Breena Beauty Face Luxe Brush Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

Breena Beauty is the brainchild of local beauty blogger Sabrina Tajudin whose first release was the Face Luxe Brush. I purchased it in May 2015 and wrote a first impressions post (post link here) upon receiving it.

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. It is ultimately the reason all the makeup brushes reviewed on FiercePaint, I’ve had and used for at least 8 months.

The brush.

There was a hand written note that which I can’t seem to find. Attached are two pictures from the original post.

Moving on!

I especially love the rose gold ferrule.

Description on the back of the box.

Close up of the description.

Left in the design for aesthetics! 😛

Care instructions.

Close up of the bristles.

Densely packed bristles.

Soft synthetic bristles.

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 (excluding shipping)

Where to buy: Breena Beauty website. Update! They now offer 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. But update, having trimmed the bristles, none has frayed since.

Before (from the 2015 post). It was trimmed right after.

After (constant usage and washing for almost 2 years).

 

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

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!!!

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

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

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

Breena Beauty Twitter page; https://twitter.com/breenabeauty

Breena Beauty Instagram; https://www.instagram.com/breenabeauty/

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The Body Shop Blusher Brush Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

The first makeup brush I ever reviewed! The Body Shop blusher brush. Highly rated and here’s my review!

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 online at 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

Bloop Lip/Eye Liner Brush (028) Review

[UPDATED 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 a couple of years ago.

The brush.

Bristles up close.

After years and the brand logo is still there.

The brush code.

 

Description:

It is a thin, fine eye and lip brush.

Bristles: No info.

Ferrule: No info. Although it is most probably metal with a glossy finish.

Handle: Wooden with a natural finish.

(Note: I emailed the company asking for info about the brush but they never replied)

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/).

 

Comparison with normal sized brushes. If the picture looks familiar, you may have seen it in the review for the brush in the middle which is Elianto Nose Shading Brush (review post link here).

Comparison with H&M blending brush (on the left; which is about the size of a standard blending brush like Zoeva) and a tiny lip brush by Bloop Cosmetics (on the right).

There! Thin winged liner with the brush!!!

Pros:

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

I have used it for a couple of years and it has stood the test of time.

No shedding of the bristles and/or problems with the ferrule or handle.

Sturdy!

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!!!

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

[UPDATED REVIEW]

Elianto is a brand name that gets mentioned a lot on my blog and I do love a lot of their products because they’re so cheap! I have reviewed products from Elianto in the past here (mascara) and here (makeup brush). Today I shall review the Elianto Face Powder Brush.

The product. The fact that it comes with a brush guard is a huge plus point!

Bristles.

The bristles are very loosely packed.

Very soft.

Description:

Large face powder brush.

Bristles: Synthetic, loosely packed long fibres. It is extremely soft and the colour gradually darkens at the tip.

Ferrule: Metal ferrule with a glossy black finish.

Handle: Black finish wooden handle (I’m assuming).

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 loosely 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 years.

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.

Etude House My Beauty Tool Brush 130 Contour Review

Etude House is a Korean brand that was established in 1985 and they’ve been in Malaysia for quite a while now. I’ve reviewed a product from the brand in the past, which was the Play 101 Pencil (review link here) and I have also written about their hand creams (link here).

This is a review on the My Beauty Tool (which is a line of makeup brushes and sponges I believe), Face Brush 130 Contour.

Packaging.

Description on the back, mostly in Korean.

The tiny little English bit.

The brush. I want to bring to your attention the beautiful ferrule (visit Makeup Lingo Dictionary to see what this means; link here).

Bristles up close.

Very soft and very loosely packed.

Description:

Makeup brush intended for applying and blending out contour.

Bristles: Horse hair (information retrieved from the Etude House website). Long very loosely packed bristles.

Ferrule: Aluminum and very beautifully finished!

Handle: Wood with a light pink glossy finish.

Price: MYR 51 (price may have increased).

Where to buy: Etude House counters nationwide.

 

Pros:

Extremely soft.

Hasn’t shed since I’ve bought and used it (has been over a year and a half); that’s saying a lot considering it’s natural hair bristles!

It is multi-functional (blending eyeshadow, applying highlighter, dusting off powder).

Sturdy ferrule and handle!

 

Cons:

Extra care is needed when cleaning.

 

Note: It is natural hair bristles so that may be something to consider.

 

Rating:

8.9/10

I love this brush and my best use for it is applying highlighter! If you own a similar brush try it!

Elianto Nose Shading Brush Review (H) (07P)

[UPDATED REVIEW]

NOTE; THIS PRODUCT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE.

Elianto is a cosmetic brand with items sourced from countries like Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Korea. Prices are hard to beat for the quality of their products and the brand is rather popular in Malaysia. This is a review of the Elianto shading brush [Nose Shading Brush (H) (07P)]. Although it is called a nose shading brush, it looks a lot like a small pencil brush.

The brush.

Bristles close up.

Comparison with H&M blending brush (on the left; which is about the size of a standard blending brush like Zoeva) and a tiny lip brush by Bloop Cosmetics (on the right).

This picture was from the original post because I discarded the package. It’s pretty nice and sturdy actually.

And the description on the back. This was also an old picture. It has been edited to my best of ability. 😛

Description;

Bristles: Pony hair and slightly tapered towards the tip. Bristle colour gradually darkens at the tip. Very loosely packed; more like a blending brush rather than a pencil brush.

Ferrule: Metal with a shiny finish.

Handle: No information about this (I am assuming it is wooden). It has a matte finish and is quite sturdy.

Price: MYR 19.90 (Elianto often has discounts, so this price is subject to discounts and offers).

Where to buy: Elianto counters nationwide.

 

Pros:

The price is amazing for a specialised brush made out of natural hairs.

The ferrule and handle are pretty sturdy.

Does quite a good job at blending although I have never used it for its intended purpose (nose shading).

Perfect for precise blending because it is so small and loosely packed.

 

Cons:

The bristles initially shed because of the fact that it is made of natural hair.

A lot more goes into caring for them (not beginner friendly). I use a gentle two in one shampoo and conditioner. Also takes a longer time to clean and dry.

 

Rating

6.5/10

I am completely on the fence with this one and it is entirely your choice to make a decision.

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.

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.

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!