A lot have people have been asking me about my favourite brushes lately, so here’s a blog post that answers all those questions!
I’ll separate eye and face brushes into two posts: this post will discuss the face brushes that I love and use daily. If some look a little scruffy, it’s because I washed them all today 🙂
I’ve tried to keep the number of brushes I’m talking about today to the absolute minimum- I own LOTS of brushes.
Now onto my favourite face brushes!
From left to right:
Illamasqua Powder Brush (Im 90% sure that’s what it’s called?)
Why those brushes?
The Nars Yachiyo costs a damn fortune in Australia- this cheeky little mofo cost me AU$98 (this was before I realised that buying makeup online was cheaper). Regardless, it’s a great brush- especially for applying blush that is very pigmented (perfect for illamasqua blushes). It’s not particularly soft, but it holds it’s shape perfectly and I *never* overdo blush with this one. You could use it for highlighter too, but really, any brush could do that.
It’s main purpose is to apply tricky/bright/pigmented blushes.
The Illamasqua powder brush is 100% synthetic but you wouldn’t know it- it’s the softest brush in my collection. The intended purpose of this brush is to apply setting powder/powder foundation, but I mainly use this to roughly apply MAC Strada on my cheekbones (kindof like a contour), to give my face a little bit of colour and shape.
It is not for precise powder application (blush, highlighter), but I find that it blends flawlessly.
The trusty MAC 187 is nothing mindblowing but it does it’s job. I use it to apply MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural on days where I can’t be bothered applying foundation. I also use it to apply setting powder over regular liquid foundation. The main purpose of this brush is to apply powder face product sparingly- unlike other brushes which are denser and deposit more product on the face.
Mine is soft and durable- I can’t fault it.
MAC 190- according to Pixiwoo, some of these are more square and some more rounded. Mine is of the square-er variety (which is, apparently, more desirable). This is my first and only flat foundation brush (previously, I just used fingers), so I cant compare this to other brands.
However, I do love it. I always use it wet to sheer out my foundation and I get a flawless finish everytime. I use quick, downward strokes and I havent noticed any streakiness at all.
I will admit (rather shamefully), that I am quite rough when washing this brush, yet I have found it to be indestructible.
If you have any questions about these brushes, comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hi Karima! I just discovered your blog and am a bit obsessed with it now. I could watch your tutorials all day! I just had a quick question: how do you feel about Crown brushes?