Artis Brushes review and photos.

Artis Brushes: Oval 7, Oval 3, Circle 1, Linear 1.

We all know quality makeup tools are equality important as using quality cosmetics.  I honestly thought I had every efficient tool at my disposal to achieve a flawless finish.  That is, until Artis Brushes ($35-60 USD) came along with their innovative design and artisanal charm.  Will these “hand-assembled” beauties render my animal hair counterparts extinct?  You’ll see.   🙂

Artis Brushes: Oval 7, Oval 3, Circle 1, Linear 1.

Artis Brushes:
Oval 7, Oval 3, Circle 1, Linear 1.

The Pros to Artis Brushes:

  1. Made of “CosmeFibre® monofilaments”– incredibly soft dense synthetic fibers.
  2. Quality synthetic fibers can be used with powder, liquid and cream products.
  3. Handles are composed of “thermoformed resins, like those used to make high-end automobile components.”
  4. Metallic faux coating is fingerprint resistant.
  5. Brushes come housed in a sturdy box (see below).
  6. The Elite Mirror, Elite Smoke and Elite Gold collections contain a rubberized center that makes holding and gripping the brush convenient and comfortable.
  7. Rubberized center is easily cleaned with any moistened wipe.
  8. Handles are ergonomically designed to efficiently apply makeup to oneself.
  9. If you are a makeup artist, the Oval 7 can definitely be used to apply foundation on others as well.
  10. The Oval 7 is especially effective on mature and sensitive skins for foundation application.
  11. The Oval 7 in particular, looks exquisite when placed on a vanity.  The density, shape, unique fiber bundling and color reminds me of hair brushes from the Victorian Era.
  12. All the brushes are multifunctional.
  13. Brushes do not contain a ferrule, which makes cleaning and drying stress-free.
  14. Fibers hold up perfectly after weekly deep washings.  Artis does not recommend this frequency, but I do it anyway to ensure bacteria does not accumulate within the dense fibers.
  15. Brushes “resists excess water, alcohol, acids, detergent. Your Artis® brushes won’t degrade from brush cleaning formulas.”
  16. Any micro-fiber cloth can be used to remove excess product immediately after product application.
  17. Synthetic fibers on all Artis Brushes are cruelty-free and vegan.

The Cons to Artis Brushes:

  1. Most of Artis brushes are manufactured in China.  This baffles me, considering they clearly employ a USA factory for production of the Fluenta Collection.
  2. The Fluenta Collection (exclusive to Neiman Marcus) is made in the USA; costing five-ten dollars more per brush.
  3. Limited retail locations to see and feel the Elite Mirror and Smoke Brushes–my preferred collections.
  4. The dense fibers of the Oval 3 and Circle 1 deposit a heavy layer of powdered pigment–not something I prefer for eyeshadow application.
  5. Not the most efficient texture for highlighter application.
  6. The perpendicular angle and head size of the eye brushes are not the best choices for intricate eyeshadow application.
  7. The Linear 1 brush is not my favorite.  The long stiff fibers paired with the angle of the brush head makes for awkward eyeliner application.
  8. Artis’s website is configured oddly with two thick, black blocking strips on the top and bottom of the screen–makes viewing products and navigation bothersome.

Artis Oval 7 Brush:

Artis Brush Oval 7.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

  • Let me begin by stating the obvious, the Oval 7 ($60 USD) brush is my favorite out of the lot. The larger oval shape, and dense flattened surface area is perfect for a picking-up and buffing-out product quickly.
  • The ridiculously soft fibers glide on the skin so smoothly without tugging or scratching.  Color deposition is immediate on the first swipe.  The ultra fine tipped fibers blend and press the liquid foundation into pores, resulting in a flawless appearance.
  • For the above photo, I used Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation without diluting the formula. Normally, this full coverage foundation needs to be thinned out with some primer in order for the formula to apply smoothly on my dry skin.  However, since discovering the Oval 7, I place one thin dot on my cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose and proceed to run the brush over the skin in a fluid motion.  This technique results in an even distribution of foundation that melds with the skin, rather than sitting on top of the skin.
  • The Oval 7 is also great for powder application and for cheek contouring.  Simply use the sides of the brush to despots a noticeable contour line and then blend out the line with the surface of the brush.
  • Bottom line, if you want to dip your toe into the world of Artis, the Oval 7 is one brush you will not regret buying.

Artis Oval 3 Brush:

Artis Brush Oval 3.

Artis Brush Oval 3.

Artis Brush Oval 3.

Artis Brush Oval 3.

Artis Brush Oval 3

Artis Brush Oval 3 used for concealer.

Artis Brush Oval 3

Artis Brush Oval 3 used for nose contouring.

  • The Oval 3 ($35 USD) brush has a more rounded surface than the Oval 7.  Truthfully, I was hoping this would work as a great crease brush, but it is simply too bulky and rounded for my liking.  I prefer to use this for concealer application.  The oval size fits the contours of the bottom eye socket perfectly and the dense fibers blend concealer beautifully without any product settlement into the fine lines.  In addition, the sides of the brush head work well for buffing powder to set concealer.
  • I have also been enjoy using the Oval 3 to contour the sides of my nose.  Granted, this is not something I do on a daily basis, but it is nice to know I have such a competent tool at my disposal should the mood strike.  The dense fibers blend-out the pigment to perfection, giving the illusion of natural shadowing.
  • Bottom line, although not a must-have, I have found use for Oval 3 in my routine.  I still prefer my MAC 217, Eve Pearl 105 , Billy B brush, and Chikuhodo Z-5 for eyeshadow application.

Artis Circle 1 Brush:

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

Artis Brush Circle 1.

  • The Circle 1 ($35 USD) brush is flat-out adorable.  This is the one brush I can throw into my makeup bag for easy touch-ups throughout the day.  The long dense fibers work well as a lip brush, crease brush, spot concealer brush and to apply an inner corner highlight color.
  • Lately, I have using this guy to spot conceal the green veining on the sides of my nose, closest to my inner corner.  The stiff, soft fibers fit the area perfectly and somehow blends the smallest amount of product seamlessly.
  • Bottom line, great little brush that surprisingly does the job of many.

Artis Linear 1 Brush:

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

Artis Brush Linear 1.

  • Oh my, where do I begin?  You know how some people save the best for last?  In my case, I wanted to dazzle you in the beginning, and let you down easily to show, not all brushes from this line are wonderful.
  • The Linear 1 ($35 USD) brush, to put it bluntly, was a colossal waste of money.  I thought I was going to create the perfect eyeliner shape, however, as you can see the brush design is completely inefficient.  In order to apply liner one has to use short strokes and have a head-on view to accommodate the different contours of the eye.
  • This brush does not allow for much movement.  The stiff, Spinosaurus-like bristles are too long and thick.  In addition, the head’s perpendicular positioning on the handle, makes it difficult to get a good view for color placement.
  • As for brow color application, I would say this would be good if you are using a powder eyeshadow with room to accommodate the cumbersome head shape and angle.  In my case, the Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro (reviewed here) pot is too small to handle the large head.  I could transfer some cream to a palette, but I find that step a tad unrealistic for my personal routine.
  • Bottom line:  hop, skip and jump away from this one–I’ll stick to my angled liner brush any day.

Artis Brush Oval 7.

  • Artis Oval 7 is so nice I had to buy it twice.  This mentality may not suit everyone’s budget or needs, but a $15 off $60 coupon from Beautybar.com was too tempting to resist.  Furthermore, if I were to add-up the cost of all the Beautyblenders I have purchased over the years, it would certainly surpass the cost of this one brush.

 

**Artis Brushes are sold at net-a-porter.com, Beautybar.com, artisbrush.com, saksfifthavenue, neimanmarcus, etc..**  Beautybar.com coupon code for new customers to receive 20% off  total purchase is AFF20BEAUTYBAR or $15 OFF $60 purchase with code BENEFITHUB15.  (coupons are subject to change and may not work at the time of this post).  

 

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Artis Brushes are truly innovative.  The Oval 7 is clearly a must-have in anyone’s collection, regardless of age.  The eye brushes are really nice to have, but not so much so that I will ever give up my traditional eyeshadow brushes.  As of late, the market has been flooded with Artis design dupes, some sets costing less than the cost of the Oval 7.  Personally, I rather get the original then settle for a cheap imitation–which is true for anything in life.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.

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