Hey lovelies,

To be honest, I personally find brushes to be a very boring topic. Like, yeah these are brushes, I got it. Next, please! However, these brushes have made such a strong impression on myself (I didn't even know brushes could have impressions on anything) that I decided to post it.

First of all; THESE BRUSHES ARE AMAZING. This will be the tone of this post, so that you know. I am not a huge brush lover and I would never buy brushes for like 100$ because... we're talking about brushes, right? A tool to get that expensive stuff into your face! Naw, I've never been a brush-person. But that changed today.

Just that you know; I am using my Forever 21 brush set that I bought in Tokyo for I think 3€ forever and ever and ever. I only use brushes for my eyeshadow (the sponge version), my cheeks and that's it. That also changed today.

What happened was at follows: I remembered that in the goodie bag from the Nelly shoe event I went last summer were brushes from Zoeva included. Now I mentioned this already a zillion times but Zoeva has the most best amazing pen eyeliner you can ever wish for (yes, I ordered 3 to take with me to Japan, thats how much I love this eyeliner. I have never loved an eyeliner as I love this one :D ) but that just on a sidenote. (Buy this eyeliner if you haven't already!! No, I don't get paid to say this it's just a very true lovestory we have here.) So I figured, maybe I should try out these brushes I got as a freebie almost a year ago. I never used them before because these were brushes I usually don't use in my make-up routine but I decided to give them a go.

I used these two for a smokey eye make-up and my instant reaction was like: OMG OMG I didn't know brushes could be THAT GOOD. Seriously, I kid you not. I had some sort of brush hallelujah in my bath room when I used these. Now I am really used to do complicated eye make-up that involves a lot of shades and blending but these brushes just blew everything away.

The #230 pencil brush took on three, four times more product than the regular sponge I used for my eyeshadow. I always thought my matte shadows weren't that pigmented; turns out I just used a bad brush. I personally would never use this to blend because I found it incredibly hard to blend with this one; however, it got a really good amount of eyeshadow on my lid, so kudos for that.

As for the blending part, I tried out the #221 Luxe Soft Crease brush and I instantly knew I could never ever (ever!) live without this brush. Never. It's just THAT good. Imagine you have a really light eyeshadow on one half of your lid and, let's say, a dark black eyeshadow on your other half. And you run this brush over and it magically creates the most beautiful blended version of both. As I said before; I never had problems with blending because I am just really used to it and had a lot of practice throughout the years. However, this brush somehow does something more to it. Blending has become SO easy and comfortable with this brush, I hope I will never miss it with any smokey eye make-up. (Although I could definitely live without #230 pencil I probably couldn't with this beauty). If you love heavy, dark smokey eyes like I do this is probably a most wanted item for you.

Short summary:

+ made of natural-synthetic hair mixture
+ highend feeling brushes for minimum price, excellent quality
+ #221 must-buy for smokey eye lover

- none so far

But what happened to my good 3€ Forever 21 brush set? Did I just put it in the trash...?

Picture is similar to the set I bought; at that time there was a black/pink set although I love the current design of their brush sets <3 No, of course I didn not just put my cheap brush set into the trash. What you have to bear in mind: a set of brushes that you buy for 3 or 5€ will probably never be the most best quality-wise. However, I used these brushes for years and they are still in perfect form, not shedding a single hair. For this amount the money these are perfectly fine; if you're doing make up only occassionally or if you want to trsy out if brushes are for you: Go for these. You can not go wrong with these.

Since this design is so cute I probably might get this set as soon as I have time to stop at the Berlin Forever 21.. (so, maybe never lol ) ^w^ I personally would chose my new Zoeva brushes over these ones if I had to chose. However, I think that you only need really good brushes for eye make-up and maybe foundation (which I always put on with my hands, with brushes I kind of have the feeling of spreading all the bacteria that might be in the brush all over my face T__T Kinda paranoid when it comes to foundation...) but I don't see why you need expensive brushes to put on blush; I am very satisfied with the powder brush in this set ^__^

So if you feel you're missing something go for Zoeva, they have kickass good quality brushes for a fair price! If you're still not sure or a more for cutesy designs Forever 21 brush set might suit you just fine :) Either way, I am satisfied with both products regarding the price-quality-relationship. If you have any recommendation for me regarding brushes, feel free to let me know in the comments :)

Wish you all an awesome week!

Lots of love,


Labels: , , , , , ,

oh, hello there. i'm yasuhiro mochizuki and i'm the cool kid who made this layout. i'd rather you not attempt to take this code and alter it or take this code, strip it down, and use it as a base code. if you really need a base code that badly, feel free to send me an email with what type of base code you need and we can talk about it. that said, i can't take credit for absolutely everything here. so here are all the dope resources i used here: all of the fonts used in this layout can be credited to google fonts save for calibri, which is a system font. the social media sidebar links were created using an icon font from we ♡ icon fonts. most scripts used can be found through a good google search, except for the script that gives the page it's tabs; i don't remember whether i hand coded that or if i found it through another blogger. if you're privy, you can find me predominantly on twitter and occasionally on my blog. toodles!