Hey doll hey!! How is everything going for you today? Great I hope. I made 5 makeup brush purchases this past 2 months that I have been testing out behind the scenes to see what was good and what didn’t work out for me. I had wanted to do this post last week but I just didn’t have the energy and pain level that would allow for me to deep clean my brushes to get good pictures for this post. Last night I was able to wash 2 months worth of dirty brushes…. I love brush cleaning day!!! I just cant’s sit upright for as long as it takes for me to wash my whole brush collection … generally it takes me around an hour to an hour and 1/2…. …. last night I was washing brushes for around 3 1/2 hours to wash all my brushes… I still have clean brushes in my collection but I wanted to make sure all my brushes were clean going into March …. I typically try to deep clean brushes every month… I wasn’t able to do it these past 2 months so there was a ton of brushes to clean. I don’t use any fancy brush cleaning liquids or soaps… I use plain old Dove Pink Beauty Bar With Deep Moisture. I buy them in a 10 pack at Walmart for $11 and I use this only to wash my beauty tools. I love the way it smells, it doesn’t leave any residue on my beauty tools, and it leaves all my brushes soft and supple. I even use this soap to wash my beauty sponges daily. Well let’s talk new brushes….. ** SIDE NOTE ** There were 3 brushes that I purchased that are part of this haul that I used today so I had to take pictures of those brushes separately because I didn’t want to mix them in with the clean brushes … that is the reason they have a different back ground and that they are not lumped in with the rest of the brushes.
I made 3 purchases of BH Cosmetics brushes. The picture with the white handle brushes was a set of brushes I purchased from Ulta that came with this super cute holographic makeup bag… the pictures are of all the single brushes I purchased off the BH Cosmetics website.
This is a set of brushes I purchased from the Profusion Cosmetics website, plus 3 additional single brushes.
This is 3 sets of brushes plus 1 single brush that I purchased from the line Real Techniques, I purchased them from Ulta. There is 1 brush missing, I had to throw it out… I got to use it 1 time and the next day all the hairs kept falling out in clumps…. sad really because I really enjoyed using it …. more on that to come later in this post.
This is a brush set that I purchased from the Tarte Cosmetics website called the Limited Edition Back to School Brush Set…. this set can no longer be purchased, but Tarte does have similar single brushes on their website now.
Now let’s jump into the individual brush purchases and what I think about them ….
This is the Crystal Quartz – 12 Piece Brush Set with Cosmetic Bag that I purchased off the Ulta website for $29. From left to right the brushes are numbered from 1 to 12. From left to right the brushes in the first picture are the: Deluxe Powder Brush, Large Rounded Bronzing Brush, Rounded Buffing Brush, Flat Contour Brush. From left to right the brushes in the second picture are the: Large Blending Brush, Tapered Blending Brush, Domed Blending Brush, Buffing Blending Brush, Eye Shader Brush, Pencil Brush, Flat Concealer Brush, and the Angled Brow Brush.
To be honest I only purchased this brush collection because I wanted that darn makeup bag!! It was super cute. I thought I could use the brushes as decoration on my makeup vanity, however… I was missing my nose contour brush somehow … I think I might have accidentally thrown it away when I decluttered my vast makeup brush collection … so I decided to try the Flat Concealer Brush as a nose contour brush. It worked so darn well that I ended up using the whole set for my makeup application the next day.
These brushes are so soft and so well put together that had I not know that this was a drug store brand I would have mistaken them for high end brushes!!! I loved them so much in fact that I put 3 more sets from Ulta in my online shopping cart to purchase later this month (March). These brushes are nicely weighted with a sturdy ferrule (the metal piece at the top of the brush right before the bristles). I use the face brushes just was they are meant to be used except for the Flat Contour Brush…. that brush I use to cut my jaw line when I bake the high points of my face. I never like to use a blunt brush to contour… basically I never truly contour my face… I don’t know how to contour my face correctly and almost always end up with my features looking disproportionate. I do bronze the perimeter of my face and I do use bronzer to contour my nose (I find that contour powders tend to look muddy on me so I don’t use them to contour my nose), but for the most part I steer clear of contour powders for my face.
The eye shadow brushes are just lovely!!! Simply put they our perform most of my high end brushes. This is definitely a great brush set for the price point. This would be a great gift to give someone just starting out with makeup, or for someone new to the world of makeup brushes in general… they brushes do most of the work when it comes to buffing in products and blending out eye shadows. They also hold up very well to vigorous cleansing. There was no shedding and no splitting of the hairs upon inspection after they dried …. that’s the other thing…. these brushes dried super fast…. I washed my brushes around 5:30 pm and finished washing my brushes around 9:15 pm and I woke up around 7 am this morning and all of the brushes from this set were bone dry! In fact most of all the brushes in this post were bone dry by the time I woke this morning. The only caveat was the Tarte brushes … I think this is because they are so densely packed.
This is 8 of the 15 brushes that BH Cosmetics sells. I purchased them off their website individually. First the face brushes (the 1st 3 brushes of the picture on the left side and the single brush in the picture on the right side)….. The first brush is the BH Studio Pro Brush #2 Tapered Powder $6 but on sale for $4.20 right now, the second brush is the Studio Pro Brush # 3 Small Contour Brush $5 but on sale for $3.50 right now (at the time of this post this brush is sold out, but if you are interested in it you can choose to be notified by email when it’s back in stock), the third brush is the Studio Pro Brush # 15 Blush $7 but on sale for $4.90 right now (at the time of this post this brush is sold out, but if you are interested in it you can choose to be notified by email when it’s back in stock), and the brush in the right picture is the Studio Pro Brush # 18 Tapered Highlight $7 but on sale for $4.90 right now. Now for the 4 eye shadow brushes in the left picture …. The first one is the Studio Pro #7 Flat Shader Brush $4 but on sale for $2.80 (at the time of this post this brush is sold out, but if you are interested in it you can choose to be notified by email when it’s back in stock), the third one is the Studio Pro Brush # 6 Blending Crease Brush $4 but on sale for $2.80, the fourth one is the Studio Pro #9 Small Flat Shader Brush $4 but on sale for $2.80 right now, and the final brush in this purchase is the Studio Pro Brush #17 Small Tapered Blending Brush $7 but on sale for $4.90 right now.
This is another bunch of seriously great brushes for a drug store price point. They are super soft and fluffy. They have a nice weight to them and the ferrules are very sturdy. Out of all my large powder brushes that I own the BH Studio Pro Brush #2 Tapered Powder is by far my favorite one. It’s the perfect size to buff loose setting powders into the face. In the same vein the Studio Pro Brush # 18 Tapered Highlight is by far my most favorite highlighter brush of all time. It’s got the perfect amount of bristles that are just the right length and just the right flexibility to buff highlighter into the skin beautifully. In fact, I love this highlighter brush so much I ordered 3 more today so that I can always have a clean one ready to use… I plan to declutter or repurchase my other highlighter brushes… this Studio Pro Brush # 18 Tapered Highlight brush is all I’ll ever need.
The eye shadow brushes have just enough density to blend and buff shadows perfectly. I don’t use the flat shader brushes for eye shadow, I use the larger one to apply concealer and primer to my eyelids and I use the smaller one to blend my brow highlighter out and to go around the upper side of my brows with foundation to sculpt my brows out.
I can’t get over just how inexpensive these brushes are for just how good quality they are. These brushes also held up impeccably with deep cleaning. The handles are weighted well and the ferrules are sturdy. The bristles are duo colored with white and brown hairs all throughout the ferrule.
This is 12 of the 18 Vegan brushes that BH Cosmetics sells. I purchased them off their website individually. First the face brushes (the 1st 2 brushes of the picture on the left side and the single brush in the picture on the right side)…..The first one is the BH Cosmetics V1 Vegan Large Powder Brush $6 but on sale for $4.50 right now, the second one is the BH Cosmetics V11 Vegan Deluxe Round Powder Brush $11 but on sale for $8.25 right now, the third one is the BH Cosmetics V12 Vegan Flat Top Buffer Brush $11 but on sale for $8.25 right now.
Now for the 9 eye shadow brushes, from left to right …. the first one is the BH Cosmetics V15 Vegan Round Crease Brush $10 but on sale for $7.50 right now, the second one is the BH Cosmetics V9 Vegan Eye Precision Brush (basically a small pencil brush) $3.50 but on sale for $2.63 right now, the third one is the BH Cosmetics V19 Vegan Large Blending Brush $10 but on sale for $7.50 right now, the fourth one is the BH Cosmetics V13 Vegan Brow Definer & Blender Brush $5 but on sale for $3.75 right now, the fifth one is the BH Cosmetics V20 Vegan Precision Brush $10 but on sale for $7.50 right now …. note this brush came with a damaged ferrule but it still works, it’s just dented…. the sixth one is the BH Cosmetics V6 Vegan Large Eyeshadow Brush $3.50 but on sale for $2.63 right now (at the time of this post this brush is sold out, but if you are interested in it you can choose to be notified by email when it’s back in stock), the seventh one is the BH Cosmetics V5 Vegan Blending Brush $4 but on sale for $3 right now, the eighth one is the BH Studio V16 Vegan Smudger Brush $10 but on sale for $7.50 right now, the final brush is the BH Cosmetics V18 Vegan Flat Shader Brush $10 but on sale for $7.50 right now.
I had purchased a high end brand of vegan brushes a while ago and never liked how scratchy they felt… You don’t get that with these brushes. These vegan brushes are soft and fluffy and a joy to work with. The bristles are duo colored with white tips andd brown roots. They don’t feel as weighted as the Pro line does but they still have a good weight to them and the ferrule on all the brushes but 1 are sturdy and of good quality. These brushes also stood up to vigorous cleaning.
These brushes I purchased from the Profusion Cosmetics website. 5 of the brushes are part of the Eye Essentials kit for $17.99… this kit includes from left to right …. ES3 Pointed Crease Eyeshadow, ES2 Firm Blending Eyeshadow, ES5 Flat Shader Eyeshadow, ES6 Small Pointed Eyeshadow, and the ES7 Flat Precise Eyeshadow. I also purchased 3 single brushes …. another ES6 Small Pointed Eyeshadow $4, another ES2 Firm Blending Eyeshadow $4, and an ES1 Large Blending Brush $4. These brushes are so amazing that I promptly purchased the full 19 piece bundle set regularly priced at $92 but I got it on sale for $69.99. The brush handles have a Pro makeup brush weight to them. They are sleek with a matte rubber coated handle and a very sturdy ferrule. The bristles are duo colored with white tips and black roots.
Ever since I received these brushes in the mail I haven’t been able to stop using them! They feel like PRO brushes …. like really feel like PRO brushes. I can’t wait to try the face brushes in the 19 piece set. I may have to order another of the Eye Essentials kit just to have plenty of options for eye brushes….If you can’t tell I’m a bit of a makeup brush hoarder (ha ha). These brushes held up nicely to cleaning and dried quickly. The bristles are firm but soft and fluffy. The blending brushes buffed out my eye shadows so well and in such a short amount of time. These brushes truly made creating glamorous makeup looks a breeze.
I purchased these next brushes off the Ulta website. It’s noteworthy that I own over 20 Real Techniques brushes, not including these ones. These 9 brushes 3 sets and 1 single brushes from Real Techniques . The first brush is the Setting Brush $7.99, the next 2 brushes (the orange handle brushes) are part of the Flawless Base Set $19.99, however 2 of the brushes I gifted to a friend since I have purchased this brush set many times and have so many multiples of those 2 brushes…. The first and the last brush in the left picture bellow are the 2 brushes I gifted to a friend. The 2 brushes I kept were the Contour Brush and the Square Foundation Brush. I use the Contour brush as a blush brush and the Square Foundation brush as another brush to cut my jaw line while baking the high points of my face. The next 2 brushes and the single brush in the right picture are part of the Enhanced Eye Set $19.99, however I used the Fine Liner Brush and the Lash Separator today and they both were way too dirty to comfortably take a picture of…. this set is the set in the right picture bellow. The 3 brushes from the above pictures that I was able to photograph without grossing you out are the Essential Crease Brush, the Shading Brush, and the Medium Shadow Brush. The last brush in the picture above it part of the Eye Shade + Blend Duo Pack $8.99. This set comes with the brush that you see in this picture above (in the light reddish purple handle) which is the Base Shadow Brush and the Deluxe Crease Brush (pictured in the single image bellow, it’s the first brush on top)…. the Deluxe Crease Brush is the brush I had to throw out because clumps of the bristles were falling out… the first day I used it, I used it as a transition brush and it worked so perfectly to blend out the transition in no time…. but the next day when I went to clean it off on my makeup towel clumps of the bristles fell out, I tried to use it any way and still clumps of bristles were falling out, I got bristles in my eyes … it was just a mess. I plan to repurchase this set so I can have that Deluxe Crease Brush again, but I couldn’t return the set because I didn’t keep my receipt.
Out of all the brushes I purchased from the Real Techniques line, the stand out brush for me was the Setting Brush. It’s the perfect size and shape to use as an under eye setting brush and is, by far, my favorite under eye setting brush.
These brushes are very light weight. It feels like you’re holding nothing and the ferrules are very cheap aluminum, easy to dent when tapping your extra shadow off the brushes. The handles are a matte rubber coated material and all the brushes have bristles that are duo colored, white on the tips and black at the roots.
These brushes hold up well to deep cleaning and dry fast, however you have to spent sometime after they are dry to reshape them.
I love Real Techniques brushes, but out of all the brushes I purchased this past 2 months, they are not my favorite… save for the Setting Brush.
And Finally … My last brush purchase of the past 2 months …. the Tarte Limited Edition Back to School Brush Set $39 when it was still being sold, however I have seen this brush set on Amazon for $69.99. Also I received a free dual ended brow brush and spoolie with my order….. Some of these brushes are still being sold as singles …. I will include links to the ones that I can find and links to ones that are similar to the ones I received in this set….
From left to right the brushes are: powder player bamboo pressed powder brush $34 but is on sale for $24 on the Tarte website, a dense foundation buffer brush…. the closet thing that Tarte sells is the the buffer™ airbrush finish foundation brush for $25, a Double-Ended Contour & Highlight Brush (I could not find a similar brush to this one on their site), The next brush came with Tarte Treasures Collector’s Set, which included a 13-shade eye & cheek palette plus a full-size mascara & this Double Ended Blush and Crease brush …. the closet thing I could find on the Tarte website that is comparable is the Bronze & Glow Contour Brush $34, the next brush is the Deluxe Shader & Blending Eyeshadow Brush $24, the next brush is the Double-Ended Concealer Brush (there was nothing comparable to this brush, however Tarte does sell a Quickie Double-Ended Concealer Brush that is fluffier and less precise for $22 and the Airbrusher Double-Ended Concealer Brush which is denser for $24 , the next brush is the double-ended eyebrow brush that I got for free with my purchase and there is nothing on the Tarte website that is comparable, and finally the last brush in the set a Doube-Ended Liner Brush, there is nothing on the Tarte website that is comparable to this brush either.
I love these brushes!! I mean all of them!! I use the Powder Player brush as a foundation brush and the foundation brush as a bronzing brush. These 2 brushes are densely packed but extremely soft . These 2 brushes do not dry fast but held up beautifully when deep cleaned. The Double-Ended Contour & Highlight Brush I use as a blush brush and concealer blending brush and the rest of the brushes I use as they were intended for use. The remaining brushes are all soft and fluffy and blend and buff makeup so well. Out of all my higher end brushes this set of brushes is my favorite. All the handles are made of sustainable bamboo, the bristles are all vegan, and the ferrules are extremely sturdy and made of a good quality metal.
Well…. Thanks for sticking it out to the very end …. I truly appreciate your willingness to read through all 3,000 words of this post…. I hope that you are having a great day/night and that life finds you in great spirits.
Stay tuned Saturday when I do another Makeup Haul post, see ya in tomorrow’s post and remember….. Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick,