It’s always exciting when a beauty brand launches a cool new product, like when Too Faced came out with the Sweet Peach palette about a year and a half ago, or when Tarte had all of us SHOOK with the unicorn makeup brushes. Sadly, I wasn’t able to get my hands on the “Make Believe in Yourself” unicorn brush set from Tarte before they sold out, so when they released the limited edition “Minutes to Mermaid” brush set, I didn’t wait to get my hands on it. They’ve been sitting in a Sephora bag on my table for a while now, meaning I haven’t even used them yet, so this post is going to be a first impressions/review of the set.
These makeup brushes come in a cute little rectangle box that shows the brushes on one side and has a metallic finish with mermaid scales on the other side. I personally really like the metallic finish on the box, it’s really cute and a nice touch.
When you open the box, you get 5 brushes wrapped in a cute mermaid wrapping paper: a large powder brush, a cheek brush, a highlighter stippling brush, a domed eyeshadow brush, and a pencil brush. The bristles are extremely soft, seem to be of good quality, and I can’t wait to use them on my face! My only complaint is that the tail on the end of each brush feels a little cheap, but that’s something I can easily get past.
The Powder Brush
The powder brush is the biggest brush in the set. It’s soft and fluffy, but does it really work? I tested it with my MAKEUP FOREVER Pro Finish in shade 127, and here’s what happened:
The brush picked up a decent amount of product, it wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst either. I would’ve liked to see a little more product on the brush, but as I said before, it wasn’t the worst. Putting it on, I had to go over my face a lot to get full coverage. I don’t know if this is usual for powder brushes since I usually apply powder over a liquid foundation, but it still got the job done.
Below, in the first picture, is half of my face with the foundation on, in the second picture, is the side without the foundation, and the third picture, is my whole face with the foundation.
Overall I give this brush a 7/10
The Cheek Brush
The cheek brush is the second largest brush in the set. Like the powder brush, it is soft and fluffy. I used this Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush to put it to the test, and this brush too picks up a decent amount of product. There is room for improvement, but I’m not mad about it. This brush also applies the cheek color decently, I accidentally put too much on my face but besides that, it applied the color thick and evenly. I wonder how this brush would do for contour, it seems like it would do a good job of getting the product right in the hollows of the cheekbone.
I would give this brush 8/10
The Highlighter Brush
The highlighting brush is, you guessed it, the third biggest brush in the set. Like the two before it is soft, but it is more flat than fluffy, and the bristles are a little more separated too. To try it out, I used Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop. I think this brush is my favorite so far. The other two brushes picked up only a mediocre amount of product, so I was expecting that for this brush, but to my surprise, it picked up more than the last two. The highlighting brush picked up a great amount of product, and the powder went on so smoothly and evenly, and I didn’t have to use many coats to get the effect I wanted like I did with the other two.
I give this brush a 9/10
The Eyeshadow Brush
The second smallest brush in the set is the domed eyeshadow brush. It’s not completely domed, meaning it is kind of flat on the sides, but I decided to see how well it works with the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. Like the highlighting brush, this brush picks up a lot of product, which I am happy about. I used White Peach at my brow bone, the shade Cobbler on the lid, and Bellini in the crease. The brush applies them well and the colors blend out nicely with this brush.
This brush gets a 9/10
The Pencil Brush
The smallest brush in the set is the pencil brush. Unlike the other four brushes, this one does not have bristles. Instead it has a foam base with a point perfect for smudging out eyeliner or eyeshadow. To test this brush, I put the shade Puree from the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette under my eyes. This brush blended it out well and it was easy to apply.
This brush gets a 7/10
Overall, this brush set gets a 7/10. They applied the product nicely and did a good job blending it out. My favorite brush was the highlighting brush, because I love how it hugged my cheek bones while applying the product.