Your Artis Brush Questions Answered

by Sarah

Hello beauties!! I covered Artis makeup brushes in detail on previous posts, and with the hype continuing to surround them, they’re still one of the most asked about items on my site.

Today, I thought I’d answer some of your frequently asked questions and also introduce you to the Fluenta Collection, which takes these already luxurious brushes to a whole other level.

Artis Fluenta Collection

Artis Fluenta Collection – Full set comes in black velvet box

Before we get started, here are the links to my previous posts: Artis Brushes Introduction and Elite Smoke Collection which cover everything from background info, quality and performance, different size and styles, where and how to use each brush, as well as size comparisons.


Are the cheaper alternatives same as Artis brushes?

NO they’re not. This is one topic I want to clarify in detail as I’ve been seeing so many different “dupes” pop up all over social media. The problem is: people buy the dupes expecting the Artis performance they’ve been hearing about; of course it all goes belly up because it’s like comparing apples and oranges; and unfairly, they end up putting the Artis brushes in the same “fail” basket which couldn’t be further from the truth.

Artis Cosmefibre bristlesWhilst imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery – and clearly Artis have a great product that everyone else wants in on the success; when it comes to performance, they can’t even be compared. And there’s a good reason for that:

More so than the unique design, what makes Artis brushes different are their bristles. Artis brushes are made from Cosmefibre (in the US), which in fact is exclusive to Artis. These bristles are designed and packed in such a way to practically mimic airbrushing so whatever product you apply with them is at its utmost performance. This is where most of the dupes fail and lets be honest, what’s the point of having a unique looking makeup brush if it doesn’t perform?

Another important function of these bristles is that they don’t soak up any product so you not only use less product, but cleaning them is an absolute breeze.

I understand Artis brushes can be expensive but when it comes to makeup application, performance is key and Artis delivers performance. I would highly recommend in investing in a few key pieces to begin with and enjoy the guaranteed results, rather than wasting money on countless dupes in the hope of finding one that works as well as the real thing.


OVAL 7 or OVAL 8 for foundation?

Artis Oval 8 ad Oval 7 brushesPossibly the most asked about Artis question. Oval 7 was a later addition to the Artis line. Slightly smaller than the Oval 8, if I personally had to choose one, Oval 7 would be my preference.

Oval 8 is amazing for base products such as foundation and powder. It provides a very quick and effortless coverage so it’s convenient.

Oval 7 does all of the above but being smaller, it can also be used to apply bronzer, blush, contour and highlight with better precision.

Both brushes are amazing for foundation, but depending on your makeup routine and needs, Oval 7 is a bit more versatile.


What are the key brushes I should consider buying?

Artis Must Have EssentialsArtis has some amazing sets which are great value for money, so whether you consider one of those sets or prefer individual brushes, following three are my personal must-haves:

Oval 7 for primer, foundation, powder, bronzer, blush, contour, highlight

Oval 4 for concealer, contour, eyeshadow

Linear 1 for eyeliner, contour and brows

*Because Artis brushes are so easy to clean in between products, same brush can be used for many different functions within the same application so you don’t even need multiples of these favorites.



Can I purchase Artis brushes in my country? 

Yes. As with all international shipping, restrictions and limitations may apply, however SpaceNK and Net-A-Porter both stock Artis brushes and ship international. Check both stores to see availability and terms and conditions for your location.


I must admit, when I first discovered Artis brushes, I was particularly drawn to the Fluenta Collection. With black and silver handles, the elegant curve of the brush heads, they almost looked like art pieces. Upon their first release, they were only sold at Neimann Marcus so availability was a bit limited. Now, the Fluenta line is available on the Artis website and now that I have a set of my own, they look even better in person!

Fluenta Series feature the exact same brush size/styles as the other collections. The only difference is the color and style of the handle – which has a prominent curve towards the head of the brush; so it’s really a matter of personal preference rather than difference in variety/functionality. I haven’t experienced any difference by way of performance.

Artis Fluenta Collection

Artis Fluenta Collection – Comparison of Artis Oval 6 brush in Smoke Collection to Oval 6 Fluenta Collection 

I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with Artis – both in terms of product quality/performance and the Artis team as a whole. I’m happy to see the range rapidly growing and reaching the hype and success it truly deserves. Along with the Elite Mirror, Elite Smoke and Fluenta Collections, Artis recently launched the Elite Gold Collection which looks soooo beautiful!!

I think my life will be complete if a blushing rose-gold collection is launched so I shall patiently wait and hope the Artis design team make my wishes come true :)

Have you purchased any of the Artis brushes? Which color/style is your favorite?

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Kim April 23, 2020 - 3:35 am

What is your view on the Digit line of Artis brushes? Also in person do you prefer the mirror or the smoked? I’m struggling on whether to go with the 8 or the 7 and the mirror or smoked. . . :)

Sarah April 23, 2020 - 3:56 am

Hi Kim!
In all honesty, I’m a hands-on type of girl when it comes to skincare application. I’m a fan of serums in particular and I get the best application by pressing the product into the skin with the warmth of my fingers. However, if you’re keen on using brushes for skincare application, then you can’t go wrong with Artis quality.

I personally love the smoke color. Mirror is shiny and bright and fun but there’s something “substantial and classy” about smoke (in my opinion).

As for the brush size, #7 has been my all time favorite. The size is perfect; it’s large enough to provide quick application/coverage all over the face; yet it’s also compact enough to use for blush/bronzer/highlighter application.
The only time I would recommend #8 over #7 is for use on the body.
If you apply foundation, body illuminator or bronzer to your shoulders and chest as part of your regular makeup routine, then being a larger size, #8 provides a quicker application. Outside of that, #7 does the job on all other fronts.

I hope that helps :)

Kim April 23, 2020 - 4:42 am

I’m so glad for your response because I did not realize that the Digit line was for skincare and not foundation, blush, etc. I guess I did not read clearly enough. Another question. . . have you seen the rose gold in person and if so what do you think of it compared to the smoke? Thanks!

Sarah April 24, 2020 - 4:15 am

Hi Kim, no I haven’t seen the rose gold in person but I’ve seen PR photos and videos featuring the color. It’s pretty; similar to the brightness of the mirror color with that hint of warm rose gold. I think colors are a personal preference but for me, I would still pick smoke :)

Taylor October 12, 2020 - 12:45 am

What about Artis’s Digit Skincare Line?What’s the general consensus most people have about that?

Because I’ve never even heard of anyone applying there skincare products to there face using a brush. So that just seems a little bizzare to me.

Marsha West Griffin March 26, 2020 - 4:03 pm

Are Artis brushes guaranteed ? The neck of the brush on my foundation brush is breaking and it is not useable. Let me know how to proveed, thanks, Marsha Griffin

Sarah March 27, 2020 - 3:43 am

Hi Marsha, I’d think there would be a warranty period on the brushes but Artis themselves would be the best people to advise you on that. You can contact their customer service either via their website or DM them on their Instagram account. Hope that helps! xo

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Deborah Valencia February 20, 2018 - 11:24 pm

I just purchased the new digit collection 10 pc set. I’m in Love 😍 I only swiped brush once over my eyeshadow and I got very high color payoff on my lid that I never experienced with other brushes (urban decay, Jane Iredale, IT and Real Techniques). Took just a little getting used to. You don’t have to keep lifting the brush but simply swipe back and forth. And omg, I used the oval 7 for my blush and highlight. One swipe and a little blending and blush was flawless. Only one swipe on blush pan & I got intense pigment payoff. Just Wow!! Over the years I’ve spent more than $700 on other name brand brushes as mentioned above and none of them even come close. When swatching eyeshadow on your arm, you always get the most pigment when you use a finger vs a brush, right? Well with the Artis digit brushes you get that same pigment on your skin as if you’re using your finger!! It’s Aaaaammaaazzzing!!! I’m in love with these brushes and highly recommended the purchase. Cleaning them is a breeze and you use way less product. My two cents!! Deborah.

Thank you for your review on these brushes. I made my decision to finally get them after reading this and now I get to leave a comment of my own.

Sarah February 21, 2018 - 3:36 am

Hi Deborah! That’s amazing!! Thank you so much for your feedback!
I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying your new brushes. I agree with all your findings, there’s definitely a major difference in application with these brushes once you get used to them. Pro application, no mess or fuss and we love that! :) xo

Lauren May 26, 2017 - 12:24 pm

Hi! Do you use the artis cleaner to clean your brushes? Or do you have a cheaper alternative? Thanks!

Sarah May 26, 2017 - 1:35 pm

Hi Lauren, I use the Artis foam cleanser in between applications as it’s really convenient. However, for regular wash/deep cleanse I use Dr Bronner’s magic soap. It literally melts off any makeup, it’s gentle on the bristles and super affordable too. I have a detailed review on them if you’re interested:
Hope that helps :)

Lauren May 26, 2017 - 1:36 pm

Yes, thank you so much!!

Courtnei November 13, 2016 - 3:50 pm

Hi. Is there any difference between the elite smoke and be elite mirror other than the color? I noticed on the Artis brush site they have a chart for each brush and what you can use it for. With the oval 8 elite smoke they have foundation and bronzer listed, but with the oval 8 elite mirror they have foundation, bronzer + powder and skin care products.

Eva June 26, 2016 - 12:24 pm

Thank you for your review about these nice brushes.
I have a question. Do you personally prefer the “fluenta collection” or the original collection (including the smoke collection) more? I mean especially in use?

Sarah June 26, 2016 - 1:05 pm

Hi Eva, in terms of performance there’s no difference between the styles. Sizes and bristles are exactly the same.
As stunning as the Fluenta range is, personally, I reach for my original (elite mirror or smoke) collection more.
The fluenta style brushes have a bigger/chunkier head and sometimes with the smaller brushes (especially when doing detailed eye makeup or liner), I find it can obscure the view. I feel I can judge where I place the brush and product better with the original collection. I hope that makes sense :)
Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Sienna April 17, 2016 - 11:11 am

Great post. I keep seeing the dupes everywhere too but the reviews are always mixed. Some complain their brushes soak up too much product or application is streaky. I didn’t know about the Artis bristles. It makes more sense now and I’d rather pay extra and get the originals. I want oval 7 for sure and which eye set would you recommend? Thank you, love your blog (:

Sarah April 21, 2016 - 3:58 am

Thanks Sienna. Yes I had similar issues with the dupes I tried also. Apart from the scratchy feel of the bristles, which is not good for the skin for such densely packed brushes, they guzzle up a ton of product. I agree with you, some things I’d rather pay a bit more and have good results :) Thank you for your feedback!

Zoe April 15, 2016 - 10:11 pm

A friend and I were recently discussing the days when we didn’t use brushes to apply makeup. What were we thinking?!!!! These brushes not only sound amazing but look soooo beautiful too. Thanks for the great information

Sarah April 16, 2016 - 1:24 pm

The beauty industry has definitely come a long way; thanks Zoe! :)

Jessica Newman April 15, 2016 - 6:14 pm

Hi Sarah Thanks for this information and you’re right about the cheaper brushes. I bought one of the dupe brushes online. It was similar size to oval6. The bristles felt really scratchy on the skin, it didn’t blend very well and the handle was very weak like it was gonna break. I just couldn’t use it. Since then t bought the Artis oval8, oval6 and liner1 and the difference is crazy. Well worth every penny.

Sarah April 16, 2016 - 1:27 pm

Hi Jessica, I had the exact same experience with quite a few dupes which is why I felt the need to point out the bristles make a world of difference. Glad you’re enjoying your brushes :)

Zamira April 15, 2016 - 4:44 pm

Your posts are amazing! I bought the Oval 7 and the 3-brush set after your very first review and I love them all. I definitely want the Oval 4 and the Round 1R. Fluenta ones look gorgeous too! Decisions decisions lol

Sarah April 16, 2016 - 1:31 pm

Thank you so much Zamira :) All styles and colors are so pretty in their own right, I’d say go ahead and mix them up :) xx


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