“ Type: Brushes / Brand: Bare Escentuals / Brush / Subcategory: Brush „
An artist is only as good as the tools they use, or so I've heard. Despite wearing makeup since my teens (I'm now in my thirties) it's only been in the last five or so years I've bothered to invest in quality makeup brushes. It seemed logical if I was prepared to pay a premium for the cosmetics I apply to my skin, I should be prepared to invest in superior tools to apply it.
Quantity made way for quality and so began the cull of the brushes in my kit as I paid closer attention to the brushes I use and need, discarding and replacing only the essentials with a like for like of higher quality. Three years or so ago, when I made the transition to mineral makeup however, some of my brushes weren't conducive to applying this type of cosmetic and so several replacements were required.
The BareMinerals Full Coverage Kabuki, as it's now known (formerly BareEscentuals) is. for me, an absolute essential and the brush I consider to be most important in my collection. Partly because it's the most used but also because it's just a fantastic all rounder.
~~~ What Is The Kabuki Brush ~~~
Kabuki's are designed to be used with dry, powder based cosmetics which is why this style of brush is ideal for use with mineral makeup. This Kabuki is incredibly versatile and although is excellent for applying blusher I use mine solely for applying my mineral foundation and mineral veil because the two products can be used together or on their own so it doesn't matter that I use the same brush for both products.
The Kabuki brush originated from Japan where they were used predominantly by Geishas to contour the cheekbones, adding definition. Nowadays, Kabuki's are associated as much with the application of bronzer and all over face cover like translucent powder as they are blusher.
The brush has a distinctive and easily recognisable design. Typically this brush is squat with a stumpy handle and dense head of hair that's approximately a half to two thirds larger than the base. This particular Kabuki has hairs are tapered into a gentle, almost dome formation, being shorter towards the outer edge and ever so slightly longer in the center. Some Kabuki's have a retractable handle making them easier to store. This one doesn't. It's a stand alone, so if I want to pop it in my handbag I need to cover the hairs first, storing it in a small cosmetic bag as they do have a tendency to trap some of the minerals after use, causing makeup residue to be distributed onto other contents in my possession.
~~~ Brush Design & Quality ~~~
Kabuki's range greatly in size. BareMinerals offering being quite small. An almost mini Kabuki, if you like measuring just 6 x 2.5 x 2.5cm. Despite it's dainty dimensions, I've found it to be the perfect size for applying my mineral makeup. Because it's not oversized, it's very easy to dust the brush over the face, allowing particular attention to a given area. The brush is incredibly light weight, no more than about 20g or so at best, yet, in my experience, in use, it remains very easy to handle and control.
The overall design, is not one that instantly screams superior, particularly the shinny (mock) chrome handle which I think visibly cheapens the brush. In comparison to similar brushes within the same price range, this one, at first, appears over priced. Looks can be deceptive however, as after three years of daily use and with the exception of a few scratch marks and some writing printed on the handle that has long since worn off, the brush remains stable and has steadfastly kept almost all the hairs in place. In fact, with the exception of a few stray hairs when the brush was new, which I'm convinced were mainly leftovers from the manufacturing, it's a rarity for any to shed at all and the odd few that do from time to time are to be expected and there for perfectly acceptable considering the use it gets.
The most distinguishing feature of this brush is the bristles, light brown in colouring. For me they are of paramount importance because their quality dictates the difference between a good makeup application and a great one. This Kabuki features a compact head of hairs, no more than 2.5cm approximately in length. Their overall structure is quite rigid allowing little flexibility. I feel this lack of movement is an advantage as the hairs don't bend or flex during application, leading to a superior coverage as the minerals are precisely directed to the skin, thus providing a fuller, more even coverage, less wastage and of course mess.
When I first began using my Kabuki, back in 2009 the hairs were luxuriously soft and silky, from their bottom through to their tips which is largely thanks to the fact they're made from goats hair. I appreciate the delicate texture of animal hair is favoured by makeup professionals, however I personally deem this to be disadvantage and, in my opinion, the only real negative aspect of the brush.
I'm certainly no animal rights activist, more a silent supporter of animal welfare and I've yet to be fully convinced methods of obtaining the hairs aren't cruel. BareMinerals claim the hairs for this brush have been sourced humanely, a statement I trust otherwise I would not continue to use their products. What they fail to say however, is exactly what country the hairs have been imported from. Whilst I don't doubt regulations are in place in some countries, in others they are most definitely not.
Secondly, this brush may not be suitable for anyone with a severe allergy to animal hair. I've never endured any adverse effects from using, despite having sensitive skin but that said, I don't suffer severe allergies to animal hair either so it's worth bearing this in mind before you commit to a purchase.
~~~ In Use ~~~
This Kabuki brush has been designed specifically for use with mineral cosmetics and presumably it's smaller size was intentional as it's an almost perfect fit to swirl in the lids of the larger 8g mineral pots to retrieve the minerals. The brush will collect even the smallest amount of minerals. Even when tapping off the excess before application, very little is lost. You don't see any product on the brush, mainly because of the colouring of the hairs but also because the brush holds the minerals deep inside the hairs so it can be tempting to keep loading more product. Don't! as you begin to apply, the excess minerals will clog your skin and the overall finish will be less than perfect, leaving you with a chalky, unflattering appearance.
Using my Kabuki for applying mineral foundation and veil allows me to build an even coverage very quickly without using dozens of separate brushes. On contact with the skin the bristles are incredibly soft making application incredibly easy as the brush gently glides and follows the contours of the face without causing irritation. Because the hairs are densely compact, as you buff the makeup onto the skin using circular motions, the brush releases just enough of the minerals to provide a full coverage (obviously with the exception of the delicate eye area where the Kabuki is too big to provide an even coverage).
I have sensitive skin which typically consists of dry patches. The Kabuki brush allows me to cover my problem areas on my cheeks, nose and forehead with precision. The size of the brush head also makes it very easy to blend the minerals around my jaw line without leaving a "tide mark" and because the hairs are so soft, they cause no irritation either.
When I use my minerals I do tend to use two different shades and rather than mixing the colours prior to application I use my Kabuki brush to blend them on the skin, which it does beautifully and because the brush is so effective at covering imperfections you don't need to apply much pressure and it's size alone means I can quickly cover my entire face. Obviously a brush of this ilk is compulsory for applying mineral makeup although I feel, due to the high quality of the bristles it would be perfectly suitable to using on traditional dry cosmetics, providing a far superior finish to than a sponge of powder buff.
~~~ Final Thoughts ~~~
Although I received my Kabuki brush in a BareMinerals starter kit although, through no fault of BareMinerals, it was quickly replaced a couple of months later because my younger daughter ruined the bristles. I've had my brush now since 2009 and it's still going strong although showing significant wear and tear. The handle shows minimal abuse, all of which is just superficial and it has a good grasp of the hairs, barely allowing any free over the past three years. Unfortunately the hairs have not been as fortunate and now look quite shabby. Continual use has resulted in the hair tips being worn down, this is particularly evident with the shorter ones towards the outside where, unsurprisingly the continual motion of buffing into the container lids has caused them to become slightly misshapen. The result is that the hairs no longer feel quite as soft as they once did and although the appearance of the brush suggests it needs replacing, it does actually still work quite well.
Overall the brush has been superbly constructed and continued to provide me three years loyal service. I've no doubt that a contributing factor is down to the care I take with my brushes. I wash them every couple of weeks with warm soapy water, not just to prevent a mineral build up but also prevent bacteria and germs. I should imagine my rigorous cleansing routine has aided in extending the lifespan although BareMinerals really deserve the credit for manufacturing such a reliable and durable brush.
It looks tatty in appearance but this should not detract from it's ability to do the job for which it was made. It's held together perfectly and in use, I still achieve the same great application results as the day I first started using. It shows no sign of giving up just yet as it still continues to provide me with the same coverage it did on day one. Purchased at full price I would expect the hairs to retain more of their shape but other than that I really have no complaints. I may not have perfect skin but I do at least have an almost perfect makeup brush. Five stars.
~~~ Price And Availability ~~~
As stated, my Kabuki came with my BareMinerals starter kit along with the Maximum Coverage Concealer (£14) and Flawless Application Face brush (£19). To purchase these individually would cost a whopping £57, the Kabuki brush alone setting you back £24 from BareMinerals.co.uk with additional postage of £2.99. If your looking to change to mineral makeup, buying a starter kit at £42 which also includes three trial sizes of minerals would be a sound investment and considerable saving. The Kabuki brush however can be purchased at most major department stores for the previously stated price or sourced more competitively online. Shopping around will pay dividends as some online retailers are selling the Kabuki for as little as £13.
I have just reviewed the Body Shop's mineral foundation, this is what I apply it with!
This brush is a Kabuki brush which is essentially a small facial brush designed for using with loose powder and/ or powder foundation. The brush is made of natural fibres which make the brush lovely and soft. The brush feels lovely when brushed against the skin and it's great quality so hardly any of the bristles fall out. The brush is rather expensive, I believe that it retails at over £20. However, I bought mine off an online auction site at a fraction of the price so it didn't cost me too much. I think I paid around £10 for it.
The brush picks up powder well and you can simply shake off the excess. I use this with mineral foundation as it gives great coverage without leaving the foundation looking cakey. The brush doesn't leave my facial skin feeling sore as it's really gentle. A couple of my bristles have fell out but around 99.9% of the bristles are left. You will always get the odd one that falls out but this is the best Kabuki brush that I have ever used and I have used a few in the past.
The handle is short so you have more control, this leads to better coverage. It is also easy to hold in the hand and the design of the brush is stunning. It does look expensive.
A gorgeous brush that's great for mineral foundation.
Bare Escentuals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush
I received this brush as part of a gift set in a Christmas present. I love makeup brushes and I use them for numerous makeup products such as lips, eyes, etc. However, I wanted an all round brush that I could apply powder with. I was lucky enough to be given the Bare Escentuals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush.
Although the brush may look a little stumpy in the photo above, it is very easy to hold and very easy to use. I think at the beginning a few stray hairs found their way from the brush and unto my face, but that hasn't happened in quite a while. The brush really feels nice against your skin, I've used some cheaper ones in the past and I can tell the difference in quality between those and this one.
I don't use the bare minerals foundation instead I prefer a liquid foundation so I tend to use this brush for everything else. I use it for applying powder, bronzer and blusher. I find that with this brush all my powders and bronzers tend to go on really well and even, while getting good coverage. Because the brush head is quite large it is good if you are in a bit of a hurry, a few sweeps over with a bit of powder and blusher and I feel like I look half decent.
--So is this wonder brush expensive?--
Well, yes. It is typically retailing from the Bare Escentuals counters for a whooping £24. Is this value for money? I've had mine for the last seven months and I have used it nearly every day and with a bit of care and attention it is still in tip top condition. I expect this brush to last me a very long time and although it is expensive it isn't falling apart compared to cheaper ones.
I own some other makeup brushes as well and I want to prolong their life as much as possible, they are an expensive item and I tend to treat them as such. I purchased and use a brush deep-conditioning shampoo that is designed specifically for the bare Minerals professional brushes. I think that if you are going to invest in a high quality set of makeup brushes then it is definitely worth your while taking care of them.
Would I buy a new one of these if something happened to this one? Although they cost a small fortune, I think I would. I find that this is one of the most well used beauty products that I own. I'm not arguing that this brush is not a very pricey makeup accessory, but it is a quality luxury item. If the price doesn't scare you away then I would recommend checking out this brush if you are looking for something like this, I doubt you will be disappointed in it. To sum, the Kabuki's large, firm brush head allows for flawless, full-coverage application in record time, it really is a great brush. I couldn't be happier with mine, as such I think this five out of five stars.
My Bare Escentuals/Bare Minerals Full Coverage Kabuki brush came with my Bare Escentuals starter kit, which included foundations and a set of three different foundations. The Kabuki brush is used to apply the foundation. It is the perfect brush for providing a full coverage application without making your face feel heavy or cakey. It allows you to build the foundation layer upon layer gradually and seamlessly blends minerals into the neckline for an ultra-natural air-brushed finish.
I always apply my mineral foundation with this brush as this is by far the best brush I have ever used. Whether you're using it for loose or compressed powder, this brush picks it up all the way. Swirl the brush, tap it a few times to get rid of the excess and brush it over your face in circular motions.. and you have full coverage within a minute. If you have quite a few flaws and blemishes and need the coverage then is is the brush for you as it works very well. The application looks even and natural, resulting in an effortlessly flawless appearance.
The Kabuki brush is easy to clean and the hair of the brush keeps its shape after washing it. This brush has short bristles and is very soft and fine as the other brushes in the Bare Escentuals line. I tend to carry this in my makeup bag and keep it on me for touch ups. It's an awesome brush just like all the others in the line. I have had my Kabuki for about 2 years and it still looks and feels like new. I have used a lot of different face brushes and this is by far the best one out there, I can't imagine using any other types of brush. The Kabuki brush is absolutely amazing and definitely one of my favourites. I would recommend it to everybody.
When it comes to makeup brushes I believe it's really important to have a good quality set of tools to work with. When used with a good set of brushes, even cheap makeup can look flawless and give you a professional finish. Foundation, particularly powder and mineral foundation, is one make-up item that really does benefit a lot from a good quality brush, and Bare Escentuals' Full Coverage Kabuki brush is recommended and designed specifically for use with their Bare Escentuals SPF 15 Mineral Foundation.
I am a big fan of the Mineral Foundation and my introduction to it was a starter kit which came with a Full Coverage Kabuki brush. Looking a lot like a shaving brush, the kabuki brush doesn't have a handle as such, the bristles are attached to a small silver circle. The bristles themselves are light brown and at first appear to be quite firm and a bit stiff, which I find is always the case with better quality brushes. The bristles are made of sable hair and when you brush them against your skin, they feel incredibly luxorious and soft and just stroke against your skin without scratching at all. The brush is nice and full and is slightly tapered which allows easier application and shading, and to apply the foundation around the eye area easily.
The Kabuki brush is designed to partner the Bare Minerals Foundation and I have to admit I was dubious about how well it would perform in this respect as opposed to my usual Ruby & Millie powder brush. But I was pleasantly surprised by how well the two products work together. The bristles pick up the powder easily and absorb it into the brush, allowing you to distribute it evenly onto your face, blending it perfectly and giving a flawless finish. The marketing info from Bare Escentuals says that "The Kabuki Brush is specially designed to capture just the right amount of bareMinerals" and I would say that this is the main area where this brush performs better than my normal brushes. It does absorb the powder far better where with a normal brush I find it can tend to sit on the tips of the bristles more, making application more difficult.
The quality of the brush is very good. I've been using mine for over 6 months now and have not had a single bristle drop out (not that I've noticed anyway). It hasn't lost any of its softness and still feels like a really good quality brush. Make-up brushes in my opinion should be a very rare purchase - a good quality brush should last a long long time, and it appears that this one will. After washing it feels exactly as it did before (I hate washing my brushes and finding that they never feel quite the same as before).
If you use the Bare Escentuals SPF 15 foundation, then this is a must have to ensure you are correctly applying the product with the 'swirl, tap, buff' action that they recommend. It also works well with their other face powders such as the Mineral Veil, or Warmth Bronzer.
It retails at £24 and the cheapest I have seen it available online for is £20.99 from www.beautybay.com, which is actually not too bad when you consider a MAC powder brush will tend to set you back £40. You can normally get it in a good deal if you invest in a set with the foundation and brush together. I bought mine in a starter set for about £35 which included the Kabuki brush, foundation, Mineral Veil, and a blush, which is a pretty good deal!
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.
Full Coverage Kabuki Brush
The Full Coverage Kabuki Brush works perfectly with all the BareMineral products. The brush is firm enough to do the job properly, yet is still gentle and soft. It gives the perfect coverage all over. The Kabuki Brush is specially designed to hold just the right amount of product, ensuring you get the best coverage possible. It makes application and colour blending fast and easy and is recommeneded mostly for use with Full Face Colour, blushes and bronzers. The Bare Escentuals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush is made only from the finest quality tapered and textured hairs which helps you to shade and provides fantastic coverage thanks to its high quality, also meaning it doesn't shed.
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 Full Coverage Kabuki 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, full face colours, blushes and bronzers. I personally only use it for my BareMinerals bronzer Warmth or if I apply blusher to my cheeks rather than using it to apply foundation as I find the BareMinerals Flawless Application brush is much more suited to this. I have used this brush on other products, my blusher is not BareMinerals, instead it is Rimmel and it does work very well with this too, but I do rarely use blusher as my cheeks are quite rosy anyway.
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, it is slightly smaller and more stubby than BareMinerals other products. The handle is small and silver 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 apply your bronzer or blusher 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 apply the bronzer 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. The product is even and doesn't make you look like a clown, it really blends the product into your skin perfectly leaving you with flawless looking make up. You can apply the product to just your cheeks or all over your face, and both these ways can be done with this brush and they both are easy to do. Using this brush opposed to other 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 Full Coverage Kabuki Brush costs £24, 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.
I would really recommend this as a fantastic bronzer or blusher brush but not so much for foundation. It works fantastic with BareMinerals products and other products and although it is expensive it lasts forever and is really worth it - it will apply your make up perfectly and leave your face looking flawless.
Blend colours fast and easy with this firm, full tapered brush