Saturday, February 20, 2010

AMW Reviews: Charm Luxe Retractable Kabuki

I am serious when I said I am a brush addict!  I am a fan of retractable brush for personal use as I love using brush to retouch!  And having a brush that's scattered inside my makeup kit is a pet peeve of mine!  I can't bare having bristles exposed to dirt! 

I've had my Charm Retractable Kabuki brush inside my personal makeup kit for more than a year, its still ok, but an upgrade wouldn't hurt especially if it's friendly to the pocket!!! new Charm Luxe Retractable Kabuki....still in PINK!


Charm Luxe Retractable Kabuki says ---

For girls on the go who love stuffing their stuffs in their bag, the Charm Luxe Retractable Kabuki is the perfect travel companion, and perfect trophy makeup item in your bag! Like the Charm Luxe Kabuki, the Luxe Retractable Kabuki is made of synthetic, vegan hair, that glides like velvet no matter how much you buff it on your skin!

AMW says ---

  • very soft, synthetic hair
  • does not scratch the skin no matter how many times I buff
  • no bleeding or shedding!  Surprisingly, the pink color did not bleed! 
  • since it's retractable, it protects the brush hairs from dirt
  • very inexpensive
  • cute pink color!
  • brush hair dries faster as compared  to the Charm Retractable Kabuki
  • small and fits the hand perfectly
  • the retractable portion does not cover all the "hairs" as compared to my previous one, in which, you  have to be careful in closing the cap

  • if you're OC with brand name, the CHARM inscription fades after several washes, as seen on photo below, the older version I have does not have the CHARM name anymore (I seriously do not mind!)
It's a perfect travel brush for pink lovers who likes synthetic bristles with light to medium coverage.  You can always build up the coverage by re-applying and it doesn't hurt to re-apply no matter how many times as the hair feels so soft on skin!  For retractable K-brushes, I prefer synthetic bristles as it dries faster than natural bristles and it stays the way it was first purchased no matter how many times I've washed it.

  • always wash the brush well prior to using
  • though this is retractable, do wash the brush frequently still!  I know it's tempting not to wash this as often as other brushes who are more exposed
  • make sure the brush hairs are dry before you close the cap 
  • dry the brush laying flat on a towel, do not let it stand up to prevent water from getting into the glue
Will I repurchase?
Yes!  Great gift for friends too!

Where to purchase and how much?
At Beauty & Minerals website for Php500.00 (approx $10.90)

A close up shot on the Charm Luxe Retractable Kabuki


 The size as compared to the first Charm K-Brush I own


As compared to the older version
the brush hair of the Luxe K-brush is longer
which is perfect for natural finish


 I seriously need to get into brush rehab!  But please lock me in together with my brush collection ok?  At least, I'll keep myself busy washing my brushes and touching them! *hahaha*

Have a wonderful weekend!  Today is the Dollface Personal Make-up Workshop!!!  I am so excited!  Wish me luck!  Oh yes, before I forget, over the weekend, I went to an event and I also relaxed for a spa treatment after a year!!!  Will keep you wonderful readers posted with AskMeWhats' Reports!  Check back for it soon!

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


  1. Good Luck Ate!:D Funny..we posted the same product at the same time.teehee..:D miss yaH!

  2. Hi Nikki!, when I get the chance I'll buy some Charm brushes. So far all I've tried are Faceshop's and they shred and aren't that soft.

    Hope you have a nice weekend, I'll look forward to your weekend food tripping post! :)

  3. I would love to have one!

    I need some sort of brush that is retractable to toss in my purse.

    Thanks for the review!

  4. Thanks for the review. I've been waiting for your opinion on this cute pink brush. Who doesn't love pink?? :) Now, I'm thinking of ordering it too! Tsk tsk. :) Have a great day!

  5. Hehehe~ it really seems like you have a lot of make-up brushes!
    But this pink baby looks so pretty!

  6. the color is SOO pink! I love it.. haven't tried CHARM brushes yet.

  7. i'm a brush addict too! i think it's a great tool for a perfect makeup application. =)) this will definitely go on to my "to buy" list." =)) thanks for the review Nikki!

  8. the brush is really cute! i think i should have a retractable kabuki brush too!

  9. i want one hahaha :P
    haven't really thought about retracts...I carry a small one around inside a baby ziplock haha talk about-cheap :P

  10. Ohhh, so pretty! I love that it's pink. It looks like it's super soft. Is it?

    And yessss, I was in brush rehab and I'm okay now. :) I forced myself to give away brushes I didn't need. Even MAC brushes. *gulp*

  11. I also have this one. Its nice no? super soft. This is one of my favorite. Plus you can put it inside your bag without worrying.

  12. great post! I'm so glad Sophie released a synthetic version..I don't like animal hair brushes (even MAC ones) because they tend to be scratchy after a couple of wash..synthetic hairs are better! I might try this one ^_^

  13. LOL, I just talked to Sophie a few days ago and I just posted about the Charm brushes too! Great minds think alike. =D

  14. Jamie, talaga? hahahah miss ya too!

    Madz, oh no on the shedding and scratchy brush! thanks for the nice comment and there will be weekend food tripping!

    Mrs. Zeus, so true, every makeup gal should own a retractable brush!

  15. Simply Effortless , let me know if you gave in!

    Anastacia, yes, this is really cute!

    Khymm, the brushes are quite nice!

  16. Nehs, no worries, my pleasure as always!

    dina, yes, its great for touchups!

    Louise, zip lock is great idea!

  17. YunChun, :) same here!

    B, yes, it is super soft!

    Charry, yes, its great no?

    Crystal, i like this new version too as compared to the old version!

    Aileen, aww, great minds do think alike! *high five*

  18. It's so cute! I want one. Pink and kikay. ;D

  19. I have this brush and I use it ALL the time. It's such a good buy. :D

  20. I think this is a really practical and inexpensive blush to get for oneself. And it comes in a really pretty pink color, too.

  21. Pammy :) I know!

    Lauren, yes, it is a wonderful retractable brush! I carry it around too

    All Women Stalker, so true, it's really inexpensive! :) Love it!

  22. Hi how does this compare to the ecotools retractable kabuki? =)


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