Dec 152013

Marc Jacobs Bronzer Brush01

Although my reactions to the new Marc Jacobs makeup line have not been uniform, I felt that it was important to look at several items in the line to get a sense of the quality level. It is not everyday that an important fashion designer launches a beauty line, especially one so comprehensive in scope. I did not love the mascara, the foundation, and I haven’t felt compelled to try the blushes. But one of the items that has won my heart is the Marc Jacobs The Bronze Bronzer Brush No. 12 ($78), a consistent, well-made tool that has increased the usability and beauty of the other products in my collection.

Marc Jacobs Bronzer Brush02

I knew this brush was special the first time that I saw it, and Seth Barton-Roberts’ video review also piqued my interest. Running nearly 8 inches in length, this oversized powder brush is well balanced and substantial, without being heavy.

Marc Jacobs Bronzer Brush03

The head is densely packed and soft, like a combination kabuki/duo-fibre. It gives superb control for all types of powders, including blushes, powders, bronzers. It applies baked products, including MAC’s Mineralized Skin Finishes, like a boss.

Marc Jacobs Bronzer Brush10

The bristles have plenty of oomph, so that you don’t have to spend too much time building up product. Designed for bronzers, I found a few sweeps adequate. It gives a similar application effect to the large (and now unobtainable) Chanel must-have powder brush that I bought in Paris years ago.

Marc Jacobs Bronzer Brush12

Because of the oversized head, I tend to reserve this for products that are used over larger areas of the face. Just to experiment, I also tried this with my hyper-pigmented blushes (such as the MAC pro blushes, and some NARS). I found that I still had to be careful about how much pigment I put on this brush. Some of the pigmentation of those blushes are pretty nuclear, so I wasn’t surprised to find that I still had to sweep the brush over a mirror or tissue to knock product off before applying. However, I did find that the Marc Jacobs The Bronze brush  did allow me to apply the blushes with very soft, soft, soft blended edges.

Marc Jacobs Bronzer Brush04

I reaching for the Marc Jacobs The Bronze brush almost every day since I bought it. I wash it the same way as my other brushes, and dry time is overnight if I remember to shake out excess water (but a day and a half if I forget).  I haven’t experienced any staining with any of my products (including the super-pigmented blushes). Everything seems to wash out easily. According to Sephora’s website, the brush is made from synthetic, antibacterial hair. The feel is pure luxury and the function is perfection.

Jacobs brush with annotations

Bottom line–this is one of my favorite buys from the past several months. It is available exclusively from Sephora.

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  9 Responses to “Marc Jacobs Bronzer Brush Review”

  1. This might be the first piece of Marc Jacobs that I think I NEED! I can just about imagine how soft and fluffy it is!

  2. I keep picking this up and putting it down, repeat. lol It feels great but I just can’t get past thinking it’s too big for my face although it certainly can work for all over color. I think I will eventually buy it because I keep thinking about it but I want to make sure I use it fully so it doesn’t sit and collect dust on my table.

    • LOL me too Evelyn, until I got a Sephora promotion for high-volume buyers (yes, I’m a Sephora VIB Rouge next year!). It pushed me over the edge, or at least that’s what I keep telling myself. I’m glad that I did–I love the way that it applies cheek colors and allover powders.

  3. Hi Amy – How does it compare to the Tom Ford bronzer brush?

    • Cari–three differences that I can see. Tom Ford’s feels like natural hair, is more expensive, and is ultra-ultra-plush-gorgeous-luxury. If forced to choose, I’d go with the Tom Ford. Here’s the thing–a lot of people are put off by the Tom Ford because they don’t love white bristles. This Marc Jacobs is a really nice option.

  4. This brush looks really good, I wonder if Sephora Mexico brought it with the line, because I can’t remember seeing it. I’m always interested in adding good brushes to my stash.

  5. I really would like to try this.. I am looking for a perfect brush for my collection.


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