Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Brush Haul & First Impressions

Between blogging, doing my own makeup and doing my freelance gigs I use a lot of brushes. Last 
weekend my mom and I were having a girls day and we stopped into an Ulta to pick up a new curling iron for me. As with any beauty lover, I also needed to make my rounds and see what they had. I noticed the It Cosmetics section was empty and decided to have a peek. Iliked what I saw. Of course the new Bold Metals Collection from Real Techniques has launched and this would be my second look for them and this time I struck gold...and silver! (Unfortunately they were sold out of all the rose gold.)
The 100 Arched Powder Brush was the first brush opened and it is indeed so soft! Real Techniques is, of course, known for soft affordable brushes. With this new launch targeted toward a bit more of the pro end of things this brush is not only luxurious, but designed to not role of the table while doing someones makeup! The shape it so nice and is ideal for placing powders precisely. I had to get the last two on the display.
101 Triangle Foundation Brush (sorry about the above typo) is one of the most uniquely designed brushes I've ever seen. It has one flat side and a triangled/point on the other for around the eyes and smaller plains of the face. All of these RT brushes are a little more weighted so they have a better feel to work with while doing someones makeup.
200 Oval Shadow Brush is that perfect shape to really pack on the shadow. It also fits perfectly onto the lid and into the socket. Again the softness of the synthetic brush hairs is unreal.
The Airbrush Radiance Fan Brush #116 is a tool I've been wanting to try for a very long time and I'm really thrilled to have gotten two to ad to my arsenal. These brushes are my first It Cosmetics purchase and so far I'm pleased with the softness and quality. These are a little lighter than I would've liked but they still feel nice to hold and they look very nice too.
Live Beauty Fully Blush Brush # 227 is a brush that could be used not only for blush but with any powder at all. This brush is quite soft. In fact I kept swirling it around in my hand because it felt so nice. 
Live Beauty Fully Angled Liner/Brow Brush #217  I mean who couldn't use another tiny angled brush? This one is really small. I think it would be really nice for liner (as suggested) and that it is not only small but thin as well. 
Airbrush Blending Crease Brush #105 is the definition of a fluffy blending brush. It spreads shadows evenly and blends very well. I used this when doing a friends makeup and she said it felt really soft, which is always what you want people to feel about a brush you're using on them.
This Airbrush Smokey Liner Brush #125 is just the right size to smudge out liner and to smoke out the lower lash line. I love brushes like this. They're so simple and hard working. I can't wait to put this lil' babe to work.

I was able to do a friends makeup and she let me take her picture for this post. I used a few of the brushes and I am impressed and look forward to using these more in future posts. I am really happy with all of them and I will be trying to get more of the Bold Metals as soon as I can find more and get my hands on some.
Thanks again, to my beautiful friend Paije.

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