In a couple of years, I have gone from applying make-up solely with my hands, to someone who is absolutely obsessed with using tools. My main addiction is face brushes, as I love achieving the most flawless finish possible. In this post I’ll weigh up the effectiveness of each tool I have tried.
The Buffing Brush
The Real Techniques Buffing Brush is one of my all-time favourite make-up tools. It has dense bristles that allow you to really buff the product into your skin, creating a really natural but flawless finish. As it pushes foundation onto the skin, instead of just blending it on the surface, I feel that it makes my make-up last a lot longer. Application is even and it is so simple to blend product down onto the neck.
If you want your coverage to be less sheer and more high coverage, this may not be the best option for your application.
My rating: 9.5/10
The Stippling Brush
To achieve the best results for foundation with your stippling brush, dot the product onto your skin, blending as you go. The stippling motion gives a similar sheer coverage, which I think looks really great.
I haven’t had a problem with this brush (or any Real Techniques tools) shedding, but reading through other reviews has suggested that after 6 months the brush has shed a lot of its bristles. I’ve been using mine for over 6 months now and haven’t experienced this problem (but maybe it’s because I mainly use it for cream and not liquid products).
My only real qualm with the brush is that its not big or dense enough. You have to take more time to blend it into the skin, or it comes across a bit streaky.
My rating: 7.5/10 (if I was rating this brush for cream blush/bronzer application, it’d be a 9/10).
Expert Face Brush
This is my all-time favourite brush. What I love about it is that you can achieve a sheerer finish by using the tiniest amount of product, or build it up to be very high coverage. It’s great for them no make-up days as well as bad-skin days where you want to cover as much as possible.
I have used this same brush, at least five times a week, for about a year, washing it every 1-2 weeks. It still looks and feels as good as new and hasn’t shed any of its bristles.
If I was going to look for complaints, my only teeny tiny niggle is that the brush absorbs a lot of product. I’d recommend that you dab some onto your face with your fingers, and then blend it out with this brush, in order to prevent wastage.
My rating: 9.9/10.
Pointed Foundation Brush
Flat foundation brushes were everything that prevented me from using make-up tools in the first place. I felt that they caked on the product, making it all streaky and uneven. For this reason, I wasn’t at all excited about this being a part of the Sam’s Pick’s Real Techniques Collection.
I am now actually a sceptic turned convert, as I have been LOVING using this brush. It’s teeny so takes a while to blend everything in, but when it’s on it looks even and flawless. The small-ness of the brush also makes it ideal for reaching every part of your face, whether this be under your eye or on a specific problem area.
I love using this brush predominantly to blend concealer under the eye, which means I often neglect it for foundation. I must say though, I’d recommend it, as if you have the time, you can produce a really flawless finish.
My rating: 8/10 (for concealer I’d give it a 10/10).
Miracle Complexion Sponge
If you’d asked me what I thought of this sponge a few months ago, I would have given a very harsh review haha!
After I got used to using it, I began to really enjoy it and the natural finish that the sponge gives. The flat edge is amazing for getting under the eye, the large surface is perfect for blending, and the little point can really target them problem areas.
What I would say though, is that I feel myself avoiding using the sponge because it’s so hard to clean! I’ve scrubbed away at it for ages, soaked it and used make-up remover on it to no avail. It remains a bit stained and grubby looking. If any of you guys have any tips be sure to let me know, because I definitely think I’d use it more if I didn’t have this problem.
My rating: 8/10.
I hope you guys enjoyed this detailed review post, I am proud that I’ve pushed myself a bit out of my usual comfort zone. If you have any brushes to recommend to me, I’d love to know what your favourite is, so be sure to leave me a comment below!