First Impressions & Mini-Review: AOA Studio Kabuki Face Brushes
Today’s first impressions and mini-review features the AOA Studio Kabuki Face Brushes.
I’d been on the fence ordering from the site (read: endless cart editing because I couldn’t decide what to purchase first). As luck would have it, I was able to order the brushes the day they launched. The Canadian dollar improved slightly at the time, so I took the plunge. Even with the exchange rate and the extra cost of shipping, I’d say the purchase was worth it.
I’ve been using the five face brushes for the last two weeks and so far, they’re pretty rad.
- I used the F1 to apply liquid foundation.
- I used the F2 to apply cream contour.
- I used the F3 to apply cream blusher.
- I used the F4 to blend and buff.
- I used the F5 to apply cream contour.
At the time I purchased the items, each brush cost $1.40 CAD (per the website’s currency exchange. As of this post, each brush (when they become available again) costs $1.27 CAD.
- Super soft brushes. They’re comparable to Real Techniques or Morphe Brushes in bristle quality. I also have some unbranded brushes purchased through ebay that feel this scrumptious.
- The bristles shed. I washed them before their initial use and some of the brushes shed on me. I’ll post an update if shedding continues.
- Some of the bristles aren’t cut correctly. The F1 is supposed to be a flat kabuki brush and there are uneven cuts throughout the brush. It kind of looks like a hedge that didn’t get trimmed properly.
- The ferrules are slightly loose. So far, they’re all intact. Let’s hope it stays that way.
Something that I’m not sure is a pro or a con is the weight. They look sturdy and again are comparable to other known brands, but they have an odd lightness to them that almost makes me feel like they’ll fall apart.
However, they perform well. After using the F1 to apply my liquid foundation, I went over my face with the F4 to smooth out any streaks. The softness of the bristles makes blending out liquid, powder, and cream products effortless. (I’ll talk about my go-to everyday makeup in an upcoming post.)
I must say the brushes aren’t too shabby for the first of my haul reviews for this website. I’ll be testing out the eye brushes, as well. Can’t wait to play more with all the makeup, as well. I figured that they deserve more of a test for performance and longevity that goes beyond arm swatches, so stay tuned for that.
Until next time…