Thursday, November 26, 2015

So I Went to A Masami Shouko Outlet...


...And brought home a few things.

I have always had my eye on the Bobbi Brown and MAC eye brushes but they're not the most affordable things to purchase. The much cheaper alternatives like the Makeup Geek and the Morphe ones are also on my wish list, however they're not quite easy to get hold of. Lucky you US gals who are able to get your hands on them with the offered affordable price benefits, not to mention the generous discount codes. We do have a few online shops/resellers here that have got some Morphe brushes in stock, however they cost twice the price. Thanks to the shipping cost, taxes, and all that jazz. Aside from brushes, I've also been meaning to get the ever so popular Beauty Blender. But again, it's way too pricey for a sponge. I mean, how can a makeup sponge be so ridiculously overpriced?! 

Now, on to the research question; is there any brand that offers makeup brushes and sponges with decent quality and price point? After conducting a thorough observation at my local mall, I might have come with Masami Shouko as an answer. And here's what I got:

#216 S Dome Brush  a.k.a The 'Good' Purchase  It looks like a regular, small crease brush to me. I mainly use this to define the outer V and smudge the lower lash line. The bristles feel stiff enough to pick up a lot of product, yet fluffy enough to blend the product in. The plastic handle makes holding it feels so light, but not at all flimsy.

#210 Small Blending Brush a.k.a The 'It’s Good, But there's one thing though...' Purchase Is the one with the longer plastic handle as seen on the picture above and basically, as the name would suggest, a blending brush. I’m not really sure on how I feel about this one. It gets the job done, but I find that the bristles often shed.

Beauty Blender a.k.a. The 'Best' Purchase, The 'Game-changing' Purchase and/or The 'Thank God I Found You' Purchase Is a straight up Beauty Blender dupe. I mean... look at the shape! So identical. Simply wet the sponge until it expands, squeeze the excess water until it's damp, then it's ready to use. This sponge makes any liquid foundations/cream products possible apply seamlessly! It makes my foundation blends into my skin so well and makes me look like I have second skin. I think I’m a sponge gal now. Thanks to Shirin! I feel like I could get the pleasure from stippling/tapping my face with this thing.

In conclusion, if you fancy yourself some affordable makeup tools, I'd say try paying a visit at your nearest Masami Shouko counter. Maybe, you might as well discover some hidden gems there, if you're lucky. However, if you're a bit unsure, I suggest doing a preliminary research beforehand ;)

10 comments:

  1. About the Beauty Blender, it's worth the investment imo! Nothing else I've tried is better even if the shape is the same. Nothing is as bouncy, it's just different! :D

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  2. I knooow!!! One day, it shall live on my storage ;) tq mb

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  3. gue beauty blender same punya 3 aja log :") must try sih naiad one day harus beli. massami emg bagus blendingnya ku juga punyak mau beli lg tp skrg harganya ga semurah dulu

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    1. Banyak bener in 3!? hahaha. Iyaa one day bakal beli sih :p

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  4. I was super skeptical of the Beauty Blender ($30 for a sponge, holy cow!) but after biting the bullet and getting it during a Sephora sale, I've noticed that my liquid foundation goes on more smoothly.

    But then again, I've tried wetting a regular sponge and it gives me a slightly similar result!

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    1. It's so ridiculously overpriced, isn't it? It's still on my wishlist tho! I shall get it some day :")

      Yup, regular sponges would do just fine. :)

      xx

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  5. The beauty blender dupe you got sounds really good, and a good way to try it out before buying the real thing. I really want one but they're so expensive! I got the RT Miracle Complexion sponge instead.

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. Hi Alice!

      Yes it does the blending job right! I was in between this and the miracle complexion sponge but I ended up getting this. I'm very keen on trying the miracle complexion sponge as well, tho :)

      Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment on this post, Alice!

      xx

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  6. Interesting! These seem like great dupes for other tools!
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    1. Hi Darcy!

      They are indeed! Thanks for your comment :)

      xx

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