Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge Review

I have for you today, a miracle worker! A detergent for your makeup sponges. Prepare to be amazed!

Of course you’ve heard of Daiso, so I’ll go right ahead!

The product.

The product.

It is a clear viscous liquid and it does foam up a little...

It is a clear viscous liquid and it does foam up a little…

Description: It is a soap for cleaning makeup puffs and sponges. I even use them for my brushes. It comes in a squeeze bottle of 80 ml and claims to also disinfect.

Where to buy: Daiso (duh!)

Prize: MYR 5.30

Let me then show you the magic!

Eughh!

Eughh!

AFTER!!!!!!!!

I KNOW RIGHT????? The sponges look as clean as new! No kidding!

I KNOW RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The sponges look as clean as new! No kidding!

Here's a closer look!

Here’s a closer look!

No trace of makeup!

No trace of makeup!

 

Pros:

It cleans like a dream!

Fragrance free.

Disinfecting.

VERY affordable.

Only a few drops is needed on target area (I used only about 10 to 15 drops per sponge).

 

Cons:

NONE! This is a first on FiercePaint! I did want to say 80ml is too little but, for MYR 5.30 and not forgetting that only a few drops is needed, justifies it!

 

Rating: 9.8/10

I do believe this is the highest rating I’ve ever given a product! I will never give a product a full 10 but this is damn near perfection!

Stila Double Ended Blending Sponge Review

Here’s another high end makeup product review…

This is the Stila double ended blending sponge.

The sponge.

The sponge.

After being dampened.

After being dampened. It swells up to twice the size.

It becomes soft and squishy when dampened.

It becomes soft and squishy when dampened.

Packaging was very simple. Just plastic with this card inside.

Packaging was very simple. Just plastic with this card inside.

Description on the back of the card.

Description on the back of the card.

Some relevant directions.

Some relevant directions.

Description: It is a makeup sponge that is used damp to blend out foundation, concealer, cream blusher, powder, primer etc.

Where to buy: Sephora outlets nationwide (you need to ask someone to take it out as they don’t usually have it displayed).

Price: MYR 38

Just to give you an idea of how it performs.

Foundation unblended.

Foundation unblended.

Blended.

Blended.

 

Pros:

It is soft.

Flawless makeup application!

Doesn’t soak too much of the product up.

The dual end does help for both a wider application and a more targeted one too.

Pretty affordable considering the other option is the Real Techniques sponge which is, at the cheapest, MYR 45.

Cons:

It ripped when I washed it about the fourth time (I’ll insert a picture below).

It picks up dirt and dust easily.

The tears.

The tears.

Note:

Although ripped, I can still use it. It still works!

 

Rating: 8/10

I still want to compare this to other sponges, so this rating may change in the future.

Breena Beauty Face Luxe Brush Review

Breena Beauty is the brainchild of local beauty blogger Sabrina Tajudin whose first release was the Face Luxe Brush. I purchased in May and wrote a first impressions post (here) upon receiving it.

Sabrina Tajudin started her blog in 2011 and as of 9th December 2015 the blog has over 2.3 million page views making her one of the more popular beauty bloggers in Malaysia.

I am a firm believer in using makeup brushes for a prolonged amount of time before actually reviewing it. A makeup brush should last at least a couple of years before falling apart, especially synthetic brushes.

I own brushes that are almost a decade old and they still work and look as good as new. I also own brushes which worked wonders when I initially used it but completely fell apart after the 3rd month.

It is ultimately the reason I waited this long to review the brush. All the makeup brushes reviewed in the past on FiercePaint, I’ve had and used for at least 8 months.

Blog address; http://www.sabrinatajudin.com/

Sabrina’s Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/Sabrina-Tajudin-132299903641541/timeline

Breena Beauty online store; http://breenabeauty.com/

Breena Beauty Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/breenabeauty/?fref=ts

 

The product; it comes with a hand written thank you card.

The product; it comes with a hand written thank you card.

The card.

The card.

The note.

The note.

The brush.

The brush.

The white handle engraved in gold words.

The white handle engraved in gold words. The ferrule is rose gold metal.

The bristles.

The bristles.

The bristles are quite densely packed but because they're longer bristles, it is quite flexible.

The bristles are quite densely packed but because the bristles are longer, it is quite flexible.

Bristles are soft.

Bristles are soft.

Back of the box description.

Back of the box description.

 

Description:

Multi purpose large face brush. Can be used with both powder and liquid products. Designed and made locally.

Bristles: Synthetic. Dark brown with a gradient white tip. Densely packed and very soft. Dome shaped. Muslim-friendly

Ferrule: Rose gold metal. Very sturdy.

Handle: Wood, white paint with the brush name engraved in gold.

Price: MYR 45 (plus MYR 6 shipping Peninsular Malaysia/MYR 10 shipping to East Malaysia)

Where to buy: Breena Beauty website. Shipping is only available in Malaysia at the moment but Sabrina is working towards international shipping.

 

Pros:

Very affordable for such a good quality brush.

Versatile; not too dense for powder application and not too loosely packed for liquid foundation. I have used it for both with good results.

Application is soft and smooth, with no streaking from the brush strokes.

Soft and easy to use.

Because it is rather large, a larger area of the face can be covered allowing for swift application.

The large wooden handle is actually helpful to application because holding and maneuvering becomes surprisingly easier. The flat bottom allows the brush to be stood up on a flat surface.

Sturdy handle and ferrule.

No shedding thus far.

I am giving an extra ‘pro’ for aesthetics because it is quite a beautiful brush and the fact that it comes with a thoughtful hand written note counts too.

 

Cons:

There is a a little bit of unevenness with the bristles.

However, I have to note that the unevenness can be trimmed with a small pair of scissors. I also want to note that it hasn't gotten any worse which mean trimming will solve it for good...

However, I have to note that the unevenness can be trimmed with a small pair of scissors. I also want to note that it hasn’t gotten any worse from when I first started using it which mean trimming will solve it for good…

The paint of the handle has cracked on mine. I do hope Sabrina has fixed this problem in her upcoming batch of brushes.

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Some people may feel that the handle is rather chunky for storage and thus not very travel friendly. I love the fact that it can be left upright on a vanity and to me it overrides the chunky handle con.

 

Ratings:

8.8/10

I love this brush. Good job Sabrina!!!

Elianto Face Powder Brush (H) (01S) Review

Elianto is a brand name that gets mentioned a lot on my blog and I do love a lot of their products more so because they’re so cheap! I have reviewed several products from Elianto from the past here (Liquid Lipstick), here (Liquid Eyeliner), here (Single Eyeshadows), here (Loose Powder), and here (Makeup Brush). Today I shall review the Elianto Face Powder Brush.

The product.

The brush.

Bristles.

Bristles. They are not very densely packed which is good for a face powder brush.

It really is very soft.

It really is very soft.

It also comes with a brush guard.

It also comes with a brush guard.

Description:

Bristles: Synthetic, not too densely packed long fibres. It is extremely soft and the colour gradually darkens at the tip.

Ferrule: Metal ferrule that is perhaps painted with black although I can only guess at this.

Handle: Wooden handle and again this is something I am guessing and it is painted with black.

Price: MYR 35.90 but Elianto constantly offers discounts so watch out for them!

Where to buy: Elianto counters nationwide and from their E-store at elianto.biz.

 

Pros:

Soft, really really soft!

Because of its long fibres and the fact that is it not too densely packed, it is efficient in picking up powder and dusting it on the face very effortless.

The brush guard!!! That is highly appreciated!

It has not shed or frayed thus far and I’ve had it for perhaps a year and a half.

The ferrule and handle are sturdy.

 

Cons:

Cleaning is a little bit of a pain because it is a larger brush.

 

Ratings

9/10

I love this brush. It is a good brush to dust bronzer or powder and also dust off excess powder from the face. If one is skilled enough even blusher can be applied using this brush.

Ecotools Six Piece Essential Eye Set Review

Ecotools is not that popular a brand in Malaysia simply due to the fact that it is not widely available, however, they aren’t as elusive as I am making them out to be. I love their concept due to their reverence for the environment and being 100% cruelty-free. They do have a website at https://www.ecotools.com/. Let’s take a look at their six piece essential eye brush set.

Pictures!

 

I know I know, where's the sixth??? Uh huh! It's the bag! A travel size makeup bag! :D

I know I know, where’s the sixth??? Ah hah!!! It’s the bag! A travel size makeup bag! 😀

 

I think there's something very beautiful about natural wood colour and grains.

To me, there’s something very beautiful about natural wood colour and wood grain pattern. The Ecotools wording is supposedly burned onto the handle. There is also the name of each brush (which has faded off mine).

 

This is the Large Eye brush. It is also the largest brush in the set.

This is the Large Eye brush. It is also the largest brush in the set. According to the instructions on the cardboard cover, it could be used to blend a base eyeshadow all over the entire eyelid.

 

This is the Angled Crease brush. It is the second largest brush. According to the instructions it is to add definition to the crease of the eye.

This is the Angled Crease brush. It is the second largest brush. According to the instructions it is to add definition to the crease of the eye and as you can see the bristles are cut at an angle.

 

This is the Highlighting brush. The instructions say that is to accentuate the brow bone and inner corner of the eyes.

This is the Highlighting brush. The instructions say that is to accentuate the brow bone and inner corner of the eyes.

 

This is the Petite Eye Shading brush.  The instructions say that it is to add accent colour.

This is the Petite Eye Shading brush. The instructions say that it is to add accent colour.

 

The last and the tiniest one is the Smudge brush and according to instructions it is to smudge shadow and liner along the lash line.

The last and the tiniest one is the Smudge brush and according to instructions it is to smudge shadow and liner along the lash line.

 

I also have pictures of the bristles up close.

 

Large Eye Brush

Large Eye Brush. Pretty densely packed slightly flat with a dome shape.

 

Angled Crease. Cut at a crease and as densely packed as the Large Eye.

Angled Crease. Cut at an angle and as densely packed as the Large Eye brush.

 

Highlighting. This is more loosely packed and instead of its prescribed use I like using it to blend eyeshadows.

Highlighting. This is more loosely packed and instead of its prescribed use I like using it to blend eyeshadows.

 

Petite Eye Shading. Small brush and resembles a tiny version of a eyeshadow brush that is used to press shadow onto the lids.

Petite Eye Shading. Small brush and resembles a tiny version of a eyeshadow brush that is used to press shadow onto the lids.

 

Smudge. Tiny brush that resembles a small pencil brush; perfect for its intended use.

Smudge. Tiny brush that resembles a small pencil brush; perfect for its intended use.

 

Description;

Bristles: Synthetic taklon (cruelty free bristles; taklon is most commonly used for making soft brushes). Each brush bristle shape and use have been described under each picture. The brushes are travel size (I’ll add a comparison picture below).

Ferrule: Aluminum, recycled.

Handle: Bamboo (it is an environmentally friendly source of material).

Price: MYR 70 (approximately USD 18) but there are possibilities of promotions and discounts.

Where to buy: SHINS outlets nationwide and they also have a website where you could order online at http://www.shins.my/. SHINS is also available in Sarawak, East Malaysia.

 

Comparison with full sized brushes.

Comparison with full sized brushes.

 

Pros:

They are environmentally friendly AND cruelty-free (that’s the scientist in me talking 😛 ).

Extremely sturdy. I have used, washed and cleansed these brushes very often!

Travel-friendly.

Affordable.

Almost no shedding!

 

Cons:

Not all the brushes are soft.  The smaller ones tend to feel a little scratchy on the eyelids.

The shorter handles can be an issue.

 

Ratings:

8/10

I love them although I don’t use each brush for their intent purposes. They are also a YouTube fave. I got them for less than MYR 50 (approximately USD 13 at the time of the post) which makes each brush less than MYR 10.

 

PS: I decided to include MYR to USD conversion but it does depend on the rate of conversion during the time each entry is posted.

Bloop Lip/Eye Liner Brush (028) Review

Bloop is a range of makeup and skin care products that is available in Malaysia in certain places. Their stall/booth locations can be found on their website. I will link their web page at the “Where to buy” section. This particular brush was a gift from my cousin when I helped her with a makeup favour about 3 years ago.

Pictures!

 

The brush.

The brush.

 

One side of the brush.

Flat side of the brush.

 

Another side. It is a thin flat brush.

Thin side of the brush.

 

The brand logo.

The brand logo.

 

The code of the brush.

The code of the brush.

 

I also have a comparison picture with a small eyeshadow brush.

 

Size comparison. It is slightly shorter but has a thinner handle compared to my eyeshadow brush. The eyeshadow brush is about the same size as a certain naked palette eyeshadow brush.

Size comparison. It is slightly shorter but has a thinner handle compared to my eyeshadow brush. The eyeshadow brush is about the same size as a certain naked palette eyeshadow brush.

 

Bristles comparison. It is teeny tiny!

Bristles comparison. It is teeny tiny!

 

Description: It is a thin, fine eye and lip brush.

Price: MYR 14.90

Where to buy: Bloop counters nationwide and from their website. A list of places where they have a counter/booth is available from their website (http://bloop-bloop.com/).

 

I also did a swatch picture.

 

Lipstick and gel liner. One could do a winged liner with this brush. I drew a thin line beside it to show that a thin line can be drawn with it.

Lipstick and gel liner. One could do a winged liner with this brush. I drew a thin line beside it to show that a thin line can be drawn with it. Lipstick can be drawn really precisely.

 

Pros:

The tiny brush allows precise eyeliner and lipstick/lipliner application.

I have used it for 3 years and it has stood the test of time. No shedding of the bristles and/or problems with the ferrule or handle. Sturdy! Even the label hasn’t faded!

Affordable!

 

Cons:

Their products are so difficult to find!!! So few places to buy them!

 

Ratings:

9/10

A great brush! If you come across Bloop anywhere do give this brush a try. Hey, it’s just MYR 14.90!!!

Daiso Eyelash Curler Review

First of all, I know there are people out there that would use Daiso products like their foundations, lipsticks, eyelash glue or even their facial products, like cleansers and masks (products that are put directly on the skin). It is, and I cannot stress this enough, my PERSONAL opinion that facial care products should come from a reputable source. I take my skin care seriously and although I don’t go crazy and buy really high end products that claim to do wonders, I wouldn’t, PERSONALLY, buy and/or or use products that are applied directly on the skin from a store I can purchase everything at MYR 5 per item.

With that being said, makeup tools are a whole different story. You are not putting it on your skin and leaving it there for an indefinite period of time. They’re tools which can be washed, sanitized and reused. I have been looking for eyelash curlers that can do a decent job that don’t come with a hefty price tag and so I picked this one up from Daiso to give it a try. And Daiso has many types of eyelash curlers so this is just one in particular.

The packaging

The packaging

The curler

The curler

Description;

Standard silver metal eyelash curler. It comes with a basic hinge mechanism and a curved curler. There isn’t a spring mechanism that would pop the curler open (an example would be the Tarte Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler). It also comes with a spare pad as would most eyelash curlers.

Price; MYR 5

Where to buy; Daiso outlets

 

Pros;

Probably one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest, eyelash curler of any brand in Malaysia.

Does a decent job at curling the eyelashes.

The pad is quite soft so the upper part of the curler really sinks into the lower part resulting in effective eyelash curling.

Hinges are smooth.

 

Cons:

Since the pad is so soft, the rubber wears out easily.

Since the pad is so soft, it can also give your eyelash a very severe curl instead of a more rounded natural curl.

Although the hinges are smooth they aren’t so sturdy which would become more flimsy with ‘wear and tear’.

 

Rating: 7.5/10

It is rated 7.5 because of the fact that it is so cheap. And replacement pads, in a pack of five, can be found at Daiso!

The Body Shop Blusher Brush Review

[UPDATED-with better pictures and new rating] Since I did feature this brush in my previous post I’ll just go ahead and review it.

The brush.

The brush.

Upclose shot of the bristles.

Up-close shot of the bristles.

Pretty loosely packed and incredibly soft.

Pretty loosely packed and incredibly soft.

Testament to how loved this brush is. The label is kinda fading.

Testament to how loved this brush is. The label is kinda fading.

Name of the brush.

Name of the brush.

Description;

Bristles: Synthetic bristles. The bristles are tapered and extremely soft. Dual coloured with a lighter brown at the base that deepens into dark brown at the tip. It is slightly flattened to allow contouring. Bristles are not densely packed thus product can be deposited easily.

Ferrule: Sturdy shiny silver metallic ferrule.

Handle: Wood handle with black matte finish. The handle is slightly tapered with the larger end at the bottom that actually allows the brush to stand upright on a flat horizontal surface. 

Price: MYR 69 (not factoring in possible promotions at The Body Shop)

Where to buy: The Body Shop outlets nationwide and their online shop http://www.thebodyshop.com.my/ (shipping price and details are available on the website)

 

Pros:

The brush has been carefully designed for its purpose.

The size is perfect for blusher and contour.

It picks up enough product and blends out powder blush beautifully.

It can also be used to dab powder onto the face under the eyes and knock out excess powder from the face.

Blending out contours are also a dream with this.

The brush I own is about a few years old and no noticeable fraying and no bristle fall out thus far. If it is being used I spot clean all the time and deep cleanse about once a month so it is noteworthy that there were no bristle fall out! AT ALL!

The ferrule is sturdy and the shiny metallic surface gives it a luxury feeling.

Extremely soft; perhaps the softest brush I own.

Cons:

The tapered handle makes it difficult to fit into a makeup brush case.

Price is mid range. 

 

Rating: 9.1/10

It is a brush worth buying, more so if you’re a makeup artist. Although the labels have started fading, it is still visible and the words can still be worked out.

Has been highly rated on their website.

From The Body Shop E-store

From The Body Shop E-store