New and Fab: Estee Lauder Professional Brush Collection

By | January 26 2010 | 17 Comments

Estee Lauder recently released a new set of makeup brushes which I’ve been eyeing covetously, because of course, I definitely don’t have enough makeup brushes to  be getting on with as it is. Luckily for me and my product-loving ways, they sent me a few to try.

With nine in the line-up, I got a powder brush, a foundation brush, an angled eyeliner/brow brush and a concealer brush to check out. I can confirm that the brushes are pretty to look at, bristles are beautiful, densely packed but very soft, and the powder and angled brow brushes are great and welcome additions into my collection.

The foundation brush is also very good – but I’m a buffing brush kinda gal these days so it won’t get the love it deserves. By the by though, these sort of brushes are good for stick/mousse foundations, so if you’re a (shudder) Max Factor Pan Stik kinda gal, or a oh-they’re-much-nicer Bobbi Brown stick foundation lady, then you’ll be quids in with this.

One brush stood head-and-shoulders above the rest for me, and it was the one I’d probably have been most likely to overlook, too. The concealer brush. Yup. Concealer. It is fantastic. Now, I do use a concealer brush on a daily basis but the one I had been using – and which was doing a grand job, so I thought, had a much smaller head. A wee version of its foundation sister, the Estee Lauder version has a lovely, well-shaped firm bristle mass that’s soft and pretty much applies your concealer with one swoop.

Into the pot of Benefit Erase Paste, and onto the shadows at the sides of the nose and outer corner of the eye and bam, I’m done. Because it’s bigger than my old one, concealing any redness on cheeks and masking any zits that have erupted on my chin takes about two seconds too. In summary, it’s great, and well worth the €27.50 price tag.

Want to check out the prices of the rest of the brushes? They’re after the cut.

  • Powder Brush, €35.50
  • Powder Foundation Brush, €24.50
  • Foundation Brush, €24.50
  • Concealer Brush, €27.50
  • Blush Brush, €27.50
  • Contour Shadow Brush, €42
  • Blending Shadow Brush, €24.50
  • Eyeliner/Brow Brush,  €24.50
  • Lip Brush, €42
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17 Replies to "New and Fab: Estee Lauder Professional Brush Collection"

  • BLUE_Eyes says:

    my first ever makeup brush was the estee lauder foundation one- its really fab- and much nicer than my MAC one – also I got it in England years ago and the guy who sold it to me said they have a lifetime guarantee on them- and the handle cracked on it bout a year later (was kinda a see thru hard plastic one which snapped when it fell on floor one day) – and it was replaced no questions asked :)

  • roxette says:

    I have that foundation brush too Blue eyes and its only deadly. I have a lancome one and a mac one and they dont even come close to being as good as the estee lauder one.

  • cj says:

    Just gorgeous brushes. Please tell me, Kirstie, who won the Shiseido lip stick?

  • Kirstie says:

    CJ – you’re incorrigible! I didn’t pick yet, it wasn’t going to be a shis lipstick anyway (just perhaps maybe (no definite!!!) a little treat) as I don’t have ‘em but will go back and update the post now with a winner.

  • Hermione says:

    This is actually very apt posting – I’m going to Asta to get the brows done on Friday (overdue by ,ooh, about two months!) and I had no idea what to get for my redeemable purchase. I’m plagued with spotai at the moment so the timing doubly apt!

  • Hermione says:

    timing is doubly apt, even :oops:

  • Boourns says:

    Went to try out the doublewear light last weekend in BTs and the SA used the foundation brush on me. Really looked like a nice brush and easy to use and I’ve been meaning to get one (must stop using my fingers!!) Thought she quoted around €30 something for the brush, must have heard her wrong cause those prices above are really quite affordable…think i will be purchasing!!! (hurry up payday!)

  • Glamazon says:

    Is the concealer brush similar to the Laura Mercier camoflage brush? The look like a similar size etc. The lasses on Pixiwoo seem to use either a MAC blending brush or LM cam brush for concealer and it seems so easy. Prices seem very reasonable for the EL ones.

  • cch says:

    Hang on, lifetime guarantee?? I have their foundation brush probably five years now but I’m not using it much recently as the bristles aren’t secured within the metal casing, they move up and down as one (not sure if I’m making sense with this description!)
    So would it be mad cheeky to try get a replacement just as they bring out new versions?? :-)

  • Kirstie says:

    Glam – I dunno! I don’t have that one I’s afraid.

    CCH – never heard the lifetime thing myself, but I assume you could ask.

  • laineyg says:

    They look identical to the MAC ones in the picture, and since Estee Lauder owns MAC I wonder if there is a manufacturing conenction, tho interested since you all say they are better than the MAC I must have a look, I fancy the blending brush it looks more usable than either of my MAC ones and the concealer brush.

    But I am going travelling for 3 months so I really don’t need anything. Ahem.

  • BLUE_Eyes says:

    laineyg- i keep wondering what the hell i do when i go travelling coz no space for makeup/too heavy to lug- im NEVER without makeup?! guess have to bring a few multitasking things with me!

    yeah i couldnt beleive the lifetime guarantee either- try it out coz maybe some SA’s don’t know- i konw when i returned the broken handled brush (also bk in England) one shop gave me details to send it off to HQ and another changed it on the spot!

  • Boourns says:

    Morning! Bought the foundation brush last night in BTs as I’ve been meaning to get one for ages! €32.50 in BTs, seems pretty good so far, this morning was my first time ever using a brush!

  • laineyg says:

    BLUE_eyes I’m trying to take the bare minimum but on the other hand i’m not that willing to compromise! I’m only going for 3 months so have a bit of flexibility I think. Current plan is bare minerals foundation and veil (stays on in heat/humidity, takes 3 seconds to apply), BB shimmering nudes, one MAC e/s quad (I can’t cope with just the nudes, need something smokey), one blusher (MAC well dressed), one eyeliner MAC Graphblack technakohl), one lipstick (MAC creme cup) and some kind of unconfirmed mascara (probably 2 really). About 6 brushes. I don’t think that’s an unreasonable amount… I hope!

    Have decanted Shu cleansing oil into bottle from Muji.

  • Scarie says:

    Is the price on the lipbrush right??? E42 seems expensive compared to the others! But they look so good

  • Kirstie says:

    scarie – I already queried the prices because I didn’t think they looked correct either, and the brand came back to me with a couple of changes. But I would think that some are still off, yeah.

  • Scarie says:

    It’s funny cos I am the search for a good lipbrush and need to buy a few more 217s!! I looked at this and though oh maybe this brush then saw the price and went NO WAY ! :)

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