Brush up on your brushes

It was only this time last year that I decided it was about time I invested in decent brushes. I mean you can have all the makeup in the world but it is useless if you don’t have the proper tools to apply it with. Since starting my brush collection things have gotten a little out of control. I have a serious amount of brushes, but the thing is I use them all ( or so I keep telling myself each time I buy a new brush. Below are my top brushes that I can’t live without.
Real Techniques Multi Task brush

I bought this brush as part of a set on and it came with the domed shadow brush which I use for concealer. I love using this brush for applying powder and bronzer. It picks up a nice amount of product and once you aren’t too heavy handed it applies bronzer beautifully to the cheeks.

Crown Brush  BK49 Professional Pointed Blush

This brush is only a recent purchase, but it has found it’s way into my favourite brush list. It is pefect for applying brush to the apples of your cheeks or I love to use it to apply my Sleek highlighter under the eye area. This is great quality and for €11.49 a real bargain. You can buy it here .

Sigma Beauty Flat Kabuki Brush F80

Where do I begin with this brush? This is by far my all time favourite brush. I could not live with out this little beauty. When I use this brush my foundation is flawless. It buffs the foundation into the skin beautifully. The pictures above don’t do this brush justice ( it also looks a little grubby even though I cleaned it like a million times). The only fault with this brush is cleaning. Like many foundation brushes it is hard to get completely clean and it can take time to make sure it is clear of old product. The F80 is expensive at €19.95 but it will be the best money you ever spent. If you don’t have this brush already, believe me you need it. You can buy it here.
Real Techniques Buffing brush
If you haven’t guessed already, I am a big fan of the Real Techniques brushes and this buffing brush is no exception. This brush is so soft on your skin. I use it for apply foundation, cream blushes or my Chanel soleil tan illuminating fluid. If you want flawless foundation, but don’t want to cough up €19.95 for the Sigma F80 then this is the brush for you. It can be bought here or for even cheaper here .

Crown Brush Angle Liner/Spoolie ( IB131 )
As many of you already know I have a thing for groomed brows and I was looking for a good brow brush for ages and my god have I found it. I love this brush. The angled part has perfect stiffness and picks up just the right amount of product that you don’t get a Scouse brow. To have the spolie attached to the other end makes life so much easier. I am actually going to buy another one of these brushes because I am afraid that something might happen to it and my brows will be left in despair. Just like most Crown Brushes this brush is really reasonable price at €3.61. It can be bought here.
Crown Brush  431 Precision Pencil

It looks like I have a little bit of a Crown brush addiction but yet another one of their brushes makes it into my favourites. I use this brush for applying product into the crease and the outer V. I have a Sigma pencil brush too but I find that the Crown brush picks up more product and is easier to apply eyeshadow with. The precision pencil costs €5.49 and can be bought here. ( Excuse the colour of this brush, it isn’t normally so grubby looking).

Sigma E55 Eyeshading brush

When applying shadow to my lid this is the only brush I use. This is a dense, stiff brush that picks up a really great amount of product and applies it evenly all over the lid. It costs €11.50 and can be purchased here.

Crown brush C433 Pro Blending Fluff

This Crown brush is so good I actually have 3 of them. They are an exact dupe for the Mac 217 brush, only better. This brush has just the right amount of stiffness that it creates the perfect smokey eye. It applies product evenly into the crease and blends to get rid of harsh lines. I have included a picture to compare it with the Mac 217 and to show how alike they are. This brush costs €7.61 compared to the Mac 217 which costs €24 . You can buy the Crown crease brush  here.

If you are looking to start a brush collection I highly recommend Crown Brush, they are low price but high quality brushes. If you invest in a decent set of brush and take care of them you will have them for a long, long time

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    November 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Great brush picks! I don’t have any Crown Brushes, but the Professional Pointed brush is tempting me very much. The same Real Techniques brushes are my faves too 🙂
    Kat | Dolly Rouge

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    Emma Sheehan
    January 2, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Great post… I actually only did one very similar last week and we have the same taste in brushes… got a delivery of crown brushes today 2 🙂 x

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