March 14, 2008

Beauty on a Budget: Essence of Beauty Crease Brush Review

A new friend of mine asked me to to get some Essence of Beauty brushes for her this week. She asked for a particular set which was the dual crease brush. As I was doing her shopping I noticed that the brushes looked pretty good and I knew that these are a cult favorite of my sweet mate, ‘Nes, at Nessasary Makeup and that was good enough for me to want to try them!

These cost $4.99 USD and are basically a dual package of mini crease brushes. The style reminds me of Bobbi Brown brushes with the wooden handle.

The size of these intrigued me as they appear to be more a smudger style brush then a crease brush but hey it was worth trying for the price tag! The first brush is a tiny dome shape that reminds me of a Mally Beauty brush I own but the Mally brush is a bit more fuller where as this is smaller.

I didn’t expect this to do much as it was way too small to properly work my crease area. I’m used to using MAC’s 224 and 227 on my crease. Present me with this tiny thing and I’m at a loss how I should be using it. But I happily tried it out and I must say it fits into the contour of my crease brilliantly and works a treat at blending shadows. I found that it actually gave me more management over the brush and bristles since it was far smaller then what I’m used too. I also experienced less fall out because the brush was so tiny. It also worked well on defining the v of my eye and blending inwards.

As you can see I’m used to blending with a much larger brush!

It’s quite a multitasking brush because I can use it on the v of my eye, within my crease, and also to line my bottom lash line with my shadow.

The second brush with the package is even smaller then the first. It’s a step up from an eyeliner brush. This too worked surprisely well. It didn’t do that great a job blending the color completely but it worked fabulously defining the v of my eye and working the my color half way across my crease for contrast.

I felt like both brushes gave me a bit more control over the look I was creating and I successfully manged to create an interesting look by contrasting a lighter shade of shadow all over my eye and a darker shade of shadow across part of my crease and v.

Much to my delight neither brush shed a bristle the entire time I was using them and the brushes are very soft. The handles are mini size but again I felt like the handles being so small gave me much more control over what I was creating! It was kind of like having a pencil grasped tightly between my hands and it was nice and steady as I worked.

As you can see below my outer eye is a shimmering light brown beige that contrasts nicely with the gold amber shadow I used. I created the look using the larger of the two crease brushes and proceeded to line my lower lash line with the smaller of the brushes!

Overall, for the price, these were most definately an interesting little find and I’m generally curious about the rest of the brushes in the Essence of Beauty Collection!

I can’t help but give these a Muse Approved Seal for purchase!


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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Adina

    Sounds like a great buy indeed.

    BTW, did you miss me? I have been gone for a whole day traveling and such.

    TOLD YOU SO (on the beauty powder blushes ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  • Fabu-less Beauty


    I actually have those CVS crease brushes as well. I really like them, but I find that the larger one should be more dense so that I have more control. But overall, I liked them for the price!

  • A*M*Y

    Ooooo…your eyes look glamorous! Hope that you’re having a terrific Friday! :]

  • sarahPUFFY

    They truly make FAB brushes. My bestie Tai has that crease brush, and she loves it for blending [and she’s a beginner with makeup! and its all my fault ^.^]. They’re probably the best drugstore brushes on the market. Now if only they had a skunk brush rip…oh, if only…

  • the Muse

    Hey Adina!

    You’ve idea how much! I was wondering where you were ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Where’d ya go!? Who’d ya see!? hehe!

    Good to have you back!

    The blushes are AWESOME! As you said they are truly amazing!

    I needs them all!

    Happy Weekend!

  • the Muse

    hey sminkan!

    Definately! These work a treat! If you’re unable to get them give a yell I’d be happy to help!

  • the Muse

    hi Fabu-less Beauty

    I agree a bit more dense would make it perfect actually but for the price it is bloody good!

    I’m curious about others in the line now ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I was pleased they didn’t shed!

    Thanks for the comment!

  • the Muse

    hiya sarah! How are you!?

    I only tried these two but now I want more!

    Hehe you evil lemming creator!

    Oh a skunk brush would be fab!!!!!!!!!!!

    I seen the double end kit they had I was tempted but I didn’t want to overdo it as I had never tried them before this so didn’t want to waste money if they were rubbish! Turns out my worries for naught because they are fab!


  • Shop With A Vengeance!

    I have those! Essence of Beauty is a pretty fantastic line. I also like their blush brush and blender brush!

  • sarahPUFFY

    hi! all is well on my front – just craving lots of shiseido and cargo. OY I HATE BEING POOR. but I’m applying at my local “wannabe sephora” [they’re called Pretty Cosmetics, haha], hopefully I’ll get hired!

    and yesss, I’m pretty bad with that. she wouldn’t wear ANY makeup! I was lucky to even get eyeshadow on her! she still won’t wear a foundation…but hey, baby steps!

  • (g)ezebel

    okay, WHERE do i get these essence of beauty brushes??? i MUST have them!!!

  • Sminkan

    I give a yell! Help!!
    But how? You need to get money sent somehow and PayPal refuses to accept my phonenumber. Silly little problem, but it has been going on for about 6 months now…

    You are a very kind and generous person just offering to help! You have a big heart!

  • the Muse

    hey swav!

    I want the blush brush actually so now I’m chuffed that you said it’s good!

    w00t! So getting it!

  • the Muse

    hi sarahPUFFY!

    I’m sorta kinda craving the new shisedio cream shadows myself!

    Cargo you aren’t miss much! I tested the blue ray collection and it stinks!

    wahoo good luck! Employee discount!

    LOL I was like that with my sister. Always goading her to buy makeup now she’s completely converted ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Keep trying!

  • the Muse

    hey gez!

    LOL! CVS ๐Ÿ™‚ I believe it’s exclusive to CVS ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • the Muse

    hey Sminkan!

    hehe I’m here I’m here see your yell worked!

    Hmm that’s strange. Have you tried using an alias number? Sorta a fakey and see if that goes through?

    Email me maybe I can help!

    aww it’s my pleasure! You’re a sweetie, it’s the least I can do!

  • sarahPUFFY

    ohh those shadows are lookin boss. I’m wanting to try their sun protection line, with the foundation stick and the powder foundation! I’m all for sun protection this year! plus, its waterproof and sweatproof – I LIVE FOR THAT. :]

    ohhh I know the blu_ray line sucks. I’ve heard rad things about that primer, though – apparently its best for oily skin, and I can so hang with that one. you’ll never see me touch the rest of the face stuff – its all just one shade! lame.

  • the Muse

    hey sarah

    i seen them this weekend and they kinda stink as they have very little sparkle. I love me some shimmer and these have none ๐Ÿ™

    I’m all about sun protection myself ๐Ÿ˜‰ and I hear tons about the J Line up in regards to SPF!

    I don’t have oily lids so I stick with UDPP ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I’m curious how the cargo is do tell if you get it!!!!!!

  • sarahPUFFY

    ack, not even a little iridescent shimmer? well what the hell. that would drive me batty if I didn’t have benefit’s 10. >.< oh and most def! I have a tonne of stuff to review anyways, so Im excited to get it. :]

  • the Muse

    hiya sarah I was comment backed up sorry ’bout the delay!

    not even a little bit sigh! I don’t have 10 do you love it?! I’ve wanted it but didn’t bother getting it for some reason!

    wahooo! can’t wait to read your reviews!

  • sarahPUFFY

    oh, I do! thing is, the pink is a bit…icy, you know? and the stuff is all shimmer. I actually just use it as a highlight because its ALL shimmer. if you take away a little of that sparkle, and make the icy pink a more…true pink, it would be more suitable for my medium/deep skintone!

    mine is in the little 10 palette, so I can ay least say that the eyeshadows it came with are really ace. they’re so smooth and they’re just the best. and I love the lip colours. sheer, but add oomph! :]

  • the Muse

    hiya sarah!

    I love shimmer hehe. But yes I understand totallyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ You’re pic isn’t such a deep tone you look very medium.

    I love the little palettes they do! The lipshades/shadows/etc all go so great together! I’m a hit and miss for Benefit but somethings they just do RIGHT!

    Happy Easter lovie!