October 11, 2013

Review: Etude House Etoinette Princess Brush Collection

Today I'll be reviewing a set of brush from Etude House, which called ETOINETTE Princess Brush Collection. And because I think this set is uber adorable, I'm gonna spam this post with lots of pictures :3

Etude House Etoinette Princess Brush Collection (Natural goat brush)

- Lacey pouch
- Lip gradient tip (13cm)
- Soft touch powder brush (15 cm)
- Last touch fan brush (15.5 cm)

designed by: Sylvie de france DESIGN

  Etude House Etoinette Princess Brush Collection

 Etoinette Princess Brush lace pouch

Etoinette Princess Brush lace pouch details

 each of the brushes comes with a plastic brush guard

Cute yet elegant might be the best sentence to describe it. In terms of aesthetics I'd give it 5 out of 5 score. The main material is fabric, the pouch itself is lined with a gold-brown synthetic material and gold synthetic leather on the edge.The lace and the ribbon on the outer part are two things that makes this pouch look even more cute. But overall, the pouch has a bit of flimsy feel, I think it's because the fabrics used are quite thin. It has no zipper too, just a clasp button. I'd never dare to stuff it inside my bag on its own cuz the lace looks very frail and I'm afraid something would accidentally ripped it off.

 Typical of Etude House brushes, it sheds.

 Etoinette Princess Brush collection
Lip gradation tip, Soft touch powder brush (goat), Last touch fan brush (goat)

Etoinette Princess Brush  handle details
Gold doff metal ferrule and pink handle made from plastic, decorated with gold print ornament of Etoinette logo.

The face brushes are made up of natural bristles (goat) and half dyed.
Etoinette fan brush and powder brush.

Etude House Etoinette - Soft Touch Powder Brush (Goat)

Etude House Etoinette - Soft Touch Powder Brush (Goat) details

Etoinette Soft Touch Powder Brush:
First I must really tell you that I'm a BIG fan of white goat face brush (especially for powdering, goat hair is a must!) It delivers an even and easier application. Goat hair has more texture, so it holds and 'trap' products better. While this Etoinette powder brush is also made from goat hair, it does feels soft, not the softest though... but at least it doesn't feel scratchy and doesn't irritate my face. I'd say the softness is close to Masami Shouko 105.

Shu Uemura natural brush 27, Masami Shouko 105, Etoinette soft touch powder brush

On the left we have Shu Uemura natural brush 27, it's the travel size version and this is my current HG face brush, I literraly pet it! lol. Okay, back onto the review, this brush is quite dense, and with correct application I swear it will gives you a beautiful finish.
Please refer to Wayne Goss Video HERE, he'll tell you how to correctly use a powder brush. Just in case...

The overall design reminds me a lot to TOO FACED brushes collection, this one is cuter though, haha! Everything about the brush is carefully designed. The handle is made from a high quality plastic and so is the ferrule. Everything looks so HIGH END to my eyes.

cons: sheds a little.

 Etoinette last touch fan brush

Etoinette last touch fan brush:
As the name suggest, this is the last tool you would want to use on your face on each make-up application. This brush is also a natural one (goat) and also pink dyed on top. 
Mostly, people will use it to dust-off any excess product on face, but actually this type of fan brush holds more functions and is actually versatile. I've seen Wayne Goss using this kind of brush to apply bronzer, blusher, and even a powder. It totally depends on your preference. I myself rarely use a fan brush. I'd prefer an airy powder brush for dusting purpose, and the usual angled brush for bronzing. 
The bristles are soft but it sheds a little, nothing's too bad though. I usually use this brush to soften any hard edges of blusher or bronzer (if there's any!).

Etoinette lip gradation tip:
well, before I read about this brush on the description box, I was like. what the heck is this? It's too weird and I've never seen something as weird as this, haha! But yeah, it's supposed to be a lip 'rubber'. The tip is made of a porous rubber. And it's not soft at all. Anyhoo it does its job nicely, and it makes a good lip gradation perfectly. But I feel something is a bit off, well, idk. I think there's no difference whether I use my finger, a Q-tip, or this lip gradation tip to spread out products on my lips. It's all the same.

★ Etude House Etoinette Princess Brush Collection, Verdict:
The only brush that I actually use from this set is the powder brush. In my opinion, putting up a fan brush and a lip tip applicator in a set contain of only three brushes is really a waste. I'd prefer more staple brushes like eyeshadow or blending brush, or angled face brush. That's really unfortunate considering how cute these brushes are! haha...~but that's just me and this is my own preference.
I'd highly recommend this set for make-up brush lover and collector, not for those who are just starting into makeup business. All in all, this set is just an eye candy for me.
Would there be any sequel of Etoinette series, I hope its designer (SYLVIE DE FRANCE) will do something about the pouch, it's so fricking frail!! I hope it'd be more durable > . <

I think that's it for the review, the next Etude House brush that I'd like to review is the duo fibre/stiple brush (which shed like cats, lol). Thanks for reading and I'll see you soon ♥

October 2, 2013

Beauty HAUL: Chanel, Dior, Elf, The Balm, and lots more!

Hi dear darlings! I feel like sharing my September beauty haul here, so here it is~ I hope you enjoy today's post~♥
Disclaimer: As always, I bought all of the products with my own personal money.

some of my September 2013 make-up haul

On the pic: armando caruso travel brush set, Masami Shouko 6pcs brush set, Masami Shouko 105 angled shading brush (goat), e.l.f essential bronzing & blending brush, Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm, The balm Marylou Manizer, Cargo bronzer, CHANEL Joues Contraste blush in tea rose and frivole, sho-bi ponpon cheek sponge.

And yeah, it's all E.L.F! I'm currently having a big crush over e.l.f products and decided to try some of them :) and I'm happy I did because some of the products are really really good and comparable to higher end brand.

On the pic: elf studio stipple brush, elf essential eye defining brush, elf clarifying powder, elf body shimmer, elf blush & bronzer st. lucia, elf clear brow & mascara, elf facial whipped creams, elf toner correcting concealer, elf brightening eye color shadow in butternut, elf booster tinted and sheer, elf eyebrow kit in light, elf cream eyeliner in black.

On the pic: TOO FACED the secret to no makeup makeup palette, Etude House face designing brightener, Etude House highlight me body glam, Etude House Nymph aura volumer 3, brush guard, Etude House duo fibre brush, Touchbeauty heated eyelash curler (I can't live without this stuff!!), Coastal Scent 6 brush contour palette.

On the pic: Ecotools mineral brush set (eye shading/blending, concealer brush, angled eyeliner, baby kabuki), unbrand falsies, MAKE UP FOR EVER rouge artist natural N1 lipstick, MUFE lift concealer, MUFE HD POWDER, A'pieu self making brow kit, MAC cremesheen lipstick in SHY GIRL, Etude proof 10 auto eyeliner, refill of brown matte eyeshadow.

Aside from elf and Chanel, I have a huge crush on Dior too! Yeaaay, I bought  3 Dior pouches. The white pouch have Dior's essential Cannage pattern on it which looks so pretty!!! Maaaan, I love love LOVE Dior already!♥

ROUGE DIOR nude lip blush in grege, this is my current favorite lipstick! I like the name too, lip blush, so cute!♥ Fyi, this stuff is Natalie Portman's favorite lipstick and you can see her wearing this shade on this pic:

Natalie Portman, Rouge Dior #Grege shot

Now onto more detailed pics~
SHO-BI ponpon cheek sponge, I love this cute kinoko(mushroom)-like sponge to apply cream blush :) I still have two more of this items for sale, *local area only. So please contact me if you're interested.

Armando Caruso travel brush set. Got lots of backups for sale too :3 This is my favorite on the go brush kit, comes with small PVC pouch. Bristles are soft and shed-free~

And this stuff!!! It's from Marie collection (japanese brand). I aweeeeeeeeeeeeed at its cuteness the first sec I saw it, and I told myself it had to be mine! *ignore the white sponge brush on the left, it was from Clinique. The brush is sooo cute and fluffy! I haven't tried it though, two pieces of this mini brush cost me $ 7.00.

Here's the famous The balm frat boy for ya.

So yeah, that's all for the haul, I hope you enjoyed the post and thanks for reading :) 
Love always~~♥