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Meeting Mikasa + Discount Code

I love trying out more underrated brands and I am always on the hunt to find new faves.  “Mikasa Beauty” appeared on my radar, not too long ago, and they make brushes and makeup. So I decided to try out brushes and purchased the “5 Piece Complexion Brush Set”, which comes with:

  • Powder Brush
  • Tapered Contour Brush
  • Foundation Brush
  • Tapered Blending Brush
  • Eye Shader Brush

all brushesWhen I ordered my brush set there was a promotion going on where you get a concealer brush for free. You are able to buy individual brushes. An eye brush will cost you an average of 11-12 dollars (USD) and a face brush will vary from 12-21 dollars (USB). They also make lip brushes, beauty sponges, and makeup. At first use I immediately noticed the softness of these brushes. My favourites would include the powder and tapered contour brush. I love the powder brush because of its size, softness and how well it applies product. You can use this to powder your face and it works great, but I love it especially for bronzing.

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(Left to right: Mikasa powder brush vs Coastal Scents powder brush)

The contour brush is quite tapered, as you’ll see in the pictures, and it helps outlines where you exactly want your product to be and then just merely blend it out. With the flat foundation brush, I personally do not use it for applying foundation; I use it more to apply moisturizer and primer. I love that the face brushes are super soft and the eye brushes a tad denser, not too much, which I personally look for in eye brushes.

In terms of packaging, this company did do a great job. They were individually boxed and within the boxes the brushes were wrapped as well, and no damage could be done during delivery. Delivery itself did not take an excessive time which I did appreciate.

packageThe only brush I probably will not using is the concealer brushes; I never use concealer brushes I find them quite pointless but that’s just me. I was more nervous about washing these brushes just because I’ve notice more bristle fallout when you wash brushes the first time, but I was pleasantly surprised when literally only one hair came out. The brushes dry to their original shape and are good to go again! I am looking forward to trying the E300 and E330 which are larger blending brushes and the beauty sponge. If you’re thinking of trying this brand out I’ve got a discount code so you can get 25% off >>> SUMANBEAUTY25 <<<

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • 5 Piece Complexion Brush Set: $85

Until Next Time!


-Suman

 

The wand chooses the wizard

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

-Albus Dumbledore

Harry Potter wand-inspired makeup brushes do exist and I am in love. Storybook Cosmetics is a fairly new company and they are strictly inspired by literary works and creating makeup products and tools which coincide. When I first heard the buzz surrounding these brushes, as a Potterhead, I just had to have them. I waited for the pre-sale, ordered, and waited for them to arrive. Just holding them, my first impression was that they are definitely not made cheap; these are sturdy brushes that should last some time. They are finely crafted brushes and the detail is CRAZY! The product definitely shows the hard work that has been put into these brushes.

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I finally got the chance to try them out and I do like them, they are soft and get the job done well. The blending brush is great and I’m sure it will become a favourite. The only thing is that I’m use to a smaller sized brush for blending. This isn’t an issue whatsoever; it’s just something I will surely get used to. If you are used to the MAC 217 brush for blending, this wand brush is a tad bigger. For comparison, I will say that this brush is the most similar to the MAC 224SH. As I mentioned earlier, these brushes are very soft and I was concerned that they would not blend the eyeshadow well or pick up enough product, but that was not the case at all. The brush fibers are very strong and secure; even if you pull them they will not come out. I have also washed these brushes, alongside all of my other brushes, and they did not shed and dried as good as new.

This is the look I created using these brushes, blending became my cardio:

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For $55USD or about $60CDN (without tax or shipping) you get 5 eyeshadow brushes. You get:

  • Angled eyeliner brush (Hermione’s Wand)
  • Flat eyeshadow brush (Voldemort’s Wand)
  • Domed detail brush (Harry’s Wand)
  • Angled blending brush (Ron’s Wand)
  • Fluffy blending brush (Dumbledore’s Wand)

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$60 is quite on par for 5 brushes with other companies, even if you were to buy 5 from MAC Cosmetics, Sigma, or Zoeva, they would be around the same price or even more. Storybook Cosmetics is also a cruelty free brand! Every time I use these brushes I end up playing with them and start passionately saying “EXPELLIARMUS”! But then all I can ever imagine is Professor Snape saying, “There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations in this class.” Did you read that in his voice? I know I definitely did 😛

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • Harry Potter Wand Makeup Brushes: $60

Until next time!


-Suman