Sephora Pro Brushes – Photos and Review
I am really excited to write about these amazing brushes that I was lucky enough to receive in my TMS NY swag bag last weekend, straight from Sephora’s new Pro collection. These brushes are, hands down, some of the best I’ve ever used – and that is pretty high praise because I’m not afraid to splurge on some high quality brushes. I think if there’s anywhere you should invest your money into when it comes to makeup, it’s getting yourself some quality brushes that will last you a life-time. Thankfully, Sephora has come out with a line of brushes targeted at professional makeup artists that are affordable enough for the day-to-day consumer.
Brushes from the Sephora Pro Collection are all hand-made by artisans – I watched a video loop at The Makeup Show that they had playing at the Sephora booth, and these brushes are literally hand-made with synthetic and natural hairs, from beginning to end with love and care. The wooden handles are dipped in black lacquer nine times for a glossy finish, and the lettering is etched so that it will never fade or rub off.
Above is a picture of one of the brushes with the cap still on it, to protect the brush from wear and tear – I can’t tell you how many of my brushes get damaged just from being in my bag for too long, so I am really thankful for these caps. I do have to say that when I originally started opening up these brushes, they had plastic vacuum-sealed around each of the caps and it took me SO long to peel them off. I had the liberty of talking with Marisa Hamilton, Sephora Collection Education Manager, and she told me that they purposely over-did the vacuum-sealing so that customers could not tamper with the new products in-store. I think that’s fantastic, even though I did give myself a boo-boo peeling open one of my brushes. Sometimes, I go into Sephora and the displays are an absolute mess because customers go in there and just open all the new products to test.
Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush #56
The Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush #56 is made with short synthetic hairs that are densely packaged to give you a flawless finish when applying foundations of all types. You can use this brush with liquid, creme, or powder foundations – I love a brush that has multiple purposes, especially when I am traveling. Some days I wear only a sheer layer of foundation, and other days I apply my foundation very heavy-handedly, and this brush is great for building coverage. This has become my favorite foundation brush in my collection – it really makes all the difference!
Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57
For someone with chronic acne, like me, a good concealer brush is a must-have. I love fluffy domed brushes like these, because it helps to build coverage where I need to conceal my problem areas and then feather it out around the edges so that it blends in with the rest of my makeup. Like the Flawless Airbrush #56, this brush is made with short synthetic hairs.
Sephora Pro Crease Brush #10
This tapered brush blends eyeshadow beautifully into the crease of your eye, and is made with a mix of natural pony and goat bristles. I personally feel that you can never have enough crease/blending brushes in your collection, and this is a great addition to yours whether you already have a crease brush or not. This brush feels very soft to the skin, which is great because my crease area tends to be a bit tender. It picks up color easily, and I experience very minimal fall-out.
Sephora Pro Angled Shadow Brush #13
This is another great brush for your crease and outer corner of your eyes. It’s super dense and soft, which makes for a gorgeous even finish. I’d say this is a great brush for all-over eyeshadow application too, if you hold it correctly.
Sephora Pro Smoky Liner Brush #24
This brush is designed to be used to smoke out your liner, which it’s great for, but I also use it for precision eyeshadow application. It has a super pointy tip and is made from synthetic bristles. I love using it to apply eyeshadow to my bottom lash line. Even those the bristles are pretty soft, I think the tip is so pointy that it does sort of hurt around my sensitive eye area.