I should begin this post by saying I am not (yet) a brush hoarder. After some heartbreaking experience with budget brushes (bleeding color, chipping handle…) and recent MAC purchases (I had vowed eternal loyalty to 217, but it really is not the same nowadays), I turned to Le Métier de Beauté, a brand that I have always been happy with. It started out as one blush brush, but I liked it so much that whenever I needed a new brush, Le Métier de Beauté became the go-to brand. I have accumulated 5 by now, including Eye Shadow, Eye Crease, Concealer, Blush, and Powder brushes. I’ll most probably end up collecting the whole line-up, but in the meantime, let me share how these have worked for me!
All Le Métier de Beauté brushes come with a velvet sleeve. The handle is short and lightweight. The natural bristles are listed as goat hair, and synthetic ones (the concealer brush, for example) nylon filaments.
Does Le Métier de Beauté Eye Shadow brush looks just like another paddle brush to you? Maybe, but if you think it works just like any other paddle brush, you would be very wrong. In fact, I have never thought I would be so attached to a paddle brush!
Not only is this brush extremely soft and smooth, I particularly enjoy using it with finely-milled eyeshadows. Some eyeshadows are so finely-milled that it’s easy to kick up excess, but with this one it’s never the case. What’s more, unless I am doing a more complicated look, I basically blend with this brush as I go. If I’m using MAC 239 for example, I often need to bust my MAC 217 out to smooth the edges out. With Le Métier de Beauté Eye Shadow brush, this never happens! It is not an exaggeration when I say everything blends itself out with this brush in hand: it really does!
Le Métier de Beauté Eye Crease brush is a brush that I don’t use very often nowadays (because I normally opt for simple eyes and bolder lips), but when I need to blend things out in my outer corners, it does the job with so much ease!
As you can see, Le Métier de Beauté Eye Crease brush is not tapered like MAC 217. I was not sure if it’d work for my purpose (I never put a lot of dark color in my “crease.” When I define my outer v, I need the gradient to be very, very natural), but it does! I once panicked because I was running out of time and thought the color I put in my outer v would never blend out, but I took this out and in a matter of seconds, the look was saved. I can’t really “compare” it with MAC 217, however. If you can find a good, non-scratchy 217, I still think it’s a must-have.
Le Métier de Beauté Blush brush is pretty much the only blush brush you’ll ever need! I’ve had it for quite some time, and I use it with every blush I own. It has yet to disappoint me! A more pigmented blush? Don’t worry about an overdose. A more powdery blush? Don’t worry about the powdery kick-up. Blending? Done in a cinch. I have come to the conclusion that if a blush doesn’t blend out within 3 seconds with this brush, it probably isn’t a good one! You don’t need any skills at all. Just dab the brush into the pan, place it where you want to, and pat the edges a couple of times. You’re done! Have I mentioned how soft it feels on the cheeks? It’s about as good as a kitty paw!
Powder always causes some controversy. Some don’t like it at all, and others can’t live without it. I belong to the “can’t live without” camp, but powder is something you never ever want to overdose. No problem. Everything is under control with Le Métier de Beauté Powder brush!
You might have noticed the rather long bristles, and I think that’s what makes it so great. It never picks up too much product, so only a very thin veil of powder gets onto the skin. Good news if you are a fan of the magic Guerlain Météorites balls: it works so incredibly well with them! A quick swirl in the pot and dab on the face, you will be amazed by how it really doesn’t look like you have any powder on your face, but how much more blurred any flaws become! It works well with loose setting powder as well. Again, you’ll never see a trace of powder with this brush, but it’s there!
Last but not least, we have Le Métier de Beauté Concealer brush. I hesitated quite a bit before the purchase, as I wasn’t quite sure about the size. Surely it looks too big to fit the area under the eyes? After I went ahead and got it however, I think the size is part of the magic. It is obviously no good for pinpoint concealing, but it’s great for everything else! I don’t know about you, but here are some of the problems I encounter with concealer brushes in general: they could leave brush strokes, they are often unable to remove the excess, and they sometimes end up removing the concealer that has been placed where it should be. Not so much with Le Métier de Beauté Concealer brush! I’m still feeling my way with this one, but so far I have seen quite some concealing improvement.
Bottom line: Easy on the wallet these Le Métier de Beauté brushes are not, but if you are unhappy about the brushes you own in any way, I would nudge you to look this way!
What is your go-to brush brand? Have you tried any Le Métier de Beauté brushes?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx