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Vanity Planet kindly sent me a couple items from their store to test out in my everyday beauty routine. The first was this entire set (15pc) of super soft makeup brushes, which even came with a lovely durable faux leather pouch. I must say, I appreciated this because it makes it so much easier to store (and find) my new brushes, while also making them easy to travel with.
The set includes the following 15 brushes, with the following uses, per their instruction booklet:
- Kabuki Brush – to apply mineral powder
- Powder/Blush Brush – to apply powder foundation and blush
- Flat Top Stippling Brush – to apply light powder or creamy products
- Angled Contour Brush – for blending and contouring
- Liquid Foundation Brush – to apply liquid foundation
- Large Fan Brush – to apply blush, blending, highlights, and for brushing off excess powder
- Concealer Brush – for concealing a concentrated area
- Medium Blender – for blending
- Smudging Brush – to smudge specific area of a smoky eye
- Crease Shader – for controlled application of shadow on eye creases
- Large Domed Shader – to shade powders and moisturizer-based products
- Precision Concealer – to apply concealer to small, targeted areas
- Rounded Liner Brush – for applying cream eyeliner products
- Angled Lining Brush – for precise eyeliner application
- Lip Liner Brush with cap – to apply lip liner for a smooth contour
While the instruction guide is helpful in getting a general idea of what brushes normally do what job, I’m not always one to follow the “rules”, so I did end up using a few of them outside of the suggested uses shown here. I always advise to do what you are most comfortable with.
Each brush is so soft – possibly the softest I have come across yet! The handles are made of bamboo and are comfortable to grip, and the 100% synthetic bristles don’t seem to me shedding as I’ve been using them thus far; for the most part, they pick up product very well.
I was thrilled to have some new face brushes to work with while doing my daily makeup. The kabuki isn’t as dense as it appears to be but it did a wonderful job at general bronzing the larger areas of my face, as well as around my collarbone and chest. The large powder brush (probably my favourite of the set) works well at setting your face with powder; I also enjoy using this with blushes that I go a bit heavier handed on, as this picks up product well.
The flat top stippling brush is one that I still haven’t quite figured out how to best use from the set, for me. I normally exclusively wear liquid foundations and it does not easily apply that, as the brush is quite flimsy. What I have done with it so far, is use to buff in my foundation after I’ve applied it using my sponge. I don’t see noticeable streaks, but it doesn’t quite give a finished look for the products I use – foundation wise. In the future, I am going to experiment using this with cream contour, as I can see that possibly being the best way to use this one.
Another brush that I found to be a bit flimsy for my liking was the angled contour brush. This is not something you would be happy using if you’re going for a chiseled look, but if you are wanting a natural contour – it would be perfect. Because of the give of the bristles, it’s best to use this with a lighter hand; I did find that using this to blend out contour worked well.
The liquid foundation brush is one of those recommended use ones that I just cannot follow. I apply my foundation with sponges, as I feel it gives me the best finish. My everyday foundation dries pretty quickly so using a wet sponge rather than a brush means I won’t end up with a patchy application. Using the brush, it took too long to apply versus my sponge. While I did experiment using it to apply undereye concealer (I still needed to blend with my fingers because of the size of the brush), I found the perfect use for it outside of makeup use. I LOVE using this to apply my face masks! I will be adding another brush to the roll to replace this one, so I can keep it for my skincare instead.
The fan brush is nothing special to me. It is a lovely light regular fan brush. It picks up a good amount of product and applies it softly to your face. It worked well to brush away excess setting powder on my face as well. They call it “large”, however I would say it is normal sized.
The larger concealer brush I actually use on my eyes for shadow. It is the perfect size to pat on your shadow colours on your eyelids. If I wasn’t using it for shadow, I could see myself using it to help apply and pat in cream concealer or color correcting creams. The smudge brush is another one of my favourites – I’m a smudging kinda gal! I don’t use proper liner on most days. Instead, I use a darker eye shadow and smudge it out to create a bit of depth on my eyes. This brush has the perfect amount of stiffness to it to do this job perfectly and it is wonderfully soft in the process.
The medium blender and crease shader brushes I kind of use interchangeably to blend eye shadow. The medium blender has a little more give to the bristles, so it helps in creating soft edges on your outer corners and at the crease of your eyelid. The shader, is perfect for packing on shadow in the crease and blending it out – it is great for adding a bit more colour underneath your eyes and softening out any smudge lines you are already working with.
I found the domed shader to be similar to the concealer brush from earlier, except it was a bit stiffer (although still soft). I ended up using this in the same way – packing on eye shadow. I loved using the precision concealer brush for my inner corners and browbone highlights rather than for applying concealer. Since I already am using a combination of other brushes to line my eyes, I found the best use of the rounded liner brush to be for spot concealing.
I don’t do too much to my eyebrows – I still am working on how to best work with mine, but I tried using the angled brush to help fill in lighter gaps with both powder and gel. It worked as I expected it too, but it is a little bit large for the area. I found this to be useful in applying my shadow that I use to line my eyes. The lip brush is a nice addition to the set, although I’m not too happy with the lid. It’s a very thin metal, so I can see this probably being damaged in the future, but for now, it fits snugly over the brush to protect it from being contaminated in between uses. I use the brush to pick up a bit of colour off lipsticks or pots (I hate using my fingers). The application of product is smooth and the brush is stiff enough that you could even line your lips using it. I’m not sure if you’re meant to attach the cap onto the end of the brush to make the handle longer, but I find when I do that, it wobbles as there are no notches in the cap to connect. This does mean you have quite a small handle to work with.
After using most of the brushes daily to create my looks, I do find that all the brushes work well with powder products, however, I don’t find using liquids to be as much of a positive experience. I prefer not to use brushes for liquid products such as foundation, so this is definitely not a deal breaker for me. There are quite a bit of similar types of brushes for the eyes, I almost wish this included at least one more larger face brush to use in place. The one brush I was missing from this set is a spooly for eyebrows. I also wish that the brushes had names/numbers on the handles so that I could refer to specific ones when wanting to provide information for tutorials and what not.
Overall I am quite happy with the set and look forward to continuing using these. I am 110% happy with the fact that they are vegan and cruelty free brushes.
Notable favourites: Powder brush, smudging brush, crease shader
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Which brushes do you currently use? Would you consider making a swap to a vegan and cruelty-free set like Vanity Planet’s?
I received the mentioned product and discount code complimentary through BrandBacker in exchange for my opinion.