I’m so excited to do this review! I won these brushes on a Facebook competition and felt it was only right to share my thoughts on them.
aDesign Brushes is known for making creative products for professional artists and everyday consumers. Their most recent collection is the Contour collection. From left to right they are: contour cheek, contour concealer and contour foundation.
All three come shipped from downtown Atlanta (not far from me) so they arrive fairly quickly. They are also each individually wrapped. I like this because it really protect the bristles while being shipped.
These brushes are not very “dainty.” They are well constructed and designed to last for years. Saying that, we do not expect them to be small in size. They are all also long-handled tools. They are not big and bulky at the bristles, therefore, I believe they would fit nicely in your makeup bag, if it accommodates long-handled tools.
Application: 5/5 cheek, 5/5 concealer, 3/5 foundation
The fun part! This is the best thing about these brushes.
The contour cheek is a great tool to highlight above the cheek bone, or contour below the cheek bone. I have also started using it right on my cheek bone to apply blush. This brush has very densely compacted bristles, so just a couple of dabs on your product and you are good to go. This brush is perfect for when you are short for time. (Comment below if you would want a tutorial with pictures for this brush.)
The contour concealer has become my MOST FAVORITE brush in my bag. It has very densely compacted bristles so a little concealer goes a long way. On days when you don’t need as much coverage you are good, but the brush holds enough products so you can most definitely build to full coverage under the eye when you need it. I LOVE the shape of this brush! It allows you to get in that inner tear duct and right under the lash line. This makes for a very clean eye, especially if you are doing a smokey, or dramatic eye.
The contour foundation brush is not my fave. It is a very flat brush. It does not pick up as much product. I find that I have streaks on my face and I have to really “work it” to achieve a flawless, natural look. Personally I am not a fan of thin/flat foundation brushes, I prefer a brush with a little more depth in the bristles. My favorite foundation brush is actually aDesign’s Foundation brush.
Pigmentation: 5/5 cheek, 5/5 concealer, 3/5 foundation
As mentioned in the application section, the cheek and concealer have great pigmentation, with regards to the amount of product that it picks up. These are synthetic brushes, so they are best for “picking up” product, not absorbing them in the bristle, and apply the product very well to the canvas. The foundation brush I feel does not have great “pick up” potential because of the flat design of the brush.
These brushes are secure with glue and also bonded with thread in the ferrel. They will last 5 – 10 years depending on how you care for them. Make sure you clean your brushes monthly (if you wear makeup every day) and let them air dry with the bristles hanging off of the edge of your counter. (Comment below if you would like a tutorial on how to clean your brushes).
These brushes can be purchased at the aDesign website. Contour Cheek $21, Contour Concealer$14.50, Contour Foundation $16.50.
Here are the final scores:
Contour Cheek and Contour Concealer: 4.8/5 = A
Contour Foundation: 4/5 = B+