If you've been to Watsons lately, you've probably seen these uber cheap brushes branded as "Marionnaud". Yes, the logo is even similar to Marionnaud as in the luxury beauty store at the Mall of Asia. I remember Marionnaud (the store) used to sell really expensive brushes at P1,000 to P2,000 per piece but I don't think they're the same as the Watsons Marionnaud brushes. I don't know what's the deal with that, but I was lured in by the cheap prices and good reviews I've read online.
I got the angled blush brush for only P167. So how is it?
What I like about it
- Soft and dense
- Didn't shed when I washed it
- No smell
- Fits my face well and the angle is really good for quick contouring.
- Doesn't feel or look cheap. The brush handle feels sturdy.
What I don't like about it
- Doesn't apply colors as well as I hoped it would. The synthetic hairs are soft and dense, yet they don't seem to deposit color well - even my NARS blush! The result is sheer color that may be uneven if you don't pay attention. The hairs "eat" the powder.
- Not as good for blushing as for contouring. You'll be hard pressed to get even color on your cheeks with the angled hairs. It's amazing for contouring though.
This could be a great tool for beginners in contouring since the angle is really good for that purpose. For those who don't want to get crazy color on your cheeks in just one swipe, this brush may be for you!
It's a fairly good brush for the cheap price. I don't use it for blushes though, since I don't get the pigmentation I want. It's better for bronzers and contour powders on the sides of my face and hollows of my cheeks. No harsh color in one swipe - so indispensable when contouring!
There are other brushes available under the Marionnaud brand - a big powder brush (P200 I think), a small travel brush set with the basics and a black case (P300) and a pointed eyeshadow contour brush (P60 - P70) are the most notable.