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My Everyday Make-Up Brushes

Monday, 4 January 2016
review, everyday makeup brushes, drugstore makeup brushes, real techniques, makeup academy, primark

Hey guys! I've been working on some new things over the last few days but as I've been working a lot, I've been finding it hard to muster the motivation and energy to get things done - particularly when it comes to the YouTube side of things. I have so much editing to do it makes me want to cry. Editing is such a long process, even if it is a rewarding one. I've got some time off at the moment so I'll be trying to get a bit more done. That said, I'm waiting on the new hard drive for my laptop, and when that arrives I'll be playing about with my graphics tablet and trying to get some art stuff done, so blogging isn't quite my main focus this week, but there are a few posts I want to get written up, and I better get some of those videos edited haha. It's been so hard to record because it's been so overcast here that it hasn't every really brightened up :( hopefully the weather will clear up a bit soon. 

Moving on, today's post is all about my favourite everyday brushes. I love having loads of different brushes of all kinds, but recently I've noticed I've been gravitating towards the same ones on a daily basis - so here they are!

real techniques expert face brush, real techniques buffing brush, review

Foundation: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush & Buffing Brush

I have multiples of these Buffing Brushes by RT (the one on the right). I bought the Core Collection not long after it launched, and fell in love with how this applied my foundation. Previously I'd been using a flat top ELF brush, and for a short time I moved away from the buffing brush and started using an MUA Kabuki brush, but it wasn't long before I returned to this RT gem and I haven't strayed far since. Before Christmas I picked up the Expert Face Brush because I was curious to see how it performed next to my favourite Buffing Brush - which is a pain to buy since it's only sold as part of a set - and it was on sale in Superdrug for just over £5! Bargain! I'm really happy I picked this up as I've been loving using it recently. It performs pretty much the same way as the buffing brush, as it really, well, buffs your foundation into your skin. It makes your base look flawless and well blended. I doubt I'll use any other brushes for my foundation again!

primark brush gift set review

Concealer & Powder: Primark Gift Set

I picked up this gift set from Primark a few years ago around the Christmas period, not realising how much I would love these brushes. They came with two or three other eye brushes if I remember rightly, some of which I continue to use a lot. This little fluffy brush is too big for the crease, but it makes a perfect concealer brush. It's fluffy enough to blend well, dense enough to pat product over those pesky spots and small enough to reach all those awkward around the nose and eyes angles. I don't ever use anything else for my concealer, so this brush is probably pretty minging. I wear concealer every time I wear makeup (i.e. most days of the week) so it's hard to find time to clean it as often as it should been cleaned. I am on the look out for something similar to replace this one, or at least let it have a break, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

As for powder, this brush is so big and dense it's perfect for matte-skin-lovers likes me. I'm not into using a 'sparing' amount of powder, I love lots of powder, and this applies it beautifully without my skin looking cakey. It's quite a big brush so it covers a lot of ground very quickly, but I often pinch it to taper it so I can powder my under eyes with a little more precision. Unfortunately I've never seen this set back in store, which is absolutely gutting, however I'm sure their other sets will have a good powder brush in them - I just can't find any with a similar concealer brush! :'(

MUA E7, Real Techniques Contour Brush, & MUA F6, review

Eyebrows, Highlight & Contour: MUA E7, Real Techniques Contour Brush, & MUA F6

The MUA E7 is my new favourite brush for brows. But here's the thing - the old brush I used for my brows also says it's the E7, but the hairs on it are much longer and it's more like an angled eyeliner brush. As for the new one - I'm so glad they changed it, and I'm so glad I bought it! The shorter hairs mean it's a lot more of a sturdy brush - I still think this would be good for gel eyeliner and whatnot. I also love how this really gets to the root of your brow hairs to really fill in the gaps properly - I always felt the old E7 didn't quite fill up the front of my brows as well as I'd like it to have, but this new brush seems to have fixed that entirely! MUA brushes are really good quality if you ask me - especially for the price! They've introduced a lot of new ones recently too, so I recommend you browse their site if you haven't in a while.

Moving on, I've been wearing a lot of highlighter recently. Well, not a lot, as I only really apply it to the tops of my cheekbones and sometimes to my cupid's bow, but I mean a lot as in I've been wearing it on a daily basis. For someone that's really into matte skin, I've previously only ever worn highlighter as part of my 'dressing up' or 'special occasion' sort of makeup - e.g. nights out, family get-togethers, etc. Regardless of whether I'm wearing it every day or from time to time, the Real Techniques Contour Brush has always been my favourite for highlighting, as it's the perfect shape and size. For some liquid highlights I will simply use my fingers, but for powders I use this. Personally I find this far too precise to contour with - yeah it's a good shape to fit in the hollows of your cheeks, but I find my contour looks too structured and unnatural with this brush. So I prefer to use...

MUA's F6 brush. I think that's what it's called, the number has faded a little but I'm pretty sure this is the right one. I bought a haul of MUA products a few months ago (which is when I picked up the new E7) and intended on picking this up but, a few days before, I noticed my mum had it and she was throwing it out cos she didn't like it! Some of the hairs had frayed so I did trim them down, but it's basically as good as new. Except for the faded number. But whatever. I'm a huge fan of using slightly bigger angled brushes for my contour - for years I was using an H&M one I picked up for a whole £1.99, however it was getting old and fraying and starting to feel a little too big and messy to use - so this served as a perfect replacement. It's a very neat brush with lovely, soft, dense bristles that pick up a lot of product, which is a good reminder to me that less is more when I'm contouring. I love the effect this gives with my contour, and sometimes I will blend out the lines with whichever foundation brush I'm using for a more natural effect. Sometimes I don't though. Sometimes I enjoy wearing orange-toned stripes on my face, okay? True story.

MUA F14, MUA E1, Real Techniques Detailer Brush, eBay Blending Brush, review

Eye Brushes: MUA F14, MUA E1, Real Techniques Detailer Brush, eBay Blending Brush

Last, but not least, these are the eye brushes I gravitate the most towards for my day-to-day eyeshadow. Starting from left to right, the MUA F14 brush is named the "Precision Stippling Brush" and is designed, I believe, with concealing hard-to-reach places in mind. This is far too small for me to use with any base products, and instead I much prefer to sweep and blend my lower lash line shadows with this brush. Its size is perfect for not extending to far down the eye when lining your lower lash line and making you look like a panda! 

The MUA E1 is by far my favourite brush for packing colour onto my lids. It's nice and flat and is a great size - not too big, not too small - so that adding colour onto your lids is super easy and quick. There really isn't that much more to say about this one - it does exactly what it says on the tin!

The Real Techniques Detailer Brush is my go-to for adding highlight to my brow bone and my inner corners (as you can see in the picture, mine is caked in Makeup Revolution's Indirect Eye Dust, i.e. favourite eye highlight everrrrr!). It's so tiny that it applies just the right amount of product, and is easy to blend out afterwards. This also makes a great lip brush! 

Last, but not least, my favourite blending brush for the eyes is this super cheap one I got off eBay for either 99p or £1.99, I don't quite remember. I got several of these at once and I'm so happy I did - they are fantastic for blending out shadows and deepening the crease. Be wary of them shedding when you clean them, but for the price I really won't complain about that. These make blending super quick and easy, and for lazy gals like me, that's a god send! 

That about wraps up this post on my favourtie every day brushes - let me know if you've tried any of these, and what your favourites are down in the comments! I'll see you next time!

3 comments on "My Everyday Make-Up Brushes"
  1. I love real Techinques! Love this post :)

  2. Absolutely love all the RT ones you picked! The buffing brush is my fav, I have three! Also love the contour brush! Funnily enough i never thought to use the detailer brush like that, but I will try it! I always use it to clean up my flicks or lips! :)


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