Masey Cosmetics – Signature Collection Brushes
- Vegan and cruelty-free makeup brushes
- Australian-owned company handcrafting quality beauty tools without the premium price tag
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Like all makeup enthusiasts I’m obsessed with brushes and can never have too many, so I was thrilled when relative newcomer to the cosmetics sector – Masey Cosmetics – asked me to road test a selection of their 21-brush Signature Collection. I received the following brushes to trial:
I decided to put them through their paces at a Yarra Valley wedding on a bride with very sensitive, reactive skin who displayed contact redness and also had some dermatitis around the eyes. Since the brushes are vegan, they’re great for people with animal hair allergies, and because they’re super soft they glide over even the most sensitive skin. I was interested to see how they worked with my favourite brand of natural, Australian non-toxic makeup as the cream foundation can tend to streak without the right brush.
Plus these brushes are lust-worthy, they look goooooood and make for nice “getting ready” wedding photos. A satin black wooden handle engraved with each brush code, rose gold aluminium ferrule, black and white premium nylon bristles, they look luxe (even when I chucked them in a water glass at the wedding to take photos)! Although I didn’t get it this time, the Estella “3 in 1” designed to hold the brushes looks gorgeous too and it’s functional, transforming into a clutch or cross-body bag.
My favourite brush would have to be the Flawless Face (16FF), mainly for versatility as I love to be able to reach for any brush and make it work for whatever I need to do. I kept reaching for this one and ended up using it to gently buff in the Mineral Goddess cream foundation (completely streak-free), dust on bronzer and apply powder blush. I also used it with liquid illuminator on the body. It’s so soft that my sensitive-skinned bride Kate didn’t even develop the contact redness that came up when we did the trial using different brushes. The Flat Contour (16FC) allowed me to quickly and accurately shape Kate’s face and I really enjoyed the precision retouching I was able to do with the Pointed Foundation (12PF).
I rate all the eye brushes, especially the Crease (7C), as the density of fibres means being able to always pick up and apply the right amount of pigment. The variety of sizes and shapes available means blending is a cinch, even beginners will find the brushes are weighted to do the work for you. I thought the Eyebrow (5EB) was probably better for laying down precise gel eyeliner but the Flat Eyeliner (7FE) was still great for achieving a smoked finish on powder or pencil liner. Again, all the brushes were multi-functional, and the Concealer (7C) did double-duty perfectly as a lip brush.
My least favourite brush was the Powder (16P), even though initially I was really impressed by it when it came out of the box – so big and fluffy! I just found it way too big and unevenly weighted in the hand when using it on clients. However, it has transitioned from my kit into my personal stash as I think it’s best suited to applying mineral powder foundation quickly, perfect for my own everyday rushed makeup routine!
I loved working with these brushes so much I was excited to use them again at the launch of a sustainable swimwear brand on the Sunshine Coast, applying Inika certified organic makeup exclusively. In keeping with the OceanZen brand ethos, all beauty products and equipment at the launch had to be non-toxic, vegan and cruelty-free. Every model commented on the softness of the Masey brushes, and their faces have felt a lot of brush bristles!
When doing an overall rating I tend to compare brushes of a similar ilk (apples with apples, ya know??), and because these brushes are vegan, cruelty-free and produced by an Australian-owned company, Makeup Weapons brushes seemed the closest comparison. Masey brushes compare quite favourably with Makeup Weapons and are more competitive in price. For example, the Masey Eyes to Envy set of 12 brushes is $89 while the Makeup Weapons Essential Eyes set has 6 brushes for $100. However, Makeup Weapons uses more sustainable materials in its brush construction, something I would dearly love to see more of from makeup tool manufacturers.
Masey Cosmetics offer wholesale, a Pro-artist discount, and have a Beauty Club offering 10% discount and VIP offers. With Afterpay, a 30 Day money back guarantee and free shipping over $50 you really can’t go wrong. Masey are launching new product lines in 2019 and I’ll be queuing up to try those too!
AT A GLANCE:
Quality: High-quality nylon bristles with no initial fall-out make for very durable brushes, and super soft for even the most sensitive skin.
Performance: Generous density of fibres for even application and blending, easy clean and they maintain shape after washing.
Grip: Comfortable and smooth to hold, fairly balanced and lightweight in the hand.
Value: Luxe look and feel, in comparison to similar brushes on the market, the value is excellent. These brushes are suitable for beginners, makeup enthusiasts and Pro-artists.
Room for Improvement: From a pro-perspective, the Powder brush (16P) is probably too big and unbalanced to be useful in my kit. I would love to see more sustainable construction materials and packaging options used.
(Images courtesy of James Thorne Photography)