The brush you use with your base makes such a difference to how your foundation looks and lasts. For years I never really appreciated a good foundation brush and applied my foundation with – *gasp*– my fingers.
My first foray in the foundation brush world was my trusty Bobbi Brown flat foundation brush which I’ve had for almost 10 years. Though I have to say a flat brush wouldn’t be my go to brush for foundation. It’s good for placing product where you want to blend it but not the best for blending itself. If I am blending with a flat brush I hold it at the end and move the tip in light circles across my face to spread the product.
For the next phase of my brush hunt I moved on to stippling brushes, and have a densely packed Real Techniques short stippling brush (€15). I also have a random stippling/duo fiber brush I picked up in Ibiza (holiday name drop!) as I thought it was good quality for the price. It’s by a Spanish cosmetic brand called Beter.
I like the Real Techniques brush but you do need to hold it at the end and move it in light circles to avoid streaks. I know lots of people love the longer stippling brushes a la MAC or like the one below. I have to say I’m not a huge fan, you have to use quite a delicate touch and I think the longer the hairs, more potential for streaks. Not to mention hairs shedding all over the shop. I only resort to this one when my others need a clean.
So I started researching more densely packed, softer brushes to see if I might get a different finish. I have been chasing down the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush (longest name in the world!) for weeks now but can’t get my hands on it. In my research I came across the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush as it gets really good reviews. It was only €13 which is good compared to €30 for the UD brush.
The reviews are well deserved, I think I’ve finally found my Holy Grail of foundation brushes…I think it’s brilliant. It’s so soft and really densely packed. With synthetic teklon bristles that just feel so soft, it’s like the fur of a kitten :). It’s quite a wide brush as well, so you can apply foundation flawlessly in a few minutes. The only small niggle I have is that I sometimes think it feels a bit dry on the skin and soaks up foundation. So I just spritz the brush with a little water and then you can spread the foundation really quickly. I just love this and I can’t wait to try more Real Techniques brushes!