First there was applying makeup with squishy sponges which we are now ALL on board with and then last year I saw people applying foundation with what appeared to be large hair brushes. It looked like pure lunacy that this would be better than brushes and sponges, but after trying the new Avon Oval Makeup Brush Set* ($50.00 CDN), I can understand the hype as well as the pure fascination of how the hell these apply makeup!
Made with ergonomic handles and dense synthetic brush hairs to keep product on the surface, this brush set comes with three multi-sized brushes that can be used for everything from foundation to lipstick application.
The brush I personally used the most was the Big Oval Brush which can be used for foundation, blush, bronzer and setting powder. I liked it for foundation and surprisingly blush too. I thought that using this brush for blush would give me "clown cheeks", but the fibres blended the product out nicely making it look like I had applied it with a conventional brush. My only worry about this brush was the "torque" at the skinniest part of the handle. I am convinced that the combination of the big brush head and skinny neck are going to result in my snapping the head right off! The bristles are wonderfully soft though and my cheeks look forward to blush every time!
Avon calls this the "Linear Brush" which is to be used for concealer, eyeshadow and setting brow powder or makeup in creases around the eyes and nose area. Originally, I had thought this brush was a "liner" brush which had me so confused as I was envisioning myself going back and forth on my eyelid like a toothbrush! In all seriousness, I most enjoyed this brush for my undereyes and blending around my nose. The shape of the brush also fit the undereye curve perfectly.
The Small Circle Brush is for lipstick, eyeshadow and application of concealer around the eye area. Personally, I would probably just want one of these for the eye and another for the lips since the consistency of lipstick and eyeshadow are so different. I first tried this brush with lipstick which worked out just fine. Precision on a darker colour will probably still require an actual lip brush. What this brush did work well for was eyeshadow along the lower lash line. It sort of smudged and blended along the way.
Final verdict: I think it's pretty cool that Avon decided to carry these trendy new oval makeup brushes as there are a number of other companies that I thought would jumped on the bandwagon first! In terms of actual usage, the Big Oval Brush was my favourite with the other two brushes being used on occasion. For this reason, I wish the brushes were sold individually or at a lower price for the set because $50 is just a little bit more than I would have been comfortable spending. Overall, I did find the brushes soft and pleasant to use if only a little outside of what I am used to, but then again, who would have thought we'd all be using brightly coloured sponges instead of brushes for makeup application?
The Avon Oval Makeup Brushes are available now through your local Avon representative.