Apr 242012

This is the 3rd and final segment of  my review of the Limited Edition Sonia Kashuk Couture 5pc Brush Set.  If you’ve missed the other posts, you can click here for Part 1 and Part 2.

Below is the Angled Crease Brush.

Initially when I saw this brush in the set I thought it was just like my Elf Angled Contour Brush.  I’ve compared the two brushes below.

Good News! It’s not like my Elf Brush.  The only features that are similar are the fact that they both have angles, other than that, they’re different.  Sonia Kashuk has natural hair and  the Elf brush has synthetic hair.  The Elf brush is a lot bigger and more dense and not quite as angled as the Sonia Kashuk Brush.

Next up is the Synthetic Concealer/Foundation Brush.  Yet another name I don’t agree with.  I would not use this brush to apply foundation.  I mean, can it be done?  Sure, but it will take  a long time because this is a small brush.  It would work a lot better for concealer.  Right off, I knew this was a brush that I didn’t have a dupe for.  It reminds me of the MAC #192 but I don’t have that brush.

Above, I’ve compared it to other brushes I had.  The Elf Foundation Brush and my Coastal Scents Purple Foundation Brush.

You can see that both of these brushes are a lot bigger.  All of them are synthetic so they will work about the same as far as picking up product.

The  5th and final brush is the Smudge Brush.  Don’t let the name fool you.  It’s actually natural hair not a sponge.

Above I compared it to 2 other rounded crease brushes.  In the middle is the MAC #219 and the 3rd brush is Crown Brush C431 Precision Detail.  So what did I find out?

All 3 of these brushes are different. LOL! :-) The Sonia Kashuk Smudge Brush is the smallest out of the three but the MAC #219 has the pointiest ( I think I just made up a word) tip. The Sonia Kashuk Smudge will work awesomely well for defining a “cut crease” look or for blending shadows in the crease for those with really small eyes.  I’m sure a lot of people would think to use it for smoking out eyeliner, but because the tip is more rounded than pointed, you may end up with lots of smoke. Ha ha!  This may leave you with a more dramatic look than you intended.  Not bad or wrong, just maybe not what you had planned.

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.