An in-depth Review on Morphe Brushes
If you’re a frequent YouTube user who binge watches makeup videos uploaded by popular makeup gurus, then Morphe Brushes shouldn’t be a foreign brand to you. Known for its incredible quality yet affordable prices, Morphe Brushes has garnered huge popularity on social media such as Instagram and YouTube.
I purchased these Morphe Brushes from COMA Makeup a few weeks ago because my stash of brushes back then were old and some were shedding. In this post, I’ll be reviewing the M510 Pro Round Blender, M501 Pro Pointed Blender, M433 Pro Firm Blending Fluff, M523 Tapered Powder, G4 Angle Brush and M439 Deluxe Buffer brushes.
Morphe Brushes categorises their makeup brushes according to the various lines. The more popular ones include the Elite Collection, Flawless Collection and Gun Metal Collection. The website also features Manny Mua’s Favourites and Jacalyn Hill’s Favourites which I find them to be rather useful to help you narrow down your choices lest you’re overwhelmed wide array of brushes available.
M439 Deluxe Buffer (S$24)
Made of short synthetic bristles (3.5cm), the Morphe M439 Deluxe Buffer is possibly the densest kabuki brush I’ve ever came across. It’s so dense that when I first cleaned it, some of the cleansing liquid was stuck inside the bristles. The bristles are fully packed together and I’m happy to say that none of them shed each time after I washed it.
M439 Delux Buffer is best for applying liquid or cream foundations. The dense bristles help to achieve a flawless, beautiful coverage with just a dollop of foundation. The coverage it gives isn’t entirely sheer but sufficient to cover imperfections while keeping your makeup looking natural at the same time. The resulting finish is absolutely beautiful.
Since the bristles are so dense, it’s rather impossible to do stippling motions so buff away! Oh, this brush is relatively heavy and my arms had a good workout because I did a good job buffing the foundation. However, do keep in mind to NOT overbuff especially if you have dry skin as the buffing motion can cause micro-exfoliation, hence resulting in dry flakes.
|Extremely denseGives a natural yet buildable coverage of foundation||HeavyMay cause micro-exfoliation of the skin if you over buff since it’s so dense|
G4 Angle Brush (S$25)
This is the only brush I purchased from the Gun Metal Collection. I had high expectations of it because I assumed the bristles would be dense since that’s the impression I got from the product photo. The bristles are denser than a regular blush brush but not as dense as a foundation kabuki brush.
I use this brush mostly for bronzer application. By bronzer application, I mean those I-want-to-look-tan-for-summer kind of bronzing and not Instagram razor contouring. The angled head isn’t perfectly tapered so it definitely takes practice to figure out what kind of angle how you want the bronzer to look. The bristles are rather fluffed out so it’s not ideal to apply blush using this brush.
Do NOT use this to apply liquid or cream products. From the look of the bristles, I’m pretty confident that it’s not a good idea to apply liquid foundations using this brush. Nonetheless, I still went ahead to try it this morning because I didn’t want to limit the possibilities. It turned out to be a disaster! The foundation spreaded well across the face due to the spaced-out bristles but it left my face looking patchy. The foundation wasn’t evenly applied and the coverage wasn’t as true as using a good, dense kabuki brush. I had to wipe the patchy areas away and blended the remaining foundation using the Elf Selfie Ready Foundation Blurring Brush. I was so disappointed.
|Good for a natural all over bronzingSoft||Not dense enough for foundation applicationNeed to figure out the right angle for best applicationToo big to use as blush brush|
M523 Tapered Powder (S$26)
Highly raved by Jaclyn Hill, the soft goat hair bristles and dome shape of the M523 Tapered Powder Brush is indeed an excellent brush for contouring. Use the tapered head to precisely carve out the hollows of the cheek and get razor-sharp cheekbones. I also love how it’s flat at both sides so I can use it to apply powder over the T-zone or even harder to reach corners around the nose. Since the bristles are shaped flatly, it might be a little challenging to get an even blush application.
|Tapered dome shape is excellent for contouringVersatile; can be used to apply powder||Takes a bit of practice to practice to achieve the right angle for contouringNot suitable for blush application|
M501 Pro Pointed Blender (S$17.00)
Highlight, highlight and more highlight. That’s what Jaclyn Hill is probably most famous for anyway. No one knows exactly what the M501 Pro Pointed Blender is really intended for but everyone simply followed Hill’s footsteps and use it for strobing. It’s too big for the eyes, a tad fluffy to blend concealers so using it for highlighting is your best bet. The pointed-shaped bristles are soft enough to diffuse the highlight ever so slightly to give a beautiful and intense glow at the top of your cheekbones.
|Use this to highlight and you’d never regret!||Not a multi-purpose brushToo big for the eyesTo fluffy to blend harsh lines out|
M510 Pro Round Blender (S$17.00)
This brush is similar to the M501 Pro Pointed Blender and it’s listed as one of Mannymua’s favourite brushes. I purchased this brush because I accidentally added it to my shopping cart and checked it out. The bristles are more fluffy than the M501 Pro Pointed Blender. After the first wash, the bristles flared like crazy and afterwards, it never seemed to get back to its original shape. Serving the same purpose as the M501 Pro Pointed Blender, M510 gives a more subtle highlight since the bristles are fluffier. However, this brush doesn’t appeal to me because the bristles are just too spaced out and the resulting highlight result it gives is just…..meh. I can’t even pinpoint exactly where I placed the highlight because it seems to go in all directions across the cheekbones.
|The fluffier bristles give a more natural highlight||Not a multi-purpose brushToo big for the eyesTo fluffy to blend harsh lines out|
M433 Pro Firm Blending Fluff (S$15.50)
The rounded tip of this brush makes it easy to place an eyeshadow colour in the crease and even better at blending it out! The bristles are not extremely soft but they don’t feel scratchy at all against my eyes.
Some dubbed this brush as a dupe as the MAC 217 and Sigma E25 brushes. I do own 2 Sigma E25 brushes and all I can say is while M433 and Sigma E25 are similar, the shapes are not exactly the same. The former does a better job specifically in blending the crease while the latter helps you to soften eyeshadow colours, achieving a smooth transition between the various colours. Also, M433 is rounded and smaller than Sigma E25 so it fits perfectly in the crease area, especially useful if you don’t have much lid space.
The bristles of the M433 are also firm enough to blend away harsh lines. I use this brush to blend the lines whenever I contour my nose. It softens the contour lines, making them to appear like natural shadows instead of 2 brown straight lines down the nose bridge.
|Fits perfectly in the crease areaFirm enough for blending harsh lines or softening out any colours||None at the moment|
Everyone says that Morphe Brushes are amazing and I don’t disagree. While it’s true that quality of these brushes are not the best out there but for the price you are paying, it’s considered a steal and you can’t complain much. My best advice is to be wise and carefully select which brushes you really need based on your personal makeup routines Are you someone who places great emphasis on face makeup? Or you can’t leave the the house without a perfect eyeshadow look? Narrow down your choices based on what you normally spend the most time on. My favourites are definitely the M439 Deluxe Buffer, M510 Pro Pointed Blender and M433 Pro Firm Blending Fluff Brushes. Those I regret purchasing are G4 Angled Brush and M501 Pro Round Blender.
Hope you have enjoyed this post and it helps you in your makeup shopping!