See how excited I look at sharing with you my favorite makeup brushes? SO HAPPY! I'm sure it's maybe sorta kinda possible somehow that you might know that I have an inordinate number of makeup brushes. When my female family members visit they literally leave with goody bags filled with makeup brushes and makeup because seriously, there is no reason for any sane human to need as many brushes as I have. Seriously.
Very bad for my hoarding tendencies. Very good for you as I've tested several brushes over the last decade or so and have come up with a few that I think are actually share-worthy and generally budget friendly as well. :)
I've categorized them into 2 basic categories: Face and Eyes. Check out the video and short reviews below.
Mint shirt and cardigan are from J. Crew
Necklace is from Stella & Dot
Bracelets are from Forever 21 & Hautelook
Nail polish is Revlon Whimsical
Now, to get on to the individual short brush reviews! For this post, I want to introduce to you my favorite face brushes.
This is your typical big, fluffy, soft powder brush. It does shed a bit when you first get it but I find the shedding reduces after a couple washes. I'd advise not to skimp on the powder brush since cheaper brushes tend to be scratchy even if they look similar.
This is another powder brush favorite which is slightly smaller than the F30 and its bristles are thinner. It's very soft and luxurious on the face although it may be harder to get a hold of.
The F40 is hands-down my favorite blush brush because it fits into the contours of my cheeks perfectly. I also like that the white bristles let me know when it needs another deep cleaning soon.
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The place I got this brush from is no longer carrying it (sad) but this brush is wonderful for bronzer because it's quite dense and works great for contouring the face.
The F35 is a nice, smaller powder brush which is great for highlighting products since it's not too dense. You don't want to look too shimmery from overdoing highlighter. This is the perfect size to bring a soft glow to the tops of cheeks.
This is a newish brush to my arsenal, but I can definitely see why people have been raving. When I first saw/touched it it was a big "ooh, ahh" moment since it's a baby version of the super luxe Sigmax brushes. Perfect for concealing redness and undereye circles, very soft, very dense. Love it.
This is a generic and very inexpensive lip brush that I got years ago from Coastal Scents who no long carry it. What I love about this one is that for one, it's pink. Come on. No but really, although I'm admittedly not a huge lip brush user on myself (I do use them on clients), this small synthetic lip brush is actually the perfect tiny size for covering up one of my greatest skin concerns, post-acne hyperpigmentation. Obviously, it also works perfectly for precise lipstick and gloss application as well.
It just goes to show that just because a brush is labeled one thing doesn't mean it can't be used however best suits your needs individually. Just keep in mind that generally, synthetic brushes work well for liquids and cream products while natural bristles are great with powders. Rules, of course, can be broken but it's a good general rule of thumb.
Ah, my beloved Sigmax brush. I already mentioned this in my Naughty & Nice 2011 video (while somehow managing to forget to include it in this video) and it's still as good as then. I love how this seamlessly buffs in liquid foundation to satiny perfection. I can forgive the long dry time of synthetic brushes for how soft and dense this is. Regular old flat foundation brushes really have nothing on the Sigmax brushes.
This brings us to the conclusion of the face brushes in my current favorite rotation. (Heaven knows it will probably change again in a few months anyway!) I hope this served not only as insight into a few good brushes but also into what different brushes can be used for.
I will continue on with my favorite Eye Brushes for my next post so stay tuned!