A girl can never have too many make up brushes and accessories and I needed a new foundation brush to add to my collection of other make-up brushes. Although I do think more expensive brushes are slightly better quality I decided to give the one in my Avon book a go as the price seemed very reasonable. Although the brush was still priced at £8.50 it looked as though it was good quality and after reading many good reviews about it this also prompted me to buy it.
The brush is black in colour and is approximately 18.5cm in length. The handle to the brush is made from wood which has a very smooth finish and has AVON printed on the end in white print. The bit which holds the bristles in place at the end of the brush is made from metal and is a shiny black colour. It doesn't look as though the colour would come off the handle or the bit that holds the hairs to the brush when washing it which is good. The bristles are black and are a good length and don't feel too stiff. The brush hairs feel soft to the touch and also flexible which is important when applying make up. I always use a foundation brush when applying make up as I find that it gives a much better coverage and the coverage also looks even and flawless as well. I normally pump some foundation onto the back of my hand where it can warm up slightly and then I dip the brush into the foundation and start applying it to my face starting from the nose and working my way outwards.
Due to the smooth finish of the handle this meant that it was comfortable and also very easy to hold when applying the foundation. The brush was really soft against my face and didn't feel rough when applying the foundation. The brush does have a slightly rounded edge which was perfect for applying foundation under the eye area and helping to cover up any dark circles that I had. The bristles on the brush weren't too flimsy and had a good stiffness to them which enabled me to apply the foundation perfectly giving an even coverage. I always was brushes after using them and then leave them to dry naturally. I normally use a gentle facial wash to ensure they come clean and all traces of make-up are out form between the brush hairs. I then leave them to dry naturally and I find after they have dried they always look as good as new. This is a really good foundation brush from Avon and one that I would recommend
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I had never used a foundation brush to apply my foundation before until I bought this brush from Avon and so I had nothing to compare it to. It was a few years ago when I bought mine and until then I had always used a sponge or just my fingers to apply it if I was in a rush. I bought this brush from Avon because at the time it was on offer for less than half price and so thought I would see if it made applying my foundation any easier.
This foundation brush is designed for a "flawless and streak-free application". The brush itself came in a little clear pouch and so after use it can be put back in there rather than it making your make-up bag messy by having the remains of the foundation rub off on it, and also just to protect it. It is priced at £8.50 at the moment but when I bought mine a few years ago it only cost me £3.50 and it was less than half price. I have always thought foundation brushes not only from Avon but other brands too have been quite pricey and was never sure why considering it is just a brush!
The first thing I noticed about this was how soft the bristles are. Even after using it several times they still remained soft and didn't go hard easily like I thought they would. The bristles also stay in place and i don't ind any falling out or sticking on my face when applying the foundation, thereforeI do think this is of good quality.
Since buying this I had since been given another foundation brush from a different brand which also had a concealer brush on the other end. it was good but I found that the foundation brush part of it went hard and made it trickier to apply my foundation after a while. I have gone back to using the Avon one more recently and even after a few years it is still usable and doesn't leave any streaks.
One foundation I own which is quite thick in texture made my face appear streaky when using this foundation brush but this is the only time I have experienced problems and the foundation itself I am not a huge fan of anyway and so I suppose how good the brush is also depends on what foundation you use.
It is very easy to apply foundation using this brush. I thought it would take me longer to apply but in fact it is quicker and also stops you from getting foundation all over your fingers which can then transfer onto other things such as your clothes if you forget to wash your hands immediately after. By using a foundation brush you also use less foundation.
I don't usually shop from Avon much and haven't done in over a year, but I would buy this from Avon again when mine finally gives up on me. It is quite pricey at £8.50 but Avon often have promotions on and so it may be worth waiting until this is on offer.
I have been an AVON rep for a number of years and own a lot of their products. The Avon Foundation Brush became a new member of the Avon makeup brush collection several years ago when foundation brushes became popular and grotty old foundation sponges headed towards the bin. I have owned several iterations of the brush: every version including the most recent version. Typically the quality and price change very slightly, AVON just like to update their designer "packaging" from time to time. This iteration has a black handle, chrome head and a natural coloured brush. The last iteration was all black (brush hairs included).
== What I like about it ==
The bristles/brush hairs are really soft against the skin. I only use a small amount of foundation on my skin but the brush enables me to blend it in perfectly which means I don't get strange foundation "tide" marks as you do with sponges or fingers. It allows me to get a really professional, flawless finish. Furthermore, as it is a brush, you can build up the foundation coverage in certain areas where it is needed and I find layering and building up coverage is much easier with a brush than with a sponge. The bristles never come out either which is always a bonus!
The quality of the item overall and the design of all of the iterations of "packaging" i.e. the handle and metal collar have been nice and look professional. Overall the brush looks like it might have been designed by a high-end makeup brand but is much cheaper than that. The RRP is £8.50 but Avon often have regular deals where you buy makeup and get a brush free or buy 3 items for £12 or half price brushes. At the moment this is on offer for £4.00. Seriously, nowhere else will you get such a high quality product for such little money.
== What I don't like about it ==
This isn't a criticism of the Avon brush per se, more of all foundation brushes. I find when you wash them in soapy water and dry them out naturally, they never seem to keep their quality and ability to apply your foundation flawlessly. I find if you don't wash them out they become clumpy and harbour bacteria, if you do wash them out, you have less bacteria but still just as clumpy. I have yet to find a solution for cleaning my foundation brushes and Avon is no different.
I would recommend this foundation brush based on quality, style and price. I just wish I could find a good way to clean the brushes but they are really so cheap they aren't too much cost to replace every so often.
I bought this brush from the Avon brochure as it was on offer for £3.50.
The brush is lovely and soft and the bristles sweep over your face without causing any discomfort or irritation. The bristles are durable enough not to fall out of the brush. I have lost the odd bristle but once I have cleaned the brush (with warm soapy water) it looks as good as new. The brush picks up foundation well and is easy to work with. The brush gives great results without appearing "drawn on", creating a more natural look as opposed to a fake look. I am very pleased with the results that I get from this brush. It makes applying make up SO much easier.
The brush handle is strong and durable. It is comfortable to hold and I always manage to get a good grip from the handle without the brush slipping from my fingers. The brush also looks sleek and elegant.
I also use this brush for powder application, not just for foundation. The brush picks up powder well and makes the powder somewhat easier to apply. So the brush is quite versatile. Although the brush would be too big to apply eyeshadow with.
I will award this brush with five stars as it is excellent quality and not bad value too. You will get your money out of it anyway.
I in the past have used lots of things to put my concealer and foundation on with, fingers and sponges, with your fingers it isn't very even and with the sponge most of it gets absorbed into the sponge rather than actually going on your face, so neither of these are adequate at all, i first stole my sisters foundation brush because she never used it as she preferred using a sponge, I was so impressed I decided to go on the hunt for one myself, i first got a bog standard one out of Body care this only cost me a couple of pounds nothing that set me back an awful lot, I wasn't as impressed with this one however, But being an Avon representative myself I thought I'd try out one from their range of brush's.
The brush I have is completely black unlike the brush in the picture and the bristles are also plain black, i think that this looks more professionally like this , they also come in an individual packet with a flap to close to keep it in good condition which i find this very handy when going away, because putting your brush's in with your make up in a bag does squash the bristles a little bit.
The bristles on this are very soft and are easy to move backwards and forwards even with products on it, it doesn't set and go stiff like other brush's I have used, the application using this is marvellous, you only need a little bit of your products on the end anyway and then using the rest of your brush to smooth out and around your face, this put's it on very thin and efficiently leaving not streaks or uneven-ness which is great, means you don't have to waste your find or your foundation by having to keep re starting.
This won't set you back a lot of money at all. the prices change regularly and you can get this between £4 - £10 depending on which book you buying it from but these are always in stock, you can buy this online too, but it's best to buy from an Avon representative as you don't have to pay for postage that way or you can purchase these from ebay.
I, like many have never used impliments such as sponges or brushes to apply foundation, I always thought they were only to be used by professional make up artists so I have always used my fingers to apply foundation cream.
I am an Avon rep and my mother in law bought the avon foundation brush from one of my campaigns and she sung its praises so I thought I'd give it ago, and it was one of the best buys I have ever made.
I use rimmel lasting finish foundation and all I do is squirt a little onto my dressing table and dab the brush in the foundation and apply to my face I usually dab rather than glide the brush (this works for me), I would advise is when applying to the nose I always dab with my fingers this could be down to the way I apply it but it always seems to streak on my nose.
It is very important to keep the brush clean. I have found washing the brush with warm water and rubbing shampoo into the brush removes the foundation cream out then rinse, but also to keep the brush soft rub in a little conditioner then rinse and dab the brush dry and it comes out looking brand new. I would recommend doing this after every application to keep the brush germ free.
Cost: the brush is usually 8.50 but in campaign 5 (Feb/Mar edition) it is on special offer for 5 pounds.
I had never used brushes to apply my foundation before I had always used sponges mainly due to the fact that brushes are more expensive. When I saw this foundation brush on offer in Avon for £3 I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try one.
I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the brush to see that it comes in a plastic wallet-type holder that you can keep the brush in. This protects the brush from any damage and keeps it clean. I have found this especially useful for if you are travelling and have bundled all of your makeup items together.
The brush itself has black bristles and a black handle with Avon printed on the side in white.
The handle is made of a firm plastic which is quite chunky so it is easy to grip.
When I first saw the head of this brush I thought that it was smaller than I had expected but when using it I have found that it is the perfect size to reach all areas of your face and to acheieve an even and precise application.
The brush itself is very soft which allows the makeup to glide easily over your face without any irritation. I was expecting my face to be covered in bristles from the brush but even on my first use of the brush my face remained bristle free with the brush completely still in tact.
When applying foundation I find that it is easier to put a bit on the back on my hand and dab the brush on when necessary. The brush holds the foundation well and spreads it evenly.
I have only tried using liquid foundation and the brush is perfect for this, I have been told that the brush also works well with mousse foundation.
CLEANING THE BRUSH
Rather than buying the expensive brush cleansers for a brush that did not cost much I have been ceaning this brush simply with warm water and it seems to do the trick. After this I leave to dry and it is ready to use again.
The original price of this brush is £8.50 but look out for offers that Avon do.
Avon products can be purchased online or through your local Avon representative.
After using this brush to apply my foundation I do not know why I have been using sponges for all these years. This brush is a bargain if you can get it on some sort of offer through Avon, I don't think I would pay the whole price for just the brush by itself because I think it's a bit expensive for Avon. For that reason I rate this product 8 out of 10.
==Also on ciao==
Avon do greta brushes and they are affordable in price too. I brought this when i first saw it as i needed a good foundation brush that is big enough to conver your face in only a few strokes - so it doesnt look streaky.
The brush comes in a plastic pouch and has plastic holding the bristles together so that they do not get squashed and flattened during travel to your home
i have 2 of these brushes, one for bronzer application and one for liquid foundation. both work well with the products, but when using it with liquid foundation it needs to be soaked in water with wahe up remover added or the foundation drys and hardens and gets stuck to the brush
This brish has soft bristles so they do not hurt or scratch your face when you apply make up with it. it also has quite long bristles that cling to more make up so you can apply more with one stroke.
i would recommend this to any foundation fan, it covers the face evenly with a layer of foundation that is not too thick or too thin
AVON FOUNDATION BRUSH
"for a flawless, streak-free application"
I own this foundation brush from Avon, but I didn't actually buy it because I particularly wanted it; it actually came free with something else I ordered. It was a nice surprise to get this as I have never tried a foundation brush before, in fact I don't think I had ever heard of using one to put foundation on, so when I got it I was both curious and quite keen to try it out.
The brush itself is approximately 18cm long. It has a black handle which is quite thick and easy to grip onto, as long as your hands are dry and they aren't greasy or anything like that. The top near the bristles is silver and the bristles themselves are light brown.
Since I got mine Avon has brought out a new desing which is black all over. I think they both look OK but its how they work to do their job which really matters, well to me anyway.
I find this works best with liquid foundation. With mousse foundation it can sometimes leave very streaky marks which isn't a good look by anyone's standards. I also find this works OK with blending mineral foundations. You have to be careful with this though as sometimes the foundation can dry in the brush and then it needs a wash before the next time you use it. If you have spots using a brush to apply foundation is known to spread them so I wouldn't recommend using this if you do.
The price for this is normally £8.50 which I think is very expensive and I probably wouldn't have paid full price for this.
If you see it on offer or free with something else then it might be worth trying out. If you don't feel the need for a brush to help you apply foundation though then I wouldn't recommend it, as I use my fingers more than I use this and find it easier not to use this.
Any regular readers of my reviews will be aware by now that I work as an Avon representative when my ill health allows. This means that I have great access to a lot of the fantastic bargains and offers that are available in the Avon brochures.
I really like using Avon's range of make up and cosmetics and obviously because I work as a rep it means I have plenty of opportunity to take advantage of new products and the like. I have recently been trying to update my make-up bag with some new products so have been buying quite a lot in terms of make-up from Avon.
One of the items I bought recently was the Avon foundation brush. The normal price for this item is £8.50. I do usually use a sponge applicator to apply my foundation these days but have used foundation brushes in the past and I wanted to try this method again.
I will point out that I owned an Avon foundation brush years ago and it was absolutely rubbish! I had therefore been a bit reluctant to order a similar item from Avon in case it was of the same bad quality, but after receiving very positive feedback from some of my customers, and reading some positive reviews about Avon make-up brushes on Dooyoo, I finally gave in and decided to give the foundation brush a try.
When the brush arrived from Avon, it was packaged in a little plastic case/cover, which is reusable and this was surrounded in a clear cellophane wrapper.
I find that the foundation brush is actually quite a high quality and this was evident as soon as I removed it from the packaging. The brush's bristles are very soft and appear to be of high quality. I could see even before I used the brush on my face that I wasn't going to have many occurrences of the bristles falling out to excess - a significant problem with the last foundation brush I had owned.
When it came to applying my foundation with the Avon brush I was pleasantly surprised. Firstly, I found that the brush was very easy to use and even amateurs (like me) could use this tool without any problems.
The black handle is easy to grip and is not overly long. This is worth noting because I personally have very small hands and any make-up items that are too long - such as some kajal pencils, or some make-up brushes I have bought in the past, make it awkward to apply cosmetics to my face and eyes. This might sound daft to some people but it can prove awkward to use items that are too large when I am close up to a mirror, and the handle/pencil bangs constantly on the glass... it's a right pain! This is not a problem with the Avon foundation brush though, and I was pleased that it met this (perhaps rather strange) criteria that I have.
The way I tend to apply foundation with the brush is by dabbing a blob onto the back of my hand and dipping the tip of the brush into this. I then 'blob' the foundation over my face as I would with a sponge or other applicator. After I have done this, I use the foundation brush - using it with 'sweeping' strokes - across my skin so that the foundation is 'blended' in. I find that by doing this it means that I end up with a more 'matte' end result and I do not have any significant streaking or marks in the make-up.
Furthermore, I find that the brush makes the foundation easy to blend, and this is not a particular trait of any old foundation brush - take my word for it! With other foundation brushes I have had in the past I have found that they leave an unfortunate 'streaked' or 'lined' effect in my make-up.... Not an attractive look!
The Avon foundation brush lets me achieve a much more natural, almost flawless type of finish to my make-up and this is obviously a nicer effect. I would point out that it is definitely NOT a trait of my liquid foundation - I thought at first perhaps it was the (very expensive and high quality) foundation that I have recently purchased that allowed me to achieve such good results, but I have also used the brush to apply liquid concealer, tinted moisturisers and other, much cheaper brands of foundations, and all of these liquids have been applied with the same fantastic end results.
The brush doesn't seem to becoming 'matted' with the use of make-up or foundations but I do tend to take care of it by cleaning it every week. This can be done by washing the brush with a tiny spot of hand soap (sensitive preferably so no irritation to the face occurs) and cleaning it under hot running water. I then let the brush dry out and I find that this keeps it in good condition.
The last point I have to make about this brush is that it makes applying my foundation very quick and easy. MUCH less work in fact, than if I were still using a sponge type of applicator. I think this is down to the fact that I only need to 'stroke' the foundation over my skin with this brush, rather than actually needing to 'rub' the foundation in, making sure it has blended properly. The Avon foundation brush has eliminated these problems, and only causes me half of the 'work' than my make-up sponge required. This also means that applying my 'full face' of war paint takes me less time... woohoo!
I would highly recommend the Avon foundation brush and I am so pleased that I decided to give Avon another chance with their range of brushes. They are definitely of a much better quality than they used to be so worth trying out in my opinion!
I have no problems with the brush and am really impressed with the results I have achieved and how easy the brush is to use with my existing make-up - both expensive and cheap, so I feel it deserves full marks on Dooyoo, and am going to give it five stars!
The Avon foundation brush costs £8.50 (although is quite often part of an Avon promotion so you may well be able to pick it up for a bit cheaper than this) from your local Avon representative. You can also order online at www.avonshop.co.uk.
When it comes to the purchase of make up brushes, well I'm really very fussy about what I buy. I feel as a trained Beauty Therapist your only as good as the tools you use. I mean a painter and decorator rarely does a nice job with cheap paint brushes after-all!
So I own a set of Ruby & Millie, Chilli Pepper and Jemma Kidd brushes all which set me back a small fortune, However I look after them well and they serve me well in return. I'm one of those people that throws out applicators and things that come with sets and prefer my own choices!
However in Avon there was a cosmetic bag that I really wanted. I do carry one around with me in my handbag and mine was looking a bit tatty and in it was a couple of brushes and one was this, the foundation brush.
Now I own 2 foundation brushes already. One is my ever faithful Ruby & Millie one that I simply adore and have been known to throw my bedroom into chaos if I can't find it and the other is a Revlon brush which is like my have to use one if as I have mentioned I can't find my Ruby & Millie one for any reason so another one in my ever growing collection won't hurt was my thinking when I spotted it!
The brush itself comes in 3 layers of packaging. The outer clear bag tells me it's an Avon Foundation Brush and the contact details are given for Avon (and that's told me in loads of different languages I assume lol). Then the actual brush comes in it's own good quality plastic pouch that simply says Avon on it and is able to do up securely and then when you first open that up and get your brush out it is sealed for protection in yet another piece of see-through plastic which you tear off. I like the fact the brush comes in a pouch making it easy to travel but at end of the day being see-through plastic you really do need to make sure the brush is clean or it's going to get very dirty looking very quickly!
If I'd of bought this brush before using a top branded one, well I'd of loved it I'm sure. About 5 inches of it is the handle with is black, plain and like a soft matt plastic to the touch. Good size, easy to handle and easy to grip due to it being matt plastic. Then there is about an inch of shiny silver and within that then head is attached to it. The head is about an inch and half long, smooth, glossy, orangy hairs, rounded and slightly shaven one side to give a slight point to the centre of it and its a firm feeling brush.
It looks nice and is plain enough however to me it feels really cheap. The handle feels cheap and although it's strong enough and doesn't bend or anything.... I don''t know it just doesn't feel like quality to me. The hairs although reasonably thick really again are not as thick as what I'm used to so again it lacks that quality feel and I don't like being able to see the shaven hairs as again...yep it gives it a slight cheap feel and unpolished look.
Using it though fairs better to be fair to it. It glides smooth on the face due to it's slightly glossy hairs, none poke my skin, irritate it and no hairs flake off either. It absorbs foundation slightly and of course you simply paint your face with it and use the brush to blend which it does do.
Like I said earlier if this was he first brush I ever tried of this type then maybe I would love it......but I don't. It's ok, it's not terrible and it does do a great job with little effort required. This brush (if not on offer) would set you back £8.50 though so it isn't exactly a cheap bit of kit and to me this seriously doesn't warrant that price tag and if you want something like this then I would suggest you go look at the Ruby & Millie Foundation Brush that ok costs about £15.00 but is worth every single penny. This one can get lost, I won't cry over it, I'm just not impressed really!
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This is the best foundation applicator i have brought. I have tryed everything from sponges to fingers. This product was cheap to buy and i would never apply make up without it again. It is smooth to use unlike others i have brought for more money. It applies the foundation smoothly and evenly. You do not get blotches like i have found sponges do. Also you can apply as much or a little as possible. It spreads foundation well to give a light coverage for summer but you can also apply more if needed in some areas. Also i find it quicker to use this brush as its easy and you havent got to worry and check areas. It also lasts well, i have had mine for quite some time and it is just as smooth and gentle as it was when i first broght it. Also at this price i wouldnt mind having to replace it.
Foundation brushes are the invention of the century! As someone who manages to wipe more off foundation than they put on this is a god send. The brush head is a good angled shape to help apply to stubborn areas like around the nose. Economically I think that they are also a good buy because you end up using less foundation because you are applying it properly.
The brush I have is very well made and you don't end up with hairs falling out when you don't want them to. This carries on even after cleaning, which has been the death knoll for some of the cheaper make up brushes I have bought.
Personally I think this brush is good value for money. It cost about £6 a couple of years ago. It's worth keeping an eye out in the avon catalogues though because quite often there are excellent money saving offers on and the brush is given away sometimes with certain purchases.
Avon's foundation brush is one of the most innovative and useful products to come onto the beauty market in the last few years, in my opinion! At first it does seem a bit weird to think to use a brush when you apply foundation, but once you have used one of these brushes you won't go back. Shaped similarly to a blusher brush but with a flat edge, the bristles have a special coating on them which ensures that your foundation doesn't get absorbed into the brush but instead gets evenly distributed onto your skin. Using this brush also means you save a lot of money on foundation as you use a lot less, unlike a sponge which just sucks the foundation into it. It also gives a lovely, professional finish to the foundation and makes it easier to blend into those nooks and crannies such as around your nose.
Avon have only recently introduced this style of foundation brush and I have been really pleased with the results. Previously I was applying my powder foundation with the puff that comes in the compact however I frequently do not think to take it out and wash it as I should do.
Having this brush sat on my dresser encourages me to remember to clean it regularly and helps to stop me from covering my face with dirt and bacteria that builds up on make up applicators over time. Ideally this brush should be washed with a mild shampoo once a week to keep it in top condition.
The other reason I switched to using this brush was because I found that often I missed a small area when blending powder on my face with a sponge applicator or puff pad. Using a finer headed brush means I apply less powder with each stroke and build it up in layers rather than just sweeping great thick chunks of powder across my face and trying to blend it afterwards.
What I love about this particular brush is the excellent quality. The handle is smooth to hold and just the right weight for comfortable application. The head is soft and the hairs have been shaped just perfectly for adapting to my face. The metal grip is turned in plenty tight enough to keep the hairs in place through continued use and washing which to me is the sign of a well made brush.
This costs £8.50 from Avon which is a very reasonable price for a foundation brush of this quality. It is on offer at the moment though at 2 for £10 on a range of make up items including this brush.
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