NARS Powder Brush #10, Bronzing Powder Brush #11, Blush Brush #20, and Contour Brush #21 Artistry Brushes Reviews & Photos

Last April, NARS released new Artistry Brushes. Since then, I’ve spent time using them on and off, figuring out which ones I like, don’t like, and all that. I don’t like any of the face brushes; I find them prone to shedding and at times, scratchy–the latter is hard to deal with. I had shedding with all four face brushes I tried continuously, though after a dozen or more washes, I only find a stray hair here and there now, but initially it was more than a few. The only thing I liked about these were the handles, as they were weighty and well-balanced. They are not brushes I would reach for voluntarily due to the scratchiness as well as the shedding.

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NARS Powder Brush #10

Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlight Brush, Z-8 Cheek Brush, Z-3 Contour Brush Reviews & Photos

Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush ($141.00) is a medium-sized, tapered, slightly paddle-shaped, blush brush. The brush head is 1.25 inches or 3 centimeters in width, just over 1.5 inches or 4 centimeters in length, and 0.75 inches or 2 centimeters in thickness. It has an open ferrule and a total length of 6 inches or just over 15.5 centimeters. It is made out of gray squirrel hair.

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Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek Brush

MAC 127 Split Fibre Face Brush & 233 Split Fibre Eye Brush (Alluring Aquatic) Reviews & Photos

MAC 127 Split Fibre Face Brush ($35.00) is a medium-sized, tapered, slightly flattened, blush brush. The brush head has a length of just shy of 1.5 inches / 3.5 centimeters, width of 1.5 inches / 3.5 centimeters, and thickness of 0.5 inches / almost 2 centimeters. It has a total length of 6.75 inches / just over 17 centimeters. The ferrule is pinched and metallic teal, while the handle is more of a satin-finished teal and made in China. It’s designed for “light pickup and sheer wash of powders, bronzers, highlighters, and blush.” It is a combination of synthetic and natural fibers, though there seem to be 60-70% of natural fibers. The brush is moderately soft, with the synthetic side feeling slightly softer. I had minor shedding after the first two washes, but I didn’t notice shedding after that. You’ll get less color applied if you use the synthetic side compared to the natural fiber side. The size lends itself best to blush/bronzer application, though angled/positioned just so, it could certainly apply highlighter as well.

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MAC 127 Split Fibre Face Brush

MAC Alluring Aquatic Makeup Bag Review & Photos

MAC Alluring Aquatic Makeup Bag ($35.00) is described as a “teal clutch … accented with sheer water droplets.” It’s a bluish-teal, medium-sized makeup bag with a translucent, blue-hued zipper pull, darker teal interior, and then “water droplets” on the exterior. I thought the “water droplets” on the actual packaging of the color products in the collection was more believable and well-done; this is interesting, but it’s much subtler, so it looks almost liked a textured packaging but not necessarily water droplets. The interior seems to be made more out of something cloth-like, but it seems like the type of material that would be harder to clean if anything leaked/spilled, so that may be a concern for some. It’s a good size, though, and it will hold longer products like brushes, eyeliners, and the like, as well as bulkier objects like foundation bottles, eyeshadow quads, and so forth. It measures 8 inches / 20.5 centimeters in length, 4.5 inches / 12 centimeters in height, and 2 inches / 5 centimeters in depth at its widest point. It has a lot of give and is malleable, so you can definitely cram it full of makeup goodies if you’re tight on space!

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MAC Alluring Aquatic Makeup Bag

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Brush (2014) Review & Photos

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Brush (2014) ($42.00) is a short-handled, red-bristled brush designed to be used with Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powders. The brush head is 1.5 inches / 3.5 centimeters in length, 1.5 inches / 3.5 centimeters in width, and 1.5 inches / 3.5 centimeters in thickness. It had a total length of just over 4 inches / 10.5 centimeters with an open ferrule. The bristles are scratchy, and the brush, overall, is poorly cut–it’s just not even at all. I had shedding for the first four washes, but after that, it did seem to abate. I noticed some dye bled for the first three washes as well. At this price point, there are too many higher-quality options to consider this one (and there are more affordable options that are better, too).

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Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Brush (2014)
Guerlain   Terracotta Bronzing Brush (2014)
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MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush Review & Photos

MAC x Proenza Schouler 129SE Powder/Blush Brush ($38.50) is a short-handled version of the 129 brush, which is typically used for blush, though it can be used with other face and cheek products as well. It’s a medium-sized brush with a flared, domed-shaped brush head. The brush head is 1.25 inches / almost 4 centimeters in length, 1.5 inches / just over 3 centimeters in width, and 3/4 of an inches / 2 centimeters in thickness. It’s moderately dense with some spring/flexibility, but it doesn’t feel floppy or feathery.

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MAC 129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush
MAC   129SE Proenza Schouler Powder/Blush Brush
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