Friday, 18 November 2016

Born Pretty Oval Brush*

Oval make-up brushes have been making waves in the beauty world lately, starting  (I think!) with the pricey Artis brushes, with versions quickly popping up from everyone from MAC to Makeup Revolution. So when I saw that Born Pretty Store had their own version, I was eager to give it a go and see what all the fuss was about!
Born pretty oval brush
The Oval Brush* was described as being suitable for both cream and powder products; I went for the silver option, but the brush was also available in Rose Gold and one other colour which I can't remember. My first impressions were that it feels quite cheap - and to be fair, it is, so I can't really complain! I did feel that the handle felt quite flimsy, although the fibres feel nice and soft and are well-cut.
BornPrettyStore Oval Brush
I tried this first for liquid foundation, and I've tried a couple of brands, applying product onto the back of my hand, directly onto the brush, or dabbing on my face and then blending. With all three techniques, I found that the brush seemed to move product around rather than blending it in, leaving it looking streaky and patchy. Not to be put off, I've also tried the brush for powder-based products such as blusher and loose powder; sadly, the fibres seem to be too densely-packed to pick product up properly, or distribute it evenly on the skin. Again, it ends up looking patchy and uneven - I've tried everything I can think of but just haven't been able to get it to work for me.
BPS Oval Brush
Sadly (or not?), the Born Pretty Oval Brush doesn't seem to be available on their site anymore, but I seem to recall it was around £3; it's probably worth keeping an eye on the site if you're interested, as the stock seems to be updated pretty frequently. Have you tried any oval make-up brushes? Is there a brand you'd recommend?

xo
[*Product provided for consideration.]
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16 comments:

  1. That's a shame that it didn't work that well for you. I've never tried an oval brush, they look really cool but I'm barely able to work with a Beauty Blender so it's a bit advanced for me haha!
    Beth x | Adventure & Anxiety

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    1. I'd stick with the Beauty Blender to be honest Beth! xo

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  2. I've heard a lot about these, but I feel like the beauty blender is my make-up staple right now!

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    1. I really wanted to love it but sadly it wasn't to be! I'm sticking with my beauty blender for now, too :) xo

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  3. I've never even heard of oval brushes, which shows how behind the beauty times I must be! ;) Shame this one didn't work out for you - I do love discovering budget products that do the job just as well the pricey versions! x

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    1. Don't we all Jax! Sadly this one wasn't for me, though. xo

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  4. I've never heard of oval brushes, but sounds interesting. Sorry to be side-tracked, but where did the compact mirror come from? I love it!

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    1. It's actually my NARS Orgasm blusher, I kept the overlay because it's so pretty! :) xo

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  5. I've seen these oval brushes online. Haven't really used them before. That blusher/palette in your picture reminds me a lot of NARS Andy Warhol. What is it exactly? x

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    1. It's a Limited Edition NARS Orgasm blusher, still available here: http://www.lookfantastic.com/nars-cosmetics-limited-edition-orgasm-blush-8g/11321286.html :) xo

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  6. I do love an oval brush but if the bristles are too densely packed, they definitely leave streaks x

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    1. Yep that's what I've discovered! I'll have to try something else I think :)

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  7. I love oval brushes, they work so well and always makes my foundation look great!

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    1. Yeah I've heard good things, I'll have to try another brand! :)

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  8. I haven't heard of oval brushes - my daughters probably have. I rarely wear make up though. Kaz x

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  9. I have heard of thr Artis brushes but not this brand. Shame it didn't work - I personally love my bblender, tarte and spectrum brushes.

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