I would like to believe that I've been very diligent in the latter part of 2009, and I've spent hours and hours of shopping and gift hunting for the special people in my life, that I almost forgot to buy something for myself last Christmas! Thank goodness for online shops and efficient store owners who made it possible for these beauties to arrive just in time for my company party last December 18.
I was tasked to do some of the performers' makeup for the event, and it turned out that my friends also trusted me to do their looks for that glam night, yay. So it's high time for me to find some good makeup and tools that I can use to use and practice over and over without leaving me broke or homeless. LOL. And so I decided to get the 78 pc. ES and Blush palette from Doll Face Cosmetics and the 8 pc. Holiday Charm Travel Brushes from Beauty and Minerals.
So here's my self lovin' treats for Christmas 09'
Combination of matte, satin and shimmer shadows that give me endless possibilities, it feels like my gradeschool days, painting and drawing on my canvass. =) The color pay off is good, but I won't rave about it so much now, I still have to use it more, but the first time isn't bad. For the price of less than a thousand bucks (Php), it's no doubt a GOOD BUY!
I'm not a fan of baby pink, so that's a minus for me. And for brushes, I'll still go for classy elegant colors like black, silver or scarlet. It makes it look pricey, don't you think so?
But when it comes to the quality of the brushes, I'm all for it, hands down! The bristles are fine and very soft, no shedding and bleeding is almost neglectable. My only wish is that they thicken the powder and blush brush a bit more, like 20% more. I like my brushes puffy and real stout.
The first thing I noticed upon receiving my set is that THEY ARE SOOO SMALL! Too small for my hands =.( I took this picture to show you, I can be clumsy at times and the ES brushes slipped my hands a few times already. On the positive side, the set is really handy and travel friendly, so I carry it with me every single day!
Comparing the size and bristle density of my Venus & Mars' and Holidays Charm's powder brushes. V&M still holds my heart. <3
Likes: VERY soft, animal friendly, VERY handy, minimal bleeding, and VERY affordable too
Dislikes: A tad too short, and a little more density please!
Overall: This set is a travel essential, if you are always on the go like me, and can't live without at least the basics, then this is a must grab. I'm giving it 8 out of 10. =)
Thank you to Sophie of Beauty & Minerals and Pearl of Doll Face Cosmetics for being professional and very kind. =)