Recently I have been super intrigued by the oval/toothbrush style makeup brushes that have been taking over Instagram. Most popular, of course, are the Artis Brushes. This style of brushes are not new, but have gained popularity over the last few months. The purpose of these from what I understand is that they are designed to be used on yourself, as opposed to traditional brushes which are designed to be used on someone else. I have never struggled to use my traditional brushes, but I am still super intrigued by these anyway. A few months ago my sister treated herself to a few Artis brushes to try out and once I used them for myself, I was completely hooked. You may be wondering, how did we go from Artis brushes to Makeup Revolution? After I came home from visiting my sister IMATS (the weekend I tried to Artis brushes for myself), I was still considering buying the Artis Brushes, when I saw someone post about the Makeup Revolution version on Snapchat. As soon as I saw that I went and checked them out for myself. Makeup Revolution is a super affordable UK brand that makes spot-on dupes for high end products. I ended up just purchasing the Oval Face brush to start to see what the quality was like. They also have contour, cheek, eye brushes and sets just like the Artis Brushes.
This brand is based in the UK like I mentioned and I’m in Canada, so these did take a bit to get to me. I think I ordered at a bad time because there was a note on the site saying they were moving warehouses and were delayed, so that may have contributed to the longer processing and shipping time. After the conversion, the brush cost me just under $20, plus shipping and took about 2.5 weeks to get to me.
These brushes are so pretty, I can hardly stand it. The handle is plastic, but the finish is like a brushed metal rose gold. This finish does collect makeup finger prints pretty easily, but they wipe down nicely. This is super lightweight, which makes it very easy to maneuver around your face. The “neck” of the brush is slightly bendy, which did make me a little nervous. It’s not bendy to the point where I think it will break easily, I’m just not used to it because there’s no bend in traditional brushes. The bend is necessary I think to adjust to the contours of your face.
In terms of the actual brush part, these are some of the softest bristles I have ever felt. The head of the brush is super densely packed as well.
Beyond the pretty exterior, you may be wondering does this actually work? I can honestly say that I am in love with this brush. Typically, I am a Beauty Blender lover; it is my tried and true favourite way to apply foundation and concealer. Other than stick foundations, I almost always use a Beauty Blender. I love how quickly this oval brush applies my foundation and makes it look flawless. The size of this brush makes it super easy to blend over a large area. I do feel like I need less product with this, since it goes right on my face and doesn’t get soaked up. I tried this with both a thicker stick foundation and a super liquidy foundation and I was super pleased with the result for both.
Despite the fact that this is significantly bigger than a traditional flat top brush, I still feel like I can get all areas of my face easily. I feel like I can maneuver this brush to get into smaller areas (around my brows, nose etc.). I even used this for my eye shadow base and I liked how smoothly it blended everything out.
This is a little too big to blend out concealer, but I’m content to stick to my Beauty Blender for that anyway. I am definitely considering ordering some of the other face brushes and some of the eye brushes.
In all, I am super impressed by this and I can already see this being a staple brush in my collection. Let me know in the comments, have you tried oval style brushes? What did you think of them?
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