A brush set that’s blowing my mind (and a great Shiseido Perfect Fundation Brush substitute!) | Sephora Luxe Face Brush Set review

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sephora Luxe Face Brush set

The product: SEPHORA COLLECTION Luxe Face Brush Set

I haven’t written a review on a Sunday (to go up on a Monday) in ages, but this week, I just had to. We’re quickly running out of time before Christmas, for starters, but more importantly — I bloody love this brush set, you guys.

Sephora Collection Luxe Face Brush set

This is the third brush set I’ve reviewed since the summer, but the Luxe Face Brush Set is by far my favourite. While the Sephora + Pantone Universe Luminous Brush Set was a great buy for the price, and the Enchanting Brush Set was a definite “nice to have,” this one is an absolute “you need this” — praise that I honestly don’t even give to all of the Chubby Sticks.

(And I love me a Clinique Chubby Stick.)

Sephora Luxe face brush set - flat top foundation brush favourite

At $48 USD/$58 CAD, five brushes and a clutch isn’t a bad deal — particularly when you take into consideration how ridiculously chic each piece is. Unlike a gift with purchase bag, or even a lot of other brush set bags, this one is actually wearable for a night out, which is a really nice deviation from the norm.

(Do you even say “wear” when it comes to bags? Carryable? Holdable? Acceptable?)

Despite having more brushes than I know what to do with, I’ve used the concealer & flat top foundation brushes in this set every single (makeup) day since first trying them out. I have honestly applied concealer just for the sheer joy of using the flat-top brush to buff it in, and I regret absolutely nothing.

Sephora Collection Luxe Brush Set(face)

Oh, and I guess the other brushes are lovely, too. (You probably wanted to hear that, right?)

The powder brush is fine; it’s a little small & loose, and despite not being rough, it’s not particularly soft, either. I could definitely live without it, but at the same time, it doesn’t pain me terribly to use it. The eye brushes more than make up for it, at least — small blending brushes and all-over eye brushes are two of my go-to eye brush staples, and it’s fantastic to see something other than a flimsy placement brush & lash comb in a set.

(The rounded eye brush is actually a “precision crease brush,” but my fellow monolidded lovelies will know how useful they can be for fine-detail blending, too!)

Shiseido perfect foundation brush dupe

The verdict?

I very rarely lose it over makeup tools, but the flat-top brush in this set is so excellent — I’ve been meaning to pick up the Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush ($30 USD) for months, but at just $8 ($48 over 6 pieces), this more than suffices. Sephora’s version is densely packed, incredibly soft, and does a phenomenal job of blending in both foundation and concealer to a picture-perfect finish.

Honestly, I’d happily fork over $48 just for the concealer and foundation brushes in this set. The fact that they’re paired with a cute clutch, a decent powder brush, and two great eye brushes makes the Sephora Luxe Face Brush Set a can’t-miss.

Availability: Find it here at Sephora before it sells out!

Sephora Collection Luxe Face Brush set clutch

Sephora Luxe Face Brush Set clutchSephora Collection Luxe Face Brush set breakdown

Sephora Luxe Face Brush Set packaging

Sephora Collection Luxe Face Brush set (1)

Sephora Luxe Face Brush Set collection & clutch

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19 Responses to “A brush set that’s blowing my mind (and a great Shiseido Perfect Fundation Brush substitute!) | Sephora Luxe Face Brush Set review”

  1. mostlysunnybunny, on December 17th, 2012 at 9:36 am said:

    I love the clutch! Glad to hear the brushes perform so well as well. I'm a BIG fan of the Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush, but if for this price I can have a dupe, it's pretty sweet!

  2. Have you tried the Real Techniques Buffing or Expert Face brushes? How do they compare to Sephora's flat top brush? I've been on the look out for something similar to the precision crease brush and I just started using the Laura Mercier camouflage powder brush for cream concealer. So call me intrigued!
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  3. Good to hear that these brushes are working well (: I should try these out. Thank you

    Emmy

  4. My Lucite Dreams, on December 17th, 2012 at 5:44 pm said:

    I've been wanting a flat top foundation brush for ages! I'm so glad you reviewed this. I'm going to seek it out right away. The foundation brush looks gorgeous too!

  5. Coincidentally, I was really thinking about buying the Shiseido brush too, but this one looks like a great alternative! I was planning to order a few Bdellium face and eye brushes but as always your post makes me want to run out and buy this set instead.
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  6. I have the Shiseido brush, but I've been looking for a second one. I also want to try this concealer brush!
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  7. this looks great! i've thought about it while stalking the sephora site, but i just can't justify more brushes (or things in general) right now :/
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  8. I'm not crazy about this powder brush, but absolutely LOVE everything else in the set! It's all rather a;lksdfja;sldgkh on the whole. :D

  9. I have the Expert Face Brush, and while I like it, I much (much!) prefer the Sephora flat top. I feel like the Sephora does a fantastic job of really blending in the product, while the Real Techniques kind of… eats up a bunch of product first? And while it does a good job, it feels like you're working through cotton balls to get there.

    (I have no actual anecdotal evidence to back up this theory; it is mainly just being carried by feelings.)

  10. It's a really great set — hope you have a chance to pick one up before they sell out!

  11. Definitely one of the prettiest brush sets in my collection ;o)

    Hope you love these as much as I do, Taylor!

  12. Try it before you order, darling! (I wanted to do a Bdellium order a few months ago, too, but refrained because I hate to buy brushes sight-unseen. I'm really glad I waited, now, though!)

  13. They're both really great — I use the concealer brush mainly for placement, but the long, smooth fibres do a surprisingly good job of blending in small amounts of product without kicking up a lot of dry skin bits, too (which is always a plus for me!) :)

  14. Aww, sorry Joyce :( If it goes on a really brilliant sale before selling out, I'll be sure to post about it!

  15. MFunnyValentine, on December 19th, 2012 at 7:54 pm said:

    You're right- I would totally wear this bag on a night out. Love the look of the brushes too- always need a small blending brush for our asian eyes.
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  16. Yes! It's so hard to find good ones. (I used this one today for my LB look, and it did a great job — very precise & fluffy!)

  17. The Sephora brush set I bought over 3 years ago looks like crap compared to this one! Why can't they all look equally fancy and special? D:
    If this set goes on sale, I'll definitely find a way to justify the purchase. Flat top foundation brushes and small blending brushes are my weakness </3

  18. Eep! Sorry to hear that, Ashley!

    I feel like Sephora Collection has really stepped it up this holiday season, as far as their tools go — they're a little pricier than I think they have been in past years, but definitely well worth it. I'll be sure to keep you guys updated if the set goes on sale! :)

  19. Sephora Collection has some really nice brushes. Their Pro line is wonderful

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