There’s something about the black and red metal brushes in Sonia Kashuk’s new Scarlet Starlet 4-Piece Brush Set ($14.99) that reminds me of gadgets. The four travel-ready brushes, and the black and silver clutch in which they live, look almost like something that could have been made by Apple.
With the set, you get three eye brushes — an eyeshadow brush, a fluffy domed brush and a short shader — and one smaller blush/face brush.
Scarlet Starlet 4-Piece Brush Set, $14.99
I kinda wish I could swap the blush brush for an angled eye brush because then the set would cover the basics in terms of the brushes I regularly use on my eyes, but c’est la vie. Even with one somewhat random face brush in the mix, the four brushes Sonia selected here provide for a lot of flexibility when creating looks.
All three of the eye brushes worked together well yesterday when I used them for my pink/purple eye, and the only thing I found myself missing was the angled eye brush to fill in my brows.
The flat shader brush is small enough for detail work on my lids and in the crease, while the fluffy domed crease brush blends colors to perfection. And the flat shader brush, even though it feels a little scratchy to me, produces some nice, soft lines.
I generally like Sonia’s brushes, but I don’t think all of them are up to MAC standards when it comes to durability. Some have begun to fall apart on me after a few years, while I have MAC brushes that are still going strong after a decade of heavy use.
The barrel on my beloved Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Brush recently fell off while I was washing it, and the poor thing was barely three years old.
With that in mind, would I rely exclusively on these brushes for daily use? Probably not. I think they’re great for touchups and travel, but I think I’d want something sturdier in the long run.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Target stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
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