May 31, 2011

Edward Bess Luxury Face Brush

as i have told you earlier, i also bought the Luxury Face Brush by Edward Bess since i'm such a brush-fanatic and actually can't really resist not to try at least one or two of each brand. luckily this brand only offers two brushes at the moment, so i can both enjoy to test out their brushes but can also proudly state that i own their whole brush collection haha (this sounds better than it looks in real ;)).
click here to read my review on the Edward Bess Luxury Eye Brush.
this little face brush left quite a big dent in my budget with its 44£/~52€ price point, but i love face brushes and from all the amazing reviews about it, it seemed to be a no-brainer ;) (and hey, if you follow Edward's philosophy, you would only need this one brush for your face make up so the price relativates). i ordered on

this is what they say about it (and the brand) on

"Investing in good brushes is always worth it. As with the rest of his collection, Edward has kept his collection edited with only a luxury face brush and a luxury eye brush. The majority of his collection has been designed to be easily applyable with your fingers.
This is what Edward says about his brush:
'Experience ultimate luxury for the face. Perfectly designed to define and accentuate. Expertly crafted with hand-shaped, natural bristles set in sleek weighted metal for superb application. Presented in a signature black box'.

Edward Bess is a stunning, sexy new make-up line, made up of wearable shades, luxurious formulas and simple, design led packaging. Edward started his career as a successful male model, spending his time between London & New York. In 2006, he decided to focus fully on developing his cosmetic line, concentrating on bringing to life his vision of female beauty. Edward’s gentle nature combined with his extremely qualitative products has insured the brand has become an instant success. Edward Bess is currently stocked at Bergdorf Goodman (NYC) and"

this brush comes in it's own gift box and would make a really classy gift for any cosmetics-lover. it has this little acrylic (! - not thin plastic) protection tube around it that you could use to adjust the density and head size of the brush with when you leave it on the brush like a belt (hope you can imagine what i mean). of course my head was full of air when i received the brush, drooled over it and somehow lost (or maybe even thrown away) this helpful little tool - this usage idea hasn't even come to my mind at the time (i have read about it afterwards) and i only wanted to tidy up the photo-location ;)
it's a kabuki type brush with a short stand up handle that in fact is longer than most kabuki brushes and is made of metal. it feels heavy and secure in my hand, still not too heavy and the handle is not too thick. the brush is made of natural hair, i think it's goat hair even though i can't find out anything official about the hair type. it's densely packed but not as dense as your usual kabuki brush, it's more like a more dense face brush that's round bounded and flat dome shaped.
it's quite slender at the beginning but fluffs out quite a bit after washing. it washes nicely without shedding and it only bled a bit of greyish dye. it dries quickly (in about 6h) but you should find a way to let it dry upside down. for washing tips, you could take a look at my brush-care post ;)

post wash

let me state that this is not a soft brush.
that's the main let down for me - experiencing so many great brushes that are soft but still have a good resistance and fluffiness (hello Trish McEvoy, i love you!), i was somehow disappointed that i don't really like the feeling of this brush on my skin. it's made of a blend of uncut (that means the hairs have naturally grown ends) and cutted hair (which is cheaper and would add volume and resistance to a brush but feels prickly on the skin) - with this brush maybe 70:30%. but since the cutted hair is not bounded shorter than the soft hair but with the same length, it feels a bit harsh on my skin when i touch it with the brush head surface. with the Luxury Eye Brush EB shows that they can do it, i don't know why they don't use the same technique here. swiping is ok, but tapping feels not so great.
this is really only nagging on the highest level, but still has to be said.
if you feel ok with MAC brushes like the 150, 116 or 129 - this brush is better in hair quality so you won't be disappointed.
because it's still a good brush that works perfectly fine. i like it to apply sheer bronzers like the Chanel Bronze Rosé or also the Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Bronzer in Daydream. it picks up the ideal amount and has the perfect size and fluffiness to apply in seamless sweeps on your bronzer-areas.
you could also use it for powder or blusher, it's supposed to be a multi-purpose brush (the video on zuneta is again very helpful since you can see how the master himself uses it :P). although i wouldn't recommend it to apply mineral foundation or buff in any product since it's too loose And prickly for that.
however i reach for other brushes more often - for the similar type and size i like my MAC 181 mini kabuki brush. it's denser so i have to be more careful with application but also a lot softer.

MAC 182 - Edward Bess Luxury Face Brush - MAC 181
MAC 182 - Edward Bess Luxury Face Brush - MAC 181


look what i found:

it's that acrylic tube. now my brush keeps its shape even better and i can use the tube to adjust the density/head size. great, huh?
so don't forget to keep this nice little helper ;)


  1. Excellent review, I needed this. I'll probably stick to my Trish brushes. Thanks! :)

  2. I am so glad you reviewed this! I was actually thinking if I should get it but after reading a few reviews, including yours, I decided I wouldn't buy it. I personally have the MAC kabuki (sorry I don't remember if it's 181 or 182) and Shu 50H for I think I can skip this :) I totally cannot tolerate cut hair after using Suqqu brushes!
    Thanks for the review again xxx

  3. I need a new kabuki. This one looks excellent.

  4. @anonymous: thank you! i think you can undoubtedly do this without missing on anything.

    @poseylass: you're welcome! oh, you own suqqus?? these are things i will surely surely get within the next months. can't live with the "need" anymore! have to adjust this!

    @luv2smilexo: if you buy it, please note that it's much more losely packed than common kabukis and not made for application of mineral foundation.

  5. Yeap I have the face brush, the blush brush, the lip brush and the eye brow brush. The face brush and blush brush are the softest of all brushes I have tried x

  6. What brush do you suggest for mineral foundation then? Thanks!


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