[ ♡ ] This just in – Makeupgeek brush!

A few days ago I ordered a brush from makeupgeek in a spur of the moment decision and I just got it in today. I was actually watching a youtube video by her about her favorite foundations and she was demonstrating how she uses a brush to apply the foundation and I was intrigued by the brush in the video so I clicked to her post on her blog and eventually figured out the brush was actually one of her own. I didn’t even know she sold her own brushes. So I thought I’d give it a try and ordered it.

I paid about $15 for it plus almost $5 in shipping and handling.

Except for when I got my package, I saw this:

Shipping was actually only $2.09 so basically they’re saying it cost them $3 to grab it off a shelf and throw it in a box! Seriously? That takes like 10 minutes tops. I know her online store isn’t big enough to warrant a warehouse so all this stuff must be in close proximity. I ordered it earlier this week and got it today so it probably wasn’t a chore to get it packaged and sent. So I guess I paid an extra $3 to get it promptly? I just hate when people overcharge for shipping, at least hide it from me.

Anyways, onto the actual product:

It came in a little box with packing popcorn. The brush was incased in a little plastic baggie type thing.

Here’s the notes that comes with it:

I don’t usually wash brushes before use because I don’t have the patience to do it and wait for it to dry before trying it out.

I got the MUG Deluxe foundation stippling brush and its actually version two of the brush. They still sell the first one at a few dollars cheaper but the website said this new one has softer bristles so I ordered this one instead.

The bristles are definitely soft, sort of like the brushes made of goat hair. In the pictures, the brush looks very dense and thick but in person its actually not as thick as I’d like. Its still thicker than the Mac Stippling brush and most others I’ve tried but not thick enough.

Here it is next to a permanent marker for length comparison:

Its slightly longer but as a brush it’s on the short side. I tend to favor longer brushes.

I pulled out my elf professionals powder brush to compare the two because its very similar. It’s got a flat top as well.

The interesting thing is the elf one is longer (the perfect length) and actually much more dense than the MUG one. If you look at the second picture you can see that the top is wider in diameter as well. In terms of performance I don’t know how each fare because I haven’t used the MUG one and I haven’t used the elf one for foundation or liquids yet so I don’t know but from what I see so far, save your money and get the elf one from your local target because its seriously the same thing if not better.

I guess I’m still on the hunt for a nice, soft, dense stippling brush for my foundation.

♡ PaNhia

[ ♡ ] Elf Order in!

I finally got my elf order in after stalking my tracking number for a week (so really, it hasn’t been that long.) I ordered a few of the new elf mineral brushes during cyber Monday because it was 50% off and they looked nice online. I ordered two sets and two extra brushes (blender and lip brushes.) Here are some shots:

^the first set is a 5 piece set including a powder brush, lash comb, angled brush, and two flat shadow brushes (one might be a concealer brush.)

^The second set I got is a 4 piece mini set (the kabuki is missing from this picture.) It comes with a kabuki, a blender brush and a shadow brush.

^here’s the missing kabuki. As you can see, it is very thin, not dense at all.

^my blender brush

^the lip brush. I bought this for the lip pans in my tarte palette.

Now onto my assessment of the brushes. They look nice and are eco-friendly. Visually, they look like eco tools brushes. The elf claim that they are soft is true; the bristles are incredibly soft and nice on your skin. Now, the reality: I’m very disappointed with the majority of them because they are all on the thin side. None of them are as dense as they look and for the price you’re paying, should be denser. The biggest disappointment was the single blender brush. It’s so thin, I don’t think I’ll be able to use it. I can’t even swirl it around on my hand correctly. The pouches that come with the sets are also a disappointment but I already knew that so its not a big factor for me. The other disappointment was the kabuki brush. It is very small and very thin. It looks like a toy brush. I will probably toss that one.

I actually ordered a full set of the elf mineral brushes just a day before reciveing these in the mail because my little sister wanted some but as soon as I got these I canceled my 2nd elf order. These brushes are definitely not worth purchasing (least of all, a second time.) It’s sad because I’ve had good experiences with elf brushes before. I really like their basic blending brush and professional flat top brush. Hopefully they come out with better brushes next time.

♡ PaNhia

[ ♡ ] Recent Purchases – The Hustler’s Smashing Orgasm

Just some recaps. These aren’t actual recent purchases. I got this NARs gloss duo a few days ago but accidently left it in my car and just got it out of the trunk lol . It was frozen but is now thawed sitting in my room.

This is the 3rd one I bought because I just couldn’t resist the great deal ($10.) This one is a duo in Orgasm and Hustler. Orgasm looks exactly as you would think. It’s got that same nudey pink undertone with gold sparkles. It’s very cute. Huslter is a darker gloss in sort of a brownish shade. I haven’t had a chance to really try it out on my lips yet so it might look different than the swatch.

I also got this free Smashbox brush set from Ulta. If you buy over $30 worth of smashbox things, you get three free brushes and a gold pouch. The brushes include: a tiny flat brush, a big eyeshadow brush, and a sharp point blender brush. I really like the blender brush because it puts shadow directly in the crease. So far I’m loving them and free is always a great deal!

♡ PaNhia