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Make up for ever – New brushes, first impressions

by Sonia G.

Before you read this post, maybe it’s better you have a look at this one, it will tell you more about the origin and their creator.  Here you will find more info about them, I could not find the english page but at least you can browse and see how many of them will be released…

I understood they will be launched gradually during this year depending on the countries, I got mine in Sephora France, although they don’t have all the range at least I could get a few and see if that would leave me wanting for more…


They are made from synthetic fibers and can be used with cream or powder products.  Although one cannot have a final opinion in one day (I got them yesterday…), I will share my very first impressions.

The handles are made of wood, this will  make some of you very happy.  The ferrule is a smokey silver, the brushes have a more harmonious and elegant appearance with this darker ferrule.


Compared to the Kokutan from Hakuhodo it’s not the same category, I find Hakuhodo more finished but I am not unhappy with the quality of these Make up for ever brushes. Time will tell. You probably notice the junction between the ferrule and the handle, not perfect, but nothing major.

Claudio Riaz’s brushes in comparison were really not finished at all and of terrible quality for their insane price.


The tip of the handle is slanted, this can help for pushing the fake eyelashes into place for example.  The weight is well-balanced, I find some Rae Morris too light and too think to hold, these are fine for my hands. I hope you can have an idea of the length of the handle, these are all approx 15cm long.

mufehandles1The bristles are very soft, absolutely not scratchy at all. I had to stop using my old Make up for ever brushes (the ones with yellowish handles), because they were too rough for my skin. These are  perfectly fine. If you close your eyes, often you won’t tell the difference between squirrel and this material. The face brush I own is not soft like squirrel hair but soft enough. For some reason I prefer the feeling of natural hair than synthetic, that is very personal, at least with some of these eye brushes I won’t be able to tell.


Here you can see the color difference between squirrel (the top Hakuhodo brush) and the Mufe in the middle. The Illamasqua is another type of synthetic hair, entirely black. The 3 are very pleasant to use, but I still prefer the Hakuhodo.


Blush, contour 150 (powder)

I have tried it (only once..) I need more days to give you my final opinion on this one. Although it’s very dense and soft I absolutely prefer an angled natural brush for that purpose.




Blender 236 (powder, cream)

Mine has a little wild hair, so has the Sigma, it’s not a big deal. It does the job really well. I deeply love it and will enjoy it a lot with cream or powder products. I have tried it with both textures but I prefer to use creams with it (Benefit or Mac Paintpots).



Crease 216 (cream, powder)

Works with both textures. I have tried both and this will be my new go-to for cream textures. For reference, much softer than the Bobbi Brown of the old Mufe 14s, but not as soft as the Suqqu.


Smudge/precision 212 (powder)

I don’t really like the point of this brush, I prefer the Suqqu S, the application with the Suqqu will be more even for smudging under the eye for example, probably it’s a matter of personal preference but I find easier to smudge with a “not-too-pointy” point 🙂


Precision 208 (cream, powder)

Amazing. Fantastic little gem, it will be keeping a precious place in my collection. I can use this one with cream and the Tanseido with powder ! The Mufe is much softer than the Hakuhodo or the Mac. Not as soft as the Tanseido (the Tanseido has more flexibility in the bristles) but it’s fantastic with both cream and powder, better with cream actually.


They are not playing a strange sex ritual here, I just couldn’t hold them sideways for the picture 🙂


Precision 210 (cream, powder)

Another little gem ! so soft and efficient. This is also joining my favorites. I don’t really like to use it with  powder because I have tried cream, powder and smudging pencil eyeliner, favorite usage is definitely smudging pencil eyeliner near the lashes, fantastic with cream products too.

Much much softer than the two other options shown here.



Laydown 226 medium (powder, cream) 

I first tried it with powder, I am not a fan, it’s really soft, very soft, although it picks product I am not sure it picks enough (enough for my taste), the application is very soft, softer than with a squirrel brush and I have experienced some fall-out. Still need to experiment. I have reapplied my makeup 5 times today in order to test them but not satisfied so far with powder products, will keep on trying.

Then I tried it with sheer Benefit creams and I love it. I also tried with darker cream textures to see if itwas applying the product evenly (I used Mac Blackground paintpot), the result was totally fine and even, I had to build it up 3 times to get enough coverage (not 100% opaque but enough coverage), then I blended with the MUFE blender and I deeply loved it.

In the description they also mention that professionals use it for the lips or for face coloring, it’s very soft and I can use it on the lips, although too big for precision but depends what you want to do…



Angled brush 172 (cream, powder)

Not sure I like it with powder but loved it with gel eyeliner, I managed to create a winged application easily, not as easy as with the Hakuhodo H005 but easy enough for me.

They also mention to use this one to define the lips. Why not, it’s really soft and very well finished, evenly bundled and very thin. I was looking for this kind of brushes for a long time, all the ones I was finding were either too large or too long, too hard or not evenly bundled at all.





Did they left me wanting for more ?

Some yes, definitely, I would like to see more. I still prefer natural brushes but if I have to recommend you to start with some, I’ll say the 236, 208, 210, 216 and if you like the angled one, the 172. These are going to be favorites for my cream shadows. For powder, I would like to experiment a bit more. If you are looking for synthetic brushes, these are probably the best you could find but also quite expensive.

I nearly skipped these brushes but thanks to my friend (yep, Buggsie… ) here I am again, adding more brushes to my collection (and happy …)

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Buggsiebee 27 February, 2013 - 9:07 pm

Ooops….sorry if I’ve lead you astray 🙂
My first & absolute favourite is the Highlighter brush, then comes the tapered Kabuki for foundation application & the strange ( for me) calligraphy eyeliner brush.
I have sooooo MANY synthetic brushes and these new MUFE fibres are certainly the most advanced. I can’t even vaguely compare my Illamasqua brushes to these nor Hourglass etc. This is truly a step closer to the real hair feeling. I don’t like the MUFE flat brushes much as they are just missing the flexibility and bounce you get from a natural hair brush. For my personal taste, the flat eye brushes are useful only for cream products or concealer, but the fluffier brushes are well worth the money!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 February, 2013 - 9:22 pm

I agree, thanks again 😀
I think I will probably get more but I really want the big paint brush and it’s not yet available here …
Where did you ordered yours ?

Buggsiebee 28 February, 2013 - 5:11 pm

I got all mine online from Sephora.fr .
They didn’t have the big paint brush. MUFE certainly has been creative in their brush design. The range is huge!

Buggsiebee 27 February, 2013 - 9:08 pm

P.S Perhaps I’m the only one, but I am missing the comment feed today.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 February, 2013 - 9:21 pm

Thank you Buggsiebee, it disappeared 😛

cc618 28 February, 2013 - 12:46 am

No, you are not the only one, Buggsiebee. I am so missing the comment feed I feel lost.. 🙁

So glad it’s back now! 🙂

Stacy 27 February, 2013 - 9:38 pm

“Playing a strange sex ritual”… 😀 I love you!
I am going to have to get my hands on some of these.. Buggsiebee had me intrigued and now that I see pics I am even more so. As much as I love the amazing natural hair brushes I have, synthetics definitely have their place

buggsiebee 27 February, 2013 - 9:42 pm

Haha….I has just r

buggsiebee 27 February, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Rats! I had decided mid- scentence NOT to reply on my phone, but my phone had other plans:)
I was laughing because I hadn’t even read SEX ritual, I only read ritual!!
I went back for a re-read because I thought Stacy was oversexed and had read something that wasn’t even there. I’m obviously just too far out of it!! Sorry Stacy ;D

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 February, 2013 - 10:05 pm

poor Stacy, nono, she wouldn’t… 😉

Stacy 27 February, 2013 - 10:24 pm

I beg your pardon Madam Buggsiebee! It was not I doing odd things with latex 😉

Buggsiebee 28 February, 2013 - 5:58 am

I just couldn’t believe that i’d missed that detail 😀
Buggsiebee = boring old fuddy duddy:)

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 February, 2013 - 9:42 pm

yep… specially because the elastic band looks like a latex one 😀

Sylvia 27 February, 2013 - 9:58 pm

It was great to read your comments on the MUFE brushes. As always, you’re very complete and easy to read.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 February, 2013 - 10:04 pm

thanks Sylvia, I don’t have a huge and very useful opinion after one day… but I think some of you might be interested in the pics, I’ll tell you more after a few days !

Emi at Project Swatch 27 February, 2013 - 10:35 pm

I’m glad they’ve improved them somewhat, at least – I also have one of the older yellow-handled ones, and agree that it’s very scratchy (though I do love the shape).

Bea 27 February, 2013 - 10:45 pm

I asked at the MUFE section of our Sephora and was told not to expect them in until the fall 🙁

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 February, 2013 - 6:49 am

If you want anything, I can group an order at sephora.fr, just let me know !

Nikoleta 28 February, 2013 - 12:43 am

I saw today some of them in a small local Sephora, they didn’t have the hole line, I tested with my finger the angled brush, it is bigger and stiffer than I thought. I don’t know if it their cleaner or the fact that everyone put their fingers on it but it seemed a little bit scratchy. That said I’m seriously considering to get the blender eye brush

cc618 28 February, 2013 - 12:51 am

I love the look of 208 and 210. Where can you get these online that will ship internationally?

I am not sure if these are available in my country..

Carina 28 February, 2013 - 3:42 am

Great first impressions post! Very helpful 🙂

May 28 February, 2013 - 3:02 pm

Oh, thank you for this post!
Most of my brushes are synthetics and I’m always on the look-out for new ones. I wasn’t even aware that MUFE would release such an extensive line. It’s really nice to hear that you think the quality is good.
Now I just need to find a way to order them. 🙂

laurence 7 March, 2013 - 5:39 pm

I was about to order the hakuhodo you recommand for cream eye products on your HG brushes article and then you post that!!!! I had to go check on those brushes first!!! I took the alibi to go see my sister at her work as a MUFE shop is right next to it!!! I bought 2: the 236 and the 208!!!! verdict: incredibly soft!!!! I love them so much that I’ve invited my sister to dinner and asked her to go buy the 216+210+226!!!!!My banker is gonna hate me but I don’t care!!! I’ll tell him to go see you if he has any complaints ahahahahaha (and he doesn’t know yet that I ordered the suqqu ex13 yesterday)!!!!!What the F…..!!!!!! I’m single and I need comfort: it’s either that or chocolate!!!
hope you’re great Sonia and thank you again for everything! And hi to all the rest of the girls soniaholic

Sweet Make Up Temptations 7 March, 2013 - 6:15 pm

😀 😀 😀 can’t stop laughing here !
and you know what ? I have been using them and I am addicted to 216 and 210, I found the most perfect way to apply all my stick eyeshadows (laura mercier, by terry, trish mcevoy, bobbi brown).
If I apply them with these brushes they are just absolutely stunning ! the application is softer, more natural, more easily blended and diffused, and I can play with gradation effects so easily !
I can tell your banker you need these brushes 😀
bit busy, preparing a big project at work but so glad you are here, you are all my comfort and I can use some right now 🙂

Sylvia 8 March, 2013 - 1:51 am

All the best, Sonia.
Your blog has been a real life changer for me.

Stylishly Organic 15 May, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Hi! Was looking for info on these brushes and stumbled on this post. Very informative! Have you tried the brushes by Cozzette or OCC by any chance? People say those are great too. Wonder how they compare….. (btw, just sold all my old brushes and getting an entire new set 🙂

Sweet Make Up Temptations 15 May, 2013 - 8:07 pm

Hi, I just tried the OCC but they aren’t soft enough (as far as I remember…) but could not play with them for a long time unfortunately 🙁 if I find them in Japan (who knows) I will tell you…
let us know what you get then 😉

Stylishly Organic 16 May, 2013 - 3:37 pm

That is interesting. Everyone claims they are super soft (and that Cozzette and OCC) are very similar. I am getting more and more tempted by the MUFE ones!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 17 May, 2013 - 6:02 pm

The little thick eye brushes from MUFE are must haves if you work a lot with cream/pencil to buff or apply, I don’t love them for powder but for paintpots, creams, Ellis Faas, etc they are amazing !

Katya 20 May, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Hello! Is true that these brushes should be washed only with that special brush cleanser and nothing else?

MissMagic 3 September, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Hi, I’m torn between Illamasqua Blush 2 Brush (the angled one) and the 150 MUFE one. Which one do you prefere? Which is more fuller, denser?

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 7 September, 2014 - 8:33 pm

I prefer the Illamasqua.. The Mufe is firmer but the Illamasqua bristles are finer and has a better and more multipurpose use, density is approx the same.

MissMagic 14 September, 2014 - 12:32 am

Thank you very much!


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