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Review: Vortex Professional Brush Kit by Ren Ren for Sedona Lace

I have been dabbling with the Vortex Professional brush kit by Ren Ren for Sedona Lace. Thought it was time to share my thoughts. I’m sure you have all heard of Ren Ren! She is an amazing self-taught make-up artist come beauty blogger.

Let me start by saying that this isn’t one of those collaborations where a blogger/vlogger puts their name to a product that has no thought put into it. It’s clear Ren chose good quality, practical brushes. They are soft and supple yet sturdy. The bottom line is that this kit is great value. It comes with a brush belt for $79.95 or without for $69.95 – I say go for the one with the belt. It’s really soft and doesn’t feel at all cheap.

 

A closer look….

Left to Right:

Synthetic Blender – EB 13 : Use it for eyeshadow, eye base or concealer. Great for blending out the crease of the eye.

Pointed Crease – EB 15 : The tapered top makes this brush ideal for crease work and small eyes.

Universal Blender – EB 09 : This is a blender brush for eyes. I prefer to use it for crease blending but sometimes use it for all over application.

Detailed Shader – EB 21 : A small shader for more precise work. Good for smudging the lash line and packing on colour.

Flat Synthetic – EB 11 : Great for concealer and liquid eyeshadows.

 

From bottom:

Bent Liner – EB 19 : Great for those who have difficulty applying liquid liner. Gives a clean edge.

Brow Spoolie Duo – EB 17 : The angled brow side has more stiff bristles to help get the shadow into the brow naturally. The spoolie side is to blend out harsh lines.

Capped Lip Brush – LB 23: Comes with a lid that balances the brush for application when popped on the back.

 

Left to right:

Jumbo Fan – FB 01: This brush is designed for even distribution of powder based products- from catching eyeshadow fallout to applying bronzer.

Tulip Contour – FB 03: This one is a contour brush but also doubles as a cream foundation blender.

Flat Top Buffer – FB 07: This flat top buffer is designed for foundation application.  The top helps buff in powder, liquid, or cream foundation and gives an airbrushed finish. I like to use this damp.

Dome Contour – FB 05: Great for contouring. This is a dense brush which buffs in contour shades.  I also like to use this for liquid foundation when I want a bit more coverage.

The set comes with a brush belt which is a good deal. It’s soft and supple. My favourite thing about it is that it can be worn around your waist and zipped up. No other brush belt I have is that convenient.

You can have a closer look at the brushes on Sedona Lace’s website.  Link!

What is your favourite brush set?

Hauls, Make-up Brushes / Tools

Beauty tool shopping…

How many brushes and sponges does one face need? Quite a lot apparently :)

That being said, I was quite good in Chicago and came home with only three this time.

 

1. Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Top Multi-Purpose brush

This bush received 4.7 out of 5 on Make Up Alley and has been raved out by many a beauty guru. Of course, I had to have it. I picked it up for $14 in Target. Although you can use it for powder and blush I plan to use it for foundation application. I am envisaging a flawless application… fingers crossed this one delivers.

2. Sonia Kashuk Bent Eye Liner Brush

This one was also raved about on Make Up Alley (4.6/5). This is my first experience with a bent brush. I have quite a few eye liner brushes in my possession, Bobbi Brown being my favourite. All of my favourite gel liners have dried out so I look forward to testing this brush properly when I pick up another one. Bobbi Brown gel or MAC Fluidline?

 

3. Make Up For Ever Elipse Sponge

I have purchased this little guy quite a number of times. It’s my favourite sponge. I like the shape for getting in to all the little nooks and crannies of the face. I also love the texture. I use it damp and use it to stipple on my foundation. It gives a gorgeous no make-up sort of a look. Of course you could use it dry for more coverage. I remember these sponges being more porous than this one, I wonder if they have changed it. This one reminds me of the Laura Mercier sponge whereas my old one was more akin to a beauty blender. I bought mine for $11 from Sephora but there is a Make Up For Ever on Clarendon Street, Dublin, which I often use.

On another note, this is the only type of communication I have had today – no, I haven’t become a hermit. I have just had braces applied to my lower teeth. I also had the top tightened which has left me with a face that hurts when I talk. Boo. Think I’ll just go to  bed and try to sleep through it…. although One Born Every Minute is on…

What are your favourite sponges or brushes?

Make-up, Make-up Brushes / Tools

Blush Earthy Palette & Brushes…

Blush Pro sent me a palette and a mini brush set to try out. Here’s a little lookie…

The 88 Earth Toned Palette…

And the 7 piece brush set….


The little brush set is actually usable. I wasn’t expecting this to be honest. The little round fluffy brush is lovely. It has even got its own position in my brush belt.

I look forward to giving the palette a try.

The palette and brushes are available from Blush Cosmetics. The brush set costs £12.99 and the Earth Tones palette £8.99