Rae Morris – my thoughts on the new set
As you may already know, I had several quality and design issues with the first set I bought from Rae Morris. I talked to them and they were really kind and sent me a new set to replace it, I also have to say that since this time it came from Australia, I had to pay an extra 200 usd only as additional taxes. These taxes have been added although the set already included 65 usd worth of taxes in its price. A total of 265 usd of taxes on a set worth 650 usd… that hurts.
Here is the link for the pictures of the first Rae Morris set I bought some time ago.
Today, I will show you the first pictures of the second set I received yesterday, the one I was hoping to get the first time I ordered with Rae Morris. It’s a shame I did not receive that first set before, and it’s sad I had to pay an additional 200 usd for it. Other than that, I am happy with this new set, I will start using the brushes as of today and will update this post or create a new one once I have had the chance to use these new brushes a bit more.
If you look at the pictures, you can see tiny little white labels that I have put on the old set, I did that in order to distinguish both sets. Well actually, I could not mix them because the quality difference between the two is just high enough for me to immediately recognize which brush came in which set ! There is only one brush that is of similar quality in the two sets.
In the pictures, the brushes with the tiny labels are the ones from the old set, the brushes without the label are the new ones.
The main reason why I am happy today is because the shapes of these brushes are now the same shape as the ones on her website, which was not always the case before. I totally understand that these are handmade brushes and from recycle bamboo handles, therefore each brush is different but when you want a special brush shape, even made by hand, you should get the design you were specially looking forward to.
24. All over powder
The shape of the new brush is bigger, fluffier, it just looks better. The only problem is that it rattles, the old one didn’t.
23. Micro-Fibre Foundation
The old one is terrible, it sheds like crazy and I can’t use it, but the new one is great and I love it. This is the brush I was really expecting to receive the first time I placed my order.
I have already washed it and used it today with my new RBR foundation, the application was soft, even and beautiful, I couldn’t stop buffing because it felt like a feather, or a cat’s paw if you prefer… It did not shed at all. After I applied my foundation with this brush, I took the old one to see if it was still shedding, I confirm, the old one is still shedding long black fine hairs and they stick to my face. I am relieved that I got this brush, I can see myself using it regularly.
I used it this morning and even though I took my bike to go to work, after a 40 minutes ride and the helmet pressure, my foundation is still evenly applied, I can actually wear foundation under a full-head helmet, if the foundation is correctly applied it will not transfer and since the inside of my helmet is washable, I can also take it off and wash it .. I ride a white BMW GS 800 for those who wonder…
The handle quality is also improved, the varnish is thicker in the new set and they don’t look so “damaged”.
These are two completely different brushes :
22. Pro powder
I was also really expecting to receive this big white brush in the first set. Instead I got the black 22 that sheds like crazy. This new white powder brush feels softer than the black, is more pointy and more well-shaped, you can see how it’s nice and round on the sides. It’s also dense and multi-purpose, picks a lot of product and blends well. For those who wonder if this is as soft as the Tom Ford, no, it isn’t but it’s really difficult to do better than TF and it’s not the same price too.
1. Deluxe Kabuki
As you see, the new one is more rounded and well-assembled, better hair quality too (sorry my old one is dirty in the picture) :
2. Mini Kabuki
Exactly the same situation as above, can you see how the shape is so much better designed and the hair well assembled ?
It’s also a little bit thicker.
21. Deluxe buffer
Exactly the same brushes, same quality.
25. Foundation / angle contour
I was expecting the one that is shown on her website, but I got the same as before. The one she has on her website is more pointy and that would be more interesting, it’s a matter of preference…
26. Fan highlighter
Not much difference except for the hair shape.
5. Flawless shader
The new one looks properly finished, more rounded, more even, the old one doesn’t really make you want to use it.
3. Ultimate cheek-bone
Same as above, in the new brush the hair has the shape and the spring I was expecting. The old one is a bit too firm and irregular.
4. Square kabuki
Again, better shape.
7. Deluxe precision shader
More pointy but other than that, both are nice.
8. Medium precision shader
More pointy and thin.
9. Detail precision shader
Two different brushes in my opinion. I did not find the old one to be reflecting the one she is selling… now it’s better.
10. Tapered oval shadow
The shape is a bit more well-designed and arranged but both are fine.
11. Medium oval shadow
There isn’t much difference but the shape of the new one is more interesting although a bit different from the one pictures on her website. Nice little brushes.
12. Chiseled smudger
Excellent little brushes, I cannot see much difference between the two. Only that the new one feels slightly softer.
13. Deluxe eyeliner
The big difference is that the old one is harder and therefore not very comfortable to use.
14. Perfect eyeliner
Exactly the same opinion as above…
16. Angle brow and mascara definer
The look alike but the brow side is softer and thinner in the new brush.
17. Mascara applicator
18. Eyebrow brush
Same except for the name that is printed on the new one and not the old one.
20. Concealer brush
I just could not use the old one, there is something weird, it’s too hard and hurts a little bit. You can see that the bristles quality is different. The size of the brush is a bit different (shorter) but that’s not important.
6. Deluxe blender
The shape is perfect, the new one is better assembled, both are soft and nice to use.
15. Precision bent liner
I haven’t use the new one yet but the old one there is no way I could. Too hard and it hurts, the new feels a bit softer.
19. Lip brush
It’s not rounded as mentioned on her website but that’s not important to me, I prefer to have a square one. I can switch the concealer or the lip brush when I want to…
I absolutely could not use the old lip brush, it had something in the bristles that hurt really bad. This new one is softer and does not hurt at all.
Overall, the quality is improved. The ferrules have a better finishing, same for the handles, the bristles and shapes are often much better in the new brushes. I feel bad to have reviewed a set that was different in quality, but at least you know that there could be a difference, then you have to contact them if you feel that the quality of your brushes is not acceptable.
What I find surprising is that you are not always receiving the brushes you think you ordered and that’s not fair, the quality between the same brushes should be consistent whatever the brand.
I hope you found this useful, if you have any questions.. don’t hesitate !
I started using these brushes and so far I am happier today than I was with my first set, which is not very difficult because some of them were not good at all. I will keep you informed in a few days about these new brushes.
I will also link here Lizzi’s post about her RM set, it’s always interesting to see what other buyers have experienced, and her post is full of info and I feel a bit like her…
I think it’s fantastic when the brush designer, in this case Rae Morris, is able to share and talk to us directly about her brushes, but it’s a bit delicate when this kind of issues emerge, I feel bad for Rae Morris but I feel worst for the people that have saved for a long time in order to be able to get what they thought to be an extraordinary set of brushes.
UPDATE August 16th, 2012
Since I have a set that is now reflecting the true quality of the brushes she is selling, I will just let you know what brushes I am loving and would repurchase :
The Radiance (I have two…I cannot live without it)
The 23 but the WHITE one ! absolutely loving it, I don’t understand why she has changed it ! It feels divine !
The 22, same comment as above, why has she changed this brush ??? the WHITE brush is perfect !!!
The 7, 8, and 9 : nice, soft and pointy, quite unique.
The 10, 11 : good brushes, The 12 : excellent.
The 6 : a very nice highlighter or multipurpose, very soft and nicely shaped.
The 2 white kabukis, the small and the deluxe, great brushes.
I don’t understand why she is not recalling the brushes that rattle, I find this upsetting (even if she made them herself.. sorry…) and therefore I don’t even like to reach for it. But that’s just my opinion, also the fact that they are magnetized upsets me too and only because of that, I don’t reach for her brushes as much as I would…
The other brushes from this set are ok and I can now use them, but I think I would have preferred to buy them little by little and separately… buying the whole set is not a good value for money in my case.