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In May of last year, Ashley Tisdale partnered up with BH Cosmetics to release her own line of affordable makeup. These products are high quality for drugstore prices, and I was dying to test out one particular set of items: her brushes. I’ve tried my fair share of cosmetic brushes, but never truly been impressed, so I went on the website to make my purchase and they were sold out. The next week they were sold out as well. Then there was a restock, but I got to it right as they sold out. Months later, I asked for them for Christmas, but was told that the person who planned to buy them for me also found they were sold out. Then surprisingly enough, one of my best friends gave me a Christmas gift and inside were the brushes! Somehow she managed to snag them right after a restock, and it completely made my day.
I’ve been using these brushes since the end of December, and I can’t speak more highly of them. The bristles are super soft, the hairs don’t shed at all, and the handles are very sturdy. Most of the brushes are very dense, aside from the dual fiber blending brush, which has lighter fibers (as it should). They’re easy to wash – I use a Sonia Kashuk brush cleaner to wash my brushes – and they’re also cruelty free! Best of all? This set of eight brushes only costs $7.50 (regularly $19)! I know of single brushes that cost more than that and don’t live up to this level of quality!
The Illuminate by Ashley brush set includes the following brushes:
Deluxe Powder Brush
This brush is perfect for a light dusting of pressed or loose setting powder across the face. It can also be used for powder foundations, or to help blend out already-applied color, such as blush or bronzer.
Dual Fiber Blending Brush
I use this brush for stippling on my liquid foundation and concealer. I use a dabbing style and then buff out along my neck and chest.
I think this one is a little self-explanatory 😉
Angled Contour Brush
Alright, so I haven’t quite mastered contouring yet, but I use this brush to chisel out my cheekbones and along my temples and chin for definition with a golden-brown bronzer.
Eye Blending Brush
This fluffy, semi-tapered brush is perfect for blending out your eyeshadow colors, or creating a smokey effect. However, I personally use it to dust a brightening powder beneath my eyes and apply highlighter on my cheekbones, cupid’s bow (that little area above your lips) along the bridge of my nose, and the tip of my nose.
Large Shadow Brush
This brush is perfect for applying all-over lid color. It’s kind of a one-brush-does-all, because in all honesty, I could create an entire eyeshadow look with just this brush!
A stocky brush such as this one is perfect for saturated color in the outer corners of the eye or in the crease. It’s very dense, and the more you smudge it back and forth, the smokier the colors will become.
Angled Liner Brush
Last, but certainly not least, this little guy is dynamite for creating the perfect winged liner using a gel eyeliner, or even for defining your eyebrows (which is how I use it). It’s not the slightest bit flimsy, so it creates the perfect line, rather than feathering out any of the color.
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