“ Type: Eye Shadow Brush / Brand: Boots / Brush / Suitable for: Eye „
I recently received one of the £5 off cosmectics vouchers which Boots tills seem to spit out quite frequently. Now it is very rare that I ever bother to actually use these but I was after a new eyeshadow brush so I duly went to have a look at which ranges were included in the offer and was pleased to see it was Ruby & Millie as well as Number 7.
Now I like both these ranges but there was something about the shape and style of the head on this Ruby & Millie brush which I really liked. It was £6.50 full price so of course with the voucher this actually only cost me £1.50 - what a bargain!
Anyway, the brush itself is like a charcoal resin handle and the brush head (that which had initially caught my eye) is flattened and a bit rounded and compiled of yellowish coloured bristles. The bristles themselves are incredibly soft and they do not come loose from the brush head at all, they are clearly held securely in place by the small metal band/clip which sits under the bristles and above where the head itself starts.
I really like the shape and feel of this brush which blends colours together beautifully - even I, with my relative lack of make up skills, can use this to great effect. The softness of the brush combined with the clever rounded shape means it is perfectly suited to blending across the delicate skin of the eyelid.
I am really very pleased with this buy and I use it all the time, I have almost come to rely on it which to me is the sign of a good brush. This is especially a good buy when you can snaffle it on an offer like I did - but based on my experience with this brush I would certainly look to use Ruby & Millie brushes in the future too.
Following on from my Ruby and Millie cheek brush set, which was in a selection of brushes I received for Christmas, my next one to be reviewed is the large eye shadow brush, as alike the cheek brush this was one of my least favourites. I often find that with make up brushes you get what you pay for and by no means are these brushes cheap, but neither are they the most expensive and I think that this may be why they are of poorer quality from my other brushes, despite this there are brushes from the Ruby and Millie brand that I really like it is a brand that has a few hidden gems!
~~Price and Availability~~
I cannot seem to find this brush currently being sold, though I only received mine in December as part as a box set so I think it is one of those brands that release most of their products at Christmas time. I have occasionally seen a couple of Ruby and Millie brushes being sold on and off instore at Boots, though have never seen them offer the full range of brushes and it seems as if they receive them in random orders. I have seen this brush being sold in there for around £6/7, so although it is not the most expensive, it is considerably more than the cheaper brands. If I am honest, having tried out this brush I don't think I would buy it at this price as I just didn't get along with it and do think it is overpriced. I have, however, seen that some people are selling new ones on eBay for a pound or two, which honestly is probably all the brush is worth!
~~What is it?~~
This is Ruby and Millie's eye shadow brush. They sell 2 or 3 different eye shadow brushes and this is there large one as the bristles at the end are much larger and broader than those on the smaller eye shadow brushes. Due to the size of this brush I think it is best for colour on the whole lid as it is too large to try and contour the eye, or colour the crease and find the bristles too large to use it as a blending brush.
I was really disappointed with the bristles on this item, as although I did not get along with the Ruby and Millie cheek brush, I at least found the bristles soft, but these were really thick and coarse. They were a straw/ beige in colour and quite short, rounding slightly to create a slightly curved end at the end of the brush head. As stated, the bristles were quite thick and this meant that they bristles on the edge did tend to spew out on their own and did not maintain that shape in which the brush first came. When running the bristles along my hand I found that they had a 'spiky' feeling to them and were ever so slightly scratchy and I was just hoping that they wouldn't remain like this when I was applying the eye shadow.
~~Using the brush~~
The handle of the brush was the same as 'average' length brushes and therefore was very comfy to hold and was not too small or to large so that it was hard to use. When swirling the brush over my desired eyeshadow I noticed that the brush was picking up the eyeshadow well, though due to the bristles being so coarse I did notice that it started to break up my eyeshadows. It seemed to be causing the eyeshadow to separate into lots of tiny particles of eyeshadow rather than leaving it with the smooth finish that my other eyeshadow brushes do.
When applying I realised just how much I disliked this brush. The bristles were extremely coarse and therefore the same scratchiness I felt across my hand I also felt across my eye. The eyeshadow itself did apply to my eye quite well and it did give a fairly even coverage over my eye, however, it did seem to be pulling along me eye and was not all comfortable. The brush size did mean that it was able to cover my whole eyelid very easily and I did not continually need to go over it in order to build the colour up. The brush size was also good if I wanted to apply a colour to my brow bone, as I could lightly apply a colour here that blended in with the rest of my eyeshadow here, without having an obvious gap between the colour on the brown bone and the eyeshadow.
I tried to use this brush as a blending brush (as to not make it completely useless!) once I had already applied my eyeshadow with a different (softer!) brush. This brush is not a good blending brush! Admittedly, these is not called a blending brush and therefore is not designed for the purpose, though I do find that most make up brushes are multi-tasking, though this one clearly isn't. The coarse bristles meant it was near impossible to try and blend with this brush and it seemed as if it were scratching of my make up rather than trying to blend it, in which case I was left with harsh lines in my make up.
As far as the using the brush goes, I found it near impossible, it was both uncomfortable to use and made it hard for me to apply the eyeshadow. Although it did not leave me eye with scratches or the sort, the roughness of the brush did make my eyes seem a little redder and they did feel slightly irritated.
~~Results when using the brush~~
When using this brush to do my make up, I found that the results were pretty average. My make up did not look as poorly applied, or scratched as I have expected it to, yet it was definitley not the flawless, smooth finish I wanted. The eyeshadow stayed in place on my eye and did not look powdering and there wasn't too much fallout - tough I do think this was mainly due to the quality of the eyeshadow- yet it was not blended in aswell as I would have liked and it also didn't look smoothly applied and seemed to have an ever so slight uneven coverage. The results were definitely nothing to rave about and considering the price of the brush I actually think the results were pretty poor.
~~Quality of the brush~~
Is poor. The bristles are too thick and too coarse to be able to use the brush effectively. I have also found that over time the bristles have continued to spew out even more, making the brush yet more difficult to use. I have also notice that the handle part of the brush has started to part from the brush head end, though has not yet came apart like cheek brush.
Overall, I really hated this brush, I don't say that I hate products often as I normally find some type of use for them, but I really couldn't with this brush! I would not recommend this to anyone, the bristles were of very poor, coarse quality which eventually made applying make up with this brush near impossible. I did like the size of the brush as this meant I could cover my eyelid with ease, other than this I cannot really find anything I liked about this product. That said, it is one of my least favourite brushes from this brand and there are some in the range - in particular the lip and eyebrow brush- that I really like!
I love eye make up! I love dark, dramatic eyes and anyone who also likes that type of look on them will realise that without really good quality tools instead of looking dramatic it can result in looking like a panda! I personally like high quality brushes as I feel I get the best results time and time again.
When in Boots looking to update my current brushes I came across these from Ruby & Millie. I had already decided to buy the £15.00 blusher brush and was a bit wounded at the price so I thought what the heck type of thing I may as well go to town and get some more! lol. My only decision was which eyeshadow brush I wanted (I certainly wasn't buying two lol) and I opted to buy the larger of the two as I felt I'd get the most use from it!
The Packaging And The Brush:
The brush comes in a zip up clear plastic long pouch and that's it really. I'm told what it is and who it's buy and it's a handy addition to the brush. At this price you want to protect them eh?! The brush itself is long, silver and not very thick. Along the brush in discreet writing I'm told it is Ruby & Millie 'Eyes' and to one end of it there is the brush with it's light golden brown bristles and it has a slight taper to it. It simply looks a high quality, elegant brush with a professional look to it!
Is excellent of course. The bristles are about had an inch long and although soft enough to the touch (and when using) it they are firm (though not too hard). They don't bounce anywhere and with this brush you have total control. So add your colour to it and that colour doesn't flick anywhere it shouldn't and does as you tell it!
The size of this is great for all over colouring in on the eyes with eyeshadow but because it has a taper to it is great as well for shading (mainly larger areas).
It's comfortable to use and I find it great and time and time again although I have various eyeshadow brushes to take my pick from time and time again my hands wander to this one because of it's ease of use! It's simply a great all round tool! It lifts dry powders with ease and the quality of it is marvelous! It doesn't lose hairs over time, you can tap the brush after using it and it releases colour particles which means you don't have to keep washing them but of course you can wash them too with mild shampoo or soap and they remain as good as new.
I think these brushes are a line worth investing in. I find them so easy to create the looks I want to and they are robust! A great buy!
I bought mine in Boots for £11.50 but do look about online for these as you can get them alot cheaper if you search hard enough!