Don't you just love people who inspire you to do better and be the best that you can be? That's exactly how my good friend, Sophie, is to me. And I'm sure, to most of you too who know her. I first met her during one of her mineral makeup meet up days and I still remember how she taught me to apply mineral foundation. She became my classmate back in makeup school and since then, we've been friends. Well, that is despite our silly fights over really petty things...that are actually mostly her fault. Hahhaa, I'm just kidding!
She came up with her own brushes, Charm. And from those cute pink brushes came the more sophisticated looking ones. Remember her Travel Pro set that comes in dark pink ferrule and black handle? 'twas my favourite travel set, until the Sonia travel set (gold ferrule, black handle + leopard print bag) came in. Of course, who wouldn't know about her Charm Essentials Vegan Brush Set and her Pro Brush Set? Her brushes just keep getting better in time.
And now, she did it again. She recently launched a new set of brushes and this time, she named it after herself...SOFFIA. Well, of course it's with a different spelling but it still sounds like her name, which is usually associated to being sexy, smart and witty. If you've heard about Sophia Loren and Sofia Vergara, you'll know what I mean. And do you know that the name Sophia means "Wisdom" in Greek? I must say, these words are just a few that can describe my girl Sophie.
Now let's talk about her new brushes:
SOFFIA makeup brushes, with its rare, world-class Lush Opulence bristles will give you the treat of a lifetime - lush, luxurious velvet-like bristles that glide on your skin, resulting in a beautiful, flawless finish. They are made with expert craftsmanship and designed to function with expert precision for that perfect makeup look that we all aspire for! Most of the brushes are made from the softest, most luxurious grade of synthetic hair - you won't find it anywhere else! It's quite rare and inspired by the Japanese squirrel. These brushes are made with Japanese techniques and standards.
There are 8 brushes in the SOFFIA line and I'm just so lucky to have the six. I actually got them a day before I left Manila and my dear Sophie personally handed these babies to me. We've been excited for these new brushes to come out since the first time she brought some samples for us to test months ago. And they're now available!
SOFFIA Opulence Big Cheek Contour Brush, Php1800
SOFFIA Opulence Small Cheek Contour Brush, Php1500
I use the smaller brush to contour and the bigger brush to apply blush. It's definitely up to you which one you'd prefer as a contouring brush or a blush brush...and well, it also depends on how big or small your face is. If you'd ask me which I'd get should I need to pick just one, I'll say get the bigger one just because you get to pick up more product and you can also use it to diffuse it just in case you've applied too much.
SOFFIA Opulence Perfect Skin Flat Top Foundation, Php999
Achieve beautiful, undetectable, perfect coverage with the SOFFIA Opulence Perfect Skin Flat Top Foundation Brush. Pat your way into perfection!
This I use to apply liquid foundations and my BB/CC creams in patting motions. Due to its small head, it will take a longer time for you to finish your foundation routine but rest assured that you'll have a flawless finish in the end. You can also apply your cream blushes using this brush.
SOFFIA Opulence Perfect Skin Foundation Brush, Php750
The SOFFIA Opulence Perfect Skin Foundation Brush can create a flawless complexion in more ways than one – use this to apply liquid foundation or BB Cream and obtain doll-like, immaculately poreless and flawless complexion. Use this for powder foundation and obtain full, unnoticeable coverage. Use this to contour your features. This brush does it all.
Oh yes, this brush is so multi-purpose. If you've heard of the Shiseido Perfect Foundation brush, this one works just as good! I use this to apply my powder to set my foundation using patting motions if I need a heavier coverage.
SOFFIA Opulence Blending Brush, Php950
The skin surrounding the area would the most delicate part of the face. Your eyes will thank you for using SOFFIA Opulence Blending Brush, as it performs excellently in creating beautiful gradation in eye makeup. Eye makeup blending at its most luxurious!
This brush is bigger than MAC222 but smaller than MAC224 making it the perfect eye shadow blending brush for me. I still love my MAC217 but I've been reaching out for this brush more often. It deposits the right amount of product and blends it seamlessly. And it's so soft, it's just so addicting to use it! I've washed this a lot of times already and there's no shedding and the hairs are still as soft as the first time I got it. And I really hope it remains as such because my MAC 224 somehow became a bit stiff over the years.
SOFFIA Opulence All Over Face Brush, Php2500
A very versatile face brush that will sweep you away with its luxurious bristles that you can apply any powder product with ease and flawless results.
This has got to be my favorite brush among the 6. You can use this to apply your setting powder and not worry about your liquid foundation being removed because the bristles are so soft. You can also use this to blend and diffuse your blush or your contouring powder. Heck, you can even use this brush to relax by brushing it against your face while chanting "Ohhmmm...Ohmmmm..."
SOFFIA Opulence Powder/Cheek Brush, Php1800
Apply powder, and apply cheek color with this incredibly versatile and multi-tasking brush that we’re sure you’ll love to bits!
SOFFIA Opulence Soft Focus Brush, Php2850
Made with the most premium grade of goat hair, this brush picks up the right amount of product and gives your makeup that perfect, soft-focus look.
Yes, most of the brushes don't come cheap but you'll definitely get what you pay for. These brushes are comparable to other high-end brands, and still come out cheaper. It's made with high-quality hairs and comes in a very classy gold-black combo. And they even come with their own box when you buy them.
I definitely miss seeing "Charm" on these new brushes, but I must say "SOFFIA" sounds a lot more mature (not old!), classy and sexy!
You can buy these online at the BeautyandMinerals website or better yet, check them out first in SOFA Retail Lab at the Powerplant Mall in Rockwell so you can see for yourself how amazing these brushes are.
For those who are not in the Philippines and would want to get their hands on these, I believe they also ship internationally. Follow BeautyandMinerals on Facebook to know more about their products.