By Sheila Arkee
If there’s one thing I know to be true about makeup tools, it’s that there’s nothing quite like a luxury makeup brush.
When I was first starting to learn about makeup nearly 20 years ago, the first and most important thing I realized was the importance of decent makeup tools. The sponge tip eyeshadow applicators and stubby brushes in compacts just weren’t cutting it, so I started exploring the world of makeup brushes to achieve the looks I desired. Since then, as both makeup lover and professional makeup artist, I’ve used many makeup brushes, from low-end to high-end and have found real winners in all price ranges.
I recently had the opportunity to try a few of the new Artisan brushes from Make Up For Ever, which are admittedly on the higher end in terms of cost. There are 76 new brushes in this range, designed by Make Up For Ever’s Creator and Artistic Director Dany Sanz over a period of 5 years.
These brushes are set in beveled beech wood and made from synthetic fibers that mimic the silkiness of natural hair, which is quite an achievement because I honestly cannot tell the difference. Depending on the brush, the fibers are either straight (for precise application) or wavy (for a lighter application).
The brushes are practically classified as follows:
- 100s = complexion
- 200s = eyes
- 300s = lips
- 400s = artistic specially designed for professionals.
Do the Artisan brushes live up to their price tag? Here are my thoughts on the brushes I’ve been using for the past few weeks.
#158 – Double-Ended Sculpting Brush ($53): My absolute favorite of the brushes, this brush can be used for both contouring and highlighting. I use the rounded side for powder and the angled side to apply my contour around the edges of my face and in the hollows of my cheeks.
#176 – Concealer Brush, Medium ($30): A firm, flat brush which is perfect for precision work under the eyes, and around the nose and mouth.
#100 – Precision Foundation Brush, Small ($36): This is the foundation brush missing from your collection! It gets into all those tight spaces, like around your nose, and blends to perfection.
#148 – Blending Blush Brush ($55): This duo-fiber brush is lovely and can be used for blush, but I prefer to use it for highlighting products.
#244 – Precision Shader Brush, Large ($31): This brush is great for getting color all over your entire lid, and fast! Use it for base colors and to blend products.
#218 – Blender Brush, Small ($25): My new favorite brush for smudging shadow and liner into the upper and lower lash line. It’s great for blending a cut crease, as well.
#228 – Precision Shader Brush, Medium ($25): A dense brush with flexibility, it is perfect for applying product to the lid and underneath the brow.
For more information on the Artisan brush line, visit Make Up For Ever’s interactive web page that has a brush finder, pro tips, and more.
My Final Thoughts: Make Up For Ever’s Artisan brush line are investment brushes that you’ll use and cherish for a lifetime. They’re a step above and what I’d call the Bentley’s of the brush world.
The brushes washed up beautifully and I have not experience any problems with shedding. Most importantly, the brushes have retained their suppleness and softness through several washings. Plus, I love that the beveled brush handles were created with the idea of helping with false lash application – something I always do with my brushes that have rounded ends.
Prices: Range from $21 – $55
My favorite, must-have brushes: #158, #148, #100, #218