OK beauties, grab your tea/coffee/wine cos this is one my “you have to see this!” type of posts. Today I’d like to introduce you to Artis (pronounced Ar-tees) makeup brushes. You guys know I’d like to be quite thorough with my reviews and I certainly have plenty to share.
Taking everything we know about makeup brushes and flipping it on its head, Artis brushes certainly look and feel completely different than the conventional makeup brushes we’re used to, BUT before we get into all that, can we just admire how gorgeous they are!…
Artis Elite Mirror Collection
The most prominent feature of the Artis brushes is their design. The handles of these brushes sit parallel to the face during makeup application, rather than being held away from the face as with regular makeup brushes. Although this may seem strange, holding the brush parallel to the face actually gives better control of movement.
Resting the index finger on the back of the brush plate almost feels like you’re applying the products with your fingers – with the added bonus of perfect blending. You definitely have closer contact in terms of makeup application.
Artis Elite Mirror Collection
Next unique feature of the Artis brushes is the bristles. Made of trademarked, 100% animal/cruelty free CosmeFibre, these bristles are designed to help achieve ‘uniform application and superior blending’. Considering how dense these bristles look, the way each strand has been cut and shaped, makes these the softest brush heads I’ve ever felt. It doesn’t even feel like a brush, it’s like touching velvet!
Along with the softness and the blending, the bristles being so tightly packed means the products (liquid/cream or powder) don’t penetrate into the bristles and hence end up on the skin where they should be – rather than being lost and wasted in the brush.
Artis Oval 8 Brush
Another thing about Artis brushes is that they’re simply named by shape and numbered by size. They’re not pigeon holed as only ‘an eye brush’ or ‘a lip brush’ or ‘a shadow brush’ because these brushes will basically work for you whichever way you feel fit. Yes they’re a different concept and it does take some getting used to, but once you get your own comfortable style going, you can make these brushes work makeup miracles.
Although there are many different sizes and styles of Artis brushes (and I will definitely go back for more), I currently have Oval 8, a set which contains 3 smaller size brushes and a cleaning pad which I will talk more about later in the post.
Oval 8 – Oval 4 – Circle 1 – Linear 1
I designed individual charts to show you the many ways how and where each brush can be used and also give you my personal thoughts on their performance.
This is THE brush that I’ve had my eye on since I discovered the Artis brand. Used in application of everything base related, this brush is magic! I usually use both a Flat Top Kabuki brush and a Beauty Blender to achieve the flawless airbrushed look when it comes to my base products: Flat top kabuki distributes the product, Beauty Blender buffs it out evenly; this has always been my base tag team.
The Oval 8 brush pretty much combines these two tools to give the most flawless finish I have personally experienced on my own face. It has the distribution qualities of a buffing brush and airbrushed blending of a beauty blender all in one. And as I mentioned earlier, the product did not get lost in the bristles so I ended up using much less foundation than I usually do.
So far I’ve used the Oval 8 brush for my liquid foundation, setting powder, bronzer, blush and highlighter and every single product blended like a dream. I found the trick is: do not press the brush into the skin but rather rest it against it and use soft circular motions until the product fully blends, which literally takes seconds.
***This style of brush also comes in Oval 10 which is much larger and could probably be used for body products; the new Oval 7 which is on my must-have list and also Oval 6 which again is on my list. I feel having this style of brush in slightly different sizes would give me more control of where I concentrate certain products. eg: use Oval 8 for moisturiser/primer/powder; Oval 7 for foundation and Oval 6 for blush/contour/highlighter
I adore this brush! and to think at first I really didn’t think we were gonna get along. I knew I could use it for concealing and on smaller areas of the face but I also knew it was used for eyeshadow and seeing that it was so dense looking, I just couldn’t fathom how it would ever blend eyeshadow. It basically went against all my beliefs as a makeup artist that a blending brush is supposed to be fluffy and flexible. Now that I used it, and mastered the way to make it work for me, I don’t think that I will ever let it go.
I used the Oval 4 brush for concealing under the eyes which was a breeze because as with the Oval 8, it blended the product seamlessly without wasting it. I then tried it with a mid tone brown eyeshadow on my eyes. At first, I made the mistake of applying too much pressure which felt like it was tugging at my eyelid. And as we all know, the skin around the eyes is really delicate so I’m usually super conscious in how I treat this area. It’s when I simply rested the brush head on my eyelid without pressing down and slowly started buffing the eyeshadow in circular motions that I was absolutely wowed how perfectly the shadow distributed and blended. It really looked blurred out.
***This style brush also comes in Oval 3 which is slightly smaller. The trick with any of these brushes is to work out how to position them so you get the best placement of color for your features and also the size. eg: If you have smaller eyelid space, or you prefer more concentration of color in certain areas, Oval 3 might be a better option for eyeshadow application for you than the Oval 4.
This is one brush I’m still getting acquainted with. As I’ve been experimenting with it, I find that it packs on great amount of color, especially with eyeshadows. The bristles are cut flat so I was able to dab dark color eyeshadows on the outer corner of my eyes, really building intensity and buffing out with Oval 4 to achieve amazing gradient. This brush also worked really well for spot concealing, getting into smaller areas such as the sides of the nose and applying shimmer shadows to inner corners of the eyes and brow bone.
It’s also known to be a great lip brush but I hardly ever use a lip brush to apply lipstick so I haven’t tried it.
***This style brush also comes in Circle 1R and I think for more gentle application of eyeshadow, it might perform better. It’s the same size (diameter) as the Circle 1 but the bristles are cut in a rounded dome shape rather than flat like the Circle 1. I think it would still work just as well in all the areas I mentioned above but also help with eyeshadow blending.
This brush is so versatile. The first thing I thought when I saw the thin line of bristles was that it would be great for filling in brows. The horizontal positioning of the handle fits so perfectly against the brows that a single dip into my eyebrow powder and running the brush along the length of my brows gave me perfect shape and coverage. Brushing upwards at the beginning of the brows also helps achieve a natural gradient. *I’m yet to use this brush with my eyebrow pomade which can be tricky even with normal brow brushes so I’ll report back on that.
Linear 1 brush is also great for eyeliner. Whether you use an eyeshadow to line your eyes – as I usually do for my everyday look, or for a sharper look with gel/cream liners, this brush is really easy to manoeuvre along the lash line (both top and bottom). Best part about it is, because you can lay it flat against the lash line, you can actually press the bristles down into your skin and basically “dab along” a perfect line rather than trying to get a smooth line at one swipe.
***This style brush also comes in Linear 3 and Linear 6 which are thicker in size. For this shape, I personally like the Linear 1 as I feel it helps achieve precise lines which is great for eyeliners and contouring/highlighting the nose.
For brushes this unique, it wouldn’t be right to have a standard “wash in the sink” process, so that dark blue pad you see the brushes resting on in the intro photo is actually how you clean them. Artis has a foaming brush cleanser which you dip the bristles into and just wipe away at the special micro fibre cloth the cleaning pad is covered in…and that’s it. Everything comes off, and the brushes are as clean as new again. To be honest, I just used my makeup cleansing water as it was just within my reach on a few occasions and it worked just as well. So another bonus about these brushes: cleaning them is a breeze.
Call it makeup artist instinct but I pretty much knew from the moment I saw the Oval 8 brush that it was going to perform amazingly…and it certainly didn’t disappoint. It was more the smaller brushes that I’ve had question marks about, prominently because I’ve developed my own style and way of holding/using a brush over many years of doing makeup. And I just wasn’t sure how I would feel about such a new concept.
Now that I’ve had a chance to use them, I can say they do work – really well at that; (I will do a makeup tutorial with them soon). I think with the smaller brushes, it’s really a matter of trial and error to see what works for you. They pretty much become your custom tools. It’s actually not that dissimilar to us all having our favorite way of doing things with traditional brushes. It’s all about figuring out what works for you to achieve the results you’re after.
All the brushes across the Artis range can be purchased individually or in different sets. Prices start at $32.
What do you think about these brushes?
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