Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Review
For months now I have been bouncing back and forth to the Zoeva website to ogle the beautiful Rose Golden collection of makeup brushes. One glance would send most anyone into a fit of heart palpitations. With their faint peachy handles reminiscent of baby doll skin, and coppery rose ferrules, I'd almost felt I'd found the equivalent to Ralphie's Red Rider BB Gun with a compass in the stock. You'll shoot your eye out! With these brushes, who would even care?
WHAT WE TESTED
The brushes tested are as follows:
- 114 Luxe Face Focus
- 122 Petite Stippling
- 112 Face Curve (Love!)
- 222 Luxe All Over Shader
- 233 Cream Shader
- 234 Luxe Smoky Shader
>>At First Glance
The boxes echo more of the the delicate peach and metallic rose gold seen on the brushes themselves. Each box is clearly labeled with the name and number of the brush. I was very impressed to find they'd secured every piece inside with a plastic cover over the bristles.
Immediately I make a note for those artists who also sell to their clientele, the Zoeva Rose Golden Collection packaging screams retail. It is lovely. Everything from packaging to the product itself is total eye candy.
Rather than purchase from the prepackaged sets, I decided to buy from the individual offerings. To gauge size, I chose a very popular brush that many of you may have in your belts and rolls now, the MAC 217. (I mean, almost everyone has this brush.)
The 234 Luxe Smoky Shader, 222 All Over Shader, and 114 Luxe Face Focus all share the same soft cream colored bristles. If you think of the bristles in a MAC 217, they are similar, but actually softer. They are made of a natural-synthetic blend of hair.
The 234 Smoky Shader, seen below, is a somewhat flat brush with bristles that thin out a bit at the top.
You can use that top to pull product into nice lines and smoke out shadows and liners without the slightest scratch around the delicate eye area. It also fits into the eye socket with ease for shading and smoking cut creases.
Because of the smaller size, it makes a great under eye concealer brush, and perfect for contouring around the nose area. I also have used it to add a touch of highlight to cupids bows.
The 234 also passes the blemish stipple test.
Next the 222 Luxe All Over Shader, like the 234 shares a similar fat, tapered to the top shape. This brush is larger and works great to lay that first sweep of color to the lids, and on larger eyes, even to the brow. The fatter, more plush body allows great space to pat and move concealer around on the face. It is also a good size for contouring the nose, and adding small highlights to areas of the face. The 222 is a great size for sculpting cheeks, and even jawlines, before buffing out with another brush.
The 114 Luxe Face Focus makes a great blush brush for small faces, perfect for adding any powder highlight, and spot set powders to the face. If you or your client has a lot of room between the lid and brow, it is also a great brush to sweep and blend out shadows.
Next up, three brushes with dual fibers, the 233 Cream Shader, 122 Petit Stippling, and 112 Face Curve. The bristles of the following three brushes are comprised of taklon.
The 233 Cream Shader brush works as the staple cream shadow and concealer tool of the lot. Pretty much for application of any cream product. I actually preferred stippling with the 234 Luxe Smoky Shader.
I'd been on the look-out for a smaller stippling brush. The Zoeva Rose Golden 122 Petit Stippling model fit the bill. The top is a bit more stiff, and works foundations and cream blushes with ease. It is also a great buffer. It does not irritate skin, and though not as soft as the white haired brushes, is still comfortable.
Not gonna lie, the shape of the 112 Face Curve reeled me in. The bristles keep a firm shape, giving just enough to move foundation and cream product around the face naturally. The curved top makes easy work when applying products around and under the eyes. The tapered top allows you to contour and shade the jawline, and areas around the décolletage, or to break it down, the boobs.
PRETTY IN PINK? FORM OVER FUNCTION?
The Zoeva Rose Golden brushes are pretty to look at but alas, are not professional quality brushes. The handles are not weighted properly, and should be a bit longer.
>>Pro Tip: If you are working on another person you will need to compensate for the weight of the coppery ferrule throwing the handle off balance. It is not a terrible case, but to the trained hand it will be noticeable. The balance is not quite right.
The box states the handle as being "six times coated." But it does not elude to what type of coating. From the touch I would guess plastic. Tapping it with a fingernail gives me a sneaking suspicion the handle could be hollow. This was a deal breaker for me. The compass in the stock of my Red Rider BB Gun is really just a sticker.
I followed up with an email to Zoeva headquarters and was assured they are formed from genuine wood. I can't imagine these were whittled from a solid piece. Maybe pieces glued together. Plywood comes to mind. Oh well.
>>Shipping Shipping to the USA is a flat $16.00, more than the cost of many a single Zoeva brush.
The Zoeva Rose Golden brushes would make wonderful brushes for a makeup artist just starting out who is on a budget, or for personal use for someone who is not accustomed to using true pro brushes. For someone that has never held a real professional brush in hand, you'll likely never realize the little nuances separating them from the big boys club. And they sure are pretty to look at.
For the price, and it is a very cheap price, the brushes are not bad at all. The disappointment I have experienced in purchasing and reviewing them, is the impression many other beauty bloggers have made regarding the Zoeva Rose Gold Collection. Perhaps they need to work with some real tools in the future, or stop taking money and free brush sets in exchange for a stellar review.
If you decide to go forward with purchasing these gorgeous beauties, I will caution you to shampoo these with your Kid gloves on. Make sure once you've cleaned them you wipe down the ferrules and do not leave any droplets of water behind on them so as not to water stain the gorgeous rose gold finish.
Though each box states Zoeva to be a German makeup brush and cosmetic company, further reading reveals the brushes are made "Traditionally in PRC."
That would be the Peoples Republic of China. Clever little whiskers.
Now go forth and blush, or brush.
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Teri & Sonia