Product Type: Ruby and Millie makeup
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Ruby & Millie Large Eye Shadow Brush!
Ruby & Millie Large Eye Shadow Brush
Member Name: jimmychoogirl
Ruby & Millie Large Eye Shadow Brush
Advantages: nice size
Disadvantages: coarse bristles, was rough on skin, hard to apply make up with, overall poor quality
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!
Summary: I hated it!