Real Techniques Expert Face, Buffing, Contour, Pointed Foundation, Detailer Brush

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush ($8.99) is designed for applying and blending cream or liquid foundation. The brush head is 25mm in length, 30mm in width, and 20mm in thickness. The brush had a total length of 6 inches/15.5 centimeters. The brush is soft, dense, firm (with some give but not fluffy or springy). The edge is slightly rounded, but the most noticeable characteristic about the brush is just how dense it is. It is even denser than the Buffing Brush. I bought this brush after a few readers asked how it compared to Tom Ford’s Cream Foundation Brush, and I don’t think they’re similar in terms of shape, density, and so forth, but the end results achieved with both brushes are more comparable. I do get better and more effortless results with Tom Ford’s, as it doesn’t streak at all for me, but this brush does so occasionally. The rounded, slightly tapered edge makes it easy to buff and blend out any streaks, though, and the synthetic bristles of this brush means it works better with cream and liquid products and is easier to clean. In a blind softness test, I ran both brushes across my husband’s forearm (and I had him do the same for me) three times for each (and at random), Tom Ford always came out on top as softer, but Real Techniques is still very, very soft. I would not complain; I would not even notice, if I didn’t have Tom Ford to compare it to–the way I used this often reminded me of how I used to use MAC’s 109, and this is softer than that brush.

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Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

L’Oreal Florid Pink & Pucker-Up Pink Colour Riche Le Glosses

L’Oreal Florid Pink Colour Riche Le Gloss ($7.99 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, blue-based cotton candy pink with a creamy finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and it did settle slightly into lip lines. Edward Bess First Kiss is warmer. MAC Next Fad is warmer, more shimmery. MAC Saint Germain is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Pink Nouveau is more opaque, slightly cooler-toned. MAC Petite Indulgence is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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L'Oreal Florid Pink Colour Riche Le Gloss
L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss Florid Pink
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
6
Application
4
Total
80%
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Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed, Wicked, Biker Chic Eyeshadows

Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “lush, metallic golden green with a touch of green sparkle throughout.” It’s a rich, medium-dark molten gold with strong yellow and brown undertones and a subtle green micro-shimmer. It was mostly opaque applied with a damp brush or applied over Pixie Epoxy. Fyrinnae Aztec Gold is more metallic and slightly greener. Too Faced Instigator is more golden. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #5 is lighter. Urban Decay Spell #1 is glittery. Urban Decay Stargazer is greener. NARS Paramaribo #1 is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon is warmer, browner. Make Up For Ever #11 is a cream product, lighter. Inglot #433 is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Lucky Charmed
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
98%
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Maybelline Never Fade Jade, Pink Rebel, & Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a bluish-teal with a satin finish. It’s beest applied with a damp brush, as it is semi-sheer and slightly patchy when applied dry. It is also easier to blend out when it is damp, as it tended to stick when I tried to apply it dry. Fyrinnae Gender Bent is lighter. Fyrinnae Sleepy Holllow is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is more shimmery, brighter. Maybelline Edgy Emerald is greener, cream. MAC Cool Heat is bluer. Inglot #338 is matte, darker. See comparison swatches.

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Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Never Fade Jade
D-
Product
5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
2
Application
3
Total
62%
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Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy?, Banana Mochi, & Dragon’s Wing Eyeshadows

Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vibrant, gleaming green with a hint of turquoise.” It’s a medium-dark, forest green with gold and teal shimmer and a frosted finish. Applied damp, it is fairly opaque, and patted over Pixie Epoxy it is fully opaque and slightly smoother. It’s part of the Arcane Magic range, so at a certain angle or closer to a light source, it is supposed to take on a “deep pink color, almost magenta.” It’s very, very subtle when it does catch the light at just the right angle and distance. Sephora Walk on the Wild SIde is similar but lacks the brown-ish base. Sephora Rolling in the Grass is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Zodiac is warmer, browner. NARS Night Porter is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Arcane Magic Eyeshadow Are You My Mummy?
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
96%
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Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments (Barely Brazen, Breaking Bronze, Downtown Brown)

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) come in twelve different shades, and this post features three of them. These are the first three I grabbed to try, and they happened to coordinate rather well together, which was a nice bonus! I really liked all three, as they had a very soft, finely-milled texture with nice pigmentation. Maybelline touts 24-hour wear (which is one of my least favorite claims for any product to make), and I’m not overly comfortable wearing makeup for that long, but I did wear all three shades for sixteen hours. I had some creasing after nine hours, and it was noticeably faded and fairly creased by sixteen hours. When worn over a primer, I didn’t have any issues until fourteen hours (some fading but no creasing).

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Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Barely Brazen
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
6.5
Application
5
Total
89%
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