You can’t go on Instagram or YouTube accounts in the makeup world without hearing about Morphe brushes. Morphe is the California-based line of affordable makeup brushes that the company says are pro quality. I avoided them for quite a long time because of my very similar experience with Sigma brushes; they were supposed to be premium quality, and my experience with them was anything but positive. Their brushes fell apart on me after just a few months of light use.
I was in need of a new foundation brush (since my Sigma one fell apart), and wanted a buffing concealer brush because I only had a flat brush in my inventory. I ordered Morphe’s much-raved-about M439 Foundation Deluxe Buffer Brush ($14) and the M335 Chubby Buffer Brush ($7).
I’ll start with the M439. I am so blown away by this brush. The synthetic bristles are densely-packed to form an ultra-plush domed head that’s perfect for flawlessly applying foundation and buffing it into the skin. When you use this brush in a light circular motion, it really works the product into skin so it looks like you, as opposed to makeup sitting on top of your skin. Also, I use so much less product with this brush. Foundation doesn’t really sink into the brush head too far–it sits on top of the dome head–which means you need to use less. I haven’t ever really experienced this with any brand of brushes before. I’ve been using it since September, and it’s still in the same shape as the day it arrived at my door. I literally do not have one negative thing to say about this brush. I love it!
The M335 is a different story. From the first time I used it, bristles began falling out. Every time I use it, a few fall out or are left behind on my face. It does a good job concealing, especially in the undereye area, but I feel like the quality is just not there with this one. It’s as if the M439 and this brush are made by entirely different manufacturers (which, to my knowledge, they are not–the quality is just markedly different between the two brushes).
Although I’ve only tried two brushes, I’m looking forward to testing out more. I’d like to compare the quality and see if the M335 is just a wonderful blip, or if there are quality inconsistencies throughout the line. Regardless, I’m really happy that Morphe brushes are on the scene for a few reasons. The M439 is a killer brush, so I’m happy for that reason alone. They’re great starter brushes, and they’re awesome for pro makeup artists who need a wide range of brush models in their kits. And if you’re in need of a great brush but don’t feel like dropping a lot of cash, this could be a line with which you’ll fall in love.
Have you tried any Morphe brushes? Which ones are your favorites?