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Smith Cosmetics Now at Beautylish

Smith Cosmetics Now at Beautylish
Smith Cosmetics Now at Beautylish

Smith Cosmetics is now available at Beautylish.  I’ve been enamored with the brand since trying their brushes (you can check out my reviews for their brushes here), so I’m thrilled to see an increase in distribution!

It’s rare that I add new brushes to my arsenal, and there are a few Smith ones that made it there–and ones I needed to have multiples of!–so my top recs are:

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Best Makeup Brushes for Brows & Detail Work

Best Makeup Brushes for Brows & Detail Work

This is the last post in my series on my favorite eye brushes, and it covers the more miscellaneous brushes for brows, detail work, and the like. These are the brushes I typically rotate through each and every week like clockwork (though there are more I use in a week, but these are the ones I’ll use first!).

I would love to hear about the brushes you can’t live without for brows and detail work — share your picks in the comments! 🙂

Best Makeup Brushes for Powder Eyeshadows

Best Makeup Brushes for Applying Eyeshadows

The right eyeshadow brush can go a long way for getting the coverage and finish desired in less time, and the key is identifying your own preferences, eye shape and size, and considering how varied (or not) the colors you reach for.  I can easily go through 100 brushes in a week, as I tend to switch to new, clean brushes as I change colors or finishes (as I’m testing products), but I don’t expect that to be quite as necessary for most readers.  I’ve found a lot of brushes I enjoy, so I’ve included the ones I reach for most often, even though there are a slew of additional brushes I keep within reach.

I would love to hear about the brushes you can’t live without for applying powder eyeshadow — share your picks in the comments! 🙂 Stay tuned for my brush picks for cream eyeshadow, brows, and detail work, and then later, my top brushes for cheeks/face!

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Smith Cosmetics Complexion Collection Launches

Smith Cosmetics Complexion Collection
Smith Cosmetics Complexion Collection

The Details

The Complexion Collection takes care of all of your complexion needs. These 4 brushes are made with a densely packed 50/50 mix of high-quality goat hair and synthetic fibers.

Now online

109 Buffing Concealer Brush, $28.50 (Permanent)

The small, densely packed hairs of this brush allow you to apply and blend all types of concealers to achieve a gorgeous airbrushed finish. Made with a 50/50 mix of high-quality goat hair and synthetic fibers.

130 Buffing Foundation Brush, $32.25 (Permanent)

The densely packed hairs of this brush allow you to apply and blend all types of foundation to achieve an airbrushed finish. Made with a 50/50 mix of high-quality goat hair and synthetic fibres.

133 Buffing Face Brush, $37.50 (Permanent)

The semi-dense packed hairs of this brush allow you to apply and blend all types of blush and powder and the longer fibres allow you to buff out all face applications to achieve an airbrushed finish. Made with a 50/50 mix of high-quality goat hair and synthetic fibres.

139 Buffing Face & Body Brush, $39.50 (Permanent)

This is Smith’s larges brush and is designed for use on the face and body. The densely packed hairs of this brush allow you to apply and blend all types of colour products to achieve an airbrushed seamless finish. Made with a 50/50 mix of high-quality goat hair and synthetic fibres.

Best Brushes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Brushes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products. Here’s a look at a few of my must-have brushes (there are so, so, so many more I wanted to include!):

Chikuhodo GSN-09 Eyeshadow Brush

Chikuhodo GSN-09 Eyeshadow Brush<

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Chikuhodo GSN-09 Eyeshadow Brush ($25.00) is a small-medium, dome-shaped eyeshadow brush made out of gray squirrel hair. The narrower width allows it to apply color more precisely, which is helpful if you’re using more than two or three colors on the lid. It packs on, sweeps, and diffuses eyeshadow beautifully. The edge also fits into the crease area well and can apply color there, too. It’s incredibly soft and silky against the skin, but it still picks up plenty of product, so you don’t sacrifice color payoff in your application. This is a brush that I have multiples of!

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Chikuhodo Z-4 Cheek/Highlight Brush

Chikuhodo Z-4 Cheek/Highlight Brush

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Chikuhodo Z-4 Cheek/Highlight Brush ($73.00) medium-sized, blush brush with a domed edge and tapered bristles (so the lengths get shorter as you move outward from the center). It’s not a rounded brush, more flattened, but it is not really thin or flat. The brush is made out of gray squirrel. It’s excellent for applying soft, even color along the cheeks with minimal blending required.

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Smith Cosmetics Eye & Lip Brushes Reviews & Photos

Smith Cosmetics Brushes
Smith Cosmetics Brushes

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.

Smith Cosmetics 203 Micro Angled Liner Brush ($23.00) is a very short, thin angled eyeliner brush. It is made out of synthetic sable hair and can be used with gels, creams, and powders. The brush has a total length of 6.00 inches / 15.50 centimeters, and the brush head was in 6.00mm width, 4.50mm length, and 1.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). Like the #202, this is best suited for precision work, details, and very thin and fine lines. It’s a firm brush that moves together, so while it gives enough to line along the curve of the lid, it doesn’t splay or leave noticeable brush strokes or draggy edges. You can achieve some really fine, natural brow hairs when used with a gel brow product, too. The brush was smooth, never sharp or pointed, against the skin.

Smith Cosmetics 205 Angled Liner Brush ($20.00) is a firm, medium-sized angled eyeliner brush. It is similar in the overall feel, application, and consistency as the #202 and #203; it is just larger than the #203–it is longer and thicker but the angle is the same for both. It is made out of synthetic sable hair and can be used with gels, creams, and powders. The brush has a total length of 6.10 inches / 15.70 centimeters, and the brush head was in 7.50mm width, 6.00mm length, and 2.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). The bristles moved together, which resulted in even, smooth coverage that didn’t appear streaky or show brush strokes. It didn’t feel sharp or poke against the lower or upper lash line, and it was comfortable to use.

Smith Cosmetics 212 Tightliner Brush ($18.00) is a firm, rectangular brush with a flat edge that is designed for applying product to the inner rim of the eye. It is made out of synthetic sable hair and can be used with gels, creams, and powders. The brush has a total length of 6.00 inches / 15.50 centimeters, and the brush head was in 6.50mm width, 5.00mm length, and 2.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). It is slightly smaller compared to the #205 but has a similar thickness as well as overall feel and usability. The bristles felt soft and smooth, and they moved together, so I didn’t feel any individual bristles while using it, which made it more comfortable to use against areas like the upper and lower lash line. For the upper lash line, I liked pushing motions rather than sweeping or pulling motions. This brush was stiffer and less flexible compared to the other three liner brushes.

Smith Cosmetics 214 Spoolie Brush ($16.00) is a large, bent spoolie brush. It’s longer (almost double the length) of most spoolie brushes, and the ferrule is bent at an angle. The brush has a total length of 7.25 inches / 18.50 centimeters, and the brush head was in 6.00mm width, 38.00mm length, and 6.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). I could see this working better for artists when using it on a client, but I was surprised by how much I liked using it on myself as well. The spoolie itself was much softer, without being ineffective, than some others I own, so it worked well to diffuse and soften my brows (particularly the inner portions, closest to the nose) for a more natural look (though I like my brows stronger than what I imagine is deemed natural!). It’s also nice for shaping and convincing brow hairs to stay in place. It’s actually my new favorite spoolie brush for its length and angle!

Smith Cosmetics 220 Eyeshadow Finishing Brush ($24.00) is a medium, rectangular eyeshadow brush with a flat edge and very faint flaring from the ferrule. It is made out of synthetic mongoose hair, and it is designed to be used with powder products for blending and buffing eyeshadow out. The brush has a total length of 6.90 inches / 17.50 centimeters, and the brush head was in 16.00mm width, 12.00mm length, and 4.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). This was one of the brushes I was most curious about as I have not personally used a brush like it for makeup. It’s incredibly soft and smooth with a denser base that gets less dense and has most of its flexibility towards the edge (right where the brush hairs become a darker brown). I liked it for blowing out eyeshadow on the lower lash line, as it fits well but gives a really diffused edge with little work. It also worked in place of a traditional blending brush, particularly for areas like the crease, transition, and above the crease to pull and diffuse color towards the brow bone.

Smith Cosmetics 230 Quill Crease Brush Small Brush ($24.00) is a small, rounded crease brush that doesn’t flare out much from the ferrule. It is made out of goat hair and is designed to be used with powder products. The brush has a total length of 6.90 inches / 17.50 centimeters, and the brush head was in 16.00mm width, 12.00mm length, and 7.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). The goat hair used in the crease brushes seemed softer to me than what was used in the face brushes. It worked well for applying more intense color into the very depths of the crease for me, which gave a more precise, defined lay down of color. For someone with smaller eyes, it could function the way more common creases brushes do without applying color far past the crease area. Of all the brushes from Smith, this one (along with the #232) didn’t retain its shape as well after washing, so they became more rounded and less pointed after the first wash.

Smith Cosmetics 232 Quill Crease Brush Large Brush ($24.00) is a medium-sized, rounded crease brush that flares out more noticeably from the base and comes to a more rounded edge. It is a bit fluffier along the edges while being slightly denser compared to the #230. The brush has a total length of 6.90 inches / 17.50 centimeters, and the brush head was in 10.00mm width, 19.00mm length, and 10.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). It has a much wider edge, so it can apply colors with a more diffused finish (I recommend starting with less product if you want a really diffused look), and I liked it for blending out crease colors or taking a transition color through the crease area. I’m also a fan of using rounded crease brushes like this for applying color to the brow bone and along the inner corner/bridge of the nose area. It was similar in softness to the #230, but due to the fluffier edge, it wasn’t as smooth when I used it in circular motions.

Smith Cosmetics 235 Flat Quill Crease Brush ($24.00) is a medium-to-large-sized eye brush that flares out from the base to a more triangular shaped edge with tapering bristles that come to a soft point. It is made out of goat hair and is designed for powder products. The brush has a total length of 6.90 inches / 17.50 centimeters, and the brush head was in 11.00mm width, 18.00mm length, and 8.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). It’s like a flattened, more pointed version of the #232, so you can distribute more precise color through the crease but the tapered, less dense edges improve blendability and diffusion of color than compared to the #230. The shape of it also works well for most instances of blending of eyeshadow as well as applying color above the crease and on the brow bone. It was soft with a minimal feel of individual bristles, and it didn’t poke or feel rough in any direction for me.

Smith Cosmetics 247 Flat Round Crease Brush Brush ($24.00) is a slimmer, medium-sized eye brush with a lightly rounded edge. It is made out of goat hair and is to be used with powder products. The brush has a total length of 6.90 inches / 17.50 centimeters, and the brush head was in 10.00mm width, 16.00mm length, and 6.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). It’s longer than most blending brushes, and it is denser with less flexibility and give, even at the edge. The bristles felt soft and didn’t poke at me in any direction. The shape is interesting as it is rather thin and sharper than most crease brushes, so it can be used to apply color directly into the crease and then lightly blended. I liked it more for depositing color into the crease or on the brow bone than for blending, as it didn’t diffuse as much as I preferred.

Smith Cosmetics 302 Lip Brush ($20.00) is a slim, angled lip brush that’s firm with slight flex at the rounded edge. It is made out of synthetic sable hair and can be used with cream and liquid products. The brush has a total length of 6.25 inches / 16.00 centimeters, and the brush head was in 7.50mm width, 8.00mm length, and 3.00mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). I can’t recall having a lip brush like this before, as it’s thicker and has a gradual angle and roundedness to the edge. It is very effective for feathering color on, and it works well for creating ombre lips as you can really diffuse and blend colors together. The brush head is firm with minimal flex but isn’t overly stiff to get the job done. I liked it best in sweeping, pulling motions to diffuse lip liner or applying lipstick onto the lips.

Smith Cosmetics 304 Detailed Lip Brush ($18.00) is a small, dome-shaped, flat lip brush. It is made out of synthetic sable hair and can be used with liquid, cream, and powder products. The brush has a total length of 6.00 inches / 15.60 centimeters, and the brush head was in 6.00mm width, 6.00mm length, and 1.50mm thickness (at its widest/longest points). It’s a smaller take on the average lip brush, and it is very flat and firm, with just the edge of the bristles having any flex. As a result, the edge of the brush can be used to line the lips and define the cupid’s bow. The edge is firm without being sharp or pokey, even on the eyes. The brush moves as one, so the edges look clean and crisp.

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. All of their brushes feature a copper ferrule and antibacterial-coated, stained wood handle (one piece of wood, not wood chips).

They’re a Canadian brand, so shipping to the U.S. is around $10, but my recent order of three additional brushes and Smithfolio came very quickly (overnight) via DHL, which was impressive. They just announced free shipping from August 1st through August 20th, worldwide, so I wanted to do my best to review the brushes I had from them before that promo is up!

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