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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rave: Marionnaud Premium N3 Slanted Blusher Brush First Impressions

I remember the first time I encountered the Marionnaud N32 Slanted Blusher Brush last year and I was so pleased with it that I blogged about it right away. It may not be the perfect angled blush brush but it is definitely something I like using for my Shu Uemura Glow Ons and for defining my cheeks with my Stila Contouring Trio. However, I realized that it can sometimes be a pain to work with because the bristles, even though soft, are kind of stiff and does not blend blushes softly and evenly. So I set them aside for a while and rekindled my love for the EcoTools Bamboo Blush Brush. I remained loyal to their double ended spoolie and eyeliner brush though that I even have a back up of it. Anyway, it was not until early this week, Tuesday to be specific, that Marionnaud once again wow'ed me with their brushes, when I finally purchased the Premium N3 Slanted Blusher Brush. I have seen a few write ups about it on blogs so I decided to get one for myself. And now, I can't stop myself from posting something about it this early.


Description taken from the case:
Made of natural goat hair - smooth to sweep the blusher on the skin with a firm touch.

Okay, that wasn't much of a help though a very short and direct to the point description.

Care Instruction:
Hand wash before initial use and blot dry with a paper towel. Wash frequently in lukewarm water and mild soap or shampoo. Rinse well and shape the head of the brush with your fingers. Lay flat to dry.

See how fluffy the brush is? 

Initially, I was sorely disappointed when I found out that the bristles are made of natural goat hair and thought that it might be scratchy and irritate my skin. But I still went ahead and purchased one. I immediately washed the brush when I got home. I was expecting it to smell but it didn't and it never bled too. However, it shed a few small hairs as I was washing it.

After the brush dried, I put it to test and fell in love with it right away! It feels really soft and not as scratchy as I expected it would be. I like how it easily picks up pigments and how it evenly distributes the color on the cheeks. Not to mention that the bristles aren't as stiff as the one from the regular angled blush brush from the same brand. It blends blushes nicely too. I tried using it on bronzers, finishing powders, and on contouring powder and it works just as great! I simply adore this brush to make a pseudo-review and rave post about it. :)


Even though I adore this brush, there are two things I'm not a fan of - the texture of the handle and it isn't as dense as it looked when sealed. If you are familiar with the matte, rubber packaging of NARS products, that is what the texture of the handle is. I've had trouble keeping my NARS compacts back then from accumulating dust so I am expecting the worst from this handle too (though I badly wish it won't happen). Now for the bristles, I find it a little too soft that it sometimes flatten on my cheeks. But it could also be due to my being heavy handed and I sometimes end up not applying products lightly especially with brushes. Or maybe I have gotten a bad apple. But still, I like this brush a lot that I am considering getting a back up! Oh, another very minor dislike is that the handle is way longer than the regular one but not something that bothers me a lot.

Overall, a really nice and inexpensive angled blush brush that is worth the price tag of Php 299. I've been using this for 3 straight days now and I'm happy with it. What a swell! But I'll give it a couple of months before doing an in-depth review of this brush. Who knows what could happen in the next few days. But for now, I'll enjoy this brush in every way I can. :)

Left: N3 Premium; Right: N32 Regular

Premium N3 is also fluffier than N32

Have you tried this brush or any other from the Premium line?

Have a great weekend, everyone. :)

Cheers,

34 comments:

  1. Marionnaud is the best talaga. I've been buying there brushes since last year. Di pa nga all black yung brush nila diba. Two thumbs up ako for there brushes, but they increase there price na nga e. Last year wala pang 200 sila. But reasonable naman siguro because of the quality. Thanks for the post sis, this reminds me of buying there angle brush. And sana may brush organizer na rin sila.

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  2. @Sweethestia I like Marionnaud too! I think the price is higher only for the brushes in the Premium line, which, I think is so much better than those in the regular line. I'm going to try other brushes from this Premium line. :)

    I was supposed to get the dual-ended spoolie and eyeliner brush but it costs more than twice the original price of the regular one so I held back. :D

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  3. I bought the slanted liner brush from the Premium line. Works well for me :) The handle is so long nga lang (esp when compared to the not-premium version) but no big deal :)

    Thanks for the review Pammy! I was planning to buy this one :D

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  4. @Aya I was choosing between that and the regular one but settled for the latter because the handle is long! Go try this brush, dear. It's really nice, imo. :)

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  5. I've never had these brushes before but I love slanted brushes for blushes, bronzers and contouring. There is nothing more easier to use! :)

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  6. i have tried marionnaud angled brush, and small blush brush.. i like it!
    affordable but of good quality!

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  7. It looks great. Very fluffy looking. I'm a sucker for soft and poofy brushes!

    http://hardcorebeautyaddiction.blogspot.com/

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  8. never tried this looks very soft!!! Who doesn't love soft brushes!
    xo Jenn

    imperfection-isbeauty.com

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  9. I haven't tried this brush but it looks so soft and dense~

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  10. Wow,reminds me of the sigma blush brush but it is in white bristles..I think I would love this brush!Thanks for the review! ;) Helps a lot!

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  11. @Diane Give this a try, you'll probably like it better than the regular one! :P

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  12. @JennAgree! The softness of brushes can sometimes make or break the deal! :)

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  13. @PopBlush Yes! And that looks like the MAC 168 brush! :P

    I was so excited about this brush and was going to post a comment about the double-ended brush on someone else's blog but I ended up posting it on my own. Haha! Fudge!

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  14. I use marionnaud's regular eyebrow/spoolie brush. it works well on me, but I bet the one from the premium line works better. good review!

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  15. Pammytweet i want this too!!! I only tried the regular one. :( Can you get it for me if you'll go shopping? :) Also the one for eyebrow. :P Tia! mwah

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  16. @Chryztyne The regular one works for me too. I was thinking of getting the newer one but settled for the old one instead. Twice the price yung new one eh. :)

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  17. @ur_prettyprinces Sure thing. Will go to the mall next week. I'll let you know. :)

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  18. @aringkingking Yes! Di ako nakatiis. I saw this and grabbed one right away, no thinking required. :D

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  19. Wow, you use Marionnaud brushes! I so love the regular eyeliner and spoolie brush (which is perfect for the brows) and was thinking of getting the blush brush too but couldn't feel how soft it is so I thought maybe some other time... So thankful I saw your review, I will surely get it next time!

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  20. @DaniYes! I love that regular spoolie and eyeliner brush that I have two. :P I also like the pointed eyeshadow brush. You gotta give this a try and I hope it'll do the job for you. :)

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  21. I haven't tried this but I like how it says nO 3 like that so cute haha! :)

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  22. i'm gonna get this because i'm inggetera and gaya gaya LOL! thanks for the super awesome review pammycakes! :D

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  23. I immediately bought one right after I read this review and I supper LOVE IT!!! First off the design and the handle look so stylish!!and the way it was angled was very ideal for contouring/shading!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! thanks for sharing this review..=)

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  24. @Diana
    Haha! I never really paid too much attention to it but yeah, it looks cute! :D

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  25. @sugar sugar I hope you'll like it, Sugarpaopao. Lemme know! :P

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  26. do you have Bloom blush brush sis? how does this compare to that?

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  27. @MereMakeupManiac I don't have Bloom eh. I really wish you can try this, though. :)

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