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Skin tone: Fair-light, yellow-neutral undertones
Hope all of you are doing fine. I am here to share my first high-end brush purchase with you all and the honor goes to Bobbi Brown, one of my beloved brands. Ever since I entered into makeup practice, I had a dream of sporting those perfect cat eye and winged liner. And, now that I own the best of gel liners in my kit, all I needed was a perfect liner brush to make my dream come true. I purchased this ultra fine brush along with the Sepia Ink Gel Liner as recommended by the SA (I doubt these gals ever research on products they try to sell us! :P). As much as I am floored by the liner, I am in a dilemma about this liner brush. So let’s read more about the Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush today!
What it is:
A brush with firm bristles and a super-fine tip to make it easy to line eyes like a pro.
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What it does:
Designed to be used with Bobbi Brown’s best-selling Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, this brush is easy to hold and control. The slim, tapered design and finely pointed brush hairs allow for precise application.
$28 for a brush, excludes shipping and tax
My Experience with Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush:
The ultra fine brush is certainly ultra fine in dimensions with a laminated wooden handle, much to my liking. However, I am disappointed to see that they haven’t included any sturdy cap; there’s just a hollow plastic tube for the safety of the bristles. Once you lose that teeny tube, you are done!
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I see that the brush fibers are all natural but they seem non-pokey and soft on my eyes, hence, nothing irks other than the natural hairs. 😛 It is, however, impressive to see that the dimensions of the brush are apt for lining and defining the eyes. The ultra thin body gives a good grip to my non-skilled hands. The bristles are way soft and stiff at the same time to provide a firm hold.
And as I mentioned earlier, I am still in two minds about this brush because it definitely helps to line and define my eyes nicely, but I always find it hard to create a wing at the outer corner somehow. I see that it tends to splay while working on the outer edges and I never get a fine finish whether I use a gel liner or a liquid liner. Though it is surprising to see that it works pretty fine with powder eyeshadows; I use this damp brush to line the outer corner of lids with powder eyeshadows and it gives as thin lines as possible with good color pay off.
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In fact, it picks up the right amount of gel liner for one-time usage, but I don’t find it suitable for creating fine lines or wings. It works well for thicker lines but then I won’t suggest this brush to beginners as it is not going to forgive your shaky hands. I also use the Urban Decay brush applicator (accompanied with their eye palettes) and it works so much better than this ultra fine liner honestly, especially with gel liners. I always get a perfect wing at the outer corners of my eyes with those applicators as they won’t splay in the middle of usage, unlike this soft brush.
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Probably it is not meant for cream or liquid formulas as I believe that natural fibers don’t go well with rich creamy formulas. Such brushes work like a bliss with powder formulas. Moreover, I can see that this ultra fine brush works well as per its claims when used with powder eyeshadows even with a damp tip while it starts to splay as soon as I use it with thick gel liners. In fact, I tried it with Clinique Brush on Cream Liner and it turned out a bit messy, as usual, on the outer corners.
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I definitely take credits for amateur skills but this brush has something wrong that even with several attempts I am not able to perfect even the simplest of winged liner look. I have no complaints with its handling and maintenance; I have washed it a couple of times in few weeks of usage and it didn’t shed, it retained its fine shape with super soft bristles and appeared as fresh as new.
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I don’t think I would get it again considering I am a beginner with gel liners and liner brushes; probably makeup pros would like this soft brush for the precise fine finish, but it is certainly a skip for beginners.
Let’s sum up pros and cons:
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Pros of Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush:
• A perfect thin and long eye liner brush
• Feels non-pokey, non-scratchy and super soft
• Gives fine and precise lines on my eyelids
• Works fine with both gel and powder formulas
• Gives a perfect finish with winged eye look
• Retains its shape and softness even with multiple washes
• Laminated wooden handle with tough ferrule
Cons of Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush:
• Disappointing packaging
• It starts to splay at the outer corners of the eyes
• Natural hair bristles
• Not suitable for beginner and shaky hands
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