Oval Makeup Brushes – worth the hype?

Maybe I’m a little late to the party with this post but If you’re into beauty and watching tutorials you will have seen some version of the oval makeup brushes somewhere. I have seen people rave about them and I have seen others call them a flop! Nevertheless, I was so excited when James bought me a set of them as a Christmas gift and I wanted to review them for you all!


The set James bought for me is by a company called Rio and it’s the Essential Microfibre Cosmetic Brush Collection. The set claims to help you achieve a flawless, airbrushed complexion when applying liquid, powder and cream cosmetics. . In this set there are five brushes all different shapes and sizes,¬†each brush is made up of tens of thousands of soft microfibers, all crafted with a special tapered tip which curve around the contours of the face


Brush 1 – The Oval 8 Brush

This is the largest of the brushes and can be used for several things, including foundation, powder and contouring. I have used this for applying both liquid and powder foundation and the finished look is flawless. I love how easy this was to use to really buff the products into the skin and create a flawless finish. The fibres are so soft and they are really packed tight. I feel like I don’t use nearly as much foundation as I do with a blender now I use this brush and the finish created is so even. I think this is my favourite brush of them all.


Brush 2 – The Oval 4 Brush

This brush is smaller than the Oval 8 Brush and the shape of the brush is slightly curved and not as flat. I used this to add my concealer and blend it in. I also use this to set concealer with a setting powder and it creates a smooth crease free finish. This brush can also be used to apply foundation in more hard to reach areas, applying and blending your contour shade and adding blush to the cheeks.oval-makeup-brushes-review-brush-3-emma-ellis-the-plus-size-of-life-plus-size-blog-plus-size-blogger

Brush 3 – The Linear 6 Brush

I never considered using this sort of brush for eye makeup and I was really sceptical until I tried it! For me, this is perfect for applying definition in the crease and outer corners of the eye. It really helps me to get the darker shadow right where I want it before blending it out with a buffing brush. I also love using this to apply concealer around my brows and highlight the area underneath my eyebrows.


Brush 4 – The Linear 1 Brush

I have only used this brush to apply gel liner to the eyes and to be honest, it took alot of building up! I suspect liquid liner would be easier to apply with this because I sometimes find it hard to apply with the applicators that come with them. The instructions also state that this would be good for blending eyeshadow, but I cannot see how this would work as it isn’t that dense!


Brush 5 – The Circle 1R Brush

This has become my new favourite brush for applying my liquid lipstick. The round head makes it really easy to apply and get the product right around the edges of your lips and create the perfect shape. This could also be used for touching up any areas where you might need concealer before you apply your foundation.

Worth the hype?

Overall, I was really impressed with these brushes. Looking at them and reading the information, it’s hard to believe that you can use certain brushes for a multitude of things! I want to get around to trying out all the suggestions of what to use them for especially the linear brushes as I feel like I haven’t given them enough of a chance yet. I just found them so easy to use, it did feel a bit weird at first as they are so different. I am just so impressed with how flawless my makeup looks after using them they are now becoming a prominent feature in my makeup routine.

Have you tried any Oval Makeup Brushes? What are your thoughts on them?



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