Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The 'Buffing Brush' My Thoughts and the One Brush to Rule Them All...

The buffing brush is a staple, we all seem to be using this shape for foundation application now. Where has the flat foundation brush gone?  I couldn't care less, I really am not a fan of the traditional flat foundation brush, you may love it and it really is what works for you when it comes to applying your base it's a very personal thing and there is only one style of brush that just kills it when it comes to foundation application.

The Sigma F80 Flattop Kabuki *the angels sing*

This brush, THIS BRUSH, where do I start?

This is a synthetic brush and as the name advises it has a flat top, made from tightly packed together fibres giving the top of this brush a velvet like finish, it effortlessly blends foundation into your skin. By 'buffing' not spreading you are really working the product in, it doesn't sit on top it becomes 'skin' and looks oh so more natural.
The reason I love this one so much is the tightly packed fibres, as when using it in circular motions the fibres don't splay around, they all stay together and in shape. This means you really get a concentrated application of your foundation, it's precise. I first bought this brush around 3 years ago and it's still going strong (apart from a minor singe from a candle which I had to cut off!)
 But saying that it still doesn't need replacing; a good brush should last a lifetime if it is cared for properly. I do think I will be re ordering this soon though just because I wanna! They are so pretty when they are new and the fact I had to hack off a chunk on the side doesn't help my current one's appearance.
Since discovering this brush I just can't go back, I did my friends make up not too long ago and she only had a paint brush style foundation brush for me to use... needless to say she's not using it anymore!

(freshly washed)

Flat, round, stippling or buffing it's whatever works for you, but if in doubt try it! I really don't think you'll be disappointed. My sigma was from an eBay shop, but Sigma's website does ship to the UK www.sigmabeauty.com their eye brushes are also the sh*t but that's for another post and another day.

Other options to consider are the Real Techniques Buffing Brush , I personally don't love this one because it has a lot of movement its just not as easy as the sigma but popular and easy to get hold of all the same. The other option is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, this is similar to the Sigma as it is tightly packed but the shape is smaller so again it takes a bit more effort.

The Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki - the lazy girls brush for a perfect base.

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