I don’t subscribe to many Youtube makeup channels, but one that I have been subscribed to the longest has been “Pixiwoo” – The popular makeup channel run by the two lovely sisters: Nic and Sam. They are both very talented and creative makeup artists who create high quality makeup video tutorials and seem very down to earth and unpretentious. Within the last year or so, Sam created a line of makeup brushes. I was really looking forward to trying them out, since I had a feeling they’d be awesome and I knew she would spend a lot of time perfecting them until she was happy with the final product. I found them on iHerb.com and ordered a few of them. They are very reasonably priced in the US and Canada. I believe they are a little pricier in the UK though, since they are made in the US. I have heard that you can find them at some dollar stores as well as Walmart. I always recommend iHerb.com. I love that dang site. They range from around $5.99-$9.99.
Now, my skin isn’t the greatest. I still suffer from acne, which varies from not to bad, ok, to pretty bad and I have combination skin. I find that my foundation doesn’t look good if I apply it with my fingers and a lot of brushes just don’t give me a very nice finish. It looks streaky or cakey and I try to not pack on the makeup, since it just further irritates my skin and feels unpleasant. I use Clinique foundation and it pairs wonderfully with the Real Techniques brushes. Being able to wear less foundation yet have it looking is a huge plus for me.
The brushes are made of synthetic hair. They are very soft, durable and the entire brush itself is very visually attractive. They have a unique flat bottom (most of them), which is pretty cool, but I think I’d prefer a regular bottom, since they don’t fit as well in my makeup cases. I guess they are flat-bottomed so people can keep them standing up, but I feel like they’d just easily fall over anyway. Not a big issue though. They feel very nice on the skin and the handles feel nice to work with too.
They are easy to clean and haven’t appeared to shed at all. I love the E.L.F. powder brush, but it sheds like crazy (at least the two I have purchased). Maybe it is hit or miss since E.L.F. is very inexpensive, but it is still a bit troublesome since I get brush hair on my face sometimes. 😛 And it happens to take forever to dry. But I digress…
For foundation, I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush instead of the Foundation brush. Sometimes I also use the Stippling Brush, but I can’t say I’m a huge fan of that as of yet. It may just be my skin type or the foundation I’m using it with, or perhaps it is better suited for powders or tinted moisturizers. I’ll have to keep experimenting and maybe my opinion will change.
The “Foundation Brush” is angled and more narrow than the other face brushes – I don’t use this for my whole face, but it is good for getting to hard to reach areas, like between the side of the nose and corner of the eye, and for underneath the eyes. It is not my fave but good in a pinch if my other foundation brushes are in the middle of being cleaned.
I love using the Shadow Brush for smudging eyeliner and giving a smokey look, and for softening a harsh line. I also like using it to smoke out eyeshadow and for the outer corner of my eyelid. The four brushes I have used all appear very versatile. I don’t always use them for the same thing and they are all very decent brushes, even though I do prefer the Expert Face Brush above the others. It is just awesome and gives me the best coverage and smooth texture.
This isn’t a mega in-depth review, I just thought I’d mention them for the readers who are interested. I purchased them all myself, and as always, my reviews are my opinion and I will always be 100% honest.