Product Review: Beaute Cosmetics Luxury Brush Collection

Well, you can’t be good at everything.

Beaute Cosmetics, the brand that brought you the most amazing weightless lip creme and liqui-gel stains, also offers a brush collection.

Maybe they should have stuck with lip products.

The Luxury Brush Collection features 14 brushes, and retails at a not so cheap $380. I caught the 40% off sale, so I ended up paying $240 (including shipping) for the brushes. Considering the fact that I prefer top of the line brands like Hakuhodo, I was up for a ‘synthetic’ challenge if the craftmanship was up to par.
It’s not.
The brushes arrived in a really nice wrap. In fact, I’d say that the wrap is the best part of this collection. I was so excited at the quality of the wrap, that I did a a bit of a double take when I opened it and saw the brushes inside.
 The first problem with these brushes is the weight. They’re so light… the handles feel like they’re made out of cardboard or something… just awful. They feel like they’ll just float off of your hands, and they’re really hard to grip because the handles are thick and rather clumsy feeling. That’s a really bad idea, when it comes to accuracy and precision. The brush needs to fit in the hand and be weighted properly for perfect application. These remind me of jumbo crayons in a kindergarten playroom. The third (and most important) problem is the brush heads. For comparison, I took pictures of each brush next to a consumer grade brush, and a top of the line professional brush.
Beaute Powder Brush
Bobbi Brown (middle)
Hakuhodo (bottom)
Beaute Blush Brush
Bobbi Brown (middle)
Hakuhodo (bottom)
The foundation brush is fairly standard. It looks just like the MAC version, without the proper weight and handle shape.
Hakuhodo (top)
Beaute Contour Brush
Chanel (bottom)
Beaute Large Shadow Brush
Bobbi Brown (middle)
Hakuhodo (bottom)
Beaute Eye Shadow Brush
Armani (middle)
Hakuhodo (bottom)
Beaute Crease/Blender Brush
Armani (middle)
Becca (bottom)
This is probably the worst brush in the collection. The brush head completely impractical, and not dense enough to make any real impact. I have no idea what they were thinking when they fashioned this brush. It’s simply awful. Now, I really hate the Becca version too (and meant to return it… but missed the deadline), but in its defense… it cost me about $7.
Beaute Concealer/Corrector Brush
Bobbi Brown (middle)
Armani (bottom)
Beaute (top)
Hakuhodo (middle)
Beaute (bottom)
I put both of the Beaute Brushes in the same shot with Hakuhodo because they serve the same spot/treatment function. They just have different head sizes. These brushes are actually not completely atrocious. But the weight (or lack thereof) is still a problem.
Beaute Angled Brush
MAC (middle)
Armani (bottom)
Beaute Small Eyeshadow Brush
Hakuhodo (bottom)
Beaute Lip Brush
Shu Uemura (middle)
Armani (bottom)
So, considering the fact that I have absolutely no use for these brushes (other than to maybe gift them to my 15 year old niece as she experiments with makeup. Actually, she might not like these either), I should return them, right?
WRONG.
I send them an email. No response. So I send another email. NO RESPONSE. So I took it to twitter… and I finally got an email response:
“Hi Shahada,
Thank you for your order and we are sorry to hear that you are enquiring about our return policy on luxury products.  Our Return policies are listed on our website under the “Terms & Conditions” at www.beaute-cosmetics.com .  Due to the nature of the products (cosmetics) you can hopefully appreciate and understand that we do not take returns other than for damaged or defective products which this is not the situation since you indicated no damage or defect as you did not touch the items and any product we take back could never, nor would ever, be brought back into inventory and/or resold due to our high standards to our customers as well as health, safety and quality control issues. 
Wishing you and your loved ones the very best New Years!”
So…
 
I’m stuck with these brushes. I cannot in good conscience sell them, because I don’t feel that they are worth any real amount of money. A couple of these brushes are okay, but certainly not worth the asking price. I feel you’d be much better served with BDellium Tools, or EcoTools for a fraction of the price. Even THOSE brushes are weighted properly, and you can basically get them for a song. If you’re just heading into the ‘professional grade’ realm and don’t want to drop a small fortune on Hakuhodo, brands like MAC, Bobbi Brown, Armani and Laura Mercier would be much better options. If you want to stay with synthetic brushes (all of the Beaute brushes are synthetic), Illamasqua is is a great alternative.
 
My biggest issue is that because this is a mostly online based company, there is no way to test Beaute Brushes ahead of time. Otherwise, I would have made a different decision. And BECAUSE this is an online business, you’d think there would be a more logical return, or exchange policy. But no. You buy it, you’re stuck with it. And that policy makes these brushes just a bit more horrid.
 
Grade: F
 

FOTD: Burnished Rose

Chocolate Brown and Warm Pink is one of my favorite color combinations. It was a gloomy day — and perfect for such a combination for me:

FACE
Dior Skin Nude Foundation (051)
By Terry Touche Veloutee (center of the face)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
NARS Blush in Gaeity
EYES
NARS Eyeshadow in Mekong (lids)
Chanel Eyeshadow in Twilight (crease)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Black Bear (lashline)
Dolce & Gabbana Mascara
LIPS
Beaute Weightless Lip Creme in Modern Love

Lip Service: Beaute Weightless Lip Creme (Modern Love)

How did I miss this?

I was poking around the local Beauty Supply store, with my heart set on a Chantecaille lipstick. But alas, nothing moved me, so I moved over to the Beaute Cosmetics display. For some reason, I’ve never seen or played with the Weightless Lip Creme in Modern Love…

I have no idea why.

This color is a chocolate rose… with mauve undertones. It’s very soft and flattering. The formula is divine… absolutely weightless and comfortable to wear.

It wears so soft and pretty on my warm skin tone. I think it’s fabulous.

You can find out more about Beaute Weightless Lip Cremes HERE.

FOTD: Metallic Orange

It began with the Beaute Liqui-Gel Stain in Neon (it was literally the first thing I put on), and I kind of built the face from there:

FACE
Guerlain Parure Gold (Beige 06)
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphanous Powder
Rock & Republic Blush in Call Me
EYES
NARS Cream Shadow in Nomad (lashline to above crease)
NARS Single Eyeshadow in Etrusque (lids)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (lashline and waterline)
Guerlain Noir G Mascara
LIPS
Beaute Liqui-Gel Stain in Neon
Haughty Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Receive

Cirque du Soleil: IRIS

While many of you Divas were out cutting up and shopping to your heart’s content for Fashion’s Night Out ( I wanted to go out… but passed for a worthy cause)…

I was in a theater, taking in Cirque Du Soleil: IRIS:

It was hubby’s birthday, so I took him to the show as a gift. Since he’s a filmmaker, it’s only natural that he’d be attracted to a show about a journey through the world of cinema. It was QUITE the spectacle… we really had a good time.

For the show, I wanted to do something a little ‘Old Hollywood’ with a shimmery twist. It didn’t quite work out that way. I ended up with lush lashes and a berry lip. Ah well, it was close enough:

FACE
Guerlain Parure Extreme (Dore 24)
Kevyn Aucoin Diaphonous Radiance Powder
Chanel Blush in Rose Ecrin
EYES
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #9 (lashline to brow)
Anastasia Matte Brow Highlight (browbone)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Maowi (brows)
Napoleon Perdis China Doll Eyeliner (lashline)
Stila Smudge Stick in Stone (waterline)
Smoke & Mirrors Beauty New York City Lash

LIPS
Guerlain Rouge G in #70
Beaute Lip Gloss in Allure

Beauty Breakdown: Polished and Red

I worked the Pop Up Show for Em & Co … for a collection of designers. Because one model was wearing multiple looks from several designers, we opted to keep her look very classic:

FACE
Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #6 & #7 
(she has a bit of a tan, so we went a little darker for this look)
 Bobbi Brown Peach Color Corrector
Guerlain Meteorites in Dore
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #5  (as blush)
EYES
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Espresso (brows)
MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study (all over)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Underground (lashline and under waterline)
Chanel Eye Pencil in Rose Platine (waterline)
Naimies False Lashes
YSL Faux Cils Mascara in #1
LIPS
(layered for lasting power)

Beaute Liqui-Gel Stain in Fever
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella
Laura Mercier Lipstick in Bing Cherry

**The model’s lipstick did NOT MOVE the entire night. The Beaute stain was the perfect base to keep the color locked in. That, combined with the pencil and lipstick, and she had the perfect red pout with serious lasting power. No touch up needed.**

Lip Service: Beaute Cosmetics

If it’s true that success can be determined by doing one thing and doing it well, then Beaute Cosmetics is living the dream. Instead of offering a wide range of makeup items, Beaute focuses on one thing: Lips.

The company also offers a range of makeup brushes and tools. But the primary focus for this company is on the lips.

You’d think that focus would translate into a selection of lipsticks, and maybe a few glosses. But that’s not the case. Instead, Beaute Cosmetics has defined itself with a cozy range of Liqui-Gel Lip Stains, Weightless Lip Cremes, and Luminous Volume Lip Glosses.

This week, a lovely little box arrived, with three of Beaute’s bestsellers: Liqui-Gel Stain in Harlot, Weightless Lip Creme in Girlina, and Luminous Volume Lip Gloss in Allure.

Isn’t that just gorgeous?
Harlot       Allure        Girlina
Lip Stain   Lip Gloss   Lip Creme
First impressions are that Harlot would be a good match for my skin tone, but Allure and Girlina might be better reserved for fair-skinned beauties. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to properly swatch them on my warm skin tone. But my worries were for naught, because all of the colors adapted beautifully. I was surprised and impressed that the colors didn’t just ‘sit there’ (as most cool colors tend to do on me). They actually took on a flattering warmth, without help from lip pencils and warmer toned glosses.
Swatches:

Now, the lip gloss and lip creme colors still look like they might be awful on me, right? Look what happens when I put them on my lips:

Luminous Volume Gloss in Allure

I know! I was surprised too. The color totally ‘warmed up’ to my skin-tone an set beautifully. I kept looking at it in different light (natural and artificial) because I just KNEW I was going to step outside looking like I  had no idea how to wear a flattering lip color.

Weightless Lip Creme in Girlina
Same for the lip creme. I really thought this swatch was going to come out awful. The cream went on opaque, warmed a bit, then set. That’s just my lips with no liner and no ‘help’ (warmer lip gloss) to make it more flattering. It wore a medium pink on me. And it really is weightless. I was a little worried that my lips would dry out because of the light feeling formula, but surprisingly that didn’t happen.
Liqui-Gel Stain in Harlot

I’m showing you this initial swatch, because I want you to see how OPAQUE this gel-stain is. My lips are pigmented (and two different colors to boot) and the stain completely evened everything out. That is ONE coat. It’s not ‘watery’ like most stains. It goes on like a lip balm, without the moisturizing properties. You do have to wear a clear gloss over this stain to get the full effect.

After I applied the stain and let it set (about 30 seconds), I put the Allure gloss over it, and here’s what happened:

Love that 3-D effect! I was so excited that I ran out to show my husband (who was thoroughly unimpressed. It’s a guy thing). Just the addition of the gloss enhanced the stain and gave my lips a look that I normally achieve with a pencil, lipstick, and sometimes two different colored lip glosses.

I tested the ‘staying power’ of the stain by giving hubby a big kiss…

The gloss faded a bit, but as you can see, the stain stayed put! I’m totally impressed. Beaute took the time to formulate products that actually work, and the proof is in the pictures. The most noteworthy items for me are the Weightless Lip Creme, and the Liqui-Gel Stain. I’ve never used anything like that stain. It’s the most potent formula I’ve ever come across.

I was a fan of Beaute Cosmetics before these items arrived (I have the Lip Cremes in Masochist and Severine), and these lippies have only served to strengthen my love for the brand. Beaute Cosmetics is proof positive that if you do one thing (or three) and do it well, you’ll likely end up miles ahead of the competition.

You can purchase Beaute Cosmetics at www.beaute-cosmetics.com