Bobbi Brown Brush Collection

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

bobbi brown brush collection review

Bobbi Brown is one of my favourite high-end cosmetics brands. Although my collection of her brushes isn't huge, these are very special to me as they were the first makeup brushes I ever bought. One of them rarely sees the light of day while another is in use daily. These were my first ever babies and bought me a lot of happiness so I thought I would share them with you all. 

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Bobbi Brown brushes are known for their amazing quality, durability and for making makeup application easy and a delight. There's something utterly pleasing about their classic, sturdy appearance. I have 4 full size brushes and one mini version and a few more on my wish list. 

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Bobbi Brown Powder Brush | Review | £47

I've crowned this brush as Queen in my entire makeup brush collection. If you look past the eye-watering price tag, what you get is actually an incredible, hard-working brush that can be used with any powder product. I generally use this to set my under-eye concealer, as the tapered head is the perfect shape for me, and to powder my entire face. But this makes a most excellent blusher and bronzer brush too, perfectly dusting on a light layer of colour at the desired points of the face. It's a little bit too fluffy for highlighter though it does work great with something as discreet as the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders for an all over glow.

Mine is sadly showing its age now as you can see from the discoloured hairs, and the ferrule is also loose and spins. So it's just a matter of time till this brush finally gives way. But considering I've used this brush almost every day for what's coming up to 6 years, I can't complain.

This was definitely worth the investment and is a brush I would happily repurchase because I can't imagine doing my makeup without it. I would love to also try the infamous Bobbi Brown Blush Brush and Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush. 

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Bobbi Brown Foundation Brush | post | £32

This is a classic foundation brush with a tapered head and flat, densely packed bristles. I used to use this to apply and "blend" in my foundation back in the day before buffing style brushes became a thing in the mainstream makeup market.

I sometimes like this when I want my concealer to be full coverage, patting the product under the eye quickly with this brush. Nowadays, I find myself using this to apply face masks evenly. The paint on style of using this actually makes it a quick and easy way to stripe the mask on without too much mess. I could use this for cream contouring too. 

This brush is still in excellent shape but when it does finally start losing hairs or bunch up weirdly, I doubt I'll be purchasing it again. I am still itching to purchase Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush

Bobbi Brown Concealer Blending Brush | £24.50

This concealer brush is like the miniature version of the Foundation Brush, allowing you to apply concealer and blend at the same time. It's small and precise but allows the under-eye area to be dealt with efficiently. This is great for spot concealing and also retouching foundation on specific areas of the face throughout the day. 

Personally I've gotten little use out of this brush as I'm not a huge fan of cream concealers and feel like this works best with those thicker textured products. I like it for retouching but the handle is quite tall and isn't exactly convenient to carry around with me. I might start using to apply eye cream when I repurchase another pot, as a more hygienic hands-free method just to make use of it. Or even to apply cream contour. 

This is another one that I won't be repurchasing despite the quality and perfomance.

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Bobbi Brown Eye Sweep Brush | £25.50

This very soft, very full round headed brush is your one-stop shop for using eyeshadow. It is dense but still fluffy making it excellent for everything you could want from an eyeshadow brush except very precise, small detailing. It is great for dusting a shade all over the lid, for packing on colour, fits perfectly in the crease and blends at the same time, and I even use this along my lower lash line with the tip of the brush. It's an excellent all-rounder and especially perfect for beginners, as I was when I purchased it.

I have an almost exact dupe of this brush in my collection, though it isn't significantly cheaper which is a shame and it's the Real Techniques Bold Metals 200 Oval Shadow Brush. With the same fluffy but dense rounded bristles, I use that brush in exactly the same way.

This is a brush I never want to be without because it's so versatile and great for me and my low-maintenance eye shadow application. I also really want to get the Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush added to my collection. 

Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush | post | £22.50 (full size)

This is a tightly packed, very precise pointed brush that makes applying gel liner an absolute breeze. I pick up the product, wipe off any excess which also allows me to make this as flat as it possible, and glide it along the roots of my lashes. It's great for creating a sharp wing too as the pointed flat edge does the work for you. I actually really enjoy using this mini version because it lets me get really close to the mirror so I can see exactly what I'm doing.

I have also got a more pointed liner brush in my collection now which is great but for some reason I still prefer this. I think it's because I've gotten used to it over the years. I always meant to get the full size version but now I really want to try Bobbi Brown Ultra Precise Eyeliner Brush instead.

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As I've mentioned before, it's great that we now have so many affordable and decent brushes available to us. But I have to say, after making these investments years ago, the higher quality of these brushes shows over time. They continue to perform as well as they did when I first got them and they're taking a lot longer to age than some of the more affordable brushes in my collection, which seem to age faster and start performing differently after a number of washes. So of course it's great to have the option when you can't afford more luxury brushes, but investing in proper quality tools isn't just because you're buying a brand name; you're investing in tools that are going to stick around for the long haul. 

I hope you enjoyed reading about my small but beloved Bobbi Brown Brush Collection.

What were your first proper makeup brushes? Do you own any BB Brushes? What's your favourite? Do you have any BB Brushes on your wish list? Let me know. X

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