Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sedona Lace Pink Brush Set - Face Brushes


My dream come true, pink brushes!

Im sure you know how much i love pink... i mean, the name & theme of this blog are a pretty big hint haha but when Sedona Lace came out with their 12 piece professional brush set in PINK, i just had to buy it :) i got this around my birthday, so i have been using my brush set for around 1 month or so and am really loving it! read on for my review :)


note- because i find myself always rambling on and writing extremely long posts, i will be splitting up this review into two parts, one for face brushes and another for eyes :)

all the brushes included in this set
very nicely packaged


view of the brush roll, has a flap to protect your brushes


another view of the brush roll
has two long strings to tie up the brush roll


close up of the logo on the front and of the detailed pattern



heres a shot of the brush handles in comparison to a Sigma brush
as you can see, the sedona lace has a more glossy look


brush roll - 5/5
this brush roll is very nicely made with detailed (almost leather like) patterns. the texture is soft but durable and the color is a soft lavender pink. the inside of the brush roll is a metallic soft silver shade which creates a nice contrast from the pink.

i found that the brush roll can be easily cleaned with makeup wipes and the compartments actually can hold alot more than 12 brushes. after using my brush set for around a month or so, i have slowly filled it up with some of my other favourite brushes ( ex: i like to have 2 all over eyeshadow brushes & 2 blending brushes so i can switch brushes between lighter and darker colors)

overall, very good quality brush roll and i am so glad it is INCLUDED with the brush set :)

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and now, onto the face brushes!

Powder Brush  376
This sculpted brush head with natural bristles, allows for more precise placement. Great rounded top for "all over" application of loose powder.

this brush is very dense and i found it to be a very nice size for my face. it is great for applying loose powder to set foundation, but i also like to use this sometimes to apply blush to get a nice natural flush :) i found slight shedding with this brush during washes and a few during usage, nothing major though.


Duo Fibre Brush  813
This brush is known to add the finish of an "airbrush look" when using liquid foundation, not the best brush for creme foundations. The great natural bristles of this brush help with the application of blush, also used as a highlight brush.

This brush is similar to many other duo fibres in that it gives a nice airbrushed finished when used to apply foundation. i found that this brush had a stiffer consistency, but in a good way. With my ecotools & quo duo fibre brushes, i felt that they were slightly too flimsy. this brush is also good for a light application of cream blushes and highlighters :) oh, and i had no bleeding whatsoever with this *yay* although i have read some reviews that had slight bleeding.


Large Angled Contour Brush  850
This angled shaped brush works best when used for applying blushes. Used to apply cheek contour, could also be used wet as a foundation brush. These natural bristles are best when used with Sedona Lace's Contour and Blush Palette.

this brush is great for both blushes and bronzers. since i like to use my ELF powder brush as a blush brush, i keep this one designated for bronzer and contouring. because it has an angled head, it makes contouring really simple! it is also quite fluffy therefore allowing a lighter application of bronzer making it look more natural. the only downside to this brush, is that it has a weird (boardering on gross) smell when it is wet. i have no clue what it is or what causes it, but please dont smell this when its wet! when its dry though, its 100% fine :S


Foundation Brush  727
The synthetic bristles on this brush are non-absorbing to help keep your foundation on your face and not on the brush! Tapered Oval head gently helps to blend the foundation into place. Works well with any Liquid/creme products, but works best with Sedona Lace's 10 color camouflage concealer palette.

This is your standard foundation brush. i have long stopped using this type of brushes for applying liquid foundation since i like to use flat top kabukis better, however, if you prefer this type of foundation brush, it will not disappoint. the synthetic brushes mean that it will absorb less foundation and the slightly tapered edges help blend and are great for reaching into hard to get areas like around your nose and eyes.


Concealer Brush  954
This Rounded flat shaped, thin precision tip brush with synthetic bristles allows flawless application of cream or liquid concealers underneath the eye or in hard to reach areas, like the inner eye or lash-line.

This is a great concealer brush because it is very small and precise. The synthetic brushes are the same as the foundation brush and is great because it doesnt absorb too much product. i like to use this to cover any blemishes and acne scarring but find it a bit too rough for undereyes. this also makes a great brush to pat on mineral eyeshadow & pigments.

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Some comparison pictures:


MAC 190 vs Sedona Lace foundation brush
The sedona lace brush is slightly stiffer and also has a slightly tapered head which makes it easier to reach small areas. I would also say that the Sedona Lace brush absorbs alot less foundation so you definitely waste less.

 
Sedona Lace powder brush vs Ecotools powder brush

Sedona Lace powder brush vs Ecotools powder brush
The ecotools brush is slightly wider and denser than the sedona lace one. i also find that ecotools has softer bristles. overall, i like both but i would use them for different purposes - ecotools for loose powder & sedona lace for natural looking blush


Sedona lace duo fibre vs ecotools vs quo
  
sedona lace (bottom left) vs ecotools (top) vs quo (bottom right)
the sedona lace brush is definitely firmer and not as flimsy compared to both ecotools and quo allowing for better control during foundation application. In terms of density, it is right in the middle with ecotools having the least amount of bristles and quo with the most. Overall though, i think sedona lace is best for foundation application.


Overall thoughts on face brushes - 4/5
From the five brushes i reviewed today, my favourites are the large angle contour and the concealer brushes, both of which i use daily. the other three are also very good but could be replaceable with other brushes. for example, i like to use my ELF kabuki for applying loose powder and my Sigma F80 for foundation. However, those are just my choices. If i didnt have those two brushes, i would still be happy using my sedona lace brushes as they are great quality and get the job done well.

The only point i took off here was due to slight shedding from the powder brush & a weird smell that appears from the large angle contour brush when it is wet.. =/

Pros:
- very worthwhile to purchase - $50 for 12 brushes & brushroll!
- brushroll is included and is very good quality
- high quality brushes
- includes a nice variety of brushes
- brushes are not scratchy on face

Cons:
- only available online through SedonaLace's website
- slight shedding with powder brush
- weird smell when large angle contour brush is wet

Overall thoughts on brush set - 4.5/5
This brush set is really worth your money as it comes with both 12 brushes and a brush roll! the brushes are definitely high quality brushes and are perfect if you are just starting your makeup collection because it comes with all the brushes you'll need to do your makeup :) overall, i love my brush set and would definitely highly recommend this. (oh, and if you dont like pink. they also have this set in black!)


and thats it for now! i will be doing another post on the rest of the brushes so stay tuned for that :) i hope you all had a great valentines day :)

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