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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Review + Comparisons: Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight Brushes

All of the brushes mentioned in this post are vegan, 100% synthetic, and not tested on animals. They all have bristles that feel very soft and do not shed. (These feel just as soft as the Real Techniques Buffing brush and the ELF Selfie Ready Foundation brush, which are also made of synthetic bristles. However, they all feel like they're made from different types of synthetic bristles. I wish companies would be more transparent/specific about the bristle type because just like natural hair (pony, goat, squirrel, etc), not all synthetic bristles are made equal.)

The names and numbers of the brushes are conveniently written on the handles. They also each come with a plastic brush cap that prevents the bristles from getting dirty and damaged during travel.

Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight Brush Caps Protective Case Plastic Review

Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight #92 Fan Brush Review

Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight Fan Brush #92 ($36) - The brush is bigger and thicker compared to the Sephora Pro Fan brush #65, which provides more precision. The #92 covers a bigger area and prevents over applying products, especially those that are highly pigmented. 

It's ideal for highlighting the cheekbones, contouring the face using the "3E" technique, and bronzing the decollete. I personally love it for achieving a soft contoured look. I just dip my brush into my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil powder (comparison review + swatches) to get the product coated just in the center of the brush. Then, I'll sweep the brush across the hollows of my cheeks and it does all the blending for me without ever leaving a harsh line. 

It also works well for applying a light dusting of setting powder all over the face. The corners of the brush allows it to easily reach underneath the eyes and around the nose area without ever leaving a cakey finish. (The Sephora #92 measures 8.75 inches in total length.)

Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight Brushes Review #91 Powder vs #90 Complexion Comparison

Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight Brush Review 91 Powder Body 90 Foundation Complexion
Notice the slant and its flexibility. (Bristles look lighter because they have powder on them.)

Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight Powder Brush #91 ($40) - This one feels super luxurious because the head is very big and is made using alot more bristles compared to the other Sephora brushes from this line. I just love running my fingers through it and petting it! The silver ferrule has some weight to it and feels heavier than the handle. The brush would feel more comfortable in the hand if the weight was evenly distributed.

Regardless, it's still suitable for 
quickly applying setting powder all over the face and for body application. The bristles are flexible and creates a slant when used on its side without feeling too dense or too flimsy. Therefore, it works well for pressing & tapping product into the skin and it never feels prickly. It can also be used in a buffing motion without disturbing your foundation. (Tip: Makeup can look blotchy and cakey if you apply powder when your foundation is still wet/tacky. So, make sure you wait for your foundation to dry and set before applying powder. The Sephora #91 measures about 9 inches in total length.)

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Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight Complexion Brush #90 ($34) - The bristles are longer and not as dense as the Real Techniques Buffing brush (review) and the ELF Selfie Ready Foundation brush (review). It also provides a slightly lighter finish than the RT brush, but slightly more coverage than a makeup sponge (comparison review + comprehensive guide).

The #90 is ideal for working with liquid foundation, such as MUFE HD, Burberry Cashmere and L'oreal True Match, and those with a thinner consistency. When applying product in a sweeping and painting motion, it provides slightly better coverage than when applying in a buffing and circular motion, which sheers out coverage. (Make sure to avoid applying too much pressure on the tip of the brush in order to preserve its shape.) For thicker and cream formulas, such as the MAC Nourishing foundation, I recommend using a denser brush as it'll make blending easier.

The #90 brush also works well for applying cream blushers and bronzers when using the side of the brush to tap the product into the skin for a seamless finish.
(Tip: If you use a synthetic brush in a buffing or sweeping motion to apply cream blusher or bronzer, then it can look blotchy and/or disturb the foundation. Therefore, I recommend the tapping technique. The Sephora #90 measures a little over 8 inches in total length.)

Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight Brush Comparison Review Real Techniques Buffing Dupe 90 Complexion

Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight Brush Comparison Review #90 Complexion ELF Selfie Ready Foundation Dupe

Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight #93 Blending Brush Review

Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight Blending Brush #93 ($30) - This one is my favorite from the line because I don't have anything similar in my brush collection. The bristles are long and flexible, which allows it to deposit a light application of product. It provides better precision compared to the #92 Fan brush and is ideal for highlighting the cheekbones, setting concealer underneath the eyes, and removing fallout & excess powder, especially for those who "bake," without disturbing your concealer or foundation. (The Sephora #93 measures 8.5 inches in total length.)

Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight 38 Crease Brush Comparison Review

Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight Crease Brush #38 ($22) - Since the bristles are synthetic, the brush maintains its shape very well and does not fluff out after washing like natural hairs do. It's ideal for blending cream bases and applying cream shadows all over lid for a light wash of color. Those with a bigger eye area can also use it for applying color to the crease. When compared to the Sigma E38 (review), the Sephora #38 has longer bristles and provide less control. 

Sephora also recommends using it to blend concealer. I personally prefer to use a paddle shape brush, such as the Sonia Kashuk #5 (comparison review) for that type of application and the Sigma E32 (comparison review) for spot concealing because they provide better coverage when used in a tapping/patting motion. Using a brush like the #38 or E38 in a buffing and circular motion creates a more diffused effect and a lighter finish. Therefore, if you prefer lighter coverage when working with concealer, then the #38 would be more suitable. (The Sephora #38 measures a little over 7 inches in total length. For blending powder eyeshadows, please refer to my review of the Sephora natural brushes.)

Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight #38 Crease Brush Review Sigma E38 Dupe

Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight Brush Line Review

Bottom Line: The brushes from the Featherweight Line are great additions to the Sephora Collection. They all work well with highly pigmented products and are ideal for those with a heavy hand as they allow for a light application and leave a natural-looking finish. Those who favor cruelty-free bristles will especially appreciate these brushes.

Note: The Pro Featherweight brushes, including the Fan brush, Powder brush, Complexion brush, Blending brush and Crease brush, are available exclusively at Sephora.

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