Saturday, May 14, 2011

Edward Bess Luxury Eye and Face Brushes


There are two types of beauty products I rarely buy without trying in person first: foundation and makeup brushes. I've read rave reviews on the Luxury Eye Brush ($40) and Face Brush ($56) on The Non-Blonde, Visionary Beauty, Blogdorf Goodman and Makeupalley, but still had to feel and test these in person before buying (even though everything else I have from EB has been purchased sight unseen). When I met Edward last month, I went to the Beverly Hills Neimans with a mental note to try three things: the eye brush, face brush and foundation. Here are my thoughts on his brushes.

Both are beautifully packaged in black boxes. The handles are both metal and the perfect size around to fit easily in the hand for convenient application. The designs are sleek and functional. The brush heads are dense but flexible. According to product info on the web, both are made of natural hairs. I've read reviews on other blogs that the brushes they have were made in France. Both of mine indicate that they are handcrafted in China - I know this might be a concern to many of you. I have not tested or seen the France-made brushes so I cannot compare mine. However, the ones I have are of excellent quality (ie, no shedding or color bleeding when I washed them like some brushes do, also the shape is even and well crafted).


The Luxury Eye Brush is something I think is best suited for an all over wash. Many of you probably use brushes this shape for your crease area. I have no crease so I tend to use these as a blender brush or for an all over wash of color. If you're new to brushes and looking for something in this category, I highly recommend you get the EB over any other brush this shape. The brush is dense enough so it allows control. Some loose brushes simply don't have enough density (enough hairs) resulting in a loose floppy type of brush that provides no control. Others are either too stiff or too soft preventing you from picking up enough product to get a decent application which may require multiple dips into your shadows and swipes on the lids to get enough to show up. I find Edward Bess's Luxury Eye Brush to be the perfect density and texture (not too soft but not pokey) to get a good even application. Since my eye lids are smaller and do not have creases, this takes up a big chunk of my eye. It is a versatile brush though. When EB did my makeup, he used 1 brush to apply 2 colors (Mirage all over and Storm just 1/2 way up the lid). For my own personal application, I prefer to use more than 1 brush so I don't mix colors and get them muddy, but EB's makeup skills are far superior to mine. I look forward to more brushes from his line!


Shown next to his Dusk and Storm Eyeshadow so you can gauge the size of the head:

* Wearing Chanel Django, reviewed here before

Compared next to other eye makeup brushes with similar shapes: L to R Edward Bess, Stila, MAC, Trish McEvoy, Stila (double ended), Laura Mercier (this is the one LM brush I actually don't love), MAC and Chanel


The Luxury Face Brush by Edward Bess is another winner. I've had a number of kabuki brushes from other lines such as Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier and MAC - all of which I liked but are at opposite extremes in texture. The Bobbi Brown is by far the softest and I love to use this for powder application. The Laura Mercier Face brush was too harsh of a texture for my face, it had good application for bronzer, but wasn't my favorite.

Edward Bess's falls right in between for softness. The best part is the handle is slightly longer which makes it easier to hold. I have super small fingers to begin with, but find the BB sometimes difficult to grasp easily. I imagine those with normal sized fingers might find it difficult to hold something that short as well. So far, I've only used the Luxury Face Brush with bronzer. It picks up just the right amount of product so you don't need to tap off any excess before applying to the face.


Next to Edward Bess's Daydream Bronzer:


Next to Bobbi Brown's Face Brush (yes, it's not fully cleaned, the lightness is due to powder residue):


Overall love. Spending about $100 on 2 brushes is definitely an ouch to the wallet upfront, but these two brushes are purchases I highly recommend. These are what I would call "no regrets" products.

Finding the right tools is important because good tools make all the difference for application. I have some brushes that are over 10 years old from MAC and Trish McEvoy - all of which I love. For the eye brush, I believe the EB is the best in its category for shape/size. The face brush is great as well - I have not tried kabuki brushes extensively so I can't compare it to other brands, but I think it's a great quality brush.

11 comments:

  1. Hey! Glad to know you are enjoying both brushes. Long ago, on the recommendation of Eileen here in the comment section of your blog, I picked up the luxury face brush. It is now one of my favorite brushes, I use it mostly for bronzer, especially EB's Desert Sun and it gives the most amazing application ever, smooth and no harsh lines. Edward used it with his powder blush on me and told me that he uses it for the compact rouge as well... quite the multi-tasker!

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  2. I have both EB brushes too and I love them! I reach for them first before my MAC or Chanel brushes.

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  3. What nail polish are you wearing in the 4th picture from the top? It looks like the most perfect nude nail polish color! Thank you for all your wonderful reviews and all the different cosmetic brands out there! you do such a wonderful job!

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  4. Those are such beautiful brushes. They're really striking and look as luxurious as they sound.

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  5. I am so into brushes these days! Thanks for introducing us another quality range of brushes. I would totally buy them in a heartbeat if they weren't made in China...I would like to make sure the hairs are sourced ethically..do I think too much..:-P

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  6. Hi Lakshmi; Hi Sabrina,

    Lakshmi, I'm so glad that you got and love the EB Luxuary Face Brush. For quality and design it just can't be beat. And, as you said, it is such an outstanding multi-tasker: finishing powder, bronzer, blush, sculpting powder, highlighting powder, you name it :-) I find I use it every day. Soft and beautifully shaped, it has just enough density to pick up the right amount of product and apply it smoothly and evenly without disturbing the foundation. And, after two years of daily use, it has not shed a single hair. That says a lot about the quality of this brush. Have you gotten the Luxuary Eye brush yet? That's another daily use brush of the same great craftsmanship that makes the face brush so special.

    Sabrina, that was a great review and, as always, the comparison pictures are so very helpful. You put a lot of thought into your reviews and it shows.

    I originally got my eye brush as a GWP (Now, that's a great gift!) and, after using it for a week, I called Bergdorf's and ordered the face brush. The only thing that prevents me from getting a second eyeshadow brush is the hope that EB will expand his offerings. I'd love to see him come out with a crease brush along the lines of Chanel's #3. I'd buy it in an instant.

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  7. Hi Eileen and Sabrina! Yes, I have gotten the eye brush as well and love it. The thing that sold me was when Jennifer at the EB counter at Bergdorf's executed the most effortless smokey eye in 2 minutes flat using Soft Smoke Trio and the eye brush-- perfect! What I love about the brush is that it is dense enough to be both an all over brush as well as firm and not-floppy enough for crease work. Love! :)
    Thanks for the recommendation Eileen!

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  8. I have just ordered this off zuneta and am waiting for my order come! I'm looking forward to using it although I hope its not too big for me!

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  9. I agree. I have recently started using brushes and boy do they make a difference!

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  10. All my lovely reader comments were deleted. Here they are from what I have on record:

    @Lakshmi - Hey! Glad to know you are enjoying both brushes. Long ago, on the recommendation of Eileen here in the comment section of your blog, I picked up the luxury face brush. It is now one of my favorite brushes, I use it mostly for bronzer, especially EB's Desert Sun and it gives the most amazing application ever, smooth and no harsh lines. Edward used it with his powder blush on me and told me that he uses it for the compact rouge as well... quite the multi-tasker!

    @Beth - I have both EB brushes too and I love them! I reach for them first before my MAC or Chanel brushes.

    @Minaxi - What nail polish are you wearing in the 4th picture from the top? It looks like the most perfect nude nail polish color! Thank you for all your wonderful reviews and all the different cosmetic brands out there! you do such a wonderful job!

    @The Kindly One - Those are such beautiful brushes. They're really striking and look as luxurious as they sound.

    @Rei - I am so into brushes these days! Thanks for introducing us another quality range of brushes. I would totally buy them in a heartbeat if they weren't made in China...I would like to make sure the hairs are sourced ethically..do I think too much..:-P

    @Eileen - Hi Lakshmi; Hi Sabrina,

    Lakshmi, I'm so glad that you got and love the EB Luxuary Face Brush. For quality and design it just can't be beat. And, as you said, it is such an outstanding multi-tasker: finishing powder, bronzer, blush, sculpting powder, highlighting powder, you name it :-) I find I use it every day. Soft and beautifully shaped, it has just enough density to pick up the right amount of product and apply it smoothly and evenly without disturbing the foundation. And, after two years of daily use, it has not shed a single hair. That says a lot about the quality of this brush. Have you gotten the Luxuary Eye brush yet? That's another daily use brush of the same great craftsmanship that makes the face brush so special.

    Sabrina, that was a great review and, as always, the comparison pictures are so very helpful. You put a lot of thought into your reviews and it shows.

    I originally got my eye brush as a GWP (Now, that's a great gift!) and, after using it for a week, I called Bergdorf's and ordered the face brush. The only thing that prevents me from getting a second eyeshadow brush is the hope that EB will expand his offerings. I'd love to see him come out with a crease brush along the lines of Chanel's #3. I'd buy it in an instant.

    @Baby in a corner - I have just ordered this off zuneta and am waiting for my order come! I'm looking forward to using it although I hope its not too big for me!

    @Lakshmi - Hi Eileen and Sabrina! Yes, I have gotten the eye brush as well and love it. The thing that sold me was when Jennifer at the EB counter at Bergdorf's executed the most effortless smokey eye in 2 minutes flat using Soft Smoke Trio and the eye brush-- perfect! What I love about the brush is that it is dense enough to be both an all over brush as well as firm and not-floppy enough for crease work. Love! :)
    Thanks for the recommendation Eileen!

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  11. Hello Sabrina,

    Firstly, let me say I love your blog!!! I am also a loyal thenonblonde reader. Between the both of you I have become obsessed with Edward Bess products. Just last week I caved and purchased the daydream bronzer. It is everything you and Gaia say it is and a bag of chips :) I must agree with you on the luxury eye brush. I have very large lid space and it is all I need to complete any look. It is divine. Today, the face brush will be mine. Thank you for all of your hard work. Please know all your effort is enjoyed and appreciated.

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