Why did I consider getting these Glamcor Makeup Brushes?
I remember I saw YouTube video way back when from TheSukiebapswent in which she was giving her first impressions on the Glamcor Makeup Brushes (although she hadn’t tried them out yet). When I saw them, I liked how sleek they looked, and I was hooked..
I was also intriged by that weird shaped brush (the Glamcor Countour Brush). I wanted to try it to see how that would work on my face. Now, when I went to Glamcor’s website, I almost fainted when I saw the price of the brushes… the five piece set alone was $210!! Whaaaaaaat? So, as you might imagine, I didn’t get them right then and there. I just couldn’t convince myself (or my hubby) to spend all that money in 5 brushes.
Months went by until I saw Liz’s review on Glamcor brushes on her website at Beauty Black Book. I was more intrigued about them but still couldn’t get myself to hand over my savings to them… that is until last year’s Black Friday came along and Glamcor came out with an offer that included these brushes. I hesitated no more and got them. Hubby was still not convinced, but hey, what can I say.. a makeup blogger’s gotta do what a makeup blogger’s gotta do!
Where can you get them?
I got these Glamcor brushes online at Glamcor.com. As I mentioned before, I got them through a Black Friday sale.
What did I find in the package?
All five Glamcor brushes came in their own little box (shown below this). All of them came in a plastic box inside this original box, so they’re supposed to be well protected for shipping.
Time to try them. What did they do for me?
I’ve had these brushes now for 6 months and finally decided to dedicate some blog space to these buggers. These Glamcor makeup brushes are well made. They have white handles with shiny ferrules with the Glamcor logo engraved into them. There overall appearance is very sleek. Of course, the white handle makes it easier for them to get a bit dirty or to show fingerprints in them, but I’m guessing this is not a big issue unless you’re a makeup photographer. I haven’t had any problems so far with shedding or bleeding, which is much more important.
Now to the brush descriptions:
Glamcor Contour Brush – This brush’s bristles are synthetic and extremely soft. They are tightly packed and well tapered. It can be used with liquid and cream products as well as for skin care. To me, the head of this Glamcor Contour Brush looks like the Sigma F86 Tapered Kabuki brush. I know this might insult some readers out there but if you look at them closely they do look alike. Yes, the Glamcor one is bigger and denser but the Sigma does a wonderful job anyways at a fraction of the cost. Besides, I like the Sigma’s F86 longer handle which gives me more control. Other than that, I don’t have issues with the Glamcor brush other than the $75 price tag (if bought separately).
Glamcor Finish Brush – This is a dual fiber brush mix which has synthetic and natural goat hair. I haven’t seen any bleeding yet when washing this brush. Its shape is interesting because it’s kind’a short headed. The bristles are packed tightly and dense but it’s also very soft. I do like it to apply cream or powder blushes for an airbrush finish. I’ll occasionally use it to buff cream foundation into the skin. I don’t have any other brush in my collection with this same shape. Retails for $65 separately.
Glamcor Buffer Brush – The size of this brush is… interesting. In my opinion, it’s not big enough to apply blush and much less foundation. It’s flat and dense with synthetic fibers. The best use for this brush is to contour or highlight my cheekbones. To me, this one compares to the Sigma F80 flat top synthetic kabuki. The F80 is a lot bigger, which makes it one my favs to apply and buff foundation into the skin. There’s alsoSigma’s Precision Flat Brush P80 which to me is a smaller version of the Glamcor Buffer Brush. This one retails for $55 last time I checked.
Glamcor Mini Contour Brush – This is a kind of over-sized pencil brush which I really like. The shape is tapered and the bristles are very soft. It smudges eyeliner and eyeshadows awesomely. It’s also nice to define crease color or to conceal small areas. Super multitasked and one of my favorite makeup brushes. Retails for $30 on its own.
Glamcor Mini Finish Brush – The bristles in this brush are interesting. I call it a mini stippling brush. It has a combination of shorter and longer bristles, and a small pointy dome head. You can use this brush for detailed crease work. This one also retails for $30.
If you were to buy all five separately, you’d be paying $255, so by getting them as a set you’re saving $45. That’s assuming you think they’re worth all of that of course.
Here are some pictures of the Glamcor Brushes:
This next picture shows a problem I found with this brush (twice), which is the notch you can see on the bristles here. I wrote about it at the end of the article on the What is the Verdict? section.
What is my Verdict?
Ok, so before I tell you my verdict I thought I’d tell you the story about my customer experience with Glamcor. I ordered my brushes on Black Friday and received them around mid December. I was very excited, BUT.. when when I opened the boxes two of them came.. notched is the best way to put it. You can see one of them in the pictures above, the Glamcor Countour Brush looks like something fell on the bristles and left its mark there.
I emailed Glamcor’s CEO Erik A. Kaiser who initially replied to just wash them and that they should be fine. Well… guess what? I washed, dried, washed again, and dried again and the brushes were still the same. I then emailed him again (he was a very nice approachable guy in his responses) and he said: no problem, they’ll send me another set that he would hand pick himself (I was impressed at the response at this point).
Well, 3 weeks went by, so by now it’s mid January and still, I haven’t heard from Glamcor (so of course, at this point I wasn’t very happy). I emailed him Mr Kaiser again and I guess this helped, because I finally got my new ‘hand-picked selection’. However, when I got the replacements, guess what happened???? They were notched as well!!!!!!! I was a very, very unhappy customer, and really couldn’t believe this was happening. I’ve read so many good reviews about Glamcor’s customer service, but somehow I feel I slipped through the cracks. I have no idea why, but I can say, based on this experience, I will have to think 10 times before I order one of their products again. Now, this is a completely personal decision, and putting that emotion aside, let me tell you what my verdict is on the brushes themselves.
I can definitely say these Glamcor makeup brushes are very good brushes. They work, they blend, they buff.. but… big BUT… I could not recommend anybody going ahead and spending $210 in these brush set unless they were a brush collector. I could definitely recommend getting the Glamcor Mini Countour Brush on its own, as I really like that one. However, even most makeup artists will find equal or better quality in less priced makeup brushes with other brands, so based on that, I could not advise you to get this full set. They are great quality and they do work very well. Just not $210 worth.