Thursday, October 27, 2016

Artiste Professional Brush Collection*

One of the newer discoveries I had made this year is that the drugstore is not like how it was before. Most brands are stepping up their games and are creating soft, gently synthetic brushes that are high quality for the average joe. This includes the newest additions of the Artiste Professional Brush Set. There is a total of 6 beautiful brushes that give such a luxurious feel and incredible texture when applied on the skin. These brushes are phenomenal and are extremely different to what had been offered in stores.

These brushes were designed to be everything you need in one complete range of brushes. However, please keep in mind that these brushes are sold separately and not as a bundle as most collections do. In this range, there is a brush for everything you need to create that flawless complexion, including contouring, powder, foundation, eyeshadow...and so on. Each brush does not have a "set" job, don't get me wrong, but they do provide names for easy reference.

Each brush has a beautiful golden, metal ferrule with a black matte, rubber-covered handle. It is absolutely stunning to look at, when sitting on your makeup desk. These brushes have absolutely no fall out after being washed and very sturdy! The ferrules, however, are prone to indentation so be gentle when tapping off the excess product.
Left to Right: A01 Mega Powder/Bronzer, A02 Blurring Foundation, A03 Soft Focus Blush, A04 Flawless Shadow, A05 Crease Brush & A06 Precision Smudge

A01 Mega Powder/Bronzer Brush - $39.95 AUD

My absolute favourite brush from the range! It is packed with soft synthetic bristles that help blend away any powdered products from bronzers, face setting powders, foundations... but it can also be used as a blush if you have a larger face and rounder cheeks. This brush features a large, round. slightly tapered brush shape that is perfect for an easy and quick airbrush application for all over the face. 

A02 Blurring Foundation Brush - $26.95 AUD

Similar to the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, the A02 helps you to apply your base makeup perfectly. It is a versatile brush in terms of the numerous ways you can blend away your foundation with it. You can go in circular motions to spread out the product by buffing or by tapping the product like a sponge for that airbushed-finish. This brush features a dense, flat top with round edges that is smaller than the average foundation brushes on the market. I personally think this perfect is the perfect size to create versatility and functionality. I've used this for cream contouring/bronzing, as well as on those lazy days, to blend away my concealer as well! This brush will do about anything right with cream or liquid consistencies. 

A03 Soft Focus Blush Brush - $26.95 AUD

I had my doubts about this brush, due to its size and shape. But after giving it a go, I was blown away at how easy applying blush could be! This brush gave an effortless and quick application within seconds. The tapered, fluffy shape of the brush allows you to have precision, as well as a light application. Blush is not something you want to be heavy-handed with and this product helps you gradually build up colour by sweeping the product from the apples of your cheeks towards the top of your ear. 

A04 Flawless Shadow Brush - $19.95 AUD

Another favourite of mine! This brush is the ultimate "everyday" brush you need to do it all, in terms of eyeshadow application. In my opinion, it is the most handy because it is able to blend, displace as well as press eyeshadow on to your eyelid. And this is due to its flat, dense, slightly-tapered and thin shape. The shape of the brush allows you to do all your eyeshadow steps with one brush by just turning the brush to different angles for different applications. If you would like to blend away a transition colour in the crease, you would turn the brush so that you have the flat side touching the skin and sweep the product back and forth. If you like more precision, you can also turn it so it is on its thinner side and sweep. This brush is also perfect for providing precision when highlighting as well, especially in areas such as down the nose bridge. 

A05 Crease Brush - $19.95 AUD

This brush is not my cup of tea for what its recommended for blending shadow in the crease but I find this brush to be perfect to blend and displace concealer, especially for spot concealing. The A05 has a dense, round and slightly tapered edge (like a smaller size of the A02) which I believe would also be great for cream eyeshadow. Cream Eyeshadow requires a dense and compact brush that would do the job easier and faster and this brush does just that! I use my Maybelline Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows with these and they work amazingly!

A06 Precision Smudge - $19.95 AUD

The A06 is the smallest brush in the range. Artiste suggests that this brush can be used to smudge product across the eyes with precision due to its small shape. I personally think it is too small to smudge eyeshadow on the lower lashline and too small to smudge eyeliner on the upper lashline, but it does provide great smudging precision. I personally use this brush to apply my brow powder. It is able to apply the product exactly where I want it without compromising the sharpness of the edges. It is almost great to apply any other brow product as well, such as pomade. It just has that small, flat, precise paddle shape that is much needed. 

Now, let's talk about the elephant in the room... the price. Yes, it is indeed pricey and is in par with high-end brushes such as Sigma Beauty, Zoeva Cosmetics... and so on, but you must keep in mind, Artiste has also a more affordable range that would fit to a person with a smaller budget. This range is to showcase the high quality, professional makeup brushes by Artiste and what they can offer as their best! And I believe this is a great all-rounder range of brushes that offer quality comfort, extremely softness and sturdiness. The rubbery, matte handles are the perfect touch to the brushes and are quite easy to clean once dirtied. This brushes can only be found at Priceline in-store and are all sold separately!

If you have any further questions about the brushes, leave a comment down below! Stay tuned for my next post, as I will be doing another giveaway with the next product I am reviewing! 

I was not paid or sponsored to talk about these products. This is my genuine thoughts on all the products. This post has not been compensated or compromised in any way and I was not paid in any way to mention these products. These products were gifted to me as PR. My opinions and thoughts have and will always remain true to my own word and are based on my own experiences. All links provided are purely for reader's convenience and information only! 

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