When I first saw this brush I knew it had to be mine, I am way too curious to resist innovations and new designs when this applies to make up brushes.
I received it last week thanks to my friend Lo from France, this brush is only available at the (or some) french Make Up For Ever boutiques at this moment but I received a reply from GuruMakeupEmporium and they said they will have the full range in stock in about two weeks from now.
I used it every day since I got it in order to be able to review it, I was actually hoping for a wider brush with a wider surface and wasn’t sure I was using it the best way, I was “just” happy with it but I wanted better results or an easier and faster application technique so I called the boutique in France and asked for recommendations.
They told me there isn’t a special technique, that we can use it 90° against the skin, or just like a painter would paint a canvas [eyes wide open here => I have no clue how to do that]. So let’s go to Youtube watch a few videos shall we… I found this video about Ron Ranson and the Hake brush, I visualized it a few times, just to make sure I had enough images imprinted in my little brain to try to reproduce the movements on my face in front of the mirror. It does help to keep that in mind and it is fun, so fun that I am seriously enjoying the process and I am getting distracted by it, but for me it’s not the best brush to apply foundation, it’s more time consuming and requires more work. It is the beginning though and experience comes with practice, so we’ll see how this evolves in a few weeks from now…
After using it for a few days in a row I realized that my technique changed, at the begining I was using it 90°, in swiping motions, today I use it holding it 45-60° against my skin, starting with 4 or 5 long strokes from the nose towards the checkbones, 3 long strokes in my forehead, a few along the chin from the lips towards the neck, once I finish the placing the product I blend with short strokes and not much pressure to avoir skin abrasion. The hair is soft but still quite firm, I can place, apply and blend the foundation with it but to be honest I prefer the Radiance, Fu-pas or the Houkudou.
- It’s meant for application of foundation and base makeup for face or body.
- Claims to deliver a fast and even application.
- Can be used with liquids, creams, powders.
- Synthetic, no Latex based.
- Products associated : Wet makeup or Pure Pigments (artistic range).
Total length : 19cm
Base of ferrule : 4.8cm
Hair length : 2.1cm
Hair width : 1cm
It performs well and delivers a nice even application but it’s too thin in my opinion, a slightly wider surface and more flexible bristles would probably be something I would enjoy more.
It requires some work, compared to the Rae Morris Radiance it’s miles away due to the additional quantity of strokes you need to get a flawless and even coverage.
I actually found a more useful role for this brush than foundation application. When I use the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate I often place the product too far down the cheekbones, with this brush I have better control on the application, it fits just inside the pan and it’s length places the product exactly where I want it on my cheekbones :
and both sides will have the same amount of product and length :
I dab the brush once in the TF, then I push it into the skin, unfortunatelly then I have to blend with another brush, I don’t find this brush to be an useful and efficient blender for the Tom Ford.
To have a better idea of the length, here is how it would fit around the nose :
Although it’s a synthetic and extremely fun brush to have, that improves my painting skills by the way – more in a house-renovation objective than a canvas painting one – in my humble opinion there are much better, faster, easier foundation brushes out there today.
Interesting brush. Are the bristles similar to the Shiseido?
no they aren’t, the Shiseido are a bit more gentle with my skin, the Shiseido are more slick and thin and densely packed but I will double check that again tonight and report back to you 🙂
Thanks Sonia! I think the brush might be a bit too big for my taste but who knows, I have been known to buy brushes just because I don’t have anything like it in my collection lol.
although both brushes are synthetic,they feel very different, the Mufe is more similar to “cuticule-like” hair, they would trap more product. The bristles don’t look very attractive and sleek like the Shiseido. The Shiseido is like a mass of hair with less flexibility..
Hmmm that’s interesting. Now am curious to feel the texture lol. Thanks!
The first thing I thought of when I saw this brush was how much it looked like a paint brush haha! It does look lovely for the S&I. I rediscovered that this morning as I’d been neglecting it in favour of Chanel Notorious, and didn’t know which brush to use 🙁 This looks interesting though but I’m not sure if I’d use it for anything else!
And thank you for pointing out Guru Makeup Emporium – I think they ship to Australia so maybe I will other some of the other MUFE brushes sometime!
Paint brush was my first thought too 😀 Nothing for my routine but very interesting 😉
yes, my boyfriend is eyeing it for the window(s) renovation 😀
Wayne told me about Guru Makeup Emporium just a few days ago actually 🙂
I sent them an email and they replied extremely fast !
1) you’re welcome!!!
2) I’m not surprised by your review! When I had it in my hand, it felt too big for me!! na d it’s funny but I prefer a round brush for foundation!!! and since your HG post, I’m dying to try one of the Fus
I can’t wait to receive the Billy Bs!!!!
have fun everybody
Thank you Laurence for your help !
I am having so much fun with it but in terms of efficiency I do prefer the fu-pas..
I really want to see the look my relatives will give me when I’ll try to do their makeup with this brush 😀
Thank you for introducing this brush to me. At first I thought the shape is a bit weird for a face brush but after reading your comments on using this with Tom Ford shade and illuminate, I find it make so much sense and it makes me want to find this brush and get it. I hope I’d be able to find this soon 🙂
It is weird, not the most essential brush and best performer but fun to use !
I’ll let you know if they have it in Sephora but when I called them, they didn’t seem to know that the collection they have might not include the special “pinceaux peintres”, so we’ll see !
If you read this just let me know before tomorrow ! 🙂
Breaks my heart you got this first lol 😉 you bugger!!!! I’m still waiting here in the UK – DAMN IT! x
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Tomorrow I will go to Sephora but I don’t think they have all the collection, they might have only the ones showing on their .fr website.
If you want me to get some for you please just let me know.
If they have the 412 I’ll anyway pick 1 or 2 in case somebody wants it.
I need a second 216, 236, 210, they blend anything and for thick cream textures I am enjoying them so much !
I want that weird looking 400 eyeliner brush like the one in Buggsie’s pics, but they told me in the fall for Canada booooo! >.< 🙁
Bea, I’ll check tomorrow if they have it in Sephora France, if they do, do you want me to take it for you ?
Oh no no Sonia! I have told myself I can at least make the effort to wait to acquire this one brush. Besides, I keep thinking that you’re going to post something else and I’m going to want that even more and I will keep thinking that I could have spent that money on it instead of the MUFE 400 lol! Thank you so much for the offer though. 🙂 🙂
😀 No problem Bea ! I hope my little trip to Sephora tomorrow will be reasonable (it has to be anyway) 😉