bareMinerals Flawless Complexion Brush - I am so happy that I found this brush and if you can get your hands on it I would 210% recommend it. I bought this alongside a brightening powder - of which the brush deposits beautifully around the face, so I thought I'd give it a go just simply using my daily face powder and the results are divine. Because it is a flat top brush it can pick up quite a lot of product, but due to the sparseness of the hairs on the brush, any powder that is picked up isn't simply deposited in one blob on your face, but is rather spread around holding a very gentle and light effect. It's almost as if the powder goes into the brush a little when swirled around the product and then proceeds to gradually spread around my face which leaves the most beautiful, natural effect.
Real Techniques Powder Brush - When I first purchased this brush, I did use it as a powder brush, but for some reason it wasn't really cutting it for me. Yes the blush is very fluffy and soft, but similarly to other Real Techniques brushes, I find it to be quite dense and therefore picks up more powder than I'd like for a light sweep across the face. Nonetheless, I absolutely love using this brush to apply my bronzer. It's the perfect size to sweep around my big face, and it effortlessly deposits the colour evenly and naturally. Although, if you did want to go a bit heavier on the bronzing side, this brush is a brilliant tool for gradually building up to that colour that you're aiming for.
Real Techniques Blush Brush - I think this is my favourite Real Techniques brush due to the face that, as I mentioned before, whilst a lot of the RT brush designs are quite dense, this one really isn't. Nonetheless, it is still compact enough as to get the job done without having to swirl it in the product multiple times just to get any pay off (which is a common problem I find with more sparse brushes). As you can see from the picture above, the brush hairs have been trimmed in somewhat of a feathered style, and so allows the brush to be manipulated fairly easily, whether that be to mould into the hallows of the cheeks (if you're going for a contoured look) or to elegantly sweep across the cheek bones leaving the most natural looking flush I've seen.
Barbara Daly Eyeshadow Brush - This brush hits the top of my long term favourite list for definite. I have had this brush for years (as you can probably tell from its battered condition) and I was actually quite shocked to see that you could still purchase this bad boy in Tesco yet more people haven't spoken about it before?! I often struggle to use regular eyeshadow brushes as it is all too often that the brush hairs are very stiff which I don't find all that comfortable to use on the eyelid region (that sounded so weird... aha). This brush however, I would say... is almost a mix between a dense, stiff brush and a fluffy brush and so picks up a lot of eyeshadow in one sweep and then spreads and blends across the lid beautifully - once again with minimal effort. I could only find this brush on the Tesco website in a set, but individually, I believe that the price of this little baby was easily under £5 so I would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially those on a budget or those starting out in make up who are looking for something new to play with and that is easy to use, but don't want to spend the dosh on a more expensive brush that does basically the same thing anyway!
MAC 217 Blending Brush - I have to admit, I was so sceptical of this brush at first. In my eyes, a lot of MAC products are over hyped because of the 'hype' that already exists around MAC in the blogging / vlogging beauty world and I thought that perhaps this was another one of those MAC items everyone has... purely because everyone else has it? (I'm sure you know what I mean) Either way, I was in Macy's and MAC is a fair bit cheaper in the US in comparison to here in the UK so I thought that I'd pick this baby up at the discounted price while I could and oh my goodness I am so sososoososo happy that I did! I promise you now, this is most definitely worth the hype and it really is a fantastic brush. No you don't need a MAC fluffy brush to successfully apply and blend your eyeshadow but using one just makes it so much easier and 10x quicker and I'll never look back when it comes to blending in the crease. It holds just the perfect level of softness and a brilliant size as to fit comfortably in the crease and cleans very well which is always a bonus - especially when it comes to eyeshadow brushes!
So there you have it! My top five make up brushes! I really hope you guys enjoyed this post - sorry I haven't posted up in a while! I was just super busy with seeing friends, work stuff, dissertation stuff and then I got flu which is only just wearing off so I'm hoping I'll get back into blogging more regularly soon! ps. I apologise if some parts of this post don't make 100% sense, my brain is still a bit all gobbledegook! (ah I love that word)
I really hope you're all doing well and let me know what some of your favourite brushes to use are in the comments below!