4 February 2015

The Flawless Face Fakers



Note the running theme as I introduce you to my face-base blenders; dense, yet with a bit of fluffiness about their bristles is just how I like them to be, you won't be finding any pointy-tipped, flat foundation brushes around these parts - I only end up with a trail of noticeable brush strokes across my cheeks when I get my hands on one of those. Seven currently makeup my applicator arsenal (currently meaning that it's an ongoing collection obsession), all are used equally, but for a range of situations, so please, come and meet what I deem to be my flawless face fakers...



Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush. Ever since hearing Tanya sing its praises on many occasion after her makeup artist told her its one of the best base brushes, I welcomed this BB number to my collection as a first. Designed to in fact pair up with blush, bronze or the famous Shimmer Bricks, its fluffy head swiftly buffs in lighter formulas nicely, for an all-natural looking finish. 

MAC 188 Duo Fibre Brush. Using a selection of longer bristles in the centre, surrounded by a ring of longer ones on the outside, this flat-topped tool stipples on lightweight formulas and can create soft layers or build texture. I personally love it when working on MAC's cream blend blush, but for foundation, it's quick, easy and serves up seamless results.

Hourglass Double-Ended Complexion BrushWith a retractable foundation brush one end and a concealer blender the other, this is my travel tool of choice. The taklon bristles are super soft, buffing in products to perfection, and are kept clean and kink-free with the lids that connect to the weighty aluminium handle. 

Real Techniques Buffing Brush. When working in powder or mineral foundation, this fluffy, yet only very slightly dense member distributes an all-round full-coverage, but it couples up nicely too with the liquid kind, for a finish that's something buildable and almost airbrushed.

Sigma Flat Top Kabuki F80 Brush. The one with the completely flat top - allowing for a good stipple. Best for? Smoother areas of the skin, such as forehead and cheeks, I'd say it's one to reach for when craving a little more coverage in said areas as its density packs on a whole lot of punch.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Wide, broad and firm in shape, not only does it fake a flawless face, it seems to pair-up with just about every other product I own; concealer, highlighter, blusher, bronzer - for this especially it's nifty enough to wedge right in under the cheekbones for some serious contouring. It steps in as my most used brush for sure.

Sephora Mineral Powder Brush. Ideally working best with loose and compact mineral powders, be it foundation, blush or bronzer - it blends beautifully, but I've found it even fits the bill paired with the liquid type. Shape wise, it's pretty plump with a rounded head and its soft, synthetic, short in size bristles complement the circular movements used for face base application.

As I say, it's an ever-growing collection and I just love to discover a new member that lives up to the mark - any more recommendations? Hit me up!
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21 comments

  1. I'm in love with those RT brushes! My flat top from Zoeva is amazing as well, you might want to try it!

    Wing me a dream

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  2. such a great comparison! I only have the RT brushes, but will definitely be looking into some of these for my next purchase! :)

    haveyouseenhowshespeaks.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. That Hourglass brush looks lovely and dense and if it's double sided I definitely need it next time I'm taking a trip! :) I love having lots of foundation brushes on hand as well, they always get dirty quickest and I like using a clean one but don't always have time to wash in between uses!

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  4. Such good brush choices! They all looks so great. Defo interested in trying out the double ended Hourglass one and the Sigma flat top kabuki!

    Jasmine xxx
    http://jasminehardingmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. That Sephora one looks great ! I love my flat top Kabuki ( 957) from bdellium tools. It blends everything so nicely !!

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  6. I too use Sephora mineral powder brush for liquid foundations. I like that's super soft, tags the skin less but blends foundation just as great as rt expert face brush.

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  7. This is such a great post. I love the RT Expert Face Brush and its one of my faves. Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely be referring to this when wanting to try out some new brushes! :)

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

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  8. I never use brushes for my foundation, this is a great post to let me know where to start :)

    Kate xo // www.beautybabbles.com

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  9. I love this post! The photos are great and there's an amazing range of brushes for different types of base. I definitely want to get some Sephora brushes next time I'm abroad :) xx


    Magpie Jasmine

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  10. I love to discover you brushes you have given me loads of brushes to try. I mainly stick to Real Techniques as they are good value and easy to get my hands on.

    GreyWalls

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  11. Ooo thanks for the rec. Julia, I've always wanted to get my hands on a few Zoeva brushes so this is a good place to start ;-)

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  12. Ah if you like the RT offerings, you'll LOVE the majority of the others ;-)

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  13. It's fab for travel Kat - I love it! Haha me too, brush laundry is the biggest chore ;-)

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  14. Ah thanks Jasmine - both fab, the Hourglass especially for travel, plus I've never seen anything like it! :-)

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  15. Ah it's seriously fab Katie! Oo that sounds like one I should be looking in to - thanks for the rec.! :-)

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  16. Ah me too! It serves up such a lovely finish :-)

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  17. Ah thanks for having a read Sarah! :-)

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  18. One you go brush, you'll never go back (well, maybe sometimes ;-) )

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  19. Ah thanks Jasmine! Sephora brushes are awesome - I need to expand my collection ;-)

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  20. Agreed Petrina! I'm seriously eyeing up the new Bold Metals collection ;-)

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  21. I know me too - such a great idea!

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