Saturday, July 6, 2013

Most Used | Brushes

In the interest of the recent 'Downing Tools' movement, I gave the hands-on approach a go but couldn't do without brushes. That gave me the very bright and oh-so-original idea to post about the beauty 'tools' I use the most. Like most girls with too much makeup, I also have too many brushes. I love brushes- when I was starting out with makeup I read so many people say brushes were just as important as the products. They all have their own uses and need to be washed once a week. I used to spot clean them every time I used them but I'd rather drop the brushes and run out the door than take the time to spot clean and miss the bus as a result. 




For applying liquid foundations and BB cream I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush or the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, which I also use for mineral powder. Both are perfect for buffing in all sorts of base products and leaves the skin with a flawless finish- no streaks or brush marks at all. I gave an Expert Face brush to a non-makeup-obsessed friend as part of her birthday present and she messaged me a week later saying "Just used the foundation brush you got me. SHIT MY MAKEUP LOOKS REALLY GOOD MATE." The Real Techniques Blush Brush is what I use for powder and the tapered shape makes it ideal to swirl lightly into the powder and simultaneously blend out bronzer or blush when I've gone overboard with the first application. Since getting the Travel Essentials set, I've been using the Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush to blend out liquid concealer over redness, blemishes and under the eyes and it helps the concealer seamlessly blend out.



For bronzer I prefer to use the denser Ecotools Blush Brush, as the shape is ideal for the contour of the cheek. I have a few brushes that apply blush nicely, but my favourite has quickly become the Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush because it picks up just the right amount of product, no more clown cheeks. I use the Real Techniques Stippling Brush for cream products- blusher and highlighter. The Real Techniques Contour Brush from the Core Collection is the best brush for highlighter I've found- it picks up the right amount of product and is the right size and shape for placing the powder on the cheekbone.



To me, good eye brushes more crucial than face brushes- a lot of face and cheek products can be applied with fingertips but eyeshadow is a different story. My favourite eye brushes are from Sigma and Ecotools, and although natural bristles are meant to be better at picking up and applying powders, good synthetic brushes like Ecotools are just as good as natural fibres, without the shedding. The brushes I bought from Sigma are, like most Sigma brushes, copies from the MAC brush line. The Sigma E25 Blending is a copy of the MAC 217 and does a good job at applying and blending a sheer wash of shadow across the lid, and the Sigma E30 Pencil is a copy of the MAC 219 which I use to add darker colour to the outer corner of the eyelid to add a smokier, stronger effect. The Ecotools 6 Piece Eye Set has proven to be better than I expected, as I use four of the five brushes from the set regularly. The angled brush is one of my favourites to take a single colour across the lid, the smudge brush is good for softening pencil eyeliner, the petite eye shader brush is good for adding colour to define the lower lash line and the blending brush is an essential for stronger eye looks.


Not long ago, I bought the MAC Brush Cleanser to spot clean brushes after use- foundation and eyeshadow brushes in particular. To deep clean brushes weekly, I use the Daiso Magic Detergent for Sponge and Puff. The MAC has really impressed- poured onto a tissue or paper towel, it easily draws out the product from the bristles. The bottle packaging needs sorting out as it's not all that user-friendly but the alcohol-based solution is ideal for a quick fix. The Daiso brush cleanser is great- $2.80 (cheaper in Daiso overseas) does a more thorough job than any cleanser/shampoo I used in the past. 

7 comments:

  1. Some of the brushes you show here are also my favorites!!
    real technique buffing brush and contour brush and ecotools eye brushes as well! they are amazing even though they're not expensive !

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    1. They're great value for money! I started out with cheapie, really crappy brushes but for a few dollars more these are such good quality brushes that last the long haul.

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  2. I tried to find that Daiso detergent the other day but I could only find one for ladies' hygiene purposes (I believe the blurb on the container said it was to clean up menstrual blood stains lol). Your brushes look so clean! Mine are a bit ravaged, especially the eye brushes. Where'd you buy your Sigma? I've been eyeing some of them but I don't know if I should just be content with the Ecotools ones I have. I agree eye makeup is so much about the brushes - much more than face which you could probably do with your hands (though suboptimally imo).

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    1. Hahahaha trust Daiso to sell that. I've never seen an aisle filled with so many different variants of cotton buds. Who knew you could make that many types? I bought the Sigma brushes from the website itself, late last year. They shed like no synthetic brush I've tried though, especially the E30. I heard better things about the eye brushes than the face brushes- I'd only be interested in the tapered highlighter-type ones but not worth the shipping or wait.

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  3. I love the real techniques brushes <3 And the ecotools blush brush :)
    Now that I'm in singapore, I'll keep an eye out for the Daiso cleaner!

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    1. I got mine from Australian Daiso? But Singaporean Daiso should have it too, and for 2 SGD at that. :)

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  4. Great collection of brushes! I saw the 6 piece eye set from eco tools in store finally but I'm waiting on my order of the sigma starter eye set which I think would be much more useful than the ecotools one, I find that their brushes overall for eyes are quite big for my lids! I wish I had as many RT as you! I'm jelly! thanks for sharing!

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