I got all lusty lady today when I opened the Smashbox Rapture Travel Brush Collection ($49), with the world in slow motion, the air searing hot, and the beating of my heart pounding in my ears.
Gingerly, I unbowed the ribbon on the pink quilted purse (sooo Chanel-esque, LOVE!), teasing the soft fabric with my fingers…
Smashbox’s Travel Brush Kit is one of several gift sets now available as part of the Smashbox Rapture Holiday Collection and comes with five short-handled travel brushes for face and eyes.
Soft Brush Heads
I don’t always like holiday brush sets because I think a lot of them come with brushes of poorer construction (scratchy and/or flimsy) than usual for a line. Most of the time, their allure has to do with the fact that, bundled with gift sets, they’re a heck of a lot cheaper than $20-30 brushes from the big guns like MAC.
But the Rapture Travel Brush set is better than most. I wouldn’t use these brushes every day for months (they’re not quite as soft as my full-size Sonia Kashuk and MAC brushes), but they’re definitely a step up from the MAC travel brush sets I’ve used in the past. Throw in the gorgeous pink carrying case, and you’re looking at a pretty good deal.
- Travel Face Brush:
- Travel Contour Brush and Liner Brush:
- Travel Angled Blending Brush:
- Travel Shadow Brush:
- Travel Smudger Brush:
This medium-sized brush head is flexible enough to be used as a face or a blush brush, but out of the five brushes in the set, this one feels the coarsest to me.
With heads on both ends, it’s like you’re getting a sixth brush in the set. One end is for liner, and it’s amazing! It feels incredibly soft on my lash line and creates very smooth, silky lines. The other end — the angled contour brush — has stumped me. I haven’t figured out how to use it yet, LOL! Any suggestions?
This brush easily blends away harsh lines and feels cozy and soft against my skin.
Fluffier than most shadow brushes I’ve used before, this brush can also apply color to the crease and the outer V. It applies dry shadow flawlessly, but I’m won’t use it with creams and wet products. When I did it applied kinda blotchy.
This brush’s blunt shape makes smudging eyeliner a breeze, but I wish the bristles were softer (boo).
Smashbox Rapture Travel Brush Collection
Use: A sexy carrying case and five above average brushes make this a nice gift
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Made for Travel
The lightweight brushes fit well in their pink quilted bag, yet aren’t so snug that they’re apt to get squished or deformed while they’re in storage.
A Few Things to Consider
As good as they are, these brushes don’t include equivalents to the MAC 266 or 217, and those go with me everywhere, so I’d want to bring along a couple extra brushes to supplement the set.
Oh Hole-y Workout Pants
How was your Saturday? El Hub and I stayed home. He asked me what I wanted for Christmas, and I told him workout pants. Mine are falling apart. Each pair has at least one hole, usually near the bum area, and in this cold weather that’s not cool — or, rather, it is cool but in a bad way. Needless to say, it’s winter and I don’t need the extra air conditioning.
I’ve got my eyes on a new pair of Lululemon Grooves. The pair I have now is fraying at the bottoms, but they keep me warm, wick away sweat and, most importantly, make my booty look cute.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,