Friday, 29 January 2010

Sonia Kashuk Brushes

A little while ago now, Space NK were having an awesome January sale in the UK, where they had brushes from the Sonia Kashuk brand on sale for a ridiculously cheap price. Having previously tried to sell them for ridiculously high prices of £25 and upwards, Space NK shrewdly marked them down to about £4 per brush for the sale period.

Obviously I, like a lot of other UK beauty lovers, jumped on this and ordered a few. I have to admit, until this point I'd been completely unfamiliar with the brand. Although I'd heard mentions of them several times on Youtube, I had not yet heard of anyone saying anything about these particular brushes.

So, when the package came (which is another story on its own, and partly why I won't be ordering online from Space NK for a while), I was particularly curious about the products I'd ordered, especially as they retail on US site for a lot less than they do in the UK.

I was so pleasantly surprised, I had to reexamine my previous preconceptions (and indeed misconceptions) about 'branding' of makeup and focus on the product inside! For a brand I'd never used or really heard much about, these brushes have quickly become my daily staple and I like them even better than my coveted MAC brushes. The handles of these brushes seem to be ergonomically designed with the client's hand shape in mind, and they fit easily and comfortably into my hand... although I do find the design a bit gimmicky, and I'm not keen on the plastic handles. I like the colour of these brushes too - they look classy and neatly made, and that's always a plus!

So, onto a bit more of a detailed description of each one...

Retractable Kabuki Brush

I ordered this brush purely for a specific purpose. I've been wanting a retractable kabuki brush for my handbag for a while now for when I want to touch up with some Blot Powder for oily days, but it's one of those things I never got around to buying. At about £5 for this one, it was high time I got one! This brush isn't half as soft as the other ones, possibly because
the hair is natural rather than synthetic, but it's compact, it looks nice and swish and it does exactly what I want it to do. On that note it's perfect.

Large Eyeshadow Brush

I never realised I needed a brush so much! As soon as I started using this brush, it quickly became one of those essential brushes for 'everyday-can't-be-arsed' makeup as it grabs enough product and covers a large surface area in one swoop. It's awesome if I just want a sheer wash of colour, and works particularly well with shimmery eyeshadows. This brush is so soft, though for me it's hard to master as I've been used to a MAC 239 for so long.

Large Crease Brush

This brush is amazing. It's so soft and dense, but it has enough give and precision for really great blending. What I love in particular about this brush is the fact that it does two jobs in one for me. Where my MAC 219 has always been the stalwart brush for my crease colour, I found that it wasn't always very good for blending out. Sure, it's good for precision blending, but when I want to blend harsh lines without much effort, I now turn to my Sonia Kashuk brush.

Synthetic Flat Top Brush

I have no idea where this brush has been all of my life, but this is one of those multi-task brushes which is quickly worming its way into my top 3. This brush is awesome: it can apply foundation effortlessly, you can use it for both cream blush and powder blush, you can use it to apply and blend out bronzer... The possibilities are endless for this useful little brush. The density of the bristles, plus the fact it's synthetic make it an ideal brush for cream-based products because it doesn't soak up product and you get more mileage out of just a pea-sized amount.

On the whole, I am ecstatic with these brushes, and if you can get your hands on them, do. The quality and price alone justify buying them, plus they are really well made and none have shed one hair since I've had them. Give them a go :)


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