Through my IPSY Glam Bag subscription I have received two five piece sets of Laruce Brushes. One of the sets was an item in my Glam bag and the second I picked up using accumulated points. While on the website I noticed that neither set was really listed however when I put the two sets together was really only one repeat so the two sets gave me a wide variety of brushes. In fact it gave me enough of a mix of brushes that I was able to use them as my only brushes for the last few weeks.
Which I did.
The brand Laruce Beauty started in 2019 and focuses on providing luxurious vegan and cruelty free brushes. The bristles are synthetic and hypoallergenic. Individually their brushes range from $26 to $30. Sets can range from $65 all the way up to $350. The $350 set contains thirteen brushes and comes in a vegan leather carrying case.
One of my sets is blue and the other black, but they each have a textured, rubberized handle that makes them easy to grip and use. I am actually quite fond of the handles actually. They aren’t too thick to hold comfortably, even with the larger brushes and they are easy to wipe down should product get on any of the handles.
In addition each of the brushes not only has the Laruce number stamped on it but it has the name of the brush on it as well so that if you are just starting out or expanding your use of makeup brushes, you can easily tell what is what. All of the brushes feature the same synthetic bristles (One set dark and the other side light) and the bristles are well attached to the ferule with no loose ones sticking out or shedding. I feel confident that these brushes will last quite a while.
LR334 Angle Contour:
This brush is thick and dense enough to work well with contour and bronzing powders. I did not like it with cream products. While it is dense enough for the powders it isn’t dense enough of a bristle set to work well with cream contour products. When I used them I generally had to apply it with my fingers and blend it with my fingers as well rather than the brush. It does however work really well with powder products.
LR335 Flat Foundation:
I’ll be honest this was my least favorite of the brushes in the set. I like flat foundation brushes but I found myself wanting stiffer, more densely packed bristles. This one tended to leave a few streaks in the foundation. I could see using it for a powder foundation but not for any liquid or cream products. I like flat foundation brushes, but this one did not make the cut for me.
At first I didn’t think I was going to like it, but this ended up being one of my favorite brushes in the set. It was more versatile than I expected and was able to blend shadows and highlighters well and was one of the only brushes that worked well with both powder and cream products. I will be keeping this brush in my selection of everyday brushes.
This is a good general shadow brush. It worked as well as any other that I tried. I would perhaps like to see it a little smaller as it was wide enough that it tended to fan out powder products more than I intended, however it was a good sturdy shadow brush.
LR005 and LR007 Tapered Blending:
This was the only brush I have two of and quite frankly if you are going to have doubles of a brush, the tapered blending is the one you are going to want to double down on. The 005 is the black handled brush and the 007 is the blue handled brush, Although they both have the same name, the 007 brush is slightly smaller than the 005 as you can see in the photograph. They were excellent shading brushes and I liked having the two slightly different sizes. Both worked well and both are ones I would continue to use.
LR002 Flat Shading:
As a shading brush this worked well. It is a little wide for my tastes but not over the top wide. It was nice to use. It is not my favorite shading brush, but I liked it and will continue to use it. If something were to happen to it, I probably wouldn’t replace it.
This is a loose and somewhat floppy brush that holds pigment well. It is very soft on the skin and very good for blushes where you need to build up color. It is good for applying blush, but not for blending. It is simply too soft and loose to blend well. It is excellent if you are looking for only a light wash of color though as even the most highly pigmented blushes come in light with this product. It does not work with cream products at all.
This is excellent if you want only a light highlight as it is a soft bristled brush that applies highlighter well. It can turn even a brightly sparkling highlighter into a soft glow. It is long enough to disperse the product but not too large for control. It is useless with cream products. For any cream product I used, I ended up reaching for the Kabuki brush instead.
LR 375 Flat powder:
While I did miss my fluffy powder brush, I ended up really liking this brush. It is dense enough to work well with pressed powder, yet large and loose enough to work well with loose setting powder. It is a really good brush to set your under eyes after concealer and if you are the sort who bakes your face, this could very easily be a go to tool. I don’t really bake, but as I used it, I found myself missing my fluffy brush less and less. It is a versatile powder brush and one of the stand outs of the set. It actually worked better for blending in blush than the blush brush as well so I could very easily see picking up a second one of these Flat Powder brushes.
So that my darlings, was my experience using only Laruce brushes for the past few weeks. There were a couple of clear winners that I would purchase on their own and there were a couple that I will simply pull from my brush rotation. There were a couple of average ones as well that I will happily use since I have them, but probably not replace at the $28-$30 price range.
Over all I think this is a brand where I would buy individual brushes, but probably not pick up a full set. The quality of the brushes is there and for the brushes I liked using, the price seems fair. The textured handle, metal ferrule and synthetic bristles are all very good quality. In addition, if you have any hand mobility issues the textured handle coupled with the fact that it is sturdy, but not overly heavy, might be a good option for you.
I use a lot of cream products so I had issues with some of the brushes, but if your product list is all powder than you might have fewer difficulties. And to be fair finding brushes that work well with cream products is an ongoing quest of mine. Most of the time I end up blending with fingertips. I’m okay with that, but I would like the option of a brush for some of those products as well. That quest sadly continues.