Review of Essence of Beauty Deluxe Duo Set for Face by SChiara
I'm not impressed with this brush set. I would say this is best suited for girls/women that are just getting into make up and would like to experiment with a foundation, concealer or angled blush brush. Three of the six 'ends' are very disappointing.The set contains the following dual ended brushes:
Blending & Eyeshadow
I don't use this brush personally. The 'blending' side (which is the bigger side) is of low quality; it's flimsy and too soft. It's certainly not suited for blending out products. It might be used to apply powder highlighter because it's so soft and flimsy. I personally feel that it's too awkwardly shaped for that purpose - it might be better if it was a little more tapered or less wide.
The 'eyeshadow' end of this brush seems to be made of the same soft bristles, but it's a little more dense. I don't use this end either because I find it too big for an eyeshadow brush. It could be used to blend out eyeshadow I guess - but why not just make it domed fluffy brush then? This brush is not stiff enough to apply eyeshadow either.
Blush & Powder
I don't have anything bad to say about the shape and feel of the 'blush' side of this brush; it's very comparable to the Mac 168. I prefer using a regular (not an angled) blush brush, so that's why I don't use this much either. It's definitely the best brush 'ends' of this set though - together with the foundation and conceal 'ends'.
I'm not happy with the 'powder' end though. It's stiff and pretty dense, so I thought it might work for contouring purposes. The problem with this brush is that it's too stiff. The bristles feel cheap and rough to the touch - very different from the feel of the 'blush' end. This brush end scratches my face, so I never use it.
Foundation & Conceal
When I first started using this dual ended brush I was very excited; the 'foundation' end is dense and not flimsy at all. It's comparable to the Mac 190, only denser (which is nicer, in my opinion). It applies liquid foundation very well.
The 'conceal' end is similar to the 'foundation' end, only smaller. I used this for under eye concealing and it worked well.
Sounds good right? The problem I have with this brush - and thus with this set - is that the construction of the brush is very poor. After only using this brush for about 2 months (not every day) and washing it about 4 times, the handle completely fell apart. Both the 'foundation' and the 'conceal' end started getting loose from the wooden handle. Now I'm left with three parts; two iron parts with the foundation and conceal brush stuck to them, and a wooden handle part. Not good.
So this brush set basically disappointed me on two points. First, half of the brush ends are unusable in my opinion, because of very poor quality. The 'blush', 'foundation' and 'conceal' ends feel and work very nicely though. The second reason I'm disappointed with the set is because of the extremely poor construction of the handles. My Foundation & Conceal brush fell apart after only using it for 2 months.
My advice: skip this if you already own quality brushes or if you have the budget to invest in better quality. I got it for about 3 euros on Ebay, so this might work for make up newbies who want to try out different make up brushes for cheap. Also, if you're on a tight budget and like the idea of the 'blush', 'foundation' or 'conceal' ends; go for it (but get a tube of glue just in case)!