Innovations in the beauty industry come thick and fast. New technology is constantly evolving and things get more exciting by the day, or at least that’s how it feels like in my office – if you follow me on Instagram ( @DailyCatL ), you’ll know! One of the trends that has recently emerged and instantly changed the beauty game as we know it, has been the introduction of oval makeup brushes, those toothbrush-look-a-likes that are meant to be used on the face and eyes. I certainly realize how wild all of it sounds, but don’t knock it ‘til you try it! Artis is THE brand that began the innovation revolution, putting these brushes on the map. Starting a trend also means more options suddenly appear, with offerings for every budget and appealing to every aesthetic preference under the sun! Some words of caution: not all oval brushes are created equal!
I first saw the Artis oval brushes on YouTube, right before their official launch, and immediately dismissed them as one of those products that might be hot and heavy one minute but gone the next! They didn’t look very practical, had a very unconventional shape for makeup application, storage and traveling, not to mention they also donned a hefty price tag. I was satisfied with my beloved beauty blender and felt nothing could quite achieve the same finish, despite some minor turn-offs (the beauty blender is to be used damp and cleaned quite often, if not with every application, and replaced every few weeks).
But after months of seeing, hearing and watching these Artis brushes warmly embraced by everyone in the beauty community, curiosity got the best of me! Frankly, I wanted to see what the fuss was all about and form an opinion of my own. I was still unsure how I would get along with this futuristic application of makeup (old habits die hard) so I decided instead to opt for some affordable options I came across while browsing the beauty aisles at TJ Maxx. I was quite surprised at the ease to which these oval brushes blended out the product, but found that they used/absorbed way more product than my favorite foundation brushes (the Real Technique Stippling Brush and the Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush No. 56 reviewed here) or a beauty blender. The finish was somewhat similar to that of a beauty blender, but the beauty blender still reigned supreme. At the end of the day, I felt it was like reinventing the wheel with these brushes and voiced my opinion on Instagram. To my surprise, I received an outpour of comments. The online beauty community voiced their opinion: I simply had to try Artis, nothing else compared.
Made from synthetic fibers with microscopically tapered ends, each Artis brush contains 3-10 times as many fibers as conventional brushes. This means densely packed bristles that help blend and buff makeup into natural-looking, air-brushed results regardless of formula (liquid, cream, or powder). The oval shape of the brush head ensures that all fibers are in direct contact with the skin further enhancing the smooth, flawless application. No streaks and no uneven patches! In addition, because of the unique design, less product is needed and thus wasted into the brush. All Artis brushes are man-made, cruelty-free, and incredibly soft, thus making them the perfect tools for even the most sensitive complexions. The handle is light, slick and slightly flexible to allow the brush to conform to your facial curves. The rubbery grips are comfortable to hold and give you more control over the application process. These brushes don’t shed (I repeat, they DO NOT SHED) and are designed to stand the test of time.
The Artis Oval 6 is in my opinion THE most versatile from the entire line. This particular brush works well with any type of liquid and cream formula (I have not yet tested it on powders) and any type of product: primer, foundation, concealer, highlighter, bronzer, blush, and eyeshadows. This brush does it all: it works to apply foundation all over the face, it blends concealer under the eyes and along the sides of the nose, fits perfectly onto the hallows of the cheeks to seamlessly contour, can be used to add a pop of glow to the top of the cheekbones and also works well to buff cream or liquid eyeshadow all over the lids.
How to Use
These oval brushes may look intimidating, but they’re actually very user-friendly. You can apply liquid product directly onto the brush itself, you can dip the brush into the product or dab the product on your face and use the brush to blend. I typically like to dot the product onto my face, using the brush to blend and buff.
How to Clean
These brushes are made to resist excess water and won’t degrade from use of detergents and other brush cleaning formulas. There are detailed video tutorials on how to clean them on the Artis website. I encourage you to watch and decide for yourself. For me, I typically use my own cleaning solution and clean my Artis brush as described here. In the past, I have also used the solid beauty blender cleaner available here. My Artis Oval 6 cleans easily and dries similarly to any other conventional foundation brush. But unlike a conventional brush, it retains its shape without any additional work on my part.
Where to Purchase
Hope you’ve found this post helpful. If you’re in the market for an excellent makeup brush, especially for foundation and concealer application, look no further. Artis is your answer. I also recommend checking out their website and Instagram. They have video tutorials that address any question you might have and their brand representatives are incredibly helpful and responsive. For me, my Artis Oval 6 has completely changed the game when it comes to every day makeup application and I have not looked back since!
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