I love good makeup brushes, I think they really make a difference in makeup application as they create a smoother, more professional finish. However, whilst I have some makeup brushes in my kit, it’s not something I’ve really invested in. I’ve always considered luxe makeup brushes to be the propriety of genuine makeup artists; I need to up my game in terms of makeup artistry before I can justify the cost.
There are of course, plenty of brushes in the middle price range. But the array of them makes me dizzy: they all look so similar, I’ve no idea the difference between synthetic & genuine hair, and how will I know it doesn’t shed?
I received the Royal & Langnickel S.I.L.K GeenLine brush kit at the ABBW, and broke into it straight away (my bad for not blogging about it sooner ).
Royal & Langnickel is a family owned and operated business based in the U.S., that has over 60 years of experience in brush-making. They have extensive lines of art and makeup brushes, for the professionals and everyday consumers. The S.I.L.K GeenLine brush kit is a part of their consumer lines in makeup brushes, and is eco-friendly.
The Royal & Langnickel S.I.L.K GeenLine brushes contain a blend of synthetic fibres, 100% bamboo handles with chrome plated nickel ferrules. Packaged in a sustainable cork case, it includes 12 brushes.
Face & Brow brushes:
There are 4 brushes for the face – (Left to Right) Concealer, Blush, Foundation and Powder.
And one for the brows.
I use the powder and blush brushes the most. I used to use foundation brushes a fair bit, but find using my fingers a more convenient and hygienic option. Same with concealers: I find using my fingers I can better control the amount and how I dispense the concealer onto the necessary areas on my face.
Not surprisingly, I don’t use the eyebrow brush at all. I don’t know why most eyebrow brushes seem to be made for people with massively thick eyebrows – I don’t need the metal or the wire brushes to brush out my non-existent eyebrow hairs, nor the long stiff brush that will drag away the colours and the last remaining hairs on my brows >.<
Eye & Lip brushes:
My most used brushes. There are 5 brushes for the eyes – (L to R) Smudger, Flat Liner, Eye Fluff, Eye Shaper (Bottom Right) Liner. And 1 for the Lips (Bottom Left).
Eye shaper – I use this to deposit the main colour(s) on the eyelids. The shape is perfect for covering the lids, but just the right size (about 1/3 of my eyelid) so you can still layer on 2-3 colour.
Flat Liner – I love this brush. It’s so perfectly square and thin that I can swipe it across my eye pencil and apply the pigments onto the lashline. I then dip it into a dark eyeshadow and apply that over the top of the pencil line to make it last longer. It’s also great for creating the winged liner look evenly on both eyes – just make sure it’s at the same angle from the outer corners of the 2 eyes.
Smudger – Ok I don’t really know what this is for, as when it comes to eyeliner I don’t really like to smudge it out, but rather keep it a nice and defined. I do use this for contouring my sockets and highlighting inner corners of the eyes.
Eye Fluff – My least favourite eye brush. I think this is like a blending brush, to blend out the different colours on the eyelids, sockets and brow bone. But I find the angle makes it difficult to manoeuvre, and the brush picks off a lot of the colours already on the eyes. I prefer to use a bigger round brush to blend out my eyeshadows.
Liner – I don’t use this to line the top lashline as I prefer the Flat Liner or the Bobbie Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush, to create slick, dark lines. However I do use this for subtle lining of the lower lashline.
Lip – A fantastic lip brush. It’s thin and stiff enough so I can use the edge to line my lips, but flexible enough to use the rest to fill in my lips. Admittedly I don’t use lip brushes a lot, as I quite like the look of undefined nude lips (and I still wear nude lip colours more frequently). But when I wear a bright colour, especially coral or deep red, I always apply it with this lip brush.
I’m no expert when it comes to makeup brushes, but I’ve really enjoyed using the Royal & Langnickel S.I.L.K GreenLine Makeup Brushes. They’re soft (no prickliness on the face), deposit colours easily, and most importantly, have not shed even one hair. It does struggle to deposit glitter onto the eyelid (the glitter ends up deep within the fibres), but I don’t use glitter eyeshadows much so it’s not overly problematic for me.
It’s a medium priced brush kit. So if you’re a makeup intermediate like me, it’s a worthwhile purchase. I’m particularly pleased that I actually do use majority of the brushes – which is difficult to find for me. With this kit, I just need a smaller eyeshadow brush and a shorter but thicker eyeliner brush, and that’s all the brushes I need.
Royal & Langnickel S.I.L.K GreenLine Makeup Brush kit retails for US$119.99 and is available on their website.
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