Rae Morris launches new range of brushes

Have you heard of Rae Morris before? I’m sure you’ve probably seen her work. Rae has been the Make up Director for L’Oréal Paris for the past eight years and is the head make up honcho at the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festivals, sending girls down the runway in the most flawless and beguiling of looks. With three make up books under her belt and a four-time winner of Australian Makeup Artist of the Year, Morris is one of Australia’s most talented, influential and well-known make up artists today.

I was lucky enough to meet Rae at a previous beauty workshop at the 2010 L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival with the lovely Lemon-Living and get the inside scoop on all things smoky eye and contouring. One of the things that stood out to me about Rae is her down to earth personality and immense passion for make up and getting the most out of what you have (whether it’s the tools and products in front of you, or the face that your mama gave you). There’s no airs and graces with Rae and you could easily sit down and just chat for hours.

While in Sydney for the ABBW, I was fortunate enough to be invited along by the gorgeous girls at Sweaty Betty PR to get a sneak peek at Rae’s new range of make up brushes. Held at Rae’s own studio, you really feel like this is where the magic happens. Rae happily chatted to each and every girl in attendance and then sat us all down to present her brushes and talk us through the production process.

Although the official launch wasn’t until the following day at IMATS, we were given the opportunity to touch and play with each and every brush, watch a video of how they were handmade in China, with Rae flying there to oversee the process and get a first hand look at the construction.

You really get a sense that Rae herself has been involved in every single aspect of creating these brushes and was there, front and centre every step of the way. These are like her children and you believe it when she says that if she’s putting her name to something, it really is going to be the best darn thing!

USA Peta approved, made from recycled bamboo and consisting of one of the most softest furs available; Blue Squirrel (which is second only to Mink), Rae’s brushes are all custom designed and handmade and feature one of the niftiest ideas I’ve ever seen; each brush has a magnetic section allowing it to just SCHWING and stick to anything with a metal surface. How cool is that? It’s like Iron Chef for beauty.

The brushes have no hard edges; so the soft bristles coupled with the rounded shape ensures that they don’t tug or move the skin and works to seamlessly blend make up. Plus the brushes are all animal cruelty free and environmentally sustainable.

As if that all wasn’t enticing enough however, the moment my jaw really hit the floor was when Rae pointed out that she’d be selling each brush for only $35.

$35!!

For a handmade, blue squirrel Rae Morris brush, that figure just blows my mind! So many brushes are priced at over $100 and don’t necessarily perform all that well ­– or perform at a $100 standard, and yet you can pick up one of these for the price of a decent steak!

There are 26 brushes altogether in the set and you can get your mitts on them through www.raemorris.com for $899. Admittedly that may be a bit steep in one go, and unfortunately they aren’t available to purchase separately just yet, but a little birdie (the gorgeous Molly) says that they will be available to purchase individually in the coming months.

Another standout feature of the brush collection is that there are handmade drawings that accompany each brush showing you where that particular brush should be used on the face. Too easy!

The following day at IMATS, Molly and I saw Rae again who remembered us, gave us both a big hug and took the time to chat again and take some more pictures. Isn’t she lovely?

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5 Comments on “Rae Morris launches new range of brushes”

  1. November 8, 2011 at 22:02 #

    Oh that’s awesome! Can’t wait for them to be available individually because I serrioousslyy agree about $100 brushes mostly not being worth the $$.

    • November 9, 2011 at 14:24 #

      I know, right? I can’t wait either, they’re really great brushes and feel amazing!

  2. Jeri
    November 27, 2011 at 12:03 #

    How r these PETA approved when they are made with squirrel fur?

  3. December 12, 2011 at 21:55 #

    Hi Jeri,

    They are PETA approved in that they are classified as a cruelty-free product, however as they are made from blue squirrel fur they’re not necessarily vegan-friendly.

    As mentioned, Rae traveled to China to get a first-hand look and oversee the process and she informed us that all the squirrels are treated with the utmost care.

    Hope that helps! 🙂

  4. April 18, 2012 at 12:07 #

    These have just hit my Luxury Lemming list. Ugh, savings time!

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