On yet another of my famous Walgreens runs, I was in serious need of a Kabuki brush and a second retractable blush brush (I only buy retractable blush brushes since they are easier to pack for traveling and hold their shape better). Looking for a good buy, I picked up the Studio 35 Kabuki brush ($4.99) and the Studio 35 Retractable Powder Brush ($4.99) on a buy one, get one free sale.
The Kabuki brush rocks. The bristles are soft yet hold their form enough to buff minerals and powder onto your skin. The handle is easy to grip and the bristles hardly shed at all. And the brush seems to get better with every washing. An excellent value!
And now for the hate part… the Retractable Powder Brush is just awful. There’s no good way around it. The bristles are too long, and hence too floppy to even be useful for translucent powder application. They refuse to hold product. The silver case looks sleek, but the cap doesn’t fit tightly (it’s always falling off) and the retractable feature is also too “loose”. If you want a similar brush for a good price, I would recommend spending the $15 for the Sonia Kashuk travel powder brush (available at Target)- that brush is one of my absolute favorites!
So it’s hit and miss with the Studio 35 brushes. Have you tried any? If so, what did you like/dislike?