Lancome’s Deluxe Brush Set and Fashion Case Is Like Little Purple Kisses

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Yes, it’s pricey with short little handles (I prefer ’em long), and the giant plastic gems on the clutch look *hella* cheesy, but DAGNABBIT if these brush heads aren’t softer than a baby’s kiss.


Lancome’s Deluxe Brush Set ($60), one of two Lancome limited edition brush sets for the holidays, makes me wanna shoop!

Brushes on left, clutch on right

From left to right: powder brush, foundation brush, domed blending brush, dual-ended concealer/angled liner brush and flat eyeshadow brush

Deluxe comes with five basic eye and face brushes, complete with a matching clutch. The brushes apply and blend like dreams — good dreams. πŸ™‚ My favorite, the powder brush, feels more luxurious than cashmere against my skin. I’d wear it like a sweater if I could.

What do you think about the purple brush heads? Cute twist? Don’t they seem edgy yet classy at the same time?


Snug as a bug in a rug!

Six pieces, including the clutch, which works out to $10 each — not nearly as easy on the pocketbook as Sonia’s $20 holiday brush set, but, luckily, they aren’t half bad. Exceptionally soft (the powder brush feels like it’s worth $40 by itself), and I think they look fantastic. Too bad Lancome couldn’t have knocked off a couple of bucks, le sigh. And wouldn’t it be awesome if they came in more colors (hint hint)? Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+

You might like Lancome’s Deluxe Brushes if…

  • You’re into purple
  • You prefer your brushes with short handles
  • You’re looking to indulge yourself or someone else
  • You want to upgrade your basic makeup brushes

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Kate & Zena says:

    Ohhhhhhhh, those are divine bristles. Purple is my favorite color. However, I like my handles longer. I’m really accustomed to handling my Loew-Cornells when I decide to paint. Loew-Cornells are wickedly long (I think my longest is 10″ from the top of the ferrule to handle base). I also use them for make-up brushes. Dirt cheap but veeeeeeery soft.

    • Kate & Zena says:

      Also, I’ve noticed, compared to my actual brushes made for make-up, my Loew-Cornells are a 100 times softer and blend 2x better. Who says you need expensive brushes for make-up? Each one of my Cornells cost less than $10.

      • Karen says:

        I’ve heard lots of ladies love using paint brushes for makeup brushes. It’s a good money-saving tip. πŸ™‚

        • Kate & Zena says:

          It is much cheaper. MAC brushes are glorified paint brushes when you think about it. Both (Loew and MAC) have synthetic or animal bristles, a silver or gold ferrule and a wooden handle. I’ll take the actual mop-head paint brush that looks, blends and acts just like a 217/222/224 for $4.69 over the $28 for the 224. The heads of each brush look EXACTLY then same. The artist lives for bargains. πŸ™‚

          • Karen says:

            I’ll have to disagree with you on MAC brushes being glorified paint brushes. Love mine!

          • Nicole says:

            What paint brushes do you suggest & where can I find them? I’m on a budget & MAC’s makeup brushes are waayyyy too pricey for me.
            .-= Nicole’s last blog post… saucyfbaby: #RED #WORLDAIDSDAY =-.

          • Kate & Zena says:


            Here’s a few videos where you can start:

            MAV vs. Loew-Cornell

            MAC 239 vs. MAC 217 vs. MAC 224 vs. Loew-Cornell

            If you’re vegan, though, you’re out of luck. I don’t know any of the synthetic brushes that Loew-Cornell produces (they do have a synthetic range). Synthetic bristles are good for liquid foundation and that’s about it.

            When you go to the craft store, you want to look for goat or squirrel hair for bristles as that what MAC uses. The best places are craft stores geared for crafts (like Michaels) and not for fabric (JoAnns). There’s greater selection. Pig hair is far too harsh. I’m not sure about horsetail hair though. Horsehair typically is normally reserved for high-quality, uber-expensive paintbrushes. Talkon bristles typically equates expensive as well.

            Some people do state that paint brushes are only for paints and make-up brushes are only for make-up, but MAC uses the EXACT same bristles that Loew-Cornell uses. Bristles aren’t like paint, where they can be suited for only certain items (semi-gloss, eggshell, latex, etc.). It’s preference based mainly. I like natural over synthetic and longer handles than shorter handles.

  2. Hyzenthlay says:

    I have that powder brush. I’ve had it (not in purple) since last spring (it was a total last-minute, spur-of-the-moment, grab-as-I-walked-to-the-Sephora-counter splurge). I ADORE it. I actually can’t tell you how much I love that brush. I bought a second one to keep at work, just so that if I’m having a bad day, I can brush it over my face. It is so soft, and so . . . SOFT! It applies my loose powder perfectly, and sometimes I use it again after I’m done, just to get rid of any edges that I might have from my blush. RIDICULOUSLY LOVE THAT BRUSH πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      I’m SO GLAD to hear that somebody else besides me loves this! I thought I was being a freak show about it but it’s sooooo soft, right?

      Hee, I’m thinking a second one needs to come into my life, ASAP!

      • Hyzenthlay says:

        I’m tempted to buy the set, because I live that powder brush so much . . . I’m sure to love the others, right? πŸ™‚ They had this set in indigo for the Nordies sale over the summer, and I managed not to but it then. I don’t know if my will is that strong now . . .

        And did you see that all four new colors in the UD Super Stash will be available in full size in their spring collection? I guess I will be purchasig yet more of those πŸ™‚ I should start making lists of the ones I don’t own, it’d be easier than listing the ones I do! Although being able to name all of them helps me feel less guilty about the money I’ve spent . . . I use them so much that I know them all by name!

        Thank you for inspiring me to play with makeup and have fun with it. You do an amazing job with this site, and I am sure that many others will agree with me that I feel like you are good friend!

        • Karen says:

          Thanks for being such a great online buddy! I feel so lucky to have met so many amazing women through MBB. πŸ™‚

          This is gonna sound totally OCD but one thing I like to do with items that I have multiple colors of is to keep a swatch card. It’s basically just an index card with a tiny swatch of the different colors and a short description next to them. If you do that with your UD liners then you’ll always have a reference in one handy place; each time you get a new one you can just add it onto the card!

          • Hyzenthlay says:

            That sounds JUST like my type of OCD . . . I’m a perfectionist, and when I can’t do something right, I tend not to do it . . . I will definitely have to make that swatch card when I get home! I feel like people haven’t believed me when I talked about how amazing that brush is, so to see you raving about it is a great justification. If anyone questions me or doubts me, I’ll just pass them on to you (and maybe get them hooked on MBB, too!).

  3. Megan **** says:

    These brushes are *beautiful* πŸ™‚ I’m not very fond of the price, however I probably should be, since I basically spend the same amount for MAC brush sets. I’m in love with the idea of that dual-ended brush. Theoretically, it’d take up less space if I had an entire set of brushes; all with dual ends. Do you know of any sets like that?

  4. Paris B says:

    Thats quite cute! And at least you can be sure you dont’ have to contend with dirty looking brush heads like those with white bristles πŸ˜‰
    .-= Paris B’s last blog post… DIY Homemade Sugar Lip Scrub : Beauty in your kitchen! =-.

  5. Marisol says:

    Those look so pretty and soft. I like the short handles since I have small hands. But I don’t need any more brushes :'(
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… This is what a make-up no buy looks like =-.

  6. Jess says:

    Wow this is so pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you havent mentioned its by Lancome , I would thought it’s by Anna Sui.. hehe
    .-= Jess’s last blog post… GSC Pavillion KL 2nd Anniversary Promotion =-.

  7. Stephie says:

    I might be a little crazy but when you described the powder brush I swear I felt it swirl against my cheek πŸ˜› I like how it’s a gradient of color instead of a full on purple brush head. Sephora has brushes like that now and I feel like they look like silly skittle brushes. I agree the clutch looks a wee bit tacky like those holiday palettes from MAC last year but I think the brushes make up for that. They are beautiful *drools
    .-= Stephie’s last blog post… I LURRVE Polyvore =-.

  8. keerthamina says:

    those brush heads are sooo beautiful! i don’t even use m/u brushes (eyeliner/mascara are about all i wear), but i still want them!
    .-= keerthamina’s last blog post… notd: nails inc. berkeley square =-.

  9. Marina says:

    I just got the receipt from Nordstrom and they are on their way to my friend who is gonna ship them to me. Yes, I am that crazy to get them!!!! oh, boy I C-A-N-T wait!!!!
    The only thing that I don’t like is that I thought they are dark purple, not pinkinsh purple.
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… Warm and Cozy Collection by MAC Cosmetics =-.

  10. my gawd… the brushes are so gorgeous! !!
    .-= Blovet Beauty’s last blog post… MUFE & Random Makeup =-.

  11. Veky says:

    I’ve seen these already at and love them! I don’t think they’ll be available in my country which is perhaps better when it comes to my wallet πŸ˜€ but would really love try them πŸ™‚

    I’ve seen someone mentioned paint brushes and must say I have few of these too and love them ! They are so great, soft, really amazing! And the part – they’re cheap! πŸ™‚
    .-= Veky’s last blog post… Recenzija: Dior Night Butterfly paleta =-.

  12. mill says:

    this is now on my wishlist. its christmas, and these are basically the only brushes you need, so i WANT them!

    i never used to think brushes were that important and now im in love with them, but i wanna upgrade mine- a mixture of Sephora brand ones and hand- me- downs from my mum (who doesnt really know what to do with all the eyeshadow brushes she’s accumulated over the years. )

  13. gio says:

    Wow, those look so soft and beautiful!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… How to Shop for Perfume =-.

  14. These are tempting…simply because of the color of the bristles!!! Are they pink or purple? In some pics they look pink and in some they look purple.
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… Korres Ginger and Vitamins Foundation Review =-.

  15. Marce says:

    These are so pretty! I kinda like the fact that they’re coloured, you wouldn’t notice that they’re too dirty, LOL That’s what I hate about my #188 brush, no matter how much I wash it or clean it, it still has some nasty residue on the tips…am I doing anything wrong? πŸ™
    Nordstrom does Intl shipping? O-M-G! πŸ˜€

  16. Monica says:

    I love purple everything so loving these! How do they wash? any colour fade? Thanks!
    .-= Monica’s last blog post… Its officially time for a "no-buy" policy {mini-recap of IMATS haul} =-.

  17. Glosslizard says:

    Here’s another set I’ve been staring at longingly! I luuuurve the purple! The only thing I don’t love is the double-ended brush because I like to store all my brushes standing! I think I’ll wait and if this set goes on clearance after the holidays, I’ll pounce like a starving kitty on a sushi platter! πŸ™‚

  18. Ashley says:

    I love the looks of these but I’m curious to know if when washing my brushes, the purple or other dyes will come right out? If so i’d have to pass..

  19. Karen B says:

    Looks heavenly – and you know I have a soft spot for Lancôme. I desperately need a good concealer and a foundation brush for the holidays. Are the ones in this set any good?

  20. I want these brushes because they’re purple and pretty. Yes, sometimes I’m pretty shallow. They would look so good on a dresser.
    .-= BrooklynShoeBabe’s last blog post… Mama Needs A New Bag =-.

  21. Molly says:

    ..shoop ba doop, shoop ba doop ba doop ba doop…

  22. Rebecca says:

    I love how they’re purple! It really makes me want to buy them.. but I can’t afford to spend $60 on a brush set, no matter how pretty it may be (except the clutch, which is kind of horrendous) πŸ˜›
    I’d love it if they could sell the brushes individually!
    .-= Rebecca’s last blog post… Does Covergirl Lashblast Length live up to its name? =-.

  23. amy says:

    These are pretty and they are my kind of colour!
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Tarte Treasure Chest Tier 3: Lipglosses, Review and Swatches Part B =-.

  24. Steph B says:

    Hmmmm…Lancome is offering 20% off online sales until Nov 30th. Verrrrrrry tempting.

  25. Tavia says:

    These brushes look great, I also love the color (well u know me). I have to check them out and if I can’t find them in store maybe I will have better luck on line πŸ™‚
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Estée Lauder Ultimate Red Γ’β‚¬β€œ Holiday 2009 Collection =-.

  26. Bomi says:

    Hey Karen,
    I haven’t visited the mbb for a bit… and i just LOVE the new format haha.
    I wonder if the pigmentation o fthe brushes ruined the quality.
    Just thinking about hair dyeing, makes your hair…. die. That was a very corny joke. haha sorry bout that.

  27. Rita says:

    Love purple!! But I’ll stick with my MAC brushes. And I would be using only 3 of them.

  28. Vonvon says:

    Purple is one of my top top favorite colors!!! And my, the inside of the clutch with the Lancome roses in purple against a satin-y fabric…… and the brushes….

    and too bad…:( we aren’t getting them here…:( at all!
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Photos: theBalm Retail Therapy =-.

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