Remember I told you about Make Up For Ever’s new brush line coming out in September? Well, I received two brushes to try – the #210, a shader brush ($25CAD) and the #152, a highlighter brush ($43CAD) – and I can’t wait to tell you about ‘em, because dudes….these brushes are AMAZEBALLS.
First and foremost: they look pretty hot and sexy, don’t they!?!? I love the wood handles and overall sleek yet somehow earthy design – the fact that they’re expertly handcrafted is really apparent. And let me just say that those bristles?? Are HELLA SOFT. Probably the softest in my collection to date! Even the smudge brush with it’s short bristles feels like a feather against the skin.
There are two types of fibers used in the Artisan collection – wavy, for a more free and light application; and straight, for a precise, controlled application (the brushes I received both have wavy fibers).
The #210 is a small, round shader brush with short and extra dense bristles, best used to apply products to a specific area such as the lash line and eyelids. The density of the brush means it grabs a generous amount of product, allowing for an intense result. It can handle both cream products as well as loose and compact powders with ease. I’ve used it for smudging shadow along the lash line, and it gives the best soft, smoky effect – it makes a more sultry look appear much more lived in and effortless, which can be a challenge with heavier eye makeup. I had been planning to pick up a brush like this for some time, so I am totally excited about this awesome find!
The #152 medium highlighter brush has wavy, soft fibers, ideal to impart moderate to high color payoff of highlighters (either on face or body). It can handle creams, gels, and loose or compact powders – so basically it can do it all! I have been in desperate need of a highlighting brush so I was particularly stoked about this one. It’s about the size of a small blush brush – think of a shorter, slightly plumper MAC #109.
It’s hard to show in pictures, but below is a shot reflective of how flexible the bristles of the #152 are – because they’re a bit shorter, they have good control and accuracy, but they are very soft and supple, with a bit less resilience than maybe your standard blush brush, so it will allow for a soft wash of highlight to targeted areas. I find it makes the task SO easy, be it powder or cream/liquids, and allows you to place and diffuse the product perfectly. While it *could* be used for contouring, due to the ‘give’ of the bristles, you may want something a bit less malleable, though it would be great for giving a very soft contouring effect or buffing and blending out any existing makeup to perfection.
I am well and truly impressed with these brushes, so much so that I can’t wait to get my hands on a few more once they hit stores (Sephora as well as Make Up For Ever boutiques)! As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been obsessed about brushes for months now, and well….I’ve finally found my outlet :D Everything about these brushes satisfies me – they’re look, feel, and efficacy are all A+ in my books! Sign me up for about 10 more of these, kay?
Are you planning on getting any of these new Artisan brushes? Do you prefer natural or synthetic bristles?
*Products were provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.