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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!

My Favourite Face Brushes!

From left to right:
Nars Yachiyo
Illamasqua Powder Brush (Im 90% sure that’s what it’s called?)
MAC 187
MAC 190

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 karima_tebe_voli@hotmail.com

xxkarima

Complete list of products mentioned

Fix+ Finishing Mist
Fix+ Finishing Mist
Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation
Diorskin Nude Air Serum Foundation
Rose Soothing Moisturiser
Rose Soothing Moisturiser
Nourishing Cleansing Oil
Nourishing Cleansing Oil
Tweezer
Tweezer
Colour Save Mask
Colour Save Mask
Dark Volume Powder
Dark Volume Powder
Cream Pigment
Cream Pigment
Larger Than Life Eyeliner
Larger Than Life Eyeliner
Cream Color for Eyes
Cream Color for Eyes
Naked 2 Palette
Naked 2 Palette
Reve de Miel Lip Balm
Reve de Miel Lip Balm
* Denotes products sent for consideration. I’m always honest with my reviews :)

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  1. 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?