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Two short years ago, I owned one makeup brush, and it came in a blush compact. Now I have about 50 (don’t ask me to actually count!), and I’m addicted. The smooth application is fun, not to mention the face tickle you get from the touchably soft brushes! Here are some face-stroking ranges I’ve been using a lot lately:
Essence Bloom Me Up collection
I picked these up in Spain when I went there earlier this year. I literally borrowed €20 off the boyfriend, promised not to spend it all, walked into the store expecting to be disappointed (I’d been stalking every Essence retailer in Lausanne for the past few months), then walked out with a handful of brushes and 10 cents. Oops!
The brushes are a mix of amazing and meh. Most of them seem to be better suited to other applications than what they’re made for…
The powder brush though, is a good powder brush. It’s big, super soft and picks up powder well. Massive thumbs up!
The concealer sponge is way, way too big for concealer. It’s bigger than my eye I think! I’ve been using it for foundation instead. It’s made of the same sort of sponge as the Beauty Blender so it swells up in water – while this is great for application, unfortunately the sponge is pulling out of the ferrule already.
The blush brush looks like a buffing foundation brush to me, and works pretty well as one. I’m not sure how it’d go with blush – it doesn’t seem splayed enough to give a soft blended gradient. It might be better for cream blush?
The eyeshadow brushes have very stiff bristles that don’t pick up powder very well. I think they’d work well for cream eyeshadows, but I’ve found that the small orange brush is perfect for concealer. I’ve also been trying out the green one for liquid illuminator.
– Very budget friendly
– Some very high quality brushes
– Pretty colours
– Synthetic bristles
– Eye brushes too stiff to pick up powder (but pretty good for liquid/cream products)
– Super limited edition
These brushes are super soft and high quality. The foundation brush is great with cream and liquid foundations (though a tad stuff for my liking) and the angled brush is very good as well – but I have so much love for the blush and eyeshadow brushes! The blush brush is perfect for both contouring and a light sweep of colour – it’s the best two-in-one cheek brush I’ve ever tried. To switch you simply rotate the brush a quarter turn. The eyeshadow brush is thick and bushy and picks up eyeshadow like nobody’s business.
– High quality
– Animal hair bristles (blush and powder shadow brush – holds powder well)
– On the pricey side
– Animal hair bristles (powder brushes not cruelty-free)
I bought these a while ago on iHerb and the foundation brushes have been in high rotation. I recently purchased the makeup sponge as well, which is a Beauty Blender dupe, and has pretty much taken the place of the foundation brushes (though I end up using more product, plus it gets gross-looking faster).
– Synthetic bristles
– Reasonably priced (from iHerb, not so much at Australian retail prices)
– Consistent quality
– Unusual shapes for eye brushes
– Can’t buy brushes from most sets individually
I’m pretty happy with my brush collection at the moment – I have brushes for everything, and I have spares for when they’re being washed, but I doubt I can stop myself from getting more! Do you also have a brush-hauling issue? What are your favourite brushes? Let me know in the comments!
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