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Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Wayne Goss The Holiday Brush (Black)
Wayne Goss The Holiday Brush (Black)

Wayne Goss The Holiday Brush ($85.00) is available in black or white, with both brushes being made out of goat hair, and are, essentially, the same as far as shape, weight, and softness go. It’s a large powder brush with a full, rounded brush head that gradually tapers to a soft point. The brush head is in 50mm in length and 25mm in thickness and width (at its thickest/widest point). The brush has a total length of 7 inches / 17.5 centimeters with an open ferrule. I liked it best for applying finishing powders, particularly Guerlain’s Meteorites, as it fit in the jar well and dusted the powder all-over quickly. It’s too large for me when I’ve applied blush, except if it is a very barely-there blush where precision is unnecessary. Loose or pressed setting powder can be applied using this brush as well, and the brush is just soft enough that it feels comfortable on the skin but not so soft that it doesn’t pick up a lot of product. I also liked it for applying a soft highlight (anything metallic was easily over-applied with this brush, though) for a diffused glow. Between the two, I would go for the white brush hairs, because there was a fair amount of dye washing out of the black fibers for the first half a dozen washes. I haven’t had any issues with shedding with either brush over the three weeks I’ve been using them–a few hairs overall but nothing consistent (often none during an application).

If you’re familiar with MAC 138 ($53.00), this will look familiar. It is identical in its size and shape, with the MAC brush having a slightly longer handle. The Holiday Brush is slightly softer–it feels smoother when it is swept across the face ever-so-slightly–and seems a touch less dense (a little more feathery) with finer fibers. I used them side-by-side, and the Holiday Brush seemed to pick up product more readily, which may come down to preference. My MAC 138 is from 2009 (possibly even older than that), and I know some of my more recently-purchased MAC brushes have felt inferior to my original purchases, so I’m not sure if the 138 is still made the same today.

NARS Mie Kabuki ($55.00) comes to a more angular point towards the end (the taper isn’t as gradual), and it is ridiculously scratchy and rough against the face. Chikuhodo Z-8 Cheek ($111.00) is somewhat similar in shape but is half the size with a more rounded, less tapered edge; it is made out of blue squirrel hair, so it is noticeably softer–I think the larger powder Z-series brushes are too rounded to be similar to the Holiday Brush. I don’t have it to confirm, but I believe Hakuhodo’s 103 (from $75, available in the S, B, and J, though the J is a goat and synthetic blend) is similar as it has been compared to the MAC 138.

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The Holiday Brush

I liked it best for applying finishing powders, particularly Guerlain's Meteorites, as it fit in the jar well and dusted the powder all-over quickly. It's too large for me when I've applied blush, except if it is a very barely-there blush where precision is unnecessary. Loose or pressed setting powder can be applied using this brush as well, and the brush is just soft enough that it feels comfortable on the skin but not so soft that it doesn't pick up a lot of product.
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Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel

As promised, here are the remaining swatches of the Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) shades. Marc Jacobs Beauty has a deal where you can get any three shades for $70 (instead of $90) (use code LIPKIT, ends 12/16), which I took advantage of when I bought these twelve. I still haven’t heard back whether or not this formula is being discontinued (as Sephora only shows eight of the 17-shade range, and of the eight, five are out of stock).

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It’s a more emollient formula with a fair amount of slip–the darker shades seemed to have the most slip–and I have found that the creamier finishes perform better than the more shimmery ones. I could feel the pearl in Little Pretty, which I wouldn’t describe as gritty, but the consistency was thin enough that it wasn’t smooth (I’d just describe it as textured). Some shades are really pigmented, others are semi-opaque to semi-sheer.  In my experience with the formula (I’ve only tested a handful of shades previously), the formula is typically hydrating and comfortable to wear, and the creamier shades were the best-performing for me.  I haven’t tested any of these.

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Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Chikuhodo Neige Brush Set for Holiday 2014
Chikuhodo Neige Brush Set for Holiday 2014

Neige Brush Set ($135.00) (Limited Edition)

This limited edition Noel Collection Neige Brush Set is a beautiful set of three handcrafted brushes featuring 100% natural, undyed goat hair and deep blue handles with a glimmering silver star Maki-e design. This set includes:

  • Powder Brush (165mm) / Goat
  • Cheek Brush (155mm) / Goat
  • Eyeshadow Brush (127mm) / Goat
  • Silver Pouch

Availability: Now at Beautylish

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Do you like layering lip products? Share! What products do you layer most often?

Temptalia's AnswerI love it, though I don’t often get to do it! It’s a great way to mix to get the perfect shade, tone, or finish. I’m a huge fan of topping a lipstick with gloss (mostly for sparkle!).

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette ($79.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes eight shades, seven of which are part of the permanent range (Ursa Major is, at this time, exclusive to the palette). Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., and full-sized versions are 0.05 oz. for $29, which makes the palette a $139 value in terms of amount of product, and in a more big picture way, to get eight shades would run you $232 (though they would be full-sized, just to be clear). I think this palette is an excellent way to try out NARS’ newer eyeshadow formula without completing breaking the bank. The eyeshadows felt and performed very much in line with their permanent counterparts (thus far) after swatching all of them and wearing about half of them (testing the other half today).

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

Wayne Goss The Holiday Brush Back for December
Wayne Goss The Holiday Brush Back for December

Wayne Goss The Holiday Brush ($85.00) (Limited Edition)

Designed for a quick application with the softest finish. The large size is ideal for applying mineral or powder foundations—or any powder, bronzer, or blush—across the face. The tapered point lets you go into the eye area and do detailed highlighting work. Available with white or black bristles.

Availability: Now at Beautylish

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