There's a new brush in town.......and they're pretty dang fabulous if I do say so myself. Let's talk about L.A.B 2 Beauty shall we? Alright. I was lucky enough to receive some brushes from the company this week and I must say I'm really impressed! These brushes are available at Walmart and Amazon. Which is one thing that makes them so great. I love Morphe and Sigma but it's nice to have good brushes at your closest Walmart. That way you know what you're buying.
First I love the packaging. The brushes DON'T MOVE in the box, they're tucked into a foam like base so they won't get tossed around. That's really helpful, when you open them, open the bottom and press from the bottom to get the brush out of the foam without tugging the top of the brush and potentially damaging the hairs. The back of each box has a "How to use me" card that you can cut out and keep that has diagrams of how to use the brushes and where. I love how they are made, they are a soft matte black handle that's easy to hold and grip for better "controlled movements". The brush is soft on the skin. They're made with "FiberLuxe" Technology that make them transfer product easier, applies color more evenly, blends nicely, so on so forth.
The first two sets are: Strokes of Genius Brush Kit ( $20 ) and I'm Turning Pro Brush Kit ( $22 )
In the Strokes of Genius Brush Kit you get 5 eye brushes: Eyeshadow Brush, Crease Brush, Pointed Eyeliner Brush, Brow/Eyeliner Brush, Brow and Lash Groomer.
I used all of these today and they are really nice. I used the shadow brush to sweep an all over color from brow bone to lash line. The crease brush is really similar to the Makeup Geek crease brush. It's tapered and dense as opposed to a fluffy blending brush. It works great for really darkening up a crease as well as blending. Because it's tapered and more dense though you're going to get a lot of pigmentation with it, so be sure to wipe it off some if you're using it to buff out a color after you've applied it or use a fluffy blending brush instead. The pointed eyeliner brush is very cool! I like using an angled brush to do a winged liner but I used this today just for kicks and it worked really great. You can get the tiniest line or the thickest line whichever you prefer because it is needle point thin at the tip. This would also be great for "makeup art" using it to detail would be amazing. If you're into lip art using this for designs and precision detailing would be ideal. I'm very impressed with this brush. The brow and eyeliner brush is great for both. I used it today with my Dip Brow Pomade to sculpt my eyebrows and it was awesome. I used the Brow and Lash Groomer to buff out and blend the sculpting on my brows. Worked amazingly well.
In the I'm Turning Pro Kit you get 4 brushes: Foundation Brush, Buffing Brush, Contour Brush, and Eyeshadow Brush.
The Pro Kit is probably my favorite off all these. The foundation brush is a bit thin I feel to use for foundation so I actually used it for concealer under the eye and it was so soft. It was really more like an airbrushed finish. It didn't "pack on" a ton of concealer but it packed on just enough to leave a really light silky feeling. If you want more coverage then blend with your finger by tapping. The buffing brush is SO soft. I love this brush. It's great for the buffing technique I talked about a while ago, that Wayne Goss had spoke on. I used this to buff out contour, blush, to apply setting powder and buff that into the skin. The more you buff the more smooth and airbrushed your skin looks. It's quite impressive. The Contour Brush is my new favorite brush. It is angled, it looks like a mini blush brush but it's the perfect size for contouring your cheekbones. I used it with my Kat Von D Shade Light Contour palette. It deposited color nicely along with blending it out smooth and not patchy at all. You get a smaller eyeshadow brush in this that again, is great for sweeping a wash of color on the lid.
These three brushes are: The Triple Threat Multi-Purpose Brush ( $12 ) Let's Start All-Over Shadow Brush ( I think is $8 ) Put A Lid On It Angled Shadow Brush ( I also think is $8 )
The Multi-Purpose Brush I used for my foundation. It's a flat top kabuki which, as you know, is what I love to use to apply foundation. It gives full coverage and packs on color. You could easily use it for contouring, blush, or powder. I really really liked this. I used a Sigma F80 flat top kabuki which is a little denser but this works just as well.
The All Over Shadow Brush is a bit larger brush. You could use this to even set the under eye concealer if you used it lightly enough. It can be used for highlighting the brow bone or all over lid color.
The Angled Shadow Brush is a smaller angled brush. I love these to do brow bone highlighting. They're a little denser so if you want a brighter highlight this is great. It's also good for outer V definition of the eye.
I'm sorry I didn't get any pictures of me doing my eye makeup with these brushes but I actually filmed it and it wouldn't focus. All the eye makeup you're seeing was done by the eye brushes though, even the eyeliner and brows. I did use a pencil brush in it and fluffy blending brush from Morphe but other than that it's all L.A.B brushes.
Here I'm using the NARS Sheer Glow foundation with the Multi Purpose Brush to stipple my foundation on. It was fast, soft, and worked perfect. I didn't have any loose hairs stuck to my face from the brushes shedding which is always a great plus!
Here I'm using the Foundation Brush from the I'm Turning Pro Kit to blend out my concealer. I'm using Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless concealer. It didn't pack on the concealer it blended it out very nicely. The top picture is no concealer and obviously the other ones are me blending it out. Like I said above if you need heavier coverage then use your ring finger and tap the concealer into the skin.
This set of pictures is using my baby. The contour brush. I freaking love this brush. I didn't have to blend it barely at all. It done all the work for me. I didn't have on any blush, bronzer, highlighter, or anything before I used this. This brush fit's perfectly to carve out a cheekbone. I love it. I can't get over it. It's my favorite of allllllllll of them. It's not a harsh contour. If you want a harsh contour I would use the Multi Purpose brush edges.
Here's the finished look. I used Urban Decay Naked 2 palette on the eyes for a gunmetal silver look. I used LA Splash Cosmetics lip couture in Vampire on the lips.
These brushes went above and beyond for me. I always get nervous trying newer brushes because I've had expensive brushes be a piece of crap before (seriously all the bristles fell out of one of my brushes all at once from a brand whose brushes shouldn't be doing that) but these delivered. They didn't shed, they blended, and there are more out there than just the ones I received. You can buy them at Walmart, on Amazon, and at L.A.B 2 Beauty. Check them out. I will be using them for my looks to come. I will also be using them for lip art and eye art. If you want my advice on what to choose, I'd definitely start with the face brushes they are my favorite.
**I was not paid to make this post. I was sent the brushes but I wasn't paid to talk about them, and these are my honest opinions.
I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.
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