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CoastalScents 22 Piece Brush Review

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I got this CoastalScents 22 piece brush set back in April. I originally wanted to do a first impressions video, but I decided that I needed to really use them over a period of time to test the out before doing a blog post on them. So four months have passed and I can now give a full review on them.

The brushes come in a faux leather clutch and it make is really practical to take them with you on the go, without the chance of ruining the brushes.

10 of the brushes are synthetic and the rest are made from natural hair.

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These is all the brushes in the bag:

  1. Large Fan (Synthetic)
  2. Powder Buffer (Synthetic)
  3. Flat Buffer (Synthetic)
  4. Round Powder (Synthetic)
  5. Angle Blush (Natural Hair)
  6. Foundation (Natural Hair)
  7. Large Shadow (Natural Hair)
  8. Concealer (Synthetic)
  9. Dome Shadow (Natural Hair)
  10. Doe Foot Blender (Natural Hair)
  11. Dome Blender (Natural Hair)
  12. Blender (Natural Hair)
  13. Pointed Blender (Natural Hair)
  14. Brow (Natural Hair)
  15. Medium Shadow (Natural Hair)
  16. Detail Concealer (Synthetic)
  17. Detail Shadow (Natural Hair)
  18. Lip (Natural Hair)
  19. Large Liner / Brow (Synthetic)
  20. Medium Liner / Brow (Synthetic)
  21. Small Liner / Brow (Synthetic)
  22. Smudger Sponge (Rubber)

I have noticed that the numbers don’t correspond with the numbers shown on the website (here). I don’t now why that is the case. But I have managed to figure out which brushes are which. The above mentioned numbers and those in the photo below are the numbers that are on my brushes.

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1. Large Fan (Synthetic)

I am on the fence about the fan brush. It applies highlighter well, but it’s just too big. You only end up using the middle of the brush anyway. So I don’t get why they made it so big.

It looks very impressive and is pretty. But it’s not practical and I wish they had made it smaller.

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2. Powder Buffer (Synthetic)

Really good powder brush. Nice size and deposits a light amount of powder.

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3. Flat Buffer (Synthetic)

Flat buffer or flat top kabuki brush. Good for buffing in foundation for a light coverage and stippling for a heavier coverage. It gives a really good finish and it is a great brush. Probably my favourite of them all.

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4. Round Powder (Synthetic)

I don’t like this brush. It wastes a lot of product because it doesn’t pick up the powder properly it just sort of swirls it around in the pan, so the powder end up on the table / floor and not on your face.

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5. Angle Blush (Natural Hair)

This is my least favourite out of all the brushes. The blush goes on blotchy with this brush. And you have to load on a lot of product to get any color payoff on the cheeks. I think I can actually say that I hate this brush.

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6. Foundation (Natural Hair)

It’s a good foundation brush. Can’t say anything bad about it. I prefer a slanted foundation brush, but that is just my personal preference.

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7. Large Shadow (Natural Hair)

Good brush for an overall wash of color. For my eyes this brush is on the large side. I would have liked it to be slightly smaller.

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8. Concealer (Synthetic)

Good concealer brush. Does what it should.

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9. Dome Shadow (Natural Hair)

Good brush to pack on pigment. Very similar to 11. Dome Blender. This one is just slightly shorter.

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10. Doe Foot Blender (Natural Hair)

I don’t like this one at all. It doesn’t blend well and I don’t like the shape. It does blend ok, but it feels more like a gimmick than anything else.

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11. Dome Blender (Natural Hair)

Longer version of 9. Dome Shadow. Good for crease color. I think that this brush could do the job for both the dome shadow and blender.

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12. Blender (Natural Hair)

Ok blending, but not the best I’ve tried.

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13. Pointed Blender (Natural Hair)

Good blending brush. Especially good in the crease.

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14. Brow (Natural Hair)

It’s a good brush. I prefer a slanted brush like the liner brushes for my brows. So I don’t use this brush for my brows. I have tried it for my brows and it worked well. But I prefer using it for smudging eyeshadow or eyeliner on my lower lash line.

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15. Medium Shadow (Natural Hair)

Good brush. Nice and soft.

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16. Detail Concealer (Synthetic)

Good concealer brush. But I wish they had giving a pin point concealer brush instead.

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17. Detail Shadow (Natural Hair)

Good small brush for details and lower lash line.

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18. Lip (Natural Hair)

Really good brush. Perfect for liquid lipstick.

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19. – 21. Liners / Brow (Synthetic)

All three liners are great. I mostly use them with eyeshadow, either dry or sprayed with a little setting spray. The smallest one is great for tight lining.

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22. Smudger Sponge (Rubber)

Really good sponge for smudging out eyeliner.

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The verdict – is it worth it?

Out of the 22 brushes there are 3 brushes that I’m not going to use. I got my brush set online for just under £30 and that is under £1.50 per brush. So even with the three brushes that I won’t be using it’s still a really good price.

I would say that if you are someone that already has a good sized brush collection, this set might be overkill. But if you are just starting out with makeup, it is a get collection to start out with. It has everything you need to get started!

They bright not be the most amazing brushes I have ever tried, but some of them are really good and have become brushed I use often. At £1.50 per brush I really can’t complain.


This post is not sponsored. All products on the blog are paid for by myself and my opinion is 100% honest.


 

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Review and Swatches

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet is a different kind of liquid lipstick compared to your standard liquid lipstick.


The packaging

The shape og the packaging is a rounded rectangle. It feels sleek and stacks nicely next to one another in my lipstick box. The top is the same color as the individual lipstick shades. It makes it easy to grab the right shade in a hurry. It comes with a doe foot applicator.

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I have four shades to swatch for you:

03 Hot pepper – Bright chili pepper red
07 Nude-ist – Rosy nude
10 Don’t pink of it!
 – Pink nude
14 Plum Plum Girl– Deep plum

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 03 Hot pepper

Like the name says a bright chili pepper red. Hot and spicy and not for the shy. A perfect shade all year round for a bold lip look.

This formula is not at creamy and mousse like as the others. It’s more of a gel and it is not as opaque. On it’s own it is very sheer, so a matching lipliner is recommended.

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Left: Bourjois Lèvres Contour Edition Lipliner in 06 Tout rouge  Right: Lipliner and 03 Hot pepper


07 Nude-ist

A lovely rosy nude. All round good shade that works with almost any look.


10 Don’t pink of it!

A pale nude pink. Perfect for a strong eye look.


14 Plum Plum Girl

The perfect autumn shade of plum. Vampy and delicious.


Review

The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets have a mousse like texture that doesn’t completely dry down like you would expect a liquid lipstick to do. The formula feel comfortable on the lip and doesn’t make your lips feel dry unlike some other liquid lipsticks can. But because they don’t dry completely down they do transfer and don’t have the same longevity as other liquid lipstick would have.

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Smudge test: Hot pepper after 30 minutes of wear

Although they have a doe foot applicator I like to apply them with a lip brush. I find that it gives me better control over where the lipstick goes and how much is deposited on my lips. I put down a thin layer first and the go over my lips with another layer. It gives a better coverage this way and the lips look plump and delicious after the second layer.

I would say that you have to be careful not to put too thick a layer of product on the lips as it can collect on the inside of your lip and look a bit icky.

With Don’t pink of it! and Nude-ist you don’t necessarily need a lipliner. I haven’t had any issues with the settling into fine lines or moving around after they have had a chance to set (15-20min). But with Hot pepper and Plum Plum Girl a matching lipliner is highly recommended as the natural lip color shows through.

But all in all it is a good formula if you don’t like the more drying types of liquid lipsticks. And at this price point it is a very good alternative you the more expensive liquid lipsticks. That said, there are other brands that do liquid lipsticks at the same price point that I think have a better formula.


This post is not sponsored. All products on the blog are paid for by myself and my opinion is 100% honest.


Sleek Blush By 3 Californ.I.A Review and Swatches

I own quite a few Sleek blushes. And this is one of the palettes. Sleek Californ.I.A stands out from my other Sleek blush palettes because it is and call cream palette.

The blushes come in the standard Blush by 3 Palette, which is a matte black sturdy but slim plastic case.

It contains 3 blush shades; Newport Peach, The Surf, and OC. Two of the shades are shimmers and one has a matte finish. All of the shades are in a cream formula.

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Newport Peach – a lovely peach coral with a pink undertone and slight shimmer.

The Surf – light peach with gold shimmer.

OC – Matte coral with a warm undertone.

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All of the shades have a lovely cream texture. OC is by far my favourite out of the three shades. OC is well pigmented and goes on like a dream. Newport Peach is nice, but goes on just slightly patchy, but can easily be blended out to an even finish. The shimmer in Newport Peach isn’t very noticeable on the skin. The Surf is my least favourite. Unfortunately it goes on patchy and in my opinion has too much glitter in the formula. The Surf goes on patchy and is hard to blend out to an even finish. The Surf is also and least pigmented out of the three shades.

As I mentioned earlier this palette is very different from the other Sleek Blush By 3 palettes because it contain creams only. I like the fact that it is all cream, but I wish that The Surf had better pigmentation and less glitter. Otherwise it is a great blush palette and great value for the price.

Urban Decay Firebird and Rock Steady Lipstick Review and Swatches

I have two shades of lipsticks from Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick collection. I know this review is a bit late, but I felt like my blog was very Urban Decay heavy when I bought the lipsticks, so I didn’t want to make it seem like the blog was obsessed or sponsored by Urban Decay. So I let the review sit in my draft section for a while. But here it is at last.

The collection is a limited edition made for Gwen Stefani and is available in 8 shades of which 2 of them is only available in the UD website.

Ex-Girlfriend – sheer nude-rose with pink shimmer
714 – Bright red mega matte
Firebird – Deep fuchsia cream with slight blue shift (in this review)
Rock Steady – Deep wine red cream (in this review)
Spiderweb – Satin red cream
Wonderland – Dark pink-red cream
Phone call – Sheer bright pink (only available on UD)
Plaid – Sheer deep berry (only available on UD)

I’ve just checked online and the lipsticks although limited edition are still available in Denmark and the UK. But the all the Gwen Stefani shades are relaunched in the new Vice lipsticks.

As mentioned above I have the shades Firebird and Rock Steady with matching lipliners.


The packaging

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The packaging is very stunning. Both lipstick and lipliner come on a white and gold cardboard box that is very classy and sleek with the name and color on the box.

The actual product packaging which mirrors the cardboard outer box but is black and gold and still as sleek and stylish as before. On a practical note the color of the lipstick is clearly marked with color and name on the bottom to tell them apart and the lipliners have the color on the bottom for the liner as well as the name.

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Firebird

Firebird was a shade that I fell in love with at first glance. It is so pretty and I love the slight blue shift. I think this is the prettiest lipstick I own, but not really an everyday shade by Danish standards unfortunately, so I don’t wear it to work, but I do wear it when the opportunity comes along.

Both lipsticks have a cream formula and feel lovely on the lips. They both last well and with prolonged staying power with they are used with the lipliner.

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Firebird – lipliner only

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Firebird – lips lined with lipliner and lipstick on top


Rock Steady

I was a little more confused about what red shade to get. The collection is heavy on the red side of life, but that is to be expected when the collection is made for Gwen Stefani. I swatched all of the red shades in the store and was torn between 714 and Rock Steady. I decided on Rock Steady as I felt 714 was very dry and matte and I felt like I had to drag it across my lips. Rock Steady was smooth and glided on great as I would expect from a cream.

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Rock Steady – lipliner only

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Rock Steady – lips lined with lipliner and lipstick on top

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Firebird – lips lined with lipliner, lipstick with Brickhouse Revolution Lipgloss on top


If you want to read more of my Urban Decay reviews and swatches you can find the here:

Urban Decay Revolution Lipgloss Review and Swatches
Urban Decay Naked Swatches and Review
Urban Decay Naked 2 Swatches and Review
Urban Decay Naked 3 Swatches and Review
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Swatches and Review


This post is not sponsored. All products on the blog are paid for by myself and my opinion is 100% honest.


 

My Own Barcelona Palette with Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

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I am going to Barcelona with my fiancé in August and for that occasion I have design my own private Barcelona palette with MakeupGeek eyeshadows.

I was going to buy the eyeshadows and the small black Z palette today on BeautyBay, but it seems like they had a sale yesterday (just my luck) and everything from MakeupGeek is sold out except a very dark contouring shade.

So I was unable to get my hands on the eyeshadows. I’m so gutted! So, therefore this palette is a photoshop version of a I had wished would be my very own Barcelona palette.
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Usually I would give you swatches and a brief description at this point, but I can’t for obvious reasons, but the swatches are available on the MakeupGeek website. I will link each shade below:

1. Shimma Shimma – Metallic Champagne

2. Barcelona Beach – Medium sand shade with a matte finish

3. Corrupt – Intense matte black with a very subtle sparkle

4. Bleached Blonde – Shimmery Pale Gold

5. Goddess – Metallic pale copper

6. Mocha – Deep matte brown

7. Poolside – Bright shimmery teal with specks of gold

8. Peacock – Matte deep teal blue

9. Houdini – Deep emerald teal green with a foiled finish

This was going to be my first dive into MakeupGeek eyeshadows, so I’m extra sad that they are all sold out. I really hope they will restock soon.

If you like my palette and decide to give it a go yourself, please let me know, I’d love to see it.

If you have tried MakeupGeek eyeshadows please let me know what you think. And if you know where to find them in the EU (online) please let me know as well. And let me know what you think of my Barcelona palette. That’s all, I think…