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My preferred method of applying eyeshadow is usually with a soft bristled brush rather than fingers or with the sponge applicators that you sometimes get included in eye shadow palettes. This is one of my main eyeshadow brushes which I have used with loads of different eye shadows from various brands. Lately I have been using my Urban Decay brushes more, but this is still a go to brush which I have been using for over a year. I bought it from the Body Shop as part of a brush set. If I remember correctly the set cost me about £15 which was amazing value as this brush on its own costs £9 and I got about 6 brushes in the set, including blusher, powder, concealer, foundation brushes.
The brush has a classic eyeshadow brush shape, which is flat with a tapered end. It is made from synthetic hair rather than real animal hair and is cruelty free. I think the brush looks nice and very neutral. It has a black handle which says the type of brush on one side and Body Shop on the other, but I found the writing faded off mine quite quickly. This did not really bother me as it is easy to recognise which brush is which so I don't really need the label and it still looks nice and smart. It has quite a slim but solid and chunky handle which is very easy and comfy to hold.
Using this brush is easy and I find it soft and not scratchy on my skin. It applies the eyeshadow smoothly and evenly and picks up a decent amount from the eye shadow pan. Depending on the eye shadow brand and shade sometimes I will need to go back to the pan to get more quite a few times if it requires more building up, but I think that would be the case with any brush.
It does not hold too much product build up or powder between it's bristles. Sometimes I use it for a few different shades on one day if I want to blend some together on my eye lids, and it is easy to switch between colours by just flicking the bristles to get any remaining powder out, and then I find it is fine to just go to the next colour. It works best when it has just been cleaned, however just flicking the bristles and wiping off any residue does keep it in decent condition. The only time I find that the bristles go a bit funny is if I have wet them to put a powder eyeshadow on wet to try to make it a bit more intense. The bristles can thenspry in a slightly odd shape or feel a bit clumpy and not as smooth. However I do keep my brushes clean, washing them regularly, so I don't really have any problems with it.
They are very easy to clean. I have a special brush shampoo which I bought from Sephora in America and a few pumps of the shampoo lathered under Luke warm water easily rinse any foundation build up away. Before I bought the special cleaner I used normal shampoo and it was fine, but I think long term it's better to use a special cleanser or baby shampoo as its less harsh.
It has not shed any bristles at all.
I have no complaints with the brush especially for the price. It does the job effectively,feels nice to use and enables me to apply my eye shadow neatly.
I would recommend it.
My boyfriend bought me a mini brush set from The Body Shop a few months ago and out of all the brushes the eyeshadow brush was my favourite and the one that I used most often, which is why I recently decided to buy the full sized version.
This retails at £9.00, which I think for such an effecient and good quality brush is a very reasonable price and as long as I look after it (eg clean it regularly), I know that it will last for a while and stay in good condition. I was lucky enough to get mine while there was a half price discount, but I would happily pay full price if I ever need to re-purchase as I'm really pleased with it.
The brush is quite simple in appearence but it does look sleek and quite expensive. The handle is black and quite chunky and it has The Body Shop's logo written on the side of it in white writing. The rounded end is completely flat and the brush is able to stand upright which I like as this way I can keep it on my dressing table rather than in my make-up bag without worrying that the bristles will get all germy.
The upper part of the brush - the casing that holds the bristles in place - is silver and the bristles themselves are light brown. I find the light colour of the bristles handy when it comes to cleaning the brush as brightly coloured eyeshadow shows up easily. The brush is flat with a tapered head and large surface area. The synthetic bristles are extremely soft and smooth - almost silky. The bristles are firm which ensures neat application and they pick up just the right amount of eyeshadow.
The colour pay off is exceptional even with one swipe and the brush blends effortlessly as well. My eyeshadow always looks professionally applied as well as smooth and neat when I've applied it with this. The bristles are gentle against my skin and don't drag at all. The brush handle is easy to grip and control and although chunky in comparisson to a majority of eyeshadow brushes, it is lightweight. Although the brush picks up powder well, a quick tap gets rid of any excess, meaning I don't need to wash it quite as much.
I have had this brush since late September and I've used it almost daily. I've washed it once and the bristles are still amazingly soft and there's been no shedding at all. Overall, I love this brush and highly recommend it.
I give it five out of five stars.
Body Shop Eye Shadow Brush
I love the body shop bath and body product but I also love their beauty and cosmetics range as I have the shimmer cubes, lip glosses and the mini brush travel kit. I would like to buy more of their cosmetics and brushes but they are quite expensive.
I really really like this brush, I have had it for about a year or more and it is still in like new condition. It is really well made, it is very durable and hard wearing. It looks nice, simple and it does look quite expensive. It has a black handle which has the body shop written on one side and it has eyeshadow on the other.
I like to use this as an all over lid brush, as it is a really good size, it is a flat brush and the bristles are firm so the you can get a lot of product on the brush and then pat it on to the lid.
I have found that this brush is really great to use with glittery/shimmery or loose eyeshadows as it holds the product really well and it is flat so that it has quote a large surface area for the product. It is quite large for an eyeshadow brush and compared to my dior eyeshadow brush and my others it is quite a bit wider than them.
I bought this from a body shop party I think and it can be bought from their own site or from one of their stores for £8.50, which is a bit expensive for a brush. But it is very durable and it is made to a very high standard and it does its job very well!
*Made by the body shop to a very high standard
*Very easy to clean
*It is very durable and well made
*Nice simple and sleek look
*Great as an all over lid brush or the tip of the brush which is flat could be used under the eye, close to the lashes
*Flat brush with a large surface area so it can pick up a lot of product
*Holds the product well - great for glittery or loose eyeshadows such as the shimmer cubes
*They also have loads of other brushes in the range - including an eyeshadow blending brush and a mineral eyeshadow brush
*Even application of shadow
*Makes applying eyeshadow and blending it a lot easier
*A little bit expensive - £8.50 each
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This brush is really easy to use, the natural bristles feel nice on the eye and the product is made out of recycled products.
This brush is easy to use and the thing I like about it is that it makes good use of the eye shadow, it also makes your eye shadow go further, when you use this brush you don't need much shadow to create a good look. For this reason I think it's quite an economical buy, because it will help expensive eyeshadow to go further.
My one criticism is that it's not really anything special - other than being made out of recyclable products and being from The Body Shop there isn't really anything unique about it. It isn't particularly different from other brushes that I've used and I'd probably buy The Body Shop Eyeshadow Blender Brush over this product, but if you're looking for a brush to help you make the most of your shadows then you can't really go wrong with this.
I was very unsure when I got this brush on what is its purpose. I did not work for me like a brilliant eye shadow brush. I mean this brush feels stiff a bit like their slanted brush. The bristles are not even densely packed.
I really though is just going to sit on my table looking pretty but eventually with some practice and experience I started to see its use and I feel in love with it.
The best was to use is to apply eye shadow to the inner corner of the eye also for brow highlight. I use it to apply white or light colours that help my eyes look bigger and brighter. Is also very good to apply with precision eye shadow to the inner and outer lower lash line. It works much better then a soft type of brush, being stiffer gives a more accurate application. For this reasons has become an indispensable brush when I do my makeup. In fact I am going to buy a second one as I want to use it for more then one colour at a time and don't wasn't to mix things up in my eye makeup-up. Is also hold the product very well into the bristles.
If you want a better softer brush for eye shadow then I highly recommend you The Body Shop Minerals Eye Shadow Brush. It works wanders especially with pigments.
I have this brush in the mini/ travel size and it is the best eyeshadow brush I have used. The bristles are really soft, but not too soft that you don't manage to pick up any product. It doesn't pull on your skin (which can cause signs of aging) and really just goes to show the importance of finding a high quality set of brushes.
I have found that since using this brush the colour payoff of my shadows seems to have been improved, alongside blendability. It just manages to make your whole look seem softer and more professional.
The travel size is really easy to control and hold, due to the smaller handle, however, I have tried out the larger brush and it too seemed very easy to hold and control- meaning your eyeshadow will actually end up where you want it.
I have also found that I get less fall out from shadows when using this brush so I highly recommend it as you really get your moneys worth out of both your brush and your shadows.
I decided to treat myself to some new makeup brushes so I bought the gold brush roll from the Body Shop. The eye shadow brush was included in this.
I bought this in a brush set so for me it came in the gold wrap, but if you buy it alone I think it doesn't come in any packaging at all. As with all the Body Shop Brushes it has a unique shape. It's thin at the top and chunky at the bottom (A bit like a bootleg trouser). On the brush handle it says 'The Body Shop' and round the other side it says 'Eyeshadow' so that we know what the brush is for which I find very useful because I'm quite clumsy and would probably use it as a lip brush or something. The bit that holds the brush is metal (Recycled aluminium I believe?). I love the way this eyeshadow brush looks. It's plain, but still trendy and stylish at the same time.
*Using The Brush*
I've tried a lot of makeup brushes before and hated them all because they are either really rough and scratchy or the are so thing and floppy than the shadow falls straight through. With this I was amazed! The bristles are so soft it feels great putting on eye shadow! The makeup doesn't fall through it and it's flexible but not too floppy.
I really liked the look of my eye shadow after using this brush. There were no creases on my eyelid because it applies very evenly. It looked like a professional had done my makeup for me.
If you are looking for a great eye makeup brush then I would highly recommend this! It's £8.50 if you buy it alone which is pretty expensive but I've wasted far more than that with all the rubbish makeup brushes I've bought and tried. I like this because you can use it to create any eye shadow look that you want.
An elegant, high-quality make-up brush that provides even application /