Volare Makeup Brushes E03 Blending Brush and E05 Flat Brush Review | Affordable natural hair brushes? Sign me up!
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Good friends don't let friends miss out on a good deal and when I read about Volare Cosmetics on Sheila's blog a couple months ago, I was ripe for some good friend enabling.
Based in Vancouver, makeup artist Valensia Ng started Volare Cosmetics in 2015 with a focus on developing the perfect makeup brush. With her professional connections and experience, Ng searched for two years before finding the right partners to develop her brushes. Using all natural hair and Japanese crafting techniques, Volare offers a high-end performance product for surprisingly affordable prices.
Almost all of Volare's face and eye brushes retail for less than $20 with the exception of a couple of the face brushes, which is pretty much unheard of as far as I know. All of the Volare brushes are made with goat hair, except for the E01 Tapered Blending brush which is made of a mix of goat and blue squirrel hair and the F01 Foundation/Cream brush which contains goat hair and synthetic bristles.
After a lot of hemming and hawing, I chose the E03 Blending brush and the E05 Flat brush as my first Volare purchase.
The E03 is described as a "blending brush ideal for blending your eyes makeup to obtain smooth result", but admittedly it was the review on the page comparing it to the MAC 217 that sold me. My MAC 217 brush is my most used brush and I've been wanting a second one for awhile.
The E05 is described as a "flat brush, perfect for placing colors on your eyelids". I have a similarly shaped Sonia Kashuk brush, but this one appealed to me for doing more dramatic makeup looks and layering heavier shimmers.
The sucky thing about Volare is that the pricing is in USD, so these $16 USD brushes cost closer to $20 each with the exchange, but even with that, they are way more affordable than other brushes. Also, for Canada you have to get over $75 USD to get free shipping. Other than that though, the service was prompt and my brushes arrived in a very nice, sleek black box.
Like my MAC 217 brush, both the E03 and E05 are all white with a light, black ferrule. Some people may not like white bristles as they show up dirt more easily, but I have no preference either way.
Being goat hair, both brushes were extremely soft and were like brushing little clouds across my lids. I experienced zero scratchiness from either of these and I love how fluffy they are.
Compared to the MAC 217, I would say the E03 is quite interchangeable, with the E03 being fluffier and definitely softer. The E03 does a great job at blending out edges and creating a soft gradient, but despite the fluffiness of the E03, I think the 217 is denser, which helps it deposit color better onto lids.
Like the 217, you can use the E03 for all sorts of purposes. This brush is a true workhouse and is great for depositing all-over color, blending, applying highlight, and for defining a soft crease. I usually use just this brush and maybe one other to create my eye looks. If you're Chinese, then you could say this brush is like cooking with a Chinese meat cleaver - it's all you need!
In comparison, the E05 is much more of a specialist. The brush is shorter and denser than the E03, with a distinctly narrow, paint brush-like shape. Thanks to its softness, you can use also use this brush in a variety of ways. I like to use this one to apply shadow along my lower lash line and to define my outer lid and crease. It's a bit too wide to do precise outer corner work, but it's perfect for applying color all over. If you want to pack on the color then this brush is for you. Even though the bristles are so soft, the E03 does a pretty decent job at picking up color from the pan. I haven't tried this one yet with any creams or glitters, but that's next on my list to try!
Overall, the price and quality of these brushes really can't be beat. I was really impressed with how easy they were to work with and their sleek, all-black look. So far, I've been using these everyday and haven't experienced any fallout or splaying of the bristles.
Buy - affordable, well-crafted natural bristle brushes like these are hard to find, so what are you waiting for!
Posted by MizzJ at 5:37 AM