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The set comes with 6 brushes, tweezers, and a carrying case. The case matches whichever set you chose (orange, purple, or white/blue). It has slots for each brush, and the tweezers, and a zip closure. Compared to my Real Techniques case that came with the travel essentials kit, they're not even on the same level. I wouldn't say the quality is fantastic, but it is nice. Definitely doesn't feel like a cheap addition like the Real Techniques one does (even though it pains me to say that, since the brushes are great). The case also features a mirror, which can be removed if necessary.
They are all vegan friendly, and can be used to apply liquids, creams, and powders. Brushes included are: Detail Liner, Chisel Shadow, Crease Blender, Deluxe Contour, Tapered Blush, and Pro Powder.
|L to R: Chisel Shadow, Crease Blender, and Detail Liner|
I haven't had the chance to use the Detail Liner brush; I don't have any products to test it out with. It seems firm, but flares out at the end. I wish I had more to offer, but since I've never used a brush like this, I'm not sure what I'm looking for.
When I first used the Crease Blender, I was worried that it wasn't picking up any product. After playing around, I realized that it was just human error due to my own inexperience with the type of brush. It picks up just the right amount of product, and is easy to build up product. It's also very simple to use, and as a first time user of a crease brush (I know, what's wrong with me?), I didn't have any trouble getting the hang of the brush. It was easy to hold, and easy to control.
Comparing the Chisel Shadow brush to the Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush, I like this one slightly better. It's smaller (though the handle is longer), stiffer, and slightly more tapered at the tip, while still being fluffy and soft. It packs on cream, and powder, eye shadow easily. Unfortunately I did notice slight staining when I used a black eyeshadow, even after washing it several times. It's not too noticeable, though. Just a slight discoloration.
|L to R: Pro Powder, Tapered Blush, and Deluxe Contour|
The Contour Brush is very dense, and fits in all the right areas. I don't contour, but I did try it out with a random blush. I can't get over this brush. I find myself looking for a reason to use it. It's great for precise application, and it's very easy to blend.
The Pro Powder isn't as dense as I would have liked it to be. I see myself reaching for this less than my Real Techiniques, and even my Guerlain brush. It works well, and does its job, but I do feel as though I have something better. It's larger than the Multi Task Brush that comes in the Real Techniques set that I keep mentioning, not as dense, and not as soft. It's very loose, which allows for a light application. I also after washing noticed that there were a few hairs that were longer than the rest, and there was one stray hair that I believe came from this brush, but I tossed it before I got a chance to look at it without thinking about it. The length of it is what makes me believe that the Pro Powder is the culptret. As for those longer hairs, I'm pretty sure they appeared after wasting, since I don't remember seeing any prior to the thorough cleaning. It is possible that they weren't cut. It's only a few, and they don't feel loose when I lightly tug on them. It's kind of bizarre, and I'm interested in seeing if anyone else has notices this. This is probably one of my least favorites in the set, to be honest. I was a little let down, though it's not a huge loss since I have a enough powder brushes to chose from.
Blush is a product that always gets me nervous. I'm always paranoid that I'll apply too much, and end up looking like a clown. The Tapered Blush brush applies the perfect amount. It's a smaller brush, firm, and very dense. I really enjoyed using it, even though I'm not a blush person (I may be changing that soon!)
Overall, I did not notice any shedding, even while washing, aside from the Pro Powder brush. The brushes maintained their shape well. All of the brushes in this set are soft, and the handles just feel so nice. The case is great for travel, and it feels like a very complete set. Perfect for beginners, or if you want a set specifically for travel.
My favorites are the Tapered Blush, and the Crease Blender. They all work well with what they're designed to do, but are also great for a variety of uses.
The Crown Brush HD Set retails for $69.99, but is on sale for $27.95 (I have no idea how long for). They come on three colors; orange, purple, and white/blue