Review | Zoeva Classic Face Set

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Recently Luxola.com had a storewide 30% off sale for Mother's Day. So, I definitely picked some goodies up. I had a brief experience with Zoeva brushes before as I purchased two about a few months ago. I had the #110 Face Shape and the #229 Eye Definer and was pleasantly pleased with the quality! Zoeva was created in Germany in 2008 and they have really affordable brushes.


Before purchasing this, I went online trying to read some reviews on Zoeva but realised that they were pretty hard to find! Reviews were mostly not in English and were generally way lower in numbers as compared to other brands. Why so? I'm not sure as this brand is pretty amazing.

I purchased the Zoeva Classic Face Set at an awfully great deal. This set retails for 55 Euros on the Zoeva main website (Click here!) and SGD$86 on the Luxola website (click here!). With the 30% discount, I got this entire set for SGD$60.20 (awww yeah) and this adds up to only about 10 bucks per brush! This is not even including the decent makeup pouch the brushes came in! I was definitely one happy camper.


When I received the set (next day after I ordered, love Luxola's services), I was pretty much blown away by how great the brushes are. Brushes come with the sturdy black (with subtle glitter) laminated handle with the number as well as function engraved onto it. Great for beginners as well as you know what brush to use for whichever purpose.

Firstly, this set comes with:
#102 Silk Finish
#105 Luxe Highlight (natural hair)
#106 Powder
#122 Petit Stippling
#127 Luxe Sheer Cheek (natural hair)
#142 Concealer Buffer

Notable mention: #102 and #127 are SO SOFT. So soft. And they are white. Did anyone say bunny's butt? The other synthetic brushes do not disappoint either.
Left: #102 | Right: #127

#102 Silk Finish
This brush is created for the purpose of applying foundation. Bristles are dense and really soft, so buffing in your foundation is really easy and effortless here. After buffing, I did not see any streaks or splotches either. Coverage is pretty high due to the density of the bristles as well. This reminds me of the Sigma F82 Round Top Synthetic Kabuki, which I do not own unfortunately so I can't give you a definite comparison here. However, I do have the F88 Flat Angled Kabuki and the F86 Angled Kabuki and I have to say, the quality is definitely comparable.



Just another shot to show the fluffiness! 


#105 Luxe Highlight
This was the main reason why I wanted this set so badly. Small tapered brushes are my weakness. This brush seems so delicate and soft that I had to try it out and I was not disappointed in any way. I love the size of this brush as it fits perfectly on the top of my cheekbones as well as down my nose. Really soft, picks up a good amount of product and applies it well. Weird confession here, I love that it is white, but at the same time, it pains me everytime I use it as it tarnishes the "whiteness" of this small fluffy thing (do you feel me?).




#106 Powder
This powder brush is way smaller in comparison as compared to my normal Sigma F30 Large Powder brush. This is not entirely bad though, as it gives you more control and precision over the areas you want to powder such as the T-zone. With my Sigma brush, I kinda just swipe it across my face twice and I got my whole face covered. It is that big! Quality once again, is comparable. Both brushes feel as soft and sturdy. Despite this being marketed as a powder brush, I do see potential of this brush being able to be used for applying blusher to the apples of the cheeks as well.


Above: Sigma F30 Large Powder
Below: Zoeva #106
For comparison!
Left: Sigma F30 | Right: Zoeva#106

#122 Petit Stipping
This brush is great for blending out concealer under the eyes or other cream products such as cream blush.It really does give an airbrushed finish. Tried it with my Benefit Moon Beam a day or two ago and it worked great as well! Really soft yet sturdy bristles in addition to its really small size, so you definitely have control over the areas you are blending or applying products as the bristles do not splay out everywhere.


Left: Elf Small Stipple Brush | Right: Zoeva #122


#127 Luxe Sheer Cheek
This brush is probably my favourite blush blush currently. It is so fluffly and soft, it is like having facial therapy every morning I apply my blush. Since it is made out of natural bristles, it picks up a good amount of product but it does not deposit too much product onto your face. So if you are one who tends to be a lil' heavy handed with blush application, this brush may be the one for you. It is angled as well, so I prefer using this to apply blush along my cheekbones rather than at the apples of the cheek. Size wise, I do like it a lot. Fits my cheeks really well!


Top: MAC 182SE
Middle: Zoeva #127
Below: Sigma F40 
#142 Concealer Buffer
I have heard so many great things about this brush buffing in concealer so I was pretty excited to try it out. I would recommend this brush more for spot concealing rather than undereye concealing. For spot concealing, this works great. Blends out my cream concealers perfectly. For my undereyes however, it works but it requires patience and more time. I for one, do not have either so I usually just rely on my Sigma F86 Tapered Kabuki to do this job. This brush is also lovely for applying other cream products in my opinion, such as my MAC paintpots. I used this to apply my paintpot in Soft Ochre on my lids and am really liking the ease of application and finish this brush gives me.


Left: Ebay Round Tapered Brush | Middle: Zoeva#142 | Sigma P80

Overall, these brushes are really worth the price (even if you get them at the full price) as they are of wonderful quality. They are soft, gentle to the face and they wash well. To me, these are comparable to Sigma brushes and people should start noticing them more! Price is about half of normal Sigma brushes so great for beginners especially.

Rating: 4.5/5

Hopefully this review will help you guys out there! I highly do recommend checking Zoeva out as a good alternative to traditional Sigma and MAC brushes. You can check out the whole range of Zoeva brushes here!

Have a great makeup day ahead! XO.











Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated to Zoeva or Luxola. Purchased these brushes with my own money.


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