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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Releases from Japonesque: Safari Chic and HD Collections

A few days ago, I received product information for two new lines Japonesque has just launched, the HD Collection and the Safari Chick Collection. Included with the info was the kabuki brush from the Safari Chic Collection and I already had the #110 brush from the HD collection, so I thought I would share the info and my experiences with each brush in one big post!

BP-110-Dual Sided Brush
The first brush, and the one I've been using for the longest, is the #110 from the HD Collection. The unique thing about this collection is that all of the brushes are dual sided. On one side, they are composed of synthetic fibers and, on the other, natural fibers. For as long as I have been buying brushes, I've always been scared to use natural brushes because I've heard they are hard to clean if used with liquids. These brushes claim that their dual fibered nature make them perfect for powder, cream, and liquid products. The #110 is the perfect size for blushes, but could also be used to buff in foundation. Despite being unsure as to how to use liquid without getting it all over the brush, I bit the bullet and tried it with a cream blush. The application went well - there isn't the slightest difference in texture from side to side. But, I'm still a little uneasy about how clean this brush actually gets when I use soap, water, and elbow grease. Either way, although it's a brush that works well and is very soft, it's a little pricy ($24) considering there are others out there that do the same thing. 

The Safari Chic Collection's selling point is the unique design the multi-colored bristles make. The best part is that, because it's Japonesque, they do the design and they do it really well. The bristles of the Bronzer Brush are are thick and soft - very luxe feeling. The stark white dirties easily, but if you don't particularly care about the aesthetics of your brushes, this isn't a huge deal because it cleans up nicely. This brush easily fits in the palm of my hand, so it's not unruly and not only is great for applying contour in hollows, but also broad applications of bronzer or setting powder, and even careful application of blush. The $22 might not be worth it if you run through brushes quickly or don't particularly care to invest in brushes, but I can tell that these brushes will last for a while. On both, the bristles feel sturdy in their ferrules that, in turn, feel solid on their handles (at least for the HD brush). If you dig nice brushes and want them to last forever, these might be worth the investment!

FTC: Some products mentioned in this post were sent to me from a PR company without promise of mention or review. All opinions are my own.

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