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Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
This review is long-overdue but better late than never, right? This was my first Real Techniques brush and I’m quite pleased with it. Initially, I didn’t like this brush that much because it’s smaller than I had expected and the bristles absorb too much (liquid) product. I eventually got used to the size and started to distribute my BB cream/foundation lightly (using the brush) instead of pressing the brush onto my skin. (I don’t like to distribute my foundation using fingers because I have acne-prone skin and I do my best to avoid touching my face.)
After 2 months of usage, I have to say that this is a good multitasking brush for applying liquid foundation and concealer. The brush size and shape are quite good for applying makeup on hard to reach areas (around the nose and mouth), as well as all over the face. This would be a good face brush to take with you while traveling. The bristles are very soft and they do not shed. Compare to the EcoTools Buffing Brush (used for liquid products) and the Real Techniques Buffing Brush (used for powder products), the RT Expert Face Brush is more dense and has a rounded top instead of a flat top.
My EcoTools Buffing Brush can be used for 1 week without cleaning. This brush can only be used for 4 days before the foundation starts to look really streaky. The biggest downside to this brush is that it’s really hard to clean because the bristles grab so much makeup. I usually clean my brushes once a week with a light shampoo. But I always have to shampoo this brush twice and use a little bit of facial cleanser on the 3rd wash to get rid of the makeup stains and residue. It’s a hassle, but I like this brush enough to keep on using it.
Benefit “It’s Potent!” Eye Cream
This is the first skin care product I’ve used from Benefit and I have to say, it’s pretty great! I’m not too picky on eye cream as long as it doesn’t burn my eyes and the formula isn’t too watery. This eye cream has the perfect texture and hydration for my eye area. I mainly use eye cream to de-puff my eyes after I wake up and slow down signs of aging. This product does a good job of restoring firmness to the skin and it’s just very comfortable on the skin (it can be worn under makeup). It doesn’t contain any fragrance, which is a plus for those of us with a sensitive nose. This little jar costs $34, which is on the pricey side but it’s very reasonable compare to other prestigious brand eye creams.
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Maybelline The Falsies Waterproof Mascara
This mascara has been very popular for the past year and I finally picked one up this past holiday season. The first mascara I’ve ever used (back in high school) was a Maybelline mascara. In the past couple of years, Maybelline has been producing quite a few top-selling mascaras and I’m excited to try some of them!
As some of you already know, this mascara has a spoon brush that’s curved. It’s supposed to help with reaching lashes on the corners of your eyes, but I personally think it makes very little difference. The formula is wet and thin. I expected this mascara to be similar to Benefit They are Real but it’s actually really quite the opposite. The formula for They are Real is much thicker and that mascara adds a lot of volume to the lashes. I don’t know if I got a bad one, but my Maybelline mascara clumps easily on the brush when I take the wand out of the tube. Sometimes I’d have to wipe the brush on a tissue to get rid of the clumps. After applying this mascara, I always “blot” with a tissue so that the excess product won’t smudge underneath my eyes. (<— I do this for most mascaras since I have oily eyelids.)
I like the way this mascara looks on my lashes (very natural, lengthening) but it doesn’t have the falsies (voluminizing) effect that it claims. It’s a bit misleading but not a bad product.