Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Make Up For Ever #214 Small Precision Crease Brush
Make Up For Ever #214 Small Precision Crease Brush

Make Up For Ever #214 Small Precision Crease Brush ($25.00) is described as a “firm, but flexible brush … [for] the crease of the eye.” It’s a long, narrow, and pointed crease brush made out of synthetic fibers. The brush head is 15mm in length, 4mm in width, and 4mm in thickness. It had a round, open metal ferrule and a total brush length of just under 6.75 inches or almost 17 centimeters.

I really didn’t like this brush, as it was incredibly point and didn’t do a good job of placing product in the crease or blending it out. This was also a brush that suffered from continued oiliness/greasiness in the way the bristles felt and acted, so you could squeeze or shape the brush and it would stay that way before very slowly releasing and returning to its original shape (somewhat). It’s a really weird feeling, and it’s not something I remember ever experiencing with other brushes except some of the ones in the Artisan range (I believe this is the third one with this issue). Unfortunately, this doesn’t help the brush in any way, because it makes the brush even less pliable/flexible. Again, I tried washing this two dozen times with an assortment of soaps from dishwashing liquid soap to alcohol-based brush cleansers. The only other brush I have that’s similar in shape is Hakuhodo J5529 ($16), which is a small, narrow crease brush (that actually works).

Make Up For Ever #232 Medium Precision Crease Brush ($28.00) is a long, narrow crease brush with a tapered, point tip. The brush head is 25mm in length, 5mm in width, and 5mm in thickness. It had a round, open metal ferrule and a total brush length of 7 inches or 18 centimeters. The edge felt too tapered and pointed, because using it in the crease made it feel like using a sharp, rough edge, even though if you just brushed the bristles across your hand, they would feel soft. It can deposit color moderately well for both cream and powder products, but it doesn’t blend them out at all, and so many crease brushes are capable of both, so I’m not keen on something as uni-tasking as this shape (plus, it’s not comfortable to use).

I didn’t have any oiliness/greasiness with this particular brush, which was good, but I really didn’t like it. The most comparable brush I have is the MAC 223 (discontinued), which is a longer, narrower crease brush that’s still dome-shaped and rounded at the end, so it is a more ideal shape for crease-work. Make Up For Ever #17S (now discontinued) is not quite as long, wider, and more rounded (as well as fluffier).

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#214 Small Precision Crease Brush

I really didn't like this brush, as it was incredibly point and didn't do a good job of placing product in the crease or blending it out. This was also a brush that suffered from continued oiliness/greasiness in the way the bristles felt and acted, so you could squeeze or shape the brush and it would stay that way before very slowly releasing and returning to its original shape (somewhat)

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#232 Medium Precision Crease Brush

The edge felt too tapered and pointed, because using it in the crease made it feel like using a sharp, rough edge, even though if you just brushed the bristles across your hand, they would feel soft. It can deposit color moderately well for both cream and powder products, but it doesn't blend them out at all.

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Make Up For Ever #232 Medium Precision Crease Brush
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Make Up For Ever #232 Medium Precision Crease Brush
Make Up For Ever #232 Medium Precision Crease Brush

Make Up For Ever #232 Medium Precision Crease Brush
Make Up For Ever #232 Medium Precision Crease Brush

Make Up For Ever #232 Medium Precision Crease Brush
Make Up For Ever #232 Medium Precision Crease Brush

Make Up For Ever #232 Medium Precision Crease Brush
Make Up For Ever #232 Medium Precision Crease Brush

Make Up For Ever #232 Medium Precision Crease Brush
Make Up For Ever #232 Medium Precision Crease Brush

Make Up For Ever #232 Medium Precision Crease Brush
Make Up For Ever #232 Medium Precision Crease Brush

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8 thoughts on “Make Up For Ever #214 Small Precision Crease & #232 Precision Crease Brushes Reviews & Photos

  1. Rigor_Mortis

    I didn’t purchase any of those two (thank goodness, I already wasted too much money on this line already) but when I tested #232 I thought the bristles were prickly.

    By the way, I also had the same oiliness issue with some of the brushes from this line, and I’ve heard people saying that they experienced it even with brushes who were apparently fine, after about 10 washes.

    • Interesting! I haven’t had it pop up yet if it wasn’t there from the get-go – the funny thing being that the brushes that didn’t have it, I probably haven’t reached ten washes on (at least not all of them), whereas the ones that did have certainly been washed that many times.

      It is truly a shame that it’s not just an isolated issue to me, to one or two brushes – I am curious to find out if it’s limited to individual brushes or if all of them are potential problems. The line looked stunning, and it looked huge – and many brush ranges by mainstream brands tend to be smaller (which is one reason why I think MAC has been so successful re: brushes, even though brands like Hakuhodo clearly have huge lines, they do not have the accessibility of MAC or other mainstream brands).

      Did you fall in love with any? Can/are you going to return them?

      • Rigor_Mortis

        I unfortunately cannot return any, and I wish I had waited for your trusty reviews before buying them! Pretty much the only one that performed decently was the large, fluffy powder brush – can’t recall the name, but you’ve reviewed this one.

        • Ugh, SO frustrating. I’m sorry you had to find out the hard way :( Maybe someone will discover how to remove the greasiness at least….

          I kept wondering if MUFE maybe had some special brush cleanser, you know? But they did not mention anything when they released their brushes, so that was kind of silly to think about, lol!

  2. Inglot 10s brush seems similarly shaped and although in theory such a brush could be a godsend in certain situation, this one doesn’t seem to work for me either.

  3. Both brushes look really nice. It’s a shame the quality isn’t there

  4. Patrick

    This brush looks like something you can get at the craft store, that I once bought for the crease definition. It didn’t blend of placed colour like this one…except it was more than half the price of this brush