December 20, 2010

Coastal Scents Large Domed Kabuki and Domed Mini Kabuki Brush Review, Photos

I’m totally a finger girl. Most everything in the base department gets blended on my face using my fingers. Concealer, primer, foundation, etc…it all gets smoothed on and blended out with my greatest tools, fingers.

Anyone else in the same boat?

You can have your brushes, sponges, and puffs…I got two fingers and they work just as great plus they didn’t cost me anything!


On occasion I can be tempted to whip out a foundation or a concealer brush. For example, I prob couldn’t get through my daily prep without the E.L.F. Studio Concealer Brush. Love that thing!

Recently, I decided to try out a new foundation and concealer brush from Coastal Scents.

Let’s take a look!

I picked these up on a whim during a sale but honestly even without a sale both are great deals. The Coastal Scents Large Domed Kabuki Brush is $14.95 and the Domed Mini Kabuki Brush is a mere $5.95. So honestly, neither will break the bank.

What can you use ’em for? How do they work? Any shedding?

Both are dense brushes and solidly made synthetic brushes. I was impressed with how soft they were and how much quality each displayed as I thought at this price plus combining the synthetic bristles that I would be forsaking some performance, but both perform fabulously.

I liked the domed design since they fit the contour of my face so nicely particularly the mini which fits under the eye area beautifully and allows concealer to be buffed into placed, giving an airbrushed finish. Same for the larger brush which fits the sides of my nose beautifully and allows for a quick and easy blend outward for cream or liquid foundations and BB Creams.

They both display just the right amount of firmness which I like without being too dense to move around my face. Both are excellent brushes and essential items if you normally apply foundation with tools, brushes, sponges, etc…those who prefer using fingers, like me, may make proper use of ’em as well and they might even convert you to using them full time and forsaking those fingers!

All around great purchase and mighty cheap as well if you’re looking to add some solid performing brushes to your train case.

Anyone try ’em?

Whatcha think?

How do you apply your foundation and concealer?



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  • Cj

    I’ve seen these so many times on YouTube videos before lol but I’ve never tried em myself. I myself am a Sigma fanboy lol F80 for foundation, F82 to conceal, and F84 for blush ;D They are the most dense and softest brushes I’ve ever tried 🙂

    • the Muse

      really gotta get on that sigma bandwagon cj ;-D you tempt me every time you discuss them!

  • Pepper

    Oh Muse, Coastal Scents brushes never attract my attention, until you review this one, well, two…grrrr, I’m in kabuki brush fever right now. How can I missed the Coastal Scent spree? *slap forehead*

    • the Muse

      me either pepper but some readers had requested a review and these were actually damn great ;-D!

  • Miss PK

    Fingers are so underrated as a “tool”! I think fingers are fabolous for applying concealer and foundation on oneself!! I use less product and waste less product!!

  • SusanT

    I’m a fingers girl myself, Muse. However, I’m looking for a great brush to apply my Bobbi Brown cream eyeshadow with — does anyone have any suggestions? The lady at Bobbi Brown told me that kind of brush has to have artificial hair in it.

    • the Muse

      hmm susan how about the buxom cream eyeshadow brush? I normally apply it with a finger ;-D It blends out easily for me!

  • SusanT

    Muse, I have that Buxom brush on my wish list — I think I have to get it. Thanks for the hint!

    • the Muse

      my pleasure Susan! You can also try the ELF Concealer Brush, it has a domed top which might do well with cream shadow!

  • sanja skobalj

    ive tried it with my fingers but it doesnt give me al really smooth finish,im tempted to try this one now it looks great!

  • Eve

    I agree with you, I put on everything with my fingers! Especially concealer to really smooth it out, the brushes don’t do enough for me. And I put on my foundation like it’s a moisturizer. I feel like I get more product since it doesn’t absorb into the sponge.

  • katrosado5

    I use my fingers to apply any type of foundation to my face. I also use my fingers for cream blush and potted lipglosses. I just can’t get the hang of using brushes for that, for me personally I like that the foundation warms up under my fingertips. Just me 😀 Nice brushes though.

  • sugar sugar

    I also use the Sigma High Definition Syntetic Kabuki Brushes and I super love them! They’re soooo soft! They’re my most fave brushes ever! xD

  • GreenTea

    These sound great! And both of them together are still a fraction of the Stila One Step Complexion brush!

  • Lucy

    I have mineral makeup and was wondering if Coastal Scents brushes were any good? I’d like to have a larger kubuki brush. I also use my fingers for concealer. Helps to melt the product into the skin.

  • Renata

    I own these, but I don’t love them. Fingers + beauty blender work better. 😉

  • Asuka

    Sponge is the best applicator of foundation; that’ s what I’ ve found out on my skin. I can achieve great coverage at once. No streaks or patches ever occur. There is only one powder I’ ve used that applies well only with a brush – I guess the powder is low quality – it’ s a Too Faced foundation powder.

    Fingers are pretty good at applying the product, however, you cannot get it even and thick quickly. So I guess, if your liquid-cream foundation has the right, flexible formula, sponge is the best. Also, sponge quality has a range – I’ ve bought the best ones packed with foundations from Shiseido, Sofina and Anna Sui.

  • Soo

    I have lots of Muse posts to catch up on! I like how affordable there are. I don’t own a nice large kabuki brush.

    I like using my fingers to apply makeup too! I don’t wear foundation and I just got a Bobbi Brown concealer that I actually like and have just been applying it with my fingers. I do like using brushes more for eye makeup though.