⭐️ ZOEVA Buffer Brush (104) @zoevacosmetics - I i have this brush for 2 years now and I constantly use it 😍 it has synthetic bristles that are dense enough to help distribute the foundation across the surface of your face in 5 seconds 👏🏻 LITERALLY😍 when I need to be out the door I do a couple of swipes of my @hourglasscosmetics vanish stick foundation and buff it around with this bad boy and I am out the door ☺️ it does not soak up the product and it is easy to use so I love love love it !!❤️❤️the only thing I notices this brush doesn’t work quite as perfect with liquid-y and runny foundations like Armani luminous silk , sometimes I get those brush lines around my nose area so I have to go in with a beauty blender after ( may be it is because I have very dry skin area around my nose) a dupe for this one would be Morphe Flat buffer brush (E31)
⭐️SIGMA Round Kabuki (F82) @sigmabeauty - if I had to use only one foundation brush for the rest of my life it would be this one 😍 I have three of these in case the other two is dirty 😂 this is an amazing tool for foundation ! It gives perfect coverage , doesn’t create any streakiness and blend the foundation into the skin in the most natural way 👏🏻 this brush I use with every foundation I have and it always creates a flawless finish 💖 a dupe for this would a real techniques Expert Face brush 😘
⭐️ URBAN DECAY Optical Blurring Brush @urbandecaycosmetics - this brush I bought before Sigma one and I was quite excited about it for some time 😍 it performs well and gives a great amount of coverage which I love 😍 depending on foundation sometimes this brush gives me streakiness which I have to fix with the beauty blender but with mate foundations it works perfect ❤️
⭐️SIGMA F60 Foundation Brush - I use this brush to apply primer or to apply liquid foundation before I go in with a beauty blender 👌🏻 I wouldn’t say it’s a necessary brush but if have it why not use 😂it does apply product well and gives light coverage 😍 u can use this brush for tinted moisturisers for the natural look 💖
EXPENSIVE BRANDS - or "why the heck does this box cost 60€" rant. With all the variety out there we have become more picky and, at least for me, I can't accept duds when I'm spending so much money on a product.
🏵Too Faced - I'm a "kawaii" lover so I do collect their palettes. But when I bought their Natural Love palette I was so heartbroken that I started going slower on purchasing from them. They have the cuteness factor and they can make good formulas. Just be aware, you can end up not seeing your money's worth.
🏵Anastasia Beverly Hills - not gonna lie, my favourite palette in my collection is the Modern Renaissance and I will always recommend it to everyone. However they are not consistent and their latest releases have been so far off... Keep in mind they have one of the highest prices per pan out there.
🏵Tarte Cosmetics - I'm happy that I finally own something from them, but disappointed that what I got wasn't as amazing as I expected. One lacks pigmentation in half of the shades, the other looks muddy after 5 hours of wear. If you want to get something from them, follow the reviews and go for the Tartelette palettes. The rest is just... no.
🏵Urban Decay - I'm sorry, but I was never a UD lover... they have beautiful shades but they are too chalky. This is more personal I guess, but I don't think they are worth all the hype.
With all this, are these brands worth their money? They have products that are, no doubt, but honestly if you are not a collector and just enjoy makeup overall, I think you can get more affordable items and still be happy. At the end of the day, it's just makeup! 😉
AFORDABLE BRANDS - not to be confused with cheap makeup. These 4 brands actually offer you good eyeshadows with it all in - pigmentation, variety of colors, blendability - without making you broke! 💮NYX Cosmetics - in my country, it's already on the higher-end of affordability, but still reasonable. Eyeshadows are not bad at all, and they keep up with the trends, although I do think they have better products to try out than their palettes.
💮Make Up Revolution - true to its name, this brand is really revolutionary for selling such great quality palettes for on a budget. You can find any color and variation you can think of, plus if you're looking for dupes, this is the brand for you. If I was to point out one flaw, it would be that colors are not as durable on the eyes and take a little bit of work to blend, but the overall quality for a 10€ 30-pan palette can't go wrong.
💮I Heart Makeup - MUR's sister, became more known for duping Too Faced's palettes. You can either accept or condemn duping, truth is a lot of people CAN'T afford higher-end brands and for a brand to actually give an opportunity for these people to try something similar, is not a bad thing I think. The formula of their palettes is better than MUR's in my opinion, and their newer releases (Rose Gold Chocolate and Mint Chocolate) are actually even better. Of course you'll get the occasional dud, but hey! it's a 10€ palette, can I be angry?
💮Sleek Makeup - not so well-known, but a great choice if you're looking for colorful and metallic/shimmer shades. They have a huge selection of color-schemes and their palettes are easy to travel with. They lack more matte shades, but they are pretty pigmented for a 9€ 12-pan palette.
Briefly, if you want to buy palettes, but can't or won't spend 50€+ on a palette, definitely try these out (at least, these are all available in my country). You don't need to splurge to look fab! :)
Expensive VS Affordable - eyeshadow palettes edition.
When I was in my teens (so well over a decade ago) the variety and choices in make-up were pretty much non-existant, at least where I live. We could either get the so called "drugstore" brands (like L'Oreal and Maybelline) which weren't that affordable, or we could go to chinese stores (not trying to be bad, it's just what they were called here...) to get the cheapest and most unsafe makeup ever, or we would just dream on Chanel and YSL. That was about it!
Nowadays, fortunately, lots of new brands have come out with more and different products, which made "drugstore" brands step up their game. Eyeshadow palettes weren't a thing back in the day, and we would already be happy with getting a quad! Demand though has made higher-end makeup brands develop new and fresh things and thus bigger eyeshadow palettes are currently sold anywhere.
A good thing is, affordable brands started peeking through and offering us interesting makeup, despite being very reasonably priced. Being the eyeshadow palette psycho that I am, I own a little bit of both.
So, are expensive brands worth their money? Is quality what ups their prices? And what about affordable brands, are they cheaply made? Do they still lack pigmentation and quality overall?
Stay tuned for my thoughts, on the next posts!