I've been curious to give It Cosmetics a try for some time now after spending the better part of a year hearing and reading about people's great experiences with this brand. Almost everyone I follow who has used this brand has been thrilled with it.
Among the products I've heard people rave about are their brushes. But they're a bit pricey, which made it hard for me to take the plunge. I understand the value of a good brush, but I have so many makeup brushes, it was hard to justify the expense.
But this holiday season, It Cosmetics released a six-piece brush kit that I simply couldn't resist. For starters, the price was right ($39.50). But I was also in the market for a travel brush set. Let's be clear, I didn't need a travel set. I just always have a hard time narrowing down my selection to something reasonable when I'm on the go. That's why I wanted a good set of brushes that I could have already packed up and ready to go at a moment's notice. This set fit the bill.
Since I'd been eyeing their brushes for a while, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. Boy am I glad I finally did. These brushes are fantastic (even more so because they didn't break the bank).
Here's what It Cosmetics says about this set:
The ultra-luxurious, ultra-plush collection of brushes work with all your favorite products but take them to a new level of airbrush application! The sophisticated travel case flips around, becoming a vanity stand for your brushes.
Each Heavenly Luxe Brush sets a new standard for quality and makes for the most effective distribution of your favorite cosmetics. The soft brush hair is perfect for all skin types.
• 100% Synthetic, Cruelty-Free Hair.The set includes:
• PETA Friendly.
• Soft for even the most delicate skin
• High brush count for airbrush finishing
• Love at first application- guaranteed
• Heavenly Luxe Travel Multi-Powder Brush
• Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Foundation Brush
• Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Concealer Brush
• No-Tug Travel Crease Brush
• No-Tug Travel Allover Eye Shadow Brush
• No-Tug Eyeliner and Brow Brush with Spooly
• Travel case
Take a look at how nice they are. Talk about not skimping on aesthetics.
Don't worry, they're more than just pretty. But the name Heavenly Luxe fits them quite well. These brushes are soft. Legit soft. Bunny rabbit soft. But they're vegan, so no bunnies were harmed in the making. You can tell they're good quality when you hold them, as they feel well balanced and comfortable in your hands. Plus, they look super sleek.
Using this brush set and my hands, I was able to complete a full face of makeup with no problem. The brushes packed on color and blended out makeup effortlessly and feel fantastic to the touch. You pretty much have almost everything you need. I say almost because I can't be without my MAC 217 (and it's dupes). But other than that, I didn't feel like I was missing a thing.
I like to use the concealer brush as an eye shadow brush because its shape and stiffness makes it great for packing on color. This worked out well for me because I tend to prefer using my fingers or sponges to apply concealer. I'm also totally in love with the blending brush. It's so fluffy and soft. Plus, I have a minor infatuation with blending brushes. They're my favorite kind of makeup brush. And this one is no exception. The all over shadow brush is also fluffy, but a little flatter, so it makes it great for laying down color and blending it out.
I'm also thrilled that this set includes a spooly because this is usually the item I'll forget to pack and then I have to improvise (think procuring a super cheap toothbrush or even using my hair brush -- it's not cute). Interestingly, that angled brush is stiff enough to be great for brows and liner, but still feels amazingly gentle on your skin.
And let's not leave out the face brushes. The powder/blush brush is the perfect size. I don't like oversized powder brushes as I find it difficult to control product placement. I feel the size of this brush and it's fluffy bristles make it easy to apply blush and powder precisely and blend it out flawlessly. The foundation brush is also a nice blend of fluffy bristles that allow you to blend without streaks, but are also rigid enough to help you pack color wherever you may need added coverage.
By the way, these brushes didn't shed either. Not when I used them and not when I washed them. And, they retained their shape nicely after washing.
It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe 6-pc brush set with travel case
This set comes with a soft black, faux leather travel case that's not overly bulky and has a velcro closure. It Cosmetics says the case can be flipped around to create a vanity stand for the brushes, but I didn't find it stayed propped up well. Not a deal breaker. I'm happy to just lay it flat on the counter top when in use.
Oveall, I'm over the moon with this brush kit. These brushes are soft, effective, and a great introduction to It Cosmetics' brush line. If you're in need of a travel set or just want a nice set of brushes, definitely give these a shot. You won't regret it.
Do you have a set of brushes you reach for religiously for travel? Have you tried It Cosmetics brushes before?