What would make up be without a brush? I suppose we could attempt to apply blusher with our fingers and some of us do put foundation on without a brush but what'd happen to things like powder, you'd have to cake it on with one of those pad things (which become very dirty, very quickly). Speaking of dirty, I'll apologise now for my brushes, there was a little bit of natural day light so I had to rush and take some photos; Sunday is their usual cleaning day but I didn't have the time to wait for them to dry!
Real Techniques Powder Brush £12.99, Boots
Real Techniques Blush Brush £9.99, Boots
MAC 217 Blending Brush £17.00, MAC Cosmetics
It wasn't hard to choose my top three, because these are the three brushes I use every single day without fail. I literally haven't bought or used another powder/blush/blending brush since I bought these about a year ago. As you can see by them, they are well used and have been washed more times than I care to imagine and each and every one of them is still going strong. No shedding in sight, from any of them!
Real Techniques Brushes
In my opinion these are some of the best brushes available on the high street, for both quality and value for money. Every brush in the collection is under £15 and there are some really great value sets available. These are stocked in various on line shops in the UK but I think the best place to get them from is Boots because that way you can see for yourself how good they are before you invest.
Most of you will know that Pixiwoos' Samantha Chapman has designed these with make up lovers and make up artists in mind; obviously she knows what she's looking for in a brush and in my opinion she's got it spot on. The bristles are made from Taklon which is 100% synthetic and makes them a lot softer than many other brushes you'll find on the high street.
I have never found any brushes that apply powder products any better than these; totally flawlessly and doesn't allow the product to cake on your face which I find some other brushes do. These are a real pleasure to use and if you don't think you've found the perfect blush/powder brushes, I urge you to buy these!
This year I hope to try some more Real Techniques brushes as I'd love a full collection!
MAC 217 Blending Brush
I simply don't know how I applied eyeshadow before I bought this. I use it to apply a base eyeshadow and also to blend a contour colour aswell (I should use 2 different brushes for that, but what can I say... I love this brush!). When I first bought this I did think how the hell am I supposed to use this on my eyes but the bristles are really soft, dense and easy to work with it's a pleasure to use. I'm even tempted to buy a second one of these, not because there's anything wrong with the one I've got but just purely so I've got a brush for lighter shadows and one for darker!
This is only one of 2 MAC brushes I own, I did have a 130 Duo Fibre brush but I didn't really like it so got rid. I also have the large shader brush but that doesn't get anywhere near as much use. I would like to try one of the MAC brow brushes as I only have an ELF one and that's about had it but other than that I don't crave MAC brushes as I've heard from more and more bloggers that they are a little over hyped and the larger brushes are prone to shedding.... not only that they cost a flipping fortune!! But again, if you don't have a big brush collection and you're looking for a good brush to blend with, I'd definitely invest in the MAC 217 because it's ace!
What are your Favourite Brushes?