things that apparently exist: Artis skincare brushes
I think we all have irrational cravings sometimes, and for me lately it’s been the Artis makeup brushes. I ignored them for a long time after they were released because they’re kind of weird & toothbrush-y and I’m usually not into synthetic brushes, so meh, whatever. I’m also fully aware that I don’t have a legitimate need for any more brushes of any kind. Then I stumbled on them at Dillard’s and after a little bit of petting I’ve seriously been wanting to try them out.
Then I learned about this: the Artis Digit Skincare Coffret. Do you vaguely remember the internet being in an uproar last year because Kylie Jenner was using a $72 brush to apply her moisturizer? Looks like she’s not the only one who liked the idea because now you can get an entire set of Artis brushes (which will set you back $425, or less than the cost of a 3.4oz jar of La Mer moisturizer). These are slightly different in design, but more importantly have a special coating on the fibers that makes emollient formulas easier to clean off. At first I scoffed, because why would you possibly need brushes for your post-cleansing skincare? I totally get cleansing brushes, and still love my Clarisonic, but moisturizer & serum? I watched their demo video then, and noticed that the motions look veeeery similar to the massage steps in Asian skincare routines. That also isn’t something I do on a regular basis, but I’m not totally skeptical about it. I did a similar massage when my face was puffed up to twice its normal size after my overbite surgery and my surgeon commented that the swelling had gone down remarkably fast. Maybe I should start that up again….
In any case, I can’t mentally put these in any category other than ‘treat yo self’ but I also think they’re really interesting. For example, can you also use them for makeup? Would one or two (I’m assuming they’ll eventually be available individually) be enough? Are they easy enough to clean that you could do it after each use? Does Kylie use them? These are the very important questions swirling around my head. (J/k about Kylie – I’m not even sure I could pick her out of a Jenner/Kardashian lineup, I fail really hard at following celebrity news.) I’d love to try them but have a feeling it will be a while before I get around to it, but I do like the idea of turning my evening skincare routine into more of a ritual than a chore. What do you think, have you used brushes in your skincare routine?
In the meantime, I do have one of the Artis Elite Mirror brushes coming in the mail – I ordered the Oval 3 to try out. I also picked up an Oval 6 ‘dupe’ from TJ Maxx for kicks and giggles. It won’t be an apples-to-apples comparison since they’re different brushes with different functions, but be on the lookout for a review once I get a chance to play around with those.