Friday, 8 August 2014

Top 10 Favourite Makeup Brushes

Face brushes
Eye brushes

Let's talk makeup brushes!

I honestly have no idea how I went about applying my makeup when I didn't have quite the collection of makeup brushes at my disposal. But then again, there was a lot of things my teenage self didn't know about makeup and it's application ...

For this post, I picked out my ten favourite and probably most used brushes when it comes to my daily routine and divided them into five face brushes and five eye brushes respectively.

From left to right: Ebelin Professional Powder Brush (4,99€) - Barbara Hofman Flat Top Kabuki (12,95€) - Real Techniques Buffing Brush (~22€ [Core Collection set]) - Catrice LE Blush Brush (~4€) - Real Techniques Contour Brush (~22€ [Core Collection set]) 

For foundation, I like to use both the Real Techniques Buffing Brush- which has quickly become a cult favourite in the relatively short amount of time they've been on the market- as well as the Barbara Hofman flat top kabuki from the bamboo line which works great for thinner/runny textures. For both powder as well as a quick swipe of bronzer to warm up my face, I've been loving the Ebelin Professional Powder Brush- so affordable and super-soft! I really love this one paired with bronzer! For blush, I usually use the Catrice Blush Brush- which was LE, but they have a very similar offering in their core collection- this one has just a prettier handle) it also has super soft bristles and is just such a bargain for the price! When it comes to both contour and highlighting, I rely on my Real Techniques Contour Brush- although I have to say, lately I've been preferring it for highlighting as opposed to contouring, but it works great for both and comes in the core collection set which also has the Buffing Brush in it. 

From left to right: Smashbox Crease Brush #10 (23,50€) - Ebelin Crease Brush (2,99€ ) - Real Techniques Shader Brush (~21€ [Starter set]) - Essence Shader Brush (1,25€) - Essence Angled Brush (1,45€)

I'm not very picky when it comes to eye brushes, but my favourite brush is definitely my Smashbox Crease Brush, which is at least three years old by now- I snagged it when it was on clearance in Prague's Sephora; it was my first proper crease brush and to this day, it is my favourite brush in general. It both applies and blends out eyeshadows beautifully, and I've washed it countless times. A cheaper crease brush option is offered by Ebelin, a brand that is widely available in Austria, Germany and Switzerland at least. Their professional collection of brushes has some really great offerings, absolutely budget-friendly and performing great at that! Definitely worth checking out. For shader brushes, I like to use the Real Techniques Shader Brush that packs on colour a bit more loosely, as opposed to the Essence Shader Brush which works great for packing on colour onto the eyelid. Finally, the Essence Angled Brush is perfect defining the brows, it's really small and thin so it basically works great for any kind of detail work. 

As you can see, I use quite the range of more expensive to really cheap brushes- generally, I think there's amazing budget-friendly offerings when it comes to makeup brushes, and it definitely doesn't have to be MAC all the way (I love MAC as a brand, but I think the pricing of their brushes is ridiculous). Another budget-friendly brush brand that I'd love to check out is Zoeva, but I have not gotten around to do it yet, but I only hear great things about their brushes! 

What's your favourite brand of makeup brushes? Anything that I should definitely check out?

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