As most renowned makeup artists would say, you can get better results with exceptional brushes and poor makeup than with poor brushes and exceptional makeup. Got confused? Read again. πŸ™‚ Well, I couldn’t agree more. I think before any makeup enthusiast should start collecting high end cosmetic products, they should first start investing in good quality brushes. Personally, my first ever splurge on any makeup-related items was on my very first brush set. It wasn’t much but it really did help a lot in my daily makeup application. I still have that set in my kit right now and I’m glad I invested in decent brushes because it’s something I could keep for years for they don’t expire like makeup.
Investing in good quality brushes don’t necessarily mean you have to buy the most expensive brush set in the market – just get the best your money can afford. Virginia Olsen Minerals’ brushes aren’t exactly as cheap as my first brush set but they’re definitely a great investment – that is, of course, speaking from personal experience.
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These brushes are made from premium-grade materials, which can be used with wet or dry products. The synthetic Japanese-grade Taklon bristles are hypo-allergenic and safe for delicate complexions. The sleek ferrules are made from recycled aluminum. The natural bamboo handle has a low impact on the Earth’s resources as it is a highly sustainable plant. Each professional length brush is created for precision and has been designed with the right density to create flawless, natural finish in every makeup application.
Virginia Olsen is known for their professional length bamboo handles. They’re basically a bit longer than normal brushes. The handles are sleek, glossy and lightweight. The brand name is printed on the other end of the brush too. I’ve seen and felt all of VO’s brushes, though I don’t own every single one, and I can strongly say that they’re unbelievably soft and densely-packed. The bristles aren’t stiff like chemically treated hair so they’re not scratchy or irritating on the skin. There were no stray hairs too. Another great thing about these brushes is that all Virginia Olsen’s brushes are eco-friendly, cruelty free and vegan, so no animals were harmed. Yey!
This is my absolute favorite from the bunch. I’m so glad I bought it! Its angled tip help create a sharp contour (although I prefer the Sculpting Brush for contour). The brush itself is dense but becomes thinner on the top; this allows me to put blush pigment gradually and blend out the colors softly. I honestly don’t like super dense blush brushes because they tend to put too much or concentrate a great amount of product into one specific area. I love using this with my CanMake Cheek & Cheek Blush! (Read review HERE)
Every “smokey eye”-loving person should always have a clean blending brush within reach to really obtain the perfect gradation of color. Needless to say, I can never have enough blending brush because I seldom wash all my brushes – I do them per batch. πŸ™‚ 
What I like about this blending brush is that it isn’t too wide and it’s slightly pointed thus allowing me to put just the right amount of product in the crease area. It picks up a lot of pigments and deposits them in the right places too. Although I’m not particularly fond of the length of the bristles. I just find it a bit too long for my preference; giving me less control in blending. When I blend in a circular motion, the bristles kinda just flip from one direction to another. Lesson: be gentle in blending. 
Along with their 2013 Summer Collection Eyeshadows, Virginia Olsen also launched another set of brushes to be added to their previous collection. This new set includes Precision Pencil brush, Short Shader brush, Angled Eye Contour brush, Flat Top brush, and Sculpting brush. Read more about their newest products HERE 
 This sculpting brush is probably the most unique and interesting piece in their entire collection. I honestly haven’t seen anything like it before! Essentially, this is used to create more prominent cheekbones and jaw line by contouring the face. With this, even a noob can master the art of contouring in just a few swipes! I just love how easy it is to use. This brush makes my life so much easier.. I love every bit of this sculpting brush and I would definitely recommend this to everyone!
If you ask me, this is just a typical eyeshadow brush but with much shorter bristles. Nothing special, so I thought. Surprisingly, the shorter and narrower bristle makes this brush extremely versatile. It can apply color on small concentrated areas and blur/blend the eyeshadow on the lower lash line. This kind of brush is best used to apply eyeshadow on the lids with patting motion – apply, not spread, swipe or blend.
This part is solely based on my experience with the 4 brushes from the brand that I own. I’ve washed the ones I have several times already and aside from the insignificant fallout from the contour/blush brush, there was no shedding or bleeding. Washing them with dish washing soap and water didn’t change how soft they were. I tried drying them with and without brush guards and it’s great that they could still retain their original shape without the help of brush guards.
Price/s: Php 450, Php 350, Php 450 and Php 300 respectively
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Know more about Japanese makeup and how to apply it properly by enrolling to Virginia Olsen Minerals’ JAPANESE MAKEUP WORKSHOP with Khaori Sato on June 15, 2013 for only Php 1, 500.
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