I recently saw a youtube video of Chloe Morello who mentioned using the Artis Brushes, which are different to anything I have seen on the market. I was instantly interested and headed over to net-a-porter.com to investigate. The set Chloe Morello mentioned weighs in at a hefty $611 for the Artis Brush’s ‘Digit’ collection which is pretty out of reach for the non-professional makeup addict, and I wanted to see it there was a “drugstore” equivalent to this. Then, like an oasis in the dessert, Gloss in the Queen Victoria Building, in Sydney CBD where I work has a dupe of a few of the brushes., starting from $14.95. Now I’m not saying it is as good, but to try the concept these are perfect. I purchased the BYS
The BYS brushes in this line, start at $14.95. Now I’m not saying it is as good, but to try the concept these are perfect. I purchased the BYS Oval Foundation Brush for $24.95, BYS Oval Concealer Brush for $14.95 and BYS Oval Contour Brush for $19.95 so that I could try out the idea of a front facing brush. The synthetic densely packed fibres are incredibly soft, and being synthetic they have a non-porous “hair” shaft, so they clean easily and don’t harbour bacteria (as natural fur brushes do). Apart from that, I am a vegetarian, so don’t support fur brushes.
I used the brushes this morning, and they are fantastic for foundation. The most smooth application of foundation I have had in a long time. (I must say though, I have reverted to using the L’Oreal True Match Foundation again, since the Too Faced Born This Way did not live up to my expectations.)
The foundation was a breeze to blend, as well as the concealer (using Chanel Concealer after trying the Laura Mercier Concealer (which is a total fail IMO – sets too quickly to blend and impossible to blend once it sets), and I used the Contour brush for Cream Blush (Stila Lip and Cheek Creme) and Luminizer (Nude By Nature Stick Luminizer). All applied flawlessly and lasted pretty well on a crazily hot day in the city. The BYS brushes are a winner all round on price and quality of the actual brush. The only real difference I can see it the Artis brushes are much more elegant looking.
I’m not sure how the Artis brushes differ, but I am intrigued to try these when I have the cash.
This beautiful looking set is available from net-a-porter.com for $611AUD for the 10 piece set. Individually the Artis Brush Elite Smoke Oval 7 Brush is $77 so it gives you an idea of the price difference. The Artis are like buying a Mercedes and the BYS are like buying an entry level Mazda Hatch. The both do the same thing, but Artis are very chic and stylish while they do it.
Go forth and be beautiful!