Have you guys heard of the Coastal Scents brushes?
I absolutely adore them! :) They're pretty cheap compared to high end brushes and I can say they're pretty much the same. These brushes are densely packed, works well and no sign of shedding. ;)
Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Foundation Brush (Synthetic) - I normally use this after applying my foundation to even it out and sorta "buff" it for a smoother more flawless look. I'm in love with this brush! The bristles are sooooo soft and very densely packed. I was going to get some more for back up but unfortunately they're all sold out. :( I seen one on ebay for about $27 from UK! Oh my. I hope you guys got a hold of this. Another buffer brush that I use is from realTechniques called buffing brush.
Price: $7 and it was on clearance
Pro Blending Fluff (Goat Hair) - I use this one of course for blending my cream or powder eyeshadows. Bristles are soft as well and hasn't shed. I've washed this numerous times already and not a single bristle has fallen out yet. This is a great dupe of the MAC 217 blending brush (see below). It blends well just like the MAC 217 one.
|Left to Right: Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff and MAC 217 Blending Brush (sorry haven't washed it yet :P)|
Classic Smudge Sponge - I use this to smudge my eyeliner and sometimes with my eyeshadows for a complete smokey look. Sometimes this kind of sponge is already built in the eyeliner that you buy. I have this smudge sponge on my Prestige eyeliner and it works the same. Does the job well too and it's very inexpensive.
Large Foundation/Concealer Brush (Synthetic) - When I say large, it's huge! LOL I've never encountered a brush this big/long before. This is about 8.5 inches long (21.59cm). Pretty long huh? I use this to apply my foundation (first step -then after I buff it using my buffer brush) for full to sheer coverage. No signs of shedding as well and does the job well. Sometimes I use my MAC 190 in place of this.
Price: $2.95 - clearance section
|Sorry! It's quite blurry. >.<|
Classic Shadow Dome (Synthetic) - I also use this for my smokey look for smudging and blending my eyeshadows at the same time. The bristles are densely packed too and no shedding. :)
Classic Shadow Medium (Synthetic) - I use this to almost any type of eyeshadow. Usually I use this brush to sweep my eyeshadow all over my lid. Very dense and no shedding.
Classic Buffer Small (Synthetic) - Ok, if you guys couldn't find the buffer brush I told you guys about earlier, then this will be your best bet. I use this for the same purpose of the buffer brush I mentioned earlier. If my two other buffer brushes are in the process of drying, then I use this. The bristles are very dense, very smooth and no shedding as well. This one is not as thick as the Bionic one but it's a tad thicker than the realtechniques.
Destiny Kabuki On a Stick (Goat hair) - Yep! A kabuki on a stick. :) I use this to apply my mineral foundation. Although you can use it for bronzer or blush as well but personally, I like using this to apply my mineral foundation. Picks up the foundation well and blends easily. You can also use this for highlighting your cheekbones. Very durable!
Classic Foundation Small (Synthetic) - I personally use this for highlighting/concealer purposes. Sometimes I use it for liquid foundation too but normally for highlighting and for concealer. It blends well and it's densely packed. :)
Classic Angled Brush Large (Synthetic) - I use this to apply blush/bronzer. Personally, I like angled brushes for applying blushes or bronzers. I can control it better or is it just me? I can never work a regular blush brush. I always end up picking the angles ones. ;) I love how dense and how soft it is.
Fan Brush (Synthetic) - Another brush from Coastal Scents that took me by surprise. LOL This one is an oversized fan brush. Normally I thick the fan would go about 2.5 inches wide (6.35cm) but this one goes for about 4.5 inches wide! (11.43cm) The bristles are very dense and soft and no shedding.
I normally use this to subtly apply blush or bronzer. Sometimes it's a good tool to remove excess eyeshadow that sometimes fall on your cheek. ;)
Price: $2.48 - Clearance
Domed Kabuki and Pro Kabuki - I use the Domed Kabuki if I want a more precise application (around the eyes, nose, etc.). It's also great for contouring! I use the Pro Kabuki for powder foundation sometimes. I love how dense and soft they are and of course zero shedding. ;)
Price: $5.99 and $4.99 clearance
I hope this review helped you guys in picking your next collection of brushes. :)
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