I don’t typically buy from Makeup Revolution because I don’t agree with their “dupe philosophy”. These flexible brushes appear to be the first of their kind however. Most likely made as a gimmick, these Makeup Revolution Flex brushes appealed to me because I have gripping issues and can’t hold makeup brushes as well as I could in the past. So, are these a disability life hack?
All of the brands under the TAM Beauty umbrella are cruelty-free. These brushes are made from synthetic hair.
In the full set, you get the 01 Blend and Buff, 02 Highlight and Glow, 03 Sculpt and Contour, 04 Eye Light and Shade, and 05 Brow and Shape. The unique selling point of these brushes is that they’re flexible and they stay in the position you’ve put them in.
The first thing I noticed was that a few of the hairs on a couple were out of place. Washing and reshaping didn’t seem to help this; the brushes just seem to have been cut inconsistently. Also these aren’t flimsy at all. I was expecting to be able to move them easier than I could. They’re actually a little stiff which is what keeps them in place once you’ve positioned it. They’re also a little more weighty than any other brushes I’ve used before. This helps with the gripping problem I have; I can actually feel them in my hand and am yet to drop one mid-contour.
When it comes to washing, I always try to lie my brushes flat anyway but it’s even more important with these ones as they’re double sided. This is because if water gets into the ferrule, your brush will eventually come loose from the handle leaving it useless. I had no issues washing these with baby shampoo (I use this one from Superdrug) and leaving them to dry overnight. They were still as soft they were when I opened them the next day.
01 Blend and Buff
This comes with a powder brush and a brush to buff in your foundation. I really like the powder side, however the buffing side doesn’t agree with my current foundation of choice. I’m using the Kiko Skin Tone foundation and much prefer it with a beauty sponge. I found this side of the brush made it look cakey almost. It seemed to accentuate my pores too which I don’t usually have a problem with. I’d try this with another foundation to see if the results are consistent; however this is currently the only one that matches me. I’ll still use this for the powder side as it picks up the right amount of product.
02 Highlight and Glow
I use the bigger side to apply blush as it’s almost exactly the same as my usual blush brush. I’m not so much a fan of the other side for highlighting. I found it applied my highlighter too concentrated and I was left with a harsh line I had to blend with the other side. The best brush I’ve found for highlighting is from The Body Shop and I don’t see anything replacing that any time soon. The ‘buffing’ end on both of these brushes are comparable to the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.
03 Sculpt and Contour
I use the flat side on this one to apply primer and the angled side to blend out my contour. This is one of my favourites, I can use both sides of this without any issues. This is the lightest of the face brushes; though it is still a hair heavier than my usual brushes.
04 Eye Light and Shade
Another favourite because I can use both sides. This picks up and blends out eyeshadow perfectly. I’ll definitely be picking up a couple more of these. I can also use the flat end to apply concealer too, which is why multiples would be beneficial. This one is one of the lightest out of the five, making it easier to hold and use.
05 Brow and Shape
At first I would’ve preferred a spoolie on the other end of this brow brush, however the other side is perfect for concealer. While it does mean I still have my usual brush on hand, the flexibility of this one in particular makes it so much easier to do my brows. This is the other lightest out of the bunch, again making it easier to hold. The angled side isn’t as stiff as my usual Anastasia brow brush, however I had no problems doing my brows with it.
I would recommend these brushes as they’ve made applying makeup enjoyable for me again. While I did find a few issues with them, I’d say they are a disability life hack. I didn’t find the inconsistencies in the way they were cut to actually impact the way they performed. I used to use mainly Real Techniques brushes and these are definitely comparable. If you have any issues with your grip then this is well worth the purchase.
You can purchase the full set here. You can also buy these individually, or in two separate sets (though it’s cheaper to buy the collection).
Have you tried the Makeup Revolution Flex brushes? Do these appeal to you?