Tuesday, February 11, 2014

EM Michelle Phan Makeup Brushes Reviews, Photos, Giveaway



Despite the booming popularity of synthetic brushes, I still find that the perfect combination of quality, density, and shape are nearly impossible to find with synthetic fibers. EM Michelle Phan teamed up with master Japanese calligraphy brush makers to make some of the best that I have tried yet. The synthetic fibers are kind to my skin, with the right amount of give without losing any resistance. I do wish the handles were longer for storing and professional use purposes, but the shorter length is perfect for those who travel with makeup often.


My favorite of the eight is the luxurious All Over Face brush ($29 USD). It is ideal for use with powder foundations and setting powders, though it can be used to apply bronzer as well. It feels so plush against the face, and the brush is densely packed — not thin and floppy like other synthetic face brushes I have used in the past. The combination of fullness and resistance is a result of the brush head's slightly shorter bristles, approximately 1 cm shorter than the industry's standard powder brush. I love that the rounded and tapered synthetic fibers of this All Over Face brush allow for the most even distribution, and you can see in the video how it provides an airbrushed finish. Even though the $29 price tag may seem steep, it is worth every penny!    

Note: I do love the Sigma Angled Flat Top Foundation brush for liquid foundation, but I cannot recommend the Mr. and Mrs. Bunny
synthetic brush kits since I find the powder and blush brushes too thin and lacking enough resistance for efficient blending.  


The Pointed Foundation brush ($26 USD) is perfect for liquid and cream foundations. I am currently loving the combination of SUQQU's Frame Fix and Koh Gen Do's Aqua Foundation, and this brush is ideal for a streak-free application with the mix. A foundation brush has to be excellent for me to take the time to use it, since I much prefer to work with clean fingers on my own face. This pointed version, however, is excellent because it is precise enough for work around the corners of the nose and eyes yet allows for layering to build coverage. I blend using circular motions and then dab gently on the cheeks to build coverage.

The Flat Foundation brush ($26 USD) is officially one of my favorites for concealer application. If you do not mind paddle brushes and are looking for a mutli-tasker for foundation and concealer application, then this brush will be worth the full $26. I personally never use paddle styles for foundation, but I do find this tapered Flat Foundation brush is a wonderful tool for applying concealer under the eyes and on my acne scars since the larger surface area makes blending a breeze. It reminds me of an affordable version of Le Metier de Beaute's trusty concealer brush ($50 USD and also synthetic), just larger and straighter across the top.   


The Angled Blush Brush ($24 USD) is loosely packed in comparison to the All Over Face or Pointed Foundation brushes, but it applies and blends color on the apples of the cheeks best. The edge can also be used to run bronzer or contour powder through the hollows of the cheeks for definition. This brush in particular feels extra soft against the face, so I highly recommend this for sensitive skin. The diagonal shape is reminiscent of Shu Uemura's Natural 20h brush. 


The Angled Eyeliner brush ($12 USD) is perfect for use on the lash lines with powder eyeshadows or even gel liner if I were in a pinch. It is most reminiscent of Dior's eyeliner brush. The bristles are tapered, while EM's is angled, but both are very short in comparison to popular eyeliner brushes like MAC's 266. I have found the shorter height results in much less or no fall out when used with powders.

The All Over Shadow Brush ($15 USD) is a versatile eyeshadow application shape, basic but practical. I use the flat side of the brush for applying base shadows on the lids and the rounded edge to blend out the borders. Although it was intended for powder eyeshadows, the synthetic fibers are equally as efficient with cream products. The All Over Shadow is fuller than the Angled Shadow.

The Angled Shadow Brush ($15 USD) is intended for applying eyeshadow to the corners of the eyes as well as shaping the creases for more contour and depth. Try using the angled side to run across the middle of the lid and feel for the eye socket using windshield wiper motions. In the tutorial, I used it to pull the shadow shape out into a cat eye style to elongate my eyes.

The Lip Brush ($12 USD) is compatible with any lip formula. It applies lipstick and lip gloss smoothly, and the flat tip creates precise lines. I like to use this lip brush with heavier lipstick formulas since I can control the coverage. Instead of demonstrating the full pigmentation of Tom Ford's new Paradiso, I chose to demonstrate a sheerer, softer way to wear the lipstick.


BOTTOM LINE: Try starting with the All Over Face, Pointed Foundation, and Flat Foundation styles if you have been looking to splurge on quality synthetic fiber brushes!

To see the brushes in action, feel free to watch my tutorial (featuring the new limited edition Valentine's Day releases) below and join the giveaway to win a complete set of your own EM Michelle Phan brushes! Best of luck, everyone! xoxo


Makeup Worn:
EM Michelle Phan Love Me for Me Powder Compact in Linen 8
     *Order the powder compact and get the matching full-size shade of liquid foundation FREE!
EM Michelle Phan Valentine Life Moment: Seductress Eyeshadows in Sassy Girl, Instant Attraction & Lady in Gold
EM Michelle Phan Valentine Life Moment: Secret Admirer Blush in Day Dreaming & Just A Glance Eyeshadow
Eyeko Eye Do Eyeliner & Mascara Set
Tom Ford Spring 2014 Lip Color Sheer in Paradiso

Shirt:
J.Crew 

Earrings:
House of Harlow Sunburst Studs

Nails:

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524 comments:

  1. i really want to try the pointed foundation brush which i really like this type of brush to apply foundation. thank you for giving away some awesome brushes!

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  2. Thanks for the giveaway i would love to try out the EM line x
    Hanh

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  3. I've ever joined giveaway from Michelle Phan for winning these brushes. But I don't know if I win or not :(
    I hope I can win this giveaway :) I'm really a brushes junkie :)
    I hope this time is my lucky time because I'd joined bunch of giveaways but never win :(

    Btw, I very enjoy your blog posts and your videos
    I do love your make up because it's very simple, fresh but very beautiful^^
    Nice to subscribe you^^

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  4. I'm interested with the All Over Face brush! :)

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  5. I have a huge passion for makeup brushes ^^. I have monolid and I think eyeliner is very important for me, so I really want to try the angled brush :) So, hope I can win your giveaway and your're so gentle for give it to us!

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  6. I want to try the All Over Face brush!

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  7. Such a great review, as always Rae! Definitely needed your guidance before taking the plunge :)

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  8. I would love to try the All Over Face brush.

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  9. This is actually the first review I've seen for the em cosmetic brushes. :) Thankyou.

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  10. I am really interested in testing the All Over Face brush, it looks so fluffy and high quality! :-)

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  11. Most interested in the all over face and pointed foundation brush :D Been looking for some good liquid and powder brushes for a while now so thanks for the awesome review! :D

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  12. would love to try all of the brushes, especially the all over face brush!

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  13. Ooo. new post! <3 i <3 MP and Rae!

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  14. Great review. I have been wondering about her brushes and trying to see if I should make the investment.

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  15. I really want to try the all over face brush! By the way, I love your reviews, they are amaizing!

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  16. Great review Rae! I'm definitely interested in trying out the EM Cosmetics brushes! :)

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  17. These look so amazing! Great review and video :)

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  18. I am so interested with the all brushes, because I like to have some very good makeup brushes! :)

    Suskuuu1@hotmail.com

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  19. I would love to try the all over face brush.Thanks xx

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  20. Thanks for the review.. blush brush!

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  21. I would love to try the All Over Face brush. thank you for your detailed reviews and for this great giveaway! :)

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  22. i'm very much interested in the powder and foundation brush

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  23. Great review! I would love to try the all over face brush!!

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  24. I would love to try the All Over Face brush! Love your reviews. thanks for the amazing giveaway! :)

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  25. Hello:),
    I would really like to try the foundation and concealer brushes, I've had a hard time finding one that fits the flawless silky look I'm trying to achieve so I'm hoping to try these out:)) Thank you for the chance and have a nice day:).

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  26. Love the detailed review and love your videos!! ^^ You look so gorgeous!

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  27. Always love your videos especially your structured and detailed information about the products!

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  28. I am interested in the all over face brush and thxs for the giveaway!

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  29. I'm interested in All Over Face Brush & the angle face brush

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  30. Would love to try the all over face brush!

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  31. Great review. I would love to try the blush brush because it looks so plush! But if I'm going to splurge, I'd probably go for a real hair brush for now.

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  32. Thank you very much !
    I really want to try these because in Viet Nam , we can not buy any EM comestics products :(

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  33. I would love to try the all over face brush!

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  34. thanks for the giveaway , amazing brushes hope i win <3

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  35. I would like to try the All over face brush. Love the look you created on the video. Very sweet. Perfect for Vday!:)

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  36. hi! you're lovely. i love all the brushes! i hope you picked me!

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  37. I really want to try the angled eyeliner brush!

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  38. Excited about the all over face brush ^^

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  39. I can't wait ti try the pointed foundation brushes. <3

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  40. love the softness of synthetic brushes!

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  41. Love your reviews Rae ! Definitely going to have to try out these brushes

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  42. im interested in all of the brushes! ^^

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  43. I'd love to use Cosmetic products but I have yet to get. So sad!

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  44. The angled eyeliner brush immediately caught my eye--the angle and length of the bristles look PERFECT. I've been looking for a brush to replace an old Stila #10 I've had for years!

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  45. Very good review and very informative. Been wanting to try out these brushes but still not sure about the price tag. Hoping I win so I can try them! Love your YT!

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  46. Flat Foundation looks very interesting

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  47. The pointed foundation brush!! :D

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  48. thanks for the giveaway! i love the All Over Face brush!

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  49. I like pointed foundation brush !Great review.

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  50. what a great review :) im most interested in pointed foundation brush and angled blush brush. thanks for this giveaway!

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  51. Omg, i want to try all the brushes! I like your review ^-^

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  52. I want to draw the face brush! I'm dying to try some higher ended brushes

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  53. I hope I win ! I love'd your review about how they're the best synthetic brushes youve tried .. makes me want to buy them even more if I dont win !! :)

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  54. Awesome giveaway! I think the blush brush is the most interesting one, but I'd love to try them all. :)

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  55. Hi!
    Is this open to international followers?
    Thank you!

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  56. OMG <3 Great Review and amazing Video <3
    Thank you so much for this amazing Giveaway <3

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  57. I'm most interested in trying the all over face brush because I just purchased the powder !!!!!

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  58. I am interested in trying The Pointed Foundation brush =)

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  59. Thank you making video for EM brushes

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  60. I want this brushes I love the all Over face brush, I hope I can try Em cosmetics brushes or make up cause i'm in Africa and I never get a chance to try Em cosmetics so I hope this time I win

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  61. I'd probably be most interested in the blush brush.

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  62. Great review, brushes look really great! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  63. I'm interested in the flat foundation brush. I really wanna try it :)

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  64. Beautiful brushes! I love all over brushes.

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  65. ohmyyy, I'm super excited to try EM cosmetics, in general :D Thanks Rae for the giveaway. (:

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  66. LOVE the look and the brushes (:

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  67. Heard so many great things about the brushes! Most interested in the blush brush and the all over face brush. Do not own a solid collection of brushes, so these would start it off perfectly.

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  68. Thanks for this review rae! :D I am really interested in the pointed foundation brush as it is new to me! As well as the all over face brush.. It looks really soft! ^_^

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  69. Definitely the Angled Eye Brush!
    TY for the giveaway!

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  70. You always have the best reviews! I'm definitely most interested in the All Over Face brush. I love my powders :D

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  71. I'd love to try out The Flat Foundation brush! :)

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  72. Thanks for the tutorial/review as well as the giveaway!

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  73. I love to try the foundation and the blush brush. :D

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  74. I'd love to try all over face brush. Because it looks so soft and dense. And I think it is quite hard to find something like that to apply powder yet give smooth finish to build up coverage.

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  75. I love to try the foundation and blush brush. :D

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  76. Been wanting to see a reveiw on the Em Brushes! Amazing video as always! I'd love to have them all! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

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  77. The Flat Foundation brush looks great! :D

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  78. I am very interested in the blush brush.

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  79. Tks for the giveaway!!!! all of her brush look pretty good and been wanting to try them..

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  80. I would love to try the all over face brush! Thanks for the video and for the detailed information you always give to us!

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  81. I'm interested in the angled eyeshadow brush!!

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  82. I can't tell if the eligibility is worldwise here! I'm in India, and Michelle Phan products are not yet here, which is a HUGE bummer. The brushes look interesting - and you can never have too many good makeup brushes! :) Thanks for the tutorial too, it's such a soft and natural pretty look. :)

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  83. I'm loving the brushes set so much!

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  84. awesome giveaway! I would like to try the All Over Face Brush the most.

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  85. i havent bought anything from the em make up line, but ive heard its amazing! the brushes all look so beautiful

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  86. These brushes are beautiful! Really want to try the all over face brush!!!

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  87. I would love the blush blush or just any brushes because i don't own any brushes! :(

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  88. I absolutely love the em brushes, i was looking for prices recently but they're just too expensive for me to buy!

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  89. I would love to try all the brushes! (:

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  90. I have followed Michelle for a long time ago and she shared this post. I really glad for this giveaway and if i'd win them, i would be soooo happy. I'm looking for an eyebrow brush and a face brush for a while and these would be perfect.

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  91. Hey! I am most interested in the Pointed Foundation Brush. Thank you! :)

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  92. I'm interested in the angled eye shadow brush

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  93. I also love make up brushes! I would love to try some new ones from EM :)

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  94. I've been wanting to try something from the em line. I'm most interested in the pointed foundation brush.

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  95. I want to try The Angled Eyeliner brush.

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  96. I want all of them.. They look so nice!

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  97. I agree with you, the all over face brush look very plush

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  98. Love your makeup look in this review!

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  99. I'm really interested in the powder brush, I can't seem to find one I love...

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  100. i never have a brush set like this and i really hope i can win and i also lile Em cosmetics products.

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  101. Thanks you for this beautiful make up look !

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  102. I want them all but i'm most interested in the face brushes!!!
    xo...yimantza

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  103. I want to try some! Thank you for the review <3

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  104. Hello Rae, i'm from CAnada, thank you for this give away... Love your blog and your video.. I'd like to try Em cosmetic but it is so expensive for the shipping fees.. I hope I could win this give away,.. thank you so much and good luck to every one

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  105. I just bought the love me for me powder so the all over face brush would go great with it. I appreciate your review. I love em cosmetics!!

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  106. I'm an eyeliner girl. So my fav brush is the angled eyeliner brush. These kind of brushes can be use in so many ways, either for the use on the lash lines for a very define look for the eyes or to achieve that sexy cat eye, or to define your brows with a little bit of eyeshadow or create do many models when you want a sophisticated look to make your eyes stand out.

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  107. I love the colors that you used so gurly and sweet.

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  108. I am most interested in the angled eyeliner brush and water liners!

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  109. I'm most interested in the All Over Face brush :)
    Thank so much for this giveaway! Good luck to everyone!

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  110. I'm very interrested in the highlight and contour stick!<3 I've heard so many good thing about it ^^

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  111. I am really thankful that you are offering the chance to try the EM Brush line :)

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  112. I'm most interested in the angled eye shadow brush.

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  113. I'm most interested in the Angled Blush Brush and the Angled Eyeliner Brush. :)

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  114. I love the all over face brush :)

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  115. because i dont use lip brushes i use them as eyeliner brushes and they work awesome

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  116. Great Review :)
    Never enough brushes :)

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  117. They look so nice, but I'm not so good with makeup so brushes are still new to me :)

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  118. I'm most interested in using the All Over Face brush!

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  119. I love all the brush but I want the foundation brush so baddd! I hope I can winnnnn

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  120. I'd looooove to win this, I'm so interested in trying EM, brushes especially, but it's a bit over my budget :(

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  121. I'm interested in the All Over Face brush but also the eyeliner one!!

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  122. Great review! Very complete and useful! :)

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  123. I love love to try the blush brush and the powder brush.

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  124. Great review! I would like to try the Pointed Foundation brush... looks gorgeous! XX

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  125. Great review! I would love to try the Pointed Foundation brush... looks gorgeous! XX

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  126. Seems like really awesome brushes!

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  127. I love the All Over the Face Brush because I can use it everyday and for my blush too.. :)

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  128. i love you're videos sooo much ! thank you for this amazing review!!! i want to win because i dont have a lot of makeup brishes, and sometimes it is hard to create something..

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  129. I would love to try out pointed foundation brush the most (if not all)! they seem to be of high quality and blend everything well! :)

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  130. I would love to try any brushes from the Em line. I haven't purchased any yet and would love to in the future.

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  131. Thank you for the giveaway! <3 I'm super interested in the pointed foundation brush. :D

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  132. The entire brush set looks amazing! But, I would follow your recommendation and try the All Over Face Brush. It looks so soft! Thanks Rae for all your great videos!

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  133. i love every of each brush but specially. . . if i have to pick, i prefer All over face brush & The angled eyeliner brush
    im interested in those both brushes

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  134. This giveaway is really nice! And I really love the look in the video especially the winged out shadows ! (:

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  135. I don't have any powder brushes that I'm really happy with, so I'm most interested in the powder brush!

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  136. i m intrested in trying the blush brush n foundation brush !! :)

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  137. l want to try the em angled blush brush

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  138. The powder brush is the one I fancy the most, looks so perfect!

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  139. The The Pointed Foundation brush would definitely be a HUGE step-up from applying my liquid foundation with my fingers >_<

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  140. I love the all over face brush ^_^ But i want to try them all :*

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  141. I'm interested in the All Over Face brush :D
    Thanks for this amazing giveaway :3

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  142. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm also a huge brush fanatic :P

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  143. I really love the design of these brushes! I would love to try the angled brush for blush and bronzer :)

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  144. it looks very high quality!cant wait to try them!

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  145. i wannnnt these so bad! i support michelle phan all the way and i believe in the quality of her products :)

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  146. I'm interested in the all over face brush :-)

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  147. I'd Really love to try out the Angled Shadow Brush because I can imagine how I would use it for some make up looks I had in mind. Love them all though :)

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  148. I love makeup as a girl like barbie. I collect brushes and buy one from tume to time. Having rhses wonderful set of brushes will be really amazing. :)

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  149. I'd love to have an Angled Eyeshadow Brush

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  150. Great review! I'd like to try the all over face brush (:

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  151. Dying to try the all over face brush and the pointed foundation brush! I'd love to win this giveaway :)

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  152. I really want to try out the brushes :)

    Great review! ♥

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  153. I love the all over face brush!

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  154. I've been looking for few good new brushes and I love my life palette, it would be awesome to pair the brushes with my makeup!!

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  155. Awesome giveaway I hope I win i love all of them an all of them like my dream brush but i konw i can not win i live in Europa :( :( but i love michelle phan and her tips enjoy and succes

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  156. I have been a long time subscriber and Raeview does a great job on these brushes. She is picky. So I will try a pallette and brush.

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  157. I am definitely interested in the All Over Face Brush!

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  158. I am interested in the whole set but if I had to pick a brush I am interested in or can't live without is the "Flat Foundation" brush! I can't leave the house with no concealer on my face. haha Thanks for hosting this contest :)

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  159. I love brushes and would love to try these ♥♥♥

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  160. Im actually mostly interested in the angled eyeliner brush and the pointed foundation brush.

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  161. Im mostly interested in thr angled eyeliner brush and the pointed foundation brush.

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  162. I need all those brushes! It will make so much different! Thank you! Admire Michelle Phan a lot.<3

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  163. I love big powder brushes and I would really be interested to try this one.

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  164. I'm most interested in the all over face brush. It would be nice to have a high quality synthetic version for quick washing between uses!

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  165. Thank you so much for this giveaway! I've been wanting to try out her brush line!

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  166. I'm mostly interested in the all over face brush.

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  167. Really nice brushes! I find the foundation and concealer one very useful, since I'm always using my fingers to put foundation and concealer, but it's more comfortable to use a brush :). Cool makeup tutorial, thanks for sharing!

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  168. I'm so excited to use the face brush because I'm going to purchase the love me for me powder and free foundation this monday!! And since the brush seems like the perfect fit for the compact, it looks perfect!! :)

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  169. I like the pointed foundation brush

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  170. I would love to try the pointed face brush

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  171. I own the All Over Face Brush and it is, indeed, amazing! I almost love it more than other face brushes I own.

    I hope you do a review on both the Valentine Palettes! :)

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  172. I love this review on these brushes!!!!

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  173. I would definitely love to try the Pointed Foundation brush. Your video made it seem like it gave such a flawless finish!

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  174. Was searching for a good review of em brushes and finally found it was very helpful video wish to look forward for more keep doing your great work!!! GOD BLESS <3

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  175. I'd love to try the all over face brush! Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  176. Nice review! Interested in getting the face and lip brushes!

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  177. The all over face brush it looks so fluffy and something I could use.

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  178. i really like the post!! explained every single one really well

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