“ Type: Brushes / Brand: Ruby & Millie / Subcategory: Kabuki Brush „
When it comes to make up brushes, I am not the kind of person that has a brush for every single make up item. I like to use brushes which are versatile and could be used to apply a whole host of things. This is why I normally stick to just an all over face brush and an eye brush. I received this Ruby & Millie kabuki brush and pouch as a gift over a year ago. It was the first kabuki brush I had ever tried, and I really like the idea of them. Here is my experience with this brush...
***WHAT IS A KABUKI BRUSH?***
Prior to receiving this gift, I had never really heard of the term 'kabuki'. Kabuki is a Japanese term, and it is a brush which is quite short in height. The brush itself is typically curved around the edges, and quite big in size in comparison to the stem. They are often used for applying blushers and bronzers, as well as all over face powder to create a good coverage. Due to their height, they are also quite portable and easy to store.
***PRICE AND AVAILABILITY***
This particularly kabuki brush from Ruby & Millie was available from Boots stores. It cost £8.00, which I think is quite expensive for just one brush, however with the pouch it makes up for it. I do recall it going into the half price sale after Christmas time. Unfortunately, ever since then Ruby & Millie as a brand seem to have disappeared. I never see their products in store and can not find them online. Due to this, this kabuki brush is no longer available unless you hunt on auction sites online.
The first thing I noticed about the brush was just how soft the bristles are. I had used good branded brushes previously, but this just had another element of quality. It was really soft to the skin, and I could not have asked for much more. The bottom of the brush is not very big, however it is still a comfortable fit in the hand. On the whole, I found that this brush was on the small side. Now I have experimented with more kabuki brushes, this definitely seems much smaller. In a way, this is good because it gives a more precise finish for application to the cheeks such as blusher. However, I like to use my kabukis for face powder too, and this just took longer because of its small size.
The pouch is a nice little extra with this brush, and especially nice when receiving as a gift as it is a nice little extra. The pouch is a purple shade, with Ruby & Millie written across in red. The whole point of this is to store the brush inside, and this helps to keep the bristles protected from damage. I have found that when I throw brushes into my make up bag, sometimes they do get knocked about, and often products leak on to them which just makes a mess. Although the pouch could be quite handy for some people, I just did not find much use of it. I found it squashed the brush a little, and I just do not have enough room in my make up bag to store this.
***USING THE BRUSH***
Using the brush was really easy, and due to the softness of the bristles, it meant that it picked up make up quickly and easy when swirled over. I like to use kabukis for face powder to set my foundation. Unfortunately, this kabuki was not great for applying face powder, as I think it is a little too small. However, this is great for applying and creating nice looks with blushers and bronzers. Because of the big head of the brush, you can really concentrate on applying lines to create a look that will stand out. Another thing which I found was good with this is that the bristles did not tend to fall out regularly. I have used some brushes which leave black bristles on your face after use, but this is of a good quality and did not leave any.
I am really happy that I received this gift, as it did last me a good couple of years and I would never have picked up a kabuki brush otherwise. Unfortunately it is not available to buy now, so you can not get your hands on one. I did enjoy using this as the brush was so soft, and I felt that I could create some great looks with it. Unfortunately, I am going to knock off two stars because the brush itself is expensive, and it is too small to be used all over the face. Thanks for reading.
I bought this brush and purse set off eBay but I have seen it on sale in Boots.
I paid £5.99 but my best guess is that it costs a lot more in Boots!
The purse is a stunning purple colour. It's well made and excellent quality. You don't have to use the purse to store the brush, you can use the purse for anything really. The brush is of a small size but kabuki brushes are normally a little on the small side. The base of the brush is a silver colour and the brush itself is black. The bristles are extremely soft and none of the bristles fall out of place. You get the odd bristle fall out but overall this brush is really good quality. The bristles are soft yet strong.
I find that the brush picks up powder well. Shake off the excess to avoid powder build up on the brush. You can wash the brush in warm water with a little shampoo if you like. The brush is easy to clean, although I suggest letting it air dry. My friend dried her kabuki brush with a hairdryer and she ruined it!
The brush feels lovely when it's brushed against the skin. It doesn't irritate the skin either. I have sensitive facial skin and this brush doesn't bother my skin in any way. The brush is also comfortable to hold. The handle doesn't slip from my fingers and I can get a good grip on it.
Would I recommend this brush? Yes, I would.
When it comes to make-up brushes they are something I purchase rather often. I like top branded items (when finances allow) and this coming in at about 10 pounds (in places like Boots) so it was a considered purchase just for one really small brush though a couple of mates were surprised I didn't own a kabuki...me I didn't know what one was let alone own one so I decided to get it lol
So I bought mine from the Ruby & Millie counter at Boots. I was attracted by it's soft metallic purple flip over small pouch that felt really nice to open and close and on the front of that there is a small strip of transparent red plastic with Ruby & Millie embossed into it.
The Brush like I previously mentioned is rather small. It has a sturdy and nice feeling silver base to it, again with Ruby & Millie inscribed into it and to the top of that a very thick, black and soft hair brush that is slightly tapered to the top of it making the sides shorter and I suppose you could describe it as stout.
This brush is simply amazing though with lots of uses. It's main use is for the face, to apply powders including foundations and blushers and anything dry and powdery really and originally they were thought to come from Japanese theatre and were traditionally made from goats hair, not that I'm sure this is lol.
It is great for applying anything really to the face you want to. Great at covering the entire face with powder and great because of it's shape for applying blushers. It's a soft brush, it doesn't flake and make-up products cling to it with total ease.
To clean the brush it's simple, just rinse it through with a mild shampoo and dab it dry!
A great brush with it's own snazzy little case it's lovely to pop into a handbag and it is entirely portable! Great stuff once again from Ruby & Millie!
This is simply a really great little brush