I briefly mentioned my Club Monaco #02 eye shadow brush in my brush stash post. I called the brush as one that I would run back into a burning building to rescue.
Club Monaco Beauty was a full range of makeup sold at Club Monaco (CM) stores in Canada and at Sephora in the US. [Fun fact: Club Monaco was a Canadian company until they sold it to Ralph Lauren in 1999] The makeup line included signature items such as the infamous Monica Lewinsky lipstick (Sheer Lipstick in Glaze), Eye Grease (cream eye shadows), and Cheek Dew (cream blushes) – all in sleek brushed silver and frosted lucite packaging. I feel they were ahead of the time since no other makeup lines in the early 2000’s offered items like theirs. From the line, I owned an eye shadow palette, a powder foundation, a concealer, a handful of lipsticks and lipglosses, and even a metal eye lash comb (I wish I had saved the lash comb but it wasn’t very good). I could go on about the history of CM but that’s for another time! Today I’m here to talk about the eye shadow brush #02 which I acquired from the eye shadow palette:
What makes this brush so special is that not only is Club Monaco Beauty no longer available – making this brush somewhat of a collector’s item – the quality of this brush is outstanding. I’ve had this brush for at least 10 years and it has retained its shape and all its hairs.
The bristles are of natural bristles (in fact, back then, good quality synthetic brushes were a rarity) with a sleek frosted lucite handle. The shape is a classic eye shadow shader, with densely packed hairs and a slightly tapered tip. The most unique aspect of the CM brush is the narrow shape – around 1.0cm wide – and its firm hairs, making it perfect for packing on powder eye shadow onto the lid.
In recent years, I began looking for brushes with similar shape so I could have a rotation of shader brushes. The closest I’ve ever found were from Bourjois (which then I prompty bought 5 as back-ups) and Sephora (Pro Small Shadow #15) – but neither have as firm hairs as the CM.
I’ve placed the MAC 239 Shading brush and Shu Uemura Natural Brush 10 next to them for comparison – both of them are much wider than the CM, however, the Shu brush does have a similar firmness as the CM.
Meanwhile, I still kept an eye out online through makeup swap forums and ebay for the actual Club Monaco brush. Would you believe that one evening I typed in “Club Monaco brushes” into ebay and it turned up a listing for THREE brand new eye shadow brushes? And would you believe the listing was $10 for all 3? (The shipping cost twice that, but that’s typical to Canada) It was so odd, a woman in the US owned these brushes for years and never used them and finally decided to sell them. While the #02 brush was not among the 3 that I received, it was amazing to get my hands on other sizes. I added #05, #06 and #07 to my collection:
My favourite of these is #06 since it is the most similar to my original #02. The #07 brush has different hairs than the others – softer – and is my least favourite since it doesn’t pick up eye shadow as well.
I’m SO happy with my finds! I’m now on the hunt for Club Monaco face brushes! 😀
Do you have any “run back into a burning building” beauty products?