BEAUTY | My Complete Brush Collection
Today’s post is a long one, so make sure you’re comfortable! I present to you, my complete brush collection…
There are a lot of brushes to get through, so I’ll try and keep each brush review as short and sweet as possible!
Zoeva 102 Silk Finish – £13.00
This is my current go-to brush for applying my foundation with. I go through phases of using each different foundation brush for a long period of time and I’m currently loving this one. It doesn’t leave any streaky lines and blends my foundation in flawlessly. The bristles are densely packed and the rounded shape works perfectly to buff the foundation into my skin.
Sigma Flat Kabuki F80 – £15.00
I haven’t used this one in sooo long, but I did use it religiously and loved the flat top shape. Again, the bristles are densely packed and this does do a good job of buffing the foundation into my skin too. Depending on what foundation I use, I can find this one to leave subtle brush lines behind.
I was using this one all the time before I started using the Zoeva offering again and for the cheapest brush out of the lot, this does a bloody good job. It’s the smallest brush but it applies my foundation like a dream and doesn’t leave any brush strokes behind. This is another brush that’s bristles are densely packed, I clearly like foundation brushes that provide this!
Real Techniques Stippling Brush – £11.99
My least favourite brush out of the bunch.. I just cannot get along with stippling brushes. I don’t know what it is that makes me hate them – I think it’s the fact that they leave such bad brush strokes behind and I don’t find that they buff my foundation into my skin properly.
Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer – £9.00
I’m really loving my rounded brushes right now and this is another Zoeva fave for blending in my concealer on my spots and under my eyes.
Sigma Precision Flat P80 – £12.50
This one does exactly the same as the above one, however I just prefer a more rounded brush these days for foundation and concealer application. I tend to keep one in my makeup bag and one on my dressing table, as I don’t really wear concealer a lot.
Real Techniques Powder Brush – £12.99
This brush is huuuge! Which definitely makes it perfect for applying powder in about 0.3 seconds, as this pretty much covers my whole face in a couple of sweeps. It’s super soft too which makes applying power over top of my foundation a dream.
Zoeva 106 Powder – £13.00
I love this one too and the only difference with these is the denseness. This Zoeva offering is slightly less packed and a lot lighter and is also extremely soft. They’re both brilliant brushes, but I would say that you only need one or the other.
I’ve recently started using a fan brush to apply my powder with, after seeing Lydia Millen do it in a couple of vlogs. I have to say that I prefer this way of applying my powder, as it ensures that I don’t add too much which keeps my skin looking slightly dewy. I own a super cheap fan brush and it does the job, so I wouldn’t go spending loads on one as it really doesn’t matter.
Zoeva 110 Face Shape – £11.00
Admittedly, I never use this brush. Only because I find it creates a bit of a harsh contour, which I personally don’t like as I feel like it looks like I have muddy cheeks instead of having a natural contour to my cheekbones! However, this would be good for a subtle contour shade to make it more noticeable.
Morphe M460 – £10.00
I really need to use this one more, as it looks like a dupe for the famous Nars Ita brush. Which is why I bought this one in the first place, I just keep forgetting to grab it when I do my makeup!
iD | Bare Escentuals Full Tapered Shadow & Blush (similar linked here) – £22.00
My current go-to for contouring and bronzing up my face. I actually got this in a monthly subscription that I used to be signed up to (I think it was Cohorted..) and immediately knew that it would be perfect for applying my contour shades and I wasn’t wrong! It’s very soft so blends out the contour seamlessly, ensuring no harsh lines are left behind. As for the opposite end, I use that to apply powder under my eyes or to set my eyeshadow primer.
Sigma Large Angled Contour F40 – £16.50
This brush and the below Zoeva one are literally exactly the same – the only difference being a shorter handle (Zoeva) and a slightly wider head (Zoeva). I have two because I use one for a lighter blush shade and the other for a darker blush shade, but you honestly only need one or the other. I think I prefer the Zoeva one, only because the brush head is ever so slightly less dense which means a slightly more blended application – but this is me being purposefully picky.
Zoeva 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek – £13.00
I love how soft this brush is and it’s the cheaper one out of the two! There isn’t really much to say about blush brushes IMO because they all do pretty much the same thing!
Sigma Tapered Highlighter F35 – £18.00
This brush is perfect for precise application of your highlighter, as the bristles are quite densely packed and the tapered shape of the brush sweeps your cheekbones effortlessly and perfectly. Even though the bristles are quite densely packed, this brush is still super soft and is a dream to use.
Anastasia Beverly Hills A23 – £26.00
Now this is my all time fave brush. It’s pretty steep price wise for a brush, let alone a highlighting brush, but believe me when I say that this is the most perfect highlighter brush to ever exist. I saw a few YouTuber’s speak very highly of this brush before I purchased it and I always thought ‘seriously, how can a highlighting brush be that amazing?!’, but it really is! This brush is now my go-to and even though I love the Sigma one, I haven’t reached for it in over a year since I’ve had this one. It’s honestly perfect. The A23 is dense yet fluffy at the same time, which means you still get that precise application but the fluffiness means that you’re never left with a harsh line of highlight, as it blends out your highlighter beautifully. If you only get one brush from this list, then I highly recommend it being this one!
This Spectrum brush is the one I’m currently using for my eyebrows, as it’s nice and stiff but not too much so. It also helps that it looks really funky too – yes I did just really use the word funky, throwing it back to the 90’s! – which is always an added bonus. The brush head of this one is the perfect size too, as I find that larger eyebrow brushes can mean I overdraw my eyebrows way too much and then have to start all over again. I’ve got myself a little eyebrow routine going using this brush, so it works perfectly for me.
It took me three brushes to find my perfect eyebrow one and unfortunately, I didn’t like this one as much as it’s a bit too flimsy and soft for me. Unlike the Spectrum offering, this one isn’t as hard and precise. The brush head is also bigger than the Spectrum one, so I find I have less control with it. It’s still a lovely brush though and if you prefer a softer and slightly larger eyebrow brush, then this one will be the one for you.
This Morphe one is the same as the above MUG one for me, so I don’t really have much to add on this one. They’re both dual ended with the spoolie on the end, which is the only thing lacking from the Spectrum one, so that’s super handy and would make both of these options much better for travelling.
Eye – Under Eye
Real Techniques Setting Brush – £7.99
I know loads of people use this brush differently, but I use this as an under eye setting brush for powder. It’s really soft which is great for the delicate under eye area and the size, for me, is pretty perfect. It’s also super lightweight and is a pretty pink colour, which I love!
Sigma E15 Flat Definer Brush – £12.00
This brush is perfect for applying shadow to just under your lower lash line (I can’t remember what that area is specifically called?!) due to it’s flat brush head. I also find it super easy to blend out the shadow with, even though it is perfectly flat.
Eye – Blending Brush
Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush – £10.50
My go-to initial blending brush of choice! It’s big enough to seamlessly blend out your crease shades and ensure you have no harsh shadow lines. It’s the perfect size and is nice and fluffy too.
Both this one and the one below are fab blending brushes and are slightly bigger than your typical blending brushes. They’re both super soft too and that’s always handy when it comes to your eyes!
The E30 is bigger than the E13 and pretty much covers my whole eye area, so I only tend to use this one if I’m doing a basic eye. I probably didn’t need both and should have just stuck with the E13.
Real Techniques Shading Brush – £7.99
I don’t use this that often and tend to keep it for applying black shadow to the outer edge of my eyelid. It’s a good blending brush, but it’s more dense than the others so it is harder to blend out. So I’ll use this one to apply the black shadow with and roughly blend it out and then I’ll go in with another blending brush that’s more fluffy.
This one is essentially the same as the Sigma E40, just no where near as good IMO. It’s too soft and flimsy, so I just tend to use this one to go over everything with after I’ve finished my eye shadow look. I don’t think you can buy this one, but that doesn’t matter as I would recommend purchasing the Sigma E40 instead as it does a much better job.
You can never have too many blending brushes right?! The Zoeva 227 is perfect for more of a precise application than the Sigma E40, so I tend to use this one (or the one below) when applying a darker shade to my crease to ensure that I am building up my ‘smokey’ eye.
Sigma E25 Blending Brush – £10.50
Same as above, another fab blending brush that performs the same. I usually use this one for applying a light brown shade (a brown/warm smokey eye is my go-to) and the other for applying a darker one. I need to buy another one of these two as they’re my faves.
Eye – Various
Morphe MB15 Firm Shadow Brush – £4.50
This brush is quite large and probably a little too large for my small eyes, but if you’re in a rush and need to apply a shadow all over your lid then this brush will be your best friend as it will do this in seconds. You will need to go in with a blending brush after though! I don’t use this one as much as I use the Sigma E55, as I personally prefer the latter.
Sigma E55 Eye Shading Brush – £10.00
The Sigma E55 is the perfect brush for applying a shimmer shade to your lid. Depending on the shadow you use (especially if it’s a sparkly/glittery one) you will get fall out, but that doesn’t tend to be a problem for me anyway as I usually do my eyes first before my base.
Sigma E30 Pencil Brush – £10.50
I use this brush to lightly blend out the shadow I’ve applied with the Sigma E15 Flat Definer, as it’s the perfect shape for doing this.
Usually I’ll use this one to apply a dark brown shade to my crease and then I’ll blend it out with one of my blending brushes to ensure there’s no harsh shadow lines.
Eye – Eyeliner
Zoeva 317 Wing Liner – £8.00
I never apply wing eye liner because a) I can’t do it to save my life and b) it doesn’t suit me at all! So this brush is pretty useless for me.. However, I have tried using it as an eyebrow brush before and it did work ok. It’s also handy to have one of these in your collection, just in case winged eye liner suddenly decides to suit you and you become amazing at it!
Eye – Highlight
Sigma F70 Concealer Brush – £9.50
Technically this is a concealer brush, however I love to use it for applying highlighter to my brown bone and cupid’s bow. I also find this one handy to apply a lighter shimmer to my eyelid, if I’m going for a subtle makeup look and want to make my eyes appear brighter and more awake.
Sigma E21 Smudge Brush – £10.50
I have the travel size of this brush, but I definitely recommend buying the full size as this brush is absolutely perfect for applying a highlight shade to the inner corners of your eye’s. It’s nice and small so really focuses application precisely in that area.
Morphe B44 Lip Liner Brush – £2.50
Sometimes I find it soo much easier to apply a lipstick with a lip brush, especially when it’s a bright one such as red. It’s take a lot longer, but I’m not the best at applying lipstick perfectly and I also have odd shaped lips which makes lipstick application more difficult, so I do definitely find using a lip brush helpful.
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