Monday, 9 January 2012

Japonesque Brushes

I was recently sent a selection of Japonesque's synthetic brushes. I'm always on the look-out for brands that include synthetic brushes in their ranges, and although several of the brushes in Japonesque's range are natural hair, a considerable majority of them are synthetic, which is really good in my book. Japonesque is a new brand to me, however it has actually been around for a considerable twenty years, only recently branching out into high-street stores like Boots and John Lewis. 

I was sent a selection of both the travel and pro synthetic brushes to review; both the travel and pro angled foundation brush, travel and pro concealer brush, as well as the travel lip and eye liner brushes. As soon as I looked at the brushes, I knew it was clear this is a brand that has put a lot of thought and effort into their products, and are clearly in the know when it comes to make up artistry. Each brush is smartly packaged, and includes detailed information on how to use the brushes, something I've not really seen in make up brushes before. I think Japonesque really understand the idea that when it comes to make up, it doesn't matter how good a product is, you really have the get the application right. 

The brushes themselves are really great quality; they're all really soft and are definitely superior to many of my cheaper brushes. Although I tend to prefer to use a stippling brush to apply my foundation, I find the angled foundation brush perfect for doing around my nose, as it's the perfect shape for getting into places my stippling brush tends to forget. I absolutely love the concealer brush, it's perfect for applying my new favourite concealer by Soap & Glory, and is definitely the best concealer brush I've tried. I tend to use eye liner brushes to do my brows, as I don't really use cream eye liner and I find this brush the perfect shape for doing my eyebrows! The lip brush is really cute, I love that it's retractable. I'm definitely more of a 'slap some lippy on and run' girl but this brush is great for nights out to get a really precise application, or for tricky-to-apply colours like bright reds. I think the travel brushes are fantastic for keeping in your make up bag, as they take up so little room yet are the same great quality as the pro brushes. 

The brushes retail for around £9-£30 and are available at Boots and John Lewis. I definitely think they're worth a look into if you're looking for some new make up brushes to try. I'm really impressed with them, and although they may seem a bit pricey, they are really high quality brushes and it's clear the brand has put a lot of thought and effort into creating them. 

Have you tried Japonesque brushes? What is your favourite make up brush brand?
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