Best Of's

Best of Brushes

I have one spray bottle that disperses the perfect amount of product so after I try a new face mist in its original packaging, I will more than likely end up dumping it into my favourite spray bottle. I dump in small amounts from almost finished bottles so that I can chuck the package out as well so I tend to end up with some interesting concoctions. I don’t know what all I have in there right now but it’s amazing, I probably have about 8’ish different mists, I wish I could remember so that I could have this mix on hand all of the time.

I have been wanting to post about my favourite brushes but they are always dirty (even though I wash them each week) because I use them everyday. I am still going to talk about them but will use images from their respective websites. I don’t know if I have a brush for every stage of my makeup application because I definitely use brushes simply because I have them but they aren’t necessarily faves.

Real Techniques Complexion Blender Brush – This reminds me of the BareMinerals brush that has a trough in the middle to use with their skin tint but I hated that brush. This brush has a similar trough but it runs in a spiral through the circumference of the brush. The idea is that the long bristles apply the product and the short bristles blend it. I like the trough because I put oil primers directly on the brush then buff it on. It’s great for buffing on other more liquidy primers too, it’s soft, easy to use and the whole brand is fairly affordable. I purchased this at Wal-Mart a few months ago and don’t think that I have seen it in any other stores.


Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – I started using this brush after watching a Pixiwoo tutorial and I think it was Sam that was explaining how a sponge applies not only more base product but you also get a more condensed application so it can make your foundation look like a mask. Which pretty much defined how I was feeling about my foundation at the time. I took a chance on this brush and I love it, using a brush to apply foundation definitely means a more sheer finish but also emphasizes minimal texture and doesn’t deposit a ton of product that will then settle in lines. I also like how small this brush us, I feel like everyone has more space between their eyebrows and hairline on the side of their face than me and every tool is too big to apply anything there – this brush is perfect.


Real Techniques Powder Brush – The last brush from Real Techniques that I consider a must-have is their fluffy powder brush. This brush does a great job of dispersing powder evenly and not disrupting anything that you are powdering over. I have a hard time with powder brushes that are too dense and patch up my foundation, this one is fabulous. Also, I wash my brushes every week and don’t recall ever having any shedding issues with this brand which is pretty great considering the price point.


Wet ‘n Wild Crease Brush – I love this brush, I just feel like my eyeshadow looks so blown out and blended when I use it. It is a medium, fluffy brush and I will use one brush for an entire look. The bristles are soft and pick up a good amount of product. Also, they are 99 cents so you can have one for every eyeshadow that you own if you so wish πŸ˜›


Beau Gachis Tapered Blending Brush – So, I have heard that this brand uses the same private label process as Morphe. I don’t think that I have ever tried a Morphe brush and cannot speak to how similar they are but there is a similarity between the two brands. I am not going to get in a twist about that because this is a really great brush. I received it in a subscription box and use it constantly. The bristles are synthetic but have a more natural, coarse feel to them – it picks up product well, disperses it well and I would absolutely purchase another!



That Dinky Double-Ended Brush That Comes in ABH Palettes – Which I don’t think anyone uses and it only comes with their palettes. I use the dense, flat end every day for my eyeliner. I don’t like harsh eyeliner and this brush smokes out product perfectly – I have never used the other side but hoard these brushes from palettes. I also cannot find a photo of this on their site but I think most people will know what I am talking about.

Luxie Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Face Brush – Another subbox brush, I have had a few brushes from this brand and don’t like the majority but this one is perfect for packing powder under the eyes. Do you need a specific brush for this? I mean, no but I have very crease-y under eyes and this one helps to smooth any product that I have under there and I just love the finish when I use this. These are vegan brushes? So, I am assuming that primarily means that they are all synthetic, this one is fantastic. It looks a lot flatter here than it really is, it has a bit of roundess to it that fits right in the eye socket.


I just realized that these are all affordable brushes and I think that’s because I just don’t have any desire to spend a load of money on brushes or I like to get them for free πŸ˜€ Now, I did purchase a Wayne Goss brush set in a moment of insanity and I think they are lovely but I never use them because they were so expensive which makes zero sense. I think that’s it which makes no sense because I have three cups of brushes on my vanity but like I said, I use a lot because they are just there and not necessarily because I think that they are amazing. I am looking for an awesome blusher brush, if you have any recommendations then let me know! Or, any fave brush recommendations, leave them below πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by <3


  • priya

    I use a couple of Arbonne makeup brushes that I got in a set and I love them! Also some from Natural Co. are incredible and I agree with you 100% about using a sponge – I’ve never loved how my makeup turned out, especially my foundation when using a blender or a sponge, loved this post, might need to invest in some RT brushes! xx

    • Stella

      I don’t think that I have used either of those brands but will keep an eye out πŸ™‚ Right? It’s weird that I had totally stopped wearing liquid foundation until the BeautyBlender came out and I started using that but I just don’t like how my skin looked. Thank you! Definitely recommend their brushes!!

    • Stella

      Such a deal – I wasn’t expecting much for the price but I love them. I haven’t tried any Elf brushes, I don’t run into the brand very often when I am shopping but would love to explore it more!

  • K.M. Sutton

    This is so bad, but I didn’t really use brushes until recently (I used the same brush for my bronzer and blush!) and I typically use my hands with foundation. (I know so bad!) But I have finally grown up (only took a few years lol) and invested in brushes, and this is so helpful. Thank you! <3

    • Stella

      I use my hands for tinted moisturizers and BB creams – no streaks. Haha! I think it’s all about preference, I remember watching a Tati video where she applied all of her make up with her hands. If I didn’t use so many powder products, I would too! Good luck, hope you find some faves πŸ™‚

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