Absolutely 'CHARM'-ed.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

As a makeup artist, I am pretty OC when it comes to the makeup brushes I use for my clients. Top quality brushes from MAC, Shu Uemura, Bobbi Brown, etc. They are kept upright in a MAC brush tumbler so the brushes won't have creases and remain perfectly round at the edges, stored in a cool dry place, shampooed and dried under the sun on a drying rack twice a week, and thoroughly cleaned with an anti-bacterial brush cleaner ever night, after each use.


As for my own personal brushes though, I never really cared which ones I get my hands on. When I travel, I bring with me travel sized brushes (that are waaaay too short handled that you're like "what the...?!") that you can buy cheap at the department stores that are stored in those little plastic bags the size of a credit card holder. I would then buy other short handled brushes but are very stiff and some are annoyingly soft. Most of these generic, mass-produced brushes don't come in actual travel bags so I just make do.


This is how I roll: I love last minute packing when I travel either for work or for vacation so I usually just dump my personal brushes in my cosmetics case together with my personal makeup. I bring about 20 different brushes incase the hairs fall off (which is often), and the brushes are not versatile so I wouldn't know which ones I would need. When I get to my destination, the hair of my brushes would look wrinkled and brittle, soiled from makeup debris that would escape the containers, so I still end up washing them and drying the hairs with a hair dryer.

Until recently.

CHARM Makeup Brushes sent me their limited edition "SONIA" travel size set and I just fell in love with it.


With it's sleek and chic animal print case is made from easy to clean material which I had the urge to hold it against my chest and hug. It was love at first sight. (Yes, I get a kick out of beautiful cosmetics)

A CHARMing zipper pull that is sturdy. The zipper itself is smooth that you won't struggle with it trying to open the case (Oooooh... I hate that!)

Attached with a wrist strap that can easily be carried for on-location touch-ups (for makeup artists like me). And it can actually pass for an evening clutch (Hmmm... Ideas, ideas...)


Separate pockets for the lip & eye brushes...

... And a separate cozy home for the face brushes.

Here's what's inside the travel case. 14 versatile brushes that can be used for different ways. I won't get into detail on each one because one brush doesn't have just one specific purpose. Go crazy! Get creative!

I do love that the kit contains 2 synthetic brushes for concealing. I don't use foundation brushes for applying foundation, so I use these 2 for concealing. Absolutely perfect! The bristles are soft but firm, and they don't leave streak marks (which leaves me to mutter a soft "tsk" to myself).

Each brush handle stamped with their logo in gold. I am really digging this black and gold theme. They look pro (but not as boring), and at the same, very stylish.

Here's a closer look of their eye and lip brushes. As you can see, no repeats of the same brush (the cheap sets you find in drugstores I've seen have 3 of the same kind of one of the brushes). The shape of the heads are versatile! An example would be the "supposed" eyebrow brush. I use this for applying eyeliner as well and sometimes, applying lipstick, specially bright red lipstick which requires a very precise application.

Now the face brushes. Aren't they to die for? I use the stipple brush a lot of ways. From foundation, to powder, to powder or cream blush!

The hairs are nice and soft, but not one of those "OMG this is so soft that no product is sticking to them and the product is going all over the place" type of deal. It's silky to the touch, but the brushes stay "up" when they are stored upright.

But the lip brush has got to be my favorite. It comes with a cover so the kit stays clean when you've already used it. The color is just so beautiful that I get so excited when I bring it with me when I go out at night. Lipstick won't get into the lining of your purse, cosmetics case or clutch. You can just touch up, cover the brush, and go! No more spending the extra time wiping the brush with a tissue and still wrapping the brush with the tissue so product won't mess things up inside your bag.

The bigger brushes come with plastic covers to protect the hairs so they wouldn't go out of shape. The will also keep the interior of the travel case nice and clean. Not to mention, this protective cover will keep the hairs from getting caught in the zipper (Don't you just hate that?!).

For extra precaution and hygienic purposes, the kit comes with a clear plastic flap that you can flip over the brushes.


I recently had the pleasure of test-driving it when I had to go to Palawan to do a wedding. I only had 1 night there, and my ticket was "Travel Lite" which meant I didn't have the space to check in my bags. So I had to resize my professional kit, bringing only the top 15 products that I use for brides and this set of brushes.


I was able to create quite a number of different looks using just this travel kit. I love it to bits. Now, when I go on shoots, I just bring my train case, and fit this travel case to it. This travel case just saved me from damaging my back further from carrying to many stuff. Although I am arguing with myself whether I should keep using this for my professional use or keep it for myself... Or better yet, just buy another one? Hmm...

You can order your SONIA limited edition brush set at:
http://beautyandminerals.multiply.com/

or check out their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CharmMakeupBrush

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80 comments

  1. Omg amazing,and this leopard case is so cute!!
    Thx sweety for stopping by my blog,I'm
    your newest follower now :D
    xoxoxo
    http://inyasuniverse.blogspot.be/

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    1. Isn't it? They're like "RRrrrrr!" hahaha! Thank you so much for dropping by and for following!

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  2. Those brushes look amazing! great post!

    http://sarassweetstyle.blogspot.com/

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    1. You should check them out :) Maybe their store in Singapore will ship internationally :) Thank you for the visit!

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  4. Love this post! Your make up brushes are so well organized! =D Anyways, I'm your newest follower via google (524) and bloglovin. I'd really love it if you could check out my blog and maybe follow back?! It'd be great if we could also stay in touch via twitter if you have an account?

    xoxo
    http://sensiblestylista.blogspot.com/
    Twitter: Sensiblestylist

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    1. It would be my pleasure! I am following you now on GFC, BlogLovin', Twitter and liked your FB Page :) I loved your blog! Hope you can come back visit me again soon! Thanks for the follow back ♥

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  5. I am such a makeup noob! LOL. I mostly just have a few pieces hehe.\
    Great sets Sabs! Love the pouches too! :)

    Thanks for following dear! :)
    I am now following you back GFC #525! Will keep in touch! :)

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  6. This is so awesome! I'll be traveling soon and I need to bring some decent brushes with me!!!! Love it.
    xo
    girlintheyellowdress.com

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    1. Then I would definitely recommend these, they're the best! ♥

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  7. Nice Stuff :)
    Check out my blog at: http://beauty-fulll.blogspot.com/

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    1. I did and I just loved it! I followed you back on GFC! Thank you so much for dropping by! ♥

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  8. Such a nice set!
    thx, I follow u back ;)

    http://victoria-coeurdor.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much! I followed you too! XOXO

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  9. This is such a cute brush set, I love the leopard print, and it seems so easy to use. Do you know if they're cruelty free? xoxo

    www.dressedinthecity.com

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    1. Yes, if I'm not mistaken I think they're vegan :)

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  10. This is an amazing set! And the review is great - well-written and interesting. Are only those two concealing brushes synthetic? I'm always on the hunt for soft cruelty-free brushes.

    Thanks for stopping by and for following me! I'm following back, you have a great blog :)

    Roses and Equilibrium

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    1. If I'm not mistaken I think they're Vegan :) Check out their site, all the info you need to know is there :) Thank you for dropping by and for the follow back!

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  11. Looks great! Nice blog you have!

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  12. Where can i get these brushes? :)

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    1. You can check them out at Beauty and Minerals :) Thanks for dropping by!

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    1. Thank you! I visited your blog and I loved it! I am following you back now! Hugs!

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  14. I love your brushes!

    So glad I found your blog :o)

    I am following you now, it would make me very happy if you would follow me too!

    www.matillysblogspot com.au

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    1. I would love to follow you but the link you sent me says that your site cannot be found :( Do message me again of your blog site so I can follow you :) Thank you so much for dropping by!

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  15. Lovely brushes. I really loved them :D

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  16. Leopard print case looks so amazing...loved the brushes :)) The brush set looks so cute altogether <3


    Hey thank you dear for leaving sucha a wonderful comment I really appreciate. Love your blog, I am following you now :)
    xoxo
    Ankita
    http://makeupstyleandsugar.blogspot.in/

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to come and visit me in my cyberspace! Hope to see you around again soon! ♥

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  17. I bought my very best in perfect quality brush I think before 12 years and this brush is still in condition like new. Of course I take care of it and washes it regularly but the quality is not to compare with the quality of the cheap brushes from the drugstore ...

    And thank you for your nice and detailled comment on my blog - it was a great pleasure for me to read it <3 I checked immediately your blog with the result: I like it!

    Now I´m happy to be your newest follower on gfc and bloglovin and it´ll be great if you follow me back.

    xxx
    Rena

    http://dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de/

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    1. It would be my pleasure! Following you back now! Thank you so much for the beautiful comment!

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  18. great!:)
    Would you like to follow each other?:)

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  19. nice beauty products *_* your blog is very lovely and interesting. im glad if you visit my blog, too <3 keep in touch!

    xx
    beauthi.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by! I am following you now too! :)

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  20. nice stuff :) I like it really.
    mainpartinyourlife.blogspot.de/

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    1. Thank you so much! Following you back now :)

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  21. Hi,i like your blog so much, it's a nice mix, this is what i want :)

    I hope you have a look on my blog :)

    http://saburafashionandbeauty.blogspot.de/

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    1. I just visited your blog and loved it! Followed you too! Hugs from Manila! ♥

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  22. wow its so nice! i love that the print of the case is leopard ♡

    xoxo

    http://independentbunny.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much sweetie! ♥ Hope to see you here again soon!

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  23. Hi Dear thanks for visiting my blog, I really love you blog too. Thanks also for you lovely comment.
    I happy to be you follower too by GFC and like you facebook page.

    www.my-urban-life.com

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by and for the follow back! Lots love!

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  24. lovely post! i really need some new brushes and they look lovely

    from helen at thelovecatsinc // youtube

    ps. enter my new giveaway to win the UD naked basics palette, real techniques brushes and essie polishes! click here.

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    1. Thank you sweetie! Will definitely check out your giveaway! Thanks for dropping by!

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  25. They look lovely! x

    www.hannahheartss.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you for the visit and the lovely comment!

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  26. Hi, thanks for the comment you left on my blog!! I really appreciate it <3 Love your blog to!! following back :)

    faultraces.blogspot.com

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    1. I really appreciate you coming over to check out my blog ♥ Hugs from Manila!

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  27. Love your blog <3 I follow you, can you follow me back please?

    http://thegirl26.blogspot.com.es/

    xx

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    1. Thank you for dropping by! Followed you back too!

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  28. Great brushes.
    Thank you for stopping by, I would love to follow each other :)
    I'm following you now. Wait for you :)

    xoxo
    Ina :*

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  29. I love your blog! it´s so cute and chic! the photographs are so beautiful.i follow you now! =))
    Maybe you can come by mine too and maybe follow each other! I would be so thankful! =))
    Http://blognosolomoda.blogspot.com =))
    Thanks!

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  30. Thank you so much for a lovely comment. I'm following you now as well! Love this post! Great blog!

    alinasfashtips.blogspot.com

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  31. Loved your blog hun! Very interesting!
    Let's follow each other (on Bloglovin, GFC and Instagram)? Would like yo stay in touch!

    xx

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  32. Those brushes look great!
    Katie xx
    http://thegravityandshe.blogspot.co.uk

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  33. That travel case and brushes look fab! Jealous :D
    Teenage Daydreams X

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  34. Those brushes look so cute!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment!
    I followed back,
    love,
    Bo

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  35. this Charm limited edition is really cool!!!

    ps.follow you back! if u want we can also keep in touch via bloglovin fb and twitter, let me know. big kisses :)

    http://glamourdrama.blogspot.it

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  36. great post- these brushes look so great! i'm following you now on gfc.
    -- jackiejade.blogspot.com

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  37. I love the brushes case, so pretty!!

    Thanks for the follow I'm following back :)

    www.studdedkisses.com

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  38. The brushes set looks so good.

    www.skinandroses.blogspot.com

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  39. Thanks for visiting my blog!
    You have a great blog! Pics are adorable!
    Follow you with pleasure)))

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  40. Thx for visit and for your lovely comment! Thx for follow, i follow you back gfc bloglovin and fb!


    Cheap and Glamour

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  41. Hi beautiful, I loved your blog and am following, reciprocates?
    http://bgdeuvontade.blogspot.com
    Kisses!

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  42. Olá, estive a ver o teu blog e adorei :) esta fantastico por isso gostava que desses uma espreitadela no meu e me digas o que achas

    wtfstreetstyle.blogspot.pt

    bjs obg e não se esqueçam de o seguir xoxo WTF! STREET STYLE!

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  43. hola guapa gracias por seguirme ya yo me quedo por aqui, que bonito con lo que me gusta el leopardo un besito http://elmundodetirsi.blogspot.com.es/

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  44. Thanks so much for commenting and following my blog! Your blog is absolutely wonderful, very informative and interesting - keep up the good work hun :) I'm also your newest follower, have a great day Sabz!

    Lucy x x

    www.behind-clothes-doors.blogspot.com

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  45. To all I haven't replied to here, I replied in your blog when I visited and read thru them! I loved each one! I am following you guys back now! Thanks for the visit! Hugs from Manila! ♥

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  46. oo! thanx you <3 I very happy, thanx to your comment! :))
    kisses from Poland!

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  47. nice post!

    XOXO
    Arianna

    http://aryannastyle.blogspot.it/

    https://www.facebook.com/AryannaStyle

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  48. This is my first ever brush set ms sabs! what makes this so special is. ms sophie handed me my very first set! =)

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