The Zoeva 225 Luxe Eye Blender Brush is a slightly tapered fluffy brush made with natural bristles. Zoeva markets the brush for the sole purpose of blending out eye shadow. I find this brush to be rather similar to the Zoeva Luxe Petit Crease Brush. The Eye Blender is a bit more dense and doesn’t come to a point like the Petit Crease does. I originally thought it might be a bit dense for crease color, but it actually works pretty nice for applying a medium or darker shade right in the crease. I occasionally use it for applying a shadow along my lashline for some extra definition, but it’s too big to do much detail work. I prefer using this brush for applying eye shadow, rather than just blending out existing color, as the name would suggest.
The Nyx Blending Brush #16 is a fluffy domed brush made with synthetic bristles. Nyx isn’t exactly known for their makeup brushes, but I wanted to pick one up since I got to see them in person at the Mall of America Nyx store. This brush is super soft, softer than both my Sigma and Zoeva brushes, so it feels really nice on the eye area. I like to use this brush for both applying shadow into the crease and for blending out shadows. It is similar in size to the Sigma E40, and works to blend out shadows in pretty much the same manner. This brush is just a bit more dense than the E40. As far as applying shadow in the crease, I much prefer using the Nyx #16 over the Sigma E40. I have gotten so much use out of this brush, and it remains as one of my go-to eye brushes. After my experience with this brush, I will probably purchase some more Nyx brushes in the future!
The Zoeva 229 Eye Finish Brush is a fluffy, thin and pointed brush made of synthetic duo-fiber bristles. Zoeva says the brush “enables a sheer application and smooth blending of powder and cream eyeshadow.” This brush is actually pretty cool. Up close, you can see that the black bristles are shaped in a typical rounded blender brush style, and the duo fibre bristles are sticking out of it. Since it doesn’t pick up as much shadow as traditional brushes, this brush works very well for super pigmented or dark shadows. I find that I get the best results applying a black shadow in the crease when I use this brush. It also works well for blending since it sheers the color out just a bit. It is a bit small for applying shadow all over the crease area as a transition color (at least on my eyes) but it is a great size for getting right in the crease.
Price: €14.80 * Buy At: Zoeva's Website
The Zoeva 114 Luxe Face Focus Brush is a fluffy, flat brush made of natural and synthetic bristles. Zoeva suggests this brush to be used for highlighting the face. The most similar brush I have to this one is the Real Techniques Setting Brush. However, the Face Focus brush is flatter and a bit more wide. I really like using this brush to highlight the top of my cheekbones, which is typically the only place that I apply highlight. You could use this brush to set under your eyes or powder specific areas on the face, but it isn't a fluffy brush so it may apply more product than desired. I have been using this brush a ton since I got it; I just really like Zoeva brushes! The brush has been holding up perfectly, as I expect from Zoeva, none of the bristles have shed or splayed so far.
Price: $2.99 * Buy At: Kmart
The Wet n Wild Blush Brush is a rounded fluffy brush made with synthetic bristles. The bristles of this brush are amazingly soft, comparable with my favorite IT Cosmetics brushes. It is a bit flimsy, but I still find it easy to apply or blend out product with. The brush is somewhat thinner than many fluffier blush brushes, so it also can work well for a soft contour or bronzer application. My only gripe with this brush, is that the ends of it are pink, making it pretty difficult to see how much product you have on the brush, especially since most of the blush colors I apply are at least a little bit pink.
Price: €60 * Buy At: Zoeva's Website
The Zoeva Complete Eye Set contains twelve eye brushes and a small black bG. In case you are not familiar with Zoeva, it is a German company that specializes in makeup brushes. The prices are somewhat similar to Sigma, but Zoeva is more affordable which sort of makes up for the ridiculous shipping price I had to pay. If I put all the pictures of all twelve brushes in this one post, it would be ginormous, so I am splitting my review of the Complete Eye Set into three parts, this one of course is the first part. You can find my reviews of the other brushes by clicking on the links at the top of this post!
230 Luxe Pencil Brush
The Zoeva 239 Luxe Pencil Brush is a short and dense brush that comes to a point. Most people like to use pencil brushes to apply color to the lower lashline, but I think the brush is a bit too dense for that. It's not that the brush isn't soft, but since it is so short and dense, it feels a bit uncomfortable on the lower lashline. Given the density and shape of this brush, it could also be used to apply highlight in the inner corners. No bristles have shed or splayed on this brush so far.
322 Brow Line Brush
The Zoeva 322 Brow Line Brush is a short angled brush. The bristles are very dense, which allows you to really get a clean application of brow color. The brush is a bit thicker than your typical eyeliner brush, but still thin enough to work with most people's brow size and shape. I like using this brush with the Anastasia DipBrow Pomeade, but it would also work great with a powder brow color. So far, none of the bristles have splayed or shed from this brush.
317 Wing Liner Brush
The Zoeva 317 Wing Liner Brush is a thin angled eyeliner brush. The bristles are cut at a pretty sharp angle, and while it isn't all that apparent in the pictures, it is much more angled than my other angled liner brushes. The angle of the brush makes lining the lid a bit more difficult, but as the name suggests, it works great for winging out liner. I like to use this brush with gel liner, but you could always apply a dark eye shadow with it as well. None of the bristles from this brush have splayed or shed so far.
224 Luxe Defined Crease Brush
The 224 Luxe Defined Crease Brush is a long, thin crease brush that isn't very dense. This is one of my favorite brushes in the set, and I love using it to apply shadow right in the crease. You could also use this brush for blending out the lower lash line, intensifying the crease transition shade, or even lightly highlighting the brow bone. A couple of bristles have splayed on this brush after using it, but it doesn't affect the brush's function.
Price: €60 * Buy At: Zoeva's Website
The Zoeva Complete Eye Set contains twelve eye brushes and a small black case. In case you are not familiar with Zoeva, it is a German company that specializes in makeup brushes. The prices are somewhat similar to Sigma, but Zoeva is more affordable which sort of makes up for the ridiculous shipping price I had to pay. If I put all the pictures of all twelve brushes in this one post, it would be ginormous, so I am splitting my review of the Complete Eye Set into three parts, this one of course is the first part. You can find my reviews of the other brushes by clicking on the links at the top of this post!
The Complete Eye Set brushes are made of both synthetic and natural bristles, but the brush description does not specify which are which. The following descriptions come from the Zoeva website: "224 Luxe Defined Crease: Create smooth eye shadow transitions, 226 Smudger: Smudge eye shadow and kohl along the lashline, 227 Soft Definer: Softly blend and smooth eye shadow, 228 Crease: Blending and shading eye shadow in the crease, 230 Pencil: Precise shading and smoothing edges, 231 Petit Crease: Accentuating and blending in the crease, 234 Smoky Shader: Shading and blending with smoky effect, 237 Detail Shader: Detailed application of eye shadow, 315 Fine Liner: Apply eyeliner in delicate strokes, 317 Wing Liner: Detailed eyeliner strokes and a perfect wing, 322 Brow Line: Eyebrow brush for powder and cream products, 142 Concealer Buffer: Apply and blend concealer."
227 Luxe Soft Definer Brush
The 227 Luxe Soft Definer Brush is a flat, but fluffy brush that can be used in many different places on the eyes. It is similar to the very popular Sigma E25 brush, but there are noticeable differences. The Soft Definer Brush has longer, denser bristles than the E25, but the shape and function is quite similar. You could use this brush for applying brow bone highlight, lid color and crease color, but I prefer using it in the crease.
142 Concealer Buffer Brush
The 142 Concealer Buffer Brush is a large, dense dome shaped brush. I use this brush quite often to blend out the concealer that I sometimes use to prime my eyes. Despite the brush being pretty dense, it doesn't feel irritating on the skin and I don't find it to pull on my eye lids too much. Although this brush was included in the eye brush set, I can't really think of anyway to use it with eye shadow.
315 Fine Liner Brush
The 315 Fine Liner Brush is a thin and pointed liner brush with a bend in the ferrule. The brush is quite fine, so it has quickly become my go to brush for applying gel eye liner. Luckily, I have not experienced any of the bristles splaying, so the brush continues to work great for applying a clean and sharp line. The Fine Liner Brush isn't flimsy, but it also isn't too firm so it gives a little bit when in use.
234 Luxe Smoky Shader Brush
The 234 Luxe Smoky Shader brush is a classic shadow shading brush with a rounded tip. The brush is made of dense, silky bristles that are perfect for packing color onto the lids. I don't particularly find it to work better than any other shading brush that I own, but it gets the job done.
Price: $5.99 * Buy At: Ulta
The Real Techniques Lash-Brow Groomer is a dual sided brow and lash comb. The handle is the same purple color as the other eye brushes from Real Techniques. Although I don't really use it, the lash comb side comes with a small plastic cover to protect it. The bristles on the brow groomer are pretty dense and the lash comb is made out of some kind of metal. Lately, I have been getting into combing out my lashes between coats of mascara and I was finding that a plastic lash comb was just not cutting it. This metal lash comb works very well at separating the lashes as well as removing any clumps your mascara left behind. The brow side does a good job at softening the appearance of brow product, whether it be a pencil, powder or some kind of pomade. I think a lash/brow comb should be a part of every collection and I would definitely recommend this one from Real Techniques!
Price: $5.99 * Buy At: Ulta
The Real Techniques Shading Brush is a small flat shader brush. The brush's handle is a metallic purple and it is a bit shorter than a typical eye brush. The size of this brush is somewhere between a detail brush (that you could use for an inner corner highlight) and a typical shader brush (that you could use for packing shadow onto the lid). Since it is a cross between a detail and shader brush, it can multitask and work for both. The bristles are pretty soft and I don't find them to ever irritate my eyes. Personally, I wouldn't try to use this brush to blend my shadow, but since it is a bit fluffy, I suppose you could make it work. As with my other Real Techniques brushes, the bristles on the Shading Brush have not splayed or shed.
Price: €12.80 * Buy At: Zoeva's Website
The Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight Brush is a small tapered face brush made of both synthetic and natural bristles.
The bristles on this brush are pretty dense, which works great for a more intense highlight, as well as with less pigmented highlighters. It could maybe be used for contouring in a pinch, but I find it to work the best with powder highlights on the tops of the cheekbones. The bristles aren't super soft, but they don't irritate the skin whatsoever. I haven't had any issues with any of the bristles shedding or splaying so far, and I don't think that I will. The size and shape of the brush works great on my face, and I think it would work great for most people. The handle is an average face brush size and the name of the brush is written on the handle, along with Zoeva's logo. The brush comes in a nice reusable plastic bag, which I think is a nice little touch.