Sunday, May 22, 2011

Essence of Beauty Deluxe Duo Set


I recently picked up the Essence of Beauty Deluxe Duo Brush set from CVS for $15 (minus $3 from a coupon) and I wanted to do a quick review (no rambling!). I decided to grab these after months of debating because I saw that they had new versions of this with different handles. The new ones have a black rubber center and silver metal ferrules which looked very unattractive. You get three duo brushes in the set which is great for traveling. The design can be a pain for those of you who store your brushes upright though.


Here we have from top to bottom, the blender, blush, and foundation brush. The blender brush is oddly shaped because it is somewhat flat and not dense at all. I think this was supposed to be for the eye area but it is way too big for anything to do with the eyes. This brush sheds A LOT and it is my least favorite brush in the whole set. I supposed this can work for contouring the nose or something but I would have preferred if they had another brush instead of this one. The blush brush resembles the Mac 168 in color and shape. This is one of my favorite brushes in the set because it is very soft and it applies blush very well. It looks a bit small but it is a great size for applying blush to the apples of your cheeks. The foundation brush is a favorite for many people and I can see why. This is the first paddle shaped foundation brush I have used and it applies well. The hairs are soft and dense which are great for applying liquid foundation.


On the other side we have the eye shadow, powder, and concealer brushes. The eyeshadow brush also shed like the blender brush (but not nearly as bad as), making this duo my least favorite of the three. I like the angled shape of this brush though because it's good for depositing color in the crease. The powder brush is too small to be used for powder but it does a decent job at applying highlighter. The blush and powder duo is really convenient for travel purposes. The powder brush did shed a few hairs during the first wash but nothing too bad. The concealer brush is decent but it is not soft enough for my under eye area. I think this would be good for applying cream shadows though.


There was also some discoloration on some of the ferrules. This does not affect performance but it really shows the lack of consistency and quality of the product.


At less than $3 per brush, the set is decent. My favorite brushes are the blush and foundation brushes which I use very often. However, I still prefer Ecotools brushes as my favorite drugstore brushes which are made with more care and thought. I do not know if I would recommend this set to anyone unless there is a good sale going on.

12 comments :

  1. That looks like an amazing price for this set of brushes. I have heard so much decent things about Ecotools and I have yet to try! Forget about the lack of consistency, as long as the brush is good itself, then doesn't matter right :)

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  2. I've seen the newer versions too! They are very unattractive =X Is it a pain to wash these brushes since you probably have to wash one side and dry it before doing the same for the other? It's strange how the essense of beauty foundation brush in this set and in the single sided set are completely different sizes! Otherwise I wouldn't be debating whether or not to get it.

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  3. Winnie*: You should try Ecotools! They're really soft and durable! I prefer buying good quality brushes because I want them to last a long, long time. I don't mind spending a bit more money if the brush will last me 10 years :)

    mandy: I wash both sides at the same time and lay them flat to dry so it's not really a problem. Yeah, it is weird how they make the individual brushes differently. The blush brush looks pretty much the same though!

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  4. I like the foundation and concealer brush too :D I have the same one :) hehe

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  5. I want Essence of Beauty Deluxe Duo Set after reading your reviews...huaaa >__<

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  6. Ohh I really want to try the eye one!! I've heard such good things about it! Too bad Canada doesn't have these. :\

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  7. thank you for this honest review! will probably stick to the eco tools and sigma brushes i won for now. :)

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  8. Rainy Days: I tried the concealer brush for cream eyeshadow today and it's pretty good for that!

    nisa-chan: Aww, it's not phenomenal but it's decent. Not entirely lust worthy in my opinion!

    JW: The eye one? Do you mean the brushes that they make for the eyes? I have the crease brush duo from Essence of Beauty and they were my first makeup brushes ever. They're decent but are somewhat scratchy :/

    sugar sugar: Yep, I'm sure Ecotools and Sigma brushes are better!

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  9. Great review! Although I'm not too fond of double-ended brush.

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  10. Great review, hun! I've always been interested in trying these brushes, but now, I'm not so sure. For one, I don't like double-ended brushes. I also don't like how they shed. I don't know. Somehow, their whole packaging, design, and functionality doesn't really appeal to me enough for me to buy them. I'll stick to my Sigma brushes :) By the way, I'm a new follower, and I really enjoy your posts! If you're interested, please check out my blog and follow me as well :) I look forward to reading your future posts!

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  11. Pang: I store my face brushes flat because my house gets dusty really easily (lots of pollution in New York haha) so I don't mind having double ended brushes :) They're great for travel!

    Huda Kaake: Yeah, they're not worth a purchase if you have good quality brushes that you like already. Thanks for following!! :D

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  12. kinda looks like bobbi brown brushes,
    i like from bobbi the round brush and foundation brush :)

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