Thursday, 13 June 2013

Product Review: Illamasqua Blusher Brush 1

   This is a belated review, as I bought this brush over a month ago and have been rigorously testing it in different ways in order to provide you with an accurate review.

   I was slightly conscious of reviewing it straight away, as I also purchased another Illamasqua product that I was particularly unhappy with and so, as I said, I wanted to test this brush as much as possible to give a detailed and honest review.

Illamasqua blusher brush

   First of all, I don't like the packaging. It comes in a translucent packet which is its only form of protection while not in use (it doesn't come with a separate protector). This is a problem for me as I like to stand my brushes tip down inside their protectors to dry after cleaning, and the envelope-like packet makes it really hard for the brush to dry.

   The bristles aren't as soft as I'd like them to be. They've got a plastic-y sort of texture. However, this doesn't impair blending ability. The brush blends my current powder and cream blushers really well. The outcome is a smooth, even layer of colour which, in comparison to my previous generic blusher brush, is a great result.

   It also doubles up as a contouring brush, as the bristles, collectively, create a brush tip with a fairly small circumference. This makes it easier to contour with highlighters and bronzers.

   I like the sleek, black handle - it's not too thick or thin and it has two grooves which make it practical to handle, but I wish it could be slightly shorter in length, as I keep on knocking things over when using it. Maybe that's just me.

   In terms of pricing, it could be considered a mid-range brush. Its RRP is £29.50; In comparison, Bobbi Brown's Blush Brush retails at £35.00, MAC's 129 Powder/Blush Brush at £26.00 and NARS' Blush Brush at £38.50.

   Overall, a great blending and contouring tool, however, it needs a separate protector if you dry your brushes like I do.

Scent - N/A
Texture - 3/5
Efficiency - 5/5
Price - 4/5
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