i heard about the brushes by Paula Dorf from Lisa Eldridge for the first time, she recommended some in her favourite brushes video. i found some models for a discounted prices on ebay, i think this line was discontinued at some stores and rests were sold to wholesellers.
after some research on the internet, i was convinced that i had to get them at that "bargain" price ;)
initially i was on the hunt for the Paula Dorf Sheer Crease Brush and the pencil type brush, but i couldn't find them, so i bought these 4 brushes:
- Powder Brush
- Bronzing Fan Brush
- Eye Blender Brush
- Eyeshadow Brush
Paula Dorf Powder Brush
i paid about 30$ for this, it's a classic paddle type powder brush of a medium size. it's made with squirrel hair, i think, because it's just as soft as my Rouge Bunny Rouge or MakeUpShow or Trish McEvoy squirrel hair brushes (much softer than MAC/Sigma & co.). it still has some structure and volume to the bristles and feels fluffy and has a good bounce. it's very tender to your skin because it's made with natural ending hairs that wasn't cut. it washes very nice, although bled a little bit of greyish dye in the first wash. it didn't shed at all (and also doesn't) and kept the shape.
i like it to dust a fine veil of powder to set my foundation and to apply bronzer.
|Paula Dorf Powder Brush - MAC 134|
Paula Dorf Bronzing Fan Brush
i needed a fan brush and was about to get the huge and thick Louise Young one. i bought this here to try a thinner one to put on pigmented blushes, or highlighter or just to sweep away loose powder or eyeshadow fall outs on the cheeks.
i paid 14$ for this. it's made of goat hair and is not as soft as the other brushes. i still need to get the Louise Young brush.
|Paula Dorf Powder Brush - Paula Dorf Bronzing Fan Brush (size comparison)|
Paula Dorf Eye Blender Brush
this is a really big fluffy eye brush. it's like a MAC 227 with longer bristles. i bought it for 15$. it's made of very soft hair (i don't know if squirrel or goat) but has a good bounce to it. it's size and fluffiness makes it unusable for eyeshadow application for my small lids, i use it for general blending out or cheek highlight. if you do nose contouring, i think this brush would be perfect for it.
|Hakuhodo Kobutan Eyeshadow Brush L - Paula Dorf Eye Blending Brush - MAC 227 - Rouge Bunny Rouge Large Shader #3|
Paula Dorf Eye Shadow Brush
this is a fluffy MAC 217-type shaped brush (only this is a bit more flat at the top), i didn't expect it to have such a shape, because i couldn't really see it in the ebay-photo. it cost me 14$ and is made of very soft natural hair (again, no idea if squirrel or goat). it has a nice pressure point. so just like the MAC 217, this is a multipurpose brush. i use it to blend, to apply crease colour, lid colour, brow bone highlight and cream eyeshadow.
|MAC 217 - Paula Dorf Eye Shadow Brush - Estée Lauder Blender #25|