Just when we thought Make Up For Ever had come out with everything, I saw a preview for a new line of 76 revolutionary make up brushes that piqued my interest! The Artisan Brush Collection was designed by Creator and Artistic Director Dany Sanz and took 5 years to perfect. The collection is so complete that anyone from a novice to a makeup artist will be able to find what they need within this new collection. Each brush is constructed in 25 stages and hand-crafted by 30 people from start to finish. Talk about a high maintenance brush!
The collection is classified by number with 100s = complexion, 200s = eyes, 300s = lips and 400s = professional make up artists. I guess I won’t be even TOUCHING the 400s!
What I found really neat about this brush collection was the type of synthetic fibers used as they come in either wavy or straight depending on the intended use. When the fibers are straight, makeup application is more generous and precise, while wavy fibers are more splayed and allow for lighter application. I received two brushes to review: #150 and #222.
Price: $46 CDN
As you can see, the handles are are gorgeous dark beech wood and are created with a bevelled handle to allow for easier product retrieval and can even be used to help in applying false lashes! I thought that was so neat! It also says the number of the brush as well as the type of fiber being used right on the handle. Interesting factoid: the fibers are actually fixed in place with a ferrule made from a gunmetal barrel…how cool is that?!
The brush fibers are very soft and stay in place without shedding (ahem…Quo brushes….), but still have a firmness to them that allows for very exact application. I’ve been using this brush for both blush and bronzer application and have found its precision wonderful for contouring. This is quite an expensive brush, but I’ve learned over the years that I’d rather have one brush that doesn’t shed and lasts over a cheapie $10 one with prickly fibers that shed right on your face…
Price: $15 CDN and $10 CDN for sponge applicator refills (pack of 6)
This eye shadow brush is just too cool! When I first saw it, I couldn’t believe that it was just a sponge applicator on the end of this luxuriously built piece of hardware, but then I saw the refills and it all made much more sense! If you need to replace the sponges, just pull it out and squeeze a new one right into the brush. The applicators pick up and deposit a good amount of product with no fallout as the sponges are quite dense and are not porous like the dollar store ones you get in packs of a 12. To be honest, I found the sponge applicators to be no different than the more inexpensive versions out there. It was certainly better than even disposable sponge applicators that I have gotten at Daiso, but at least this isn’t an expensive brush so I wouldn’t feel at all guilty for purchasing it since the rest of the brush is of much higher quality.
Final Verdict: This collection is so large that as I mentioned, there is a brush to cater to various abilities. There is even one that looks like I should be painting a house with it! MUFE has done a wonderful job of making sure no one and no part of your face is left out! Some brushes are pretty pricey, but I’ve learned that good brushes can be well worth it. If you’re already using brushes that work, like the more affordable Real Techniques ones, then you might not feel like running out to replace your entire collection with the Artisan Brush Collection, but I do encourage everyone to at least take a look at all of the brushes MUFE has to offer because some of them really are innovative!
The Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush Collection is found exclusively at Sephora and MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques.
PR samples sent to me for review. All opinions are my own!