Morphé Cosmetics: Italian Badger brushes10:20 PM
In 2012 Morphé Brushes provided me, at IMATS LA, several of their brushes. I've been using these brushes on and off since and have a few favorites and few that are on my not worth the price.
I DO have to warn those of you who are vegan or against products made with or from animals, you will hate these brushes because these are made from animal fur - specifically these are made from Italian Badger fur.
From the Morphé website:
The Italian Badger Series is our signature luxury brush series. Our badger bristle is an ultra soft natural bristle that ensures a natural and flawless application every time. Used with mineral, loose powder and traditional cosmetics, each brush is custom designed with the needs of professionals in mind. This series features a polished chrome ferrule, with a mahogany wood handle coated in a high gloss finish.
I'm going to review the brushes in order.
IB101 CHISEL DOME DELUXE POWDER $15.95
I found the Chisel Dome Deluxe Powder brush to kind of difficult to hold due to the size of the ferrule and handle. While the brush is round the ferrule actually is not and on two sides it's flat where you can grip the ferrule. While I can hold it on the side that's not flat it's more difficult to get a good grip on the "rounded" side. I also didn't think this particular brush was soft enough compared to similar brushes from other companies. I did find that for a powder brush it did the job but it's not a brush I find myself frequently using.
IB102 POWDER DOME $12.95
The handle on this brush is about two inches short while the length of the bristles is about a 1/2 inch shorter. I did try this as both a powder brush and as a blush brush and didn't care for it either way. It's actually a little softer than the IB101 brush but I found this particular brush tends to shed one or two pieces of brushes every time I used it which is annoying. Again, not one of the brushes I'll reach for.
IB104 DELUXE SOFT FAN $5.89
I've used this particular fan with various highlight powders and it's not that bad of a fan brush. The only thing I dislike about this fan brush is that the bristles on the two ends of the fan tend to bend out of shape. I don't use this brush often for that reason.
IB108 DELUXE OVAL SHADOW $3.78
This brush is fair large for a shadow brush but it does apply give fuller coverage when applying a color in a single sweep. I tend to use it when I'm doing a more natural look since I'm not using several shades.
IB113 TAKLON ANGLE LINER $2.23
The IB113 Taklon Angle Liner brush is a synthetic brush and it is my favorite brush to apply my Brett Freedman brow powder. I use this pretty much on a daily basis. I don't use it to apply eyeliner as I find that the bristles are just a tad bit too long for my personal use.
IB116 ROUND TAPERED CREASE $2.89
I actually use the IB116 Round Taper Crease brush for blending under the eye area. I very rarely use it in the crease area but like it in the under eye area.
IB117 OVAL TAKLON LIP $2.25
I don't care for this brush as a lip brush due to the length and how narrow it is. The shape is nice as it has a nice round tip which I like but the length is just too long for my liking.
IB118 PRO SPOOLIE $1.72
I love spoolies. Love, love, love spoolies because you can use it to blend in natural lashes into false lashes, remove excess mascara, brush the brush with it, remove excess brow product, blend brow product into the brows for a softer look. The price on this spoolie is very inexpensive and I wish I had a few more of these.
IB120 JUMBO KABUKI FAN $11.55
While this fan brush is similar to the IB1104 it happens to be a bit wider and far thicker. I found that it works well when applying a product to the décolletage area.
IB122 MINI BRONZER $9.50
While it's short, dense and flat making it ideal for buffing I found this brush to be very rough and scratchy. It is my least favorite brush due to that.
IB124 ITALIAN BADGER KABUKI $8.99
I prefer my kabuki brushes to either be flat or angled, this particular kabuki has a dome shape. It's fairly soft, not as soft as my most favorite flat top kabuki brush from a different company, but it's not too bad. This particular brush sheds like crazy and I fear that one day it's just going to pop out of the handle.
IB125 METAL EYELASH DEFINER $3.89
Everyone should have a lash definer in their kit or among their tools. Like a spoolie, I use this to blend false lashes into natural lashes. I also use it remove clumps of mascara but I have to clean it with Parian spirit or waterproof makeup remover to remove the mascara from the definer. I can't live without my lash definer.
IB126 CHISEL BLUSH $9.24
I use this one to apply blush or a contour powder but I don't use it frequently because it's not my favorite blush brush and I tend to like to use a liquid or cream product when using a contouring product.
IB127 BLENDING FLUFF $3.30
It's as wide as the IB108 Oval Shadow brush but about 1/4" longer. I don't care for it as a blending brush at all.
IB130 FLAT LINER/CAMOUFLAGE $2.13
I actually do like brush but as a lip brush rather than a lining brush. This brush like the IB113 and IB117 are made from taklon fibers.
So out of all the brushes from the Italian Badger line that I was given I would have to say 113, 118, 125 and 130 are the ones I use most frequently and like the most. The other brushes have some hits and misses but those four brushes are the ones I have used frequently over the last 17 months.
FTC Disclaimer: Brushes were given to me at IMATS from Morphé to use and review. No further compensation or affiliation with Morphé is made nor implied.