Japonesque is well known for their makeup brushes and favoured by many professional makeup artists. I’ve heard a lot about it, but recently I had the chance to try some of their products, which I was quite excited about! The brand itself has a very professional sleek-chic look about it, following the ‘less is more’ rule, which is very appealing to my taste.
Japonesque Travel Blush Brush, £24 at Boots.com
The first brush I tried was the Travel Blush Brush. This is a medium size brush; I wouldn’t say it’s the most compact of the brushes, but it’s not a monstrous one as well. It is slightly pointy and flat on the sides and super soft, which makes this a great brush for contouring as well.
When applying blush, I like to use the flat sides of the brush to pat the blush on to my face. That way I get a much deeper and longer lasting colour effect as the product gets ‘absorbed’ by the skin rather than just sitting on the surface. I find that the Japonesque Travel Blush Brush helps me achieve this look quite well, and it’s one of the softest brushes I’ve ever tried. I will now be replacing my No7 Blush Brush for this one.
Japonesque Travel Eye Shadow Fluff Brush, £14.75 at Boots.com
Next, is the Travel Eye Shadow Fluff Brush. This brush is quite large for an eyeshadow brush, especially for people with small eyelids like me, but I love how soft the bristles are, so I’ve found a use for it. I use this to apply a single colour all over the lid when I’m not too worried about colour precision.
This is perfect for my everyday makeup looks that don’t involve too much effort because the bristles are so wide and I can do my eye makeup much quicker than I’d normally do with my MAC 239.
Japonesque Travel Angled Foundation Brush, £19.50 at Boots.com
This is the Travel Angled Foundation Brush, which is my favourite Japonesque brush of the whole lot! The bristles are incredibly soft and easy to work with when blending liquid foundation on to my skin. I’ve tried plenty of foundation brushes, but this is by far my favourite.
I normally use this brush to roughly apply the foundation all over my face and my hands to smoothen my complexion as the foundation warms up with the touch of my hands.
Japonesque Travel Powder Brush, £29.25 at Boots.com
The last brush is the Travel Powder Brush. It’s quite a large fluffy brush that I’ve found incredibly useful when applying translucent powder to set my makeup. Previously to using this brush, my favourite brush was the bareMinerals Full Flawless Face Brush, but I’ve found the Japonesque one to be much softer.
Japonesque 36-Well Paintbox Palette, £21.50 at Guru Makeup Emporium
Finally, I was also sent the 36-Well Paintbox Palette, which is supposed to be a favourite of the celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldrige herself (link). It is a plastic palette with 36 empty spaces for you to customise your own mixture of cream eyeshadows and lipsticks. It also comes with a spatula to scoop or slice the lippie or eyeshadow into the compartment. I can see this being really useful when travelling with luggage weight limitations, as you can cut down on 36 different cream eyeshadows or lipsticks that would otherwise take up a lot of room in your case.
I probably will only use this for my drugstore products because I don’t want to slice up my expensive luxurious makeup, such as my YSL Rouge Volupté lipstick.
Overall I’m happy with the quality of all the Japonesque products I tried. All the brushes are incredibly soft and professional looking, and I can’t wait to try more of them. They are quite pricey, but if it’s a brand favoured by Lisa Eldridge herself, it can’t be less than amazing, so I guess I will take my chances :-)