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Into the Wild With New Japonesque Safari Chic Mini Brush Set

Creating an impressive eye look involves more than knowing which colors to apply and what area to sweep them on, how to properly blend powder eye shadows, or how to wing your liner. It also requires more than the best cosmetic offerings in the market. Without the right tools, after all, even the most ingenious makeup artist will feel frustrated, griping over unequal distribution of pigment, sloppy blending, imperfect layering, smudging or streaking, and other common faux pas. In other words, you can invest hundreds of dollars on top-tier eye shadows, liners, mascaras, highlighters, and concealers but, if you’re not equally discerning in your choice of eye shadow, crease, and liner brushes, your handiwork might end up looking like more of a finger painting project than a French Expressionist masterpiece.

This doesn’t, however, mean that you have to spend a bundle on designer brushes– thanks to folks like Sonia Kashuk (whose line for Target includes some spectacular brush sets) and cosmetic tool brand Japonesque , you can now find affordable tools that rival their more expensive counterparts in quality, durability, and aesthetics.  

The new Japonesque Safari Chic Mini Brush Set ($29.95 at Ulta.com), shown above, stands as proof of this fact. The travel-friendly set incorporates three brushes with soft, skin-caressing synthetic bristles adorned with leopard spots for a “Wild Kingdom” effect. The three-piece kit incorporates a bushy powder brush, an eye shadow brush with flat edges, and a crease brush with more of a rounded shape created by the bristle positioning.

All three brushes will fulfill their duties perfectly, but the eye shadow brushes are particularly impressive since they manage to grip a fair amount of color with a single swipe atop an eye shadow pan, they feel gentle on lids, and they deposit the color smoothly and evenly. The spotted bristles, meanwhile, will solidify their post as the fiercest brushes in any vanity table.

When it’s time to hit the road, you can tuck the three brushes inside the accompanying microfiber case, which features three pouch-like slots in which to tuck the brushes — their exterior adorned with a snow leopard print (meaning a white backdrop with gray and black spots). A ribbon-like tab with the Japonesque logo runs horizontally over this area so that you can take the case’s black flap-over top, and slide it through this loop to  secure your brushes. When closed, the flip-top case is about the size of an Android phone case, making it an ideal travel companion.

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