MAKE UP FOR EVER Foundation Kabuki Brush

I’ve never really been a kabuki brush user since I prefer long-handled face brushes. However, I started looking into them when I was on my mineral makeup kick awhile back. While I didn’t really find one that I truly loved and wanted to invest in, the MAKE UP FOR EVER Foundation Kabuki Brush caught my attention a few weeks ago and it definitely lingered. I purchased it in hopes of being able to use it for powder foundation as well, and I’m so glad I did because it’s so perfect for everything — especially powder foundations. :)

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The Make Up For Ever Foundation Kabuki Brush is a “soft, tapered brush for precise foundation application.” This is a little different than a traditional kabuki brush with a much more rounded brush head. Designed as a “one-of-a-kind, synthetic brush,” Make Up For Ever has “combined the precision of a traditional foundation brush with the convenient size of a Kabuki brush. Its large, dense shape is tapered at the end for quick and specific application of all foundation formulas.” This brush is extremely versatile as it works well with liquid, cream, and powder foundations. “Its soft, straight fibers allow for buildable coverage with a flawless finish.”

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The brush is very soft, but it takes 24 hrs for it to completely dry after a wash. So plan ahead if you really need to use this brush and you’re deciding to wash all your makeup brushes! The bristles are very full and dense so if you’re looking for the effects of a fluffier brush, this may not be a good option for you. However, the cut and the shape of this brush is perfect for the contours of your face — it lays perfectly under the eyes, around the nose and mouth, and along the cheeks. The tapered point of the brush is great for getting into the crevices of your face such as under the nose the corners of the nose as well.

The soft, flexible bristles make easy to move around your face; and, whether you’re using a cream, powder, or liquid product, this brush evenly applies everything without making it look uneven or cakey. My favorite combination is to use this brush with a powder foundation (in a compact), loose powder, or mineral foundation. It disperses the powder products perfectly and so lightly you can’t even feel or see the product on your face. You just see clean, pretty results of the product working perfectly.

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I recommend this brush and I think it will serve a very important purpose regarding your makeup routine. The versatility of this product makes it worth the investment, but more importantly, the way that it applies products is really the reason why I would recommend this brush. While it’s pricey, you’ll be able to use it with a variety of products so I think that in itself would be more than enough reasons to it some major praises, lol. If you’re on the hunt for a foundation brush or even just a kabuki brush, take a look at this brush because you won’t be disappointed!

Retails for $48.00 USD.

REVIEW: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

I’ve been enjoying a few of the Real Techniques brushes that I’ve purchased, but I specifically wanted to focus attention on one particular brush that’s blown me away – the Expert Face brush. Let me preface this post by stating that I’m quite picky with brushes, and I’ve rarely ventured off from my beloved high-end brushes.

For those of you not familiar with the Real Techniques range, it is a line of brushes created by Samantha Chapman . She and her sister, Nicola (aka Nic), create YouTube videos under the name Pixiwoo. I suggest you watch their tutorials because they are amazing.

I haven’t purchased any of the Real Techinques starter sets, and I’ve only purchased a few face brushes here and there that were individually sold. The Expert Face brush is new and is sold on its own – thank goodness. I found mine at Ulta here in the United States and they’ve been selling out like hot cakes!

The bristles are densely packed but they’re flexible at the same time. The slight dome-shape of the cut is great for hugging the contours of your face, and the taklon bristles are tightly held together so the foundation you’re applying doesn’t get streaky. It’s also very soft (even though it’s not a brush with natural hairs). It’s soft enough to feel good on your skin, but firm enough to blend easily.

This brush is described as an “ultra firm [brush for] broad application.” It’s great for “blending cream or liquid foundation.” It claims that your makeup will apply “pixel-perfect” and look amazing “even in harsh light.” The “ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free.” The design of the brush is interesting, as the rubber handle is easy to store because it stands up on its own. The “extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use.”

I loved my first expert face brush so much, I stalked local Ulta stores to get 2 more. In my opinion, the rubber handle gets annoying sometimes because it’s hard to store with my other brushes. I’ve gotten used to letting them stand on my vanity to avoid any mishaps during my morning routine.

It truly stands up to its claims – it’s easy to use and blends ANY foundation easily, seamlessly, and flawlessly. Even harder to work foundations – like Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere and Make Up For Ever’s Mat Velvet Plus foundation – blend well with the Expert Face brush.

Also, I like that you can use it 4-5 times straight without it getting gunky. I’ve noticed that traditional foundation brushes get foundation build-up after one or two uses; not this one, and to me, I feel like I’m not wasting excess foundation. Another thing that’s great about this brush is that it’s great with gel products too – like, gel foundations and gel/creme blushes. It’s so easy to use because application and blending time is like 5 seconds.

I own 3 of these and they’re totally worth it. I’ve neglected many of my other foundation brushes (Chanel, MAC, and Sephora brushes) because I’ve been addicted to using the Expert Face brush. And, I swear it’s a perfect match with my Chantecaille foundation. Seriously.

Available at Ulta stores for $8.99 each. You NEED this in your life. Trust me. :)

What are your thoughts on some of the Real Techniques brushes?

*Quotes extracted from http://realtechniques.com/shop-collection/your-base-flawless/expert-face-brush
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)