A beauty blog from the 2008 batch. Blogging before it was 'cool'.


Search This Blog

Make-up brushes - by Lauren Luke

I know. I've hauled again. And on none other then more.makeup.brushes.

I am going through this phase of make-up brush crisis, where I feel all my brushes are SO old and that I need to expand my collection. Just imagine, all these gazillion brushes solely to paint my face pretty!

Anyhoo, you know who Lauren Luke aka Panacea81 is right? The queen of all Make-up Gurus and one of the first few authentic Beauty Guru's on YouTube. I simply love her accent!

Well, after the Pixiwoo sisters, we see a line of brushes launched by Lauren. Even better for the YouTube fans out there eh? Bring it on!

I got only two brushes after much of a mental debate, namely a Foundation brush and a Tapered blending brush. Superficially, I really like how simple and elegant they look. The metallic pink handle looks very beautiful in real! They are quite sturdy and definitely of premium quality.

The Foundation brush(£12) is domed shaped and that was the only reason I purchased it. It is made up of synthetic brush hairs, which I feel absorb a lot of product when used with liquid foundation and I end up with a sloppy, heavy feeling brush. 

Also, I found out that this works well only with heavy duty, hard to blend foundations. If you have a foundation like Estee Lauder's Double Wear or Revlon Colorstay then this might work well. 

I agree that unlike the traditional flat foundation brush, this gets into the curves and crevices of facial contours in a better manner but that's about it really. The brush is really small and it takes me ages to cover my entire face. Although it blends foundation decently, I still prefer my £3.50 flat top powder brush from ELF for this purpose. 

It is however quite efficient at applying cheek tints, cream blushers and concealer. 

The Tapered blending brush(£9) however is TO DIE FOR. It is a hybrid of MAC 224 and 222. In fact pretty close to being a dupe for the 222. I mean there is NO dupe in the market for a 222 now is there?  I have been wanting to purchase it since ages but the £19 price tag has been deterring me.

Damn you MAC, I found one just like you! *blows a raspberry*

You get foolproof blending results with this baby. Especially if you've been struggling with getting that perfect outer crease right, then this brush is made for you. Regardless of the eye shadow, it makes blending look flawless due to its longer bristles and greater control. 

Although the brushes are of great quality, I do not think they are unique enough to make me want more.   I still recommend and prefer Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman. Having said that, some of her white-bristle brushes can be compared to MAC and are a great alternative to it. 

Skip these if you already have a well built brush collection. However if you've been wanting to start up a collection or don't already have a brush like that, then check out laurenluke.com for affordable options. 

R.ChamberofBeauty said...

These look great!!!

Lima said...

Ooooh, her brushes are cheaper than MAC and they look lovely! xo

Demonicsmurfette said...

Ooooh, I like the look of that blending brush. I've never ben that impressed by her stuff before- the palette's were overpriced and average (except for the primer which was awful). Might have to get a few of those brushes though!

graphology said...

Do you know where I can buy the brushes in London, are there any shops that sell them?

Sheefa F said...

@graphology - As of now, no shops that sell them unfortunately. Laurenluke.com is where I bought them from.

MaviDeniz said...

great review. sonia kashuk has a foundation brush like the one above but i thought it looked weird so i got the flat top foundation brush instead. i just may have to try it now :)


Cynthia Z said...

Both look great, especially the tapered blending brush


Christine said...

These look great ^^ I love Lauren, she is such a sweetie. Coral Cutie is such a beautiful color. Thank you for your comment ^^

Love Christine ♥

Gauri said...

I ♥ Panacea81. She has amazing tutorials with really fun & unique looks!!! Have to check out her site now!!

Claire said...

Thank you for the review!

I now cant decide but I have mix of brushes from MAC, RT, No7, Sigma and so on (you can imagine!) I was going to buy the pencil brush.....

Hmmmm what we thinking!! xx




About me:

About me:
Sheefa. 29. London. Spamming the web with ramblings on hair, eye shadow, skincare & cosmetic hoarding in general since 2008. Grab a cuppa and kick back!
Copyright @ Get Gawjus. Blog Design by KotrynaBassDesign