THE DECISION : BUYING NEW MAKEUP BRUSHESAbout a week ago, as I was washing my makeup brushes, I realized how damaged and unsatisfying most of them were. I always made sure to spend my money on quality beauty products but for some reason I totally skipped out on makeup brushes. I keep on throwing my brushes and buying cheap ones resulting in a big waste of my money. I usually also just used whatever brush came in the packaging of my makeup products. So I decided it was about time that I start applying my purchasing philosophy: "buy less but better". And spend more money on makeup brushes which I know I will be keeping for a longer time.
After a quick google search, I stumbled upon several lists of must have makeup brushes and TOM FORD's brushes were practically always mentioned. Afterwards I went on YouTube and did a little research on Wayne Goss's channel to see if he made a review on them. Wayne Goss is by far my go to makeup artist whenever I'm looking for honest and professional advice. So after listening to his feedback I pretty much made up my mind.
I purchased my brushes at Magasin Du Nord a very popular department store here in Copenhagen where I buy 95% of my makeup and purchased 3 brushes (number 01, 05 & 06) at the TOM FORD department. I hope to get my hands on the Cream Foundation #02, Concealer brush #03, Shade and Illuminate brush #04, Eyeshadow brush #11, and Eyeshadow blend brush #13 in the near future.
THE REVIEW: TOM FORD MAKEUP BRUSHES+ QUALITY + The brushes not only look but feel very luxurious. They're the softest brushes I've ever touched. I believe that most of them are made with natural hair (goat) and manufactured by the world’s leading brush maker in Japan (which is also rumored to make the very popular Hakuhodo brushes, which I would also love to test in the future). The handles are moderately heavy and give a good control. The brushes heads are rather dense, super soft and so far they haven't shed.
+ AESTHETICS + The packaging really made a difference for me. I love gold details and aesthetics. These brushes really look amazing on my vanity table and match the rest of my decor.
+ PRICE + There's no denying that these brushes are very expensive. They're definitely the most expensive items in my makeup bag now. It is understandable since you're not only buying quality brushes but also a brand which is none other than the embodiment of luxury: TOM FORD. If you're interested in purchasing them, I would advise you to only purchase the brushes you will need and use. I'm personally buying one or two brushes at the time each month and I'm not planning on acquiring the whole set. At the end of the day it all depends on your buying philosophy. I usually save up and buy things according to my priority list.
+ WASHING + The brushes are all protected with a small plastic brush guard that covers the bristles which is really helpful if you want to keep them away from dust and maintain their shapes. I've washed them once since I got them (I usually wash my brushes once a week). I would recommend washing them with a baby shampoo as they are made with natural hair. They instantly went back to their initial color, they kept their shape and they also didn't shed. I do like that the bristles are white because it makes it easier to know when it's time to start cleaning them. They do take a bit more time to dry compared to synthetic brushes, so make sure you wash them on a day where you're not going to use them.
+ THE BRONZER BRUSH #05 + It's a very big brush so it really only took me about 10 seconds to apply, spread and blend my bronzing powder on my face. I use it for contouring for a natural finish in no time.
+ THE BLUSH BRUSH #06 + I love this round dense blush brush because it picks up pigment very well. I love a flushed effect on the apple of my cheeks and this brush is amazing since I only needed to pick a tiny bit of powder in order to have the effect that I want. I have to be careful thought not to pick up too much product because a little really goes a long the way.
+ THE FOUNDATION BRUSH #01 + This is my favorite brush amongst the 3. I never thought I would say this because I usually don't like flat foundation brushes but this one glides so well and makes the application very enjoyable! I only had to use a little bit of product to cover all my face (3 pumps with my beauty blender and only 1 pump with this one), it didn't leave any strike marks (I did make sure to apply the foundation in the same direction going from the middle and working my way out) and was incredibly soft and gentle on my skin. Perfect for a very natural and seamless finish.
+ MY FINAL THOUGHTS +So far I'm 100% satisfied with these makeup brushes. I will edit this article when I'll purchase the rest. Now I know that there are other slightly cheaper brushes out there with similar quality like the Wayne Goss, Hakuhodo or Sigma makeup brushes but keep in mind that the reason behind my choice is not only quality but also the packaging and the easy availability of these brushes. Not having to order online, pay shipping fees and all sorts of extra charges (that ended up making some of these brushes equally as expensive) was definitely a plus for me.
I'm also curious about what makeup brushes you use, your thoughts on these brushes and your purchasing philosophy. So please feel free to share them with me!