Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sephora Mara Hoffman Collection Review | Part II

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For Fall 2016, Sephora has partnered up with fashion design Mara Hoffman for the most amazing collection. On Monday I reviewed the beauty items and today I have part two of the review covering the brush sets and makeup bags. Since the highlight of this collection is the stunning print, these accessories are the real star products as they put the tropical tribal design on full display. To read on, click......

Sephora Mara Hoffman Charcoal Brush Set
Sephora Mara Hoffman Charcoal Brush Set ($80 CAD):
This is a five-piece face and eyes brush set with an all over face brush, a blush brush, a tapered highlight brush, a flat shadow brush, and a tapered crease brush. The synthetic bristles are infused with anti-bacterial bamboo charcoal and they feel very soft and well-made. The ferrule portion has a shiny rose gold finish and the wooden handle is coated with a seamless print of the Mara Hoffman design. Overall these are very nice brushes, I was quite worried that the prints on the handle may be flimsy stickers that will easily rub off but from the looks of it, they should last a good while.
Sephora Mara Hoffman Charcoal Brush Set
Sephora Mara Hoffman Charcoal Brush Set | All Over Face Brush
Sephora Mara Hoffman Charcoal Brush Set | All Over Face Brush
Sephora Mara Hoffman Kaleidescape PRO Flawless Airbrush
Sephora Mara Hoffman Kaleidescape PRO Flawless Airbrush #56 ($30 CAD):
This collection also includes a single brush- the popular PRO Flawless Airbrush #56. Designed for cream and liquid formulations, this is a dome-shaped brush also made with synthetic fibers but no charcoal infusion.
The brush head is very well-made but the quality of the print on the handle is noticeably different from that of the brush set. I can clearly spot the seam of the print as it doesn't sit flush against the wooden handle. Also, where the metal ferrule meets the wooden handle is a noticeable gap with visible glue residue. The PRO Flawless Airbrush from the permanent Sephora Collection costs $40 CAD normally, so it kind of makes me wonder if the drop in price is related to less-than-perfect quality.
Sephora Mara Hoffman Kaleidescape Universalist
Sephora Mara Hoffman Kaleidescape Universalist ($61 CAD):
A super roomy makeup case with two separate compartments, the Universalist from the Mara Hoffman Collection has the most beautiful tropical tribal print. The bag is very well-constructed, and all the surfaces have a water-resistant coating so it's easy to clean. If you ever been on long trips with a ton of products, you'd know that things can get very messy.
Both compartments feature various pockets and wide elastic segments for brush or liner storage. I've been using the Sephora Universalist (from previous collections) for quite a few years and they honestly are the best for traveling.
Sephora Mara Hoffman Kaleidescape Universalist | Bottom Compartment
Sephora Mara Hoffman Kaleidescape Escapader (Left) & Reversible Overnighter (Right)
Sephora Mara Hoffman Kaleidescape Escapader ($25 CAD):
This is a small bag perfect for storing makeup in your purse. Again, the fabric is water-resistant so it's easy to wipe away any makeup smudges. The inside is roomy but it may be just a tad short to store longer brushes and liners.

Sephora Mara Hoffman Kaleidescape Reversible Overnighter ($38 CAD):
A much larger bag suitable for overnight trips, this one is printed on both sides so you can easily flip it inside out to change up the design. Again, the cotton canvas is coated with a water-resistant layer for easy clean-up. Unfortunately, only the turquoise side has the shiny rose gold Sephora x Mara Hoffman plaque.
Sephora Mara Hoffman Kaleidescape Reversible Overnighter
Sephora Mara Hoffman Kaleidescape Foldover Clutch in Maristar Turquoise (Top)
& Maristar Lilac (Bottom)
Sephora Mara Hoffman Kaleidescape Foldover Clutch ($53 CAD):
Probably my favorite bags out of this collection, these are very sizable foldover clutches that can easily fit a small laptop. The design really shows off the beautiful graphic pattern and the bags are stylish enough to be used for a night-out. Both the inside and outside surface are water-resistant, so it's easy to clean up in the case of a makeup spill.
Sephora Mara Hoffman Kaleidescape Foldover Clutch
Overall, I am super impressed with this part of the collection. The Mara Hoffman print designed for the bags are just stunning. The quality of all the bags and the makeup brush set is great as well!

Check out Part I of the Sephora Mara Hoffman Collection review here.

Availability:
The Sephora x Mara Hoffman Collection is available online and in stores at Sephora.
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