I’ve been so curious about the Artis makeup brushes: their unusual toothbrush-like shape, the oval/elliptical head, the densely packed velvety fiber bristles. But as beautiful as the Artis brushes are and in spite of the great things I keep hearing about them, the Artis makeup brush price points are out of my range. Each brush ranges from $30-$100. Yikes! They’re gorgeous, but unless someone gifts them to me, I have to pass. 😥
Nevertheless, I’ve wanted to try a makeup brush in the Artis style. I wanted to see what it feels like and how it works to apply makeup with brushes that are more like a toothbrush or a hairbrush than an artist’s brush.
An ad from a shopping site, Sugar & Cotton, popped up in my Facebook feed about a month ago advertising a set of Artis-style makeup brushes with pretty rainbow handles. The price was somewhere around $30 or so for a set of 10 brushes (the website now is selling them for $37). Free shipping. I decided to take a chance on an unfamiliar website and unbranded makeup brushes just to give them a try.
Sugar & Cotton sells lots of trendy stuff: fashion, home decor, home goods like silverware, beauty tools. The customer service is good at keeping in touch after purchase. They warn you upfront that it will take a few weeks to receive your order because it’s coming from China. It took three weeks for my order to be delivered. I was OK with that.
The makeup brushes arrived a couple of days ago, but I’ve been so crazed with the fire alarm crisis in my house that I haven’t had a chance to try them yet. In the meantime, I wanted to give you a “first look” along with me.
The brushes are very pretty with their rainbow-ish handles or backsides.
The inside of the handles where the bristles are is a greenish-gold shade rather than rainbow. The handles are made of a heavy but flexible plastic. The flexibility was a surprise to me. I imagine that the Artis brushes must be flexible as well but because the Artis brushes appear to be made from metal, I didn’t realize they were flexible. It makes sense that the brush head would move with the contours of the face.
Here are all 10 brushes.
Frankly, I haven’t figured out what all of them are for yet. I assume the largest is for powder. The next largest must be a foundation brush, then blush, highlighter, and contour?
I haven’t figured out what the round head little brush (4th from the left) is for. Do you know? I’m guessing the 4th and 5th brushes are shadow application and blending brushes. How about the first triangular-shaped brush below? Any ideas? Brushes 2 and 3 below must be eyeliner or undereye shadow brushes, don’t you think?
At any rate, the brush heads are soft, very very densely packed, and velvety (as opposed to Artis brushes that have been described as “like velvet”). When I brush them against my skin, they are smooth and comfortable. I’m absolutely sure that the difference between these inexpensive brushes and the Artis brushes is vast, but I think I’ll have fun with them anyway.
I have not tried them out yet, so I will report back on what it’s like to use them, how easy or difficult it is to apply makeup with them, and how easy or difficult they are to clean. I’m a real fan of blending sponges for foundation application so it’ll be a real shift for me to use these brushes, but I’m game!
In case you’re interested in taking a look yourself, here’s a link to the rainbow-handled “Artis-style” makeup brushes on Sugar & Cotton. They seem to be always on sale (and where there’s always only 7 sets left!). The makeup case and 10 brush set is currently priced at $52. (Again, the insides of my brushes are not rainbow-hued like the ones below in the case, just the outside.) The website says there’s a 100% money-back guarantee. I do not intend to return mine.
I know you can’t feel them, but what’s your first impression of these knock-off brushes?