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Old 10-03-2018, 07:17 AM   #1
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Anybody tried these? I'm thinking I've only seen them in a set and wondering if they work well and if you can buy them at another source without buying an entire set?
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Well, i can tell you that i purchased these at CK Convention and they are what they say they are .... Life Changing! They are phenomenal! You get a perfect easy blend every time. However, my friends found the same brushes (well, what a close up looks like the same) in the make up aisle at Wallyworld, much, much cheaper! I tried color blending with those just to see if they are the same, and they are, from what I can tell.
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Old 10-03-2018, 05:26 PM   #3
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You can get the same make-up brushes from Amazon extremely cheap (like 8 bucks [US] for a set of 10 in different sizes. I did a comparison of various sponges/brushes a few weeks ago using both distress ink and distress oxides and took pictures. When I have time I'll post the photos.
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Old 10-03-2018, 07:10 PM   #4
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That would be great!
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These are currently in my cart at Amazon:
10-pc Makeup Brush Set
Clear Acrylic 10 Hole Holder
The brushes AND a holder for under $20 instead of $50 for just the brushes? No brainer!
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These are currently in my cart at Amazon:
10-pc Makeup Brush Set
Clear Acrylic 10 Hole Holder
The brushes AND a holder for under $20 instead of $50 for just the brushes? No brainer!

I am putting them in my cart.

Then I will forget why.

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Here are the experiments I did with different brushes/sponges et al. I used Georgia Pacific 110# cardstock and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and Oxide. I tapped each tool into the ink and swirled across the paper an equal number of times. I came in from the left side and blended towards the middle. For the right side, I came straight down and spread out as I swirled. Unfortunately these photos just don't do justice to the actual samples.


For me, I will be using the 'flat' makeup brush for inks and the beauty-blender type for oxides. The 'flat' brush fits me well ergonomically regarding my arthritis and wrist problems. Please remember your results may be different.

(Note: the beauty-blender type sponges are meant to be used damp with makeup, as far as I understand; I will eventually try it damp with the oxides to see what effects I get, if any)


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SPONGE:


ROUND BLENDER:


BEAUTY BLENDER-TYPE:


'REGULAR' MAKEUP BRUSH (this one happens to be angled but the rounded and flat tops work too):


'FLAT' MAKEUP BRUSH:
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For the very lightest blending with the softest touch, I like Clarity brushes or Tim Holtz brushes - but they are definitely an investment or a good gift.

For regular Oxide blending - not super ultra light - regular Ranger blenders work beautifully, partly because Oxides are the butter of blending.

Just my take - ymmv.
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Here are the experiments I did with different brushes/sponges et al. I used Georgia Pacific 110# cardstock and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and Oxide.
See pictures in post #7
Thank you so much for doing this, so very sweet of you! I find it extremely helpful, and no doubt others do too!!!
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These are currently in my cart at Amazon:
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The brushes AND a holder for under $20 instead of $50 for just the brushes? No brainer!
Count me in, just purchased.
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Thank you Debra for the comparison chart and thank you Sue for the brush/holder link! Just added it to my wish list. I'm going to look through my make up drawer. I think I have a few brushes in there that I'll try with inks.
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I just found them on Amazon for under $8:Amazon.com: Duorime New 7pcs Black Oval Toothbrush Makeup Brush Set Cream Contour Powder Concealer Foundation Eyeliner Cosmetics Tool …: Beauty
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I bought the EXPENSIVE Clarity Stencil brushes a few years ago, then I saw people using the cheap makeup brushes, so I bought about 10 Elf brushes for about $2 each on Amazon:

Amazon.com : e.l.f. Total Face Brush : Beauty

The makeup brushes that are more like blenders that you list above - do you use the smaller ones? I wish they had more of the bigger ones in a set. I should have PLeNtY as I do have the Ranger round tools and sponge discs too. I think the Elf brushes and Clarity brushes are maybe better for Stencils, and you put the ink on a little at a time.
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I, too, bought just the sizes I felt would work for me at a CK Convention in the Woodlands. Wishing now that I had bought the entire set and most likely will in the very near future. I have all of the tools listed above for blending. These brushes far exceed them all!

I do a lot of masking in my work and the smaller brushes allow me to mask less and just brush right up to the edge of my images! I love them!!
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Has anyone tried both the expensive and inexpensive makeup brushes for a direct comparison?
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Lydia (understandblue) LOVES the life changers.

I have added Sue's to my AZ wishlist. Thanks! I am actually going to place an order for something else so the timing is good!
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I have just ordered the inexpensive ones. When they come in and I try them out, I will let you know how they compare to the expensive ones.
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I saw those Picket Fence applicators at a recent scrapbook expo and they were $40 for a set. I've been using my ol' faithful set of German long handle stipple brushes (similar to Clarity brushes) that are 20 years old. Since I only have 8 brushes, one per color family, I use them with all my inks (dyes, pigments, distress and oxides) and they blend the ink out just fine.
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I predict there won't be much difference between the 'specialty' craft brushes vs. the original make up brushes. A lot of the products that get peddled to crafters are recycled from other industries with an eye-watering markup in price.
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I bought the EXPENSIVE Clarity Stencil brushes a few years ago, then I saw people using the cheap makeup brushes, so I bought about 10 Elf brushes for about $2 each on Amazon:


Amazon.com : e.l.f. Total Face Brush : Beauty
I bought one of these elf brushes at the store the other day. Tell me what you think of it for putting just a little color on the cardstock...around the edge or in a die-cut opening for example.


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The makeup brushes that are more like blenders that you list above - do you use the smaller ones? I wish they had more of the bigger ones in a set. I should have PLeNtY as I do have the Ranger round tools and sponge discs too. I think the Elf brushes and Clarity brushes are maybe better for Stencils, and you put the ink on a little at a time.
I found these when looking at those everyone is talking about. I kind of like the "one size" rather than the wide variety. I really like the price!


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ETA I don't know why "robot check" is how that is titled. It really goes to the link I wanted to share.
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After seeing Lydia’s video about the Life Changing brushes, I was so eager to check them out. I haven’t had a problem blending with the Tim Holtz round sponges, especially with Distress Oxides, but I find the system of peeling the sponge off the velcro annoying. I tend to get ink all over my hands and have ripped the sponges a number of times. I also found the cheaper alternative on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and just got them yesterday. I never thought I’d use the little brushes for anything, but then I realized how perfect they would be for some stencils. Here’s some of my testing.
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Yes, they are as good as the expensive ones, Annie, because they are the exact same brushes but sold for 1/4 the price.
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Thanks to everyone for all the information!
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Yes, they are as good as the expensive ones, Annie, because they are the exact same brushes but sold for 1/4 the price.
I know it’s a little late to post, but just had to confirm allee’s post. They’re the same assortment of sizes, color, plushness, flexibility, and quality at 1/4 the cost!!! I’m so happy I purchased them thanks to our amazing thrifty SCS detectives!!!
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How are y'all not mad as hornets about this kind of exploitative practice? It's rampant in the crafting industry - I regularly see ' new products' where they're charging twice to ten times the cost if you buy the 'non-craft' version in a different department or store.
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I am livid! I, being the tool freak that I am.... purchased the $50 set at the convention and not two weeks after I was home began seeing all the other alternatives WAYYYY cheaper. I had never seen these type of makeup brushes before and I didn't even know they existed! I felt like we were taken advantage of ...
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