You’ve probably heard of Japonesque. If you’re anything like me you’ll know they make accessories that are highly regarded and viewed largely as a professional brand and that certainly is the case, until now.
Japonesque were inspired by the professional make up tools used in Japanese Kabuki theatres which were of superior quality and were originally made, as I suspected, for make up artists but now you and I can get our hands on these beauties at John Lewis and Boots.
Not only are they the creators of their own brand tools but are the go to designers and manufacturers of tools for some huge name retailers, such as Nars and Mac. So it’s a pretty awesome pedigree.
The range available in stores are the Travel sizes but Japonesque promise that the short handled travel brushes are the same standard as the full sizes using the same quality materials and craftsmanship. I can’t compare as I don’t have any full size brushes, but all I can say is Wow, these are amazing!
It’s a pretty extensive range and I’ve been lucky enough to try out most of it. First of all I must tell you about the packaging. It’s relatively plain and functional which I like but on the back of each brushes box are all the details you need. It tells you whether the brush is natural or synthetic and how best to use it to apply your product, it also gives you diagrams showing where to place your product. It’s a great actually, very helpful and I’ve read the back of each box avidly trying to learn as much as I can about product application and blending. I’ve always considered myself something of a dunce when it comes to the application of make up so I’m someone who really appreciates clear, concise instructions, which these are.
The range itself, as I’ve already said, is extensive and a mixture of synthetic and natural. All are extremely soft. A problem I’ve had with some natural brushes in the past is that they irritate my skin leaving me a little red and blotchy. I’m not sure what these natural brushes are made of but it’s incredibly silky and soft and causes me no irritation. I’ve been using them for a few days now and I’ve not had any shedding while they are in use. I washed a couple the other day and I lost one hair which didn’t concern me in the slightest.
These are not very cheap brushes but they aren’t extortionate either and I would say they were perfectly priced given the standard of them.
Here’s a quick run own of the brushes I have:
Brow/Lash Comb £9.75
Angled Foundation Brush £19.50 (this is FAB!)
Eye Shadow Fluff Brush (Medium) £14.75
Angled Eyeliner Brush £12.75 (so easy to use!)
Brow Definer £10.50 (perfect for applying powders to my brows)
Retractable Lip Brush (I don’t have a price for this right now)
Powder Brush £29.25
Smudger Brush £14.75
Eye Shadow Crease Brush £12.75
Concealer Brush £10.50
Blush Brush £24.00
So its a wide price range with the powder brush being the most expensive at £29.25. All are worth it, you can tell when you’re using these that they are quality brushes and I’ve really enjoyed using them. I won’t hesitate to buy more to add to the set if there are any I don’t have. Particular favourites are the smudger brush which I use daily, and the crease brush. I’m also loving the brow definer and foundation brush. They are all great though, I suppose I don’t really use the brow/lash comb as I use other tools for those jobs but otherwise there’s nothing there that I don’t use regularly or wouldn’t buy other than perhaps the lip brush which I only use occasionally as I’m a straight-from-the-bullet kind of a girl.
Very highly recommended brushes and actually I think a high quality range of brushes is something that I think has been lacking in high street stores.
Available from Boots now.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*