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Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Chikuhodo GSN-03 Cheek Brush
Chikuhodo GSN-03 Cheek Brush

Chikuhodo GSN-03 Cheek Brush ($96.00) is a large, dome-shaped face brush made out of gray squirrel and goat bristles. The brush head is 48mm in length, 38mm in width, and 22mm in thickness. It had a total length of 190mm with a pinched, metal ferrule. It’s such a large brush for cheek products; I couldn’t see this being useful for blush or highlighter for most, and only if you apply bronzer all-over would this be practical. It’s soft, well-cut, and hasn’t given me any problems with shedding or dye bleeding through over a dozen washes.

The brush head is dense but feathery against the skin, with the base being denser and firmer, and then as it tapers and flares outwards, it has more give. I’ve been using it primarily for applying loose setting powder and pressed finishing powders.  The brush is well-weighted with good weight distribution, and it feels comfortable in the hand. The way the ferrule and handle are shaped, the brush isn’t prone to rolling off a counter/desk.

Chikuhodo’s sizing for some of the GSN brushes seems off–several brushes are a lot larger than the average is. Brush size and shape is always going to be a combination of personal preference, application technique, and face/feature size, but just know that this is the size of your average powder brush.

Chikuhodo GSN-01 Powder Brush ($127.00) is a long-ish, extra large, dome-shaped powder brush with gray squirrel and goat bristles. The brush head is 56mm in length, 43mm in width, and 28mm in thickness. It had a total length of 193mm with a round, metal ferrule. It is similar in overall shape as the GSN-03, just a good deal larger. It is longer, so it had a little more flex, and it wasn’t as dense as the GSN-03, which makes sense for powder application. I’ve used this for applying powder foundation, loose and pressed finishing/setting powders, and for general blending of face products as a last step.

The brush feels soft against the skin and moves more as one, so it feels like silk, when you sweep it across the face. I haven’t had any issues with the overall quality of the brush after washing it over a dozen times. It does take awhile to dry, because it is a larger brush (though not as dense as the GSN-03, it’s still moderately dense).  Like the GSN-03, this brush has good weight distributed and feels balanced in the hand, so it is comfortable to hold and use.  It reminded me somewhat of Hakuhodo’s J104, which isn’t quite as soft, but is a fuller, rounder, less dense brush.

Neither are brushes that I’ve fallen in love with personally, as the GSN-03 is too large for blush but too dense for how I like to apply my loose setting/finishing powders. The GSN-01 is larger than I’d like, and I really love my Make Up For Ever #128 for a large brush and use it for loose setting powder application.

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GSN-03 Cheek Brush

The brush head is dense but feathery against the skin, with the base being denser and firmer, and then as it tapers and flares outwards, it has more give. I've been using it primarily for applying loose setting powder and pressed finishing powders.

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GSN-01 Powder Brush

I've used this for applying powder foundation, loose and pressed finishing/setting powders, and for general blending of face products as a last step. The brush feels soft against the skin and moves more as one, so it feels like silk, when you sweep it across the face.

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Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your go-to scent for autumn? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerTom Ford Oud Wood or Amber Absolute!

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Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Louise Young Crease Brushes
Louise Young Crease Brushes

Louise Young LY13 Mini Socket Brush ($18.00) is a very small, tapered, slightly dome-shaped brush made out of natural hair. It’s very stubby and squat. The brush head is 6mm in length, 3mm in width, and 3mm in thickness. It had a total length of 178mm with a round, metal ferrule. I like this brush for smudging out eyeliner or applying eyeshadow on the inner corner or along the lash lines. I wish it was slightly more domed and less tapered, because the tapered point can sometimes be felt against the skin when you’re using it, but it isn’t too dense or too sparse, and it has a moderate amount of give, which makes it nice for smudging. It is smaller overall compared to MAC 219.

Louise Young LY38 Tapered Shadow Brush ($28.00) is a medium-sized, tapered crease brush made out of natural hair. The brush head is14.6mm in length, 5.5mm in width, and 5.5mm in thickness. It had a total length of 193 mm with a round, metal ferrule. It is more tapered than domed, so it is particularly nice for those with deeper creases or for someone who wants a more precise color application. I find the more domed, rounded crease brushes to be a bit easier to blend and diffuse color with, but more tapered styles to be great for initial application. It’s soft against the eye lid and area, and it retains its shape well. It is a much softer version of MAC 226 (although, the shape of the 226 varies a lot between batches).

Louise Young LY38B Tapered Shadow Brush ($24.00) is a slimmer version of the LY38 Tapered Shadow Brush, so it’s a slimmer tapered crease brush with a noticeably tapered edge (not rounded). There is also a 38A version, which I don’t have, but you can view here, which is in-between the width of the LY38 and LY38B. The brush head is 14mm in length, 4mm in width, and 4mm in thickness. It had a total length of 189mm with a round, metal ferrule. It is less dense and has more spring/give than the LY38, in addition to it being a narrower brush. It still has soft bristles that fit into the contour of the eye socket for more precise crease color application. It also works well for diffusing color from the outer corner towards the middle lid. My personal preference is for the LY38, as it fits my eye shape/application style better, but both are nice brushes and I really like that the same style is available in multiple sizes.  The one downside I noticed about the LY38B is that it seems to have more splayed bristles than the LY38–it doesn’t seem as well cut.

Louise Young has a fantastic brush overview on her website–it is a good way to see size of brush heads from one brush to another. In the states, Nordstrom carries some of her brushes, but the line is much larger per her site. I’ve had mine for almost nine months now, and I haven’t had any issues with them; all of them have retained their shape, are easy to clean, haven’t shed or bled dye, and haven’t gotten rougher over time.

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LY13 Mini Socket Brush

I like this brush for smudging out eyeliner or applying eyeshadow on the inner corner or along the lash lines. I wish it was slightly more domed and less tapered, because the tapered point can sometimes be felt against the skin when you're using it.

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LY38 Tapered Shadow Brush

It is more tapered than domed, so it is particularly nice for those with deeper creases or for someone who wants a more precise color application.

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LY38B Tapered Shadow Brush

It is less dense and has more spring/give than the LY38, in addition to it being a narrower brush. It works well for diffusing color from the outer corner towards the middle lid as well as for applying color into the crease more precisely.

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Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Kat Von D Hellbent Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Hellbent Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Hellbent Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as “matte crimson red.” It’s a medium-dark, bright-but-not-neon red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier, warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is pinker, brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NYX Chic Red (P, $4.00) is darker. NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is similar. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches /
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The consistency of Hellbent is slightly dry and stiff, but I was able to still get it to apply evenly, and the color payoff didn’t suffer either. It had fully opaque color coverage that really clings and stays on lips for hours and hours. This is a shade that lasted for eight hours and left a stain that persisted for another hour or so. It was lightly drying, but it looks more drying than it actually felt while worn. It faded fairly evenly for me, and I didn’t have any issues with it feathering on me, but it is a color that is best applied with a lip brush for crisper edges as the drier texture made it difficult to get clean lines straight from the tube.

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Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Here are a few eyeliners in shades of autumn–browns, coppers, tarnished gold, and plum! What eyeliners do you gravitate towards during fall?

  1. Marc Jacobs Brown(out) — a medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen
  2. MAC Rich Ground — a coppery gel eyeliner
  3. Sephora Sun Tan — a golden copper
  4. Bobbi Brown Black Plum — a deep plum purple
  5. MAC Lord It Up — a sparkly dark brown

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What product do you regret not buying? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerChanel Jade Le Vernis.

Thanks to reader Lizzi for today’s question idea Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.