Over Christmas, one of my gifts was some brushes from Smith Cosmetics. My mother, being the saint that she is, got me some as a Christmas present because I had been wanting to try some but they were a bit expensive and my brushes were doing just fine. So I got 4 brushes. I got 2 face brushes and 2 crease brushes. I picked the ones I knew I would use the most and those are the ones she got. I've heard so many good things about the line from beauty gurus and body paint makeup artists and so on saying that these were incredible and could not be duped! So I was super excited to get to have some of my own and also see if they really were Holy Grail because my most expensive brushes are Sigma. That was before they doubled their prices too. So I didn't have really nice expensive brushes that were worth every penny, you know?
Sadly.... and I really hate to say this but I'm disappointed. So let's get into this.
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So lets start with the Smith 115. This was the one I was most excited for and wanted to love so much. Unfortunately for me, whether it was just a really bad brush or a fluke cause, hey that does happen, it was really really dissapointing. When I say disappointing I don't mean it just was underwhelming, no....I mean it was very scratchy so it didn't feel good on my skin and it shed A LOT. I was picking hairs off my face for a good 2 minutes after using it. My Morphe Y8 is similar in shape and does a better job at this point. Have I had worse brushes....absolutely. Is this complete trash, not really. It's just not what I expected after the claims I heard and I really feel like for the price it shouldn't be shedding or be scratchy on my skin.
Next I tried to use the 118 which is bigger. I actually changed about 15 seconds in from this to a $3 Elf brush I had because again it was very scratchy and irritating. I will say this one didn't shed like the 115 but it wasn't soft and didn't feel amazing on my skin at all. My Elf brush felt a lot better. So again that was a bit disappointing.
Moving on to the crease brushes..they both had some wild hairs that came out the side but they did the job. I don't expect every hair to be perfectly in place. The 232 was really awesome I love the shape of both of them and it was super soft. The 230 had some wild hairs that actually got in my eye so I had to cut those off but other than that it was fine. I will say though that I feel like the original Elite collection from Morphe the E28 is a tapered crease brush and although it's not exactly the same shape, it does the same thing and it's just as good and it was only $7.
I don't want to bash this company, I really don't. It's just, I hate that my Mom paid good money for something that was, at the very least, not good pieces. Plus I'm disappointed by the fact that a lot of great reviews from youtubers and so on, made me so excited and pumped for brushes that I personally, wouldn't purchase now. They're absolutely gorgeous by just looking at them. I love how the handles are and how nice and elegant they look but they didn't perform like I thought. Now, I know we all have different tastes, I may like certain skin care that you don't, or I may like eyeshadows that you don't but I feel like brushes are pretty cut and dried. Either they're soft and really good and worth investing in, or like in Morphe's case they're awesome quality for a lower price. Not just Morphe has good brushes, but Elf like I said earlier had a brush I liked better than the one I was using from Smith. Real Techniques also has lovely brushes. I could go on. So here I have 4 brushes, 2 that I don't care for and won't use, and 2 that are alright.
I wanted to do this review becuase these are my first genuine impressions. I've not talked to the company, they didn't send these to me, they were a gift from my Mom like I said. I wanted to do this first impression basically because I wanted you to hear my true thoughts about something that is, what I would consider, an investment that I don't really get the "hype" for. When it comes to brushes unless you're in store, it's hard to tell whether you're getting good brushes or not so good. Therefore, ordering can sometimes be a gamble. I don't know their process of manufacturing, the claims that they say theirself, or anything. I'm not going to go and find those claims and try to pick them a part. I have no interest in doing that. I'm just going to say that these particular pieces disappointed me for the price point and I expected better from all that I had heard. Like I said it could be a fluke, but I wanted to get a review out so that at least if you stumble across this you will know how my experience was.
Just to be clear you can return these and pay the shipping expense to have them sent back. Also, you can "email them if you think you have a defective brush". So you aren't stuck with them if you do happen upon some that aren't so good.
If, in the future, I do try more of these and they are worth every penny, I will absolutely let you know cause I have no issues with investing in good brushes. Right now I'm just not on board.
I'm from Tennessee. I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.