Saturday, July 19, 2008

Colour Forms

EDIT: I added some more pics of the brushes for comparison. Hope this helps!

I had a really hard time deciding whether or not I should cancel my Colour Forms order. I did actually call them to cancel, but they had already charged my card so my options were to either go pick them up and keep them or go to the store on pick up day and get a refund... I decided to pick them up and play with them to see if I really want to keep them... I got the advanced brush set & Naked to the Core l/s. I have to say that I'm definitely keeping the lipstick! When I pre-ordered them, I didn't swatch them on my lips since I would never let one of the tester lipsticks ever touch my lips so I swatched them on my hand and decided I liked it enough... But I tried my new one on today after I picked it up and I LOVE IT! It's now my HG nude lippie! It doesn't make me look washed out and it has a hint of pink in it. I think it'd make a really nice color for the winter time.

I think I might keep the brush set too... The 187 SE is nowhere near as stiff as the regular 187 that I already have, but it would make a good brush for powders and blushes. When I was washing it, a whole bunch of black dye came out which I thought was disgusting (a good example of why you should always wash your new brushes!) Also, it didn't shed too much. Only 2-3 hairs came out which surprised me a lot since I was expecting it to shed more. The 187 SE's brush hairs also aren't as good quality as the regular brush. You'll notice that on the regular brush, there are long white hairs and shorter black hairs that are separate. The shorter black hairs densely pack the longer white hairs together and that's what makes the brush so stiff. On the 187 SE, there are no longer white hairs and shorter black hairs (except on the outside). The bristles are all the same with the tips being white and the base being black.







The 168 SE is just as good quality as the regular one except it's so much smaller! meaning the handle AND the brush head itself. I prefer the regular sized one for everyday use, but I guess the small one would be good for traveling. I haven't used any of the brushes yet so this is all from feeling their texture, bristles, and stiffness. The 168 SE might be good for small blushes like ELF blushes or sample jars.





The 219 SE is tapered like the regular one, but the SE is not as pointy (meaning not as precise), but it'll still do the job for putting color on the lower lash line and in the crease. It seems like the SE has more brush hairs than the regular which is weird in my opinion... Why waste money on producing a brush with more bristles than the regular one? lol.



I don't own the regular sized brushes of the 275 SE and the 212 SE, but they seem alright. The 275 SE is pretty soft and very very flimsy. The bristles practically bend over when you put pressure on them. It does seem like it'd be very easy to just sweep color across the lid though since it's angled.

I can already tell that the 212 SE is going to be a good brush. It's a flat liner brush and the only liner brushes I've used are angled ones. This one is very stiff (EXTREMELY stiff!) which makes it ideal for putting on eyeliner. It's small and I think that's a good thing since I'll have more control over applying my eyeliner.



I had no intention of keeping this brush set until I washed them lol. Now I'm kinda growing fond of them. I think I just need to kick myself in the behind for hoarding things that I do not need and just want. I also checked out the Electro Flash, Sonic Chic, & New View collections, but surprisingly enough, I didn't like ANY of them! All of them were just way too shimmery for me and I usually like a little bit of shimmer, but those babies were super shimmery! Sucks for the MA that kept trying so hard to push for a sale. I hate when they do that! Why can't they do it when I need them at the right time when I actually want a makeover and actually need help? lol.



19 comments:

spankedelic said...

that's a pretty lipstick! i cancelled my order! i figured i had too many brushes, but now i want that darn lipstick! i saw how the mac freckletone looked on xuanie, so i bought it. i wanna see what this one looks like on you!!! when you put it on, take a pic for me. oh, and you're right...the 187 brush looks different in the smaller size! i am loving my big 187, though!

Yellow Fever said...

yay! i just got my brush set like 30 minutes ago. i wasn't going to get it, but I use my christmas brush set to death and my boyfriend told me to stop washing my brushes everyday and go buy some more! I HATE that black dye in the 187-it comes out eventually though =)

IRENE said...

how can you NOT want to keep the beautiful brushes? :D i LOVE LOVE LOVE the color of the bag/packaging! :)

cheeeezie said...

I think I just need to kick myself in the behind for hoarding things that I do not need and just want.

feel free to kick MY behind too, for that very same purpose. :)

i love the look of the packaging.. needless to say i'm gonna have to find a use for it since i already have too many makeup bags/pouches that are collecting dust on my shelves!

Amina said...

great detailed review..
that lipstick is gorgeous!!
I still havent had a look at colours forms..

Askmewhats said...

those are pretty!!!! Glad you've got them!!!

Vanessa said...

Haha after I got all those brushes from CrownBrushes I don't think I need anymore brushes for the next 5 years, LOL! But luckily I didn't get anything from Colour Forms other than that Tea Time pigment...Anne also returned some stuff from her pre-order too...

Vanessa <3 said...

aww thats a real nice set you have! can never have too uch mac :)

N a b i said...

I was more into their packaging cuz I'm a big sucker about package lol I ordered 2 palettes and 1 lipstick and had to cancel. It was too much for me lol and there was some dup. color when I bought HIP metalic. Your brush set is so pretty :) And I love lipstick too. It would look nice with your neutral eyeshadow.

fuzkittie said...

Niiice! I got the new 189 face brush~ Loving it. I saw the color forms at Nordy's, but god it was SO CROWDED... I couldn't even get up close for a good look.

Gee said...

GREAT brush comparison!!! I don't own any MAC brushes and I just got my Advanced brush set (in purple too!). I hope this like a good starter kit, lol.

jie jie said...

If you won't have any use for them, it's better to return them and save the money (or get something you need). I kind of regret buying my set from last year, cos I only use 187se for travel and the rest are just neglected. Instead of saving (more brushes for $$), i ended up wasting.

Alyssa said...

I didn't buy anything from this collection, but the packaging is so cute! :) Thank you for the side by side review of the brushes.

By the way, come visit my blog because I nominated you for an award. :)

Askmewhats said...

those are great comparison! thanks for doing it :)

farrah said...

the 187s look like mini porcupines so cute!

Christiana Divine @ Memoirs of A Shopping Addict said...

hey love. thank you very kindly for the award nomination thingy. :) i REALLY appreciate it. :D aww. :) i actually bought this brush set too... and the same color too... hehe. :) seeing your comparison though makes me want the original fiber optic. LOL. i probably will end up getting the regular fiber optic ONE day... i gotta find a job first. LOL! :)

eBeautyBlog said...

beautiful brushes. It's a good that you didn't like any from the Electro Flash, Sonic Chic & New View collections, right? More money to spent on other goods. YAY!

yummy411 said...

awesome post.. now i'm lusting some color forms... no blushes for you?

Beauty is Androgynous said...

ha i HATE when they try to push a sale on me!!
You know what I noticed? The two males that have helped me at the mac counter were sooo nice to me and reassured me that it was "alright...don't worry" about not buying more. They weren't sharks like everyone else or threw an attitude if I didn't buy more.
The males there treat me so well. Hm...except for one who seemed kind of lazy and didn't care to help me out that well.

I also have that same problem of splurging on things I don't need.
I'm glad I didn't get the brush set from MAC. I have enough makeup bags as is and have half of those brushes..