Sunday, February 20, 2011

Coastal Scents Combined Haul

It has been about three years since I started to play/ wear make up and I have hear about coastal scents through YouTube (obviously ==) where pursebuzz, who was one of the first guru i followed, introduced this website where they sell fabulous, good quality make up for a decent price. I already have 88 pallettes (color and warm; bought on ebay--> cheaper =P) but i wanted to try their brushes too. I have a bunch of Crown brushes, but it is hard for non-make up artists to get them. They do have a website, but it doesn't work. Anyways, let's get with the haul shall we? Came in the mail in this brown paper bag with bubble wrap built in it. Hehe I'm not showing you where i live =P. The brushes I ordered were wrapped in pink tissue paper and came with these instructions!
Unwrapped, it comes in a mesh bag and two business cards.
This is the Tapered Duo fiber blush brush priced at $6.95 USD. I wanted to get this brush because I thought it looked like the MAC's limited edition 181 brush, but boy was I wrong! The picture on the site makes this brush look like its so lush with the white bristles. The real deal with this one is basically just like the regular blush brush and they stuck a few white bristles and call it a "duo fibre". Omg, this brush is destined to fail. Mine came with a giant spilt in the middle that won't go away even if i deep clean it. This brush is somewhat decent for things like my ELF studio cream blushes, which are kinda hard to blend if you just use your fingers. But seriously, i will never get this brush. DO NOT GET THIS BRUSH!! Chisel Shader brush- this one was one i was looking for in the Sigma brush sets but I don't wanna shell out $100+ just for a few brushes right? So i was quite happy to see Coastal Scents has one for $3.95 USD, good price good price. I really do like this brush for shading and smoking out eyeliner and bottom lashes.It has black hairs, which are very stubby and dense. The bristles are soft enough that it won't poke your eyeballs one. I like this brush so thumbs up!
Precision Detail brush $3.95- This one is essentially the same thing as a MAC 219 (aka. the pencil brush). Just like its name, you can use it in your crease to make a very detailed and sharp V in the corner of your eye or to smoke out some eyeshadow on the bottom/ lash line. I want to say I like this brush, but I'm on the fence about it. I did own the MAC 219 but later returned it because the bristles are super scratchy. Same goes for this brush, the goat hair bristles are super scratchy and you can see its already fraying. Neutral thumb for this brush.
My second haul came at the same time as my instyle issue magazine! Yey =D

Main reason for the second haul was my brush guards were kind of breaking and i needed to replace them. On the coastal scents websites, this retails for $4.95 a pack. Same thing as the one before, my order came in a mesh bag.
I got one of their newer addition to their brush collection: Pro blending fluff brush $4.95 USD
I absolutely loveeeee this brush. No joke, this brush is an all over eyeshadow brush, a defining brush and a blending brush all in one. Side view: as you can see it is a tapered brush and its skinny if you use it on its side. You can get into your crease and define.Front view: Use the belly of the brush for an all over sweep of color.
Bird's eye view
I have been eyeing this brush for a long time, but it wasn't worth it if your going to just buy one thing from coastal scents and have to pay the shipping for it right? This is the Bionic wide buffer brush for $14.95 USD. Not a bad price for a brush that is AWESOME! My foundation sometimes make my dry patches appear, but with this brush it makes my powder foundation look flawless. (Btw, i only wear powder foundation unless its a special occasion. In that case I think wear a bit of liquid.)
It is super duper dense, synthetic bristles and the handle is a shiny black mental.
It looks like its fraying in the picture, but rest assure that its just because I took it out of the plastic wrap, and i think its just static.Synthetic domed mini kabuki for $5.95
What can i say? I like synthetic brushes most the time for my face because its less likely to scratch my face. This one is no exception, super dense and super soft. This brush is basically like a finger brush that is tapered all around. Measurements are 2 in. length and 3/4 in diameter.

Comparing with my palm. Average girl hand size haha, just if your wondering xD

So overall Coastal scents haul was good. Shipping was quite cheap to my surprise, only about $2.95 I believe which is the cheapest shipping around! Some of the products sometimes are a hit and miss. Just be careful with what you pick guys! Have fun shopping =)

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