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Bdellium Tools: Precision Kabuki 957

Brush:  Precision Kabuki 957 Amazon Purple Exclusive

Price:  $7.95 USD, €6,12 Germany, £11.95 UK

Bristles:  Synthetic

Rating:  Excellent

Use:  Liquid, cream & powder foundations, blushes, and highlighters.

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Availability:  You can order direct from the Bdellium Tools site, Amazon.com, Amazon.de, and Amazon.co.uk.  For additional information about availability in your country, click here

My Two Cents:  I have absolutely no complaints about this brush.  It is incredibly versatile as it can be used with any and all types of products.  The bristles are treated with an antibacterial agent and are super soft and gentle.  I am really impressed by how beautifully well made Bdellium Tools are.  This brush is currently on for half of the original list price which is seriously a steal.  Oh yeah, and it’s purple!

While I ordered three brushes in total just to give Bdellium Tools a try, this was the first one I used and quite frankly, it truly was a case of love at first sight which quickly turned into pure infatuation upon first use.  I like to use the Precision Kabuki to apply my M.A.C. Mineralize Skinfinish Natural.  Since I don’t wear liquid or cream foundations, I find that this helps me achieve excellent coverage, especially with a powder product.  Other brushes I’ve used leave me looking chalky but the 957 seems to really blend the product into the skin leaving a more natural looking flawless finish.

This was definitely my gateway brush because just as I said in a tweet to Bdellium, I am smitten.  Since getting into makeup I have been expanding my brush collection by trying out a few brushes from various different manufacturers in an attempt to get a feel for them with the hope that I will eventually land on company that I feel good enough about to make a more substantial investment in a large set of their brushes.  For ages I have been coveting some Sigma brushes, and while I still want to give them along with a few Sedona Lace and Crown brushes a try, I think that Bdellium might just be “the one.”

Tips:  Keep your brushes clean and in good condition by doing a regular thorough wash with soap and water while spot cleaning in between.

Manufacturer Care Instructions:  Wash with regular shampoo, rinse, then lay flat to air dry.  For more information on care from Bdellium click here

I hope you’ve found this review helpful and I highly recommend giving this or any of Bdellium Tools brushes a try.  I can’t imagine you’ll be disappointed.  Reviews of the other two Bdellium brushes I picked up are in the works.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Update & Bdellium Tools Sneak Peek

I recently did a swap with Product Hoochie and the package she sent my way arrived a few days ago.  So I hope to get that post ready to share with you soon.  I had originally planned to work on that today but I ended up on a contagious cleaning spree.  For some reason I can’t always seem to just clean one room or focus on one particular task, it just starts to spread like a highly infectious disease and the next thing I know I’m completely committed and cleaning things with a toothbrush half the time.  I swear it’s hereditary because I hear from my cousins that they find themselves doing similar things.  It’s like one minute you’re a normal human being cleaning your surroundings in a very sane controlled way, then it’s almost like you’ve blacked out, lost a few hours and snap back only to find yourself doing a disturbingly thorough deep clean as if you’re preparing for the CSI of house inspectors to make a visit.  We all have our quirks…right?

Now onto the sneaky peek!  I ordered a few Bdellium brushes from Amazon.de a few weeks ago while ordering a birthday gift for a little buddy of mine back in the Mitten.  Amazon is such an enabler by the way.  I had been hearing and reading great things about Bdellium for quite some time so I thought I’d pick up a few brushes from their various different ranges.  I will of course do a review once I get a good feel for them.  Let me know if you’ve used Bdellium brushes and what your thoughts are.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

*The purple 957 Precision Kabuki is a limited edition only available through Amazon.

Just a quick pic taken with my phone.

Just a quick pic taken with my phone.

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Real Techniques: Setting Brush

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Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Real Techniques

Bristles:  Synthetic Taklon Duo-Fiber

Functionality:  Excellent

Overall Rating:  Excellent

Price:  $7.63 – $8.00 USD, £6.99 – £7.99 UK

Availability:  I purchased mine through Amazon.co.uk since I was unable to find them anywhere here in Germany but you can also find them in Boots stores in the UK.  If you have a U.S. shipping address you can order them directly from Real Techniques, and if you follow them on Twitter you can find out when they have specials.  Real Techniques brushes can also be found at Ulta, Walgreens, and WalMart stores across the United States.  For more info on where to purchase Real Techniques products click here.

Use:  I mostly use the Setting brush to apply my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, but I’ve also used it to apply powder.  It’s especially nice for applying powder around the eyes and nose.  You could potentially use this to do contouring and for more precision placement of blush and bronzer.

What I liked:  Just as with the Stippling brush, the bristles are super soft, dry quickly and hold their shape.  This brush is sort of shaped like a tear drop that tapers in thickness as well, if that makes sense.   It’s this shape that lends to more precise application of products like highlighters, blush and bronzers depending on which way you turn it.

What I didn’t like:  No complaints here.

My two cents:  I really like the Setting brush and I’m glad I ordered it and I think it makes a nice addition to any brush collection.  With that said though, I wouldn’t exactly say that this is an essential as some of the other brushes in their collection could easily cover the bases that this brush covers.  However, this brush is excellent for travel due to it’s small size and ability to be utilized in a wide array of ways.

Tips:  Just the usual, spot clean with brush cleaner regularly.  Also be sure to deep clean with a mild cleaner like baby shampoo and warm water once a week or so depending on how often you use your brushes taking care not to submerge them or allow water to penetrate the ferrules.

On a side note, my Models Own order from their 50% off sale arrived this morning.  At this rate I will never get through all the new stuff I’ve been amassing, not that I’m complaining.  I got a few things from their Beetlejuice and Hed Kandi collections as well as some of their brushes for a friend and myself to try out.  So you can count on those will be making an appearance eventually.   As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Real Techniques: Stippling Brush

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Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand: Real Techniques

Bristles:  Synthetic Taklon Duo-Fiber (Cruelty Free)

Functionality:  Excellent

Overall Rating:  Excellent

Price:  $9.98 – $10.00 USD, £10.99 – £11.99 UK

Availability:  I purchased mine through Amazon.co.uk since I was unable to find them anywhere here in Germany but you can also find them in Boots stores in the UK.  If you have a U.S. shipping address you can order them directly from Real Techniques, and if you follow them on Twitter you can find out when they have specials.  For instance last month they had a promotion where you would receive one of the Stippling brushes free with your order.  Real Techniques brushes can also be found at Amazon.com Ulta, Walgreens, and WalMart stores across the United States.  For more info on where to purchase Real Techniques products click here.

Use:  This brush is very versatile.  I’ve used it for liquid foundation, but I mostly use it to apply my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish.  It could also be used for other foundation formulas, applying highlight, blush, bronzer, as well as contouring.

What I liked:  First of all, the bristles are so incredibly soft and gentle.  They also dry really quickly and hold their shape.  Personally I love the look of this brush, it’s pink for cryin out loud, as are all of the Real Techniques finishing brushes.  The brushes have names, not random letter number combinations.  I also quite like the feel of this because it has a nice substantial handle and can even be stood up, which is a nice feature.  With Real Techniques brushes you definitely get much more than you pay for.  Did I mention that this is 100% cruelty free, so all of you Vegans and animal lovers alike can rejoice.

What I didn’t like:  What’s not to like?

My two cents:  I would recommend this particular brush to anyone looking for a quality, affordable multi-functional brush.  In fact, I think this would be an especially great brush for someone looking to build a basic makeup kit.  Trust me, just go out and pick one of these up, you won’t regret it.

Tips:  Spot clean with brush cleaner regularly.  Also be sure to deep clean with a mild cleaner like baby shampoo and warm water once a week or so depending on how often you use your brushes taking care not to submerge them or allow water to penetrate the ferrules.

As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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