Ever since I decided to step away from harsh, chemical fuelled skincare and embrace more natural botanical and plant based products I have also been trying my best to stick to only cruelty free products. By 'trying my best' I mean as far as I can research online - there is a lot of controversy over this term and what it means to different people and also about brands that claim to be cruelty free but many believe are not, so it's a bit of a minefield, but I try my best.
I was recently asked if I'd like to try out some of L.A.B.²'s make up brushes and so I did my research and found that they are synthetic and cruelty free so was really interested to give them a try, especially as I've not always had success with synthetic brushes in the past. I was very kindly sent their foundation and lip brushes and here are my thoughts following a few uses!
First up lets talk about the Don’t Get Mad, Get Even Foundation Brush (£9.99). I will be honest here and say that I have never got on 100% with a foundation brush and most days still use my hands and a blender to apply my base, but I was actually pleasantly surprised with this one. I think the reason I have trouble with them is because I pretty much always use full coverage foundations due to my uneven and blemish prone skin, and naturally as this is a thicker product is is naturally more prone to look streaky if brushed on rather than stippled or sponged on.
I have to say that there was much less streakiness when using this brush - the bristles are nice and fine and soft and the tapered end means you can easily work the product into those tricky places like around your eyes and nose. The flat shape and flexibility did mean I couldn't really use it well for stippling but that's nothing a very quick swish over with a blender can't fix.
Another thing I liked about these synthetic bristles is that they didn't absorb and waste lots of product as some natural hair burshes can be prone to. It also hardly shed at all when I cleaned it and the shape and semi matte finish to the handle makes it really comfortable and easy to use. It's definitely something I'll be keeping in my kit for those good days when I can wear a less heavy foundation.
The second product I tried was the the Read My Lips Lip Brush (£4.99*) which is a handy little devil as it has a protective outer case that then doubles up as the brush handle. Again the shape of the bristles has been well thought through, again it's a flat brush which means you can use the edges to get a nice crisp outline to the lips plus the rounded tip makes it a since to get a nice smooth layer of colour or to blend a few colours for a tres chic ombre lip look.
I'm a one for just applying straight from the lipstick bullet or liquid lippy applicator but this brush gets such a nice even finish without using too much product that it's become a staple in my make up routine. Because I'm using it so regularly it's had quite a few cleans already and still looks as good as new, again hardly losing any bristles and staying soft and flexible.
I was really pleased with these brushes. The all black look is very stylish and of course appeals very much to me and I think the price point is pretty great for brushes this good. I've decided to add some more to my collection soon, first up I think I'll be getting the I’m Turning Pro Brush Set which seems like great value at £19.99 for four brushes and I'm really intrigued to see how their eyeshadow brush compares to my other favourites!
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