Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I talked about my go-to brushes, so today I wanted to update you guys on my current go-to brushes when it comes to blush. My last brush post was back around spring-summer of this year, and features some recurring favourites. I’ve been a bit more experimental since then, so I want to have a chat about them today.
My makeup brush collection was entirely cruelty-free without really realising, as my local stores carry mostly cruelty-free options. So my blush brushes fit in to 2 major categories: one for cream or liquid products, and another for powder products.
Starting with the brush I like to use for cream products, I love to use the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. I initially picked up this brush to use with liquid foundation, but I found the brushes weren’t dense enough to achieve the look I wanted.
So it spent a long time sat in my collection not being used. However, when I starting trying out the GOSH Giant Blushes (which I’ve reviewed), I tried out this brush for blending out the cream formulas and I loved the impact it had on my skin. It was through this discovery that I also pulled the Sleek Limited Edition Whimsical Wonderland Sweet Cheeks cream blushes back into my collection to try out again, as I was curious to see if this brush was what I needed to make them work. These were featured in my Products I’m Passing On post from April 2019, and I pulled these out just before our last move.
Moving on to two brushes that you might be familiar with, these are the blush brushes that have been in my collection the longest. These are what I like to use with powder blushes.
The first is the EcoTools Tapered Blush Brush. This is the brush I like to reach for when I want a very soft sheen on the cheeks, but want a very precise application just on the cheeks. The pinched and tapered hairs are great for precise placement across the apples of the cheeks, and creates a soft but defined blush look.
When I still want a very soft blush look, but don’t want to confine the pigment to one specific area, I like to grab for the Real Techniques Blush Brush. It’s also quite tapered, but it’s less pinched on a horizontal axis. This creates a slightly less precise application, but it’s still very flattering and great for when I want a more subtle and a more ‘glow from within’ kind of vibe.
Slightly to newer to my collection is the Real Techniques 405 Instapop Cheek Brush. This is the brush I like to grab for when using powder blushes that are more buildable, and for very precise application on the cheeks. This has helped me to push myself out of my comfort zone with blush and to not over-blend my blush away, as it really helps place colour on the cheeks.
This is a brush I don’t really depend on for blending away product, but for placing onto the skin. I typically grab for the EcoTools Retractable Kabuki Brush (which I’ve reviewed) with whatever setting powder is left on the brush hairs, and blend out with that brush instead. This creates some minimal blending, so I feel some comfort from having blended my blush, but not to the point that it vanishes.
I really like this brush so far, but it’s only been in my collection and used a handful of times so far. But I think it’s worth mentioning if you happen to like very impactful blush looks.
For a blush brush collection, this feels really adequate for my needs right now. With the exception of my eyeshadow brushes which are my largest category, this is one of the more varied categories for makeup brushes. I find it quite tricky to make blush look right on me, so these 4 brushes give me enough variety to really experiment with every blush I have to find the right combination that I need so far.
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