Thursday, 4 September 2014

Makeup brushes, the favourites

For a long time I didn't believe that brushes were worth investing in, I didn't see how having a fancy brush was going to make my application any better if I don't really know how to use it. Now, while I still believe that to an extent I do think that a few key brushes can help make application that much easier and result in more flawless looking makeup.
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I feel a bit mean including this brush since a lot of UK ladies won't be able to get their hands on it that easily. Honestly, I was never one for using a brush to apply undereye products, but this is a game changer and I truly believe that I wouldn't get the same result with just any brush. In fact, I've been kicking myself that I didn't pick up more brushes from the airbrush range when I had the chance. This lives up to its airbrush name and blends so well that it is barely noticeable that I am wearing concealer at all. 

This was a thoughtless purchase that turned out to be a treasure. I had one of those £5 off No7 vouchers and none of the makeup took my fancy so I grabbed this instead. It is so soft and perfectly fits into the crease to apply colour and add some depth. 

The design was from a limited edition set, but I think that the brush is available in the standard collection. While, for me, it is a bit too big to pack on colour I like to use it clean just to blend everything nicely together and get rid of any harsh lines, typically using the No 7 to apply and start the process and finishing off with this. 

You can't go wrong with any of the Real Techniques brushes, they are great value for money and the quality is very good. The brow brush in particular is one of my favourites as it seems like it was made for my brows, it happens to be the right thickness for me to sweep powder across in one go if needed. This is part of the eye brushes collection, so it can't be purchased separately unfortunately.  

I fell for this brush after I went to get a colour match for the Naked Skin foundation. While I didn't end up buying the foundation I did buy the brush after I saw what I beautiful finish it gave. What also sold me was that it can be used for powder and liquid products, and it works just as well with both, so if you are looking to have a streamlined brush collection this is one to go for. Also, I know I haven't tried it, but I suspect that Sephora's Pro Airbrush for the face will be very similar if you are looking for an alternative.  

Another Real Techniques favourite, and this is purely for applying powder products and works great with my mineral foundation. It is more dense than the Urban Decay brush, and I prefer that when it comes to mineral makeup application, but it doesn't pick up too much product so I don't feel like I am applying too much and the more time you have to buff, the better the finish. This is only available as part of a set, but the other brushes included are also very good. 

It is also worth adding that I am not very careful with my makeup brushes, I am a bit rough with them on a day-to-day basis and even rougher washing them, but all of these have held out with no shedding or falling apart to speak of.

Let me know what your favourite brushes are, are there any that I should add to my collection?
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