Must Have Make Up Brushes

Every girl has essential makeup tools that she couldn’t be without.  Today we’re talking about my five favourite brushes that for the time being, i cannot ever imagine replacing.  Don’t get me wrong there are a lot more than five brushes that could of made this list however I thought I’d save some of those for another day.  Also, a lot of them are from the same brand (three guesses for which!)  O
Real Techniques Buffing Brush
So number one on the list is the Real Techniques Buffing Brush.  If you didn’t know, Real Techniques are the brushes by Sam Chapman (one had of pixiwoo) and are some of the most popular brushes available on the high street.  Rather annoyingly you can only pick this up the Buffing Brush in the core collection but it is fabulous for buffing in foundation.  Until I discovered this little baby, putting on foundation was a chore.  I use the buffing brush to buff in my foundation of choice every morning and I’m totally in love with it; it just blends foundation into my skin very quickly and can manoeuvre around the nose with ease.  I’d say it’s worth picking up the core collection just for the buffing brush alone.
If you don’t want the entire core collection I’d recommend picking up the expert face brush which does just a fantastic a job at buffing in foundation.
Real Techniques Blush Brush
Another one of my favourite Real Techniques brushes is the blush brush.  The first thing you should know about my relationship with this brush is that it changes daily.  It’s so durable that I can use it for applying powder blush on the apples of my cheeks or because my cheeks are so hamsterish – as a contour brush with my bronzer.  I love the huge bush head as it fits my face so well.  It’s also very soft and picks up just the right amount of blush on the en.
Mac 217 Blending Brush
This is the part where I bow down to the Mac 217 Eyeshadow Blending Brush.  No seriously this is the best eyeshadow brush I’ve ever used in my entire life.  I have two of them; one for applying eyeshadow to my crease and one for blending everything together.  As somebody with seriously hooded eyes trying to get eyeshadow in my crease without getting it everywhere else can be difficult but the 217 moves with precision and if I do overdo it then I use the second clean one to buff out the eyeshadow and blend it in to the skin below my brow bone.
I’d definitely recommend picking up at least two of the 217 for the reasons above.  I’m going to be adding another one to my collection at some point this year because they do hold a lot of product after you’ve buffed away what you don’t need.  If you’re using it with a dark colour (like black or brown) then it usually puts it out of action afterwards until you wash it.
Sigma Eyeliner E05 Brush
I was lucky enough to pick this brush up in a blogger goodie bag and i’m so thankful it was in there.  I’ll admit I was actually really scared to first use this brush and avoided it until I bough my first high end gel eyeliner from Bobbi Brown.  But I had nothing to be scared about and it applies gel eyeliner like a dream.  The bristles stay compactly together so you don’t get any drag and you can get a nice fine line.  It’s a real shame that Sigma is not more readily available in the UK as I know they’d be really popular.
Ecotools Powder Brush
The final brush in my top five brushes is the Ecotools Powder Brush.  Ecotools is a actually owned by the same parent company as Real Techniques so there is no surprise that the brushes are of equal quality.  With it’s sleek bamboo handle and soft bristles this brush picks up the perfect amount of setting powder and is so soft when applying it to my face.
So they are my favourite brushes.  There is a selection of different brands and gone are the days where I would only use Mac to apply my foundation and no other brand would get a look in.  I think there are so many great brushes out there now at every price range that even though I love the five mentioned i can’t wait to go out and try a few more brands.   Whilst it’s not a bad place to be, I’m trying to branch out of my ‘Real Techniques’ comfort zone.  What are some of your favourite brushes?

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