Getting Royal With Crown Brush

I have a ton of make-up brushes. Mind you, I never really bought  any good ones until I purchased a full brush set from HauteLook a few years ago by Crown Brush. These brushes were (and still are) better than other brushes I own. I also knew they were of good quality when I noticed them at an MUA event. Anyhoo, I managed to get myself their HD Brush Set, complimentary through iFabbo. Since I already enjoy Crown Brushes, this should be easy!

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A shiny white case does not make for an easy picture.

The Crown Brush HD Brush Set contains a variety of six brushes, a tweezer, and a mirror. Since my vanity room is not yet set-up (I don’t even want to talk about it right now) I need make-up brushes handy and this set makes it easy. All of the items are stored neatly in the white zip up case. Each brush has its own pocket. The bristles are made from synthetic fibers and the brushes are vegan. The handles seem nice and sturdy and I have yet to destroy the brushes, which is a good sign.

Look- size order!

Look- size order!

For the face there are three brushes: Pro Powder is nice and fluffy. It picks up just enough pigment and lets you dust your face with ease. The Tapered Brush is good for getting into those facial nooks and crannies (mmmm… nooks and crannies- I could go for an English muffin…) though it does seem to be a bit wide. In fact, the Deluxe Contour brush seems to be easier to control when getting into tight spots.

Tweeze me!

Tweeze me!

The tweezer in the set doesn’t have enough tension in my humble opinion but in a pinch would probably be okay. Onto the eye brushes- the first is the Crease Blender. I tend to use this when I am just trying to soften my eye shadow and a few swipes across your lids with this blends your colors beautifully. I use the Chisel Shadow brush for applying cream or powder shadow to my lids. This brush also has a downy feel. Last but not least is the Detail Liner. I personally think that the bristles on the liner brush could have been a bit more stiff for more precise application.

From left: Pro Powder, Tapered Brush, Deluxe Contour, Crease Blender, Chisel Shadow, Detail Liner

From left: Pro Powder, Tapered Brush, Deluxe Contour, Crease Blender, Chisel Shadow, Detail Liner

Keep in mind these are HD brushes so they can be used with highly pigmented colors but be warned- you don’t want to be too cartoonish for everyday so apply carefully! Since I feel the brushes pick up pigment well, apply with a light hand. (Trust me, I had a blush incident the other day.)

And another note: I am absolutely terrible with brushes. I never use the right brush and usually have no clue. I am actually surprised at myself since I had my first brush set at 13. The Crown Brush HD Brush Set makes it a no-brainer and while putting my make-up on 7 AM, a whole lot easier.

You can find the @CrownBrush HD Brush Set by visiting here.  It is available in three colors (purple, orange, or white) and is currently $27.95 USD. Get 20% using the code iFabboHD. The code expires 12/31/13!

Twitter: @CrownBrush

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I hope I won’t be brushing you off for long!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

I received this product complimentary from iFabbo. It had no influence on my review. If you are interested in joining iFabbo, click my affiliate link located in the sidebar.

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Ringing in the Season with Studio Gear Holiday Smokey Eye Palette

studio1That’s a mouthful, no? Studio Gear’s Holiday Smokey Eye Palette is a “sultry, shimmery palette of dramatic shades perfect for creating a classic smokey eye look.” The palette contains four eye shadows and a blush to create a multitude of looks. photo 2 (18)

The palette is made of sturdy cardboard. When you open it up, there is a printed tutorial, along with the color layout of the palette. Personally, I think the names of the eye shadows and blush should have been printed below each pigment rich color but I don’t rule the world.

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Top colors are Frost & Coal, Middle is Snowy Glow Blush, and the bottom colors are Platinum and Glimmer

photo 3 (18)I tried using the tutorial but  having little patience and plans for the evening, I did what I wanted. I started by using an eye primer (NYX HD Eye Shadow Base) and brushed Platinum all over the lid. I then took my brush and added Coal into the crease. I brought the color around onto the outer part of my lid. I highlighted the brow bone with Frost. The colors were a little icy so I dipped my blender brush in Glimmer and dusted it lightly over everything, while softening the look. Using a fluffy blush brush, I applied a very small amount of Snowy Glow to my cheeks.

I didn't do this.

I didn’t do this.

I did do this.

I did do this.

I think that Studio Gear’s Holiday Smokey Eye Palette is a quality product. The eye shadows and blush are very pigmented. Using minimal amounts had big color pay-off. I had to be careful with the blush, since I am rosy. I really used very little of each color and I think they worked well. I am not sure if the palette is worth $25 on their website but if you want a no-brain smokey eye look, this palette could be for you. Studio Gear is also offering 10% for Product Hoochie readers at StudioGearCosmetics.com. Just enter SGHOLIDAY at checkout. FYI: the code doesn’t expire and is good for your entire order.

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Excellent holiday look!

Oh! And if you were wondering why I made myself up on a Wednesday night…

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Yes, that is Joe Manganiello in the flesh! He was signing his new book Evolution at my local bookstore. He was very gracious, especially when I mentioned I saw him perform in A Streetcar Named Desire. Clearly, my new eye look had something to do with this stare…

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Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO