Worth The Hype: Laruce Luxury Makeup Brushes - Flat Foundation, Angle Contour & Highlighter Brushes review

Tuesday 13 July 2021


A favourite amongst many American beauty bloggers, Laruce has been making some noise online since they came onto the beauty scene in 2019. But are they worth the hype? 

Pre-Covid times, I was always a massive makeup fan and have been ever since I was a teenager. My arsenal of makeup brushes and tools has grown so much over the years, and I've tried out all of the big-name brands, alongside the niche and indie companies that produce them. You might think that a blusher brush, for example, is pretty much a standard shape so they'd all be the same, right? Wrong. 

Makeup brushes vary a lot! And sometimes, you get what you pay for. Case in point; Laruce.

I recently won a set of Laruce makeup brushes in a Twitter giveaway, and I was absolutely thrilled after seeing so many American beauty bloggers use them in makeup tutorials.  Laruce is completely vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, and the brand as a whole prides itself on being inclusive and actively encourages individualism, unity, compassion and empathy online.

I received three of their brushes to try out; the LR335 Flat Foundation Brush, LR334 Angle Contour Brush and LR308 Highlighter Brush. The bad news is that Laruce isn't readily available in the UK yet, but *spoiler alert*, it wouldn't surprise me if they announced a UK stockist pretty soon! To give you a rough idea of the prices, they start at around $26 for a small individual lip brush to $350 for a complete set.

These brushes all have a chunky black plastic handle with a moulded grip which makes them super easy to hold and work with. I think this fits in perfectly with their inclusivity ethos as I imagine that many disabled beauty fans may find these brushes easier to hold. 

The bristles are synthetic as they are cruelty-free, and they are crazy soft! I would rate these in my top 3 brands for the softest brushes ever, they're that good. Pure luxury!

Let's have a quick rundown of each individual brush, starting with the LR335 Flat Foundation Brush. With its dense but flexible, flat-top kabuki-style head, this brush worked incredibly well with both liquid and powder/mineral foundation formats. It blends and buffs everything into the skin so smoothly and effortlessly for a gorgeous flawless finish. I cannot fault this brush at all - I love it!

The LR334 Angle Contour Brush has a great sloping angled head with the same style of densely packed but flexible bristles as the foundation brush. The shape of this brush is ideal for beauty beginners as it makes applying blushers and bronzers virtually impossible to get wrong as it does most of the work for you; even if you apply with a heavy hand, the bristles just seem to fan everything out for an instantly softer, more diffused look. I've tried it with liquid and powder/mineral products with superb results.

Perhaps surprisingly, my favourite of the three is the LR308 Highlighter Brush. I just love the slightly longer, oval-shaped brush head and the bristles are just so silky soft. This brush is the best for those little finishing touches like a gentle sweep of highlighter across the tops of the cheekbones, or as a setting brush for undereye concealer. Save this one to use with your favourite powder products.

Overall thoughts?
I'm thoroughly impressed by these Laruce brushes and would certainly recommend them to any makeup brush fan. If you're looking for a cruelty-free, high-end, luxury alternative to brushes from brands such as MAC, these are even better quality, and much softer and easier to work with. They also wash up well with no shedding issues so far after two months of regular use.

What are your favourite cruelty-free makeup brushes?

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