Hello, today's post is about make up brushes again! This time it'll be about Coastal Scents make up brushes.
I bought these from a Kiosk store in Hong Kong's Gala Place 家樂坊 shopping mall. I usually don't remember which boutique I go to in HK but for some reason I remembered this one.
They were also selling Too Cool for School products there. Whether these Coastal Scents products are real or fake I would have no clue but they seemed legit to me.
Price-wise I was running very low on money by the time I made my way to the shop so I would imagine it worked out anywhere between $30-50AUD all up, which is very overpriced compared to USD but still OK.
Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff brush BR 250
I think the blending fluff brush is made of synthetic fibres although it doesn't say what it is.
All the brushes have a wooden handle painted in matte black. The wood feels lighter than MAC brush handles although it still feels comfortable to hold. The ferrule is attached on well and feels sturdy.
Comparison between Coastal Scents BR250 and MAC 217 brushes
MAC is on the left and Coastal scents is on the right in the top part of the picture.
I use this brush the same way as I would with the blending brush to either pack on and blend e/s.
As with the MAC they say you can use this on cream and powder products but I only use powder products with these brushes.
Is it a dupe? Short answer No.
- BR250 hairs are more coarse than MAC 217 so it ends up feeling more scratchy
- The bristles are not as densely packed as MAC 217
- Doesn't blend quite as well as MAC 217
- BR250 tends to have more stray hairs
- The I like the glittery handle of MAC haha
BR 250 leaves me feeling confused as I can't tell the difference when I just touch the bristles. The difference becomes very obvious when you apply it onto the eyes.
I probably wouldn't repurchase it because I think Ecotools and Real Techniques can do a better job as a drugstore brand.
Coastal Scents Classic Blender Crease Natural brush BR-C-N08
The bristles of this brush is made of Pony hair and I really like it!
I can't compare it with anything else I have because I don't really have anything similar.
My Japonesque pro eyeshadow brush has similar feeling but is much smaller (post here).
- Soft bristles
- Able to pack on e/s as well as blend
- Natural bristles provide a more precise application but also enough give to allow for blending
- Tapered point which retains its shape after cleaning
- Good quality handle and ferrule
- Can't fault this brush, it's very good quality for its price
Would definitely repurchase this brush!
Coastal Scents Classic Blended Crease Synthetic brush BR-C-S08
This is the synthetic equivalent of BR-C-N08
I usually steer clear from these black synthetic bristles as they are usually very poor quality.
However these bristles felt stiff yet not scratchy so I thought it was worth a try.
- Can be used with powder and cream products
- Stiffer bristles make it more ideal for packing on e/s
- Bristles retain its shape
- Does not feel scratchy on the eyes
- Able to be used to blend e/s - better for blending cream products
- Stiffer bristles means sometimes it wipes away what you applied and becomes patchy if not careful
I feel mixed about this brush because it doesn't work the same as its natural version. It packs on e/s well around the outer corners but it doesn't blend that well. Maybe it does a better job with blending cream products.
Coastal Scents Classic Angle Synthetic brush BR-C-S05
BR-C-S05 as the same stiffness as BR-C-S08.
It has a tapered end which is also angled. Technically this shape makes it really easy to contour the eyes in one sweep, but I found I am really not that fond of brushes of this shape in general.
- Angled shape pats e/s on neatly into the contour of the eye
- Just fluffy enough to pick up enough e/s
- Able to be used with powder and cream products
- Retains its shape
- Does not pack on e/s as well as a normal flat shader brush
If you like angle brushes you might like this, but I just prefer domed, fluffy and paddle shaped brushes better.
Coastal Scents Classic Shadow Small Natural brush BR-C-N01
I had a few ideas in mind for this tiny little brush. I wanted it to help smudge out eyeliner, provide very precise application for inner, outer and contour areas of the eye, and maybe even apply eyeliner too.
These are two very different brushes but I thought this would give a good idea of how small BR-C-N01 is compared with the typical shader brush like the MAC 239
- Natural fibres are made of pony hair
- Tapered end allows for precise application for closer to the lash line
- Tapered end retains its shape well enough during application of products
- Does not feel scratchy on the eyes
- I like to use it on its point rather than lay it flat to pat on e/s
- Able to blend out eyeliner
- Able to be used to draw a line, but not a very precise one
- If you try to use it like a flat brush the ferrule will touch your eye easily
- Not able to draw a solid coloured line, you get a blended soft liner finish
- Does not draw a thin line
- I wouldn't use this with gel liner (in case you wanted to)
So overall I was very happy with the brown pony hair bristled brushes and I would probably buy all the natural brown pony hair brushes if I had the chance.
The only brushes I regret buying are the fluff brush and angled brush.
Having said that buying these online at the Coastal Scents online store would be much cheaper but not all brushes are of the same quality so you would find them very hit and miss.
Nevertheless for less than $5USD you can't really go wrong.
Until then that's all for now folks!