Brushes, brushes…can you ever have too many? These days it’s important to have a good brush for everything – for the face and for the hair, even for the body.
I absolutely love brushes – whether they are make-up brushes or hair brushes. I first discovered how important brushes for the hair when I got my first Tangle Teezer. For the face it was when I discovered my BareMinerals Full Flawless Face Brush and for the eyes it was the Real Techniques Bold Metals Oval Shadow Brush.
So I was very excited indeed to add some new brushes to my collection, each with a different unique selling point.
So let’s start with the face…
Real Techniques Collector’s Edition Sculpting Set
I’ve always been a huge fan of Real Techniques – they make great brushes at affordable prices and the quality is excellent. I am already in love with the Bold Metals Collection and as I am getting into contouring I was very excited to try the Collector’s Edition Sculpting Set.
From top to bottom:
Sculpting Brush – the sculpting brush in this set is exactly that – it is perfect for contouring. Sweeping the sculpting brush along the hollows of your cheek using a bronzer that is appropriate for your skin tone, you will see that the wide, angled head of the brush is going to give you control over your contour.
Setting Brush – I have found the setting brush is great to use to powder around the nose and eyes and hard to reach, curvy areas. It’s smaller so it makes getting into hard places a lot easier!
Fan Brush – the fan brush is great for loose powders to gently sweep across the face. The bristles are a soft as a whisper!
Eco Tools Complexion Collection
Eco Tools is a brand I had heard of before but had never tried so was thrilled to try their Complexion Collection range. The collection is very affordable and accessible, as it is available from Boots. The line features four brushes with specific cuts for enhanced performance.
Eco Tools Eye Perfecting Brush – this brush I was really excited to use because it mimics the shape of a finger for each application under the eyes so it’s perfect for applying concealer under the eyes and I have not found a brush that I have liked for this sole purpose until now.
Eco Tools Correcting Concealer Brush – this is great for tapping concealer into those blemishes or pigmented areas to hide, hide, hide. If you start to think of your face as a canvas, you can appreciate brushes to be able to create that flawless, air-brushed look. They are also great because you can build up coverage and if you need to use double layers of concealer to hide those blemishes you certainly can with this brush.
Eco Tools Skin Perfecting Brush – the reason to use a brush to apply foundation or BB cream is so you don’t transfer oils from the hands to the face. With this brush you can buff your product into the skin so there are no blotches or patches. As this brush has an angled head it can also multitask by being a contouring brush.
Eco Tools Mattifying Finish Brush – everyone needs a finishing brush to sweep powder all across the face. This one is big and it does the job. I am a huge fan of loose powder as sometimes my compacts can get an oily layer over the top of them and then they become hard to pick up. The finishing brush is great for sweeping all over, especially around the jawline to really blend make that line between bare neck and made-up face seem invisible.
Lottie London All Eyes On You Shadow Brush – Lottie London is a fun brand whose products and packaging are so cute and catchy to the eye – they are all about looking good. This Eye Shadow Brush is no different. The bristles are like silk and don’t tug at the delicate eye skin and it’s a brush that not only looks good, but also performs well at a reasonable price!
Lottie London Kabuki Babe Brush – everyone needs a Kabuki brush. They are versatile and multi-purpose brushes that work for just about anything. As an all over powder brush, as a blush brush or as a highlighting brush. This Lottie London one has a cool, edgy ombre look with the purple tips. The bristles are soft and firm which would make this good to use with a pressed powder for a very finished look. I love it!
Oooh let’s talk about hair brushes! I love a brush that doesn’t pull or tug at my hair. My hair is really fine so tends to wrap around itself and gets tangled very, very easily.
Eco Tools Ultimate Air Dryer Brush
I LOVE this brush – honestly. It didn’t tug at my wet hair and also reduced my drying time, due to the design of the brush. It has a large opening in the centre so allows the air to actually reach your hair. It’s lightweight as well. It has shown to reduce drying time by up to 40% which makes for less heat damage and faster prep time. My hair felt silky and smooth after using this.
The design of this brush is pretty cool, I have to say. It looks like a styling weapon that anyone would want to have in the battle against unruly hair. My favourite use for this brush? Styling. I have naturally wavy hair so find that this creates and controls my beach waves and curls so I can simply twist and go. It’s also great to use to add volume to your hair at the roots. A true hairbrush hero.