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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Crown Brush | A Hit or a Miss?

One thing that I really appreciate as a blogger is the opportunity to discover and play around with new products from brands I would never have heard about otherwise, and one of those brands are Crown Brush. The very first time I had heard of them was back in 2013 I believe, when I first started blogging(I know, it's been such a long time!). I always read such great reviews, but somehow I never really got around to trying anything out from them, until now. 

I'm sure most of you will have heard of Crown Brush by now, but if you haven't, well, here's the lowdown. They first started off manufacturing brushes 35 years ago, but they also have a whole range of other products too, from makeup palettes to base products and even eyelashes too. There seems to be something for everyone. They are neither a high end brand, or drugstore. They sit firmly in the middle. The difference between Crown Brush and many other brands is that they're not only a brand, but a beauty manufacturer too, so the products that you're getting are coming directly from the manufacturer, instead of being distributed out, which means you get top quality products at a reduced price. Now that, I like.
Crown Brush Golden Peach Palette and Pro Rose Gold Brushes
Over the last couple of months I have been putting a few of their products to the test. First up is the Pro Eyeshadow Golden Peach Collection(£24.99). The palette consists of 20 different eyeshadow shades, 8 of which are mattes and 12 which are of the shimmer and foiled variety. They are mainly warm shades, but there's a mix of neutral shades within the palette too which I like as it's not totally consistent all the way through, and it gives you more choice as to what eye look you want to achieve, whether that's a bronzed smokey eye or a soft, warm eye.

 The bigger pans in the palette are the shimmer and foiled shades and the smaller pans are the mattes. The whole idea is to use the matte shades as you usually would, as a transition shade in the crease, but also in the inner corners of the eye and under the brow bone too.

The formula is a tricky one. They are all soft to the touch, but the difference is that the shimmer and foiled shades are much more intense in terms of pigmentation. From the first swipe the colour pay off is incredible. Now, as for the mattes, well they are a total different story. They too are soft(not chalky like some mattes tend to be) but some of the colours require a little more work to achieve full opacity.
Crown Brush Golden Peach Collection
Crown Brush Golden Peach Collection Swatches
Crown Brush Golden Peach Collection Swatches
Overall it's a really gorgeous palette, but I wish the formula and colour payoff was consistent throughout. I am super impressed with the colour range within the palette though. The warmer tones are my favourite, particularly the pinks, golds and the vibrant orange. They do a wonderful job at making my green eyes look bigger and brighter. It's really appropriate for the upcoming summer season.

Now, onto the brushes. I have four eye brushes from the Crown Pro Rose Gold Range; the Deluxe Angle Definer(£6.49), Deluxe Precision Detail(£6.49), Deluxe Chisel Fluff(£7.99) and the Deluxe Blending Crease Brush(£7.99). 

They not only look beautiful with the matte black handles and rose gold ferrules, but they are of great quality too. The bristles are so soft and I haven't experienced any form of fall out from the bristles either.
Crown Brush Pro Rose Gold Brushes

The Deluxe Precision Detail Brush is actually my favourite of the four. It has small, dense bristles, shaped like a bullet which makes it easy to place eyeshadow in the smallest areas such as the inner corners, under the brow bone and in the crease and lower lash line. I mostly use it to smudge eyeshadow along the lower lash line to build up and intensify a smoky eye.

I use it for it's exact purpose, to blend eyeshadow through the crease. It does a fab job at blowing out the eyeshadow, meshing all the transition colours together, creating an almost soft-focus finish. 

The Angle Definer can be used for different purposes- to apply liner to the top and bottom lash line and sculpt out the brows. I personally don't think the brush has dense enough bristles to use with a cream or pomade, but it's perfect to distribute powder through the brows for a natural brow look, which is exactly what I like to use it for on those 'no makeup makeup' days where I feel like wearing very little makeup.

The Chisel Fluff is a medium sized fluffy eyeshadow brush which I like to use to pack colour onto the lid, and then soften out the edges. I find it to be quite versatile actually as you can also use it to blend out the lower lash line too for a super smoky effect. 

I have really enjoyed trying everything out. I am actually surprised by most of the things I tried, particularly the eyeshadow brushes. They are super affordable and of such great quality. I just cannot fault them at all. As for the Golden Peach Palette, well, I still love it. Yes, the matte shades weren't as I'd expected them to be, but the shimmer and foiled shades are totally worth it in my opinion.

Have you tried anything from Crown Brush before?

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