Studio 35 Brushes: Love and Hate

by Bionic Beauty on 20.Sep.2008 · 8 comments

Kabuki Brush by Studio 35On 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!

Retractable Powder Brush by Studio 35
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?


1 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics September 20, 2008 at 10:08 am

I’ve yet to come across a manufacturer of retractable brushes that are decent! Either the hairs are cheap, the powder flies everywhere but where it’s supposed to, or the pump doesn’t work! I think they’re more gimmick than value, IMHO. If you want something in travel form, buy an empty 5 or 10 gram jar, and transfer some powder into it (make sure you put a sifter seal or at least scotch tape over the holes), and bring a short handled brush with you.

2 Jen September 20, 2008 at 7:29 pm

I haven’t tried any of the Studio 35 brushes, but I agree, that is a great price for a good kabuki brush.

I recently bought an excellent kabuki brush from the Aromaleigh mineral makeup site. So soft, minimal shedding, and dense taklon brushes are the bomb!

3 Lisa G. October 4, 2008 at 3:23 pm

I buy their small angled brush–cheap, stiff enough, and very precise. Always pick up a couple on BOGO, too 🙂

4 Peggy Ditta October 4, 2008 at 8:23 pm

I bought a retractable kabuki brush from CVS (essence of beauty) & I think it is pretty good. It is really dense & soft. I think it was about 9.99. If you hold out they always have a buy 1, get 1 free or 1/2 off. Actually this line of brushes are all pretty good.

5 Peggy Ditta October 4, 2008 at 8:27 pm

I forgot to add to the last post that I got the studio 35 kabuki & retractable blush brush at big lots for a $1 yesterday.

6 Lewis Tamkin May 8, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Looking for a hand mirror, ie, Studio 35 Hand-held mirror-standard Magnification.

Can you supply? Thank you.

7 Bionic Beauty May 10, 2010 at 8:52 am

Hi Lewis, Unfortunately I do not supply or sell any items here on Bionic Beauty. I review beauty items, or talk about cosmetics news, makeup looks, etc. Think of Bionic Beauty as a daily beauty magazine that is free instead of the print versions you find at your local store. I hope this helps explain things. If you are looking for a supplier of Studio 35 brushes and makeup tools near you, I would suggest contacting the company directly. They should have a customer service department that can help you find a retailer or an online e-tailers (or check my links above to buy the items online).
Thanks! And welcome to Bionic Beauty. I hope to see you around the blog in the future.

8 Lewis Tamkin May 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Can you supply? Details please.

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