Since the world’s first beauty fanatic triumphantly shouted, “Eureka!” while thrusting her makeup brush into the air, faces and makeup bags everywhere have been plagued by boring brushes and stiff bristles.
For (what seemed like) millennia, brushes with boring black handles and scratchy bristles bothered beauty lovers, who dreamed of living life more colorfully, and comfortably, with brushes like the ones in the new $38 five-piece Sephora IZAK Brush Set.
Not only are the foundation, powder, eyeshadow, brow and liner brushes in this new limited edition holiday set super soft, they’re also quite sassy.
And the source of that sass? New York-based French illustrator Izak Zenou, who’s worked with some of the biggest names in beauty and fashion, including Chanel, Henri Bendel and Laura Mercier.
I love his illustrations and the work he’s done here. The black, white and hot pink brushes in the set, and the illustrated gal gracing the accompanying zippered pouch, are so glam yet oddly approachable…
The illustrated girl on the front looks like she’d be fun to hang out with — chic and totally down to earth. I bet she wouldn’t judge me if I showed up to our lunch date with two-tone matte lips and cat fur stuck to my suede ankle boots.
Sephora has been on FIRE this year with their gift sets, and I really like this one, too. You get the basics — a powder brush, a flat-top foundation brush, a flat eyeshadow brush, a bent liner brush, and a brush for your lashes and brows. The handles feel sturdy in my hands, and the brush heads feel soft against my skin.
Picture them sitting stylishly on your bathroom counter.
I do have one minor sticking point, and it has to do with water. When I wash the eyeshadow, foundation and powder brushes, the heads (which I believe are synthetic) retain a ton of water. If I don’t squeeze most of it out of them, they take forever to dry.
A minute ago, the set was marked as “sold out” online, but it might be worth tracking down at a store if you know someone who has makeup brushes on their gift list.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and online at sephora.com (although they appear sold out for now)
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,