Today, Jerlaine and I popped by the Smoochiezz sale at Jurong Point. It was a hot humid afternoon, both of us were sweating profusely, and we were there and done in less than 5 minutes. Still, we managed to pick up a bunch of great items! I shall showcase only the makeup brushes in this entry, and feature another item I bought in a separate entry later tonight.
I love makeup brushes, and I have way too much of them for a non-makeup artist. The good thing about having this excessive number of brushes is that you have an endless supply to rotate and use in between washes. Some brushes I would use more than others, hence that explains the need to own multiple brushes of the same type. In particular, I love dense fluffy brushes, such as the MAC 217, MAC 224 etc...
I am also currently loving one of the Coastal Scents brushes which I purchases several months ago... so when I learned that the smoochiezz sale carries the CS brushes, I was all, 'let's go check out!' ----- but don't ask me why I ended up with this whole bunch of other brushes too!
They are all between $6 - $ 8 each.. which is just amazing value. The quality of these brushes are on par with my MAC brushes, and if you wash and take care of them properly, they last you a long time. The ELF brush is only $3 it's a dense little paddle brush (like the MAC224?).
I don't think I would purchase any makeup from smoochiezz... but some of the nail polish and the makeup brushes are definitely worth buying. I spotted some 'MAC 217 and 239' brushes there too, going for $30 each... not sure if they are authentic, so I didn't want to spend my money on those.
Anyway, some photos of the brushes, and comparisons to similar brushes in my stash:
I also bought more Brush Guards since I always seem to lose my smaller guards... so I bought a bunch of the skinny eyeshadow ones.
Just to show you that the original CS brush I purchased several months back still looks good as new, even though I used it quite often, and had washed it many times.
Ok, these are just some of the same type of brushes which I am showing...I tried to pick those that look the most similar.
I like cheap good brushes, and I do occasionally splurge on the high end brushes too.
If I have to choose only eyeshadow brush to use, I would pick the MAC 217...and I have a bunch of these in my stash to rotate for different eyeshadows. They can be used to apply any type of eyeshadow. So I picked up two 'dupes' in the CS brand for $8 each.
I like to use these large dense and soft fluffy brushes when I just a light wash of skintone eyeshadow color all over my lids. I love how these big eye brushes feel. The 'no name' one is the one I bought today... it is slighty flatter than the others... but the hairs are super soft! ($6 only!)
What I don't like is how the price tags are stuck around the handles... not fun have to peel them all off later...
I hope this has been helpful if you are looking for affordable and great quality brushes. :)
Thanks for looking!