Monday, July 2, 2012

Everyday Minerals Brushes

Make-up brushes are one of my weaknesses.  I never feel like I have enough!  I justify it by telling myself that each one is so much different than the next.  

Everyday Minerals has some of my favorite brushes.  I haven't found a lot of videos on YouTube that feature the Everyday Minerals brushes, and I am surprised that they are not more popular.     

They are 100% cruelty-free brushes made from bamboo.  Their website claims that they are made of the softest synthetic hair ever, and I would have to agree.

I like that the brushes can be purchased individually.  However, if you purchase 3 items, you can buy a Custom Kit and get 25% off!  Very recently, they have added brush sets that include several brushes for a discounted price.  

I first purchased brushes from Everyday Minerals when all of their brushes were 40% off.  I have seen that promotion again since then, so I think they have it at least twice a year.  I am signed up to receive their e-mails, so they let me know when they are having a sale or promotion.

Currently for 4th of July, Everyday Minerals is offering a free gift with a purchase of $24 or more.  They have several free make-up items to choose from, or you can get the Eye Kabuki mentioned below by using coupon code Eyekabuki.  That's almost a $9 value!

Here are the brushes that I have purchased. 

From top to bottom:  Long Handled Kabuki, Tapered Sculpting Face Brush, Dome Blending Eye Brush, Angled Brow & Liner Brush, Eye Blending Brush, Eye Kabuki Brush, Eye Kabuki Junior

The Tapered Sculpting Face Brush is one of my favorite brushes of all time.  The shape reminds me a little bit of the Real Techniques blush brush.   I use this brush for blush.  It is very soft and the shape is perfect for applying blush to the apples of your cheeks.  It seems to be more dense than the Real Techniques blush brush, which is why I prefer it a little bit more.  Individually, it's sold for $12.99.  (Yes, it still has blush on it in the pictures below!)

The Long Handled Kabuki Brush is nice, but I have barely used it.  I don't use a lot of mineral foundation anymore, so I just haven't used this brush much.  As you'll notice from the picture, it's called a long handled kabuki because the handle isn't the normal "stub" that most kabuki brushes have.  In comparison to the Tapered Sculpting Face Brush, the handle is actually very short.  The bristles are synthetic fibers and are very soft, which seems to make them bend a little too much when applying mineral foundation.  I like the long handle,  but I prefer a kabuki brush that has shorter bristles for more precise application.  However, as I mentioned, I really haven't used it enough to "master" the brush.  This brush is also $12.99.  

The next two brushes are a love and a like.  I posted a picture with both brushes so you can see the difference in size.  The top brush is the Eye Kabuki Brush.  I first heard about this brush from Nurberxo's July 2011 Favorites Video on YouTube.  She used the brush for under eye concealer.  It's way too big and dense for me to use as a blending brush.  I like this brush, and I wish I used it more but I just don't.  It's $8.99.

The bottom brush is the Eye Kabuki Junior.  I LOVE this brush.  It's the perfect brush for eye shadow application.  I especially like it for eye shadows that are very powdery, like the L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow.  I use it for overall application, and I will probably buy another the next time they are 40% off.  The regular price is $7.99.     

Next up are two eye blending brushes.
The Dome Blending Eye Brush is a standard blending brush.  When I first got it, the bristles seemed a bit long, but overall, I like this brush.  It's currently $7.99.

The bottom brush is the Eye Blending Brush.  It has shorter bristles and is an angled brush.  This brush can be used for all over color application and blending.  I tend to use the angle on this brush to blend out the crease.  This brush is also $7.99.  

The last brush is another favorite.  It's the Angled Brow & Liner Brush (also $7.99).  As you can see, it's a very soft, short, dense, thin brush.  This is my go-to brow brush.  I use this with powder products to fill in my brows.  I haven't tried it with a gel liner, but I have used it to line my eyes with shadow and it worked great!  When I first got it, I was surprised at how short the bristles were, but as soon as I tried it, I loved it! 

Overall, I think these are great brushes for the price.  If you are looking for SOFT, affordable 100% cruelty-free brushes,  you should definitely check out Everyday Minerals.

I guess I should note that I have no connection to Everyday Minerals, and I purchased all of these items with my own money.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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