Archive for the ‘brushes’ tag
Estée Lauder has launched this month a travel-exclusive Portable Makeup Brush Collection, featuring what it describes as four “essential travel-sized brushes inspired by global makeup artist-quality brushes”.
These include a foundation brush, a powder brush one for blush and another for eyeshadow, all presented in a blue mock-croc case with golden details, same as the brushes themselves.
Prices vary according to location and I haven’t been travelling recently so can’t update you on that yet, but will edit this post as and when I’m able to. For the same reason I can’t judge the quality of these brushes but imagine they’ll be similar to the ones in EL’s holiday blockbuster sets, which are OK.
As usual, click on the image for a larger version.
This is not Bobbi Brown’s first travel brush collection, but it’s probably the brand’s best so far. To start, the Bobbi Brown Mini Brush Collection comes in a gorgeous silver leather-like clutch with a pressure-opening clasp that can easily double up as a (very small) evening bag – if you don’t have much to carry at a special event, that is!
Inside, four brushes in travel sizes are lodged inside handy pockets: a Mini Face Blender Blush with white bristles; a Mini Sweep Eye Brush for laying down eyeshadow; a Mini Eyeliner Brush (synthetic, could be used for concealer or cream eyeshadows too); and a Dual-Ended Mini Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush/Angle Eye Shadow Brush, which comes with a cap for the eyeliner side.
The largest (face) brush measures just under 4.5 inches (about 11.5cm), so these are the perfect size to carry in your makeup bag. Despite being made in China, the brushes are also of good quality and do the job – they won’t replace your trusty Hakuhodos, but will be handy when you are on the go.
This set is exclusive to duty-free shops and the price varies according to the location, but in Germany you can find it for €56 (about $70). Click on the pictures for larger versions.
Good news for lovers of high-end makeup brushes: Japanese brand Artisan & Artist is now available at Singapore Changi airport terminal 2′s duty-free beauty stores . The brand was founded in the early 1980s by Seiichiro Hangui, who was disappointed by the lack of useful bags and pouches for professional makeup artists at the time and decided to create his own range, and since 1996 tools including brushes were added to the brand’s product selection.
Artisan & Artist hit the big time in the late 1990s, when cosmetics and fashion labels including Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent commissioned customised designs for their brands. While the bags are available at Changi, I am personally interested in the brushes for a simple reason: they are made by Chikuhodo, arguably the best makeup brush manufacturer in Japan – and in the world.
Prices at the Singapore airport stores range from S$39 ($30) for an eyebrow brush to S$103 (around $78) for a 100% goat hair cheek brush. I’m not going that way any time soon, unfortunately, but I would stock up otherwise! You can find more information about their brushes on their website, but it’s only available in Japanese.
In addition to exclusive products, duty-free shops also sometimes offer unique gifts with purchase (or GWPs as they are known in the retail business). Most are fairly standard, such as perfume miniatures with fragrance purchases or cosmetics bag with a few samples if you buy two or more products, but sometimes suppliers go the extra mile to make a GWP memorable.
Yves Saint Laurent Beauty’s new owner L’Oréal did exactly that with this GWP offered by duty-free operator Dufry Brasil – they run most of the airport stores at Brazilian airports including Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The supercute YSL brush set with case you see in the picture is a gift with any purchase of two or more YSL products – pretty and useful, the way I like my GWPs!
As with most gifts of this kind, the offer is valid until stocks last, so if you’re planning a trip to Brazil keep an eye out for it!
Japanese cosmetics brand Shu Uemura is known for the quality of its makeup brushes, so if you are looking for a suitcase-friendly collection of tools this might be what you are looking for. The Shu Uemura Travel Brush Set contains four essential brushes – two for face/cheeks prosucts, one for eyeshadow and a liner brush that can be used both for lips and eyes – packed in a black carrying case (even though it looks blue in the picture!).
Although I haven’t tested this particular set, previous Shu travel sets have mirrored the quality of the brand’s full-sized brushes. At around $70 for the kit, this is not exactly a bargain, but good makeup applicators are usually worth the price tag.
As far as I know this set is only available in Asian travel-retail and airlines including Singapore Airlines, so please give me a shout if you see it elsewhere!