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I don't tend to wear a lot of foundation, it's definitely not something that I bother with every day, and so it's not really something I pay a lot of attention to. I found "my" foundation a long time ago and have stuck with it ever since and, as it's a liquid foundation, have always used sponge/foam applicators to apply it to my skin. As my old packet of sponges had definitely seen better days I decided it was time for some new ones but when out shopping for them I happened across this brush in Boots. As it claimed that it was specifically for liquid foundations I decided to give it a go, even though I did think the price tag was a little steep.
The brush is made by Boots and so is only available either in their stores or from their online shop. It costs the princely sum of £8 which, to me, is quite a high price for something like this, although reading reviews on here has opened my eyes to the world of make-up brushes and how much some people will pay for them! As I only wear foundation once or twice a week at the most I decided that £8 was definitely the top end of what I was willing to pay for a brush to apply it with. Obviously, shopping in Boots will also gain you advantage points and I was lucky enough to be purhcasing this on one of their events weekends so, as I spent over £15 in total, I actually got 10 points for every pound rather than the usual 4, effectively a 10% discount.
The brush comes on a fairly plain looking plastic wallet type packet and the brush itself is black, both the bristles and the handle. The handle feels to be made from some kind of wood and definitely feels sturdy in my hand. It gradually gets wider towards the bristles which makes it quite comfortable to hold and when you want to apply more pressure or be more precise with your application, the fact that it's wider towards the end helps with controlling it better.
Using it is easy. I was a bit wary at first, having only ever used sponges before, but it really is easy to use the brush. I just dip it into my foundation and then apply little blobs of it scattered around my face before using the brush to blend it all in properly. The bristles are nice and soft so they don't irritate my skin or make me feel like I'm using something really harsh on my skin - another of my worries when opting for the brush option - and they spread out wide enough so that it doesn't make applying my foundation into such a lengthy chore that I get bored with it.
As the brush is contoured in shape it makes it easy to get into those often hard to reach places like the crevasses along the edge of your nose and your eye creases etc, whilst still being a good size to make blending it in around your chin area quick and easy to do. I hate seeing women walking around with obvious foundation lines around their jaw but there's none of that with this brush, although I think that is more down to the fact that I chose my foundation carefully to match my own skin tone rather than to be a couple of shades darker.
One thing that has been more noticeable to me using this brush rather than a sponge has been how much product is left on it at the end. It's much like a paintbrush when you come to wash that out after you've been decorating and it seems to be holding half a can of paint hidden in the depths of its bristles. Whilst this brush doesn't hold half my bottle of foundation, it does seem to hold a lot of it within its bristles and when I wash it out (easily done under a warm running tap) a lot of excess foundation seems to run out. Having said that, sponges too seem to soak up a lot of product so one is probably as bad as the other, I think it's just more noticeable with the brush and makes me feel like I'm wasting my (not inexpensive!) foundation.
All in all I've been quite pleased with this foundation brush. It makes applying my foundation an easy process and it does blend my foundation nicely into my skin leaving a somewhat 'flawless' look. I don't use it all that often so can't really comment on it's longevity as it probably wouldn't last as long for someone who wears a full face every day. I've been using it for a couple of months now with probably twice weekly use and it's still going strong. It's easy to clean under warm, running water and, although it has clearly been used, still looks in good condition. When not in use I keep it stored in a pot with my other makeup brushes, bristles up, to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
I'm still a bit unsure regarding the price tag. Personally I still think it's quite high, although a bargain compared to others I've seen, but if this brush were to last me a good long while then I probably would consider buying another one to replace it when it did reach the end of its days as it's easy to use, blends well and feels nice and sturdy in my hand. I think I'll award it 3 stars. It's not perfect enough to deserve five and the price gets half a star knocked off, as does the fact that it soaks up so much foundation.
I don't wear makeup tremendously often but I do have a Mac compact that occasionally sees the light of day. I bought a Mac foundation brush (costing about £30!) a few years ago but somewhere along the line of moving house and having a baby it got lost (insert sad face here!) and so looking for a good quality but much cheaper replacement I turned to Boots.
This brush costs £8 (or 800 advantage points lol) in stores and can also be bought online. It comes in a clear plastic packaging but I store it in my little bloomingdales cosmetic bag. It is black with a wood-feeling handle and has thin black brush hairs for foundation application. The brush is more designed for liquid foundation but I use it for my compact which is more of a creme. The compact comes with a sponge pad which sits underneath for application but I find this to heavy, and so by using the brush I can achieve much more lighter coverage and distribute it more evenly across my face for a natural look and less "make-up coated" feel.
I simply use this brush by gently dipping it into my compact and applying the foundation directly onto my face which is easy and efficient to do. For the price of £8 I think this brush is good quality, and I have had it about 6 months and (even with my sparingly usage of it!) I think it will last me ages, not bad for £8! As I only use it lightly, the brush doesn't get coated in my foundation, but sometimes a little rinse with cold water and dab it on a towel is good enough for me! I'd definitely recommend this brush for occasional make up wearers like myself as it does a great job, and not bad for 8 quid!
~ The Brush ~
The foundation brush is Boots own brand and is perfect for applying foundation for a flawless finish. The brush is black in colour and has a strong wooden handle to it which goes into a metal holder which holds the bristles to the brush in place. The brush has a shaped head for even application and to help create a flawless finish. The brush has been specifically designed for liquid foundation which is perfect as I use liquid foundation all the time. The brush itself is made from premium quality synthetic hair which is also black in colour to match the colour of the handle of the brush. The brush itself is slightly longer than my other previous foundation brushes, how-ever I didn't really mind this too much as I would be able to store the brush back in its packaging in which I purchased it in.
As the brush is boots own brand you can only purchase from their stores or on their website. The brush cost me £8.00 which is the price I would expect to pay for a decent foundation brush. The brush was a lot cheaper when compared with other brands in the store; how-ever it wasn't the cheapest.
~ Using the brush ~
To achieve a flawless finish, apply foundation in small amounts to the side of the brush and blend evenly over the face, using gentle brushstrokes. Alternatively, apply small amounts of foundation directly to the face and use the brush for blending.
I always dispense a small amount of liquid foundation onto the back of my hand so it warms up which means it glides better over the skin. I then pick up a small amount of foundation using the side of the brush and then apply it to the face in gentle brush-strokes. The brush felt soft as I applied the foundation to my face. The bristles weren't rough or spikey so it felt soft as I applied the foundation. I used small brush strokes to ensure the foundation was applied properly. When applying some more foundation to the brush to apply although there was a little foundation on the bristles there wasn't a lot of foundation stuck on the brush which was good. The brush was lightweight to hold and using it was really easy. No stray or loose bristles came off the brush as I applied the foundation. Although the brush may look quite big I can still use it under my eyes very well without poking myself in the eye.
After using my brush I was it every time using a facial cleansing product. I then leave the brush to dry naturally and then it's ready to use again.
~ Overall Opinion ~
I love the look of the brush as the whole brush including the handle and hairs of the brush are black so this makes the brush look a little bit more expensive that it actually it. Although the brush cost me £8.00 I actually think this is very reasonable compared to other foundation brushes that were also available to buy in boots. This foundation brush is better than the last one I was using so I am now using this brush all the time to apply my liquid foundation. The brush is too long to fit in my make-up bag so once it has been washed I pop the brush back into the original packaging and seal it again to ensure it stays clean and in good condition. The brush washes really easily and looks as good as new once it has been washed and dried. I highly recommend this brush and it deserves 5 out of 5 stars.
(review also on ciao)