Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tried and Tested: Sonia Kashuk Shadow Brush

I am such a little hypocrite.  I suggest that people buy nice makeup brushes because I like nice makeup brushes, and I think that they make a serious difference in application.  And then when it comes down to having to spend on nice makeup brushes myself, I am so good at talking myself out of it.

To be fair, I think that nice brushes are essential for certain things and less essential for other things.  For instance, foundation needs a good brush, as does applying/blending shadow in the crease, and contouring cheeks.  But I think for things like blush and applying shadow in a wash across the lid, you can get away with cheaper brushes.  

This Sonia Kashuk brush I picked up today in Target was either $4.99 or $5.99, and it's not on the website.  Here's something sorta similar.  It has a white handle, and it's about 5 inches long, which is a nice, usable length.  I'm 99% sure the hairs are synthetic, but I mean for $5 I can't complain, and they're a decent sort of synthetic.  As y'all can see, the brush is a stubby little thing with a rounded head, and pretty darn narrow.

As for how it works, I'd say it's pretty decent.  It works better with some shadows than others--it failed with my MAC Lusters, but did pretty well with my more pigmented, less shimmery shadows.  What I really wanted this for was to help apply my MAC Pigments, and it's just perfect for that.  The application can be a little blotchy unless you're careful, but it's pretty easy to get an even wash of shadow across the lid.

Conclusion: For $5, this brush is a good deal.  Is it as good as a MAC 239?  No.  But it's $20 cheaper.  If you want something a little nicer, I'd recommend the Sonia Kashuk brushes with the black handles and real hair, which run about $13. 

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