here's an oldie but goodie, another one of my deemed 'very good' LMAO reviews on epinions.
|hathor2's Full Review: Thebalm Mini Kabuki Brush<-- yep that's me hathor2 even my youtube handle is hathor2 LOL|
I got this brush for less than US$10 here in the Philippines. I was looking for a small kabuki that I can bring along in my bag but wouldn't get mangled.
When I saw this little thing I thought, awww how cute! The bristles are sandy yellow and it has a tapered top. It's pretty densely packed and hard to push down on the bristles, so I thought it was ideal for buffing.
It also comes in a clear plastic container with a pop lid. It might remind you of a small, thin prescription medicine container only that it isn't orange, it's clear. The plastic container is tough enough to withstand being buried in my bag under all my stuff i.e. handy umbrella, if it gets tossed out of my makeup kit.
I read a couple of reviews from makeupalley that the brush smells bad. Mine doesn't, in fact it smelled perfumed. I did smell it first because I didn't want a repeat experience with my stinky bare escentuals kabuki and elf face brush. So mine smells like faint perfume, mild and sweet. It's possible it's what they treated this brush. I emailed firstname.lastname@example.org and they answered right away. They said that their brush is made of "cruelty free goat hair". So the complaints I read on makeupalley made sense to me since my own bare escentuals kabuki brush is made of goat hair and that smells even after washing but TheBalm's kabuki, at least mine, smells just fine.
I also read that TheBalm's mini kabuki doesn't pick up powder all too well. I disagree. Mine picks up my mineral blush and normal blush (meaning non-mineral makeup) just fine. It feels very soft on my skin and if you pick up just a little blush and buff it in, there is no powder left behind on the brush. I need to make my blush faint or light because I'm quite pale and I worry if I put too much blush I'll end up looking like a clown. I think it picks up just enough pigment and buffing it on my cheeks is easy and feels soft and smooth, not scratchy at all. Like I mentioned, it's more densely packed than bare escentuals' kabuki so buffing blush (or other mineral items like foundation or veil) will not flatten the brush on my cheek, soooo unlike my BE kabuki that I need to scrunch up to buff in the minerals.
It hasn't shed either, so that's another big one up compared to my BE kabuki.
All in all, I'm pretty pleased with this brush. It's handy, does the job, I didn't get it at US$12 (retail on thebalm website), and it doesn't smell. I recommend this brush for its portability, something nice to have in an evening bag for touching up your blush or bronzer.