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Crown Brush Brushes Review

I’ve been meaning to write this review for weeks and am finally getting around to it!

I did a lot of research and looking on the forums about Crown Brush brushes as I was in need of some decent brushes that weren’t going to cost me the earth. There were a couple of negative reviews saying that they’re not up to “Mac standard”, but most people said thay are good quality and worth having. I figured I’d never know until I tried them so I bought the 23 Piece Professional Set for £60.50. 23 brushes for £60.50, you won’t get that at Mac ;-). Apparently, I heard on the forums that Crown Brush actually make brushes for the likes of Mac and Bobbi Brown, so they can’t be all that bad. One woman on a forum asked Crown which of their brushes are closest to Mac quality and they said the Studio sets. Might just be my next Crown Brush purchase ;-)

This Professional Set includes: Powder Dome, Chisel Powder, Tapered Blush, Angle Blush, Chisel Blush, LG Squirrel Shadow, Deluxe Oval Shadow, Mini Oval Shadow, Chisel Fluff, Oval Fluff, Sable Liner, Small Chisel Fluff, Deluxe Soft Fan, Angle Liner, Brow / Lash Groomer, Mini Oval Smudger, Pointed Liner, Flocked Sponge, Pro Spoolie, Sable Lip with Cover, LG Square Squirrel, Leatherine Snap Case.

So I’ve been using this set for about a month now, on myself, my sister and my niece when they came to visit. I’ve deep cleaned them a couple of times and quick cleaned them a couple of times and I haven’t noticed any major loss of hairs which is obviously a good sign. The blush, eye and powder brushes are nice and soft and the liner brushes a little firmer which is how I like them. There are a few brushes which I still haven’t used, and one or two that I’m not completely fond of so in the future I might buy each brush individually or since there are various sets I may try a different one for variety. The handles are comfortable to hold on each brush for when using them on myself and others and to be honest I really don’t have any complaints! The set comes in a roll-up case which is great for keeping everything where it should be and I think people who want  some decent brushes for personal use and MUA’s that are just starting out could do a lot worse!

If you’ve tried brushes from the other sets I’d love to hear what you think about them! :-)

Bright Colours and Your Skin Tone

I’ve never really been one for bright colours. Growing up it was black and purples, early twenties it was browns, but now I’m trying far more colours of varying intensities. I guess it might be because I’m in a city and feel far less likely to be noticed for wearing bright blue/yellow eyeshadow but whatever the reason I’m definitely coming out of my colour-shell ;-) I found a blog post by a woman with pale skin who seems to love bright colours so if you’re pale like me and unsure how to go about being that little bit braver with your colour choices then check this out.

I also came across an article reassuring women with brown skin that they are okay to wear bright colours in their make-up ( check it out at  Socialite Dreams ). It’s a nice article and gives exmples of how to wear blue eyeshadows/liners for best effect (there are more articles about colours too) but the reason it stood out for me was that I was a little suprised that women with brown skin would feel that they couldn’t wear bright blue. I’ve always thought bright colours really pop and look absolutely stunning on dark skin and have always been jealous that I am so pale and look washed out if I get it even slightly wrong. The article has photos of Rihanna and Beyonce sporting bright blue shadow and it just looks lovely!

Whatever your skin colour I think the main thing is to go with what you like! If you’re new to make-up or trying something different maybe start off small, with a quick wash of colour over the lid stopping at the crease. Then if you like it and feel comfortable pushing forward why not try one colour on the lid and another colour to line the eye. Then just keep trying new, brighter colours. Ask friends and family for their opinion’s but always remember, it’s your face and you don’t have to wear anything you’re not comfortable with!

Whatever you try, have fun with it! I know I will ;-)