Product Review: Sephora Professionnel Small Synthetic Eyeshadow Brush #26

Name: Professionnel Small Synthetic Eyeshadow Brush #26
Brand: Sephora
Price: €9.50

From Sephora’s website:
This brush finely applies all types of eye products—powders, creams, gels, and primers—to all areas of the eye. It’s small in size, so it can fit into your creases. Plus, the flat tip allows you to use short strokes to line your lashes or delicately highlight your brow bone. The synthetic fibers can handle all makeup mediums and won’t absorb your product, which means less waste and longer-lasting formulas.

What I liked:
– bristles are soft and don’t shed
– good for applying cream and liquid eyeshadows and primers
– small size allows for precise application
– can also be used to line lashes or apply concealer
– the price

What I didn’t like:
– doesn’t work with powder eyeshadows
– application is sometimes streaky
– can’t be used for blending

I picked up Sephora Professionnel Small Synthetic Eyeshadow Brush #26 ages ago because it promised to work with “all types of eye products – powders, creams, gels, and primers – to all areas of the eyes”. It sounds very versatile and I love brushes that can multitask. Plus, the price is reasonable. But does it deliver what its claims?

Sephora Small Synthetic Eyeshadow Brush #26 is a flat brush with synthetic bristles, a black handle and ferrule and does look sleek and professional. It is not the softest brush I own but the bristles are soft enough not to scratch skin and they haven’t shed a hair even after more than a year of use.

I rarely use cream eyeshadows so I bought this brush mainly to apply powder shadows but still have something to use with cream ones on those rare occasions I decide to wear them. However, this brush doesn’t really work with powder eyeshadows at all. The flat bristles don’t pick up a lot of color so even if the eyeshadows you’re using are pigmented you will still need to layer and layer and layer..

After a couple of disastrous attempts at using this brush with powder eyeshadows, I decided to use it to apply primers instead. And with cream and liquid textures, it works much better. Most of the time application goes smoothly but every now and then the bristles tend to separate into smaller groups resulting in streaks. It’s very annoying when it happens! But at least when you use it with cream products, you don’t really need a lot of product to get good coverage.

I also like the small size of the brush as that makes application more precise, especially if you have small eyes like me. The size is only a problem if you want to use this brush to apply concealer. Although it works well with cream or liquid concealers, I just prefer a bigger brush for that. I suppose it would work well to apply eyeliner but I just prefer to use an angled or eyeliner brush for that. What it doesn’t do well though is blending. But then this is not a blending brush, so don’t try to use it that way.

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Sephora Professionnel Small Synthetic Eyeshadow Brush #26 is a synthetic flat brush that applies cream, liquid and gel eye products on the lid smoothly (most of them time at least as sometimes application can be a bit streaky). It can also be used to apply concealer and eyeliner but it doesn’t work with powder eyeshadows (bristles don’t pick up too much product). In addition, it small size allows for precise application and the bristles don’t scratch skin nor shed.

Rating: 3/5

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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Trisha, it is. I think if you’re on a budget and looking for a brush to apply creamy eye products with, then it’s worth considering but I’m disappointed that it doesn’t work with powders. And it’s so odd that sometimes eyeshadows are applied smoothly, other times streaky…

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Makeup Morsels, I don’t think it’s worth getting them. I don’t use creamy eye products a lot but I was hoping it would still work with powders. Sadly not, but at least I can use it to apply my base.

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