Brush up a spell with the new Sephora + Pantone Universe Enchanting Dual-Sided Brush Set: review, photos

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The product: SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Enchanting Dual-Sided Brush Set

Of all the Sephora + Pantone products to come out this season, this set was the only one to really grab! my attention. I missed out on the split fibre brushes in the MAC Semi-Precious and In Extra Dimension collections (last winter & this spring, respectively), so I was hoping these would fill the gap.

And they did, sort of. Maybe. Kind of.

The build: It’s always interesting to work with really novel tools, and these rather were. With a synthetic side (great for picking up and spreading out cream products) paired right up against a natural-fibre side (perfect for buffing and blending), they’re a different experience than normal brushes, and I think it really works in their favour.

What I’m not so crazy about, though, is the natural-hair side of these brushes. It’s a little on the rough side, and I find they shed, particularly when I’m working with heavier products, like concealer or cream foundation. For the results and expediency, I’ve been putting up with it, but the shedding really keeps these from being a HG brush set.

The individual brushes

I’m not crazy about the overly-fluffy powder brush, but I’m actually quite pleased with the other three shapes in this set. (It’s a first, for me — maybe it’s just because this one’s on the small side, but I find brush sets typically have at least three or four brushes that I just know I’ll never use.)

The eyeshadow brush is great for applying concealer to the eye/undereye area, as well as around the nose, and the foundation brush is kind of brilliant, at least in shape. The shedding’s a letdown, but I can finish my face in less than half the time with this than I’d need with a regular (all-synthetic) foundation brush, or even a kabuki brush.

But the true star of this set’s the blush brush. While it doesn’t look small, there’s just something about the build and shape that makes it surprisingly versatile. I can use it for sheer washes of colour, strong pops of pink… anything!

Since I started using this set, the blush brush is the only thing I’ve been using to contour – it puts down just the right amount of colour and blends with ridiculous ease.

The bag

Cases usually aren’t a selling point for me, but I actually really liked this one. Sleek and well-pocketed, it fits the brushes well, and has space to hold and sort a few basic products, too.

It’s easy to clean and travel with, and I think it manages to take the set from “pretty okay” to “actually rather impressive.”

The verdict?

If the Enchanting brush set had just one flaw, I’d say the $42 USD/$50 CAD price tag was a really good deal. With two, however (I could do without the powder brush, & the natural fibres do shed quite a bit with “stickier” cream products,) my praise is a bit more reserved.

That said, I do actually really like this set, and both the foundation & blush brushes have weaselled their way into my permanent (personal) brush collection. At $50, the price is a touch too high, but there are whispers that Sephora’s annual Friends & Family sale is coming up ;)

Sephora + Pantone Universe Enchanting Dual-Sided Brush Set case

Sephora + Pantone Universe Enchanting brush set: natural-hair side

Sephora + Pantone Universe Enchanting brush set: synthetic side

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23 Responses to “Brush up a spell with the new Sephora + Pantone Universe Enchanting Dual-Sided Brush Set: review, photos”

  1. Huh! Mine haven't shed at all. Oh well! I like them too!
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  2. Huh, how weird! I find they only shed with think cream products, but (seeing as that's what I'm using the eye and foundation brushes for 90% of the time), it's kind of a bummer.

    The cheek brush had my <3, though. What a perfect size!

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  4. Valerie, on October 20th, 2012 at 12:22 pm said:

    I bought a dual-fibre brush from MAC (it must have been from the In Extra Dimension collection, because it was this past summer) and although I thought it was kind of expensive, I do really like it. And no shedding. Sometimes brush sets can be a less good deal if you don't actually use/need all the brushes in them. And I'm also waiting (and waiting, and waiting) for the F&F sale!

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  6. This just in: there won't be a public F&F sale this year, Valerie :( Sorry to be the bringer of bad news! Sephora has something planned for BIs and VIBs over the next little while, but no word yet on just what it'll be.

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  15. i was think these double sided brushes are strange looking! anyway the brushes do seem nice and the bag has a surprising number of sections! :)
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  16. I was surprised by the number of sections and pockets, too! It's perfect for my OCPD side ;o)

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  19. BooBooNinja, on November 4th, 2012 at 1:39 pm said:

    Hey Rae,
    Have you heard anything more about a BI / VIB sale?

  20. Just recently, yes! I believe US VIBs should be getting 20% off in-store soon, and there's a cool BI promo on right now, too. (A choice of one of three "It Kits," with a $25US/$35CAD purchase, each with nine samples/deluxe samples and a Sephora pouch. Details here!)

    Honestly, it's not a F&F sale, but I'd find myself hard-pressed to complain! For a small purchase, I think the kits are a better deal than the 20% off, tbh :)

  21. Oh my god, okay, if you're subscribed to comment replies, I am so sorry. For some godforsaken reason, it took me like a dozen tries to finally reply to your comment, which makes ZERO SENSE.

    I'm going to blame the fact that I didn't get any sleep last night & run away with my head tucked in shame.

  22. BooBooNinja, on November 5th, 2012 at 11:00 pm said:

    ha ha! Your response makes total sense to me. :) I can't say the same for a lot of my comments. I have fast fingers for typing and often click the "submit" button before remembering that it never hurts to proof read.

    me: My name is BooBooNinja, and I have chronic commenting-diarrhea.
    everyone: Hi, BooBooNinja.

  23. Hi, BooBooNinja. My name is Rae, and I've recently contracted this affliction.

    >.<

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