Southern Mom Loves: Makeup Brushes Can Make All the Difference {Couture Cosmetic Brush Set Review + Application Tips & Tricks}

Makeup Brushes Can Make All the Difference {Couture Cosmetic Brush Set Review + Application Tips & Tricks}

Saturday, May 2, 2015

I received a set of brushes from Couture Cosmetics in order to facilitate an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I'd love to introduce you to Couture Cosmetics by Couture Gel Nails. The Couture brand carries so much more than gel nail kits and colors, they also carry Konad nail art stamping supplies, nail art tools, and cosmetic brushes and accessories. I was given the chance to review their 12 Piece Cosmetic Brush Set, and couldn't have been more pleased with the quality. Also, they're gorgeous! 

Keep reading to find out what's in the (travel) box, a breakdown of the brushes included, and some tips for the perfect makeup application.

If you've been following the blog for awhile, you know how much I love Couture Gel Nail Polish

Couture Gel Nail Polish is America's #1 selling gel nail polish. They're a boutique family business out of Northern California, run by a mother/daughter team. They were the very first company to introduce gel nail polish to women in the US, they only source products that have no history of animal testing, they were the first to manufacture gel polish without harmful chemicals, and all of their polishes are made right here in the US. They have over 100 colors to choose from and their customer service is the best! 

There are so many reasons to love not just their products, but the people behind the company as well. A percentage of their proceeds go to the fight against breast cancer, and they also support UNICEF and their programs to help put an end to international sex trafficking. I love supporting a company that supports other women in turn. They truly are a company that gives back.

A twelve-piece makeup brush set, including brushes for the face, eyes, and lips, this complete set contains all the brushes needed to create a full-face look. Each features superb durability and craftsmanship including aluminum ferrules with high-quality synthetic fibers, perfect for those with sensitive skin. The brushes all fit in a pretty pink snap closure case, along with your favorite cosmetics, for use anywhere.

This Set Contains:
  • All Over Powder Brush
  • All Over Blending Brush
  • Angled Blush Brush
  • Concealer Brush
  • Angled Shadow Brush
  • All Over Shadow Brush
  • Medium Shadow Brush
  • Medium Shadow Crease Brush
  • Large Shadow Brush
  • Eyeliner Brush
  • Angled Liner Brush
  • Lip Brush
  • Travel friendly snap closure carrying case

The 12 Piece Cosmetic Brush Set comes in a soft pink travel case, which unsnaps and opens to reveal your brushes. I love this feature and I use the case lid to hold the brushes that need to be washed while I keep the clean brushes in the bottom. That way I won't mix them up and have to wash them all, or contaminate the clean brushes with excess makeup or bacteria. Keep your brushes clean, ladies!

Your 3 largest brushes come with a clear sleeve that keeps the bristles in shape. Don't throw this away! Larger loose brushes tend to lose their shape faster, and you can store them in this sleeve to keep them in great shape for years to come.

If you haven't tried a set of cosmetic brushes yet, you should. The difference in application and in the finished look is night and day. You shouldn't use the low-quality applicators that come with your makeup; I throw mine away now since using a professional brush set. You'll notice your makeup goes on smoother and more evenly, and your finished look is more blended and natural-looking than you could ever get with a foam applicator or an itty-bitty blush brush.

I started small myself with a 5-piece brush set; I didn't think I would ever use all of the brushes that come with a larger kit, but they all have their purpose. With the smaller set I found myself having to repurpose some of the brushes for other tasks that they weren't meant for (like a large liner brush to fill in my brows.) It didn't work as well as a specialized brush, so I knew I needed a more complete set. Also, I love not having to clean one eyeshadow brush multiple times to apply different colors.

This set includes every brush you'll need to do your entire face. I'll walk you through and show you what I use each brush for.

  1. Powder Brush - Soft, full and rounded, this brush can be used for powder, or for blush and bronzer for a softer effect than a blush brush. The bristles distribute the powder softly and evenly onto the skin. Load your brush with the powder and tap away any excess before sweeping onto the skin. Can also be used to buff on powdered mineral foundation.
  2. Blending BrushThe flat, circular, feathery head is ideal for buffing and blending color. It provides a lightweight application of liquid, cream or powder, or can be used to blend your finished makeup for an airbrushed look.
  3. Angled Blush BrushSlanted and rounded in shape, this brush mimics the angles of your cheekbones. It can be used with blush, or with highlighters and bronzers for contouring,
    To contour: Load the brush with bronzer and tap off the excess. Swipe the brush in the hollows of your cheeks, along the sides of your jawline, under your chin, along the sides of your forehead and along the hairline, and also along the sides of your nose. Remember to blend well!
  4. Foundation Brush - The bristles are tightly packed with a tapered tip for easy application in tight spots. Can be used with liquids or powders to achieve a smooth finish. Apply foundation to your T-zone first and buff and blend out until the desired result is achieved. You can also blend any brush strokes as you go by gently dabbing with a damp makeup sponge.
  5. Angled Eyeshadow Brush - A round, tapered brush perfect for shading the eye crease. This brush is versatile as it can be used to sweep shadow over a large area or use the angled tip for shading your crease. To use, follow the natural crease of the eyelid, blending back and forth to build up color.
  6. Large Eyeshadow Brush - Use this fluffy brush to blend eye colors and to highlight the brow bone.
  7. Eyeshadow Brush - Flatter, with bristles more tightly packed than the large eyeshadow brush, the eyeshadow brush provides deeper color coverage. The soft bristles are slightly tapered to get into corners.
  8. Concealer Brush (undereye) - This flat brush is more densely packed with a wider base and a pointed tip. I think this is listed as a crease brush, but it's perfect for applying concealer under the eyes. The flat rounded tip makes getting into corners and under lashes easier, while it's large enough to provide good coverage to the area.
  9. Concealer Brush (blemish) - This brush is also tightly packed, but smaller, and comes to a point at the tip for more precise application. Use it to conceal blemishes and imperfections and to clean up the edges of your lipstick, eyeliner, or brows.
  10. Liner Brush - I've also seen this called a pencil brush. It is small and rounded, ideal for smudging color along the upper and lower lash lines. It gives a more blended line for a smokey eye. Works with wet or dry formula eyeliners, or wet it to use with a dark eyeshadow.
  11. Angled Liner Brush - Use for a more distinct eyeliner application, or over a smudged liner for a deeper effect. Allows eyeliner to be pushed into the lash line, avoiding gapping, and the angle makes it easier to do a winged look. It can also be used to help fill in your brows for a more natural, feathered effect.
  12. Lip Brush - The sculpted tip and firm bristles make for a more controlled application, You can use a lip brush to blend out your lip liner for a softer look, and also use it to apply lipsticks or glosses, or make doing ombre lips much easier.

This brush set contains all of the brushes you'll need to start doing pro-grade makeup applications. It's also a fantastic buy at only $39.95, considering you can spend that much on just one brush.

You can find their makeup brushes and some of their other accessories here. If you're looking from their home page, click on "Accessories and Gift Certificates" under the "Shop" tab.

Couture Gel Nail Polish is active on social media if you'd like to stop by and ask any questions, or just say "Hello!"

Do you use professional makeup brushes? If so, what is your "must have" brush? If not, what are you waiting for?

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