Today's post will be quite picture heavy and looonggg - as things usually go on ofmymemories - on the Ovonni 29 piece Synthetic Makeup Brush Set. I bought this off Ebay for $43 free shipping which, for the quality and fast delivery is a bargain.
The package came to me within a week as it was shipped from Sydney and the first thing that I noticed was that it reeeeekked. It literally smelt like it came straight from the factory, with this god awful chemical and paint scent all over the case itself which somehow transferred minimally onto the brushes. It took me about two days of airing the case, and a few washings of the brushes to completely get rid of the scent. Needless to say that ticked me off a bit, however, it shouldn't affect my final verdict too much.
The case itself was actually a lot more sturdier than I anticipated. I'm assuming it is mostly PU or faux leather with a cool crocodile skin design on the outside, and a smooth inner layer which is very easy to clean and sterilise. Although the case is nice quality, folding all the brushes up do cause them to bend out of shape after a while - as you can see in the above picture where hairs on the fan brush are a bit wobbly. But one should expect that when ordering cheap, synthetic brushes online.
I'm going to format my post a little differently today and give you the overall rating and review here rather than at the end as I will be going through each and every brush in this set. Reason for that is that the company itself does not print the names of what type of brush some of them are, so I'll be winging it and writing my own list for referral.
- the initial scent
- the lack of variety in face brushes (most of the larger brushes are for powders)
- most brushes feel like they absorb liquid and cream products a little too well, thus having product "travel" all the way to the ferrule at times
- bristles tend to clump and stick together after not washing and continued use for a week and a bit i.e. don't last long without washing
- some brushes I have no idea what use they have, but I will keep trying to find something to use them for
- fantastic amount of brushes for the beginner or collectors in search of reasonable to good quality brushes
- no shedding, at all (hallelujah)
- ferrules are all strongly attached to handle (unless you rigorously clean them like I did my lip brush thus sort of detaching it, easily fixable though)
- for the most part, they work very well, most pick up powders exceptionally well and others are amazing for cream products
- a nice variety of eye brushes, most of which are soft and vary in size
- easy to clean, relatively fast at drying when compared to my other synthetic brushes
- case is easy to clean
- blue tipped ends make it handy to tell when you need to clean them
And so, if you're looking for a set of nice quality brushes for cheap as chips, especially if you're a beginner and just starting out with makeup, I highly recommend this set. For pros or long time beauty lovers, you may not like the variety in this set unless you're looking for some good eye and powder brushes to add to your kit.
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Foundation - standard, old school foundation brush that nobody uses
Blush - this looks like it could be a small powder brush, but I actually use it for cream blush as it is very good at picking up enough product in one dip as well as diffusing it out
Fan - the main reason why I bought this set. I also rarely use this, so when I feel like it I use it for quick highlighting or bronzing.
Angled Cheek - I really like this, again, for cream blush and cream contouring.
Round Powder - by round I mean round like the Sigma F80 round. This is quite nice as a powder brush for the face, kabuki style.
Oblong Powder - the shape of this is similar to the round one except it's pinched in on opposite sides. This is another nice powder brush, preferably for setting makeup.
Flat Top Kabuki - definitely for powder products or powder foundation. Don't ever try this with liquid foundations, otherwise the bristles just all clump together once dry.
Small Fan - does any one know how to use these? I have a similar one from Elf but these are so flimsy and make my highlighting patchy. Maybe to sweep fall out off?
Large Concealer - it really is large, almost too big for my face. I probably use it for special effects or something.
Pointed Concealer Buffer - I love using this with my cream concealer. It's precise and allows me to buff in concealer around blemishes too. Not so good for the under eyes though.
Angled Contour - I have several of the same brush but I honestly have no idea what to use them with apart from nose contouring which I rarely do. Oh, it's like a mini flat top kabuki, but slanted.
Small Pencil - one of my favourite eye brushes from the set as it works so well for my small eyes.
Tiny Pencil - this one is a hybrid of the concealer buffer and pencil brush. It's wonderfully stiff but also pleasant-feeling enough to use on the face and eyes. I use this when I want to apply some precise, close to eyes eyeshadow for eyeliner.
Detailed Eyeliner - this one is a meh for me. I don't use gel eyeliners so I can't tell if this actually works or not, but it does feel kind of floppy.
Flat Eye - like a winged eyeliner brush but bigger and not angled. Pretty much never touch this.
Angled Eye - I like this, but only because I use this with shadows to set my pencil liners. Again, not entirely sure how this would work with gel or cream eyeliners.
Large Angled Eye/Brow - self explanatory, really.
Small Concealer - works well when applying cream highlighter or cream eyeshadow.
Medium/Small/Large Eyeshadow - standard "packing on" brushes, quite stiff. Yes, they come in three different sizes because not everyone has the same sized eyes. Probably best used with pigments and mixed-medium eyeshadows.
Lip - this absorbs so much of the lipstick at times as it picks up so much. Be careful when dipping brush into lipsticks. I still can't get the stain out of mine and I accidentally pulled off the ferrule form the handle.
Smudge - love this for my brow highlights and lower lash line work.
Small/Large Fluffy - Ovonni's answer to the infamous MAC 217. These have to be my favourite of the lot and if the MAC brush is any better than these then it must be worth the ka-ching. These come is two different sizes, are very very soft and work well to blend both powder and cream eyeshadows.
Black Sponge Tip - you only get one of these but I photographed it twice. I love using this to smoke out eyeliners.
Sponge Tip - I feel like they just wanted to add extra stuff in at this point. I never use and it's pretty much the sponge applicator you getting every other palette.
Spoolie - one of my most used brushes in the entire set as well.
Lash/Brow Groomer - very handy.
Well there you have it :) Make sure you stay tuned for yet another Ovonni brush set, which I ordered almost immediately after this arrived. It'll be their best seller, the 29 Goat Hair set which is a dupe for the Sigma Extravaganza Set apparently.