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Jan 28, 2009

Essence of Beauty Blender Brush Review

I was wandering around CVS a few days ago. I blame my aimless wandering on some sort of alien force that swayed me to enter the doors of a US drugstore because I'd honestly never set foot in a drugstore otherwise...wasn't me...I was possessed....had to be that.


I was wandering aimlessly and I came across the Essence of Beauty Blender Brush and promptly purchased it!

This isn't my first run in with Essence of Beauty makeup brushes and I sure do wish I'd just take the plunge already and purchase a few as they are damn good brushes for the price!

The Essence of Beauty Blender Brush is a pocket size wonder that works fantastic at buffing in mineral powder, adding a dash of blush to cheeks, or works fab at sweeping a thin layer of powder under the eyes for a quick touch up. It blends cheek color seamlessly onto my face and tucks nicely into my purse for quickie touch ups. I'm not partial to mineral foundation but this brush definitely makes application way easier and much nicer, possibly making a mineral foundation lover out of me as it blends flawlessly.

The bristles are super soft, the handle is nice and chubby so it fits nice and steady in my hand, and did I mention it's only $7.99 USD? Where can you get such a nice brush at that price?

Honestly, if you're looking for some seriously great brushes at a budget friendly price and not wanting to dish out for costly MAC or counter brushes check out the Essence of Beauty line up at CVS as it's really a great steal and a deal.

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Anonymous youdee said...

I've never really spent that much on brushes - do you think they really make a difference, Muse? I usually apply my tinted moisturiser/sheer foundation with my fingers but I was thinking about buying the MAC 187. I need your expert opinion!

January 28, 2009 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi youdee!

I've spent far too much on brushes :) I normally use fingers for my foundation too ;-) but eye makeup I go all out for beauty brushes...especially mac brushes as they do make a difference in how my eye makeup comes's worth getting at least a blender brush from mac as it's a god sent imho :)

the 187 is fab but I don't use it for foundation hehe ;) It's a great brush for buffing foundation on or in my case I use it with MSF or fine shimmers!


January 28, 2009 at 1:04 PM  
Anonymous evesterr said...

Hi there,
You have a beautiful and imformative blog. From browsing through your site, I figured you own a massive amount of makeup. I know makup expires or goes bad eventually. I am curious to know what you do with all your makeup since its a lot of money and you won't be able to finish everything you purchase.

January 28, 2009 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Tammy M said...

Youdee: you can get the Sonia Kashuk Highlighting brush at Target that is a great dupe of the MAC 187 for less than $15! I love EOB brushes, great quality for the price!

January 28, 2009 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello evesterr

thanks very much, glad you enjoy my blog.

I own a good deal of makeup yes. Normally what I do with my makeup is wear it :) If it goes bad I just throw in the garbage.

I label items with the date of purchase and toss them after the time frame...if I'm not using something I swap it away on Makeup Alley or sell it on Ebay (if it's new).

January 28, 2009 at 1:17 PM  
Anonymous InĂªs said...

Wow, and I was just looking for a decent blush brush :) Or this one shouldn't be used for applying blush, but rather should be used more for touch ups for pretty much everything? Sorry if you can't understand what I mean, I'm having trouble with translation ^^

January 28, 2009 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi tammy I still need to try her line!!!!!!!!!!!

January 28, 2009 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi ines :)

Your translation is fine hun :)

This works great at multitasking :) You can use it for touch ups, foundation powders, blushes, just about anything ;)

January 28, 2009 at 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Paige said...

I like Essence of Beauty brushes but recently I made a purchase from elf and picked up their Studio flat top brush. It's really good too. I was surprised. Another drugstore brand I'm really liking are ecotools. It's amazing how soft they are. Great post:)

January 28, 2009 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

That looks like a great brush ;)
It's funny, I always had MAC brushes but never appreciated my brushes until I started studying makeup and practicing tutorials last May. Then I added some Sonia Kashuk, ecoTools, and other taklon brushes, fiber optic brushes, etc to my collection. Now I wanna check this one out ;)

January 28, 2009 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger sarahPUFFY! said...

you will love the entire line of brushes. cheap, affordable, and easy to find. can't beat it.

January 28, 2009 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Dao said...

Hi Muse,

Thank you for the information. I've been lemming on a flat top buffing brush for a while now. Coastal Scents has some nice brushes but I don't like their shipping cost. Glad to know I can get one from the neighborhood drugstore for 8 bucks!

January 28, 2009 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi paige! How are you!?

My sis really enjoys the elf brushes :) ecotools are fab..I reviewed 'em a while back ago! I really like EoB even better actually..really a nice line!

January 29, 2009 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey dd!

It is it is :) I've never purchased brushes outside of mac and basically anything that came with a kit or a sephora set someone brought me...I have a HUGE array of brushes but a majority of them go unused since I use my mac so often..but honestly I'd love to add more of these BoE brushes to my stash as they are really nice ;)

January 29, 2009 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey sarah!


January 29, 2009 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

morning dao!

My pleasure :) Me either on CS. The shipping ends up becoming more than the item in some cases...I really wanted the shimmer palette but I'm too cheap to pay the shipping cost ;)

def check out cvs for's really inexpensive :)

January 29, 2009 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Askmewhats said...

awww this brush looks great!!!!

January 29, 2009 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

it's super nice plus cheap as hells!

January 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Janine - Harrisburg, PA said...

I have the eyeshadow one of these and adore it, It really blends my e/s beautifully!

January 30, 2009 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger jackieg02 said...

I bought it last night and used it today for my liquid foundation (in leiu of spending however much for a MAC 109). I really liked it for liquid foundation, it gave me some flawless looking skin. Thanks, Muse!

January 30, 2009 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi janine!

they are really great brushes :) and cheap too!

February 2, 2009 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi jackie!

yayayayaya so glad you like it!

February 2, 2009 at 12:51 PM  

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