I was oohing and ahhing over pots of glitter when I felt someone tap my shoulder. I turned around to see James Vincent smiling at me saying, “Hi, Nicole.”
A mutual friend introduced us. I have long since admired James Vincent, but meeting him in person, artist to artist, was so wonderful. I met him at The Makeup Show in San Francisco last year. If you aren’t familiar with The Makeup Show, it’s a pro-focused beauty convention that travels the US every year. Bigger brands and smaller local brands attend, and you can find tons of goodies at a pro rate. They also have classes! I could listen to James Vincent teach for hooooours. And I did.
When I met him, he told me about this brush collection from the London Brush Company (it looks like they’re sold out as of right now), and I obviously needed it. The brushes are vegan Mongoose hair, and very simple in design with only James Vincent and London Brush Company on the ferrule. They’re very soft, and very versatile.
Let’s break it down: there are 3 pyramid brushes and two bent ones.
The biggest pyramid brush works for so many base products. That’s something I LOVE about LBC — the multitude of uses a single brush is made to have. I’ve used this brush for moisturizer, primer, foundation, setting powder, and contour. It’s bloody brilliant. The fine point makes it easy to get in there and contour precisely and the pyramid angle helps blend it out. It applies powder so easily with not too much product (I’ve been using it with the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder and the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder).
The next two pyramid brushes I’ve been using mostly as eye brushes, but also for contouring my nose (which I don’t do often, but it helps in photos and when I’m hanging out with drag queens and feel under…painted). Again, this pyramid thing is bloody brilliant. Apply with the tip, blend with the edges. It also makes crease work so damn easy because the flat part of the triangle sort of blocks pigment from blending down onto your mobile lid. Brilliant I tell you.
Next, my favorite brushes. I am all about bent tools. I have a scar on the center of my right pupil which makes me see double (if not triple) at a certain distance (probably explains my art), so bent tools are great for precision work when you have obstacles. They’re also great when working on other people.
I love the mascara brush for smokey lash lines! It’s really easy to control pigment deposit with these brushes, and I find that switching between like colors (wiping the brush on a towel in between) is really easy. This eye look took a minute. One. Minute. Two brushes, one minute.
The bent lip brush is great for those bold lip colors that you need to get right the first go around. Since it’s bent, you can see exactly where you’re about to place the product, and there is literally nothing left up to chance. Bangin’ lip color every time.
Needless to say, I love this brush set. I have complete faith in anything James Vincent does.
James Vincent has worked with the likes of Joan Jett, Courtney Love, Florence and the Machine, and Lady Gaga to name a few. He founded the punk rock glam line Ardency Inn (check out their black eyeliner!) Check him out on Instagram for albums of the day & other makeup industry insights. His handle is @jvincentmakeup.
*James Vincent did not gift me this brush set.