Finding the best brush has been the bane of my existence (now hear me out before you come at me like I'm doing too much) but the day I purchased my first MAC brush and graduated from the world of sponge applicators and scratchy mini brushes that come nestled inside a palette next to eyeshadow or blush, well this was the day that my makeup application changed. I can’t help but cringe when I see pictures of an evening where I attempted my first ever smokey eye with just a sponge-tipped piece of plastic to guide me. No, I'm not posting photos. Now there are many brushes that I love, but below are the ones in particular that when I decided to invest in, things changed. Check this out…
Morphe Delux Buffer Brush-This is a great foundation brush. Prior to this brush, I would always use a sponge. After doing a side by side comparison I learned the brush will give you fuller coverage because the sloughs soak up the product. If you are like me...I hated seeing my $70 foundation being soaked up by my sponge. Don't get me wrong I still use a sponge for some products but for full coverage...this is it right here.
Real Techniques Foundation Blender-Now this one intrigued me (admittedly because of how cute it is). I used it to blend out a new foundation with the intent of blending one side with the beauty sponge and the other side with the brush to see how they compared. I used this brush first and loved it so much that I didn't even bother doing the other side with the blender. This brush did an amazing job blending in my foundation and the cream bronzer I applied afterward. I'm highly considering buying another one these just in case they stop making this.
Tarte Double Duty Beauty Paddle To Perfection Foundation Brush- So I picked this up on a whim. It definitely does help you to have to use less product (which is great) as it doesn't soak it up as much as a beauty blender sometimes can. It makes applying makeup fast so this is great for people that stay on the go. This is my first brush of this kind so I don't currently have any other to compare it to but the bristles are so soft and soothing. I typically use this in circular motions all across my face and then dap my face with a beauty blender to buff out any excess foundation.
Real Techniques Powder Brush- This powder brush has nice soft hairs, it is big which is what I was looking for and it provides me with a very nice finish. All the brushes I have tried out in this line are a very good value and I definitely want to purchase more. So far I have the individual eye brush, blush, foundation, powder and stipple brushes. The only con I can mention is that even though some are designed to stand up on a table, they are a little shaky especially if you bump your table or tap them accidentally. But that isn't enough of a flaw to not use these brushes. I recommend them to anyone looking for good quality, affordable, travel-friendly, practical brushes, from beginner to pro.
Mineral Hygienics Retractable Flawless Face Brush-the one that made me fall in love with powder. I used to apply a hefty dusting of powder with the biggest brush I could find and surprise surprise unless I was having the world’s oiliest complexion day I looked like one big major cake face. I eventually fell out of love with powder and that was that. Until I found this brush, realized that less is more and reaped the benefits of a lightly set, still dewy, but powdered in all the right places, base. This brush was the key. Yep.