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Whenever a shipment of beauty samples come to the office, I'm always the one person who jumps to check out the brushes before anything else. As many makeup artists have told me throughout the years, products are only as good as the tools you use to apply them with. Anyone who has tried on lipstick using a brush at the beauty counter--and then failed to create that same flawless finish at home--knows what I mean.
So when a bag of Artis brushes landed on my desk a few weeks ago, I immediately volunteered to take them for a test drive. Founder Matthew Waitesmith, who spent over 16 years at MAC Cosmetics, eventually leading their entire Artist Training and Development program, took all his learnings from working with every beauty product under the sun to develop a collection of brushes designed to transform how makeup is applied. For starters, the brushes are made with an engineered fiber, especially designed to apply, distribute, and blend products for the smoothest application. Each brush also has, on average, 3 to 10 times as many individual fibers as most other brushes to help grip and deposit powders. Upon picking up the biggest brush in the collection (Artis Elite Oval 10), I immediately noticed the density of the brush head, and found it to be especially great for setting powder, buffing foundation, blending highlighter, and even applying moisturizer! The bristles are so soft, in fact, that I often just catch myself brushing my face for no reason while sitting at my desk.
Head specifications aside, the brushes also boasts a unique handle and design, which is created for a more ergonomic application and better control. The mirrored brush stem adds a luxe feel to the collection, while a special rubber section gives better grip. Applying makeup using Artis brushes is a bit different than what you may be used to, but they're actually pretty intuitive and the results speak for themselves.
- ArtisBrush.com, $24-$62