Got this from Body Shop when it was on sale (duh Body Shop is always on sale :D) and it costed me only 7pounds when the retail was 9 pounds. I use this brush religiously. It is perfect for angled applications - I use it on with a brown eyeshadow palette to line my lash line and to fill in my brows. The store assistant had actually told me that if she had to choose only one brush to have in her makeup bag, this would be it. Use the slanted end to line and define your eyes and brows and sweep the flat end across your lids to apply shadows. I have quite oily lids so using powder to line my eyes is really my only option to avoid creasing and product transfer onto my lids. The brush is made up of synthetic hair and claims to be cruelty free (for all animal lovers out there!) The synthetic hair is super smooth, unlike some brushes that have stubby and rough hairs. The brush also has a good grip, so you''ll have the best circumstances for a steady hand when you''re doing your eye makeup. The slanted brush is also good for blending eyeshadows together. In fact, what I usually do is clean off the tips and run it flat across the area where I need blending and et voila! It is misleading to say that this is only a slanted brush, it is truly all in one! Blending, definition, it all depends on how you use it.
Another in my collection.. this brush has an angled head perfect for defining eyes with eye shadow but for me I use this as an eyebrow brush to apply my eyebrow powder. The great thing about this brush is that it is made for precision application which makes it so much easy when apply product whether it be your eyebrow powder or eye shadow. I've searched for a while now and this brush was worth every penny especially as the body shop had a 50% off promotion just before Christmas. Possibly the best brush I will find. The brush is a perfect size and easy to use. The brush doesn't grab too much product at a time which I like so I don't find myself starting all over again. Like my other Body Shop brushes I am not disappointed. If you are looking for a small brush to apply liner etc this one wouldn't be for you as the handle is long - longer than it looks in the picture if you're planning buy online and the brush isn't huge but it is big.
The Body Shop Slanted Brush
I have a huge amount of make-up brushes and applicators stashed away in drawers and make-up bags. I have a couple of slanted brushes for applying eye make-up and one of these is a Body Shop brush.
The brush comes in a plastic case that keeps it nice and clean both in the shop and at home. The brush itself is approximately 15 cm in length and is made of three parts. The main body of the brush is long and made out of a quality and sturdy black plastic material, this makes up about three quarters of the entire brush and is wider at the base and gets thinner towards the brush end. The next section is a silver mirrored piece that again gets thicker as it hits the brush giving the brush a curved form which is good for grip. The final and most important part is the slanted brush end. There is white The Body Shop branding written on the black handle.
The slanted brush end is made out of super soft synthetic hair which feels silky soft to the touch but they are tightly packed and so keep their shape and sturdiness when you touch them. The maximum length of the bristles is approximately 1 cm with them cut and angled down to around 0.6 - 0.7 cm and they are a golden brown colour. This make-up brush is intended for precision eye shadow application rather than simply throwing on a colour.
I use these slanted make-up brushes to add thin eye shadow colours under my eyes and for adding two tone or crease colours to my main lid. The bristles pick and hold onto the eye shadow colour very well. On applying the eye shadow the bristles stay strong and hold their shape so that you can get a nice defined line of colour. The angled bristles let you move easily over your eyelid and under eye area without having the twist or turn the brush in awkward directions. It makes applying funky lines and colours so much easier than using a regular brush or sponge and feels nice and delicate on your eyes.
One slight downfall I have with this brush is its size, the brush stem is quite thick in parts and I think that a slightly thinner and lighter brush wand would make this perfect. However, as it is it feels like a quality and well-made make-up brush that makes defining eyes easy work
These are available online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk and in store at The Body Shop for £9, which is a reasonable price for a good quality slanted make-up brush.
I really like the look of using eye shadow under the eye to give my eyes a pop of colour and really bring them out and make them large and this make up brush is perfect for doing that. I have a really nice green eye shadow from MAC that is too strong to wear on the top of my lids but looks great as an eyeliner underneath my eyes. It does also look good if you just do a small line of eyeshadow on the top lid too and don't cover the lid fully but its a hard look to achieve.
The Body Shop have a really nice range of make up brushes and in my local store they have them on display so you can look at them and actually see if they will work well for you. I had been using just a regualr brush in the past to put the green eyeshadow on and although the regular brush did an ok job, the line was sometimes wobbly and smudged and took quite a while to get perfect. When I saw this slanted brush in The Body Shop I knew it was exactly what I was looking for to
This brush is really well made and looks really quite professional. It has a black handle and then the little brush head is at the top. The brush head is slanted so its bigger at one end and goes at an angle across the bristles. The Body Shop say that this brush has an angled head, perfect for defining eyes with eyeshadow.The bristles are quite short and although they are made of super-soft synthetic hair because they are cut quite severely they are really quite hard and packed together so when you do use it to draw a line under your eyes you get a nice sharp line of shadow and one that looks really good.
To use I sweep the flat portion of the bristles, the section at the top of the brush across the shadow and then across my eyes. The brush is really easy to hold and works really well. It was a little expensive at £9 but its the best brush I have found for achieving my favourite eye make up look.
I do like this brush, but I wouldn't recommend it out of the smaller range of eye shadow Body Shop collection brushes. There are about three that are very similar and if you're a novice at applying makeup (like I am) then you probably won't get the full benefit of this brush. I have tried to use it to create the "smoky eye look" and to apply an eye liner effect using the shadow that I'm using, but it never quite seems to work. I'm sure that if you are a professional or somebody that is confident with makeup then this would a welcome addition to your brush collection, but if you're a bit of a novice like me then stay away and purchase another brush in the collection.
Like the other Body Shop brushes this is easy to clean, I use a bit of eye makeup remover on a cotton bud, it is also soft and doesn't go bristle after a few uses.
I don't think this brush is an essential 'must buy', but I can see how some people would get use out of it, I think it would be good for creating complex, smoky looks, but I'd think twice if you just want a straight forward eye makeup brush.
I know there is a lot of confusion on what does this brush actually do. Trying to use it the way body shop recommends is not use to me. They say use it to blend colours near the lash line and swipe colour onto the lit. I don't think is advertised well. If I wanted to blend colours or whatever else I can think on far better brushes suited for this purpose.
I personally use it to define my eyebrows or draw an straight eye line at the corner for those cat eyes look. It can't be used entirely as an eyeliner brush but you can try.
Before I bought this brush I used to use eyeliner pencil or even mascara brush to do my eyebrows and it never trued out right. Was always either too much colour or not in a straight line.
This brush has a fantastic precision in defining the eyebrows. I think is mainly due to the fact that is a bit stiff and the bristles are 1cm long.
The best way to use it is to drag it a bit trough your favourite eye shadows, tap the excess off if necessary, and then use it to apply the product onto eyebrow into the desired shape. I used it with my favourite minerals powder pigments.
As with all the Body Shop brushes I have tried, this one feel like a generous good quality sturdy brush and long lasting. With the wide base of the handle this brush stands up on the table.
This brush is easily available on line on The Body Shop website or at any of their chain stores for around £8.30. I highly recommend it; I am not sure how suitable would be for people with really small/ short eyebrows though. My arch line is quite thin and well arched and this brush helps me a lot to define it.
My boyfriend thinks my make up collection is ridiculous and I currently have a ban on buying anything to add to it. This means that before I can get something new I have to prove that I've completly used something up and am going to throw it away. It's a really stupid idea in my opinion but as I've got over three make up bags full, one of which is devoted solely to brushes, some of you may agree with his idea. However this didn't stop me from adding another brush to my collection a couple of weeks ago.
The Body Shop have quite a large make up range but it's one that I seldom buy from. The main selling point that The Body Shop uses is that they don't test any of their products on animals. They're also huge fans of natural and organic ingredients which is another big selling point for them as well. Their make up range is quite established now and is based on the above principles as well with their brush range being self sufficient enough and offering all the typical brushes that you can find in Boots too.
The make up brushes range from about £7 up to £15 although at the moment they are being advertised as having 20% off making them a fair bit cheaper for a limited period. The range includes your typical brushes such as a foundation brush, a retractable blusher brush and a eye shadow brush to name just a few. They all come in a standard plastic packet to help guard them against any germs in your make up bag and all have the same standard black handle with The Body Shop logo on and a silver mirrored section too.
The particular brush I invested my money in was the Slanted Brush priced at £8.30 normally but due to the offer it was a mere £6.64. It came in the standard plastic casing to protect it and is about six inches in height. The bottle of the brush is thick black plastic while the middle area is a mirrored silver in colour and can get a little dirty if left in my make up bag out of its plastic covering. The bristles at the top of the brush are just over half an inch at the tallest point, slanted and quite compacted into the brush head.
The brush itself is to be used in a similar way to an eye shadow brush although it's much finer and allows for more precision when applying eye shadow. The instructions state that you should "Use the pointed side to blend colour near the lash line, then use the flat side to sweep colour onto to lid." This does seem to the best way to use the brush, it's ideal for blending colours in on the eye lid using the pointed and slanted end to give definition and also added precision to the colour you are applying.
I also find the brush even better for doing a thin line of eye liner using eye shadow to frame both the upper and lower eye lid as well. To do this it's best to use the thin slanted top point of the brush to dip into the eye shadow, then gently shake off any excess product from the brush before carefully going along both the lower and upper lids. Then I use a cotton bud soaked in eye maker up remover to tidy up each of the lines and ensure they are both neat and thin. It creates a really framing and noticeable effect.
To clean the brush I tend to mix a tiny bit of tea tree oil with water then let it soak before rinsing it and letting it dry out thoroughly. As it's coming into contact with your eyes I wouldn't recommend sharing the brush with anyone else and I'd also suggest that you do clean it every couple of weeks to ensure that it doesn't get clogged up with bacteria. I'd also recommend storing the brush in the plastic casing it comes in as this will keep it from getting dirty or collecting any sort of bacteria in your make up bag too.
I've had my brush for a couple of weeks and have used it a number of times during this period. I've never had a problem using it and have always been happy with the results as well. The price seems about average in comparison to other brands, of course if you buy it soon then you can get a bargain with the 20% discount. I used to have a similar brush from Boots which I lost at Christmas but I did have it for over three years and as long as you keep it clean you'll find that it can easily last you longer than this.
So yes it does do what it promises.
And yes it is easy to use.
And yes it won't cost you a fortune!
I'd recommend this brush if you like to get quite detailed with your eye make up, if you tend to just wear one colour of eye shadow then you're best off with a standard eye shadow brush as they are softer and create a smoother effect than this one. However if you want to find a brush that'll help you be more precise this could be one to check out. It's also cheaper at present than the Boots version and the Clinique version too so you could grab yourself a bargain if you're quick!
Thanks for reading.
Use the edge for blending colour near the lash line and the flat side for sweeping colour onto to lid /