May 25, 2011

The Body Shop Travel/Mini Brush Kit (Review)

TBS Travel/Mini Makeup Brushes Kit - A portable brush kit that includes an assortment of travel-friendly-size brushes: Blusher Brush, Eyeshadow Brush, Slanted Brush and Lipstick/Concealer Brush.

These were the first makeup brushes I bought from TBS, and I had picked them up on a sale at about 20% off.  Seemed to me at that time to be quite an upgrade from the sponge-tip applicators that came with the Lakme eye shadow quad!  And I didn't know that the MAC store just across the road sold brushes and not computers :|  Older and wiser now, here's what I think of the TBS mini-brush kit.

TBS Bodyshop Mini Travel Makeup Brushes Kit Reviews Angled eyeshadow lip blush reviews
TBS Bodyshop Mini Travel Makeup Brushes Kit Reviews Angled eyeshadow lip blush reviews

The TBS Travel/Mini makeup brush kit is a small pocket-sized edition containing mini versions of 4 TBS makeup brushes:
  • Blush brush
  • Eyeshadow brush
  • Angled eyeshadow/liner brush
  • Lip brush
The brushes are enclosed in a flap-type case with a small mirror on one flap and a small pocket on the other.  The two flaps fold up and are secured with velcro strips.  The makeup brushes themselves have shorter handles and though much smaller than the regular-sized TBS brushes in size, the brush heads themselves aren't too tiny.

TBS Bodyshop Mini Travel Makeup Brushes Kit Reviews Angled eyeshadow lip blush reviews

Oh..yes for the curious ones..that is a Chanel lipstick!  Can we get back to the very important review now? :P  :P

TBS Mini Blush Brush:  That's what TBS says, but I find this more useful for applying powder to the under eye area.  I don't claim much knowledge with makeup/blush application techniques, but I do find this not rounded enough for the purpose.  It's okay to use, though, and is very soft :)
TBS Bodyshop Mini Travel Makeup Brushes Kit Reviews Angled eyeshadow lip blush reviews
TBS Bodyshop Mini Travel Makeup Brushes Kit Reviews Angled eyeshadow lip blush reviews

The other 3 makeup brushes (including the lip brush), I use for eye makeup, so I am just clubbing them together - plus I am lazy :D

TBS Bodyshop Mini Travel Makeup Brushes Kit Reviews Angled eyeshadow lip blush reviews

TBS Mini Angled Eyeshadow/liner brush:  I use this for gel liners since I don't have any other brush.  It's also useful for lining using powder eyeshadows.

TBS Bodyshop Mini Travel Makeup Brushes Kit Reviews Angled eyeshadow lip blush reviews


TBS Mini Eyeshadow Brush:  Perfect for packing eyeshadows - the pat pat way :D
TBS Bodyshop Mini Travel Makeup Brushes Kit Reviews Angled eyeshadow lip blush reviews

I do have the regular-sized version of this brush from TBS, and I find these two brushes almost similar in quality.  The mini-version has a slightly smaller and less dense brush head compared to the regular version.  I didn't realize I should have cleaned the brush until after I had done with the photos, so for easy differentiation now, the dirtier blacker one is the regular-sized brush.  Though not that obvious in the photos, it is more densely packed then the smaller version, but don't the two look quite similar?

TBS Bodyshop Mini Travel Makeup Brushes Kit Reviews Angled eyeshadow lip blush reviews
TBS Bodyshop Mini Travel Makeup Brushes Kit Reviews Angled eyeshadow lip blush reviews

TBS Mini lip brush - meant for applying lipsticks/glosses.  I found this brush a bit too thick for lipsticks and more perfect for eyeshadows - use as a pencil brush to line along the lashline.

TBS Bodyshop Mini Travel Makeup Brushes Kit Reviews Angled eyeshadow lip blush reviews

Overall, the quality of the brushes in the kit good.  All the brushes are quite soft.  They have been washed a lot of times now and not shed, and the handles look just as new.  Like all TBS brushes, these too are made of synthetic hair and the wood used is sourced from sustainable forests - so you can feel good while using them :)

I am not sure if TBS has reduced the prices now, but when I bought it, it cost about Rs. 850, which I feel is a bit too high for this kit.  If you don't mind spending a little extra, I would recommend buying individual full-size brushes instead, though, because not all the brushes are that useful.  The shorter handles can also be quite problematic for larger hands.

TBS Mini/Travel Brush Kit (available here) - Cost $18.50

Disclaimer:  I have not used a lot of other brushes - just 2-3 other TBS brushes :)

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