Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes
Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes

I’ve wrapped up all of the face brushes I had to review and test from Make Up For Ever’s new Artisan Brush range, so I thought a round-up was in order! :) The biggest takeaways is that there is something going on with the manufacturing of the brushes that can sometimes leave behind an oily, greasy film all over the bristles, and I have yet to discover a way to get this to go away. I’ve tried harsher soaps to no avail. This residue was my biggest issue and really the major fault that I encountered–it was present in 2 of 9 face brushes.  I don’t know if this is an issue specific to particular brushes or if it occurs randomly (so any brush may be affected or just because the one I tried was, yours might not be), so I have a lot of hesitation about this brush range.

Of the brushes I tried, the one I liked the most was the #128 Precision Powder Brush, which I’ve been using even after I finished writing up the review and has a permanent home in the brushes I use regularly.  I haven’t personally incorporated any of the others into my regular brush rotation, which was more often just a result of me not using that particular shape or style often. Aside from the two that were greasy, the brushes were nice overall.  They felt well-made, didn’t shed, felt very soft against the skin, and densities were good (always in line with how they were advertised).  A few of the larger face brushes felt like the handles weren’t quite balanced with a lot of weight concentrated in the brush head and not enough in the handle itself.  I also really appreciated the breadth of the range, as there are many shapes and sizes to choose from.

Have you tried the new Make Up For Ever Artisan Brushes yet?  I would love to hear your experiences!

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12 thoughts on “Round-up: Make Up For Ever Artisan Face Brushes

  1. I just got the 202 straight eyeliner brush and it’s the finest eyeliner brush I’ve ever seen. It will be perfect for tight lining or really needing a brush for precise defining.

  2. joanna

    I got the silecone one for glitters and I love it….. sephora use to make one just like it but got discontinued. A few months ago I found out that elf makes one,but I like my brushes to be high quality and I am so glad makeup forever has one… my old sephora one got lost!!!!

  3. abigailod

    Thanks for this, Christine! =D I love that you do these round-ups for *big collection reviews!

  4. Hello Christine,

    Thanks for this post. I myself own a set of the original range of MUFE brushes. At first it got me a bit excited, because they’re the first set of professional brushes I’ve ever owned. However, after some time, I realised that the bristles aren’t as soft as other brands’, such as MAC’s, Sigma’s or DIOR’s. The blush brush I used even got its bristles kinked after a few uses. :(

    That said, the eyeshadow brushes I own do pack a punch, and are great for packing in colour on the lids. They are pokey though, so I don’t really like them.

    This collection here seems really pretty and unique, but I’ll give it a miss. MUFE really needs to up their game in the brushes category, me thinks!

    Roxanne C.

  5. Emi

    I have the wavy crease brush and I like it. As for the residue, is it possible that’s the reason why you are supposed to use the specific brush cleaner by MUFE? In any case, I have not notice it with the #242.

    • If they did, they didn’t mention it in the info/press release that I can remember, and if it was REALLY true, they shot themselves in the foot by not sending the brush cleanser out with their brushes or making some statement like, “Thou shalt not use any other brush cleanser.” I remember when initially encountering this issue that I did search for Sephora for a cleanser from them but didn’t see any. I know when I looked yesterday to finish up the reviews, I saw a travel-sized cleanser.

  6. Crystal Roberts

    I certainly don’t have as many as you. I have 236, 214, 232 and 226. I didn’t have the greasiness issue with any of them. I have been surprising happy with mine.