Take heed, crazy cat ladies. Rubbing the brushes in across your face may induce irresistible urges to adopt additional cats.
WARNING: If you have already acquired a “gateway cat,” exercise extreme caution, especially around the Cheek Colour Brush, because it feels exactly like the softest, hest, most downy delicious belly meat.
Makeup lovers have reported that it made them contemplate kitty crime. “I’m considering kidnapping an adorable tortie girl who lives down the street,” said one woman, “even though I know better…” 🙁
Among members of the crazy cat lady community, the third cat is commonly referred to as “the gateway cat,” since it opens the door to adopting even more cats and posits the question, at this point, why stop at just three?
All eight of the brushes in this set feel kitten soft, from the fluffy Pony Tail Brush (fabulous for erasing hard edges, applying highlighter to those upper cheekbones, or for blending under-eye concealer), to the Angled Eye Liner Brush (great for thin lines and flicks, and it also doubles as a spot applicator for concealer). The set also comes with a travel case and a removable mesh cosmetic bag insert.
The $125 Laura Mercier Luxe Travel Brush Collection includes…
- Cheek Color Brush
- Secret Camouflage Brush
- Pony Tail Brush
- Creme Eye Colour Brush
- Eye Crease Brush
- Smudge Brush
- Flat Eye Liner Brush
- Angled Eye Liner Brush
- Travel Case with removable mesh cosmetic bag
At $125, the new Luxe Travel Brush Collection costs a lot of kitty treats. It’s one of the more expensive holiday brush sets out there, but I think the brushes hold their own with the brushes in Laura’s permanent line.
The heads feel full and dense, the bristles rarely shed, and I can blend, smudge and stipple to my heart’s content without feeling like I’m using inferior brushes (something that happens quite often when I use the brushes in other holiday brush sets).
Bonus! — the brushes don’t smell funny, either. There’s none of that new brush funk, if you know what I mean.
I feel like Laura’s makeup gets way more attention than her tools, which is kind of a bummer, because I think her brushes are some of the best. Her travel brush kits are usually on the expensive side, but they’re also consistently soft, sturdy and hold up well over time. Most of the time I go on trips, I take a few of Laura’s brushes with me.
Recommended? Definitely, even considering the price premium. The Luxe Travel Brush Collection is something to think about if you want to expand your brush collection with travel-friendly options, or if you just know someone who wants to delve deeper into the nitty-gritty details of makeup application.
PRICE: $125 (Yowza! But think of it as an investment in your makeup future that should pay dividends over the next 10 years.)
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, and available now and at Laura Mercier counters.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A- (it ain’t cheap)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,