Beauty Subscription All Star: Luxie Brushes

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Thanks to Ipsy and Bosycharm, my Luxie brush collection is steadily growing.

If you’ve been receiving beauty subscriptions within the past year, then you’ve probably noticed that a certain brush brand has been featured multiple times.

Box subscriptions are a great way for a beginner to slowly build up their brush collection. And for seasoned enthusiasts, you know you can never have too many brushes (especially if you’re lazy about cleaning them, like me). They have to be my favorite things to receive in monthly subscriptions, along with beauty sponges. Sometimes, the brushes can be poor quality. After all, it’s not like they’re sticking Wayne Goss brushes in our bags (I wish!), but most of the time they’re pretty good quality.

The brand that has been making rounds into pretty much all the beauty subscriptions is Luxie Beauty. And I’m not mad at this.

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From the first time I received a Luxie brush, I was impressed. Synthetic brushes can be hit or miss, though I personally prefer them for their affordability and low maintenance (Real Techniques, It Cosmetics, and E.L.F. being my favorites). Luxie proves that a synthetic brush can be excellent quality.

The bristles are incredibly soft and don’t shed when washing (win!). I also love the construction of the handle and barrel. Unlike some other brushes, I’ve used and abused my Luxie brushes and they haven’t fallen apart on me.

The first few brushes from them I tried were eye brushes. I have to admit, their crease and blending brushes are well loved. What I like about them is the material of their bristles works well with powder and cream shadow. I can even make them work well with ColourPop Super Shock shadows, something I can’t say about a lot of  my other brushes. Their concealer brush, a flat edge, is my absolute favorite for applying pigments on the eyelid.

The first face brush I got to try was the 514 Blush Brush. While a bit softer than my preferred blush brushes (I like applying my blush with a stiffer brush), it still works incredibly well, especially with my more pigmented blushes that need extra blending. Again, this was great quality and good beauty tool.

At this point, I’ve tried almost all the brushes Luxie has to offer from their rose gold collection. My sister actually has the 30 piece Brush Book Set (USD $350.00) and she let me play around with all the brushes offered in there. Just like everything else I’ve tried in subscriptions, these brushes were phenomenal. Some of their standouts were their duo fibre face brushes, which worked beautifully with my cream and liquid products.

Bottom Line: Priced between $12-$30, these brushes are well made and worth their price point. Their comparable, and in some cases superior to Real Techniques brushes. While not as affordable as e.l.f., if you’re in the market for well constructed synthetic brushes this is a great place to look. Of course, it needs to be asked if these brushes are constantly in subscription services, are they even worth buying?

Personally, I say yes. I’ve now got some doubles of Luxie brushes in my collection and I’m more than happy to have multiples. I constantly use them in my makeup rotation. I don’t think you’ll be bummed out if you buy a brush from them and then end up getting the same brush in a subscription box.

You can never have too many great quality brushes.

The two subscription services that have sent me Luxie brushes are Ipsy and Boxycharm. Click on their respective links if you want to subscribe to them.

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March 2016 Ipsy Review #1: Me me me Loose Powder Brush

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Getting brushes in subscriptions is my favorite!

I love getting a good brush in a box subscription. We all know just how lazy I am about purchasing my own brushes. While the difference between a good and bad tool can make or break your look, I’m still meh about purchasing my own brushes. Plus, there are so many on the market that it’s pretty overwhelming to pick the right one.

Ipsy started off March right by including this Loose Powder Brush from MeMeMe Cosmetics (GBP £14, full size). This company is from the UK and I could only get the pricing in British Pounds, but it’s the equivalent to USD $20. On their website, MeMeMe claims to deliver quality brushes at an affordable price. I’m not sure if the concept of “affordable” is a bit different in the UK, but in my mind a $20 brush is not affordable. It’s definitely mid range. Affordable to me is e.l.f. prices, from $1 to $15. Anything more expensive, and we’ve hit midrange. At $20, I expect the construction and quality I would find in Real Techniques (on the more affordable side of midrange) or Sephora brushes.

The brush itself is nicely made. The bristles are quite even and well packed in a dome shape. I couldn’t find any information on the materials used, but they appear to be synthetic. I prefer synthetic brushes, so this is a plus. This can definitely be used for loose powder, but it’s a little smaller than the brush size I prefer for applying full face powder. However, it is the perfect size for applying powder in the under eye area — super ideal for setting concealer.

The handle is a thick plastic. If I’m being candid, I expected nicer materials for the price point. The construction of the brush is wonderful, but the materials remind me very much of e.l.f.’s brushes. This isn’t a bad thing, but it makes me think that this brush definitely isn’t worth $20. To compare, over at e.l.f.’s website you can buy an 11 piece brush set, with a case, that includes a similar looking powder brush for just $10 more.

It does perform really well at applying powder, so it definitely gets the job done and done right. The synthetic bristles are easy to clean and don’t shed. But then again, neither do e.l.f.’s. I’m just having such a hard time justifying the price point. If they come over to the US, I think they’ll have to lower them to be more competitive.

Rating: 3/5. This is a good loose powder brush that everyone should have in their collection. It applies product evenly and is well constructed. However, I’m perplexed by the price. You are getting a nice brush, but definitely not one worth $20. I’d love to try more, but why would I when I get the same thing from other brands at a truly affordable price?

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