Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sigma Cleansing & Polishing Tool vs Clarisonic

Product: Sigma Cleansing & Polishing Tool
Price: $39.00
My thoughts: This is similar to the Olay version. It is NOT comparable to Nutrasonic (which i have) or the Clarisonic (i also had). Why? The Olay and the Sigma version have a Rotating brush head...that is NOT the same as the oscillating brush heads of the nutrasonic or the clarisonic. You will not get the same results, b/c they are not the same. 


See my reviews of the various ones on the market here:

Bottom line: Do NOT use the Sigma or the Olay, if you want results. These are NOT the same as the Nutra Sonic, Pretika and the Clarisonic, due to their difference in mechanism.

Remember....

The key is OSCILLATION...not rotation.


E.L.F. Studio Stipple Brush vs MAC 187

Hello everyone,

Sorry for the lack of reviews.
Feedback has been low, which is why I stopped doing reviews for a while, because I don't know what you guys want me to review! haha.

Anyway...

Product: E.L.F. Studio Stipple Brush


Price: $3.00


Description as stated on Website: This new antibacterial, synthetic haired Taklon brush is softer and more absorbent and can be used with wet or dry products. Be a professional makeup artist and create a flawless look with this e.l.f. Studio brush! 

The layered bristles create a soft airbrushed look that's perfect for applying foundation or adding color definition to cheekbones or highlighting with soft layers. Use this brush with any liquid or powder face product such as foundation, blush or bronzer to build your coverage from sheer to heavy.

My Thoughts: It looks good on the website, but it doesn't really perform well. I used my liquid foundation and tried to apply it using the ELF Stipple brush. It didn't really do the job at all. Not even close. The hairs are longer than the MAC 187. It is also smaller in diameter than the MAC 187; the MAC 187 brush head is bigger than the ELF. The density of the bristles on the ELF are much less dense than those of the MAC 187. Also, the bristles are too soft; they are not rigid or hard enough to actually do a "stipple" application. Therefore, I would NOT recommend this brush for foundation application. I don't know how it will perform for a blush application.

Compared to MAC 187: Its not even close. Simply put, this brush is NOT a dupe for the MAC 187 ($42.00). 

Read here for my review on Dupes for MAC 187.

Instead, I would either use the E.L.F. Studio Powder Brush (read review here). The brush is very dense and rigid enough to do the job of a stippling brush and the job of a flat top kabuki brush, that provides full coverage. I love that brush! 

LEFT: ELF Stipple Brush
RIGHT: MAC 187
Taken from: www.lovelygood.com

MAC 187 Dupes

I know the HG is the MAC 187, but who has $42.00 to spend on a brush?!

Fear not...i have some real dupes for you all.

Dupe #1: E.L.F. Studio Powder Brush ($3.00) (read review here)
The brush is very dense and rigid enough to do the job of a stippling brush and the job of a flat top kabuki brush, that provides full coverage. I love that brush! I have had it for a year; no shedding or bleeding. I just use baby shampoo to wash it. Nothing fancy.

Dupe #2: Professionnel Platinum Stippling Brush #44 ($35.00)
This brush is probably the closest one to the real thing. It is very soft, gets the job done and gives you the airbrush look, which is why everyone is going crazy over stippling brushes. However, it is only a $7.00 difference...but hey, its still $7.00 :)

Dupe #3: Sigma Duo Fibre F50 ($16.00)
I have heard good and bad things about this brush. My overall impression is that it does what the MAC 187 does, at a fraction of the cost, is very soft, dense, not floppy (like the E.L.F Stipple Brush-read review here), BUT..it sheds and has a residual scent. If that doesn't bother you, go for it! I have also noticed that not all brushes are made equal, especially the lower end ones. You might get a brush one time that works amazing and if you go and buy another one, exactly the same, it might not work as well as the first. If it were me, i would buy it and try it out. Has the most potential (other than the Sephora, which is still pretty pricey).


Hope that helped.


Thank you!

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

MAC Brushes vs Loew Cornell (Artist) Brushes List

UPDATE 7/19/11: I went to all the arts and crafts stores in my area (Michaels, Beverly's, Joann's, Artell and Aaron Brothers) and NONE of them carry Loew Cornell Brushes. The lady at Aaron Brother's said that its not a brand that artists ask for, which is why I couldnt find it anywhere.

She said to use synthetics brushes, because they will be the ones that will pick up the most product. And of course, to make sure they are soft.

Thought you would all like to know that bit of  detail.
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Hello Readers!

I came across something very interesting and thought I would share it to you all.

Everyone wants every single MAC brush, however they are very pricey. I have a solution!

You can use artist brushes as makeup brushes.

Here is a comparison that I found here of MAC Brushes to Loew Cornell Brushes. EnKore also does a video of some of these brushes here.

Loew Cornell Brushes are good quality Artist brushes...one of the best actually.

Still finding a cheaper artist brush for the MAC 187.

If you have anything to add to the list, please comment.

Thank you!

Powder
MAC 150 - $42 / LC xxL Round - $10.79

Blush
MAC 129 - $34 / LC L Round - $8.79

Skin Finishing and Bronzing
MAC 136 - $62 / LC Maxinne's Mop - $8.79

Eyes
MAC 239 - $24.50 / LC Maxinne's Mop 3/8" - $3.79

Angled Brushes
MAC 208 - $19 / LC 1/8" - $3.29
MAC 266 - $19 / LC 1/4" - $3.79
MAC 269 - $21 / LC 3/8" - $4.79

Concealer
MAC 194 - $18.50 / LC Fillbert #8 - $4.29

Mini Shading or Lip
MAC 228 - $19 / LC Maxinne's Mop 1/4" - $2.79

Total Cost
MAC 7 brushes $259 / Loew Cornell 7 brushes - $51.11

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Angry

A comment was made by an Anonymous poster, which stated, "It's kind of hard to believe your review when I have no idea of your credentials. You live with your mother? This gives me the indication that you are young and probably have no idea what the hell you are talking about. I was hoping to read about differences that actually mattered and might hold up this essentially evident lack of a review you have written. How long did you use each of these before you came to the conclusion of the Clarisonic to be better? Figure out how to do decent research and give some actual proper evidence as to why the Clarisonic (that your mother probably bought you) is better other than.. 'I can feel a difference.' "


I didn’t know that living your parents devalued one's opinions.


Also, what credentials do I have??? The fact that I test out every product long enough to get a real feeling of it and how it performs so my readers don’t have to waste their time and find out later on that it doesn’t work are in of its self enough to post a review about it.


This makes me believe that you are a new follower yourself. I do encourage constructive criticism and am always asking my readers to make comments on how my blog could be better and what do they want me to review. I am never judgmental, biased in my reviews. I am straightforward and tell it like it is. I hate sugar coating. I also do not get compensation for the products I review. I buy them with my own money and review them at my own discretion and stated in my Disclosure. 


What I do not like and will not tolerate is for people like the aforementioned "anonymous" who have no clue what they are talking about and mouthing of about my "credentials" and de-valuing my reviews because I live with my parents?! Your words just said a whole lot about yourself! I didn’t know I had to have a PhD in cosmetics to review stuff. 


There will be no more anonymous posts allowed and all comments will be moderated from henceforth, because of an immature and irrational person. Say thank you to him or her for not allowing anonymous posts.


To my other readers who know what I am all about...I am sorry and I thank you for your support.


-NC25MakeupHQ

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Anonymous Comments Enabled!

Hello friends!

I thought I had anonymous comments enabled, but I didnt.

You can now post comments anonymously.

Thank you and keep commenting.

PLEASE NOTE: Harsh comments, especially that have nothing to do with the blog and a comment where someone has clearly misunderstood what I wrote, will be deleted.

I will not tolerate HATE on my blog.


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Urban Decay Naked Pallette

UD Naked Palette is now back in stock at Ulta.com.

Enjoy!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Come on You guys!

Where is everyone???

I need your comments so i can make this work.

please dont forget to comment.

Thank you!
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