A look into beauty, that doesn't harm our furry friends
I have two new brushes I’ve added to my collection, both from Sephora. I never would of given their brushes a glance if it wasn’t for my Sephora Birthday Makeover back in March. The makeup artist used solely Sephora Pro Collection brushes, and I was very impressed with a few of them. After asking about the brushes themselves, I found out that they were made with synthetic bristles, which is perfect for a cruelty free gal like me. In comparison to Real Techniques and EcoTools, both brushes are very unique as there aren’t similar ones in either line. Let’s get right into the review of them!
The brush I was especially impressed with during my birthday makeover was the #49 Pro Angled Blush Brush. My only other blush brush was one from Real Techniques, which is definitely a more larger-coverage tool. In contrast, this angled brush has a smaller head which helps with more precise blush placement. Plus, it can multitask, tackling your contour needs along with highlighting. It’s a very dense brush, but the feel of the bristles is incredibly soft. This actually is the softest brush I own!
With my latest foundation purchase, I noticed the associate applied it with a brush just like this. I only have a buffing brush for foundation, so I was intrigued with how the look would turn out. The result really came out to a flawless finish! I knew I had to make it mine, but the associate was using a brush from Makeup Forever, a company that overall isn’t cruelty free. I wandered over to the pro collection brushes again, and found a “dupe” for it. Since my new foundation (the Hourglass Immaculate) is a little more on the liquidy-side, it’s easier to apply with a blush that’s flat and thin. If you use a buffing brush, you might loose a lot of product in the brush itself! I’m no brush expect, but my guess is that since the end of the brush is tapered, as you swipe across your face, you’re getting all the different cuts of bristles gliding across your face, preventing as much streaking as possible along with evenly placing the foundation along your skin. Real Techniques does have a Pointed Foundation Brush, but from the research I’ve done the brush is a lot smaller in comparison to this, which means more strokes for foundation application. Plus, the RT brush’s pointed tip is rather predominant, where as the Sephora Pro Foundation Brush is a more rounded cut along the end.
The extra bonus is that the brushes come with a cap that covers and protects the bristles! I kind of wish all brushes did this, as I am a slight worry wart about dust collecting on my brushes as they stand upright in my holder.
If some of you are wondering if Sephora brushes are cruelty free, I’m happy you challenged the idea! In no way is my write-up a final say in the matter. Sephora products are kind of a touchy subject, as they have retailers set up in China. Furthermore, they sell their own personal line in countries that require animal testing, so this would rule out any cosmetics fitting under cruelty free. Yet for me, brushes are a different matter, as they are made of synthetic bristles. In no way is this really a black or white situation- the brushes fall in the grey area. If I didn’t buy any of my products from Sephora, I most likely wouldn’t buy their brushes either. Yet I shop there all the time, and I enjoy the service I receive along with the quality of products I walk out with. Even if there are other brands that carry similar brushes (which for these two, I haven’t found very easily), I have been able to test the quality and get a real feel for these in the store, which usually is very influential in the final say for me. Plus, I initially investigated my two favorite brush brands Real Techniques and EcoTools first to see if they had similar styles in their line, which unfortunately was a no. In the end, it’s you who makes the final decision on grey matters like this. Stick to your values! Ok, rant over, sorry to get all preachy! ❤
#49 Pro Angled Blush Brush $32 USD at Sephora
#47 Pro Foundation Brush $28 USD at Sephora