BrushCraft by Artis is A Bold New Way to Apply Makeup
by Alison Blackman
In 2015 I discovered a luxury makeup brushes that looked (from the back) like shiny silver spoons. These unique and beautiful makeup brushes, were by Artis, and the new bristles and bold design impressed me a great deal (read the advicesisters.com 2015 Artis Brush Review).
Introducing BrushCraft Makeup Brushes!
In 2016 the creators of the Artis makeup brushes BrushCraft makeup brushes that follow a similar design but are more affordable.
They are ergonomically designed with a unique design that helps make these BrushCraft makeup easier to handle.
Along with the unique shape of handles, the other star feature of the BrushCraft bruses are densely-packed synthetic fiber brush heads in mostly oval shapes.
Once you’ve mastered using the brushes they help make your makeup look professionally applied, in one swipe!
What Makes BrushCraft Different:
Most makeup brushes feature handles that are straight up and down, with bristles at the top.
BrushCraft by Artis turns their fibers at a right angle, using trademarked, man-made and engineered NuFibre. The heads of the brushes have so many more fibers in each bundle than in conventional animal hair brushes, the feel kitten-soft and “plush-y.”
The blossom-like curved shape also make it easier to use just a few brushes, and a few brush strokes, to get great results with almost every type of makeup formula from powders to creams to gels.
How to Apply Makeup with BrushCraft Brushes:
When you apply makeup with BrushCraft you don’t need to “saw” the product back and forth.
Add the makeup you want onto the brush head, and simply smooth the brush in one direction. The NuFibre® fibre structure and tapered ends help apply the product fast, without streaks or clumps.
The reason you don’t have to go back and forth is that each NuFibre® filament has a tapered tip that helps to blend your products on a microscopic level.
NuFibre® BrushCraft NuFibre bristles make the magic.
BrushCraft brushes on average have 3-10 times as many individual fibers as conventional brushes. For example, the Oval 6 has over 60,000 individual fibers.
Some conventional brushes feel scratchy or hard, but when you feel NuFibre brush heads you want to put them against your skin!
A Bonus for Those With Allergies!
Also since the fibers are synthetic, they’re a good alternative to animal hair to those who have allergies or who don’t want to use animal hair products.
The fibers also retain their shape better than most animal hair brushes and the heads have shape memory. If one of these brushes ever gets bent you can restore the shape by passing the tips through steam or holding the brush under hot running water for a few seconds, reshaping, and then allowing it to dry back to its original shape.
In my tests I found that the NuFibre bristles worked particularly well with creams and liquids although you can use them with any type of makeup.
If there is a downside (you might not think it is one), makeup application appears to be a bit less intense than with some conventional brushes.
A less intense makeup application can also be a good thing, depending upon how much you like to control and layer your products and colors.
Here are the brushes currently available in the BrushCraft collection(from left to right in the photo below):
· BrushCraft Linear 1 –designed to help make a line of color easier with a thin row of fibers aligned for shadow or liner. This brush can make a thin line for liner or brows. It might take a bit of practice to get it really thin. I’d like to see an even thinner brush.
BrushCraft Circle 1R – The cylindrical bristles with a rounded domed top at the fibre tips is perfect for applying eyeshadow and blending, spot concealing, focused contouring, and even for lip color.
BrushCraft Oval 3 – The Oval 3 flawlessly applies eyeshadow to your lid area. This is my favorite brush in the collection. You can also use it for concealer.
BrushCraft Oval 6 – This is designed for applying foundation, contour and blush. In my opinion it’s a bit small for large scale application, fine for blush or contour, but for foundation a larger head would be easier to use.
The Bottom Line:
The new Artis BrushCraft collection is similar to their more expensive, Artis brushes cousins. They are different companies, but the idea and designs are similar.
What Makes BrushCraft different is a lower price point, and simpler handles that are durable, high-quality matte black and lightweight resin. They are easy to hold, especially for someone who is a neophyte using this design.
I really like these BrushCraft makeup brushes! They provide an exciting, fun to use, professional quality makeup application at a reasonable price.
TIP: To protect and clean these brushes use the Artis cleaning pad and liquid foaming cleanser — you don’t even need water (starter set $30). For powder shadows, jJust slide the brush over the pad and it will remove makeup and restore the fibers without having to rub, scrub or pull them, distorting the shape. For creams, use a dollop of cleansing foam and rub the brush on the foam on the pad until it is clean. For more cleaning tips visit http://www.artisbrush.com/cleaning-system-product/brush-cleaning-starter-set
The cleansing process is so quick, effective and easy it encourages you to clean your brushes more often.