Review: Zoeva 104 Buffer and Zoeva 108 Face Artist Brushes

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.

 

zoeva face

 

 

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.

 

 

face artist size face artist sideview

 

 

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.

 

 

buffer brush size Buffer brush head

 

 

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.

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

  • Liz

    Glad that the set is good! Been hearing a lot about these but mostly ignoring them. I don’t get excited for brushes very often. More brushes means more to wash, lol.

    • Lily

      LOL LOL! I don’t mind washing brushes, and I’m quite brush crazy. It’s stupid really, since I can’t use that many brushes at one time.

  • I love the Zoeva brushes I got too! But I’m still lusting after a Chikuhodo Z-series blush brush to use with face powders, and uhm, blushes, obviously 😀 I’ll put the buffing brush on my wishlist, I need another buffer/stippler for my base. Thanks for the review, Lily!

    • Lily

      Oh yes, the Chikuhodo Z4 is amazing! I use mine for very pigmented blushes and it’s great for highlighters as well. I should review the set I got, with Z4, Z5 and Z10.

  • Nice to know! I’ve wondered if they are worth it or not. Maybe some day I’ll spring for some! But for now, you know… I love using my Beauty Blender and my fingers. My fave makeup tools haha!

    • Lily

      Oh definitely. I quite like the Beautyblender for days I have dry flakes. My black one is definitely sturdier than the pink one I got yonks ago which ripped apart after a few uses.

  • I just bought the Zoeva Face Shape brush, and it’s really great to use for contouring! 😀 Love how it’s so soft and works just as well as other (pricier) brushes, and it’s so much more affordable with good quality to boot. 🙂

    • Lily

      Yay for the Face Shape brush! I have the larger powder polish brush and that one’s pretty good too 🙂

  • I have some of their brushes! Bought them on a whim a while ago but have only started using one which is an eye buffing brush. DIdn’t like it at first but it kinda grew on me. I think they’re decent brushes but well, the heart wants what it wants eh?

    • Lily

      Ah yes, I love a good luxury brush. Bad for the wallet though. Just like how most delicious foods are bad for health. LOL!

  • Yeah, Zoeva always delivers! I just hope they don’t start upping their prices, lol 🙂

    • Lily

      Sooner or later, most brands usually do. Unfortunately.

  • Ooh, good budget-friendly brushes are always nice to find! I like to use the Beauty Blender for face products, but for some reason I can never have enough eye and cheek brushes, LOL.

    • Lily

      The thing about Beautyblender is that I need to replace it every few months. It’s really expensive for me to do that. These affordable brushes will last at least a few years. For me, I can’t have enough face and cheek brushes!

  • I have this Buffer Brush too and it’s LOVE!!!! I have a Sigma F80 brush and it’s shedding on me and falling apart.. And another Sigma brush just actually really fell apart on me (the whole brush came loose from the ferule..) The Zoeva ones though stay perfectly okay even after having it longer than the Sigma ones. Unfortunately Zoeva has become already quite a bit more expensive than when I first got them but I still think the value for money is VERY good!

    • Lily

      I only recently bought the huge Zoeva set, so I didn’t know how much it was before. Nevertheless, still affordable! I used to have quite a few Sigma brushes too, when they first launched. I got rid of them though.