My LoveyBelle brush trial!
A makeup artist once told me “get expensive brushes if you want your tools to look nice for filming tutorials and working on clients, but aside from appearances’ sake, just get the cheaper ones”.
I’m inclined to agree.
Many people always ask if I can “suggest affordable alternatives for my makeup brushes”, and I always laugh because I’m already using the “affordable alternatives”! I have a couple of MACs in shapes not available from other brands (227 and 130 specifically), but everything else I bought so far comes from cheaper brands like Sigma, Ecotools, Sephora, Sonia Kashuk, BH Cosmetics, The Body Shop and Coastal Scents.
Loveybelle is a relatively new Singapore-based online brush store with a small range of beauty tools and accessories like brushes, sponges, brush guards, brush rolls, etc. The brushes are hand-picked for function, quality, and best of all - affordability. So of course I jumped at the chance to try some of their bestsellers AND a few soon-to-be-released ones that will be launching later this month.
These are my personal picks!
The Current Line
Eclipse Tapered Brush
I’m a fan of tapered brushes for the precision and control they give. The Eclipse Tapered Brush is about 50% larger and much denser than the Sigma F35, and made me go “ooooh” once I picked it up because the bristles were so dense and so smooth I thought they were synthetic. The true test of a tapered brush is whether it applies and blends contouring powder quickly, without streakiness. This passed with flying colors and is one of my absolute favorites from the range.
Tip: You probably want to use brush guards for tapered brushes because they can start to splay and lose their lovely pointy shape after some use.
The Eclipse Angled Blush Brush
The synthetic Eclipse angled blush brush was something I was curious to try because I always preferred natural hair bristles for blusher and bronzer. Many synthetic angled brushes don’t have the airy fluffiness I want because the taklon bristles are too smooth and flat.
I have to say I was very surprised by this brush because it was SO soft and fluffy it actually reminded me of my kitty Moomoo’s fur. It picked up product evenly and didn’t leave streaks on the skin. Above is just the way I angle it when applying different products. (Bronzer needs to be more blended out than blush, so an angled shape like this allows you to control the surface area of the brush on your skin.)
Eye and Lip brushes
Now I was interested in these 3 because:
The lip liner brush is shaped differently from any other brush I’ve seen so far. It’s thinner and firmer than most lip brushes, so the moment I saw it I thought “PERFECT CONCEALER BRUSH!!!” This isn’t its official use, but I still recommend it for that purpose because it’s got enough surface area on its flat side to pat and blend concealer onto slightly larger areas, while the fine tip and dense, firm texture allows you to do pinpoint concealing on dark spots and marks.
The small eye contour brush is a short-haired, domed (rounded) synthetic buffing brush for blending in the socket line, but again, I found the synthetic bristles, shape and firmness perfect for fast, streak-free concealer blending on dark circles and discolored areas. (I don’t dip the brush directly into concealer cos that can pick up too much product. Dab concealer on first, then use the brush to blend out.)
I love MAC 217 dupes. Flat eyeshadow brush is slightly shorter-haired and firmer than dupes from Sigma and Coastal Scents, so you tend to get a bit more color intensity,which is always nice.
Which brings me to the unreleased "PUPA" brushes.
Don’t be fooled by their appearance. (The 2 eye brushes do kinda look like paint brushes form the art store.) These are made with good quality hairs, and serve very specific purposes. If you’re interested in these, you can always contact Loveybelle (firstname.lastname@example.org) to check on exact release dates!
The first is the PUPA large face brush. This is made of super silky, “bouncy” goat hair. I usually avoid large face brushes because I find they deposit too much powder on the face and can smudge concealer or make it cakey. Surprisingly, this brush is so soft it only picked up and deposited the lightest veil of powder. Your makeup is set, but you don’t look “powdered”. Perfect.
A word of caution: don’t use brushes of this size for blusher because it covers too wide an area. There’s another smaller face brush which will be released along with this one.
The two PUPA eye brushes I tried on the other hand are made of stiffer kolinsky sable, so they are designed to hold their shape and feel quite firm. I was worried they would feel scratchy on the lids but they weren’t, thankfully.
The flat shadow brush is a nifty multi-tasker.I used the flat of the brush to apply cream and powder shadows, and it applies everything very smoothly and evenly in a light layer. (If you want a lot of color intensity, go with the white-haired flat shadow brush.) I also use the edge to apply brown shadow as a liner because it manages to hold its shape and give that “smoky liner” effect.
I was a little suspicious of the domed blender, because most buffing brushes for the socket line are made with softer hairs, and this was quite firm. BUT seems I worried for nothing because it did its job well and didn’t feel scratchy or splay all over the place. In fact, it’s great if you like a defined crease/socket, or you want to do a dramatic cut-crease look.
I’ve already given them a good vigorous wash as a final test and they don’t bleed or shed. Just reshape the bristles and lay them flat to air-dry.
P.S. Loveybelle ships internationally at a flat rate (free in Singapore with orders above S$50), so it might make sense to get a bunch of pals together for a combined order if you reside in another country.
Every dollar spent entitles you to reward points that you can use to redeem vouchers and products.
And yes… they sell a Hello Kitty powder sponge. I can’t get hold of one to photograph for you - it’s sold out!!!