Sunday, September 06, 2009

Eyeliner Brushes Roundup: Stila Tarte Sonia Kashuk

It's almost a bit shameful saying this, but I think eye lining is the only "make up skill" I somewhat mastered(well, beside lip color, but how hard can applying lipstick it be anyway?).With the appropriate tools, I can do a smooth line, a smudgy one or a natural one that doesn't even look like eyeliner.
Of course, many girls can just achieve similar effect with pencil liner (you all should know all pencil eyeliner I have tried either smudge like crazy or don't go on at all) but I just prefer to do it with a brush because it seems more fun and less violent. (I am not a big fan of pulling my eyelids and poking my eyeballs.)

Anyway, let's head to the brushes.

Tarte Flat Eyeliner Brush
Pro:
Sturdy handle and barrel
Stiff and concentrated
Gives a very precise line
Doesn't hurt although it's stiff

Con:
The white hair might drive anal people nut after it gets stained (so you have to wash it after every use)

Good For: Precision or tight lining with pigmented and creamy eyeshadow. (Stila Ray, poppy oasis, jade and the minty side of Nars Habanera)

Stila #4 Precision Eyeliner Brush
Pro:
very soft pony
Both the flat and side can be used
There are 3 sizes available and they all work well
1) Black long handle
2) Silver short handle
3) Freebie comes with gift set

Con:Can't think of one
Good For: Detail works on tiny spots with cream shadow of all kinds, Stila Smudge pots, powdered eyeshadow.

Stila #13S One Step Eyeliner Brush
Pro:
Pretty Silver handle
The cross session is super fine
Perfect for ultra natural tight line

Con: The hair will go from |||||| to \\\/// after you use it for a while
Stila discontinued it. (Why?)

Work well with: Powdered shadow.
Stila #13 (Long handle) One Step Eyeliner Brush
Pro:
Stiff, dense and precise
There aren't any "flyaway" with this one

Con:
Poke-y

Good For: More precise and slightly thicker line
Work well with: Powdered shadow

Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Eyeliner Brush
Pro:
Sleek black packaging
Soft and bendable tip
The Curves it has makes it a nice hair pin (the parts curve out secure the hair better)
Looks like it can double as a lip brush

Con:
Can't really be used as a lip brush (Hard to clean it up afterward)
Too expensive at 10 bucks
The handle feels a bit light and flimsy

Good For: Very diffused line with powdered shadow (which can already be achieve by other small brushes.)
Victoria's Secret Precision eyeliner brush
Pro:
Elastic
Precise
Doesn't feel flimsy
Cheap (3 dollars on clearance 75% off)

Con:
Looks incredibly cheap

Good for: Gel eyeliner

Stila Line and Smudge brush
Pro:
Sturdy
Gives a smooth application
comes with smudger ends

Con:
A bit steep for an eyeliner brush

My favorite among them is probably Stila #4, it's quite versatile and comfortable to the touch, Tarte would make the second place but I wish the hair weren't so light so I can get away washing it less often.

3 comments:

  1. You like the #4 more than the smudge and line brush? Yay! I think I will get this when there is some sale or something. I really wanted to get the smudging brush during the 20% discount, but I wanted 3 convertible colors so I didn't get that. Haha.

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  2. Smiley13tree:
    Yeah, I just happen to use it all the time
    there is a short freebie one that comes with mini smudge pots, it works exactly as well as the other sizes. The longest one was from beauty crunch which cost me 5 bucks.

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  3. I've always wanted to try Sonia Kashuk brushes, maybe if I have friends who'll visit there, that's no. 1 on my list :)

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