I enjoy makeup as much as the next gal, but it’s safe to say that I’m personally much more of a natural makeup-look fan. That being said, I’d heard rave reviews about Artis brushes, and finally took the plunge on these cult-favorite makeup brushes. That was a year ago, and I’ve never looked back!
I’ve got a pretty healthy makeup collection, and like to play around with different looks. However, I always end up reverting back to a natural makeup look for everyday wear. I tend to go with just a handful of products: a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturizer, under eye concealer, brow color, a dash of bronzer and a swipe of mascara for my day to day makeup look.
While I was skeptical about the Artis brushes, I watched a ton of videos and read reviews online. I ultimately ordered the Artis Elite Oval 7 and Oval 4 last year and began incorporating them into my makeup application routine. And here we are a year later, I pretty much exclusively use my Artis Elite brushes to apply makeup, and have added a few other numbers to my rotation.
Last year I filmed an impromptu video of my makeup routine and posted it on Instagram, watch it here.
Artis Elite Brushes Review
Personally I can’t remember how I first heard about Artis brushes. It honestly may have been in a magazine. As I mentioned before, my makeup routine is pretty minimal, so lugging around a bunch of different brushes when I traveled was extremely annoying. Now with my Artis brushes, I bring the Oval 3, 4 and 7 along with the Demi. It makes packing easier, along with applying my makeup simpler.
I’ve listed out each of the Artis brushes I own, in numerical order. Of all the brushes, I use the Oval 7 the most, with the Oval 3 and 4 trailing just behind. Personally I feel like the Oval 7 is the most versatile of the brushes, but you can decide for yourself with the individual reviews below!
Elite Oval 3
The Elite Oval 3 works great for applying eyeshadow. I use this brush to swipe along my eyelids with a variety of powder eye shadows and blend from the corner in. Its smaller size is perfect for the eyelid. Because I only use powder makeup with this brush, I find that I can switch between different shades without much, if any, transfer.
Holding the brush flat when applying eyeshadow does take some getting used to, however now it’s the only brush I use to apply my powder eyeshadow. I also use the Ilia and Bobbi Brown cream eyeshadow sticks, but instead apply with my finger tips.
Elite Oval 4
The Oval 4 has been my go-to brush when applying concealer. The slightly larger head shape works well when blending under-eye concealer. The flat head of the brush, along with the smaller shape, gets right into the nooks and crannies of your under eyes when applying liquid or cream concealer.
With this brush, I’ve found a little concealer goes a really long way! I usually dab three little spots of concealer under each of my eyes, then use my Oval 4 in a half circle motion, starting from the corner of my eye, bringing it down and then over to the other side. It blends out nicely, and relatively quickly (just make sure you don’t apply too much pressure when blending).
Artis claims their brushes can be switched from liquid/cream to powder product, but I personally stick to using each for either powder or liquid product and don’t interchange.
Elite Oval 7
Okay, I’ll admit the price on this brush is a total buzzkill. For someone like myself who isn’t a huge makeup guru, I was extremely hesitant to pull the trigger on this brush. But after trying out the beauty blender for months, I just really hated holding the sponge in my hand to apply concealer or tinted moisturizer. It felt messy. Plus, I hated how much product it would absorb.
These brushes do go on sale from time-to-time, so I suggest trying to snag them then.
My review of the Artis Elite Oval 7 – it’s worth the hype! Once you get the hang of using it, it makes a huge difference in flawless makeup application. I’ve found that I use a lot less product and the brush really blends out product. Apply a few dots of concealer or tinted moisturizer on your face and hold the brush flat, moving in a circular (swirl-type) motion.
If you’re going to purchase any of the Artis brushes, make it the Oval 7. Personally, it’s been a great investment. Gone are the days of going through beauty blenders/sponges every couple of months, this brush has been worth every penny. If you take care of it, you’ll agree.
Artis Elite Mini Palm Brush
The mini palm brush was a random purchase last year during Black Friday, as it was 50% off. It’s different in that it fits in the palm of your hand. Initially I couldn’t decide whether I liked that or not.
I first used this brush to apply body cream. It works well to blend it in, but I realized this was a silly use for it. I’ve since cleaned it and now use it for applying and blending bronzer when I travel. It’s mini compact size makes it easy to toss into my makeup bag, and it blends the bronzer nicely for a glowy, flawless finish.
Of all my Artis brushes, the Artis mini palm brush would be at the bottom of my purchase recommendation list. It seems like a frivolous brush for someone like me who wears light makeup.
Looking for more beauty posts? Check out a previous post sharing my thoughts on various non-toxic makeup products along with a full review of each item.