Been using my fingers to apply foundation but I envy those who get that flawless look. So I started looking into brushes and just want to know What's the best foundation brush around? Expensive vs cheap? Thank you in advance!

Asked by
habitradesigns

What a big question! I think it depends on the technique you prefer more than anything else, really. Some people prefer using paddle type brushes, and others, fluffier brushes, and still others, stippling brushes. Personally, I use Urban Decay’s Optical Blurring Brush or the MAC 187. Both provide a flawless finish, though I notice the MAC 187 sheds more, but the UD one takes longer because it is more dense and a smaller brush in general. 

Cheaper (but still very lovely) alternatives would be the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush which is soft. I really like all of the face brushes in the RT line, they’re soft, sturdy, don’t shed and are great to hold and are very precise (they’re not too big). 

Makeup Brush Favorites - Drugstore & High End

powderdoom:

On the last shoot I worked on, all the ladies kept asking me what brushes I was using, where to buy x, why do I use y, etc, etc. This is for them! I get a lot of questions as to what brushes one should invest in and what are some affordable alternatives. This post is to answer all of those questions. Click the jump for details on what is what, and why you have to have it.

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Forgot I did this post! Relevant as ever. 

powderdoom:

I didn’t realize how many brushes I had until I finally organized them into an acrylic storage cube I got at the Container Store last weekend ($9.99). Though I have quite a few, I’ve never spent a lot of money on any one brush, these are all E.LF, EcoTools, NYX, and Real Techniques with the exception of one or two that I received as gifts. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get quality brushes!
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powderdoom:

I didn’t realize how many brushes I had until I finally organized them into an acrylic storage cube I got at the Container Store last weekend ($9.99). Though I have quite a few, I’ve never spent a lot of money on any one brush, these are all E.LF, EcoTools, NYX, and Real Techniques with the exception of one or two that I received as gifts. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get quality brushes!

My first impression of the Sigma Performance Eyes Kit | $55 USD - link

This is actually my first set of semi-professional brushes, and I really like them for the most part. I felt that my current eye brushes were limiting my makeup creativity and having the creative goddess known as Arabelle as your friend makes you want to be creative too. :3

On each of the the brushes, it has the name and number of each brush engraved on each handle. Initially, it came packaged in a clear plastic bag with all of the papers pictured and the free gift with the purchase, which was a travel sized E11 Eye Liner brush.

The set includes (description source from the Sigma site - my comments are in italics):

E11 - Eye Liner: Use with gel or cream liner to create detailed and artistic effects. This is a good eyeliner brush if you are really good at applying eyeliner precisely. I would not recommend this brush necessarily for beginners of more detailed eyeliner. It also depends on your preference of brush for applying eyeliner (like angled eyeliner brush v. thin eyeliner brush v. flat eyeliner brush).
E36 - Blending: Precise blending of powder products onto small areas of the eye. This is a decent blending brush, but I wish it was a little bit more firmer. It’s quite soft, but I feel like it’s too soft, especially when I want to get a really gradual gradient effect with my eyeshadow.
E17 - Waterline Liner: Apply cream or gel liners onto the lower waterline. …I haven’t used this yet. At all. But like the Tightline Liner brush, it looks like it would do it job just as well.
E46 - Shader - Inner Corner: Apply highlight shades onto the inner corner of the eye. I don’t particularly use this brush for the inner corner, but I do use it sometimes on the outside third of my eye to apply shadow to start to create a cat eye. I like the fact that you can use a couple of these brushes for a variety of things.
E56 - Shader - Lid: Controlled application of  color onto precise areas of the lid. This is my second favorite brush in the set. It applied color consistently on my lid and fits my shape of eye perfectly.
E16 - Tightline Liner: Press gel, cream or liquid products onto the upper lash line.  Fill in the space between lashes. This is an amazing type of brush. It’s a small, flathead brush that fits perfectly underneath my eyelid when I tightline with my gel liner.
E47 - Shader - Crease: Application of deep shades onto the crease. This is my favorite brush in the set. This is the first brush that I have purchased that actually fits in my crease and makes applying color quite easy.
E21 - Smudge: Precise application and smudging of color onto the upper and lower lash lines. I like the density of the brush and how small it is.

Would I recommend this set? Absolutely! I think it’s a good set for people who want to take their eye makeup to the next level and don’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a good brush set. Admittedly, this isn’t the most affordable set of brushes on the market, but compared to other brands, it’s a great deal (8 brushes at $55 USD - about $6.88 a brush). The quality of the brushes definitely make it a set that you should consider. Toodles~

Makeup Brush Favorites - Drugstore & High End

On the last shoot I worked on, all the ladies kept asking me what brushes I was using, where to buy x, why do I use y, etc, etc. This is for them! I get a lot of questions as to what brushes one should invest in and what are some affordable alternatives. This post is to answer all of those questions. Click the jump for details on what is what, and why you have to have it.

Read more

I didn’t realize how many brushes I had until I finally organized them into an acrylic storage cube I got at the Container Store last weekend ($9.99). Though I have quite a few, I’ve never spent a lot of money on any one brush, these are all E.LF, EcoTools, NYX, and Real Techniques with the exception of one or two that I received as gifts. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get quality brushes! High-res

I didn’t realize how many brushes I had until I finally organized them into an acrylic storage cube I got at the Container Store last weekend ($9.99). Though I have quite a few, I’ve never spent a lot of money on any one brush, these are all E.LF, EcoTools, NYX, and Real Techniques with the exception of one or two that I received as gifts. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get quality brushes!

First Impressions: tokidoki Pittura Brush Set - 24 Karat EditionThis was the set of brushes that I purchased during my recent Sephora haul here. I think that these brushes are a great starter set for someone just getting into the next step of makeup after collection the basics (for instance when a person starts watching video tutorials and decides that they want to replicate some eyeshadow looks). The brushes are surprisingly dense and soft, however I haven’t washed them yet so I can’t comment on the shedding. The eyeshadow brush and smudge brush deposit color well (especially with some of my loose shadows/pigments) and the powder brush and eyeliner/lip brush aren’t anything too special. The charms are removable (thank goodness) and they are really cute. If you can find the set in stores and it’s on sale, it makes a cute gift (since it’s sold out online). Decent, but nothing spectacular.
The set includes: - Ciao Ciao Star Powder Brush- Latte Eyeshadow Brush- Adios Star Smudge Brush- Unicorno Eyeliner/Lip Brush High-res

First Impressions: tokidoki Pittura Brush Set - 24 Karat Edition

This was the set of brushes that I purchased during my recent Sephora haul here. I think that these brushes are a great starter set for someone just getting into the next step of makeup after collection the basics (for instance when a person starts watching video tutorials and decides that they want to replicate some eyeshadow looks). The brushes are surprisingly dense and soft, however I haven’t washed them yet so I can’t comment on the shedding. The eyeshadow brush and smudge brush deposit color well (especially with some of my loose shadows/pigments) and the powder brush and eyeliner/lip brush aren’t anything too special. The charms are removable (thank goodness) and they are really cute. If you can find the set in stores and it’s on sale, it makes a cute gift (since it’s sold out online). Decent, but nothing spectacular.

The set includes:
- Ciao Ciao Star Powder Brush
- Latte Eyeshadow Brush
- Adios Star Smudge Brush
- Unicorno Eyeliner/Lip Brush

What brands of makeup brushes do you recommend?

Asked by
cortibah

For what, though? Different brands for different uses. EcoTools has a lovely blush brush. Real Techniques is my favorite brush brand at the moment, I’m a big fan of their face kit, particularly the detail brush it comes with. I would like a thousand. I have a bunch of ELF “C” Brushes and swear by their powder brush. I use the 187 brush by MAC to apply my foundation.

For a good multi-purpose brush (which can be used with various products), I recommend the Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Blusher Brush. I use it to apply liquid foundation for example as well as blush and some powders. Finally, some brushes made by Sigma are really nice (such as their eye brushes)…but again, as Arabelle hinted at…depends on what you’re looking for.

Because hauls are great and there’s no better way to celebrate the start of 2012 with hauling, here’s Part 1 of my first haul of 2012! This is mostly my haul from Sephora with the exception of one of the Tarina Tarantino liners (can you see a recent theme of PD? GO BUY THESE LINERS) which Arabelle gave me as part of my holiday gift. \o/

  • REN ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Night Serum | $30: This is supposed to help calm sensitive breakout prone skin, as well as moisturize and help with redness and pigmented scars. Since I have my acne under control, I’m trying to deal with the scarring so hopefully this will help.
  • tokidoki Pittura Brush Set | $24: 24 Karat Edition: (sold out online) I was debating on what I should get during the extra twenty percent off sale that Sephora was having, so I decided on this since I needed something to push me over the amount I needed to become a ~*VIB*~ this year. …these brushes are adorable and surprisingly dense. First impression: slightly impressed
  • Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliners in Spark of Envy, Tommy Jet and Amethyst Android | $15 each: !!!!!!!!!!!! I love these liners oh my gosh. Tommy Jet is a great true black liner, Amethyst Android is a purple with glitter and Spark of Envy is this metallic teal-green. They have great longevity and stay on my (oily) lids much longer than other comparable pencil liners (I’m looking at you, Urban Decay 24/7 Pencils). Out of the three, I will say that I have a bit of trouble with Amethyst Android because it smudges a bit faster than the other two colors on the top lash line.

And as usual, please do not hesitate to request a review and/or swatches of any of the products to move it up in my review queue. Arabelle and I are already planning to do a swatchfest of the liners, but if you want an in-depth review, please ask!( ̄∇ ̄)

    I was going to do a beauty on a budget wishlist but I got sidetracked by the fact the Real Techniques brushes I was going to put on it are BOGO 50% with free shipping on ULTA and the next thing I knew I had the order reciept delivered to my mailbox. I don’t know what happened, I just got starry eyed and clicked buy.
WOOPS OH WELL LOL 
anyway, yeah, I am really excited to get them in the mail even though it’s weird I was so impulsive. I’ll let you know how they are.  High-res

    I was going to do a beauty on a budget wishlist but I got sidetracked by the fact the Real Techniques brushes I was going to put on it are BOGO 50% with free shipping on ULTA and the next thing I knew I had the order reciept delivered to my mailbox. I don’t know what happened, I just got starry eyed and clicked buy.

    WOOPS OH WELL LOL 

    anyway, yeah, I am really excited to get them in the mail even though it’s weird I was so impulsive. I’ll let you know how they are.