Tom Ford 13 Eye Shadow Blend Brush Review and Comparison

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Hello!

Lately I have been collecting more and more brushes as I feel that brush is a good investment for my make up addiction in the long term. I am adding this Tom Ford Eye Shadow Blend Brush to my collection. I have been reading few positive review on this brush and decided to give this brush a try. So here’s my review 🙂

IMG_5138The handle of Tom Ford eye brush is a sleek black color and plated gold metal nearing to the brush hair. The brush feels heavy and the hair comes in white color. I really love how luxurious this brush looks. However the white colored hair will eventually turned out to be dirty after a while.

IMG_5139Tom Ford’s brushes are made of goat hair and it feels uber soft! Tom Ford’s brushes have one of the best goat hair quality. I owned several goat hair brushes from other brand and none of them feels as soft as Tom Ford’s.

I have few eye blending brushes to compare with Tom Ford Eye Blending Brush pictured here:

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L-R: MAC 217 Blending Brush – Tom Ford Eye Blending brush – MAC 226 Tapered Blending – Sigma E25

IMG_5141 L-R: MAC 217 Blending Brush – Tom Ford Eye Blending brush – MAC 226 Tapered Blending – Sigma E25

Firstly, I’d like to compare Tom Ford 13 Blend Brush to the famous MAC 217 blending brush. MAC 217 is my absolute favorite eye brush; it could be used to apply eyeshadow all over my eye lid, blending the colors and even applying concealer. So how does Tom Ford Blending Brush differs from MAC 217?

MAC 217 has a wider brush shape whereas Tom Ford 13 Blend Brush shape is longer and it is more pointing.In terms of hair quality, Tom Ford blending brush is softer than MAC. This is no surprise as Tom Ford brush price is double the price of MAC 217. My eyes are the typical small Asian; and for me MAC 217 does the blending better than Tom Ford blending brush. Tom Ford blending brush hairs are denser compared to MAC 217. Tom Ford blending brush does great job to for crease brush and it can also be used as a bigger pointing brush. Whenever I almost finish my smokey eye make up, I will usually reach for this brush to add on a bit of dark shade to  accentuate the look. In this case, Tom Ford eye blending brush does its job very well.

Secondly, let’s compare Tom Ford blending brush to MAC 226 Tapered Blending. MAC 226 is a limited edition brush which I got more than a year ago. If MAC 217 and 226 are compared to Tom Ford 13 Blend Brush, The shape of MAC 226 is closer to Tom Ford blending brush compared to MAc 217. MAC 226 is slightly shorter than Tom Ford eye blending brush. These two brushes have dense hair (but Tom Ford brush is still denser) and both are great for crease brush.If you see this brush from the top, Tom Ford brush shape is more pointing and smaller in the end compared to MAC 226. These two brushes are comparable; they perform well for blending crease area and applying the outer crease. I couldn’t decide which one I like better because both works very well and each brush has its own excellence. Tom Ford brush is denser so it does better job to blend the crease however MAC 226 has a wider brush end which makes it does better job in blending.

Now onto comparison with Sigma E25. SigmaE25 is said to be the dupe for MAC 217. I have to disagree with this as Sigma E25 is not as dense as MAC 217 and E25brush has a wider end compared to MAC 217. The shape of Sigma E25 and Tom Ford 13 Blend Brush is very different. Sigma E25 is much wider, less dense and Tom Ford 13 Blend brush is longer and denser. I prefer to use Sigma E25 to apply eyeshadow all over my eye, it doesn’t work well with me as a blending brush as it’s not dense enough for my liking.

Final Thought:

I am glad that Tom Ford 13 Blend Brush is different with the rest of my blending brushes in my stash. However If I would have to pick my fave from these four brushes featured in this post, I shall go with MAC 217. MAC 217 is not cheap but it’s more affordable compared to Tom Ford 13 Blend Brush. MAC 217 does the blending better than Tom Ford 13 Blend Brush. I have read several blogs saying that Tom Ford Blend Brush is their HG blending brush – I hope soon enough I’ll get to say that too. I think I would need more time to play with this brush and understand this brush more.

Overall Tom Ford Blend Brush does not disappoints. It’s not the best blending brush I have tried but it does its job pretty well. Other than that, the quality of the hair is worth checking too. It’s very soft and dense 🙂

So what’s  your fave blending brush? Share with me 🙂

Thank you for reading.

By: Meryl

Suqqu Cheek Brush and Comparison

Hello!

Today I’ll be featuring a product that I recently acquired. I have been wanting to buy this brush for the longest time but I had no chance of getting it as Suqqu is only available in Japan, UK and Thailand. The price was also the other factor why I keep on refusing to get this brush. This brush is the biggest splurge I have made on make up items. I felt so guilty yet happy at the same time :p. The lovely Ruby from Miaka-My Life helped me to get this brush while she was having a holiday few weeks back. Thank you very much for your help dear! 🙂

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I believe the majority of you need no introduction of Suqqu brushes. It is often said that Suqqu brush has the softest hair ever. I have to agree on that. This Suqqu cheek brush feels very soft – and it’s the softest brush that I have ever owned. It’s much softer than my beloved Tom Ford Cheek Brush. Suqqu brushes are made of grey squirrel hair which is rarely found in many other brands. I have never found any western brand selling brushes made of squirrel hair, and I’ve only known several Japanese brands  selling brushes made of squirrel hair. Suqqu is one of those rare brands selling brushes made of squirrel hair.

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Suqqu cheek brush comes in a very simple design. It’s justa simple black handled brush. Nothing impressive but I have no complain on this. The brush is very lightweight too. The length handle of the brush is designed just nice, it’s not too long and not too short to help application process become easier.

As much as I’d love to say that this brush is perfect, I must say that I’m a bit surprised that this brush isn’t as dense as what I would have expect it to be. The hair don’t feel as dense as my other cheek brushes. I personally love brushes that are dense, so this density issue actually annoys me a bit.

Suqqu cheek brush doesn’t pick too much product. So this brush is a perfect choice for me to create a subtle cheek look.But in times when I prefer to have a dramatic face look, I can always swirl the brush more roughly and build the color.

Comparison with other cheek brushes:

In this picture, I’m doing a comparison with NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Bobbi Brown Blush Brush and IZU Blush Brush. As you can see, Suqqu brush is the tiniest among all cheek brushes in this picture. It has the simplest design among all the brushes here too.

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L-R: Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush – Tom Ford Blush Brush – Suqqu Cheek Brush – Bobbi Brown Blush Brush – IZU blush brush

 

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L-R: IZU Blush brush – Bobbi Brown Blush Brush – Suqqu Cheek Brush – Tom Ford Cheek Brush – Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush

If I have to put these brushes in terms of density, I would put it this way (no 1 being densest)

1. Tom Ford Cheek Brush

2. Bobbi Brown Blush Brush

3. IZU Blush brush

4. Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush

5.  Suqqu Cheek Brush

So in terms of density, Suqqu is not dense at all when compared to my other blush brushes. I prefer my brush to be dense, so actually Suqqu does not live up to my expectation on this.

Suqqu brush is the softest brush that I have ever owned or touched. So this time I’m going to list the brushes in order of the softness:

1. Suqqu Cheek Brush

2.  Tom Ford Blush Brush

3. IZU Blush brush

4. Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush

5. Bobbi Brown Blush Brush

Honestly I have never heard anyone saying they have found something softer than Suqqu brush. Tom Ford brush hair feels very soft but when you compare it side by side with Suqqu brush, you’ll certainly feel the difference.

Final Thought:

Well now that I have to sums everything together, I think I shall start by saying that I understand what many people is raving about this brush. It’s the softness of this brush! It’s as soft as cloud (if I could ever touch it!! :p). But is this brush worth every cent? I’d say not really. I hope that it would be more dense so that it’ll help to pick more product. However if you prefer your brush not to be too dense, then this brush might be your choice. And for a brush with that price tag, I really hope that the handle would be heavier or looking more luxurious.

I am certainly happy that finally I get to own this brush. I know this brush ain’t perfect for me but I am satisfied. I know what everyone is talking about and I won’t feel curious anymore 🙂 The softest brush ever!

 

Has any of you tried this brush before? What’s your thought? Share with me what’s your fave blush brush 🙂

By: Meryl

 

 

 

Real Technique Core Collection & Expert Face Brush Review

Hello all!

I am sure most of you are familiar with Real Technique brushes by Samantha Chapman. You might have read tonnes of review about these brushes and I hope you don’t mind if I write something about this 🙂

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I bought two sets of Real Technique brushes; the core collection and the expert face brush. I have read many positive reviews on these sets. So let’s start with the review of the Expert Face Brush.

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According to Real Technique website, this brush is

Ultra firm and broad for application and blending of cream or liquid foundation

look pixel-perfect even in harsh light

ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 

100% cruelty-free

self-standing for easy storage

extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use

Firstly the design of real technique brush is simple; a rubbery feeling stick at the end and the body of the brush is made of very light metal. Expert face brush is unique; it has an oval shaped brush. Most of my foundation brush is either flat kabuki or a thin flat brush. The synthetic brush feels very soft and doesn’t feel harsh on my skin at all.

I tried blending few of my foundations with this brush and the result is awesome. It leaves a very smooth looking finish. One thing I notice with this brush is that this brush does not take in my foundation too much – which is great. Some brush takes quite a lot of product while blending the foundation, but I notice that expert face brush does not do that.

Core Collection

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Create a perfect canvas with this collection of coverage essentials:
includes 4 full-size brushes + case:

detailer brush: precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition

pointed foundation brush: Use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage

buffing brush: ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation

contour brush: delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish

panoramic brush case is a 2-in-1 case + stand
look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
extended aluminum handles are light and easy to use

Buffing Brush: 

I have to admit that one of the reason I am getting this set is because of this brush. Many people are raving about how wonderful this brush is. Now I know why people are loving this brush a lot. This brush blends my foundation beautifully. The hair is really soft and feels fluffy on my face.

The difference I see between the Buffing Brush and Expert Face Brush above is that buffing brush is more suitable for ladies who prefer a light foundation. I do feel that this buffing brush takes more product compared to the expert face brush. Hence, I feel that expert face brush is more suitable when I want to have more coverage whereas buffing brush is more suitable when I prefer to have lighter coverage.

Contour Brush:

At first I was quite skeptical on the shape of this brush. Most of my contour brush has bigger shape than this brush. After trying this brush to contour my cheek area, I realize that the shape of this brush fits nicely to contour my cheek area. It creates a nice deep dimension on my face.

Pointed Foundation Brush:

Honestly I don’t really use this brush so much. I am so satisfied with the buffing brush and the expert face brush that I don’t really use this one so much. I tried it once on my face, only to cover certain places that needs more coverage. Other than that I rarely use this brush.

Detailer Brush:

I use the detailer brush multi purposely. I use it to cover small spots that needs a more detailed attention and sometimes I use it as a lip brush too. So far this brush works fine with me, I don’t rave it a lot and I don’t have any complain with this brush too 🙂

Brush Cleaning:

I have cleaned the Expert Face brush, Buffing Brush and the Contour Brush. I experienced no shed at all. I usually clean my brush with a regular shampoo and I clean my brush once a week. Cleaning these brushes is not a pain, it doesn’t take too much of my time. As much as I love my Sigma F80 flat kabuki brush, I really hate the cleaning part. Cleaning my Sigma F8 brush takes so much effort and the drying time takes so much longer compared to the Real Technique brushes.

Final Thought:

I am very happy with my purchase. Real technique brushes are affordable and the quality satisfies. What more can I say? I love it and you should try it if you have not! 🙂

Have you tried Real Technique brushes? What do you feel about it?

By: Meryl

Chanel Joues Contraste in Ultra Rose

Hello all,

Today I have a Chanel Joues Contraste to show you. Ultra Rose was released few months ago in Singapore and it’s a permanent collection. The neon pink color attracts my eye and I could not help myself to get a piece of this cutie blush.

The Color:

As you can see in the pictures, Ultra Rose is a a vibrant neon pink blush with a satiny finish. The color might look scary in the pan, but when applied, it looks fine for me. Actually this blush reminds me of NARS Gaiety, but I don’t have NARS Gaiety so I couldn’t show the comparison in this post. Cafe Makeup has done a very good job in comparing Ultra Rose with other bright pink blush, you can read it here.

The Pigmentation & Texture:

Ultra Rose has excellent pigmentation. The color shows up very well at the first swatch and the finish makes my skin looks glowy but not glittery. The texture feels smooth and blends very well. However since this is a baked version, it’s not as smooth as what I would expected.

The Look:

Final Thought:

For ladies who wants a bright pink blush, this is a very good choice. It provides a satiny finish and it makes my face looks radiant.

 

Thank you for reading.

 

By: Meryl

Uk Trip Haul :D

Hello guys!

I have been shopping a lot during the holiday! UK has plenty of makeup brands that I could not find in Singapore and I took the chance of getting those things! I know I’ve been a bad girl during the holiday. When I reached home after the holiday, I felt guilty looking at my new stuffs 🙁 But anyway I enjoyed my holiday so much and now I should work hard to pay off those shopping damages LOL 😀

Suqqu

This is Suqqu counter in Selfridges Manchester. I didn’t take more pictures as I was too excited to look for products here. I had fun swatching many products. There are many items that are not available there because I think it sold out pretty quickly.

Here are my Suqqu haul; 2 eyeshadow, 1 blush and 1 eyebrow palette.

Illamasqua

These pictures are also taken in Illamasqua counter in Selfridges Manchester.  The Illamasqua counter there is very happening with 3 SAs that have dramatic makeup and dresses! The thing that gets me most excited is to see their blushes. I have Illamasqua blush in Hussy and I love it to bits. I had fun swatching at the blush counter and decided to pick

I purchased three items from Illamasqua; a blush, an eye palette and a cream highlighter.

Chantecaille

I picked this Chantecaille Classic Palette in Harrods. This palette was on sale together with the Tiger in the Wild palette. Chantecaille products pricing are so expensive even after the price reduction. I paid (£50 or £75, can’t remember exactly). Honestly I bought this only because I want to collect a product from a brand that I have never had before. I will do a review about this palette soon (I hope 🙂 )

Drugstore Haul from Boots & Superdrug

I had fun in both Superdrugs and Boots mostly in between Christmas – New year because they are having generous promotions. I bought quite a number of products there as they are having a “Buy 2 get 3” promotions and I will get a free goodie bag when I buy 5 products or more. Gosh I could not control myself and bought there things with me. I know I am a bad girl when it comes to shopping but I’ll give myself an excuse since this is a year end holiday :p

Real Technique Brushes

Sleek Eye and Blush Palettes

Miscellaneous brands – Maybelline Color Tattoo, Revlon Lipstain, Max Factor lipfinity, Loreal Eyeshadow, Rimmel Eyeliner, etc.

Model’s Own and Barry M are one of those brands that excites me the most in Boots and Superdrug. Their glittery nail polishes are to die for! Barry M nail polishes were about £3-£5 each and Model’s Own were about £5 each.

That’s all I have for you 🙂

I have many things to be reviewed and please be patient with me LOL.

Thank you for reading.

 

By: Meryl

 

 

 

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