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

First Impression, NYX Powder Blush

I had some extra money a few months ago that was given to me as a token (in exchange for a makeup favour) and just when I thought I may save it, I walked into Sephora. We all make that mistake don’t we, but hey, since I have this blog now, it can be put to full use! Excuses I know! Anyway, I am talking about the NYX Powder Blush in PB01 (Mocha). I have only used it a few times, once on a friend and other times to just experiment. I must say it held up pretty well. In any case I feel I have yet to put it to full use and test it out really well, hence, a first impression. With that here come the pictures!

The blush.

The blush. I apologise for the white patches. They are actually sticker residue from price tag stickers. Don’t you just hate that!!!

Description on the bottom of the container.

Description on the bottom of the package.

It is a matte powder blush. However, upon closer inspection there is a little bit of a reflection properties to it.

It is a matte powder blush. However, upon closer inspection there seems to be a teeny tiny amount of sparkle (due to the possible presence of traces of mica in it).

I also added swatches. The shade is definitely suitable for deeper and warm Indian skin tones.

Swatch on a lighter part of my hand.

Swatch on a lighter part of my hand.

Swatch on a darker skin tone on my hand.

Swatch on a darker skin tone on my hand.

My thoughts:

It is a nice blusher and the fact that it is matte is definitely a plus. I, for one, don’t like putting blushers or even highlighters that have too much of a reflection (usually micro-glitter). It has to be done properly and placed strategically on the face or else one would end up looking like a shiny mess. Getting back to the blusher, it is not powdery, blends pretty well and has a pretty impressive staying power. Yes, it is a product from Sephora but it is from the most affordable brand they carry. This blush cost me MYR 26 (pre-GST) which is cheaper than many higher end drugstore brand blushers. If there’s a Sephora near you it definitely worth checking out.

Jordana Cosmetics Oil-Free Liquid Foundation Review

Jordana Cosmetics is a family-owned American based makeup company that produces really affordable makeup items. They have everything except makeup brushes and tools (eyelash curlers, false eyelashes). They were being sold in some Guardian counters but I am not sure if Guardian still carries their products. The YouTube community loves Jordana and some of their products are holy grail items.

This is a review of the Jordana Oil-Free Liquid Foundation. My shade is in Caramel Bronze (08) and it is a warm deep shade. Highly suitable for deep tanned Indian skin tones.

The foundation.

The foundation.

It is a glass bottle with a screw cap. No pump available so it needs to be poured out onto something before use.

It is a glass bottle with a screw cap. No pump available so it needs to be poured out onto something before use.

Description on the bottle.

Description on the bottle.

On the bottom of the glass there is the shade of the foundation

On the bottom of the glass there is the shade of the foundation and the amount of product.

Poured out onto the back of my hand. The formula is pretty runny as you can see it already flowing downwards.

Poured out onto the back of my hand. The formula is pretty runny as you can see it is already flowing downwards before I could even take this picture.

It blends out well but is a very warm tone. Although it is not so apparent in the picture, it has a tinge of orange.

It blends out well but is very warm toned. Although it is not so apparent in the picture, it has a tinge of orange.

Description: Liquid foundation. Medium to full coverage. Dewy finish. Not a wide range of shades are available for this particular foundation.

Price: MYR 23 online (Colours Cosmetics website, excluding tax) and IF it is still available in Guardian it would cost anywhere between MYR 25 to 30 (I can’t confirm if Guardian still carries the product).

Where to buy: refer to “Price”. I mention Malaysian based websites and stores only.

Additional info: It does not come with a pump and since the product is very runny, it should be poured out slowly to avoid wastage. After loose application it can be sheered out or pat down with the finger (depending on how much coverage you want). It actually works better with fingers.

 

Pros:

Blends really well.

Not patchy or streaky.

If the shade matches your skin tone it would look almost invisible on your skin.

Powder adheres to it really well so it is ideal to be used with a translucent setting powder or even a pressed powder. This means powder blushers and highlighters work really well with it as well.

Decent lasting power; if set properly with a setting powder, it can last up to 6 hours on normal skin. If makeup setting spray is used then it could probably last even longer.

 

Cons:

It oxidises slightly warmer in the first 20 minutes after application (might be just this particular shade).

Would not suit oily skin because it tends to move around on my oily T-zone in unfavourable (hot and humid) conditions.

The foundation dries a little tacky and that may seem a little uncomfortable.

Since it has a dewy finish, a setting powder seems almost necessary or it would seem oily unless really sheered out.

 

Rating: 7/10

Cons and pros are about the same but I can work it out. It wins me over from a price point of view. It is another on-the-fence product. And since foundation is very specific and personal in terms of daily usage and suitability to a person’s skin, it is really up to you to decide.