Get your armor on and grab your axes’…its a battle! OK, not that kind of battle…more of a comparison of sorts, im just making a bad attempt at being funny. 😉
Anyway, I have 4 foundation applicators and I wanted to review them for you today! I’ve come a long way from applying foundation with my fingers which was not too long ago…about a year I think! I’ll start out with the first one I bought and work my way to the newest.
Here’s what I have:
THE BODY SHOP FOUNDATION/ CONCEALER BRUSH
So this is the first foundation brush I ever bought. (I think I bought it because I saw a lot of youtube beauty vloggers using a brush type like this.) This foundation brush from The Body Shop is the flat “paint brush like” style. I’ll go through some pros and cons of each brush.
~Very Easy to clean. It’s not very dense, so makeup washes out easily and it also dries quickly.
~Holds shape very well
~Great for getting makeup into hard to reach areas like sides of nose and mouth.
~Takes longer to apply foundation. (Seriously, my hand starts to cramp up!)
~Applies somewhat streaky and had to be blended out meticulously. (which is why it takes so long to apply)
~Has to be washed more frequently. (I’ve noticed makeup tends to get dry and flaky on the bristles so it doesn’t apply new makeup smoothly on a 2 day unwashed brush.) Good thing it dries quick!
SEPHORA MINREAL POWDER BRUSH #45
Next is the Sephora #45 brush. I know it says for powder, but a lot of the reviews said that was AWESOME for liquid as well, which is why I bought it.
~Easy to clean, yet dense bristles
~Very soft bristles and well made brush
~Blends makeup evenly and quickly
~Multi-use (for powder or liquid foundation)
~Can apply makeup somewhat streaky, but easy to buff out.
I got this Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki about a month ago from Luvocracy (link to that post here) for $8.90…and it was the best money i’ve ever spent. I honestly would tell myself there probably wasn’t going to be much difference between this and my Sephora brush. How much difference can that flat top make??
~Gives you an airbrushed prefect complexion. (Seriously great coverage, but keep that natural look!)
~No streakiness, so foundation applies quickly and flawlessly
~Softest bristles i’ve ever felt
~The price I paid can’t be beat, but I would say it is certainly worth $21!
~The bristles are soft…and very dense which makes it kind of hard to clean. (I found my liquid black soap facial cleanser works the best!)
~Dense = longer dry time
~It’s still perfect now, but I feel like the edge bristles can loose their shape easily so I am being extra careful
I got this a couple weeks ago when I won the giveaway on the lovely Michelle from Pretty in the East’s blog! I had previously tried a beauty blender that I got in my Glossybox and wasn’t that impressed (maybe I was doing it wrong?) But when I tried this one I thought it was much better!
~Sponge blends makeup seamlessly
~Flat side (which beauty blender doesnt have) covers more area and allows for quicker application.
~Gives light to medium coverage (good for thick or full coverage foundation when you want lighter days)
~Because it’s moist when applying, I feel like makeup doesn’t cling to any dry spots. (Feels refreshing!)
~Rinses and cleans easier than my (white) beauty blender
~Price…it’s only $5.99!!
~Doesn’t do the best job covering blemishes
For the past 2 weeks I have been alternating between my Sigma and Real Techniques and I would have to say I love them both equally (for different reasons!) I haven’t touched my Body Shop or Sephora brushes since getting the other 2 and I don’t even miss them LOL So if you are in the market to try a new brush I would recommend Sigma F80 or the Real Techniques sponge!
What are YOUR favorite foundation applicators?
Hope you all have a great day! Thanks so much for reading! xoxo, Kristina