If you haven’t been hiding under a rock then it will not have gone unnoticed that the Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set has, over the last year caused quite the stir within the beauty community. It goes without saying that the aesthetic appeal of these brushes has clearly been the main selling point (in my opinion); they truly do look beautiful. They also, incidentally, do happen to make the perfect photography prop for photographs which is why they have heavily featured in nearly all of my recent posts. Sorry, not sorry.
That being said, visual appeal aside, are they actually worth spending your hard earned cash on? Do they tick the boxes and would you, more importantly, repurchase come the time?
Retailing at £65 for the set. I do realise that this may initially feel as though it is quite an expensive purchase. Having said that, for that neat sum you are receiving a total of eight brushes which makes each brush a much more affordable £8.50; it isn’t so bad when you think of it that way as in the past I have happily paid £10 and more for individual Real Techniques and MAC brushes.
This set of brushes is made up of both synthetic fibres (for cream products) and natural hair (for powder products). Naturally this is something to bear in mind if you prefer to use brushes which are solely synthetic. They arrive in a beautiful pouch which is actually surprisingly very sturdy; it could easily be used regularly without showing signs of wear and tear.
Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Brush (Synthetic)
This brush is made up of synthetic fibres and it is used for applying foundation. Strictly speaking they do all have a particular use, however I do tend to vary what I use my brushes for on occasion just to shake things up a little bit. Over the past three months I have being using a beauty blender to apply my concealer and foundation, therefore to jump back to a brush for this was a little strange. That being said this brush performed so much better than any other foundation brush that I have used to date. The finish was much cleaner and looked almost airbrushed, it is a great alternative to my beauty blender.
Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer Brush (Synthetic)
Like the previous brush this is again made up of synthetic fibres and is used primarily for applying concealer. It has to be said that I really like this brush for applying concealer around the nose and chin area, however the brush is quite stiff which makes it a little awkward to use under the delicate eye area.
Zoeva 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush (natural)
The first of the natural hair brushes is the Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush which is used for applying blusher. Personally I love the fact that this is an angled brush as it allows you to create that beautiful upwards motion much more easily when applying product. Naturally of course you would not use this for applying cream blush, however for powder it is perfect.
Zoeva 106 Powder Brush (synthetic)
For me powder brushes are pretty standard, I have yet to use one which I have not liked as when it comes to using them I only really ever use them for applying setting powder; I would not use them for applying powder blush for instance due to the difference in colour. This brush is extremely soft, it picks up powder very well and allows even application across the areas I choose. I honestly cannot fault this one, it is a great addition to my brush collection and it incidentally replaces a very old and battered Eco Tools Powder Brush.
Zoeva 317 Wing Liner Brush (synthetic)
At the time of purchasing the collection I really did need a new angled brush like this as my only one was primarily used for my eye brows, therefore it had become a little irritating as I often wished to use it for applying winged liner and obviously the colours being used were very, very different. I have to say that whilst this will be a nice brush for filling in brows, however I do wish that it was firmer, particularly so that the initial shape can be created with precision. As it stands, I am therefore currently still on the market for a good angled brush.
Zoeva 231 Petit Crease Brush (natural)
This brush is quite possibly my favourite from the entire set. It is very different to any other brush that I have used in the past due to the shape of it, however I think that this is what makes it stand out so much. The dome shape allows much more precision and also allows me to blend under my water line much easier too.
Zoeva 227 Soft Definer Brush (natural)
For me this brush is incredibly similar to the popular 217 from MAC. As I do own that brush already I do find that they compare very well indeed, in fact, so much so that I do not feel the need to re-purchase my MAC 217 (which is looking a bit worse for wear these days). It blends eye shadow beautifully and effortlessly and picks up product very well indeed; again this is a fantastic brush from Zoeva.
Zoeva 110 Face Shape Brush (synthetic)
Generally speaking, this is used for shaping the face, clearly as the name would suggest, however I did struggle with this one. The reason for that is because it wasn’t as domed shaped as I would normally like. For instance, the Charlotte Tilbury contour brush is perfect for creating a beautiful hollow within the cheeks. This is probably the only brush out of the whole set which I would not miss, however the set in its entirety is worth it in my opinion.
Overall I have to say that I have on a whole been very impressed with my first experience with make up brushes from Zoeva. In the past I have been very reluctant to try a new brush as I do often stick to my favourites which I know perform well, that been said, it has been really nice to explore what a new brand has to offer. I will definitely be looking towards Zoeva next time I am in the market for some new brushes.
Have you tried Zoeva?