5 Favourites: Makeup Brushes (& New Storage)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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I recently re-housed my makeup brushes so I thought I'd take this opportunity to share my current 5 FAVOURITE BRUSHES. Some of these have been loved for a long time while others are new loves. Enjoy :)

real techniques setting brush, barry m blusher brush, bobbi brown powder brush, real techniques expert face brush, eco tools powder brush

THE BUFFING & BLENDING BRUSH

Before purchasing Real Techniques Expert Face Brush £9.99 I was using Bobbi Brown Foundation Brush, which is a classic flat paint brush style deal. Although excellent quality, it didn't quite give the flawless, seamless finish one sought in one's base application. This brush however allows me to do whatever it takes to get the foundation looking beautiful - stipple, buff, blend, everything.

THE BLUSHING BRUSH

This is the one that surprised me the most. Barry M Blusher Brush £4.99 (featured here) has been in my collection for just over a year and I haven't looked back since. It's angled, making it easier to pick up the colour easily, and sits on my cheek area so beautifully. I literally stroke the brush upwards a couple of times and my blusher looks perfect. (Sadly, I do think this is discontinued or I'd be stocking up!)

THE ONE BRUSH TO RULE THEM ALL

Although this comes with a hefty price tag, this brush is an investment into exquisite quality and incomparable application of powders. Bobbi Brown Powder Brush £47 still wears the crown in my collection and as we enter into our 5th year together, I can whole-heatedly say it was worth every penny. It picks up and applies powder over the face evenly, sets concealer under the eyes with ease and makes blusher and bronzer application a breeze. If you're looking to spend a little more on your tools, you can't go wrong with Bobbi Brown brushes. Period. 

THE AMAZING MULTI-TASKING BRUSH

The only brush I have more than one of has got to be a special one indeed. Real Techniques Setting Brush £7.99 is incredibly talented in that I can use it to set my entire face of makeup, or focus on certain areas, and apply highlighter or contour, and sweep eye shadow over the lids. I even use it to apply and blend out blusher and concealer, and it's dinky size makes it perfect to carry in my hand bag. I recommend this brush to anyone who ever uses makeup!!!

THE CONTOUR CARVING BRUSH

I've had the EcoTools Large Powder Brush £8.99 brush for a while now but since I didn't need it to apply powder, it's been sitting there twiddling its fingers out of boredom. That was until a couple of weeks ago when I used it to apply my contour shade in the hollows of my cheeks and was left blown away with its ability to quickly and effectively carve out my non-existent cheekbones and blend the shade for an expert finish. It is tapered which I think helps to blend without depositing too much colour in any one place. I'm impressed. 


Onto my new home for my brushes.

I picked up this Homebase Mini Chocolate Hurricane Lamp, which is a large, caramel coloured candle holder. It's spacious enough to fit all my brushes together and I love that it's something different to that gorgeous but overdone IKEA pot I see all over the place. It gives a nice, bold contrast against my white furniture and I just really enjoy looking at my brushes sitting in it.

I had every intention of getting creative and turning old candle pots into brush holders, filled with scented beads and decorated with ribbons and all-sorts but let's be honest - ain't nobody got time for that.

Well at least I don't ;)

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How do you store your brushes? Do you find yourself wanting to change up your brush storage often? Let me know in the comments below! Feel free to tweet me or come by my Instagram for a beauty chin-wag if you please :)


Sal xxx | @ummbaby

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18 comments

  1. That storage is so pretty, mean while I only store my brushes in a spaghetti sauce bottle haha I'm planning to get a better storage though, but still haven't figure it out yet :/ I really want to try Ecotools brushes, the powder brush and the tapered blush brush too because it looks so pointy and seems like it will work well to contour!

    Sitha | lemmeswatchit.blogspot.com

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    1. Ah! If sauce jars work for you, then there's no rush to change, I say! Its unique and works lol! I only actually have this brush from the brand but I've never heard a single bad thing about their products so I will definitely be picking some more up too :) xxx

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  2. I love the sound of that Bobbi Brown powder brush! Will put it on my wishlist! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. You'll love it. For me, it is the ultimate brush!!! I really need to get the Sheer Powder Brush too and compare them though. xxx

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  3. These brushes are soo goood! That storage pot looks lovely!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Charlotte, thanks lovely. I wanted something different. xxx

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  4. I really enjoyed this post and I am always on the lookout for makeup brushes. I really do want to try at least one brush from Bobbi Brown because I believe they are one of the best high end ones out there. I am obsessed with Real Techniques brushes and the setting brush is absolutely outstanding!!! lovely round up as always and excellent photos!!...xx

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    1. Thanks lovely. I know, brushes are so addictive right?!? Bobbi Brown brushes are just something else. And yes, SETTING BRUSH is just incredible. xxx

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  5. I've never actually tried Ecotools! But I do love the RT Setting Brush and have a few of them so I can use them for different things :) I just got my first Bobbi Brown brush and am loving it already. Could be the start of an expensive habit...xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty | Zoeva Giveaway

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    1. The Setting Brush is just a staple!!! Oh hoe exciting? Which brush did you get? I've got a small collection of her brushes, and yes its a very expensive habit indeed, but so worth it. xxx

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  6. I don't have any BB brushes but the one you have sounds amazing :) I love RT brushes but also adore Zoeva brushes. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. It is an incredible brush. No looking back with that one. See, I am definitely lacking in the Zoeva brush department. I need to pick some up!!! xxx

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  7. I love the buffing real technique brush it's been my favorite, though I didn't know BarryM had brushes too.
    And I love sigma flat top kabuki and Zoeva brushes are my favorite.

    Sam || Beautydetour

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    1. I still haven't used any of those iconic brushes!!! Shameful!!! Yeh Barry M have a small range of brushes. They're actually really good even though I only picked this up because I liked the white and hot pink ;) xxx

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  8. I need to get more creative with storing my brushes. I usually keep them in their wrap thingy but I like the idea of putting them in a jr of some sort.
    Amina xx | AliandHer.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww at least you know they will stay safe, clean and protected :) xxx

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  9. Nice blog with having good information. Its very useful for everyone. Thanks and keep posting this type of blog.



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