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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Review: Nanshy Foundation Brush Collection

As anyone that has been reading my blog for a little while knows, I've been dying to get hold of the Real Techniques Core Collection because as it stands, I apply all my foundation and concealer with my fingers. Obviously this isn't ideal! Luckily new company Nanshy gave me the opportunity to try out their Foundation Brush Collection - £29.95*


The set contains four brushes, a Flat Top Buffer Brush, a Pointed Foundation Brush, a Flat Angled Buffer Brush and a Round Buffer Brush. They're currently only available to purchase through BeautyStore4U which is my set were sent from, or through Amazon. They're also available separately. All of the brushes have chunky white handles which are very light. I'm not sure what they're made of as there was very little information included in my package! I actually had to go on the website to double check the names of each brush. There was nothing about how to use them or what kind of products they can be used with. Luckily there is some information on the website and I've picked up a few tips from youtube videos and other bloggers, but I would be absolutely stumped looking at these if I'd been given them a year ago. The ferrules are nice and secure and the synthetic, cruelty-free bristles are soft, densely packed and beautifully shaped. They're gorgeous to look at but I just know that the white handles are going to get dirty very quickly!


Flat Top Buffer Brush
This is a dense kabuki brush which I used to dab on and blend in my liquid foundation. I loved the effect this gave me, it was much smoother and lighter looking than my usual method. The bristles felt very soft on my face and it was easy to use. It was a nice size for covering large areas at once. I did experience some minimal shedding, I lost about 3 hairs.. My foundation looked very smooth and I found that my dry patches were less noticeable! Bonus.


Pointed Foundation Brush
This is possibly my favourite of the bunch. I used this to blend in my under-eye concealer and blend my foundation in around my nose and mouth. It's a perfect size and shape to get into all the little niggly places. I think this is going to quickly become a daily-use item for me! I love it. I didn't experience any shedding with it and the bristles felt lovely, even around my delicate eye area.


Flat Angled Buffer Brush
I think this is going to absolutely perfect for contouring but I don't have a bronzer at the moment so I used this to apply my pressed powder. It did a fantastic job buffing in my powder and the shape really helped me work around the contours of my face. I particularly enjoyed using it on my jawline and cheek bones. Again there was no shedding and it felt super soft and lovely!


Round Buffer Brush
Another of my favourites. This would actually have a multitude of uses, it's a great size to fit in the hollow of my cheeks but I actually used it to apply a cream blush and it was an absolute dream! There was very little product waste and I could create a very subtle, warm glow by blending out the product with this. It was beautiful. I love this as a blush brush. As before, no shedding, lovely soft bristles.

The only thing I would have liked to have included is a little more information on how to use the products and perhaps a holder/case. There is one available here but for £19.95 I don't think I'll be grabbing my purse any time soon. I think the price for these brushes are fantastic and I would recommend them to anybody shopping for a nice collection of base brushes.

And now for the piece de resistance, I'm going to show you a before and after. I'm extremely nervous about this as I'm not totally in love with my face (it's very lumpy and strange) but I really wanted to show off how well these worked with my base products. Prepare for gratuitous bare skin and massive faces:

 Before
After

Of course this is with absolutely no editing and in natural daylight (and yes I am wearing a purple fleecy robe, don't judge.) I don't need to tell you what a transformation this is! This is using all my Nanshy brushes, my base products show here and Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in Berry. I love how my skin looks after using these products. Lovely clear skin makes me feel so beautiful and confident. 

I hope you liked these and can accept my deepest apologies for the skin. Overall, I think this collection is fantastic. It's revolutionised the way I apply my base products and I'll never go back! Other than the Real Techniques Core Collection (I know, I know, we all love it!) which brushes do you use?

Lauren

*this review contains a PR sample. All opinions are my own.

51 comments:

  1. These look amazing. I always use my fingers to apply my makeup, too. I got some brushes for Crimbo, so i'm hoping to try those out soon!

    I love your make-up here, so natural. I can't stand when girls have like ten layers on. You look gorgeous, hun :)

    Laura x

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    1. I was so impressed with them! no more messy hands for me :) ooh, looking forward to seeing how you get on with them :)
      awh thank you! I'd probably wear some mascara and lip balm too ordinarily but since this is just for the skin I thought I needn't bother :) x

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  2. Your skin looks absolutely lovely Lauren!! And I'm with you - clear skin is the easiest way to feel confident and beautiful :)

    Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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    1. thank you so much! absolutely, number one confidence booster :) x

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  3. These look really nice and fluffy. And your skin looks so nice bare ^^

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    1. They feel amazing, they're lovely :) thank you! I definitely prefer the second photo though haha x

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  4. Opening a new tab to check these out as we speak, your pictures are looking so good these days. You skin looks lovely too! lovely review x

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    1. Definitely recommend them :) thank you so much! I really struggled in the beginning but I'm proud of how far I've come. Thank you! x

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  5. These look great! I have really similar Sigma brushes, but at double the price! Xx

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    1. I haven't tried Sigma myself but these are great, fantastic price for what you get :) x

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  6. Your skin looks amazing in the before photo!
    These look like lovely brushes, but I'd be totally lost as to what to do with them too haha.
    I use the Real Techniques Expert Face and Powder brushes, and an ELF Studio blusher brush. Works for me!

    Jesss xo

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    1. awh thank you I really appreciate that! They're really excellent quality, it'll take me a bit of time and some trial and error to perfect my techniques though. That sounds like a great mix, I haven't tried any of elf's brushes but I really rate their cosmetics x

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  7. I love that they have white handles, makes them look so pretty xx

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    1. aren't they gorgeous? I really hope they stay clean-ish! x

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  8. Those brushes look amazing! They remind me of a set that Sigma has. :)
    <3, Mel
    beautytribune.com

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    1. they're such great quality! absolutely gorgeous. x

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  9. I love them Lauren!!!! They are so similar to the Sigmax brushes, and sooooo much cheaper! I'm loyal to my Real Techniques, but I soooo wanna try these!

    You are beautiful xx
    Gem xx | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. really fantastic value and very high quality :) I still really want to try the real techniques but I love the finish these give me!
      Thank you so so much Gemma :) x

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  10. I'm shocked to say that I've never heard of these, but they look amazing - And your skin looks flawless!! :D xx

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    1. no need to be shocked! The company only really started up last month (from what I can gather) they're very new kid on the block and I'm excited to see what the future holds with Nanshy. I predict some blogger buzz! Thank you so much! :) x

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  11. These brushes look nice and well-made. Your face still looks so natural after you applied makeup. I use a variety of brushes but my recent favorites are the Sedona Lace Midgnight lace brushes. They are so pretty and good quality.

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    1. They feel lovely and of a high quality :) they really impressed me. Thank you so much :) I was going for a very basic look! Ooh I will have to look into those, thank you for the recommendation x

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  12. I've never heard of these brushes before! Great post as it's sometimes overwhelming how many types of brushes there are and knowing exactly what to use them for! Also, you've got lovely clear skin!
    Rosy x
    http://rostinted.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. brand new on the block :) I predict some blogger buzz! Tell me about it. I was a bit like okay and this goes... erm... haha so confusing sometimes :) thank you so much! x

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  13. Flawless finnish!
    These brushes look gorgeous. x

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    1. Thank you so much! all thanks to the lovely products, I'm a total novice haha. They're lovely, definitely recommend x

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  14. They all look so fluffy @_@ Kinda just want that last one. I only really use powder/blush brushes on my own face and nowadays I use my fingers for blush too though as I use a cream...

    Lizzums x
    http://benebelle.com

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    1. They feel amazing! I used them again today and it was so fast and easy. Never going back! The last one is one of my favourites too :) I love it for cream blush x

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  15. wow, the looks beautiful and I bet the brushes are super soft. The handles would get dirty extremely quickly. But I think its going to remind you to wash your brushes too!
    Erica xo

    www.sushiturtlesandlife.blogspot.com

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    1. They are absolutely gorgeous and they feel amazing. That's an excellent point! They certainly will :) x

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  16. wow the brushes looks well made and your skin is flawless! :)

    http://sindy-ng.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They're fantastic, definitely recommend them :) awh thank you! x

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  17. Great review! I noticed quite a difference under your eyes, any tips for me at hiding dark undereyes? Big problem for me at the moment!

    Thank you! :)

    Naomi xxx

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    1. Thank you! Absolutely, I use the body shop lightening touch concealer in 01 but any highlighting concealer will do. Try to pick one that's slightly yellow toned as it'll help cancel out the shady blue/purple tones that you get under your eyes :)x

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    2. Thank you! You're a star! <3

      Naomi xxx

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  18. Hey, great blog, and great posts :)
    Maybe we can follow each other? Just let me know.

    Kisses


    http://rosee96.blogspot.com/

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  19. just tweeted you :) love this review, will follow you! please check out my beauty blog too...http://blissfullyke.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! following you too now :) x

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  20. These brushes are gorgeous, I know the white handles must be a pain to keep clean, but I love them! xx

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    1. Aren't they just? Sigh. I'm a sucker for pretty things! x

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  21. these brushes look gorgeous! ur pics are sooo good. glad ive found ur blog! xx

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    1. They fantastic quality, definitely recommend them. Thank you so much! x

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  22. The pointed brush looks soo good! X

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    1. It's fantastic :) one of my favourites x

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    1. They really are! I recommend them to anyone x

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  24. These brushes look so gorgeous! After reading your review I felt so tempted and had to order a set for me. I hope I like them as you did. By the way, you look like a lovely porcelain doll. Really gorgeous! ^_^

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    1. Thank you so much, that's such an amazing compliment :)! I really hope you like them :) xx

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  25. Stumbled across this page - love your blog and the review was really helpful! Definitely going to check out the brushes now, especially as they are such a good price. I have some of the Real Techniques face brushes as well but am always on the hunt for more brushes, haha! :) xx

    laviederhi.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much beautiful! They're fab :) never have I gotten such an even finish in my foundation before these. Deffo recommend! xxx

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