Saturday, 28 July 2012

Sigma Mrs Bunny Travel Kit Brush Set

I was so happy and excited when my package from Sigma Beauty arrived because I finally purchased the Sigma brush set "Mrs Bunny" travel kit. I've been undecided for a while on which brush set I wanted to buy and finally decided on this travel kit. My main factors for purchasing this set is because it's vegan and it uses the Sigma Sigmax HD fibres. Also it's so cute, I love the blue handle and the pink ferule and it comes in a cute packaging that also transform into 2 separate brush holders.

I bought this off the Sigma website. The price was US$59 but I got a 10% discount so it was US$53.10. Shipping was quite pricey at US$15. So the total cost of this brush was AU$71.90 incl. shipping.

So to the product content. The brush set contains 7 brushes. Here are the description for each brushes (from Sigma Beauty website).

E30 - Pencil: Soften and smoke out lines. Soften pencil liners along the top and bottom lash lines, add shadow to line the eyes, or use to highlight inner corner of eyes.

E40 - Tapered Blending: Soft blended crease. Using just the tips to apply color, sweep back and forth through the crease for a diffused and blended finish.

E55 - Eye Shading: Even application of color. Place color across the whole lid for an even and strong application of product. 

E65 - Small Angle: Create precise lining. Moves fluidly and easily across the upper and lower lash lines. Use with gel, cream or powder liners.

F30 - Large Powder: Even powder application. Uniform blending of powder products onto the face and body.

F40 - Large Angled Contour: Subtle cheek application. Use the angle to softly contour the cheekbone. Can also be used to apply blush.

F60 - Foundation: Smooth foundation application. Apply liquid or cream products such as foundation and primer.

Here are some photos of the brushes:

Now to my review. These brushes are as good as I was expecting. I wasn't sure at first about these brushes since they were all synthetic fibres, but for vegan synthetic brushes they are so soft and fluffy. All of the brushes were nice and dense so it was really easy to apply the product.

I love the F30 brush to apply powder to set my foundation. I love how it applies the powder lightly but enough to set my foundation. It's quite dense so it does pick up the product. I also use this sometimes to apply liquid foundation. It's blends it into the skin nicely. And I also use this for blushes instead of the F40.

The F40 is a nice brush. This is my first angled contour  brush. Previously I used a rounded shape brush to apply blush. I now have started using the F40. I love how this brush picks up the colour of the blush lightly so it doesn't pack much colour which I like since I don't like my cheeks to be too red. I also use the F40 for contouring. It fits perfectly in the hollow of the cheeks so it's really good for contouring.

I have been using F60 brush a lot to apply my foundation. Prior to getting this brush set I didn't apply foundation much since I haven't found a good applicator for it. Since getting the F60 in the Mrs Bunny brush set, I have been using foundation almost everyday because the F60 applies the foundation nice and evenly. It's so soft and dense and it blends the foundation smoothly.

With the eye brushes I haven't used it as much as I have with the facCe brushes but I am definitely really happy with them with the exception of the small angle brush. The E55 brush is great for packing colour all over the lid. The E40 is really good in blending the colour especially on the crease.  The E40 is good for adding that definition in the outer "v" of your eye and also you can use it to blend some colour on the bottom lash line. Now the E65, I'm not that happy with this brush. Sigma says it's supposed to be good for precise lining but I have found it to thick and not fine enough to line your eyes. I've been using the MAC 266 brush and compared to this, the E65 is definitely thicker than the 266.

So in conclusion:

What I love/like:

  • The packaging, it's so compact and handy and it turns into 2 brush holders.
  • The brushes are so soft and dense
  • They are really easy to clean
  • The handles of the brushes are not too long and not too short either - they're the perfect length

What I don't like/need improvements:
  • The E65 brush is not as nice as I thought and it's too thick for applying gel/liquid eyeliner.
  • They're not available in Australia so shipping was quite expensive.

Overall I give them a 4.5 out of 5.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow - Bad to the Bronze

So I have been waiting for the release of Maybelline Color Tattoo in Australia and it finally came last week. However, since I was sick for most of last week I didn't get to go to buy it until the weekend and everything was gone except for Fierce and Tangy (orange) and Bad to the Bronze. I decided to buy Bad to the Bronze because it's a neutral and versatile colour.

I bought the eyeshadow from Priceline and they had this on special for $10.75 which is pretty good for a cream eyeshadow. First look at the product, the container is a glass packaging and it feels quite solid. I think it's very similar to MAC Paint Pot but the price is much cheaper and affordable. I like how the packaging is made of glass because it feels more solid and not cheap.

Now the application of the eyeshadow itself. The eyeshadow can be easily applied using your finger but you can also apply it with a brush. I used my MAC 217 fluffy brush to apply it all over the eyelid and also on the crease. It applies very smoothly so I was very happy with the consistency and creaminess of the eyeshadow. It's also blendable if you work with it quickly. Bad to the Bronze is a nice neutral colour so I can use this by itself or as a base or even on the crease with a lighter shadow all over the lid. Since I've bought it I have used it everyday and I love it.

These cream shadows are supposed to last 24 hours but I can't comment on this because I do not wear make up for 24 hours let alone more than 12 hours. However I have found from applying it in the morning it has last me at least 8-10 hours with no creasing or fading so it's definitely long lasting. However, I have been using Urban Decay Primer Potion on my lids before applying the eyeshadow. I will try it next time without the primer to see whether it still lasts 8 hours on my lids.

Overall this product is amazing and I'm very impressed! I would give it 10 out of 10 because it's long lasting, applies smoothly and is very cheap, especially compared to MAC Paint Pot.

I would definitely consider trying out the other colours, in fact Priceline is having a better special on these shadows this week only $7.95. I will buy more colours and will post photos and swatches on the new colours I will buy. 

So what are your thoughts on the Maybelline Tattoo Colour eyeshadows? 

Monday, 16 July 2012

Ina Beauty World: Introduction

Hi there!

This is officially my first post. Welcome to my beauty blog "Ina Beauty World"!

I love makeup and all things beauty. I think you can definitely call me a makeup junkie! I have just recently organised my makeup and I can definitely say that I have more than maybe necessary.

So what can you expect to see in this blog??

In this blog I intend to share with you my thoughts, opinions and product reviews on new products and products that I already own. I will also post makeup and style tips that I have learnt and found useful. And I will also post things beauty related that I found interesting. Eventually I would like to put up some makeup tutorials videos but to start with I will be posting blogs initially and maybe once I have more time I will do some video tutorials.

Please note I'm not a makeup artist and I don't claim to be a beauty guru. I just love makeup and beauty and I just want to share my love about them. Some of the tips I learned are those I learnt from Youtube makeup gurus. 

I will be posting at least once a week since I do work full time and study part time too. But when I have time I will try to do more than one post a week.

Also, I would really love it if I can get some suggestions from you, the reader! If you have any suggestions on what you'd like me to blog, requests for tutorials and tips, or reviews on products. I always love new ideas and would like this blog to be interactive. You can contact me by clicking on the contact me page.

Well, that's it for now.

I really hope you will enjoy this blog!