Shot of Beauty

Need vs Want: Japonesque’s Safari Chic Brush Set
February 14, 2013, 9:54 am
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Go on – feast your eyes on this fabulous brush set. I want to, you want to, we all want to! In fact, I don’t think there’s a single b-blogger who wouldn’t want to know more about this tres unique safari-themed brush set from Japonesque. It’s so different to the usual block colour brushes we are used to, and it really does intrigue me.

Having said that, is the aesthetic of a product more important than how it works and its quality? Is it a case of don’t judge a brush book by its cover?

In the name of rare rational beauty shopping (because the two can go together?!), I teamed up with one of my favourite b-bloggers Callie Rose from to answer the all important question: do I need or want this product?

Here’s what Callie had to say about the Japonesque Safari Chic Brush set:
This gorgeous little set contains 3 different brushes to help you complete your desired look. Contains: Safari Chis Powder Brush for blending blusher and bronzing powder, Safari Chic Shadow Brush for shading and diffusing shadow over the eyelid and Safari Chic Crease Brush for creating depth and drama by smudging pigment along the socket line.

Does Callie want or need this product?
NEED: I need some new eyeshadow brushes as the one that I’m currently using is the brush that came with my Naked 2 palette. It does the job okay, but I’ve had it that long that it is falling apart. I usually put shadow into the crease of my eye to add that extra effect. I like having big dramatic eyes, so the crease brush would be perfect.

WANT: I suppose they could wait as I already have a powder brush, so don’t need the full set – but just look at them! They’re so pretty! And the price is within my budget (well, maybe after Lent as I’m on a spending ban). Not only are the brushes vegan-friendly and made with the highest quality synthetic material, they also come in a a micro-fibre travel case so they’re always on hand. If it wasn’t lent, I’d buy them now.


Do I want or need this product?
NEED: It doesn’t take a beauty genius to see how incredible these brushes look. And as I am in an eye make-up phase lately, the safari brush set would make a great addition to my ever-growing palette and mono shadow collection. Another thing is that my biggest problem with eye looks is creases – those damn things always get in the way of a good look! So I need a good crease brush in my life. I also really love that all three brushes have been designed with contouring in mind. Overall, I think it’s priced well for a high-quality, vegan-friendly set.

WANT: If I’m really honest, I do have a great powder and eyeshadow brush already, so could my money be better spent elsewhere? For £28 I could indulge in several items and mix and match lips, eyes and cheeks. But it’s better to spend money on quality beauty essentials than splurge it on 15 purple eyeshadows when you only need 5 (OK maybe 10…). My biggest problem with spending money on beauty is that I don’t make enough long-term investments, so this a good place to start!


So, what’s the overall verdict?
We both need this ultra unique brush set.

Natasha says:
Let’s face it – we didn’t need much convincing! All we had to do is look at it to know how special it is. The truth is there is nothing else like it, and for that reason we just have to have it!
Callie says: Personally, I think these babies are worth buying. They’ll be going onto my wishlist until the end of Lent when I shall purchase them. What’s not to love about them? They are vegan-friendly, travel-friendly, and eye-friendly (as in they look amazing with their safari print). Well worth the £28!

What do you think? Would you have made the same decision?

P.S If you would like to write a need vs want post with me, tweet me @shotofbeauty or send me an email at Why not tweet Callie at @catdicko also and have a look at her blog?



Superdry’s new affordable luxuries launch tomorrow

The wait is over (well, almost) for the brand spanking new beauty collection by Superdry, and I am SO excited. Ever since I caught a glimpse of the brand’s new cosmetics range in the latest edition of Company magazine, I have been waiting patiently to try a bit of everything.

And I must love it, because I want the make-up brushes more than the make-up, which is very rare! My ultimate Superdry Beauty must-have product is the hot pink Kabuki Brush (£14.00), which has been inspired by Japanese theatrical make-up rituals. Superdry claims it has soft synthetic hairs and is recommended for use with bronzer and blusher, as it blends and contours. 

I need it as of yesterday – it is so different to all the other brushes out there of this kind, it just looks amazing and I love the wooden handle too. It has simple clear plastic packaging, which I think is cute and well-suited to the brand.

If the hot pink brush is a bit too ‘out there’ for you, you will be pleased to know that there is also a black one.

Superdry Beauty - Kabuki Brush - PinkSuperdry Beauty - Kabuki Brush - Pink - PackagingNext on my wishlist is the basic but bloody brilliant Jet Black Eye Marker (£8). Designed to create precision lines, the liner is non-smudging, which would be a bonus I reckon. However, I think I would have to see it to believe it, as I have a tendency to smudge my liquid liner!

Superdry Beauty - Eye Marker - BlackAlso in the make-up range there is the super cute ballerina-esque Pearled Pink Highlighter (£12). It’s made to suit all skin types and can be used with foundation to create a dewy complexion. Use on the cheeks and browbones.

Superdry HighlighterI also love this funky multi-season Grape/Sunflower Eye Shadow Duo (£9.50). Out of all the different combos, this one caught my eye as I see it as two different looks, so you could have a subtle gold one day and a deep purple the next. It’s a highly pigmented product and can be used wet to create a different look.

Superdry Beauty - Eye Shadow Duo - Grape, Sunflower

Apparently 1000 lipsticks isn’t enough, so of course I had to find one I liked from the range. Lip Paint in Electric Pink (£8) is a great shade for S/S 2013 and a real eye brightener. It’s highly pigmented and non-drying.

Superdry Beauty - Lip Paint - Electric PinkIn this cold climate we seem to be having at the moment, I always have a lip balm at hand, so I was really pleased to hear about the non-greasy, moisturising Peppermint Lip Fix (£6). I love mint in lip products; as well as having a great smoothing effect, it also smells and feels uber fresh. From the packaging, I reckon it is quite rich as well – so you will get more for your money.

Superdry Beauty - Lip Fix - PeppermintLast but not least are these beauty accessories for daily use. I love the wipe clean PVC Turquoise Neon Beauty Bag (£10) for my make-up or skin care products and also the silicone-covered Lime Mirror (£5) to carry around in my bag for those last-minute touch-ups!

Superdry Beauty - Neon Beauty Bag - Turquoise

Superdry Beauty - Mi#285C97

What do you want to try? Tweet me at @shotofbeauty or even better leave me a comment.

Are you as excited as I am?!