Thursday, 2 April 2015

Brand Focus: Crown Brushes

Crown Brushes LtoR: SS001, C141, C436, BK10, SS025, C422, C431, C433* - Link

I am a big fan of makeup brushes, and over the past couple of years my collection has rapidly expanded, gone are the days of makeup sponges and foam eyeshadow applicators. Now my collection spans buffing brushes to eyeliner brushes, and I have come to the realisation of how important a good selection of makeup brushes is to perfect your makeup. After trying out Crown brushes a few years ago and being really impressed I couldn't wait to try out their latest offerings.

So like I said it has been a fair few years since I have tried Crown brushes, however at the time I found them to be a really great budget alternative to premium brand brushes, so when this little selection landed on my doorstep I couldn't wait to get stuck in. Crown brushes have actually been manufacturing brushes for over 20 years - something which I didn't know - and offer quality brushes at low industry prices making them affordable for any beauty junkie.

The SS001 Deluxe Large Foundation Brush (£9.39) is described as a flat base deluxe large foundation brush with gentle synthetic hair making a great brush for cream and liquid based makeup, BB creams and cream highlighters. Personally for me I have never liked foundation brushes, when I first got into makeup they seemed great but since I have discovered buffing brushes I've never used a foundation brush for foundation. Instead I have really enjoyed using this with cream bronzer, the tapered end means that you can be precise when applying your contour and have full control over the product.

The C141 Small Chisel Brush (£5.49) is a soft natural fibre brush which is perfect for shading and highlighting the cheeks and face with blush. This is one of my favourite brushes from their collection as I love not only how small the brush is but the rounded shape of it also. This is perfect for applying either blusher or highlighter, especially blusher as this fits perfectly into the apples of my cheeks and blends effortlessly. This also helps to create a really natural highlight as the bristles are soft and not too densely packed.

The C436 Mini Duo Fibre Blender (£7.39) is not only one of their best selling brushes, but the slightly shorter head makes this brush very soft and excellent for blending. Duo fibre brushes will always have a special place in my heart since being introduced to the MAC equivalents, and I have to safe this is the perfect dupe for the MAC 130. I love using the mini duo fibre for concealer application as the smaller head is perfect for blending those hard to reach areas such as around your nose and eyes. 

The BK10 Oval Concealer Brush (£3.49) is a small flat shaped precision brush with synthetic bristles for flawless application of cream or liquid concealers. One brush I don't use as much as I should is a concealer brush, I always tend to use my foundation brushes to buff concealer into place. However I have found a new love for this brush, the bristles are so soft and the tapered edge means this makes a great brush to use when applying concealer to finish a look such as around the eyebrows or around your lip line. Particularly for me I love this when applying concealer around my brows as it just helps give a neater more defined finish!

The SS025 Syntho Brow Duo Brush (£3.99) is the perfect brow groomer, this double ended brush comes with a synthetic angled brush for brow powders and a spoolie to brush your brows upwards. This has to be one of my favourite brushes from their collection, I love how easy this is to use and honestly DUPE ALERT, this brush is a great dupe for the Anastasia duo brow brush as I couldn't tell a difference in terms of the way they apply and quality. This has worked wondered when used with both my Brow Zings and Dipbrow products. 

The C422 Crescent Shadow Brush (£4.19) is an easy to use eyeshadow brush. This brush is so soft and I love that this has become a multi-use brush for applying eyeshadow. This is great for applying eyeshadows especially base shades, and I find this very similar in terms of quality and feel to my trusty Sigma brushes. Because this is so soft I also find that this is a great brush for blending eyeshadow into the creases of my eyes.

The C431 Precision Detail Brush (£4.39) is described as a pencil brush for shading in the crease of the eye along with the lash line or lid. This is a brush that when I first had a look at I wasn't too sure if I was going to get much use, however since trying it out I have really fallen in love with. The brush itself is really compact, where the bristles are tightly packed together creating quite a firm brush - for that reason I haven't tried it as a shading brush instead I found this brush works perfectly for applying a darker eyeshadow against the lash liner creating an eyeliner effect and for that it's perfect!

The C433 Pro Blending Fluff Brush (£6.09) is the perfect brush for applying contouring or highlighting powder-based products. Now I will be honest and say I haven't used it in the way that Crown recommend, and instead I find it a great budget alternative to the MAC 217, this does a really great job of blending eyeshadow and the tapered shape is perfect for getting into the crease of your eye. My only gripe with this is that the bristles are a little scratchy to begin with, when being used around the eyelid area however after a wash I have noticed that the bristles have softened. 

I'd love to know what your favourite Crown brushes are!

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