My brush collection is an amalgamation of pieces from a wide range of price points, though mostly bargain to mid-range (I’m a big fan of Sedona Lace) with a few higher end bits in there but nothing super expensive (the priciest brush I own is the NARS Ita brush which I reviewed here). Anyway, during the Sephora VIB sale a couple months ago, I was in the mood to invest in some higher end makeup brushes especially when I could get a little bit of a discount. The Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes are not new. They were released some years ago (I believe in 2013?). Prior to purchase, I didn’t really know anything about them – but they looked appealing on the website so I took the plunge and ordered me some.
Of the line of brushes, Sephora says “[a]fter five years in development with makeup artists and fiber experts, MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brushes are a revolution in brush craftsmanship. The 100-percent fiber brushes are available in a range of 76 handcrafted styles, each with the perfect balance of straight and wavy fibers that replicate natural hairs. Beveled tips create a two-in-one makeup brush and tool, while innovative hair density and brush head shapes optimize every stroke for ideal makeup application. To achieve the ultimate collection, every brush has gone through 25 production stages by 30 craftsmen and has been checked for quality 50 times.”
That description makes the brushes sound amazing, doesn’t it? With gun metal ferrules and faux wood handles the brushes are no doubt beautiful to look at and feel super sleek in the hand. The only thing that disappointed me when I first received them was the packaging. For brushes at this price point I expected at the very least a protective sleeve of some sort but the brushes just came with a thin, flimsy plastic covering them. There were other products in my Sephora box along with the brushes and during the shifting that probably took place during transit the largest brush got smushed against something and the brush hairs had a dent. This corrected itself after the first wash but it was a bit of a nuisance.
Packaging issues aside, how did they perform?
The 112 Medium Precision Foundation Brush is described as “a medium, tapered brush with combination fibers and a large head for generous application”. It promises moderate-to-full coverage and MUFE says it can be used with cream and liquid foundations, as well as loose and compact powders.
Brush 112 is a hefty, tightly packed, tapered brush that has a shape somewhat similar to the Marc Jacobs bronzing brush but smaller and less fluffy (by the way, I don’t own the MJ brush but have played with it in store). As the brush handle indicates, the bristles are a combination of straight and wavy hairs. Despite being very densely packed, however, the brush is actually super soft – making it feel very luxurious against the skin.
Luxury aside, letme tell you guys…this brush is magic. It applied my liquid foundation flawlessly in a matter of seconds. Using it for the first time, I experienced the fastest, most effortless foundation application of my life. It was over before I knew! Lol. Seriously though, the size, density and shape of the Medium Precision Brush allow me to evenly distribute product over large area of the face very quickly. The result is a beautifully smooth finish with absolutely no hint of streaking! The effect is reminiscent of what I am able to achieve with a Beauty Blender. Bonus, it doesn’t soak tons of foundation. And the tapered point (though more rounded than sharp) still allows me to work around the edges and nooks and crannies of my face with ease (nose and eyes). Long story short – this brush AMAZING! Retails for $46.00 USD. Worth every penny!
The 242 Large Blender Brush is described as “a long, rounded blending brush for light eye shadow application”. It is designed to apply shadow all over the eyelid or to add a subtle highlight or dusting of shimmer. MUFE says that this brush can be used with creams as well as loose and pressed powders.
I’ve purchased and used my fair share of blending brushes over the years and discovered many that I love. But there’s no harm in trying more – always looking for the perfection, right? The MUFE 242 Large Blender Brush is a good quality, larger (as the name indicates) blending brush that is soft and moderately fluffy. Not so great for precision work, but wonderful for applying a transition shade as well diffusing or softening color in the crease. It picks up the perfect amount of product (not too little, not too much) and deposits it nicely onto the lid. Not earth shattering but a very nice brush. Retails for $30.00 USD.
The 214 Small Precision Crease Brush is described as “a firm, but flexible brush used to apply product precisely to the crease of the eye. MUFE claims that the softness of the bristles allows for meticulous control similar to a calligraphy brush. It can be used with both loose and pressed powders.
I didn’t have a precise crease brush like this in my collection and very much wanted one to help me with creating a cut crease which I’m terrible at. This has worked well for that purpose. I’m still not great at the cut crease technique but the 214 brush has helped immensely. It’s fine point also makes it great for smudging or smoking out eyeliner on top or bottom lash line. It’s soft enough not to irritate but stiff and dense enough to get the job done. Fantastic for getting your smoky eye on! Retails for $25.00.
Overall, I’m happy with the Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes that I chose. The Medium Precision Foundation Brush, in particular, was so worth the splurge and the other two brushes are great as well. You can purchase the Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes at Sephora.
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