Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – part 2

 

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This ad from Make Up For Ever tells it all – revolutionary brushes that are made with cutting edge fibers. Make Up For Ever has created a collection to rival any brand that is held in the highest regard. The best part? They used synthetic fibers so every one of their brushes is cruelty free – all 76 of them. This is a huge rollout of products that we are excited to be able to share with you.

Dany Sanz is the creator and artistic director of the brand and she chose synthetics that were as soft yet as efficient as the natural hairs of many brushes. MUFE created something for everyone from the beginner to the makeup artist to the professionals who work in theater and cinema. Besides having this incredible fiber, the handles are almost like works of art.

image from makeupforever.com

image from makeupforever.com

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes - 108, 160, 218, 280, 300

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – 108, 160, 218, 280, 300

Last week Lisa reviewed the 5 brushes she chose from the group of 10 we were sent. I have the other 5 to share with you. Obviously this is a drop in the bucket compared to the collection but it gives you a starting point to know what’s available and what you should be saving for or adding to a wishlist.

Here are my five and my opinions.

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes - 160, 218, 280, 300, 108

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – 160, 218, 280, 300, 108

Brushes in the 100 range are the face brushes and I happily have two of those.

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes - 160 and 108

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes – 160 and 108

Brush 108 is the large foundation brush. This is made of straight fibers that work equally well on powder foundation as cream and liquid. It’s best for large areas because of the width of the brush rather than detail work. If you like a large blush brush this is great for that too. I like to buff my CC Cream or liquid foundation in with the tip of108. ($36)

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 108

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 108

Brush 160 is the blush brush. This has the softest fibers. The first time I used it I mistakenly used it as a powder brush and just wanted to stroke my face all day with it. It contains long pointed fibers that are both straight and wavy. That variation, along with the tapered top, gives you great application that helps with highlighting too. The brush is recommended for use with powders. ($44)

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 160

Brushes in the 200 range are the brushes meant for eyes.

Brush 218 is my favorite of my 5 brushes. It’s the Small Blender Brush and it’s a perfect size for my eyes. I use this for everything not just blending although that’s where it shines. The fibers are wavy and work on any texture; it’s terrific with cream eyeshadows as well as all powders. It’s a dense brush yet it’s not hard. Goldilocks would call this “just right”. ($25)

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 218

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush 218

Make Up For Ever 218

Make Up For Ever 218

Brush 270 is their angled eyebrow brush. It’s the best eyebrow brush I’ve ever tried. I’ve got several brushes from other brands that do different jobs but this does ALL jobs. I’ve used it to blend pencils, I’ve used it with brow mousse and I’ve used it with brow powders. It make short work of doing my eyebrows which normally is my least liked job. It’s very firm with straight ‘hair’. You’ll never need another brow brush again if you get this. ($21)

Make Up For Ever 270

Make Up For Ever 270

Brushes in the 300 range are for lips (and 400 is for the body)

Brush 300 is one of the lip brushes. This work of art, aka lip brush, was designed to line the contour of your lips with its geometric head and then to fill in your lips with the flat side. While it doesn’t look like a work of art, its flexibility for the job it was created for makes it a wonderful creation. ($21)

Make Up For Ever 300

Make Up For Ever 300

Now that you’ve had the chance to see 10 of the brushes that Make Up For Ever has created, are you anxious to see the collection in person? I want to go to Sephora and get a few more eyebrushes now that I’ve seen what these brushes can do. It was worth the wait Make Up For Ever! Thank you for an amazing collection. — Marcia

*brushes sent for review

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes: Lisa’s Side

The beauty world has been all upside down with glee since Make Up For Ever launched their new permanent brush line, the Artisan Brushes. The BIZ was sent 10 brushes to review, so of course we split them up evenly – and believe it or not we didn’t even fight about it!

Our ten Artisan brushes!

Our ten Artisan brushes!

I chose the 102 Small Foundation Kabuki Brush, 148 Blending Blush Brush, 222 Sponge Applicator, 254 Eyeliner Brush, and the 402 Artistic Fan Brush.  Marcia chose the 108 Large Foundation Brush, 160 Blush Brush, 218 Small Blender Brush, 270 Angled Eyeshadow Brush, and the 300 Lip Brush.

Today, I will share my thoughts on my five brushes and Marcia’s review of her five will go live next Sunday, September 15th.

My overall opinion:

These are great brushes. They are high quality tools that will last beautifully for both makeup artists and for just regular folks.  There are 76 different brushes in this collection, so there is something for everyone. And I love this:  To achieve the ultimate collection, every brush has gone through 25 production stages by 30 craftsmen and has been checked for quality 50 times.

Makes me wonder, who was the unlucky sap in charge of all the counting??

Some brushes are obviously more practical than others, and with such a large collection there are bound to be options that seem rather obscure. I like how Make Up For Ever has divided everything up by use and by number – face brushes are in the 100’s, eye brushes are in the 200’s, lip brushes are in the 300’s, and artistic brushes are in the 400’s.  Instead of the typical straight synthetic fibers, this collection features brushes with a variety of textures.  The brush fibers are soft, silky, and firm.  The handles are made of sturdy wood, so the brushes feel substantial but not too heavy.

Face brushes:

102 Small Foundation Kabuki Brush ($36)

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

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102 Small Foundation Kabuki

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102 Small Foundation Kabuki

The handle for this brush is metal, unlike the wood handles on the other brushes reviewed today.  This smaller sized kabuki is meant for use around eyes, lips, and nose to apply cream and liquid concealer and foundation.  The brush head is tapered so it does a fantastic job around the eyes and nose.  I absolutely love it for buffing out my cream concealers.   I find it’s also perfect for powder application under the eyes to help brighten that area and seal in concealer.  At $36 it is a bit spendy, but this is a brush I use every day so I think it’s worth it.

148 Blending Blush Brush ($37)

122 Blending Brush

148 Blending Blush Brush

122 Blending Brush up close

148 Blending Brush up close

This brush has a duo fiber head that combines long straight and short wavy bristles.  It can be used with cream products or with any type of powder products.  It works best to highlight, contour, or shade because it gives light coverage.  It’s meant to be used for more subtle effects.  I find the bristles to be quite soft with lots of bend.  With the softer bristles I definitely like it best for use with loose powders.

Eye brushes:

222 Sponge Applicator ($13)

222 Sponge

222 Sponge Applicator

222

222 Sponge Applicator

I was really excited to get this brush because I have a HUGE loose pigment collection.  Loose pigments look fantastic when applied with a sponge applicator, but most sponge applicators I come across are so cheap they don’t last long, and fall apart when I try to clean them.  This is a very sturdy, firm sponge that is worth the price.  Plus, you can get replacement sponges when you need them.  It’s also terrific for blending out pencil eyeliner to get a softer line.  It’s one of my favorites.

254 Eyeliner Brush ($24)

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254 Eyeliner Brush

254

254 Eyeliner Brush

This is a wonderful, wonderful eyeliner brush.  The brush head is longer and thicker than most similar eyeliner brushes, and it is firm with just enough bend to easily get a great line.  This is all straight fibers, and it makes a killer cats eye.  Make Up For Ever says it’s also the perfect brush for more artistic effects like tattoos and complex designs.   This isn’t for powder eyeliner, it’s best with cream and liquid liners.

Artistic brush:

402 Artistic Fan Brush ($20)

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402 Artistic Fan Brush

402

402 Artistic Fan Brush

This brush is definitely a ‘specialized’ brush that is probably most suited to reside in the collection of a professional body painter.  It has a fan brush head with eight divisions for multi-line effects.  I don’t have any body paints, but I’ll bet it does a great job with those.  I used this with my loose pigments and found that it’s not for powders – this is a brush for liquid and cream products.  When I used it with wet pigments it did give an artsy, interesting look on my eyes, but it isn’t something for every day use.

Final thoughts:

The brushes I will use the most are the small kabuki, the sponge applicator, and the eyeliner brush.  I will get some use out of the blending brush, and will have to find reasons to use the fan brush.

Other Artisan Brushes I would LOVE to have in my collection include the 150 Precision Blush Brush, the 226 Medium Eye Shader Brush, and the 414 Body Kabuki.  How about you, which brushes look like must-haves for your collection?  – Lisa

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It Cosmetics Vitality Glow Antiaging Matte Bronzer and Heavenly Luxe Mega Fan Brush

One of my top cosmetics lines for 2012 was IT Cosmetics.  I have tested many, many items from this line, and I can honestly say that I have raves about every single product so far.  They just know how to do everything right – their products are always unique without being too trendy, and they are of the highest quality at extremely affordable prices.  The best-selling combo kit, It Cosmetics Vitality Glow Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer with Fan Brush ($35.92 at QVC.com), is yet another winner.  It further reinforces my belief that IT is one of the best cosmetics lines in existence.

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It Cosmetics Vitality Glow Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer

Bronzers can definitely help you look young and healthy, particularly in gloomier months when your skin naturally pales a bit.  But matte bronzers can be tricky – without the slight glow that shimmer provides, matte colors can be muddy, making your skin look kind of dirty.

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This is one huge bronzer!

Not this case with this big guy!  It Cosmetics Vitality Glow Antiaging Matte Bronzer is different from the typical bronzer in three ways.

1.  It’s not just a bronzer, it’s also a skin treatment.  It’s full of wonderful anti-aging ingredients like hydrolyzed collagen, vitamins A, C, and E, grapeseed, green tea, silk, and aloe, so while it gives you the appearance of health, it’s also truly healing for your skin.

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Indoor lighting

2.  It’s huge.  The bronzer compact is 0.57 oz (compare that to Mac’s Bronzer at 0.35 oz.).  Buy this one and you will probably be set for years!

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Outdoor lighting

3.  The texture is unbelievably silky, especially for a matte product.  Matte bronzers tend to be a little chalky and difficult to blend, but this is really impressive.

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swatched – silky smooth for a matte bronzer, that’s for sure

One drawback is it only comes in one shade, which It Cosmetics says is ‘universal’, but I can’t imagine this would work on very pale or very dark skin.  Another very slight complaint – I could not figure out why the word ‘Glow’ was in the name of this bronzer.  It does make you look healthy, but there isn’t a glow from any sort of micro-shimmer.  There is something called Drops of Light that It Cosmetics explains is ‘liquid crystals infused into light-reflecting pigments that act as a powerful delivery system for the infused actives, all while allowing skin to take on a more even tone and radiant, youthful look’.  I think that is what they are referencing when it comes to the ‘Glow’ in the name, but it’s a little confusing.

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Absolute plush luxury

The beautiful set available at QVC includes both the bronzer and the Heavenly Luxe Mega Fan Brush.  Oh my, is this a wonderful brush!!

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Large, super soft bristles that are perfect for the neck and shoulders

The brush is really a body brush, although you can use it on your face if you aren’t looking for exact placement.   I use it to sweep bronzer over my cheeks, but then also on my neck, shoulders, and decolletage.  I am amazed at what a difference it makes in bringing everything together and creating a healthy, warm look.

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Love IT!

I could go on and on about how incredibly soft and silky the brush head is.  This is a truly luxurious brush that you will be thrilled to have.

The combination of this huge, beautiful bronzer and big, fluffy brush for only $35.92 at QVC is pretty incredible.  Head on over to QVC and check it out, it’s a great deal and you will love the products.  – Lisa

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