Aside from radiant, healthy skin – quality brushes are a must when it comes to flawless make-up application. It’s simply fact.
Before I get into my brush review, I’m gonna go off on a tangent real quick.
A couple years ago, I went to Vegas for my friend’s bachelorette party, and my luggage was lost/stolen. The sheer, fucking panic I went into is indescribable. I was so ready to hop on the next flight back home, but I thought, okay… it’s just been misplaced. That’s all. They will find it.
First of all, I’m a planner – I had outfits designated for every day we were there. Day ‘fits. Night time/clubbing ‘fits. Swim suits for the pool (it was February, so hanging out by the pool was up in the air, but I packed them any way). I mean, ladies – you know what I’m talking about. Not only did I have my clothes, shoes, and accessories in my luggage, but I also had my make-up brushes. ALL of my makeup brushes [insert ugly Kim Kardashian cry]. Every brush I owned was by MAC, which I accumulated over the span of 10+ years. They are not cheap, and so many of them were limited edition, which are no longer available.
Low and behold, my luggage was never recovered. I went through the pain-staking process of filing a claim with the airlines, which sucked monkey balls, because the contents of my luggage exceeded the max amount I could be reimbursed. Talk about adding salt to the wound! (Sigh) What a fucking shit-show, man.
Anyhow, long story short – I decided to be responsible with the funds and pay bills instead of replacing my belongings. I told myself that I could find other brushes just as good, and not as expensive.
Aside from the brushes I bought at Target to hold me over (decent, but not the quality I was accustomed to), I ordered brushes from a site I stumbled upon online. Their products looked great, and I checked out their Instagram, which had good hype surrounding it also. The brush set looked promising, so I thought, “What the hell. What’s the worse that could happen?”
Every. Single. One.
Every single one of these brushes fell apart after a couple cleanings. I couldn’t believe what the fuck was happening. What in fresh hell was going on?
After my horrible experience with these brushes, I vowed to only stick to the familiar – what I trusted and knew. That meant having to repurchase all of my MAC brushes, which wouldn’t be in my cards for a minute. Eye brushes range anywhere from $20-$30 a piece, while face brushes range from $30 – $50.
When I was contacted by Mikasa Beauty to try their brushes, I was skeptical. I low-key thought their brushes would fall apart like my other ones did, but, I felt giving them the benefit of the doubt was only fair. I checked out their site, Instagram, and online reviews, and what do ya know… THERE WAS HOPE AFTER ALL!
When I received the 10-piece Complete Eye Set, a few things jumped out at me:
- Each brush was packaged individually in a protective box. It’s the little details, people. To see them put extra tender, love, and care, made me respect the brand more. Typically, brushes will have the protective plastic sleeve, and that’s that. Impressive.
- They looked and felt like quality. When I unboxed each brush and got a good look at them, I was very pleased. I personally have issues with finding brushes that work for my eyes. A lot of times, brush heads aren’t tapered enough for me to really work a good blend without my shadow appearing muddy. The brushes felt sturdy and the fibers used felt soft.
I decided to create a look using the Anastasia Beverly Hills, Amrezy palette. I haven’t used it in a while, so I thought, why not? Oldie, but definitely a goodie.
- Quality product assembly
- Soft fibers
- Smaller brush heads that allowed for me to have more control over my application and blending
- Some fall-out and hair breakage when I cleaned the brushes
- Price point falls in the median range – for some, these brushes might be too spendy
The 10-piece eye set retails for $90. If you break it down, that is $9/brush which is super bad-ass! I’ve seen drugstore brushes cost more than that. The quality pales in comparison.
If you’re on the market for some new brushes and tools, then I highly suggest you order these! Mikasa Beauty has so many incredible products. Check them out!
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Happy shopping, loves!