Usually, before I purchase expensive makeup, I make sure I have read like a million reviews on it, and the majority say it's good. However, the one or two negative reviews can make you suddenly feel very sceptical that the product is worth buying. However, I decided that for the price of these brushes, I might as well just buy a few and try them out myself.
I was expecting from the price that they would be quite scratchy, and malt everywhere...
I ordered the green 980 powder brush and 947 foundation brush.
I opened the box, pulled out the brushes and already I was inlove with the colour and shape of the brushes. The 947 was a bit smaller than the powder brush - which is quite big! I opened the packet and prepared myself for the moment of truth...
THE BRUSHES ARE SOOOOOOOOO SOFT WOWOWOWOW. I will definitely be buying more of these, and they are so reasonable. I think I paid £23.45 for the two. But I want to get a set, because they are only like £7 more and they have about 5 brushes in them. The foundation brush is actually perfect, I have nothing bad to say about it... And the powder brush is just so soft I can't stop touching it! One thing I will say about it is that it is a big more flimsy than the sigma ones but that's because it's so soft. I definitely recommend this brand, and I am not usually one for low key brands which is what this one is - I'd never heard of them until I came across them whilst searching for Sigma brushes, which by the way are totally comparable! So yeah, don't listen to all the negative reviews, just take my word for it and BUY THESE BRUSHES!
I have seen few reviews on Youtube and decided to try out the contour brush #945 and precision kabuki brush #957 from iherb.com.
These brushes are surprisingly well-made and performs really well. #957 is very similar to Sigma F80 and have super soft, dense bristles and can be used for flawless foundation application. But since I've been solely using my BB for foundations, I haven't been using this brush as much but still happy with the purchase.
I absolutely love the #945 contour brush! It's the perfect size for contour, blush and highlight application. I'm so impressed with their quality, I'll definitely be purchasing more of their brushes.
I was so glad that I got a recommendation for these brushes. I love them! I got the basic studio line and don't regret it. The professional line has a sleeker look with black handles for only $2-3 more, but it is the same product. I guess it depends how much it bothers you. I got them all on Amazon, where they were all qualified for free Prime Shipping. They came well packaged and in literally 2 days.
I have several brushes, which I consider most essential. I will probably be buying more brushes for eye shadow application in the near future. Here's what I have:
955- duo fiber brush. This is my favorite brush as it has multiple uses. It is a large stippling brush perfect for applying BB cream or liquid foundation on a light hand, for a dewy finish. I primarily use it for blush application, as my high end ones are super pigmented. Really soft bristles.
948- Bought this one due to the high reviews. I use it to apply concealer, cover small blemishes, and/or set my concealer with powder. You can use it to apply liquid foundation on your face, but I like a brush with more bristles for that. This is a flat brush. It got a little lose at the handle, despite not using it much. Maybe bad batch?
942- Great for use in bronzer application. Made for contouring, can be used as blush brush in those seeking precision. Soft, but tends to lose hair after wash sometimes.
776- Blending brush, works well for creating smokey eye. This is the most raved about brush. I find the bristles scratchy though.
957- This is the brush that the line is known for. Soft and dense for application of medium/heavy coverage. I really like it, but don't use it often anymore. Trying to get my skin in better condition, so as I don't need to pack it on.
Wonderful line of brushes, along the lines of MAC. I chose these over MAC, as they are of the same quality but free shipping and much cheaper. Brushes don't shed, for the most part. Fulfill the needs of a typical user that is on the level of a professional.
I will definitely repurchase. No need for the maestro line, as an extra $2-3 dollars for the coloring adds up. But I hear that the bamboo line has softer brushes, might try those.
ORIGINAL (5*): I can't believe how much I like them. I was online shopping and the website showed me, among other brushes they're selling, the Bdellium Tools one. I was skeptic because there were hardly any reviews (a year ago maybe 3 blogs had reviewed them and amazon was poor with reviews, too) so I tried my luck based on the reviews I have found. I am so happy I tried them and now I am trying to collect all the brushes I need, since I am afraid they'll become pricier because of their popularity, which is growing.
I've uploaded some pictures so you can see the comparison between the brushes.
EDITED (4*): I bought more brushes (not only BT), so I would like to write a more detailed (re-)review. New uploads (sorry for not cleaning all the brushes prior taking photos!). Note: three number coding is Bdellium's system, two number Sephora's, and letter+number Sigma's. "Density comparison" abbreviated DC. The Studio line is scratchy, while the Bamboo line is super soft.
542 (bamboo): like it. 5/5
708 (bamboo): Much better than Sephora's (finer tip). 5/5
710 (bamboo): perfect for eyeliner. Love it! Dupe for E05. 5/5
716 (bamboo): cross between E30 and 710. More pointy and much thinner than E30. OK for smudging pencil under the lower lash line but not very good for placing powder. Find no reasonable use of it. Soft, overly flexible. 3/5
755 (studio): scratchy as the E20. Half the width of E20. Sephora's one is softer. Bad at depositing color (as the E20). 3,5/5
760 (bamboo): 2/3 of the MAC's 208 width. The length of the longest bristle side is the same length of 208. Same angle of cut. It is 5x easier to apply gel liner with this one than with the MAC one. I was advised, since I bought Fluidline to buy the 208, but haven't mastered the precise and fine application of the gel liner with 208 (have been using it for approx 6 months!). It looked always streaky and took me >=10 min (applying and correcting, applying again, removing all, applying again or just going for an eyeshadow instead the liner). With this one, 760, I applied it much faster (wing, near the roots of the lashes and - wham! i have done it beautifully! Wing - thin, pointed, pigmented from the highest point: managed to make a thin, long wing. It took me less time and effort than with the mac 208. AND I needn't to correct it! 5+/5
766 (bamboo): exact dupe for MAC 275 (DC: 766=275). 5/5
776 (bamboo): a very nice brush. I like it more (over MAC and Sigma). Have two of them. The bristles are not as long as they are on E25 and 217, and is more compact. Blends wonderfully. A good overall brush. If you had to pick one brush, it would be 776: you can use it for almost everything. 5++/5
778 (bamboo): exact dupe for Sephora 12. I would like both of them to be more dense. 4/5
780 (bamboo): not as precise as Sigma's or MAC's one (the tip isn't as tapered). Slightly bigger. Soft. 4/5
781 (bamboo). slightly bigger version of 780. If opting for one go for 780 and a pencil brush from Sigma or MAC. Dense, soft. 4.5/5
785 (bamboo): DC 10>E35>=785. The 785 can be a dupe for E35, almost no difference. Soft 4/5
785 (studio): horrible: overly scratchy. Unable to use on sensitive areas. 1/5
787 (bamboo): DC 4SS>>787. Inglot 4SS has densely packed bristles, while BT's are more straight. Average. I wouldn't recommend this one over Inglot only for the price. OK for highlighting and contouring. Soft. 3/5
945 (maestro): DC 109= Illamasqua highlighter brush >>945. Would NOT recommend this one for contouring or blush application, because it is hard to blend highly pigmented products. Good for highlighter. Scratchy. 3/5
953 (studio): kinda scratchy with less movement than RT brush, would prefer more densely packed bristles. Nice for cream and liquid blushes. 4/5
955 (maestro): comparable to MAC duo fiber 187 brush (I don't have it). I bought it on auction and don't know how to use it. I assume it can be used with both liquid and powder. It it soft, no stingy/needle sensation afterwards. N/A
957 (studio): people rave about this one, but I prefer round top over the flat top. I suppose it is a good brush. 5/5 (I would put 1/5 only because of my preferences and techniques of applying foundation. The brush is nicely dense, but flat top). Soft.
959 (bamboo): The softness comparable to EcoTools Brozer, but not AS dense as ET! Like it for "stippling" setting powder. Nice for applying blush. Great for powder foundation, wouldn't recommend for setting powder, but does the job. 4/5
985 (studio): DC 985 I am not a fan of Sigma brushes since I think they give free brushes to those "gurus" and make them tell everyone they are faboulous, but are not. Some are good, and some are bad. Like any other line. I bought the powder brush recently, and am really surprised by the quality of this brush since I read bad reviews here on MUA (on blogs it is raved, mostly because of bloggers being Sigma's affiliates).)
- good face brushes if still considering buying cheaper: BT 975/980, 953, and maybe the slanted contour for blush. The blush and contouring brush aren't dense enough. Foundation brushes can't be bad. And the 957 if you like flat top for liquid foundation application. continued >>
This review is for the face contour brush #945. I actually bought this with blush application in mind, because I find most regular blush brushes to be too big for my face. When it first arrived my first reaction was that it looked so tiny, I was a bit worried I had made a mistake. Luckily I was wrong, I find it to be absolutely perfect. It's super soft, easy to clean, and most importantly it works great for presice blush application, and at the same time the length og the hair and softness contributes to perfect blending, so no problem with hard lines either.
The size of this brush allowes me to use it equally well for blush, contour and highlighting, and the fact that it is in generall a bit shorter and smaller than most face brushes makes it perfect for traveling. Cheap, great quality, small, convenient, and multi-purpose, excactly what I wanted! Now I want to try more of these brushes, I wish I had discovered them before!
This review is for the B'DELLIUM TOOLS PRECISION KABUKI 957. I think I paid around $14 for this brush off Amazon. I went searching for it after a YT Beauty Guru raved about it. I'm sort of a brush freak, so even if I don't need it, I have to try it if I hear great things about it. This brush is AMAZING. It's SUPER soft. It's on the dense side, but it's not so dense that it's hard to clean and the brushes still have some room to move around. Mine has not shed at all. It's very pretty to look at also. I reach for this more than my Sigma F80 or F82, to be honest. And the price is right on. I plan to try more brushes from this brand very soon.
I wish I had discovered these sooner! I found these by accident on Amazon, then got them because of all the positive reviews (the green bambu line--four piece set). I've tried a wide range of makeup brushes before. The most luxurious ones I've ever tried are Hakuhodo and Tom Ford Beauty. These won't exactly compare with those brands (and you can't reasonably expect that given the price point). However, I would say that these Bdellium brushes compare favorably to just about every other brand I've tried such as MAC, Bobbi Brown, Sephora, etc. In fact I thought the foundation 948B brush was comparable to Bobbi Brown's (and at a cheaper price too!) I love that these brushes are also very versatile and often multi-purpose. They also feel very soft and smooth, while giving an airbrushed finish without streaking (not as soft as Hakuhodo and Tom Ford but, softer than MAC and Sephora's). This is definitely the most high quality, affordable brush line I've found in quite some time!
I discovered this brand from missmaven.com through YouTube. She's a gorgeous beauty guru that loves these brushes, so I wanted to try one out. I purchased the large shader brush (774) for around $10 through eBay. Amazing quality, no shedding and super soft yet dense. Can't wait to try out other brushes from this line!
4/22/13 - these are still my absolute fave brushes. i also purchased:
710- fine tip eyeliner brush, perfect for gel liners
714 - flat eye definer brush; I use this for my brows because the straight edge is perfect for making perfectly arched brows. This brush is also great for gel or pencil liner!!
940- face blending brush; I love using this to apply highlighting powder or setting powder underneath the eyes because of the paddle shape.
I purchased the Finishing and Blending Face Antibacterial Makeup Brush #955 - Studio Line from Amazon a few weeks ago for around $14.00
I love this brush! I use it to stipple on my NYX cream blush and it is amazing. I noticed 2 hairs came out the 1st time I washed, but none since. Its soft on my skin and washes up very well (got all the heavy pink pigment out of the white top part of the bristles w/ very little effort.)
This review is for the bambu line of synthetic brushes. I have two sets: 5-piece mineral brush set and smoky eyes brush set, along with two separate brushes, for a total of 12 brushes.
These are the most amazing brushes I've used so far. The bristles are extremely soft and easy to clean.
The 959B brush (rounded kabuki-like brush) gives me the most amazing air-brushed foundation look EVER! It buffs my liquid foundation onto the skin with ease, never looking cakey.
The 990B brush (large angled face) is great for applying loose powder. It is not a terribly fluffy brush but it also doesn't 'pack' on the powder either.
The 787B brush (dual fiber large tapered blender) is great for blending in undereye concealer.
They are short handled brushes, which aren't my preference, but I'm getting used to it. The handles are made of bamboo, the bristles are vegan synthetic material and they are 100% cruelty free.
I'm obsessed with these brushes and will soon collect the entire range. I just noticed they came out with a yellow colored set (the set I have are green).