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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Product Review: Charm Luxe Retractable Kabuki Brush

I will be reviewing a few brushes on my upcoming posts and this review is the first installment. Well, I thought of several ways to begin this post but I couldn't decide how to so I'll just cut to the chase. I declared my love for the Charm Luxe Mini Kabuki brush last year and was thinking of purchasing either the big kabuki or the retractable one from Beauty & Minerals. Now you know which one I got. :)



First off, I won't be doing this review in bullet form. Okay, eye sore again because I'll do it in paragraphs instead and I promise I'll make it short. The first thing I thought of when I received it is that it's such an eye candy for being metallic pink - it definitely screams "girly". I found the cover/cap to be a little loose so I just sort of squeezed it til it's no longer that round, making sure that it has enough grip on the base.

It is a very cute fluffy brush with bristles that are uber soft and feels nice on the skin due to its being synthetic. I knew I wouldn't have problems about the bristles irritating the skin. However, I thought the bristles are a bit long, thus, decreasing its density. Instead of using it as a kabuki brush, I use it as a powder brush since it is a bit too flexible to buff in powder products on the face. But maybe it's just me as I am used to the shorter and denser bristles of my EcoTools Retractable Kabuki.



The only problem I had with it is the length of the bristles but that's something that could not be resolved. I just pull the silver thingie  that protects all the bristles (when I'm about to put the cap back on) halfway through and keep a tight grip on it  until it feels dense enough. And gee, it takes a really long time to dry. :(

Side-by-side with EcoTools Retractable Kabuki (which I will be doing a Revisited and Reviewed post since I've had it for a little over 2 years now)

Overall, this is a very nice brush to own because it's so cute and feels really soft and does a good job in applying powder products. It is also what I use when I need to touch up very lightly. Since I prefer light coverage when it comes to makeup, this works perfectly in providing light coverage using powder foundations. Another good thing is that this brush never bled nor shed on me. Plus it is a local brand and very affordable at Php 580.

However, I will not repurchase because I want to try the big kabuki brush (Luxe Kabuki) as I prefer something a bit denser than this (I find the mini buki denser than this one too). I also just saw a review of the Gold Retractable Kabuki and it looks sooooo much better than this one. So I now have to decide between the two. :-\


Do you also own this brush or other brushes from Charm?

Have a blessed Sunday, everyone. :)

Cheers,

28 comments:

  1. I used to have the older (longer) model of this retractable kabuki but it fell apart. I bought their mini kabuki as a replacement, and I prefer that over the retractable. Both are super soft in my experience though. :D

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  2. @Dee I love the mini buki to bits, it's so worn out now. :)

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  3. I would be buying a stippling brush from Charm soon! :D

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  4. I haven't tried it..will probably do... :)

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  5. yey thanks for this review Pammytweet! now i can decide na... hugs! miss yah! ;)

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  6. i don't want retractables anymore. madali masira :(

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  7. I have a lot of Charm brushes! Engot ako sa brushes, but I love them haha. Will get the gold retractable, actually.

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  8. Yey for brushes review. I only have a few brushes and 90% of them are a fail :D

    I should start investing in quality ones.

    Will be looking forward to your review on the ecotools retractable brush :D

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  9. Is this for powder brush only or can be use for liquid foundation aswell?

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  10. get the big kabuki brush pammy! those big brushes re great for buffing and applying loose powders hehe. :)

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  11. I don't own any brushes from Charm but this Kabuki has the cutest packaging~ I prefer my Kabuki brushes to be dense too =)

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  12. i've only tried the ecotools e..hehe

    but then as what you said, i don't like it when it splay out so much it doesn't seem to hold the powder as much...so denser & firmer kabukis are better i think

    but the color of this is to die for!
    hahaha

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  13. I agree with you on the bristles but that can be remedied by pulling up the Metal thing :) Ahh I was able to checkout the Gold Luxe version in person and its way better! :)

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  14. @Crystal Really? Sad naman. Hindi pa naman nasisira si EcoTools retractable ko kahit 2 years na syang used and abused. :)

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  15. @KrysIs it up on their website na ba? Tried looking for it last night, di ko makita. :(

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  16. @Rae Will do. EcoTools are really good, imo. :)

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  17. @Sweethestia I think this is for powder products since it's a kabuki. But maybe you can try using a denser kabuki brush or probably just a flat top brush for liquid. :)

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  18. @sugar sugar I want both eh. But I might get the big one first then the retractable next. Or whichever of the two is the best seller. :D

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  19. @Askmewhats Aaah, I want that! It looks much better talaga kahit sa pics pa lang. :P

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  20. @PopBlush Agree on kabukis. The color is just too pretty to pass up. It's so cute. :)

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  21. I own stippling brushes from Charm but would love to try out their buki brushes, too. since the elf complexion powder was a big letdown for me, i'm eyeing the luxe kabuki (you want to get yourself).

    the color looks lovely pa naman, too bad the retractable needs to be tweaked to become a dense brush. thanks for that tip.

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