IT Cosmetics Velvet Luxe Brushes (304, 307, 314, 320, 322) Reviews & Photos

IT Cosmetics No. 304 Velvet Luxe Plush Foundation Brush ($38.00) is designed as a “flat but wide” brush for cream and liquid foundation application. It’s a medium-sized, dense, dome-shaped foundation brush made out of synthetic fibers. The brush head measured 33.5mm in width, 32.0mm in length, and 17.4mm in thickness with a handle length of 7.2 inches / 18.3 centimeters. IT’s Velvet Luxe range uses incredibly soft synthetic hairs that are as soft as high-end goat hair used by brands like Chikuhodo, Hakuhodo, etc. I liked this best with liquid, medium coverage or greater foundations with satin to luminous finishes, and it will fit in best with someone who tends to apply their foundation in patting and smooth downward (or upward) strokes rather than in circular, buffing motions.
The curved edge fits in well when maneuvering around the nose, underneath the eye, and around the mouth. Personally, I still preferred the No. 302 for liquid foundation.

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IT Cosmetics No. 304 Velvet Luxe Plush Foundation Brush
IT Cosmetics   No. 304 Velvet Luxe Plush Foundation Brush
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Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer, Foundation, Precision Powder, Setting Powder Brushes Reviews & Photos

Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush ($24.00) is supposed to blend out under eye concealer and help apply concealer onto blemishes. It is a medium-sized under eye/concealer brush that is dense and thicker than the average brush, and it has a triangular taper on the wider edge, which is what enables it to fit well underneath the eye and along the edge of the nose (by the eye area). The edge is a few millimeters in width, and this is the best aspect of the brush, I think, as it manages blending and diffusing of the under eye concealer up to the lash line without streaking over any eyeliner, as you can get a very soft, gradual edge that meets the eyeliner instead (for those who apply their eye makeup first).

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Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Brush
Kat Von D   Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush
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Smith Cosmetics Eye & Lip Brushes Reviews & Photos

Smith Cosmetics 202 Microliner Brush ($16.00) is an ultra-fine pointed liner brush. It’s made out of synthetic sable bristles, and it’s firm brush that flexes enough to line along the curve of the upper lash line but it moves together as one so there is no streaking or visible brush strokes. The brush has a total length of 6.00 inches / 15.50 centimeters, and the brush head was in 1.00mm width, 5.50mm length, and 1.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). If you work with a lot of gel and cream eyeliners, I could see this being very useful for precision work and very fine lines. If you tend to do thicker eyeliner, you’ll likely want to opt for a thicker brush overall (you can layer and build out your liner with this one, it’ll just be faster for a more appropriately-sized brush). What I found impressive was that it didn’t feel sharp or pokey, even with the tip of the brush against the lash line, so you can really get between lashes, if desired.

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Smith Cosmetics   202 Microliner Brush
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Smith Cosmetics Face & Cheek Brushes Reviews & Photos

Smith Cosmetics 112 Bronzer Brush ($32.00) is smaller cheek/face brush that flares out from the ferrule to a lightly tapered, rounded shape. It looks more like traditional highlighting brushes than the typical bronzer brush. It is made out of black goat hair and designed to give “soft, diffused color.” The brush has a total length of 7.90 inches / 20.00 centimeters, and the brush head was 20.00mm in width, 33.00mm length, and 20.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). I’ve always found this type of shape versatile for applying color to the face with a bit more precision and better for blending as it can buff and diffuse color easily. It applied powder products (bronzer, blush, highlight) well with moderate pick-up and blended them without a fuss. The bristles were somewhat soft, but they are not as silky or as smooth compared to the goat hair used in my Chikuhodo, Hakuhodo, Rae Morris, Tom Ford, or Wayne Goss but is softer than MAC face brushes. The brush did not irritate or bother my skin, however, and the bristles more readily grabbed color from firmer pressed powder products (conversely, anything really soft and powdery already may kick up even more excess product if you don’t use a light touch with this brush).

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Smith Cosmetics Brushes
Smith Cosmetics   112 Bronzer Brush
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Smith Cosmetics 253 & 256 Laydown Eyeshadow Brushes Reviews & Photos

Smith Cosmetics is a newer brand that primarily makes makeup brushes but is also well-known for their Smithfolio, which is a storage system that includes pages that can hold makeup brushes, glosses, liners, zippered bags, etc. that are held in a zippered binder. I was more curious about their brushes after watching a video the brand did earlier this year, as I liked their approach to creating and releasing brushes–they specifically looked for gaps in the market or ways to improve and tweak certain types of brushes. There seemed to be a really careful thought process to the whole range of brushes. I’ve been testing a lot of the brushes in the range, which I hope to review at some point, but there are two that have fully captured my attention (so much so that I purchased multiples, along with the Smithfolio, after trying them). All of their brushes feature a copper ferrule and antibacterial-coated, stained wood handle (one piece of wood, not wood chips).

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Smith Cosmetics 256 Laydown Brush Large
Smith Cosmetics   253 Laydown Eyeshadow Brush Small
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Wayne Goss The Air-Brush Review & Photos

Wayne Goss The Air-Brush ($35.00) is a powder brush designed for sculpting, buffing, and baking. It is made out of blue squirrel hair, which are some of the softest natural hairs I’ve come across. It is a flatter, tapered cheek and face brush that’s small-to-medium in size; it’s not so small that it is only useful for precision work, as it can easily be used to apply products like blush and bronzer, but it is smaller than the average blush brush (though I find it more in line with the size of more Japanese-branded cheek brushes, like Chikuhodo Cheek/Highlighter and SUQQU Cheek). It’s 22mm in width, 35mm in length, and 14mm in thickness with a total length of 7.75 inches / 17 centimeters.

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Wayne Goss The Air-Brush