Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Zoeva Vol. 1 Rose Golden Brushes | Review

Zoeva Rose Golden Vol. 1 Complete Brush Set | £110 
This collection contains 15 gorgeous brushes: 
103 Defined Buffer Brush 
106 Powder Brush 
109 Luxe Face Paint Brush 
112 Face Curve Brush 
127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush 
129 Luxe Fan Brush 
142 Concealer Buffer Brush 
226 Smudger Brush 
227 Luxe Soft Definer Brush 
228 Luxe Crease Brush 
230 Luxe Pencil Brush 
234 Luxe Smoky Shader Brush 
310 Spot Liner Brush 
317 Wing Liner Brush 
322 Brow Line Brush
& a beautiful brown/rose gold Zoeva makeup bag   

I'd been looking at purchasing these brushes for a few years, but could never justify investing just over £100 on a set of makeup brushes. However, after the stress of final year university exams, I simply needed to reward myself with something after working incredibly hard all year (I don't even feel guilty anymore because I've ended up graduating with a 1st class degree and achieved the second highest grade in the year!). I decided enough was enough and it was time that I actually owned the Zoeva brushes I had been pining after for a very long time. 

Being honest, I was a little worried that they wouldn't meet up to the high expectations I had pre-assigned them, and although I do have a minor issue to comment on, overall I am incredibly happy these particular brushes sit in my Ikea pots alongside my other brushes! 

First of all, they are rose gold which is just my aesthetic anyway. More importantly however, is the variation of brushes you receive when you buy this collection. You get 7 face brushes (103, 106, 109, 112, 127, 129, 142) and 8 eye brushes (226, 227, 228, 230, 234, 310, 317, 322). Basically there is a brush for your every need! The brushes have such soft bristles which is perfect for any of you who have sensitive skin like myself. I really despise brushes that feel scratchy on your face or eyes, but from the brushes I have used in this collection so far, I have not had that experience at all. I haven't used many of the face brushes yet as I tend to apply my foundation and concealer with my beauty blender, but the luxe face paint brush (aka contour brush) and powder brush applied my makeup really precisely and didn't pack too much product on either. Although I haven't used the luxe fan brush yet, I can predict that this brush will apply highlighter like a dream.

On the other hand, I have delved into the eye brushes quite extensively and I absolutely adore the soft definer, luxe crease and luxe pencil brush! They make blending eyeshadows and creating smoky eyes so much easier for me and now that I have used them, I wouldn't be without them. I also love the wing liner brush for applying powder to my brows as well as a dark shade to my upper lash line to add definition to my lashes. Overall, I have generally been loving these brushes and would go as far as saying that some of them in this collection are my favourite makeup brushes of all time. 

Nonetheless, I do have one gripe with these brushes. They shed kinda too quickly, especially for the amount of money you invest in them. Obviously you can expect all brushes to shed over time and perhaps lose their shape, especially after washing them several times. However, my Zoeva brushes seem to be much worse at shedding in comparison to others in my collection i.e. I haven't ever had this issue with any of the Real Technique brushes I own and these are also soft/good quality. Admittedly, it appears to be the face brushes that shed more than the eye brushes, but I was very disheartened to see hairs beginning to separate themselves and be close to falling out of the brush heads after one wash. It could have been the way I handled them when I washed them, but like I mentioned before, I've had some of my RT brushes for years, washed them the exact same way and never had this issue. It makes me quite worried to use some of them because I feel like the bristles are too delicate and easily 'sheddable', which is not ideal when their sole purpose is to apply makeup! I know I am not alone in saying this, as others who own and use these brushes have complained about shedding, especially with the face brushes. That being said, I do believe the benefits outweigh this small disadvantage.  

I'll continue to use them carefully and hope that they do last as long as I'd like them to, especially as they apply my makeup incredibly well. Shedding and high price aside, these brushes are a welcome edition to my brush collection and I am so happy that I bit the bullet and invested my money in them. If any of you have Zoeva brushes, what is your opinion on them? Do your brushes shed more than you'd expect? Alternatively, if you don't own any Zoeva brushes, I'd love to know which brush or collection is on your wish list?

Take care, Emma x   

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