So I gave her suggestions and went makeup shopping as well. And since she was about to celebrate her birthday, I got her a bunch of makeup stuff. Since makeup shopping can be very pricey, I went to Landmark in search for treasure. I got some stuff for her and I got more for myself. Surprise, surprise, right?
Here are the brushes I got:
Left to Right: 168 Angled Contour Brush, Retractable Lip Brush, Smudge Brush &
168 Angled Contour Brush - Php254.75
This is a knock-off of MAC's 168 Large Angled Contour Brush. The Landmark version even has the brush number "168" and "Japan" inscribed on it (meaning it was made in Japan which I don't really believe). This brush is not bad at all. It did shed but just a tiny teeny bit. Works well with contouring. And for the price, it is a great buy! (The original retails for Php1,650.00 in MAC stores here in the Philippines)
Angled Contour Brush - Php84.75
I got another contour brush and this one is much cheaper than the white one. I don't really need another one but for its price, there was really no need to think twice about it. Good thing this brush cost so little as it sheds a lot and whenever I clean it, there is a purplish color residue or bleeding. So I guess this has dyed hair bristles. However, it does what it was designed for and the bristles are soft. But I hate the shedding and the residue issue. So I don't really like it.
Smudge Brush - Php39.75
I used to have a smudge brush that looked exactly like this from E.L.F. which I super loved. The sponge tip broke off from constant washing as it was soft. That particular E.L.F. brush is not available here and so I was really excited when I saw this. This, however, has a very hard and scratchy sponge tip (I didn't remove the brush from its plastic to do a touch and feel test when I was buying it). But it does its job well despite it being a bit rough.
Retractable Lip Brush - Php54.75
I've been wanting a retractable lip brush for quite some time now. I don't carry tubes of lipsticks with me as I put my lip colors in a palette, so a lip brush is a must for me. I need one with a cover since I do not want to stain my other stuff. I just wish this came a little wider and longer.
Landmark is a great place to score affordable makeup tools. I think it was last year or so when I found my very first happy purchase in Landmark. It was a knock-off of MAC's 190 Foundation Brush. Just like the white angled contour brush, that foundation brush had the brush number "190" inscribed on the handle. I got it for less than Php200.00. It is thicker than the MAC but works really great with cream foundation.
Top Photo: MAC 190 Foundation Brush (top) & Landmark 190 Foundation Brush (bottom)
Bottom Photos: Landmark vs MAC
Try to visit Landmark often and look through their stuff. Some times you will find something great and some times you won't. And I don't think they stock up on the good brushes regularly so when you find one, grab it.
Do you know where else to score affordable yet good makeup tools? :)