A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about my Artis brush dupe search, but I realized that I never actually wrote a proper review on my Artis Oval 7 brush. I just got in another set of dupes, so look for an update to that post and a first impressions on my YouTube channel!
First thing I’ll mention, this is a really really really expensive brush. I’m talking $60 plus shipping and tax expensive. I think I ended up getting at just under $70. Although it might have been even more expensive than that. It’s up for debate as to whether or not I think it’s worth the price, but let’s save that discussion for the end.
What’s the big deal about the Artis brushes?
So why would anyone want to pay $60 for a makeup brush? That’s ridiculous. Most MAC brushes aren’t even that expensive.
Well basically the idea behind the brush in the first place is that traditional makeup brushes aren’t meant for people to apply makeup to themselves. They’re meant for makeup artists to apply makeup to other people. Think about it like this:
Paintbrushes are meant for artists to paint a canvas? Don’t makeup brushes look a whole lot like paintbrushes? That’s the point.
Now think about your hair brush. A lot easier to brush your own hair with it than it is to brush someone else’s, huh? Same idea!
So now that you understand why the shape is so unique and why it gives this brush an edge, that’s not all. It’s also incredibly dense. Supposedly, the Artis Oval 8 brushes has over 100,000 fibers. Yeah, 100,000!
Insane, but that’s one of the best things about it. The brush is so dense that it pushes the product onto your skin instead of seeping into the bristles. So what does that mean? It means that you waste less product (and money!).
So is it true? Yep! I honestly have found that this brush does require me to use significantly less foundation. Not even just that – but it gives a beautiful flawless finish. Seriously. No other brush that I have can do that.
So what about the beauty blender?
Sure, you get a flawless finish.. But can’t you get that with the $20 beauty blender? Sure. You can get a pretty flawless finish with the sponge, but you’ll most likely end up spending a lot more money on foundation.
I usually find myself putting on more makeup – several layers – with sponges. They absorb a lot of product, and they also can tend to pick up more product than they put on if you’re not careful.
How do you use it?
It’s really easy to use. Once you get the hang of it, it will feel really natural. Just dot your product on your face and then use the brush in one big swirling-type motion. The key is to keep the brush on your face and lightly glide it over your skin.
And what’s the best part? You can use it for almost anything. It will blend out concealer, foundation, blush, contour powder/cream, etc. It’s your one stop shop for liquid, cream, and powder! Seriously.
The Million Dollar Question: Is the Artis Oval 7 worth the money?
Personally, I don’t think the average person needs this brush. But if you really want to have a nice brush – one that can literally be used for your entire face, I think this brush is a great investment.
Take care of the brush, and I think it will last you a long long time. Much longer than any beauty blender will last you, and it’s multi-purpose.
Face wise, it’s just about the only brush you need. (Except for the powder brush – it doesn’t replace that one in my book).
So yes, I think it’s worth the money if it’s the right brush for you!
If you want to learn more about the brush, check out this first impressions video!