Review: Bdellium Tools Maestro Series 934, 953, & 965. How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways…

Hey everyone! Even though Valentine’s Day is a couple of days behind us, it is never too late to properly acknowledge what we love in life and give it some credit. Therefore, I’m bringing you a lengthy but hopefully helpful review of Bdellium Tools brushes!

I probably sound like a broken record by now, but I cannot help but repeat how important it is to have good brushes. They fulfill the potential of your favorite products, do detailed work that cannot be done otherwise, and are a lot more pleasant to use than any applicators that might come with the products. The only problem? They are an investment, and the price tags could sometimes be too hefty to swallow. I pined for duo-fiber brushes for a while because I knew it would work with foundation, highlighting, and soft blushes like Tarte ones. However, I had to put it off because of the price, until I discovered Bdellium Tools.

Bdellium Tools is a California-based company that makes professional antibacterial and eco-friendly makeup brushes at an affordable price. The company makes 5 lines of products, including the Maestro Series, Studio Line, Travel Line, Green Bambu, and Yellow Bambu. The two Bambu lines are made with synthetic bristles, so they are 100% cruelty-free. The other three are a mix of natural and synthetic bristles and treated with an anti-bacterial agent. The travel line features the same brushes with the studio line, only smaller and therefore easier to travel with. The major differences between the maestro series and studio line include the color of the handle (black versus yellow) and material used for the ferrule (nickel-plated brass versus anodized aluminum). Since the price difference is minimal, I opted for the maestro line whose ferrules are supposed to be more shiny, durable, and stronger.

Let’s start with 934, the precision concealer.

934 is made of synthetic fibers. It is supposed to be “perfect for small-area touchups & good for blending undereye (this comes straight from the back of the packaging. The English teacher in me is freaking out a little over the use of lowercase letters, but let’s not be too picky lol).” When I first tapped the brush on the back of my hand, I wasn’t so sure it would work very well. The bristles have a good yield, but they felt a bit too long for enough control. Once I tried it on my face however, all the doubts dispersed. It is indeed a great concealer brush. I have tried to cover my dark circles with cream-based products and spots with a drier formula. Both worked beautifully. I don’t get brush strokes with this at all. You can do one thin layer as well as more depending on what you’re trying to conceal. When I use concealers on top of foundation, I don’t want to disturb the foundation too much. This is when a nimble concealer brush comes in handy!

953, the duet fiber foundation brush, is the secret of the perfect foundation universe. It is touted to be able to create “very smooth textures on skin.” It can be used with both liquid and cream foundations. I used to apply foundation with my fingers. This apparently works OK with certain foundations, but you will end up with a thicker layer. With 953, I need only one pump of Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation for my entire face. I even have some to spare for my undereye area where more coverage is needed. When I first saw this brush I was again a little skeptical, because the brush head is quite small (if you go to the picture in which I’m holding it in my hand you will see what I mean). I thought it would take forever to do my foundation with such a small brush but no, that didn’t happen. I pump foundation on the back of my left hand (I’m right-handed), dab the brush gently in it, and start working from the center of my face. Because of the delicate brush head, it covers all the nooks and crannies effectively. What’s more, it buffs foundation in efficiently. You can easily avoid brush strokes by not getting too much foundation on the brush in one go (dab the brush gently in foundation once to begin with and see how it goes) and not going to the undereye area when there is still a lot of foundation on your brush.

Cleaning this brush is slightly tricky, but not trickier than cleaning face brushes in general. I do have to swirl it around with some brush cleaner in my palm for a while, and run water through it until I can’t see any suds when I squeeze it dry, but it is certainly not impossible to clean. I also like to dry it with the brush guard. The first time I dried it without, a couple of strands of black hair looked a little frayed. With the brush guard however, the brush keeps its shape. Also, the first couple of times I washed it, the water ran a tiny little bit gray. However, that was only a tiny bit when I was squeezing the excess of water out, so I don’t consider it a problem. It has shed maybe a hair or two so far, and I hope that’s that!

965, the duet fiber blusher brush, is yet another amazing one! It is “ideal for flawless lightweight blusher application or highlighting,” and it fulfills that promise. I find this brush excellent for soft powdery blushes, like my Tarte ones. With a traditional blush brush, too much product is kicked loose and I end up wasting some that way. This one, on the other hand, grabs product without kicking too much loose. I have to build up a little more, but it is also a lot easier to blend everything out and get it even with this brush. Also, you don’t risk putting way too much in one go, however pigmented your blush is. The tip, as you can see in the picture, is pretty fine. I can finally use my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick to highlight the top of my cheekbones properly now that I’ve got this in my arsenal! This one is easy to clean and hasn’t shed/lost color on me at all! Though to give 953 some (more) credit, it is because 965 is not used with liquid products.

All in all, I highly recommend Bdellium brushes. They are of good quality, and you simply can’t beat the price for what you get! For those who live in Europe, you can get Bdellium products from Cocktail Cosmetics and Boozyshop. I really appreciate a company which is willing to go past geographic borders to reach out to as many customers as possible! I bought mine from Cocktail Cosmetics, because at that moment it was the one who had 953 in stock. My order arrived lightening fast so that was nice!

Next on my Bdellium wish list is their 760 liner/brow brush. Jessica from Beautezine raves on and on about this one, and after watching her demo I was completely sold (also, if you guys would kindly allow me to go off on a tangent, she has the cutest way of saying “out!”)!

Have you heard of Bdellium Tools? Do you think you’ll check their brushes out? What are some of your favorite brushes that don’t break the bank?

Sunny xx



  • http://projectswatch.blogspot.com/ Emi at Project Swatch

    That foundation brush looks so similar to my favorite foundation brush (sigma f80) – I really like flat-top foundation brushes, they definitely give the best finish.

  • http://makeupbyjoyce88.blogspot.com Joyce

    I have heard about Bdellium brushes through IMATS, but I haven’t purchased anything yet because I’m not really digging the shiny handle and yellow writing. I prefer my brushes to have a matte black handle with white writing. (Yes, I’m super picky about my brushes.) However, those brushes do look bunny soft.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Joyce,

      Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving a comment! I really appreciate it!

      I haven’t really given a second thought about handle colors when it comes to brushes haha. I am painfully practical so it really comes down to whatever WORKS. These are very nice and non-scratchy, so if you find the appearance of the Maestro Series more up your alley you should give them a try!

      Hope to see you around often :)

  • http://liteenie.wordpress.com liteenie

    Oooh, I want!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Teenie, you should give Bdellium a try! They make so many different kinds of brushes and the price in the US is naturally a lot better :)

  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Bellachique

    Sounds like really great brushes! I also love duo fiber brushes, its just awesome for foundation! I do have quite a collection of brushes at the moment but I’m kind of intrigued by the duo fiber blush brush, it looks pretty and soft!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      It’s SUPER DUPER soft! It feels like a breeze against my cheeks. Definitely check that one out Teri!

  • http://memorable-days.net Elisa

    looking good !!! and i agree it’s important to have good brushes <3

    xx. Elisa
    p.s feel free to join my giveaway to win a pair of circle lenses of your choice ^^ : http://www.memorable-days.net/2012/02/giveaway-win-pair-of-circle-lenses-from.html

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Thanks Elisa! I don’t really wear circle lenses (I can’t even wear regular daily disposable ones on a daily basis because my eyes are that fussy), but I have joined your site with GFC. I’m sure some of my readers will see this and be tempted though! Good luck!

  • http://twitter.com/rinny151 Rinny’s Beauty Diary (@rinny151)

    These look like really great brushes! I was looking at some of their brushes on their site the other day when you had posted about the brush roll, and I’d love to get a set of the yellow ones – they look so cute! I really like using the skunk brushes for applying liquid foundations too. They really make your skin look airbrushed and flawless :D

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Rinny, they are great brushes! Skunk brushes have got to be one of the most amazing inventions ever. I never knew a skunk blusher brush would work so well, but it really does especially if your blush is soft, powdery, or super pigmented!

  • http://www.makeupwithdrawal.com Mimi

    I’m on the Bdellium site right now and I blame you! >.< I love how the 965 looks. I have an unnatural attraction to duo fibre brushes and I don't own one that has a soft, rounded cut.
    Aaaaagggh, on Amazon I can get it for $16.71 and free two day shipping. If I buy this… it's your fault! :)

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Muahaha do keep me posted about if you like it. I hope you will!

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