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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Review: Makeup Brushes by Lauren Luke

Panacea81 aka Lauren Luke is no stranger to the YouTube Beauty scene and I'm very proud of her accomplishments over the years. Not too long ago, she released a line of makeup brushes that she has personally designed. Best of all, the brushes have very pocket-friendly prices!

Even though there weren't many reviews out there for these brushes, I was inclined to try them out anyway. I ordered the Flat Eye Shadow Brush, Pencil Brush and the unique-looking Foundation Brush.

After using them for awhile, I must say that I'm quite pleased!

First things first, allow me to squeal over the pink metal ferule! Isn't it too pretty? I've come across pink-handled brushes and found them tacky but having the ferule in a brassy pink is girly but classy at the same time. The brand name, "Lauren Luke", on the glossy black handle is also pink :) The Pencil Brush comes with a clear tube cover to keep the bristles in place though I wonder why the rest of brushes don't have them.

Flat Eye Shadow Brush

This brush appears to be a lookalike of the MAC239 brush meant for shading. Initially, I didn't think much of this brush because the bristles weren't very dense but I was wrong. It picked up good amounts of eyeshadow and packs them on with minimal fallout. The tapered tip is also great for softening harsh edges. The bristles are made out of soft goat hair.

Only £4 for this handy brush. That's about RM20! Bargain!

Foundation Brush 

The one brush that I had my eye on was the uniquely-shaped foundation brush. It's a cylinder with a tapered tip? Or dome-shaped, as described on the website. The densely-packed synthetic bristles are so so so soft that I kept petting it as if it was my kitty's paw. I used it with liquid and also cream foundation, which the brush blended so beautifully. The shape and the size is narrow enough on the tip to sweep across tight areas such as under the eyes and side of the nose. Yet, it's not too small so buffing in the foundation doesn't take forever. Because the bristles are dense enough, there was very little streaks during application.

£6 (~RM29) makes this a winning buy!

Pencil Brush 

Right after I ordered this brush, I was surprised with the MAC219 as gift from a friend (You know who you are! *hugs*). Naturally, I had to do a comparison. MAC219 is a wee bit fatter with bristles that are more dense. In terms of performance, it won't be fair for me to say that they perform the same. When it comes to applying color, they work very similarly but buffing-wise, the MAC219 did better. The handle of the MAC one is also longer. I use both brushes interchangeably to apply eyeshadow on the outer-V or on the lower lashline.

At £3.25 (~RM16), you can't beat the price.

Not only did Lauren made these awesome brushes affordable, she also made them accessible. International registered shipping is only £5.99 and took around 2 weeks to arrive from the UK. These brushes along with a variety of five more and a set can be ordered through the Lauren Luke Shop.


plue said...

woah sounds like you score yourself a deal! imma gonna go to their website d ^_^

losing touch on discovering new brands and stuff >.<

lyn said...

Excellent! It's great that these brushes are accessible to us now :-) And I've been quite impressed with the quality of brushes that these youtube gurus have been churning out.

Jenn said...

Four pounds for a shading brush? What an excellent bargain! :D

Anne said...

Hi Connie, do you recommend these brushes to newbies? I just started learning and don't want to spend too much on it yet :)

Connie De Alwis said...

Plue: I'm a bad influence, aren't I? :p The brushes aren't too popular in blogs or YouTube. I only found out about them because I follow Lauren on Twitter

Lyn: It's great that some of the YouTube gurus actually design their own brushes rather than just get painfully obvious OEM ones and slap on a brand name. I appreciate the reasonable shipping rates

Connie De Alwis said...

Jenn: Indeed a bargain! For a brush that's of good quality too :)

Anne: Newbie or not, I think these brushes are fantastic. I'd recommend starting with the Flat Eyeshadow Brush and the Blending Brush. Perhaps the Pencil Brush too. To be honest, even though I've tried all sorts of brushes, sometimes just the few basics are more than sufficient. When you've found good brushes, regardless of the price, there's no need to even "upgrade". Some brushes I own I've used for years!

Jyoan said...

Just got two sets of Sonia Kashuk. Wonder if I should try this now. =P But to be honest, the Sonia Kashuk brushes are also mad affordable, and good! I use their Flat Eye Shadow Brush more than my MAC.

Jyoan said...

I do follow panacea on Youtube too. But not on twitter. =)

Anonymous said...

Wow so affordable! Shipping fees are so-so ok, but worth it if group buy. Great find! :) ...milktea

Connie De Alwis said...

Jyoan: I've heard great things about Sonia Kashuk but I'm not sure how to get hold of them in Malaysia so I never got around to getting them. Thanks for the rec!

Milktea: The shipping rate is applicable up to 8 brushes so if you purchase 8, the fee won't seem so much compared to just buying 1 or 2 brushes :) Still, I find the rates not bad for international.

fiSeeL said...

Hi Connie,

How would you compare this to the Ecotools ones? Specifically if I were to use it to apply eyeshadow or blusher?


Connie De Alwis said...

Fiseel: I like the ecotools brushes for powder but I don't like the eyeshadow brushes. Generally, I don't prefer synthetic brushes for eyes but I prefer synthetic brushes for face. I've never tried the Lauren Luke face brushes so I can't compare with ecotools

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