Make Up For Ever 126 Powder Brush - Medium: Review and Photos

Make Up For Ever's 126 Powder Brush - Medium.

With some things, as hard as it is to admit, you really do get what you pay for. Such is the case with Make Up For Ever's new Artisan Brush Collection. I have a fairly extensive brush collection—and one of my newest additions, MUFE's medium powder brush, is definitely the must luxurious. 

They call it a medium-sized brush, but I find it easily large enough for setting powder. Larger brushes such as the Real Techniques Powder Brush tend to be bigger than my pan of powder—what's the point of that, right?

MUFE's new brushes have both wavy and straight bristles. Here's a detailed explanation of what that means from the press release:

What further differentiates this brush collection from any other is the specific synthetic fiber technology that exists in several diameters and types: wavy or straight depending on the required use. When fibers are straight, application is more generous and precise, while wavy bristles are more splayed, allowing for a lighter and freer application. A unique combination of the two fiber textures gives infinite creative possibilities.

126 Powder Brush - Medium offers both wavy and straight bristles, and the brush lives up to its claims of versatility. I use mine primarily for powder application, and it does a wonderful job. It's beautifully soft and dense, picking up a good amount of product and distributing it evenly. I like that the bristles are dark—it helps me see how much powder I've picked up.

I did use this brush once for liquid foundation, and it worked amazingly well—the size of the brush allowed me to blend the product in quickly, and I was left with a perfect, flawless finish. I would say, however, that it's too big and bulky to use for liquid products on a regular basis—I'd find it too much to wash (I wash liquid foundation brushes more frequently than I wash powder brushes). 

The handle is a nice feature, too—it's sleek, just the right length, and nicely tapered, making storage easy. The beveled end is supposed to help with scooping product and applying false lashes, though I've used it for neither. 

I find the head nearly as dense as a kabuki brush, but not quite. Some might find the density makes washing a pain, but I haven't had trouble. it's completely dry in 24 to 30 hours. Bonus: I've washed it a few times, and I've experienced no shedding, bleeding, or splaying. Yay!

Here's what it looks like:

Make Up For Ever Medium Powder Brush 126.

Make Up For Ever 126 Powder Brush - Medium (right) next to my Kabuki Brush from The Body Shop (left) for comparison. The MUFE brush head is bigger and very slightly less dense. 

The Make Up For Ever 126 Powder Brush - Medium (left) next to my Real Techniques Powder Brush (right) for comparison. The RT brush (about $10) has a slightly shorter, thicker handle, a bigger head, and less dense bristles. It's also noticeably less soft than the MUFE brush (and that's saying something!). 

Here are a few other interesting tidbits about MUFE's new brush collection (pulled from the press release):

  • The brush numbers are coded for easy identification: 100s are for the complexion, 200s are for the eyes, 300s are for the lips, and 400s are specialty brushes for artists.
  • The collection has 76 brushes in total.
  • The brush design involved a five-year process. Construction involves 25 stages, and each is hand-crafted by a total of 30 people. 
  • Bristles are placed with tweezers and not scissors.

The verdict: Usually I thumb my nose at pricey face brushes, but I admit that this brush may have converted me. It has quickly become my favourite powder brush. The $63 CAD price is really quite steep, but you could, perhaps, consider it an investment. Cared for properly, this brush should last you for years. My recommendation: Grab it during the next Sephora sale. Does anyone know where we'll see one more before Christmas?

Rating: Four and a half stars out of five (I docked half a star for the price). 

Available: Select brushes are available at Sephora, and you can find the full line at Sephora.ca or MUFE boutiques. 

Have you tried any of MUFE's new brushes? What did you think?

Disclosure: This brush was provided by a PR representative for my consideration. This post may contain affiliate links.

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