Hello beauties! I’m finally, finally getting around to reviewing the Sedona Lace Vortex Travel Brush Set which I purchased in November of last year! I guess it wasn’t that long ago, but it sure feels that way.
Some of you may know that I am huge fan of Sedona Lace makeup brushes. I think that there are great quality, affordable alternatives to some of the more expensive brands out there. And they ship internationally which is always nice! Several Sedona Lace brushes were featured in my favorite affordable eye brushes post here and they have a prominent place in my collection. But there were several, face brushes in particular, that I’d had my eye on.
I decided to purchase the Sedona Lace Vortex Travel Brush Set which is a compact version of the original Vortex Set that I gather is quite popular. According to Sedona Lace, they selected the top eight brushes from the original and compressed them to fit into a travel brush organizer. I went with the travel set as I don’t mind the slightly shorter handles (which are of a more than adequate length) and, more importantly, because it contained the main brush I was really after – the Tulip Contour (which is also sold separately). The set is a mix of face and eye brushes, along with a lip brush:
The brushes comes in a faux leather travel case that is compact and easy to travel with. There are extra storage rows of varying heights so one could store more brushes if need be:
Sedona Lace Vortex Travel Brush Set – Face Brushes
What the Company Says: The compact, flat top helps buff in powder, liquid, or cream foundation for an airbrushed finish. No need to worry about liquid or cream foundation staining these brown, synthetic bristles. You can also use this brush on its side to get a precise, contoured edge on the cheekbones. Individually, the Flat Top Buffer retails for $18.95 USD.
My Thoughts: This works really well with thinner liquid foundations. As the hairs are not too dense and super soft, this brush helps to buff the foundation seamlessly into the skin for an airbrushed finish. You know how I love to use my Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush with my Chanel Velvet foundation? Well, this flat top buffer is slowly taking its place!
What the Company Says: The tulip cut makes this a great contour brush. Use it on its tip and it fits perfectly into the hollow of the cheeks for contouring or onto the tops of the cheekbones for highlighting. From the pointed tip, the bristles taper off to help with blending. In a pinch, this brush also works great for applying bronzer, blush or setting powder. The Tulip Contour retails for $18.95 USD.
My thoughts: Did I love this as much as I thought I would? YES! YES! YES! I reach for this brush on a daily. Though giving the lightest touch, the Tulip Contour picks up the perfect amount of product whether I’m setting my under-eye concealer (which the shape is perfect for), dusting on my Guerlain Meteorites or applying a highlighter to the top of my cheek bones. Perfect. The hairs on this are not as soft as some of the other brushes in the set but it’s still very comfortable on the skin.
What the Company Says: For some serious contouring, this compact, dome shaped brush comes in handy. The bristles are tightly packed giving the density needed to really buff in contour powder into the cheek bones, temples, and jaw line. You can also use this brush for liquid or cream foundation as the dense bristles help to blend out the product and apply it with maximum coverage. Purchased individually, the Dome Contour retails for $16.95 USD.
My thoughts: This does work nice for contouring, though it doesn’t replace my beloved NARS Ita (reviewed here). All and all, though, a decent contouring brush that’s small enough to get into those “hollows” and, indeed, quite dense. Hairs are very soft on this one!
Sedona Lace Vortex Travel Brush Set – Eyes Brushes
What the Company Says: This brush is not only great for eyeshadow but concealer as well. Makeup artists have been using crease brushes for years to help blend out creamy product like concealer or eyeshadow base. This brush was formulated with synthetic bristles to apply the perfect amount of product. The bristles are also nice and dense to for easily blending out darker crease colors. The Synthetic Blender retails for $13.95 USD.
My thoughts: I’ve talked about this brush before, but it worth mentioning again that this is a great one for blending and diffusing colour on the lid. Another one that I used almost everyday.
What the company says: This is the universal blender because it can do everything. Use the brush flat on its side to pack on eyeshadow, and use it on its tip to apply crease and contour color. This is also an amazing brush for applying all over lid color in a snap. Individual retail price of the Universal Blender is $13.95 USD.
My thoughts: The little brush that could. The Universal Blender really is “universal”. In a pinch, I can use this one brush to do my entire eye from blending the crease to packing color on the lid. Like the Tulip, this one is a little “scratchy” but not overly so. In fact, I think the texture is the reason the brush is so multi-functional.
Flat Synthetic Eye Brush – EB 11
What the Company Says: The large head of this brush makes it perfect for applying creamy eyeshadow base or concealer in seconds. The dense, smooth bristles also make it ideal for packing on shadow – both cream and powder. The individual retail price of the Flat Synthetic is $13.95 USD.
My thoughts: My favorite way to use this is with cream concealer to carve out the brows or lips.
What the Company Says: The new EB27 has been created exclusively for the Vortex Travel Set (but is now available as standalone brush). Sedona Lace consolidated two brushes—the Brow Spoolie from the EB17 and the Angled Liner brush from the EB23. You can use this double-ended duo for brows, liner application, and detailed eye work. The individual price of the Brow Spoolie Duo is $13.95 USD.
My thoughts: The spoolie is nice, but the real star of this duo is the angled liner brush. It’s one of the most precise I’ve ever used and makes brow work effortless (well, as effortless as brow work can be).
What the Company Says: This style was formatted with a cap to keep your brush sanitary when not in use. Snap it onto the end of the brush while using it and you have a full sized lip brush that’s easy to handle. The individual retail price of the capped lip brush is $13.95
My thoughts: Love the packaging, feels so luxe! I don’t use lip brushes all that often but this little guy does come in handy! Application is smooth and it does a great job of evening out more problematic formulas.
Final thoughts: The Vortex travel set is a great value, retailing for $59.95 USD. If you purchase each of the brushes in the kit separately, it would cost you about $124.60. The first time I used the brushes on my face, prior to washing, there was no shedding at all. At the first wash, I noticed some very minor hair fall out on some of the face brushes. But this seems to be a one-time thing because it did not happen during subsequent washes. The set is a mix of synthetic and natural hair brushes. For those of you who do not use natural haired brushes, Sedona Lace has recently released a synthetic version of the Vortext set which I hear is absolutely amazing and which I would have strongly considered had it been available when I originally made my purchase. 🙂 EDIT: SEDONA LACE has just released the synthetic version of the Vortex travel Set!
Have you ever tried Sedona Lace? What’s your favourite, affordable brand of tools for makeup application?
P.S. Stay tuned because I may have bought two of these sets, Hint. Hint. Wink. Lol
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