Saturday, June 20, 2009

Top 5: Face Brushes

Welcome to the first of my top 5 series, where I will tell you 5 of my favorite products of a category or type.

Today, I'm here to tell you about my favorite face brushes. This is kind of a lumped review of my favorite 5 face brushes. As you can see, most of them are from MAC. There is no particular foundation brush here, because I like to use my hands and a sponge for foundation.

MAC 182

This kabuki brush is one of the best on the market. It's soft and dense and just.. ahhh. It deposits powder so evenly and amazing. I would imagine this to be amazing for mineral foundation, but I like to use it to set my foundation with powder, and also to blend out the edges of products (like blush and bronzer) to avoid harsh lines.

MAC 187

Perfect for everything. Foundation, blush, bronzer, you name it. I like it for a light sweep of more pigmented blush shades, and also to blend out edges. I used to use this for foundation and it was the only thing that made MAC Studio Fix Fluid with SPF15 bearable for me, before I found my HG in Make Up For Ever HD.

I also prefer this brush for lighter applications of MAC Mineralized Skin Finishes or other highlighters. If you find the brush is too big for this purchase, you can pinch the black parts to make the white part go together in a fan shape. Something about this stippling brush is just so perfect. The combination of natural and synthetic bristles is just.. ahh.

Another favorite use of mine of this brush is for cream blushes. In fact, of all my brushes, I think this is the most hardworking and multitasking. I love it so much I have TWO.

MAC 168

This ties with the 187 as my favorite brush. It has extremely AMAZINGLY OOH LA LA soft white goat hair bristles, and it has the perfect angle shape. I apply blush and bronzer with it, and I know people who even apply foundation with it flawlessly. My favorite use for this though is contouring. It is just the absolutely perfect shape to get in the hollow of my cheeks and around the edges of my face. *sighs happily*

I think I need another one of these in my life.

MAC 129

This is perfect for blush application. It has soft bristles but they're dense enough to deposit enough pigment, and it's just big enough to cover my whole cheek in one sweep so I don't have uneven application. It's also good for powder when you're in a pinch.

This is a great basic and a must have.

Bobbi Brown's New Bronzer Brush

I can wax lyrical about this brush. It is so pefect for blush OR bronzer, and it has beautiful, soft dense bristles in that lovely perfect rounded shape that somehow imparts the most perfect glow in combination with Bobbi Brown's Illuminating Bronzers. This brush is so thick and big and dense and just luxurious to use. Ahh, love.