Friday, September 24, 2010

Charm Pro 21-Piece Makeup Brush Set Review







My friend Sophie of Beautynomics sent me a beautiful Charm PRO 21-Piece makeup brush set that she personally designed and conceptualized. I am truly impressed by this set, and that is not because she is my friend, but because of the jaw-dropping number of brushes in the set (21!), and also because of how well-made and classy-looking the items are.

Here is how Sophie describes her Charm PRO set on her Beauty and Minerals online store:

Beauty & Minerals’ signature makeup brush brand Charm has been giving you beautiful, quality, and affordable makeup brushes for the past three years, and is introducing something new! Something brilliant, something professional.

Introducing, the Charm PRO Makeup Brush line. Professional makeup brushes for makeup artist, for the ultimate makeup lover.

BEAUTIFUL IN BLACK
For the first time, Charm has created a black makeup brush set, opting for minimalism, as it is the standard color for professional makeup artists. Savor in the sleek black color of our new set. Black is elegant. Black is beautiful.

PROFESSIONAL

Our brushes are made of the finest animal and synthetic hair. Guaranteed soft, but efficient enough to pick up enough product for your professional makeup application.

The Charm Makeup Brush Set features 21 pcs. of professional makeup brushes perfect to bring along with you in makeup school, during your makeup gigs, or as a part of your makeup brush collection. These brushes are designed for advanced users who would want to create looks beyond basic. Create an endless array of makeup looks with the Charm Pro Makeup Brushes!

COMPLETE
We give you 21 pcs. of professional makeup brushes that we deem complete for doing makeup. No more, no less.Take it from us.

The Charm PRO Makeup Brush Set is composed of 21 professional quality makeup brushes, with a brush roll for storage.

The Charm PRO Makeup Brush Set includes:

1. Dual Fibre Brush
2. Large Powder Brush
3. Small Powder/Blush Brush
4. Foundation Brush
5. Angled Contour Brush
6. Concealer Brush
7. Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush
8. Eye Shader Brush
9. Tapered Blending Brush
10. Angled Shading Brush
11. Pencil Point Brush
12. Precise Crease Blending Brush
13. Flat Liner Brush
14. Precise Concealer Brush
15. Angled Liner/Brow Brush
16. Bent Liner Brush
17. Eyebrow Defining Brush
18. Mini Fan Brush
19. Brow Spoolie/Lash Brush
20. Fan Brush
21. Retractable Lip Brush

Price : USD 78


Here are some photos of my own Charm PRO brush set, and my thoughts on these:

Brush photos and review after the jump










As you can see, the brushes have their own individual plastic packaging and protective sleeves for the brushes that need to have their shapes preserved.






L-R: Fan Brush, Retractable Lip Brush, Brow Spoolie/Lash Brush, Mini Fan Brush, Eyebrow Defining Brush


L-R: Eyebrow Defining Brush, Bent Liner Brush, Angled Liner/Brow Brush, Precise Concealer Brush, Flat Liner Brush, Precise Crease Blending Brush


L-R: Pencil Point Brush, Angled Shading Brush, Tapered Blending Brush, Eye Shader Brush, Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush, Concealer Brush


L-R: Angled Contour Brush, Foundation Brush, Small Powder/Blush Brush, Large Powder Brush, Dual Fibre Brush

I don't know if you can see how nice the quality of the brushes is. These are animal and synthetic hairs that don't scratch the skin but are very soft to the touch. The hairs are tightly crimped at the ferrules. I washed the eye brushes and they didn't shed. I have yet to wash the face brushes so I will let you know. What impressed me the most is that many of the brushes look like near dupes of the MAC brushes, both in appearance and feel. The Pencil Point brush looks almost identical to the MAC 219 brush. The Eye Shader Brush's head shape looks a lot like the MAC 239 brush. The Mini Fan brush looks eerily similar to MAC's mini fan brush.  The Tapered Blending Brush has the look and feel of the MAC 222 brush.  The Precise Concealer Brush looks like my Essence of Beauty concealer brush.

This is the clincher, the Duo Fibre brush:


Top: MAC 187 brush
Bottom: Charm Pro Duo Fibre Brush


L-R: MAC 187, Charm Pro Duo Fibre

Sophie started designing brushes in 2007. During that time, she didn't have the MAC 187 and I did, so she asked me to measure the dimensions of the 187, including the head size. She wanted something that would be a near dupe of the 187. She made her first duo fibre brush pink. This time, she made it black and yet retained the original head size but made the handle a bit longer than the 187's.  The result is something that is not totally identical to the 187 but has the feel and performance of the latter.

All in all, I am very impressed with the quality of these brushes, the density of the heads, the design and packaging, and the fact that there is just about one brush in the set for any makeup application job you can think of. I also like the faux leather brush roll to keep everything in shape and accounted for.

I will be using these brushes for my tutorials so you can see their performance.  Since they have the sturdy feel of my existing brushes, I am positive they will do well.

You can purchase the brushes by filling up the Order Form HERE. They take orders from worldwide, and the brushes will be shipped from Manila, Philippines.

The Shades Of U Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars

Wait, there's MORE!







Just how darling are these kabuki brushes? If you think that the 21-piece set lacks a kabuki or buffing brush, look no further! These are very soft-haired kabukis and they come in their own cute pink cases. I love both and will be using them to buff mineral foundation and to buff in blushes for a lit-from-within effect.

You can also purchase these at the Beauty and Minerals website.

Prices: Kabuki $14, Mini Kabuki $7.50

NOTE: A media sample was sent by a representative of the brand for consideration and evaluation. All opinions are 100% mine.

4 comments:

Shopcoholic said...

ahh.. so pretty!

Alen Gray said...

Thank you,

The information provided through this is really worthwhile as far as the importancy concerned. It helps to improve knowledge about foundation makeup brushes.

Anonymous said...

the big brushes sheds and bleeds like crazy and the blending brushes are waaay too soft! Not good quality I must say. Sorry.

The Shades Of U said...

Anonymous- well that's the exact opposite of my experience with these brushes. The brushes don't shed at all in my experience, and the blending brushes are quite firm enough for blending. For the price, these are great brushes that really WORK.

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