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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Maybelline Color Tattoo Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

Cream eyeshadows are, as the name suggests, eyeshadow pigment that has a semi-solid (the scientist just had to peek through huh???) consistency but once applied typically sets and dries on the skin. Cream eyeshadows are usually applied on bare skin because if a primer was applied, there would be a barrier between the skin and the shadow which may make it slip and not set and stay in place. But, this is makeup and there are no rules, so you do you!

Oooo, so pretty!

The underside of the tub.

There are two different, uhmmm, sources, I should say; made in USA and made in China. I have three from China and four from USA. Funny thing is the shades from China are not available in the USA version (not that I could find anyway). All bought from local reputable drugstores.

Going through all the colours.

Bad to the Bronze. Made in China. If you want to get any colour, get this! Perfect everyday, blend on to the eyelid, liner, mascara and you’re done kind of shade! Iridescent, sparkly finish.

Inked in Pink. Made in China. Lovely pink shade. Iridescent, sparkly finish.

Painted Purple. Made in China. This one is a tiny bit patchy but beautiful! The base is matte but there are sparkles in it.

Bold Gold. USA. Iridescent sparkly finish.

Tenacious Teal. USA. Iridescent sparkly finish.

Edgy Emerald. USA. Matte base with a lot of sparkles in it.

Audacious Asphalt. USA. Matte finish with sparkles in it.

Description:

Individual pots of cream eyeshadow (or eyeshadow bases), that come in matte and iridescent finish (I have non of the completely matte ones). I don’t exactly know how many colours there are and I have seen some of the completely matte shades reviewed by other Malaysian bloggers and YouTubers. Comes in 4 grams of product.

Price: Retails for MYR 21.05 (from Watsons and Guardian) but just wait for promotions. I bought most of mine at MYR 12.

Where to buy: Anywhere there’s a Maybelline stand!

Swatch

Pros:

They are creamy and easy to work with.

They are completely budge-proof.

Nice range of colours.

Can be used many ways.

The neutral colours can be use on it’s own.

 

Cons:

The pot is heavy and quite bulky.

It dries out easily.

Some shades are not very opaque and streaky and this is evident from the hand swatches.

 

Other things to note:

The drying out of the product can be remedied. There are lots of YouTube tutorials on this. I do suggest you stay away from the ones that utilise alcohol because it will eventually dry it out.

Using them as eyeshadow base would mean applying the product onto the eyelids and then packing on a corresponding powder shadow on it (picture below). You may also see that this particular shade, the purple one, is not completely opaque but can be easily remedied by setting it with a pressed powder shadow.

Ratings:

8.9/10

I love these cream shadows!!! If you learn how to work it you’ll love it! The neutral colours seem to work better than others.

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!!!

Silkygirl Hydra Clean Makeup Remover Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

Silkygirl happens to be one of my favourite drugstore brands here in Malaysia. I have reviewed their products in the past here, here, and here. Today is a review of the Hydra Clean makeup remover.

The product.

Description on the back of the bottle.

Screw cap bottle.

It is lotion-like with a very runny consistency.

Description: It is a lotion type makeup remover that contains Vitamin E, chamomile and aloe vera extract.

Where to buy: All major drugstores and supermarkets that have the Silkygirl stand.

Price: MYR 18.90 for 165ml and MYR 10.90 for 100ml (as with everything at the drugstore, wait for a discount or promotion!)

Effectiveness.

Concealer, liquid foundation, powder, eyeshadow, liner, lipstick, liquid lipstick (swatched on skin), waterproof mascara (also swatched on skin).

All the makeup dissolved.

The liquid lipstick was work, and you can clearly see some mascara residue. Everything else came off pretty easily.

 

Pros:

It is pretty good at removing makeup.

Does not leave a sticky residue.

Skin feels fresh after makeup removal.

It has a nice soft scent.

It is definitely hydrating.

 

Cons:

The directions say that you need to rinse off with water which is another tiresome step for me.

The biggest con for me which is going to affect the rating of this product is the fact that my skin has a burning sensation after using this, especially around the eyes. It feels like I have rubbed my face hard, repeatedly when in fact, I haven’t.

 

Ratings;

4/10

I have used this in the past with no problems, however, my skin has definitely changed and with that the big con has become a deterrent for me to continue using this product. This is actually my second bottle of it which I purchased after having enjoyed the first one, but alas. 😦

Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

I love Essence products; affordable and the brand offers a wide range of products. Essence is owned by Cosnova which is a company based in Germany. This review is on the I ❤ STAGE eyeshadow base which is an eyeshadow primer.

The product.

Description on the side of the tube.

The wand. Standard doe-foot applicator.

Description:

It is an eyeshadow base that has a very similar consistency to a concealer. There is about 4ml of product and it comes in only one shade.

Price: MYR 15.80

Where to buy: Watsons [updated 14/072017].

 

Swatch

It is very light in colour and appear even lighter when blended out which makes for good primer since colour would show up nicely.

With some poorly pigmented eyeshadows.

With flash. It seems a little bit more obvious here.

 

Pros:

It is one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) eyeshadow primers available in Malaysian drugstores.

As seen in the pictures above it really does enhance the colour of the eyeshadow.

Although the colour is pretty light, it does not show through eyeshadow (as in the hand swatch picture).

Blends seamlessly into the skin and it is not patchy or streaky.

Eyeshadow blends very seamlessly on the eyelids with this primer.

Eyeshadow lasts longer on the eyelids (7 hours of wear on my friend and the eyeshadow had just faded a tiny bit).

Helps with creasing of eyeshadow (used it on a friend with eyelids that have lines – and that’s not a bad thing, merely an observation – and it worked!).

 

Cons:

I don’t know just how long eyeshadow would last but 7 hours of wear is pretty amazing for a drugstore eyeshadow primer.

The ashy look to it might just cause a problem on very deep skin tones if over applied (only the tiniest dollop is necessary).

 

Rating:

8/10

It’s cheap, gets the job done pretty well and is available at the drugstore! Enough said!

Elianto Single Eyeshadows Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

**MOST OF THESE EYESHADOWS HAVE BEEN DISCONTINUED EXCEPT THE ONES IN THE INDIVIDUAL PACKAGING.**

Elianto is a local retail makeup brand that comes at very affordable prices. I collected these eyeshadows over a period of time. I don’t have names of the older ones because I never imagined I’d ever start a makeup blog 😛 . I am going to be swatching and reviewing ALL the Elianto eyeshadows I own. The only ones that are currently available to purchase are the three single shadows not in the palette. So this is just a big swatch-fest parading as a review. HAHAHA!

The two palettes and the single shadows I own. I bought the palettes separately and each pan individually.

Only after taking that collective shot did I realise I had this quad in my collection which I won from a giveaway from who is now my blogger bestie Lakshmi (author of Big is Compatible; link here).

The matte pink shade on the left is one I already have; ballet pink (scroll down). The shimmery pink one is called pink lady; the grey one is called cool grey and the dark one is called taupe. These are all in plastic pans; all also discontinued.

From left to right, cool grey, pink lady, taupe.

Moving on to the large palette.

1-5 are the older ones when they came in metal pans. I don’t have the names of these (these have been discontinued).

  • 1- Deep brown with a little bit specs of gold glitter. Doesn’t really show up in a swatch.
  • 2- Gold glittery.
  • 3- Matte deep purple.
  • 4- Dark blue with blue glitter.
  • 5- Light blue, iridescent.

6-10 are the newer ones when it was switched to plastic pans (these I have shade names for, all mattes, and these have also been discontinued).

  • 6- Burlywood (dark peachy transition shade).
  • 7- Sienna Gold (brownish ochre).
  • 8- Scarlet Red (red).
  • 9- Venus Brown (matte deep brown).
  • 10- Ballet pink (sweet pink).

A closer look. YES! Hit pan on the gold!

AND on the brown! It works well as a contour shade! Metal pan and plastic pan difference can be spotted here.

Hand swatch. All the old ones in the metal pan. They do pick up better with brushes though.

The newer ones in plastic pans.

This is the 6 pan palette which only has 4 shades housed.

The smaller palette. It comes with a full sized mirror!

From left to right, plum purple, night blue, lilac purple, evergreen. All mattes!

And these are the ones still available; the single eyeshadows.

The three single ones. These are still available.

These are just mono eyeshadows in 01 White, 13 Cocoa, B138 Espresso.

Description: Individual eyeshadows from Elianto that come in several finishes. They no more come in just pans, each single shadow come with its own plastic packaging. They contain 2.5 grams of product.

Price: The mono shadows retail at MYR 9.90. The 6-colour empty palette retails for MYR 21.90.

Where to buy: Elianto booths nationwide and also online at www.elianto.biz

 

I used the white shade for my Halloween look (post link here).

I also used them on my YouTube video. If you opened up the description box they’re all listed.

 

Pros:

All the shadows are pretty well pigmented.

Some shades blend very well.

They are smooth, pick up well (both with a brush and the fingers) and deposit on the eyelids very well.

Price is a huge plus for the amount of product in the pan.

Decent wear time (5 hours before it begins to start fading).

 

Cons:

Some shades can be a tad bit streaky and patchy especially the matte shades.

Some of the newer ones are a little powdery and may result in fallout.

Some of the newer ones are not very long lasting.

Just demonstrating the powdery attribute I mentioned.

Ratings:

7.9/10

These are nice eyeshadows and the cons are things I can work around. They are not just affordable, they are actually cheap. Great for experimentation! Some shades are a bit of a miss so I’d suggest doing a swatch first before purchasing.

Silkygirl Natural Brow Pencil Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

I have reviewed several Silkygirl’s products (two mascaras here and here, makeup remover here, chubby stick here, and a retractable eyeliner here) and also put it in my top 5 most affordable Malaysian drugstore makeup brand (here).

This review is on the Silkygirl Natural Brow Pencil.

The product.

Name and code.

Description and ingredients.

Up close of the nib.

Swatch.

Description: Eyebrow pencil. Comes in two colours, 01 Soft Black and 02 Dark Brown. There’s a clear cap for protection and comes in 1.14 grams or about 0.04 oz.

Where to buy: Most drugstores and supermarket/hypermarkets in Malaysia.

Price: MYR 10.90 (it’s drugstore so wait for promos!!)

Bare brows.

For a black pencil (if used properly) it’s quite natural looking!

Pros:

It is cheap!

Black eyebrow pencil that isn’t too black so it has a natural finish.

Stays put (doesn’t just melt away with sweating).

 

Cons:

Very stiff and dry.

I never liked sharpening.

No spoolie.

 

Tip/Hack:

Use your hair dryer to slightly heat up stiff and dry eyebrow pencil to allow ease of application. Just a few seconds of exposure to the hot air will slightly loosen the product.

 

Rating;

6.8/10

It is a basic eyebrow pencil that I like because it matches my eyebrow colour. It may or may not work for you so discretion advised!

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.

Chu Lip, Lip Balm Review

[UPDATED REVIEW]

This is going to be a short review because I have already written a first impression post on it (here). Here are some pictures! The one I have here is Apple Ginger and Tea Rose flavour.

So cute!

Easy to open tab! This packaging is one you will not complain about being difficult to open.

Love that lip shaped indent!

It used to be a perfect round dome!

Description: A egg-shaped lip balm enriched with olive oil, macademia nut oil, and rosehip oil. It doesn’t have any colour or tint to it. It has a lovely fruity flavour and tastes slightly sweet.

Price: Anywhere between MYR 15 to 25.90 depending on where you buy it and factoring in discounts.

Where to buy: Major drugstores like Watsons and Guardian.

 

Pros:

It glides on the lips smoothly.

It hydrates, soothes (because there is menthol added) and moisturises.

It smells and tastes pleasant.

It effectively remedies cracked lips.

Does not feel waxy or uncomfortable on the lips.

 

Cons:

The screw-cap has to be handled rather carefully because it can scrape the product and can be potentially over-tightened, spoiling the snap lock mechanism.

 

Ratings:

9/10

It is a fantastic lip balm! What else can I say?