Thursday, October 23, 2008

Product Review: A-Design Brushes

Hi Bellas!

Like many of you out there, I am obsessed with makeup brushes! I'm the kind of person that wants a brush for every kind of makeup application...especially eyeshadow brushes! Brushes really do make a huge difference. Sometimes I use crappy brushes and notice that it just takes twice as long to come out the way I want it.

This summer, I attended an event in Atlanta called the Beauty Style Lounge. It was a cute vendor fair in a hotel where they had everything from makeup, toiletries, clothing, shoes, and purses...the vendors were all geared towards women. While I was there I spotted A-Design Brushes. I had actually seen them online before because Christiana had posted a link to them long time ago. At the fair I was able to pick up the Master Brush set for $100 (originally $250)!

The set came in a chic, faux snake black patent leather brush roll. The brushes are very high quality, similar if not better to MAC. They have the most innovative Kabuki brushes in the market...they even have special patents on them to protect the design. The only items I feel are missing are more tapered crease brushes. I've mentioned this to the company and they are working on it!

I've used the brushes on myself and my clients. The look of the brush alone is extra chic. They hardly shed and I've washed them a lot! Everytime I use the brushes in a youtube video people always ask me about them! Well here they are!

In addition to the master set, I also had the opportunity to try a few of their other brushes including:

  • Ankled Kabuki Brush (thanks Brown Girl Gumbo! I won it in her anniversary contest)

  • Skin Care Set (courtesy of a-design brushes)

  • Flat Top Foundation Kabuki (courtesy of a-design brushes)
So many great brushes, so little time! Check out my youtube video for an in depth review on all my a-design brushes.

Some of my favorites are:

  • Pointed Foundation Kabuki $26-This makes applying liquid foundation super easy! It cuts the time down in half and the pointed tip allows you to reach all the crevices. It's also incredibly soft and velvety.

  • Flat Top Foundation Kabuki $26-Feels like pure silk on my face. I love this for pressed mineral makeup.

  • Pointed Concealer $20-Why didn't anyone think of this before? The perfect brush for applying zit cream or for getting right underneath the eye with concealer...especially handy if you do eyes after foundation and need to touch up.

  • XL Powder $45-Talk about luxury brush! It's huge and feels like heaven! Great for the body.

  • Angled Kabuki $24 - Way better than the traditional kabuki...the angle lets you buff in powder into all the angles of your face. I love using this to highlight with my MSFs.

  • Angle Eye $22-This is awesome for blending out the crease into the highlight.

  • Eye 1 $20-This is like the MAC 239 but way better. The tapered end really let's you get into detail work and is great for smaller eyes.

  • Groomer $15- I love how this is an eyelash groomer brush on one end, and then and eyebrow brush on the other!

The prices are on the high end, similar to MAC brushes, but actually a bit cheaper. That's due to the high craftmanship in these brushes. If you're trying to get the best bang for your buck, you should definitely purchase a set because you'll save a lot of money that way. For instance, the Skin Care Set which is actually a set of Foundation and Concealer brushes retails for $60, but alone you would pay $145 if the brushes were purchased separately. Five brushes for $60 really isn't that bad, especially when you're getting some really nice foundation brushes.
In sum, if you're a makeup artist looking for some great brushes for your kit, check these out! If you're a makeup addict who wants to kick up your makeup game a notch, these are also for you. Check these out at!

Also, I'm planning on holding a contest to celebrate a special day...A Design has agreed to sponsor. Stay tuned!
Till next time, Ciao Bellas!


Dao said...

Those brushes look great, I'm also a makeup brush hoarder but I'm looking for synthetic brushes more these days. I hope they have some nice synthetic brush set. Thanks for posting Ren!

Ethereal Prey said...

damn girl you're swimming brushes!

My Fashion Frenzy said...

Thanks for sharing! Great info.

Amina said...

aaw..i first heard about these brushes through twinkle twinkle from paix all around blog.
thank you for the review and the upcoming contest :)

jeSmakeup said...

nice rev8iew... but damn! r u gonna sell me those or discount me> cuz i cant afford those hahhaah i need those kinda brushes!well i want =P

Jamie @ Rural Glamour said...

I have the angled brush...a blogging friend sent to me and I love it!

Tina Marie Online said...

I'm always in search of new brushes and these look top of the line good quality ones too. Thanks for posting!

Seymone said...

I only have 2 A design brushes. The pointed foundation brush and the flat top brush..

Askmewhats said...

awww, I am in love with brushes too! and I love your Eye make up on YT video!!!! Thanks for the review, the Flat Top Kabuki is super CUTE!

Jasmine Nicole said...

I am sooo hurt right now! I went on their site Thursday, and was going to order those brushes today. The eye set, was $20...I got paid today, so I went to go and place my order and they were $45...I'm sooo sad. :(

Aleca said...

I have a flat top kabuki- it's been my favorite brush to put on pressed foundation. I will have to try the pointed kabuki- I have seen that one around but haven't ever picked one up. :)

梅子 said...

totally on the market for brushess! i love this review because honestly i had like no idea what brush was for what so im so glad and greatful you explained what the brushes are for! hehe omg.