Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Real Deal with Charm

I am a huge fan of the first set of Charm Travel Pro Brushes that’s why I pre-ordered version 2. I love my first set to bits, I use them everyday. That is why, you should understand that it is not my intention to bad mouth Charm. I’m just wondering why all of the reviews I’ve read about this set are great. They are raving. I don’t get it. I may not be a professional makeup artist nor do I know everything there is to know about makeup and makeup brushes but I think I know a bad product when I see one, more so, use one.

This will be a series of posts as it’s going to be too long if I write everything in this post.

Let’s start with the makeup case:

charm travel pro brush set v2 case, by bitsandtreats

This is the reason for the delayed delivery. The seller had to return the first batch because of some minor problems. No biggie. I’ve already been waiting for a month, no harm waiting for one more week. The case is okay. It has holders inside for the brushes. You might have already seen the brushes inside the case so I won’t show a photo of that anymore. This is an improvement over the black one but I'm still not a big fan.

Here’s the set right after I washed them. This is the first washing.

charm travel pro brush set v2, by bitsandtreats

Let’s examine the much raved about dual fibre brush:

charm dual fiber brush top view, by bitsandtreats

charm dual fibre brush, by bitsandtreats

That’s not very pretty isn’t it? See the fibers? They keep shedding and shedding and shedding. I end up with bristles all over my face whenever I use this. Well, I have to be honest. I stopped using this dual fibre brush after the third use. I just can’t handle the shedding anymore. I tried using this the other day and on my first swipe, had a piece of fiber on my cheek. Haayyy….

Not only that, this brush bleeds like crazy! Every single time I wash this, even without using it, it bleeds!

Next is the angled blush brush:

charm travel pro v2 powder brush, by bitsandtreats

The fibers are all over the place. This brush isn’t very useful when applying blush. The color gets concentrated on one area. I need a different brush to blend and apply the color evenly on my face. If I use this, I’ll end up looking like a clown. Seriously. I think it’s too small for a blush brush.

It’s easy to wash but it looks worse when it’s wet. Because it’s white, it easily gets stained. Sometimes I can’t get the color out. I also made the mistake of putting it beside the dual fibre brush while drying so now it has some black spots. It looks pretty when it has pink blush on top though. = )

More brushes and more reviews to come.


  1. Hi sis! How much is this set? I'm raving for this set for quite some time now but now I'm thinking if it's really worth it. ;)

  2. Hmm, how come it looks different with the others' reviews, hmmmm. I notice the shedding and quite disappointed.

  3. I pre-ordered it so I got it for around Php1600 plus shipping. I think now it costs Php1800

  4. @Kitten I was wondering about that too. I don't know if it's just my brushes or what. But I am really disappointed with this set.

  5. Eek. I've never tried Charm before. But the condition of the angled blush brush looks really sad. - Trace

  6. @Lady E: I believe it's priced at P1800 already, sayang that's still a lot of money to shell out when you expect good quality brush set.

  7. I'm a big fan of Charm brushes - their retractable kabuki brush was my first makeup brush ever and the quality was great. I also love love love their Flat Top Brush, which I use on a regular basis. But I have to say, I wasn't very happy with this brush set either. I got one to review for my blog, and I talked about the issues I had with each brush. I didn't like the face brushes and was even less happy with the eyeshadow brushes. The only ones I really liked are the eyeliner brush and the lip brush. :\

  8. @Lauren First of all, your blog is one of my most favorite blogs. I've been reading your blog since your ukay manila days. I have also read that review of yours about Charm and I share some of your sentiments. I like the old face brushes better.

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I'm always excited to visit yours! = )



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