I am ready to drop some cash on high quality vegan brushes to replace all the animal hair ones I am currently using. I’ve had some of my animal hair ones for quite a few years now and I had purchased/was given them before I came to the decision to go cruelty-free with my cosmetic collection. I have a few vegan brushes here and there (Real Techniques, Urban Decay, Everyday Minerals) but not enough to replace the ones I have. A good chunk of my current animal hair brushes are from Quo and Bella Pierre and even though I like how they work, I’m not willing to sacrifice my ethics.
So I have narrowed my scope down to the Cozette Divinity Collection and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Professional Makeup Brush collection. Both are completely vegan, meaning that no animals were used in the testing or production of the brushes. They are both made with synthetic fibers (nylon, taklon) instead of natural hairs and have been cut to mimic real hair brushes.
I watched a youtube video by Wayne Goss of gossmakeupartist who reviewed brushes from both collections and he claimed that they were both equally good in quality and application. So if I take his word for it I need to have other reasons to decide which ones to buy. I’m still mulling over which ones to purchase or if I should purchase some from both, but I created a summary of both to help me make my decision.
I just checked the IMATS Toronto website and saw that they have finally updated the list of speakers. I think of everyone there I would really want to see Koren. I love watching his videos on youtube because he’s knowledgeable and quirky. He’s also a professional makeup artist unlike many uneducated youtube “gurus” who give out advice without having any substantial experience or knowledge to back up their claims.
Anyway, I’m still on the fence on whether I want to attend or not. The primary reason I wanted to go was to buy products at a discounted price, but since I already got the Yaby palette that I wanted, which was the first item on my list, I’m not sure if I want to spend the money on more things. One thing is for certain, I would like some more makeup brushes. Cruelty-free ones of course. But I’m still wondering if it’s worth it to go.
A couple of months ago I had ordered a bunch of NYX products from Cherryculture.com, one of which was the NYX 10 Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Versus. I thought it would be great for travelling with since the colours would be complementary to my skin tone and it was on sale for $8.50. Well I was thoroughly disappointed with the sheerness of the eyeshadows. They reminded me of the crappy eyeshadows I owned when I first got into makeup that barely showed up on my darker skin. I gave it a few tries by trying to pat on the eyeshadow, using different primers and even trying it wet, but they all did not look saturated enough. So I had an easy solution. I gave the palette to my sister in law who has a much lighter skin tone than me.
After this experience I decided to stick to NYX single pan eyeshadows since I have a few of them and the colour payoff on them is amazing. But I recently saw a review on a bunch of the 10 colour palettes and the person said that this palette was sheer while others were more saturated. ARGH! Just my luck that I choose the palette that is the worst one. This is why the NYX website should have 1) descriptions for each product, and 2) allow reviews. So anyway, I may purchase a different palette in the future. Possibly at IMATS Toronto where I can check the eyeshadows in person.