I decided my beauty tools needed a little refresh - I've only ever really used Real Techniques brushes but I'd seen so many good things about Crownbrush and Illamasqua flying around the blogging community so I was pretty keen to try the brands out myself. I was a little bit naughty too and treated myself to a Beauty Blender because I just had to see if the price is really justified in comparison to my trusty £5.99 Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.
Crownbrush C473 Studio Pro Contour If you want precise, killer cheekbones then this brush is 100% the beauty tool for you. I couldn't quite believe how defined my contour looked upon application to the point where I wasn't overly keen at first because it looked so harsh. Once I'd blended and buffed it out a bit, I was much happier with the more subtle, yet still precise, definition. My friend, who is completely alien to the whole contouring concept, even commented on how amazing my cheekbones looked so I'll take that.
Crownbrush C406 Large Duo Fibre Face Brush I was a little disappointed with this brush actually, I was looking for a Duo Fibre brush to blend out my foundation and this claimed to be 'perfect for blending of fluid, cream or powder', however, I didn't find that it made much difference to my base at all. The brush is incredibly soft and feels amazing on your face but without sounding silly because the 'Large Duo Fibre' title kinda gives it away, I think the brush was too large for my face. The large surface area of the brush and the lack of density made it too difficult for me to have any control over blending my foundation out.
Crownbrush C427 Tapered Duo Fibre Blush Brush This brush is incredible and has become a firm favourite among my daily makeup brushes. It's so versatile, I've used it to blend out my contour, apply blusher, blend highlighter and foundation. Unlike the Duo Fibre Face Brush, this one is a lot smaller so is much easier to work with. It creates such a soft, subtle look no matter what product you are using. I mainly use it to blend out my contour to prevent the harsh lines created by the Studio Contour Brush and they're a beautiful combination.
Illamasqua IL120 Smoulder Brush This purchase was inspired by beauty tutorials on YouTube - I'm trying to improve my eye make up looks because, quite frankly, I'm appalling. I love the looks that are quite heavy and smoky underneath the eyes and this tool fits perfectly under the lashes/waterline to blend eyeshadow. While it's so soft, it's also really dense too so you can build up the product for a more intense look. Although I've not tried it yet, I think this brush would be great for blending or smoking out eyeliner too. A definite must for your eye brush collection.
Beauty Blender Pro Sponge I finally got one! I forked out £16 on a bloody sponge, but it's not just any old sponge it's a life saver (well, makeup base saver). Sorry Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, you've been replaced by this bouncy, soft bundle of joy. When using the Real Techniques sponge, I found it almost impossible to completely cover my blemishes as the sponge tended to move the product around my face. By comparison, the Beauty Blender coverage is brilliant and it doesn't waste nearly as much of your product as the non-Latex material is designed to absorb less. It seems much easier to clean and unlike my Real Techniques sponge, the Beauty Blender has not torn or ripped during the cleaning process. Don't get me wrong, I'd much prefer it if the Beauty Blender was a more reasonable price at say £10, however, it's not a product you have to constantly repurchase so I'm pleased I treated myself and it's well worth it.
You can shop the Illamasqua brush here and the Crownbrush collections here, I'd highly recommend you do!
Have you tried any of these beauty tools? What other brushes would you recommend from Crownbrush & Illamasqua?