My first experience with Zoeva was when it was first launched. I bought the eye pencil brush, and a large stippling brush. The pencil brush was just as good as MAC’s 219 but the large stippling brush was very uncomfortable for me. I thought it was stiff and scratchy so I didn’t try the other brushes anymore. However, I have read countless reviews on how soft they are, and I decided to give it another try. I bought the whole set of 24 brushes (and a few more) and I thought I’d share with you what I think. Firstly, I think the stippling brush I bought previously was a dud. The exact brush in the set is much softer. Whaddaya know? I also have a few brushes that are shape duplicates, meaning, I have a brush lookalike from another brand. So, I’m going to give away the brand new Zoeva brushes to you guys. Anyway, let’s talk about these 2 brushes that have been giving me flawless looking base every single time.
The Face Artist brush and the Buffer brush, when used together, give me the perfect skin. I kid you not. The Face Artist brush, when I first saw it, was much bigger than I expected. Due to its size, I apply my foundation in less than a minute. All I do is to first dot the foundation on my face, then use this Face Artist brush to swipe outwards from the centre of the face. It takes me literally less than a minute and NO STREAKS. Because this brush is thicker than your normal foundation brush, and it is tapered, I can even use it to contour my face. I have used it with powder and it works beautifully as well. The hairs of this brush might look a bit rough, but trust me when I say this is very soft. It doesn’t have that plastic synthetic feel to it either. All thumbs up. Cleans well, dries fast, a multi tasker.
After I apply the foundation with the Face Artist brush, I use a clean Buffer Brush to press my face. You read that right. I didn’t use it to buff my skin further, but I use it to gently press in stippling motion. This makes the foundation blend into my skin even more, and all foundations I’ve tried look like second skin. The Buffer Brush is dense but with some give so it doesn’t pull your skin left and right or round and round when you use it in buffing motion either. When I use this brush for powder, I press the powder onto my skin instead of buffing it in. This will minimize the appearance of flakes and pores. Works like a charm every time.
It’s brushes like these (and many more to show you) that make me wonder why I spent so much more on luxury Japanese brushes. True enough, the craftsmanship is artwork on its own, but these affordable Zoeva brushes are workhorses… and I don’t have to worry about scratching them, or being super gentle with them. I won’t cry if the ferules are scratched and for every day use, these are great. I suppose I can save the super soft grey squirrel brushes for special occasions, but sometimes I think that just defeats the purpose of buying such expensive brushes.
Then again, I’m so fickle, I might come home with the whole set of Chikuhodo Takumi set before you know it. Or the Rae Morris set. BAHAHAHA! Have you tried any Zoeva brushes yet? The hype is real people. These are light on your wallet, but great on your skin.