I love it when great things happen to people I know. For example, do you remember Kevin James (KJ) Bennett, the amazing makeup artist? Well, he has teamed up with Royal and Langnickel for a brush collaboration called “[R]evolution”. I interrupted KJ’s busy life to make him tell me a little bit more about it:
P: I know that you love every one of your brushes, but what are the three
must-have brushes for daily use?
KJ: I designed the [R]evolution Collection to offer multiple choices in each category, so you could customize your brush experience. This is like asking a mother which is her favorite child. She might secretly like one better than the rest, but she never says it in public – lol! BUT, if you’re looking for three truly versatile brushes I would say:
BX-10 Small Powder, which can also be used for bronzer and blush.
BX-55 Pointed Foundation, which has a sharp enough point to use with concealer, highlight and contour products also.
BX-66 Eyeshadow Blender* – the shape supports so many application techniques. (*this brush will be launching soon!)
P: If we were going to treat ourselves to one brush that we wouldn’t normally think to get, which one should we try?
KJ: The BX-70 Large Flat Eyeshadow. It was a shape I found years ago and was amazed at the multi-uses it provided. Unfortunately the manufacturer decided to “adjust” the shape and it lost the magic. I used the original shape as my prototype, tweaked it (in a good way) and brought the magic back.
P: What finally drove you to come up with your own makeup brush line?
KJ: The [R]evolution brand belongs to Royal & Langnickel. I am their collaborator and most enthusiastic cheerleader. As I’ve said in many interviews, I couldn’t figure out why no one was manufacturing makeup brushes that worked as hard as I did. The amazing folks at Royal & Langnickel let me do something about it.
P: What is the one thing that makes these stand out from all other lines, besides being endorsed by you?
KJ: The [R]evolution Collection is truly a stand-alone in the evolution of the modern makeup brush. The design was driven by a need for premium professional level performance and durability. The fact that they’re damn sexy is just a little extra I threw in – hehehe!
Just so you know, I haven’t had a chance to try out these brushes yet, but I am SO looking forward to it, especially since my Royal Silk brush set has been a staple in my hand since I got it in NYC last February, they feel that good.
Have you guys ever tried any of the Royal and Langnickel brushes?
*Disclaimer: I received the brush set in a gift bag from a lounge during Fashion Week.