush. EcoTools holding Lash Brow BrushIt’s pretty big!EcoTools Lash Brow comparisonI compared it with another lash and brow brush I own. Can’t remember where I got it from though, maybe Clinique?EcoTools Full Eyeshadow BrushEcoTools Eyeshadow brush backAbove is the Full Eye Shadow BrushEcoTools holding eyeshadow brushThe bristles are nice and soft. It’s pretty dense which means, it should pick up product well. When I initially saw the brush, I figured it was similar to some other brushes that I have, but it’s actually different. See belowEcoTools Eyeshadow brush comparisons It turns out that it’s only really close to one of my Mondo brushes that I got from Nigel’s.EcoTools Eyeshadow brush and Mondo brush I’m looking forward to using these brushes.  I’ll review the lashes in a separate post.

Jul 132012

In Part 1 of my review of these brushes I told you how magnificent these brushes are.  They are so terrific that I couldn’t get everything all in one post so this is part 2 of my review of the new Royal and Langnickel Revolution brushes.

First up in the 2nd part of my review is the BX 145

I don’t have anything to compare this to.  It’s truly different from every other brush I have.  It’s designed to apply mascara to lashes with ease. I’m so happy to have it.The BX 60 is almost like a smaller version of the BX 55.  The bristles are soooo soft. I don’t have anything like this brush either.Here’s the BX 55 next to the BX 60. The next brush I want to show you is the BX 50.I would describe this brush as a flat shader brush that can be used for liquids, powders, and creams.  So it would be good for concealer and applying eye shadow.  I love the shape of it.  The bristles are longer than my other shader brushes.There are clear differences between the MAC 242 and the Revloution BX 50. The 242 brush is a lot shorter and more dense than the BX 50.Ok, so the pic doesn’t really show you, but the BX 50 is definitely thicker.  My 242 has gotten LOTS of use over the years so that’s why it looks like this. Ha ha!Next up is the BX 140.  It’s a combo brush for brows and lashes.

 I compared it to my Coastal Scents Lash Comb. The Coastal Scents brush handle is a lot longer. Again the Coastal Scents brush is bigger than the BX 140.  One of the biggest advantages of the BX140 is the ends of the metal is actually more round than pointy so you don’t get “injured” as easily. :-)Now when I initially saw this BX 130 brush at the booth, I thought it was just a regular angled liner brush like all of the others. Boy was I wrong.  
 It’s actually smaller than the MAC 208 brush which before getting the BX 130 was my smallest angle liner brush.

In conclusion, these brushes were one of the best investments I purchased while at IMATS LA.  Kevin James Bennet had 3 different brush sets available but they were sold out by the time I made it to the booth. :-(  I only picked 8 however I would’ve gladly taken one of each had my budget permitted it. ;-)

I will absolutely buy more of these brushes, probably at The Makeup Show in Orlando.  Thanks for reading!

Jul 102012

I asked you what was in the bag in the previous post.  Here’s the answer below. :-)

I purchased these brushes at IMATS LA a couple of weeks ago. I first learned about these brushes on Facebook from Kevin James Bennett.  He helped develop them based on his years of experience and research as well as interacting with other make up artists on their likes/dislikes of brushes.

 During his workshop on Event Makeup at IMATS LA, he discussed the importance of using proper tools with makeup application. He used a few of these above brushes in his application.  I was so intrigued throughout the class and couldn’t wait to get to the counter.  Once I got a chance to touch them…I was totally sold.  These brushes are incredible.  I mean, they’re fantastic.  They feel so good in your hand.  The handle is soft and not wooden or plastic.  It almost feels like a very sturdy rubber.  The ferule is titanium so it will last for years and years.  These brushes are extremely durable.

I love the fact that these brushes have flat bottoms.  I can stand them up!!! :-)I compared the BX 15 to what I felt was the closest brush I had to it and that was the MAC #109.  When I purchased this brush I knew it wasn’t like any other brushes I had but I just wanted to make sure.Yep, the BX 15 is different. This is the BX 35. How amazing is this brush? The only brush I own that comes close to this is the MAC 191The BX 35 is bigger and more dense than the MAC 191

Stay tuned to part 2 of my review of these new Royal and Langnickel Revolution Brushes…

Apr 232012

This is part 2 of my review of the Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition 5 Piece Couture Set.  To see part 1, click here.

The first part focussed on the 2nd brush in the above picture, which is the Multi-Purpose Blending Brush.  Mainly because it’s the reason I made the decision to purchase the set.  In this post I will review the Powder/Blusher Brush.

I want to point out that I don’t think the name is appropriate though.  I feel this brush is too big for blush unless you’re very careful, you’ll end up with way too much.

I compared this brush to a few of my other brushes.  First I have it next to the MAC #150.

You  can clearly see there are differences.  MAC #150 is a lot larger than this Sonia Kashuk Powder/Blusher Brush.

Next I compared it to my Coastal Scents Pink Powder Brush

 The difference in the shapes of the brushes are quite apparent.

Still trying to see if I had another brush like this one so I compared it to my Clinique Blush Brush

My answer is no. My clinique blush brush is smaller than the Sonia Kashuk Powder/Blusher brush.  I’m pleased to report that this brush is much softer than both my Coastal Scents and Clinique brushes.

Stay tuned for part 3 of my review of this brush set. :-)

Apr 232012

I purchased this cool set of brushes from Target a couple of weeks ago.  I love the color and design on the handles.  The packaging imediately caught my attention. I have to admit that I absolutely don’t NEED more brushes, however, these were limited…so that makes it okay…right? LOL! :-)  Honestly I mainly wanted the multi-purpose blending brush. I’ve seen this brush in other Sonia Kashuk sets however I’ve never seen it sold individually.  This was another reason I used to justify me getting this particular brush set. Here it is below next to the MAC #224 Brush.  The handle is shorter but the actual brush is larger.  The bristles are fuller, wider and more rounded than the #224.  The Sonia Kashuk Multi-Purpose Blending Brush is also more tapered so it has a more defined point to it than the MAC #224.

Interestingly the Sonia Kashuk Mulit-Purpose Blending Brush is a bit softer than my MAC #224 brush.  Not sure if it’s because it’s brand new though. Here I have it next to the Crown Brush C412 Brush.  This was the brush I talked about in this post that was a dupe for the MAC #224 brush.

You can see that the Sonia Kashuk Mulit-Purpose Blending Brush is more similar to the Crown Brush C412 than the MAC 224 based on it’s shape.

It’s still bigger than the Crown Brush C412 though and it’s tapered to a finer point.   This means that I didn’t duplicate the other blending brushes that I own.  Score!!


Stay tuned for part 2 of my review of this brush set.