Howdy tired NYX shoppers! Why do I have this urgent need to just lay on my floor and laugh? I know it's not funny that NYX's server croaked and women spent hours waiting and waiting for nothing. As of this post, maybe 4 orders have occurred and everyone else is chanting hexes in the direction of NYX's main office in LA. I couldn't help observing two points: A. People under pressure lose their minds, mouths, and graciousness and B. People must love makeup to an inordinate degree to bind themselves like zombies (no offense Wendi luvs) to their chairs for over 7 hours to save $2 on cosmetics. Cheap cosmetics. I mean this wasn't like a MUFE fire sale or MAC charging what their stuff is really worth- heck, it's NYX for $1.20- not that much different than retail!
Don't get me wrong, I love the dedication (you freaks ha ha) and I love NYX, but c'mon. Don't you people have to pee? So, feel free to torture yourselves and go to NYX's website and watch nothing happen for hours. For glee, head over to NYX's FB page and watch women go nutters over makeup. Makeup?! Where's this kind of dedication to little babies who don't have homes or cute grannies getting hurt in residential facilities? Guess that's not as important as lip gloss. Le Sigh.
So I'm not a social blog, I must get on to the makeup- I found this brush kit at Wal-Mart for $9.95 and picked it up. I checked and you can't get it on their website, but I've got some options on where to get it. Take a looksee!
Mineral Brush Set?! Wal-Mart is in on the mineral makeup gig? Duo Fibre brush and all?!!! I mean a cheap duo fibre and powder brush are worth $10. How did they rate? Take a closer look.
From L to R: Powder Brush, Angled Eyeshadow Brush, Concealer/Blending Brush, Duo Fibre/Stipple brush. They all have wooden handles, silvery ferrules and as of today, 3 months after purchase, none are wobbly, there is NO shedding, and well, it's a nice little deal!
Random Post Interruption: Here are some neon daisies I bought at Costco just for the heck of it. I love these flowers because they take over 2 weeks to wilt and die. I hate beautiful bouquets being a mess in only three or four days. Love these!
Now back to the brushes- close up look. You can see that the Concealer/Blending Brush isn't domed, it's more of a flat paddle. I personally love it for concealer! It's not streaky, doesn't eat up product, and is smooth to use. The duo fibre works just as well as my Sonia Kashuk for stippling liquid foundation and blending blushes. I haven't used the angled eyeshadow brush a ton, but it's a good size for crease placement and doesn't fan out when you use it- a real plus. As for materials, I don't know if these are synthetic, the packaging doesn't say. From what I can feel, these are goat and the duo fibre has some taklon. That's just my guess.
Overall, these are a great purchase! I've had loads of success using these and not a bit of shedding, odor, or looseness in the ferrules. I'm really surprised these have been such a strong performer as it's Wal-Mart, right? But I'm learning over and over again that expensive doesn't equal quality and you can get some really wonderful deals if you look and experiment. It is makeup after all- meant to be fun, not a money tossing venture!
As I said a moment ago, for some reason Wal-Mart doesn't have it available for purchase online, but HERE's the link. It appears to be an in-store purchase only. The brand is Paris Presents, which upon further research is the same distributor for EcoTools- hello those are great! SO buy with confidence!
While I was looking for dupes to this set, I noticed some offered a black powder brush and some offered a white one. As for the powder brush, I prefer the more coarse white brush, pesonally. I also saw that the set could be offered as Studio Basics which is also a subbrand of Paris Presents- who knew?
Walgreens- black powder brush
Amazon/Studio Basics- white powder brush, but stupid price, $38 my eye!
And I guess Studio Basics is sold at the following US locations if you don't have a Wal-Mart nearby, this should keep you covered:
Albertsons, Beauty First, Drug Emporium, Drugstore.com, Essentials Plus, Fred Meyer, Giant of Carlisle, Harmon Stores, Harris Teeter, Kerr Drug, Kinney Drug, Kroger, Navarro Discount Pharmacy, Price Chopper, Ralphs, Rite Aid, Schnucks Foods, Snyder Drug, The Container Store, Tops Foods, Ulta, Ulta.com, United Supermarkets, Wegmans, and Shopko.
Cesar Arrocha Graell Y Cia - Panama, Gordons Chemists - Northern Ireland, Fedco - Colombia, Konzum - Croatia, Superpharm Trinidad - Trinidad, and Select Customers In Saudi Arabia, Canada, Greece, Italy, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, The Caribbean and more. *Info taken from ParisPresents.com
Speaking of a money tossing venture (a few paragraphs up), I'll keep trying with the NYX sale...let you know if anything good comes up. In the meantime, some NYX is on sale at CherryCulture and Meow has their Friday the 13th colors up. Snatch up the shade Skeptic while you can! Also I've been lemming Meow's blushes, especially Nefertiti. Oh will the wish list never end??
What are you buying lately? Anyone on a no-buy? I see a lot of Antoinette's Revolution Cosmetics, Linnaus Cosmetics, Shiro, Brazen Cosmetics, Darling Girl, and BFTE floating around out there. But I've got 4 binders chock full of samples I don't use and over 300 full size jars and I'm starting to wonder if maybe all the colors in the world aren't needed. Do you indie makeup junkies feel the same way, that maybe enough is becoming enough? Sacrilege, I know. But I'm trying to cut back on samples and keep to full sizes and buy more retail makeup (Urban Decay) to round out my stizash. What should I try? I don't want to miss a thing.
Have a great day,