‘Evening ladies! Wow, I feel like I’ve been a bit absent lately. Do you ever get that feeling like, “how in the world did it become Thursday already?” That’s me, only that’s every week . I’ve had a stellar week albeit a busy one. I hope it’s been the same for all of you!
I wanted to share some newer brushes to my collection. I say newer a bit tongue in cheek because I’ve had all of these a nice long time. For some reason, I’ve just put off this review in lieu of other things. But, as promised, here we go.
First I have to say that I absolutely adore the fact that these babies stand up all on their own. Brilliant! Presentation wise, I love the handles, the ends of which all being a rubberized material appropriate for gripping. Think of how NARS packaging feels and these are about on point with that. Now to the good stuff, these brushes are quite possibly the softest brushes I own. They feel so good on my face. The stippling brush is perfect for cream highlight, cream blush, or just pigmented powder blush. I don’t use it for foundation, though I am sure you could. It’s different from other stipple brushes I own because the bristles are actually quite short. I think it makes it more precise. Also, NO SHEDDING! How many times have I used a stipple brush that shed and I get those annoying little hairs in my product. This has never shed even one tiny hair. EVER. Same goes for the Blush and Kabuki brushes. Both are equally as soft as the Stippling brush. I use the Blush and Stippling brush more than the Kabuki. Being honest, the Kabuki was a bit of an impulse buy because I like that it flipped open.
Isn’t that cute?! I also like the fact that it is angled. I usually keep this brush in my travel bag because it can easily be used for bronzer, blush or all over powder touch ups. The Blush brush is actually quite large, rendering it a bit more difficult to actually use to apply my pigmented blushes, though I have used it for blushes/bronzers that aren’t as pigmented and I find it works lovely with them. I like using it to apply bronzer all over because of the slight point it comes to. It makes it easier to get into the contours of your face with it.
The same description as above applies here: no shedding, very soft, lovely grip at the end. Sad news: these do not stand up on their own Oh well! My favorites in this set are def. the Brow Brush and the Base Shadow Brush. The Brow Brush is by far THE best brow brush it’s ever been my pleasure to try. Something about the bristles and the way it picks up and deposits powder is wonderful and precise, without making my brows overdone. It’s not as…flat as other brow brushes. It’s also lovely for using eyeshadow as liner as it creates a nice soft focus line. The eyeliner brush doesn’t suit my taste all that well, and I prefer other brushes I have (like the Sonia Kashuk one here)The base shadow brush is also a bit of a miracle worker for me. Interesting in shape too, when I think of my other shadow brushes.
It’s flat without being thin, and it’s longer and more narrow than other shadow brushes I own. This works AMAZING for shadows that are more difficult to work with and have fall out problems. Again, not sure what it is about the brush, but I really enjoy it. If fits nicely on my eyelid too. My ideal shadow brush for patting or packing on the shades!
I am over the moon for this foundation brush. I use it in conjunction with my tarte foundation brush. I talked about here. This gets into the corners and crevices of your face so well. it fits nicely under the eyes, and I have often used it for blending my concealer. I love that is is round and pointed, it is the ideal brush for under the eyes in my opinion.
It is soft and easy to blend with. Once again, this doesn’t shed. I purchased mine at a Target store. For some reason, it doesn’t look like it’s available online.
I had this brush on my list for quite awhile after seeing it in several videos on YoutTube. It’s expensive, there’s no doubt about it. Coming in at $50 it is a bit of a luxury item. There is no question in my mind though, that this brush is mostly worth every bit of that. It does apply blush (particularly pigmented ones like NARS) fantastically. It’s lightweight, and smaller than I’d envisioned it to be. I love the wound handle and overall shape of this brush. It is soft, but not as much so as the brushes above. Can I apply blush with other brushes just fine? Sure. But the shape and design of the brush and bristles makes this a unique piece to own. I’d like to see the price of this brush come down to about $35-$40, but I doubt that will happen. Just make sure to pick it up with a coupon code, which is usually floating around somewhere for the NARS website for 17% off (orders of $75+).
Just to illustrate the size difference of the brushes; the Yachiyo is quite a bit smaller than the Real Techniques Blush Brush.
- The Real Techniques Brushes were purchased at Ulta. The Eye collection (Starter Kit) was $15.99, the Stippling Brush was $9.99, the Blush Brush was $8.99 and the Kabuki Brush was $9.99. Sonia Kashuk can be found at Target and this brush was $12.99. NARS comes in at a whopping $50 for the Yachiyo brush, purchased directly from the NARS website.
- All of these brushes are soft, easy to use and wonderful additions to anyone’s collection
- My highest recommendations are: Real Techniques Stippling Brush, Blush Brush, Brow Brush, Base Shadow Brush and the Sonia Kashuk Round Foundation Brush. If you are looking for a luxury item to treat yourself to, the Yachiyo is definitely a good way to do it.
- If I could change one thing…. It would be that the Real Techniques brushes weren’t sold in sets and that you could buy all of them individually.
Have you found any great brushes lately? Any brushes you couldn’t do without that you already own? Do tell!