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A year ago now, I got my first set of Zoeva brushes - and of course they were the original rose gold set. From the moment I first set my eyes on them I was in love, as there is something that's just so beautiful about rose gold anything! So I just had to have some rose gold brushes in my collection...

Zoeva Rose Golden Vol 1
102 / Silk Finish
This brush is perfect for liquid foundation (especially Nars Sheer Glow). The roundness of the brush means there are no streaky finishes, giving you a lovely finish, it's definitely one of my favourite brushes when it comes to foundation!

106 / Powder
This is just your bog standard powder brush, however it's a lot softer than other powder brushes that I have tried in comparison. It is however best with loose powder instead of pressed, it doesn't seem to pick up much product with pressed powders.

110 / Face Shape
I love this brush for contouring, particularly the darkest part of my contour like my cheekbones and around my jawline. It helps me define my face more precisely than a looser brush would do!

127 / Luxe Sheer Cheek
This brush is perfect for applying my blush or bronzers. True to its name, it leaves even the most pigmented of blushes with a lovely sheer look - which is brilliant for products like blushes where if you put too much on you end up looking silly.  

142 / Concealer Buffer
I probably use this brush the least in the whole set, it works well when applying the MAC Pro Longwear concealer (which is the only concealer I own which has a pump) but I tend to still go over it with a Beauty Blender to create a nice even finish.

227 / Luxe Soft Definer
I like to use this brush to apply my base colour all over my lids very quickly. It has been hailed as a dupe for the MAC 217 brush, which I personally haven't tried but for over half the price, it offers the same super high quality I would expect from MAC and it has never horrifically flicked a tonne of eyeshadow powder down my face!

231 / Luxe Petit Crease
As a massive fan of the smokey eye look this brush is an essential to have in my collection, it helps being more precise in putting darker shades in the crease of my lids and blending them out softly to achieve that gorgeous smokey eye look.

317 / Wing Liner
I'm very much hooked on liquid eyeliner pens over gel eyeliners, gel eyeliners tend to leave me with black rings from where I have blinked but maybe I need to try more luxe liners... But that's a topic for a whole other post! I tend to get the most use out of this brush with my brows, using it with either the Anastasia Beverly Hills Pomade or the Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel

Zoeva Rose Golden Vol 2
104 / Buffer

I had never tried a flat foundation brush before I had bought this set, and I was honestly not disappointed! It leaves you with such a lovely, soft finish, particularly more so with high coverage foundations. The only downside I can find with this brush is that it doesn't quite get into those hard to reach places.

126 / Luxe Cheek Finish
This is very much like the 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek from the Vol 1 brushes, however instead of being angled it is actually rounded into a dome-like shape. It leaves you with the same sheer finish, as neither brushes really pick up much product making them both perfect for blushes.

109 / Luxe Face Paint 
This brush is hands down my favourite brush, for so long I had been raving about the 110 Face Shape brush for contouring, but I was blown away with this brush, particularly for defining my cheek bones. It reminds me of the Real Techniques flat contour brush from their Bold Metals collection, which is the only brush out of the Bold Metals collection that I was dying to buy!

228 / Luxe Crease
The only difference between this brush and the 231 Luxe Petit Crease brush from the Vol 1 set is the size, like the name would suggest. I use both brushes in the same way, but I tend to use the Petit version when I want to spend more time, and create a more dramatic smokey eye as I can be more precise.

234 / Luxe Smoky Shader 
Like the name would suggest, this is a brilliant little brush for blending in 2 different eyeshadow shades. The firmer brush helps to be more precise than the Luxe Crease brushes.

226 / Smudger
This is probably the least used brush for me in this set, I tend to use it only when I'm going out and want a heavier eye make up look as it is great for bringing darker eyeshadows underneath your waterline. 

Both sets feature the 317 / Wing Liner brush, which I personally use for gel brow products. However I find the 322 / Brow Line brush is pretty useless with eyebrow gel and I end up looking like I have drawn slugs onto my face, however it works well with powder eyeshadow products which I have started to use more of lately.

Vol 1 Vol 2 Preference
102 / Silk Finish
104 / Buffer
Vol 1 
110 / Face Shape
109 / Luxe Face Paint
Vol 2
127 / Luxe Sheer Cheek 
126 / Luxe Cheek Finish
Vol 1
227 / Luxe Soft Definer
226 / Smudger
Vol 1
231 / Luxe Petit Crease
228 / Luxe Crease
Vol 1
317 / Wing Liner
317 / Wing Liner & 322 / Brow Line
Vol 2

WINNER:
Vol 1


For me, the original set has to be the clear winner. I use the brushes more and I find the set to be much more versatile as to what it has to offer in comparasion to volume 2, which I found to be more eye based, where as volume 1 varied, especially with the 106 / Powder and 142 / Concealer Buffer brushes.

Emma xo


Which set would/do you prefer?
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