This was supposed to be one giant post. But when I was going through the pictures, I decided to split it into 2 posts instead.
This post talks about my FACE BRUSHES, while my EYE BRUSHES would be in 1.2.
Note that ALL my brushes are drugstore or affordable brushes that are available at local drugstores or popular department stores.
Not one of them costs over P200!
FOLLOW THE JUMP TO TAKE A LOOK AT MY FACE BRUSHES
Here's an overview of the FACE BRUSHES that I own.
This is not from one big shopping trip. Instead, I've accumulated these brushes over time, whenever my purse permits.
List of Brushes
1. ARTIST STUDIO Paddle Foundation Brush*
2. PAGANINI COLLECTION Powder Brush*
3. EVER BILENA Powder Brush*
4. NICHIDO Blush Brush*
5. SHAWILL Blush Brush*
ARTIST STUDIO Paddle Foundation Brush
I bought this at LANDMARK, Trinoma.
This the only brush I use with liquid foundation application (otherwise I use my fingers).
Usually, I pull this out when I want a more polished finish using my REVLON COLORSTAY LIQUID FOUNDATION (which is the best affordable foundation ever!).
It's duo toned synthetic brush that's quite affordable.
It's quite small as well which is one of its charms. I realized that smaller brushes are easier to use for me.
PAGANINI COLLECTION Powder Brush
This is the largest brush in a set I got as a present from an office worker a few holidays ago.
I use this as my powder bronzer brush.
The synthetic bristles are super soft and doesn't shed very much.
Mind that this is somewhat dense. So, if you're planning to use this for powder, make sure to dab the product on your skin then brush to blend.
Otherwise, you're just pushing products off of the brush.
Mind that if I am using a powder bronzer to contour, I'd use a flat powder brush.
Mine is off of a L'Oreal product way back. I can't remember what product it was but the brush is still with me (no pictures here).
EVER BILENA Powder Brush
I originally purchased this to use exclusively for my cream bronzer, which was Kokuryu's darkest cream foundation.
At that time, it was the densest brush in my price range so this won.
This is to keep bacteria away from my cream bronzer.
I used to dip the brush into the product once and apply/blend it into my skin.
I noticed that the brush is too big for that purpose. Although it would create a soft warmth on my face, it wasn't any good for contour.
Now, I apply the bronzer using my fingers for precision. I would return to this brush if I wanted a softer effect instead of a cheekbones-that-can-cut-glass look.
NICHIDO Blush Brush
Notice how I have 2 powder blushes above, but this is the only brush I use for my setting powder.
That's because this isn't as dense as the brushes above. Think of this as a fan brush.
If it was a powder foundation, I'd pick up the product with the brush then apply it on my face.
If it was a lighter powder (think: face powder, finishing powder, any finely milled powder), I use a puff to press the product to my skin and then go over my face with this brush.
The logic: Powder Foundation is heavy and the product wouldn't be knocked of the brush if I'm too lazy to apply it with a light hand.
Lighter powders would just fly off the brush and would just be knocking products off of my face instead of locking in the liquid foundation.
Remember that Powder Brushes were made to take product off your skin.
There's a downside to this brush - It sheds like crazy!
SHAWILL Blush Brush
This is the only blush brush that I use.
And, this also came in a set. Shawill makes decent brushes with few shedding.
The density of the brush is in between the NICHIDO and the EVER BILENA.
This picks up the product so well and deposits products just as well.
Similar to the powder bronzer application, dab the product on your skin and then brush/swirl to blend.
I don't have nearly enough brushes in my collection, I know!
With my limited budget, I think very carefully about how the brush fits into my collection.
I ask myself how and when I'd use the brush.
Remember that just because it says "blush" brush doesn't mean that you can't use it for something else.
If you're a cheapskate like me, concentrate on the following:
LIQUID FOUNDATION BRUSH
TIP: ask for a brush sample. This will lead you to a more informed decision.
Check the density and quality of the brush before making a purchase.
Another tip: always purchase a sealed packet!
Also, ask the sales ladies if you can open the packet and check the brush.
These cheap brushes have dubious quality control.
I've had two brushes that were great as samples, then the brush I got was too stiff.
I had to go back to ask for a replacement. In which case, it's also a good idea to keep the receipt.
NOTE: It's version 1 on purpose.
I'm looking to expand my collection and would be making an updated collection post in a few months time.
My brush wishlist:
Proper Angled Brush
Spare Blush Brush
Stay tuned for My Brush Collection Version 1.2!
Hope you enjoyed!