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Test Drive: Meet The Brush That’s Replacing The Beauty Blender

I'm sorry Beauty Blender, but we may be headed for a break up. It's not you, it's me.

Makeup is so interesting. You meet one thing, think it’s the best thing in the world and swear you’ll use it to the end of days – until the next “best thing” comes along, that is, and you forget your vows and switch loyalties.

I was introduced to the Beauty Blender back in February. (Yes, I was a little late to the party, but better late than never, yeah?) The moment I saw how it held on to liquid foundations without absorbing too much of the product, I was sold. One fat, teardrop-shapped sponge for apply foundations, powders and other cream-based products without streaking, what’s not to like?

Then came the third party, the “other” brush. I was going about my usual makeup routine one fine June day whilst watching a makeup tutorial when I noticed something. The makeup artist in the video wasn’t using a Beauty Blender. Doesn’t everyone use a Beauty Blender? Instead, she used a shiny brush-on-a-stick thing that, at first glance, looked like an extremely fancy dishwashing brush. Intrigued, I started Googling.

The brush in question came from Artis and they didn’t just have one brush-on-a-stick, they had an entire range. Big, fat, small, skinny – take your pick. Excited by the thought of what this huge brush could do for my face, I bought the Mirror Oval 8 (shop it here) and the smaller Mirror Oval 4 (shop it here) to put to the test.

Wow. Just wow. I know it looks intimidating. The fact that you’re supposed to glide and not pat the brushes over your skin makes it even more so. But that is exactly why it is so magical. I use the Oval 8 for my whole face and not only does it blend super quickly and leave zero streaks despite being a brush, it is so soft and gentle on the skin. It is probably weird to describe a brush as soothing and comfortable, but that is what the Artis brush feels like. Like a massage. I find that Artis brushes really set liquid foundations into the skin better than sponges like the Beauty Blender, which means your makeup stays put on your face longer.

It is the same with the Mirror Oval 4, which I use for concealing spots and dark circles. It is much larger and rounder than most concealer brushes, but man, it does the job. No creases, no streaks and no visible unblended concealer on the skin. Sorcery, I tell you. And it gets better – when it comes to cleaning these Artis brushes, just take a piece of tissue paper, rub it very gently over the bristles and you’re done.

Okay, I’ll admit – I still use my Beauty Blenders for blending products like cream bronzers and when I’m travelling. But just know this BB, I’m not saving all my love for you anymore.


Main Image: Artis Mirror Oval 8 Brush/Artis (Psst, we just got Facebook. Like us over here, maybe?)

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