The perfect sculpting brush: A Make Up For Ever 150 brush (re-)review

Monday, April 6, 2015

Make Up For Ever 150 precision blush brush contour review

The product: Make Up For Ever 150 Precision Blush Brush (Wavy)

I totally wasn’t feeling the whole blogging thing last night, so instead of the CoLab review that I was supposed to have ready for today (don’t worry; that’s still coming up this week), I have a really short re-review for you guys.

The Make Up For Ever Precision Blush Brush last seen here has been in my right hand pretty much every day for the past two weeks, and it’s been there for one reason only: this season is going insane over the contouring products.

MUFE 150 cheek brush review

MUFE 150 wavy angled contour brush review

So, girls and boys, take note. If you’re going to be contouring with cremes (especially stick-cremes), there’s nothing better to blend them in with than the MUFE 150. This thing works in product like a dream, and it’s pretty tiny, so you can get really good control with it, too.

The 150 has been great with everything I’ve tried it on so far, but it’s been the very, very best with the Clinique Chubby Contouring Sticks ($21 USD; totally not their real name). They’re worth buying together, if you’ve been on the fence about either one!

Availability: ($40 USD/$46 CAD) at Sephora.

MUFE Graphic Liner, Marcelle Double Precision Liner reviews, swatches, photos | High vs. Low: Two pen-tipped liners you need to know

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Marcelle Double Precision pen liner review MUFE Graphic Liner

When it comes to makeup, I sometimes find it helpful to think of things in context of “generations” — like, different generations of eye primers (pre-Urban Decay tone eveners vs post-Urban Decay longevity-improving creams), lip stains (thin liquids vs YSL-type gloss-stains), eyeliner pencils (hard kohls vs waxy gel-creams) and now, liquid eyeliner pens.

These, ladies and gents, are not your mother’s pen liners. They apply like liquid liners rather than markers, they dry down to wonderfully glossy finishes, and–most importantly–they wear absolutely flawlessly all. day. long. with no staining.

PS: Neither of these liners contain silicones, so they’re a great choice if you’re trying to go ‘cone-free but still want something with great opacity and wear time!

Marcelle Liquid Eyeliner Pen review swatches photos

Marcelle Double Precision Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Intense Black ($14.95 CAD)

This dual-ended liner was the very first pen-style liner that I ever fell in love with, and I fell hard. The two tips moderate product flow so that you never end up with tons of liner on your lashes (as you might with a liquid liner), but it wears without smudging or budging for a good 12+ hours — maybe more, but I’ve never needed to test it for any longer.

Marcelle Double Precision Liner swatches review

Marcelle Double Precision Liner swatches

I like this one for its wear, which I find to be better than the Make Up For Ever Liner, but I think that its dual-ended design has a pretty big pull, too. The felt tip is smaller than that on the Make Up For Ever, and is just firm enough to line the eyes with ease (yes, even for winged liner), while the brush tip is very fine and looks like a delicate paintbrush.

Of the two brush ends, I mainly use the felt end — the brush tip doesn’t dispense quite enough product to deliver a really solid-looking wing, though it is excellent at getting the very point at the end of your liner and fading it into nothingness. Occasionally, I need to make two passes with this liner (either end) to achieve full opacity.

» See it worn here!

Marcelle Double Precision brush tip liner review

Marcelle Double Precision brush tip

MUFE Graphic Liner swatches review, Marcelle Double Precision

MUFE Graphic Liner (thin/thick), Marcelle Double Precision felt tip (thick/thin), Marcelle Double Precision brush tip

Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner ($24 USD/29 CAD)

This liner has a significantly firmer felt tip than the Marcelle, which means that it delivers a much more consistent result: the line, no matter how fine, is always the same amount of pigmented and opaque.

On the flip side of that equation, however, is the fact that the Marcelle can achieve lines that are both thicker and thinner than those within the Graphic Liner’s range (even with just its felt end), so you have to choose which is more important to you: width or opacity. (There is no wrong answer!)

MUFE Graphic Liner vinyl pen review swatches

Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner

I do think this liner is ever so slightly better than the Marcelle, but (and this is a big but) I have two problems with it. One, the cap doesn’t click on; it just slides into place, and I constantly worry that it’s drying out. And two: the formula smells really toxic. Which is dumb, right? Like, logically, I know that something smelling bad does NOT equal toxic, and vice-versa.

But it smells really bad, like a paint or a Sharpie or something, and I’m not gonna lie, it freaks me out a little.

EDIT 11/03/15: This liner has started to smudge pretty badly on me, folks! I think it’s an issue of mascara — if I’m wearing a tubing mascara to “lock in” any stray patches of liner, I’m good; but if I’m not wearing any mascara at all, the Graphic Liner smudges on the top AND bottom. Keep it in mind!

» See it worn here!

Marcelle vs MUFE liquid liner pen comparison review

Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner vs Marcelle Double Precision felt tips

The verdict?

I really love both these liners, so I’m going to leave the final verdict up to you (and possibly where you happen to live), but I think beginners and casual makeup wearers will appreciate the brush tip on the Marcelle, while makeup pros will prefer the Instagram-perfect opacity of the Make Up For Ever.

Whichever one you buy, remember that BOTH are very good — you really can’t go wrong here! Instinctually, I think I like the Make Up For Ever more (for its opacity and firm tip), but the scent-free Marcelle liner freaks me out way less.

EDIT: Note that the Marcelle has better wear time for those with oily lids! It does sometimes fade, but doesn’t really smudge or crease; the MUFE will give me “panda eyes” if I’m not wearing mascara.

Availability: The Marcelle liner is available at drugstores & mass market retailers across Canada or online at marcelle.ca ($14.95 CAD); the Make Up For Ever liner is available at Sephora ($24 USD/$29 CAD) and Make Up For Ever boutiques.

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Make Up For Ever 150 Precision Blush, 174 Concealer, 304 Lip Brush reviews, photos

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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The products: Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush Collection – 150 Precision Blush Brush (Wavy), 174 Concealer Brush – Small (Straight), 304 Lip Brush with Cap (Straight)

I’ve been testing Make Up For Ever’s Artisan brushes for the better part of a year, now, but it was just a few weeks ago that I finally fell in love with one of them. I’m fond of the collection on the whole, from the gorgeous design to the fact that all of the brushes are synthetic, but it just — I don’t know. It took me a little while.

Dany Sanz and the MUFE team worked on these brushes for five years, and the finished product is a line of 76 brushes with beech wood handles and straight (for heavier, more precise application) or wavy (lighter, more splayed) bristles. Each brush features a beveled end to help with applying false lashes or retrieving product on set, and the range is broken up into four categories: complexion (100s), eyes (200s), lips (300s), and artistry brushes (400s).

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Make Up For Ever “Artisan” Brushes (detail)

150 Precision Blush Brush ($40 USD/$46 CAD)

I thoroughly believe in starting with your best foot forward (or, at least, I do this week), so here’s the brush that I’m loving right now: the wavy-bristled Precision Blush Brush. Its angled bristles are smooth but firm, and don’t feature the “oily” feeling that some of the Artistry brushes are said to — instead, it’s just kind of narrow and fluffy. 

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Make Up For Ever 150 Precision Blush Brush

Make Up For Ever recommends this brush for loose or pressed powders including blush, contour, and highlighters, but I actually think it excels at applying and blending cream blushes and stains — a tip I got from my sister. I find it to be a little too stiff for everyday powder contour or blush, but does a beautiful job of really working cream products into the skin. (It would also be a wonderful brush to work with for that severe, “Kardashian/Instagram” sculpting!)

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174 Small Concealer Brush ($21 USD/$24 CAD)

The straight-bristled Small Concealer Brush is pretty standard, as far as concealer brushes go, but it serves its basic function well. This one is great for applying and blending concealer on a large blemish or around the nose, but I don’t find that I reach for brushes like this anymore — I prefer sheer, all-over coverage paired with precision spot concealing, so this style of brush just too wide for me.

That said, if you’re looking for a brush of this size to work with cream or liquid concealer, you could do far worse than the 174. It’s well-priced and easy on the eyes, and the bristles have just enough give to deposit product without irritating a blemish.

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Make Up For Ever 174 Small Concealer Brush

304 Lip Brush ($25 USD/$29 CAD)

The last brush I have to share with you today is the 304, a collapsable lip brush. Now, I don’t usually use a lip brush when applying lipstick or gloss, but I love brushes like this all the same — they’re perfect for applying concealer on the go. 

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You know those days when you have a really bad blemish, but you’re going to be out from 9 ’til 9, too? Brushes like this one are the perfect thing to throw into your handbag, because they have a small enough tip to cover your blemish just right, and the brush handle will then pop off to cover the tip of your brush. Super clean, super compact, and awesome especially if you’re working with a creamy concealer.

The Make Up For Ever Artisan brushes are my favourite brush range, aesthetically, at the moment — what’s yours?

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MUFE Aqua Matic, The Body Shop White Musk, and more | New 14/06/14

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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Forgot about Father’s Day?

The Body Shop White Musk for Men

It’s okay, The Body Shop has you covered. Shop their pre-boxed and pre-bagged men’s sets here — I hear the men’s White Musk range smells amazing! (PLUS: up to 70% off in their sale section, and 40% off most non-sale items. That means $2 lip balms, $5 gift sets, and $10 jumbo sizes!

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic

MUFE Aqua Matic

The answer to the question everyone’s been asking is in, and the answer is: the new Aqua Matic pencils will be replacing the line’s old Aqua Shadow pencils, so stock up soon on any favourites you may have! (Their Aqua Cream eyeshadow pots will be unaffected).

The new pencils ($21 USD/$25 CAD) will be available in Canada at Sephora and Make Up For Ever Boutiques this July, and feature an automatic pencil that doesn’t require sharpening. For the initial launch, MUFE will be releasing ten shades in iridescent, diamond, satin, and metallic finishes.

Bite Deconstructed Rose, Christina Hendricks’ makeup, Illume Spring 2014, & more | New 03/04/14

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello, and welcome to this week’s instalment of fibromyalgia is taking over my life, featuring a handful of this month’s most exciting new launches and a bucket of tears.

We hope you enjoy your stay at Chronic Illness Inn, and will try our best to accommodate any requests you have in the comments. We accept payment for miracles in the form of lifelong devotion and ritual sacrifices. Doughnuts will also work in a pinch.

And a few stragglers, including the Bite Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library ($49 USD/$53 CAD), ugh. I don’t even really like lipgloss, but this set looks so pretty. I think it’s the name (and that gorgeous box) that roped me in.

New in candles

(How lovely and summery are those new Illume jars?)

Love at first blush (on the set of Mad Men)

Also new these past few months? Make Up For Ever’s HD Blush ($26 USD/$31 CAD), a blendable creme blush that’s available in 16 shades. If you’ve ever asked yourself “what makeup does Christina Hendricks wear on Mad Men?” late at night while vulnerable and suffering from severe face envy, well, here’s one piece of the puzzle. Makeup artist Vanessa Scali uses the HD Blush in shade #210 on Christina Hendricks in the upcoming season of Man Men — and now you know.

MUFE Hd Blush 210 - Christina Hendricks' blush

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