Today I wanted to let you all know how I got on with a few products that I was kindly gifted last month. Hegai & Esther (H&E) is not a brand that is new to the BiL. I discovered them at the first Lagos Makeup Fair I attended, to read that post click here.
So when I bumped into the lovely Gbemi at an event and she kindly offered me some of her new products to try out, I could not resist! (Gbemi is the lady behind the brand, H&E)
She was so generous as to give me an ENTIRE brush set, I could not thank her enough and two of her gel eyeliners.
|Hegai & Esther 12-piece brush set* - N13,000 but currently on Xmas offer for N10,000|
The brush-roll contains 12 full-sized brushes. I have been using a couple of the brushes over the past weeks. They are very light-weight, which I wasn't used to at all. All the other brushes I own are quite 'heavy' in comparison. I have a few favourites already, the eye-brow spooley has got to be my new found love. I always nick the little disposable ones they have on display at makeup counters, particularly MAC, as I didn't see the point in spending money on a full-sized spooley when I can get loads of free disposables. But I can honestly say I have used the full-sized one from H&G every single day and it makes a huge difference. From the longer handle, to the densly-packed rigid bristles, my eyebrows thank me everyday. Another favourite of mine is the angled blush-brush. I use this to contour and apply my blush. The powder brush is super-soft. I love the selection, they've pretty much got it all covered.
Overall, these are good quality brushes, very soft and not 'scratchy' at all. They pick up product nicely and I have not experienced shedding. I particularly like the naming scheme they adopted for their brushes, nothing fancy just simple things like 'Powder' 'Eyeshadow' 'Eye Smudge', simple and straight to the point.
So when she proceeded to tell me that she actually uses one of them to fill in her brows! I was intrigued. I mean I mostly use eyeshadows, and occasionally pencils, to fill in my brows and I do own the Sleek eyebrow palette that's got the powder and gel duo in it, but I didn't really pay attention to the gel product
|H&E Waterproof Gel-Line in 'Peacock'* - N1500 but currently on Xmas offer at N1200|
The swatch above isn't really a good one, as it may lead you to believe this product isn't very pigmented, but trust me it is. It's very pigmented, although I believe the other colour I was sent is a lot more pigmented, as you'll see in a minute. This can be used along the bottom lash-line for that pop of colour and I have been using it right above my regular black winged-liner look. Like I place it right above my black liner, blending them in just at the top, so there's this subtle incorporation of colour on my lids, works a treat. It can even be used as an eyeshadow base!
|H&E Waterproof Gel-Line in 'Nubia'* - N1500 but currently on Xmas offer at N1200|
I have used this every single day since I got it to fill in my brows, and I love it! It's the perfect shade of brown for me, not too dark and just light enough. Don't be fooled by the colour you see in the pot above, for some reason it looks a very light brown colour, but once you break the surface, underneath it's a nice dark-brown, exactly like the swatch below.
See how pigmented 'Nubia' is. I had these swatches on my hand and straight after went in for a shower and I have to tell you these did not budge. So when it says these are waterproof, they really are.
I really did not know what to expect with these products, but I always keep an open mind. These products are awesome and I will definitely recommend them, especially the gel-liners. I just cannot say it enough, but we really need to pay attention to our own home-grown talent. These indigenous makeup brands are really worth looking into, especially if you are a new makeup artist just starting to build your kit.
Hegai & Esther
Address: 21/25 Akinsanya Street,
By FRSC Compound Ojodu, Lagos.
Telephone: 08035806183, 08128145774