Sunday, November 21, 2010

What NOT to Purchase this Holiday Season


I love this holiday season for so many reasons: the packaging, the color range, the VARIETY!

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One product that you definitely should not purchase, however, is Chanel's newest mini brush set. It breaks my heart to say it.. but it's AWFUL, probably one of the worst $120 I've ever shelled out. Thankfully, my Chanel SA loves me and she told me to bring it back when I informed her that it couldn't hold a candle to last year's holiday brush set.

The quality isn't present. Sure, they threw in a beautifully designed pamphlet that specifies the uses for each brush included in the set, and the zippered case with gold accents is undeniably envy-worthy.. but the hair and handle quality? It's pure doggy poo. The bristles feel cheap in my hands and feel rough against my face's skin. The handles are lightweight but they are coated with a patent-black plastic lacquer and "Chanel" is laser-printed, not engraved, into the handles! Last year's brushes were made of plush white goat hair and had silver ferrules with supple wooden black handles and also had "Chanel" engraved in silver. THAT is $120 quality, not this slap-dash concoction of cheapness that Chanel calls their 2010 Les Minis Brush Set.

Instead of dishing out the dough for this wreck, simply because you want the Chanel name, do yourself [and your wallet!] a favor and purchase Dior's Holiday brush set for $60. Dior's set comes with just four brushes but they are your true essentials and the quality is up to par with their full size brushes - review coming tomorrow!

The only redeeming factor here is the case for the brushes. View the pictures and see for yourself :)

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RAEview's Rating: D
[The only reason it did not receive an F is because of the beautiful and well-constructed brush case, which is an improvement from last year's!]

9 comments:

  1. Another informative review! I was so close to getting this brush set, but $120 was a bit steep for me. Glad I didn't. I do have Dior's brush set on my wishlist though : ) Thanks, Rae!

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  2. Oh so bad... The hairs look rough just from your photos alone =[

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  3. WOW! This set really pissed you off...LOL. I know how much you love Chanel, so I really appreciate your honesty. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Agh! I was actually thinking of buying this set! And the worst part is that here in Australia, this brush set is $300! I'm thinking I might pick up some Dior brushes instead, at some point! =)

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  5. the case seems so beautiful! shame the brushes are not the same. Have to check out the Dior ones now.

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  6. I got the Dior holiday brush set a couple of days ago as a gift for my sister. And she loves it. The brushes are really soft and so cute!

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  7. I saw this brush set about 2 weeks ago and was very tempted to buy them because almost anything Chanel makes my heart melt and the case is cute too.

    The brushes were actually behind a clear glass on display and I didn't bother asking the Sales Assistant to show them to be up close because from what I could see, the handle and hairs didn't look very appealing. I'm bias as I own a few Chanel brushes which are superb. Chanel full size brushes typically has a metal ferrule, securing the handle and brush hair. I think Chanel full size brushes are amazing.

    However, when I saw this mini size brush set, I was horrified because they looked cheap, almost like counterfeit Chanel brushes. There's no metal ferrule, the handles look plastic-like and the hairs look horrid.

    It's such a shame coming from Chanel. This mini brush set be a complimentary gift with a purchase of their other products instead of having it as an independent product for sale.

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  8. Just like MAC Holiday Brush sets. What a shame. You think CHANEL would do better.
    Thanks for the heads up.

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  9. I was about to purchase this today!! But I decided to update myself with your blog and came across this post! Thank you for the heads up, really helpful! :)

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