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The one beauty item which I don't scrimp on is make up brushes as I find that a good quality one will last for years and also makes a massive difference to the look of my make up. I actually bought this Bare Escentuals flawless brush brand new from Ebay and only paid £6 which is a fabulous price as they current retail for around £18. You can get Bare Escentuals products from their website and also other online stores including Amazon.
Bare Escentuals claim that this brush and also their other brushes are specifically made to use with Bare Minerals foundation and their related products but I don't personally use this and find that it works just as well with other brands so I think that this is just a marketing ploy to get you to buy this particular brand of make up. I also use mainly liquid foundation so I use this one for my blusher as I will always use powder blusher as I find that it lasts much longer on my face.
This flawless brush has a short black handle with the words 'flawless radiance' written in white, and the bristles are made of goat hair which you would think may be a bit harsh but they really are very soft and brush across your skin very lightly. The good thing about this brush is that it is slightly tapered at the sides so it seems to be at the correct angle to hold and apply your make up. It is smaller than some other brushes but it is plenty big enough for its purpose and also to pop in your make up bag if you are out and about.
I use this brush for blusher as the angle of the brush is good to apply powdered blusher to the contours of your cheeks. If I was going to also use it for face powder however I would have to make sure it was wiped clean or even washed between changing. To use I will dab the brush gently a few times into my blush pot and then tap it on the side to remove any excess as the brush does seem to hold quite a lot of blusher. I will then start bottom of my cheekbone and sweep the brush upwards and outwards to top of my cheekbone and will do this a few times or until I am happy that I have the desired amount of colour on my face. I find that this brush distributes the blusher evenly and smoothly and I don't get any blobs or patches on my face.
I have used this brush every day now since I bought it several months ago and it is still in perfect condition. It hasn't lost any of the bristles and they have remained the same shape with no signs of spreading out or breaking. I find that when I have finished if there is any excess powder on the brush I wipe it gently on a flannel which I keep in my make up drawer for this purpose so that the brush is always clean and ready for the next time I use it and I know I am using fresh powder each time. If you can pick one of these brushes up on Ebay as I did you are getting a super buy as it really does do a great job, it feels lovely and soft on my skin and it looks like it will last me for a very long time.
Make up brushes have only recently been introduced to me since my friend has been training as a make up artist. She managed to give me the hard sell on them and I went to purchase a relatively cheap foundation brush for my liquid foundation a few months ago. I was really surprised at the difference it made, so when the lady working for Bare Minerals recommended that I buy one to apply Warmth (reviewed separately), I was keen to do so.
Bare Minerals are an American branded company who specialise in mineral based products (if you couldn't have guessed!) which they claim have no detrimental effect on your skin and that you can in fact sleep in their products. Each different product has its own natural mineral formulation specially designed for the skin with their exclusive ingredient, Active Soil Complex.
As mentioned above, I was happy to purchase a brush to go with the product I was buying - in my experience they can make a good difference to the application of make up. The one I had purchased previously for my liquid foundation was only a few pounds, so to my mind, a pretty expensive one is bound to work wonders (I know there is a saying for that!).
I was informed that this brush allows for light to medium coverage of a product which is perfect for me as I don't like any make up to appear too heavy. The bristles take a nice semi round shape which I thought would provide a nice even coverage, and the bristles are made from goats hair so they are pretty soft and kind to the skin. The name of the brush is printed onto one side of the handle in white (clearly visible against the black handle) and above this is a silver area which meets the bristles. It feels quite sturdy and well made. Similarly, the bristles are quite compact so they gather a fair amount of product on them.
The lady who worked for Bare Minerals showed me how to use to brush effectively in order to apply Warmth, using the swirl, tap and buff motion. I found that this gathered plenty of the product onto the bristles, and the 'tap' part ensured it didn't go over my face in any areas that I didn't want it to. The brush is very light and so this makes application as easy as it can be. Again, due to its weight, it is easy to control the movement and the way in which the product is dispersed. This allows for accurate application which is important for the kind of product I am using it with.
So, the first foundation brush I ever purchased I only paid a few pounds for. I was quite surprised to find that this sells for £19. I'm not entirely sure that I can justify the price even though I enjoy using the brush. This made the brush cost as much as the blusher/bronzer product that I bought which seems a little overpriced. You can purchase this from Bare Minerals directly, including on their website, as well as many third party retailers.
As pleased as I am with this brush and the way in which it allows me to apply my product, the price makes it really difficult to recommend. I can't imagine a cheaper brush would do any less of a good job at applying make up (if anyone has any views/experience on this, please let me know!). On this basis, I feel I can only give it 3/5 Dooyoo stars because as good as it is, the high price just can't be justified. I'm not sure quite what I was expecting when I purchased it, miracles, perhaps? In future I will stick to the non branded ones.
I purchased this brush with my Bare Minerals foundation as it was recommended by the lady on the Bare Minerals counter. She said it would help to apply my foundation more evenly, although I'm not too sure that it does.
I noticed that when I dipped it into the lid to get the foundation on the brush much of the powder didn't actually get onto the brush. When I swept it around, the bristles seemed to push some of the powder out of the lid therefore wasting it.
When I actually got some onto the brush and went to apply it to my face I wasn't particularly impressed. The brush only gave a glaze of coverage even when going over my face a lot of times. I had to apply lots of foundation to get a good enough coverage. It is quite difficult to apply the foundation over certain areas that maybe need a better coverage than others (if you get what I mean.) Also it does seem like when the brush runs out of foundation on it and you are still buffing, then it seems like the brush is wiping off the foundation that is already on your face.
The 'Ultra soft sable bristles' are actually quite hard and uncomfortable to use although this may be just my sensitive skin as my friend uses this brush and says the bristles are 'lovely and soft' on her skin so I guess its just how your skin is.
I do use this brush to make a base coat and then use my preferred Avon brush to add more over the top as it gives better coverage.
This brush isn't great for foundation but I use it to apply the Mineral Veil setting powder (see my other review) over my foundation as I only need a general coat over the top to set my foundation in place.
Alongside the Bare Escentuals foundation, I also own the flawless foundation brush, for application of previously reviewed foundations! Firstly, I would like to say, that I don't believe that you need to buy the branded brush for each type of make up, and that I believe that generally all brushes are interchangeable (provided they are cleaned).
The brush comes with a chunky black handle, which means it is easy to grip. The length of the brush is similar to a pencil, and as such I feel that you have greater control over the brush as you are able to grip this will your whole hand. Of course, this can occassionally be a downfall if you are heavy handed, and you can end up with too much product on your face!
The bristles of the brush are about 5 cm (or 2 inches in old school speak) long and a very pale colour. I would imagine this to be a problem if you were using with darker make up on a regular basis as I think it would stain, as it stands I currently use this with the foundation which is a similar shade to the bristles so I don't have this problem!
Looking at the bristles, as they hold their shape well, you would assume these to be hard and to aggravate your skin. I can safely say they do not! The bristles - somehow - are soft against your skin, pick up a moderate amount of product so you are UNLIKELY (though it is not unknown!) to overload your skin with product being heavy handed, and yet are still the same shape as the day I took the little plastic cover off, and that is despite being bashed around in my make up bag!
I would recommend that you have a separate bag for your make up brushes (I do not practice what I preach!) and this bag should be about the size of a pencil case. This will enable you to put the brushes away neatly, without any spillages in your bag meaning you have to go and clean all your brushes, and if your make up bag zips, then the bristles won't get caught in it.
As I've said, I don't practice what I preach, my brush has had bristles caught in the zip, a powder eyeshadow broken over it - yet it is still as good as new, thats pretty hard wearing, though to save yourself the trouble I wouldn't recommend you do that!!
The brush is available from all Bare Escentual stockists; a rather heady price of £19, again in my own opinion a LOT to pay for a brush especially when there are others out there at a fraction of the price. Looking on Amazon you can get the brush for £15.90 (plus £3.10 shipping) so again they are going to take a £20 note off you and give you not very much change!! The best value for money to purchase these brushes are to purchase a starter kit, such as the "Get Started Complexion Kit" which retails (at Debenhams again!) for £48 - in this you get 2 flawless brushes, plus a concelear brush, plus your foundations, warmth and concelear - much better value for money than paying £19 for a brush in my opinion!
**Stars and Recommendation**
Yes its a very good brush, but at the end of the day - its JUST a brush! If you are tempted by the brush then I would suggest buying a Getting Started Kit, much better value for money. If you don't want the Getting Started Kit and just want the brush - I'd suggest shopping around, it may be a fantastic brush, but I am sure there are others out there at a fraction of the price that do the job just as well!
I was lucky enough to receive a Bare Minerals start up set for Christmas and one of the items in it was this very brush. Judging by the price of this brush by itself approx £15 and the rest of the items, buying a set is by far the cheapest way to do it. As the sum of all the parts is more than double the set.
The brush is around 12cm long. It has a shiny black handle, with the name of its make engraved into it with silver coloured writing. Above which is a silver coloured metal part, which accounts for around the third of the brush, after which comes a large amount of bristles.
The bristles are incredibly soft. They soak up a lot of the product from the tub you use and dispense it well onto the face. The good thing about this brush is that you can interchange between foundation and blusher and you don't need to change brushes or wash it between uses, which is incredibly valuable for time saving.
The brush is easy to use and feels soft on the skin, even when you have to give a good new brushes, it feels natural and not at all harsh and won't irritate the skin.
The downside to this brush is that it is not retractable, and I much prefer brushes you can fold away so you can keep them in tip top condition for much longer, especially if you travel.
This is a nice brush but not a keeper and I wouldn't go out of my way to buy another one.
This is called a Full Flawless Face Application Brush on the Bare Escentuals website. The site claims that the brush offers medium-to-full coverage when used with face and body products, including foundation and blush. I have not found this to be the case. Rather, it provides light-to-medium coverage. For this reason, I preferred to use it as a blush brush rather than for foundation, for which I prefer a kabuki or buffer brush.
My other main gripe with this, and other Bare Escentuals brushes, is the quality for the price. Purchased alone, this brush costs around £ 20.00. It also is included in the company's starter kits. This brush starts off mildly soft and quickly turns scratchy with daily use. The bristles break off halfway leaving exposed harsh ends. I expected much more from a brush of this supposed value. I've had much better luck with cheap Posh brushes from the drugstore. Don't waste your money on this.
If you are a fan of mineral make up and have invested in one of the starter packs, you will be aware that they come with a couple of brushes for you to get on with.
Bare Escentuals are essentially an American company who, for the past 30 plus years have sold mineral make up and accessories, first in the USA, then all over the world. Mineral make up claims to be all natural, made from crushed minerals without any nasty items in them.
"The natural, soft-tapered bristles of the brush are designed to provide light to medium coverage for a broad range of easy, professional looking applications with bareMinerals...."
I used to use this brush mainly to apply either the mineral veil or mineral radiance at the end of my routine just to finish it off, favouring the short, stumpy kabuki for full coverage foundation and the concealer brush to magic away little blemishes. Light to medium coverage was never an option for me.
However, after even the first use I noticed that my skin felt very hot in the places the brush touched and for the longest time afterwards, although nothing looked out of place, I felt there was something not quite right. My face felt hot, even to the touch.
A few days into the new routine I noticed that every time the brush touched my face, it felt very scratchy and uncomfortable. I soon decided to ditch the brush and try an old one that I had for ages but never had given me a moment of aggravation. Instantly my face felt fine. I decided to shelve the 'natural, soft-tapered bristle brush' in favour of an old synthetic one.
Living just outside London, I don't necessarily need to order my Bare Escentuals online (QVC are running regular hours and offer good prices on some products). Selfridges on Oxford Street have a small but well stocked stall on the 'beauty' floor. I sometimes drop in just to stock up on items I ran out of.
During one of my visits there I happened to ask the assistant if she could tell me what the brushes were made off as it was said they were all natural.
Much to my surprise, the answer shot out of the young lady's mouth "goat's hair".
I don't normally have problems with wearing animal skin or similar, I am not a vegetarian or vegan totally against using any animal product. But I have always known my skin was very sensitive to any animal fur, not necessarily an allergy, but blotchiness and itching whenever I got in contact with cat, dog, horse, pig, chicken and of course, goat.
In an instant I knew why my face always looked slightly flushed, why I felt itchy all over. It was, I had suspected, the Bare Escentuals brush.
So everyone allergic to animal fur beware. Nowhere does the website tell you what the brushes are made off, all they tell you they are made of natural materials which can over a multitude of sins. While I am not allergic to the brushes, I am sensitive to all animal fur and have to be careful and a warning on the box would have been nice. Who knows what would have happened if I had been allergic. I could have had a very serious reaction to the bristles in the brush.
Also, any vegans out there hoping to do their skin a favour by using natural mineral make up without additives, you will still have to be subjected to animal fur in the brushes.
I personally have changed all my brushes to those of a synthetic bristle variety and I can now enjoy Bare Escentuals (as well as other mineral make up companies) to the fullest. It's a shame Bare Escentuals do not offer synthetic brushes for those who suffer allergies or from sensitive skin, considering they try to be all natural and compatible with even the most sensitive of skins.
No more itchy skin, just the flawless airbrushed look I had always wanted.
About Bare Escentuals
Bare Escentuals first of all introduced their BareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation in 1976, since then Bare Escentuals has created creamy, feather-light color for all over your face, cheeks and eyes. All their products are 100% pure minerals and aswell as having a range of make up products they also have a range of specially designed brushes to go with each of these products.
Although BareMinerals make up has been around since 1976 it is only in the last few years it has become more well known, and it still isn't as widely known about as it should be. It is America's number 1 selling foundation and also the number 1 mineral make up brand in the world, proving that it must be good. It is slowly coming into more salons and getting more of the deserved publicity it should in the UK. Quite a few salons, I have found mainly in the Midlands stock BareMinerals, and the salon I work in does also, and has done for several years - the customers love it! Since using Bare Escentuals make up on my face, I would never use anything else and I know alot of customers feel the same. I think it is the best make up out there by far.
Flawless Application Brush
Bare Escentuals Flawless Application Brush is specially designed for a wide range of flawless applications from BareMinerals foundation to Mineral Veil, All Over Face Colour and Blush. The brush has a short handle and its bristles are made from the softest possible sable, leaving a flawless finish every time, whilst remaining gentle and soft to your skin. It's specially designed to hold the right amount of product making application and colour blending quick and simple. The Flawless Application Brush is made only from the finest quality taper, so you know you are using the best on your skin.
Use & Effects
I don't usually think it matters too much what brushes you use to apply your make up with and have never used the recommended brushes from companies as I know they are no better than any others but with BareMinerals Flawless Application Brush, and all of BareMinerals brushes it is different. This is the only brush I would actually say is compulsory for maximising the effects from the products you apply with this brush. Make Up brushes are like a builders tools, they are compulsory for doing the job, and you need the right tools to do the job the best you can. It has been specially designed for use with BareMinerals foundations, and is also recommended to be used with a product they have called Mineral Veil which sets your foundation. It can also be used to apply bronzer and blusher but there are better brushes BareMinerals have for doing this. If you want to you could use this brush with other brands that aren't BareMinerals, but I could not guarentee how that would work out, as I only use it with my BareMinerals.
The brush looks good, it is average sized, not too big that you can fit it in your make up bag yet not too small that you will loose it. The handle is black and remains clean throughout use and doesn't clog up and the bristles are brown in colour. The bristles themselves, I think actually look quite hard, but at first touch, you see this is not true - they are really soft, like running cotton wool over your skin. As the bristles are so soft, it means it won't irritate or scratch your skin but will buff the foundation into your skin nicely. I have sensitive skin and ecezma on my face and this brush is so gentle to that, it doesn't make it worse and buffs the foundation over my patches of ecezma without it clinging to it and making it obvious. The bristles tend to absorb quite a lot of the product, so there is no need to use too much. The brush evenly smoothes the product onto your skin and leaves your skin with a flawless finish everytime. Using this brush opposed to other foundation brushes really does make a difference to the final appearance of your make up, it works so perfectly with BareMinerals products and leaves your make up finish perfect. If using any old brush with BareMinerals products, then you don't get the perfect, even and smooth appearance and also a lot of other brushes aren't as soft and gentle to your skin as this brush. I have had my brush for a year now and it is still in fantastic condition, just as when I first purchased it and the bristles also last, they don't fall out.
It is recommended that you do clean your brushes every so often, to eliminate any bacteria. You can use BareMinerals Brush Cleaner, which I do or you can wash my brushes in hot soapy water, but make sure you throughly rinse them afterwards as you don't want any soapy residue to remain otherwise it will transfer onto your skin and could cause a reaction. The BareMinerals Brush Cleaner only costs £6 and I find it lasts for months, so I would say it was worth getting.
Price & Availability
The Flawless Application Brush costs £19, it can be purchased from any salon stocking BareMinerals products and from various websites such as www.lookfantastic.com. I got mine in a BareMinerals starter kit which included several other brushes, foundation, bronzer and concealer.
If you own BareMinerals foundation, then this brush is definately a must have, it really makes a difference to the application and maximises the effects the foundation has on your skin. Although quite expensive, it lasts forever and rarely needs cleaning.
Ultra soft sable bristles makes this brush versatile for applying foundations or blushers /