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I have the Bourjois brush and I absolutely love it. I have a bit of a thing about make-up brushes, I have had loads over the years that have been too hard or too thin or whatever, but this one really is great.
It is a thick brush that is suitable for applying bronzing powder in particular, although I have used it for other things. It is great for applying glittery things if you are on a night out for example. I have used it with glittery eye shadows to add a bit of all over glitz. I know it sounds weird and possibly a bit tacky but it looks really good if you do it right.
Anyway....I digress! The best thing about the brush is that it is really luxurious feeling because it is so soft and it feels really pleasant when you are using it to apply powder to your face. I have had some in the past that are a bit scratchy, but this is not a problem with this one. Its size also means that you can apply powder really evenly, rather than getting a strike of powder on your cheeks that you then have to rub in.
It is really easy to keep clean too. Because the bristles are so soft and obviously high quality I find that just blowing on it gently after using it keeps it really clean. If you want to clean it properly you can do it under water and I find that it dries really quickly when you leave it stood upright.
The brush is only a short one which is the only thing that stops me giving it five stars. I do prefer a longer a handle because I think you can get a better sweep. The handle on this one is only about two inches long, although, once you get used to it, it is very easy to use because you can hold it in the palm of your hand. It also means that it fits nicely in your handbag or whatever and is easy to carry around, which I think is the reason for its design.
I actually got it as part of a gift set that included the Delice de Poudre bronzing powder, but you can buy it by itself for about five pounds. This is really good value in my opinion because I have had more expensive ones that are nowhere near as good. Definitely recommended.
I was always in need of a kabuki brush but could never afford one. I felt they were too expensive and could never justify it to myself. Then one day, I was in boots and saw the Bourjois powder brush. It was only £5 but didn't look or feel like other kabukis in that price range. It was full and soft. I suspected all the bristles would probably fall out after a one wash but I thought, that at the price, it was woth the gamble.
I must say I was pleasantly surprised when I washed the brush and all the bristles stayed well and truly in tact. It retained its shape very well and did feel soft against the skin. Admittedly it is not the softest brush I have ever used, (although I wouldn't go as far as to say it felt rough on my skin) but at such a cheap price I am more than willing to put up with it.
The brush does do its job well. I like it to apply pressed/ loose powder. It picks up colour easily without the brush overloading. I can also use the brush with no product on it in order to blend out harsh lines in my contouring/ blush.
I'm sure the kabuki's costing £30/40 are better quality but if you are on a budget, it's a great place to start.
So this was the first make up brush I ever bought, that wasn't a gift or anything, seriously. I only ever wore powder in order to feel more grown up and I found this brush online and it was cheap and gorgeous!
This brush could be used for powder, bronzer and on decolletage as its a perfect little size.
Now I have had mine for about a year now, and its not exactly in the best of condition. Well I was young and I never cleaned it, however for a large section of the time it wasn't exactly used a lot. When first bought it felt absolutely fine on my face, fairly soft (though in my opinion not as soft as more expensive brushes now that I have tried those) and definitely worth the price (if you want this its £4.99 from boots).
I started using it more when I wore foundation and needed a lot more powder, the brush's bristles had started to go hard and felt uncomfortable to use, I soon replaced it with a much softer option which I kept cleaner. This brush clearly needs extra care to keep it as soft as it was to begin with.
I recently cleaned this brush, but the bristles are still hard and prickly.
However, I am a sucker for the cute appearance, its small and pretty to just display on your dressing table!
Overall, this brush is a very good beginner option, as its cheap and obviously very easy to use. However, without keeping it clean it will lose the quality much quicker!
Who will like this product:
Tose looking for a good quality make up brush without the price tag. This brush is perfect for applying bronzer, in particular Bourjois Delice de poudre (check out my review of this product for more information).
How much does this product cost:
I usually pick up my makeup brushes from Body Shop whch individually range from £10 - £30. This brush cost aroud £4.99 depending which store you chhoose to buy from (try Superdrug who currently have a 3 for 2 offer on the entire Bourjois range).
Small brush, Soft bristles, Brown metal base with the classic Bourjois lgo and the words, ' Maitre Marquileur depuis 1863' across the front.
However, when i came across this Bourjois powder brush i was immediatly drawn to the softness and quality of the bristles; they are very soft and arranged neatly on this brush. The brush is small and compact which allows you to easily place in any bag, ideal for nights out. the Brown Metal base allows you to prop up this product on you makeup stand. Upon using this product the amount of bristles allowed for a lot of powder to be picked up in one easy go. this was an added bonus during application as it ensured good coverage of makup on the face. the soft bristles also ensured that the face was not irritated by the brush in any way. this brush is also ideal in the application of bronzer as you can apply as much as you want in easy sweeps. the brush is also ideal for applying bronzer to the chest area, without irritating the skin.
Hope this helps!
I got the Bourjois bronzer brush when I first bought the bronzer, which was about a year ago. They both came out at around the same time and it looked really nice and they made a nice set together so I bought them both. To be honest I can't remember how much it was, it says on here £10 but I remember it being more in the region of £7-8, but maybe it has gone up in price since then.
*How it looks*
It came in a clear plastic cover to protect it which was really plain but I loved the look of the brush straight away, It has a bronzy coloured base with Bourjois Paris written on in gold lettering, with some of the usual French calligraphy beneath this. The bristles of the brush match as they are a chocolate colour with a few more golden bristles between them. Overall the brush just looks really cute!
*Using the brush*
The first thing I noticed was that the bristles are really, really smooth. It feels really good quality. Also there are loads of bristles making the brush really thick. Because the bristles are so dense it means they pick up loads of the bronzer / blusher you are using. This makes it a lot easier, and saves time as you no longer have to continuously reapply until the correct colour is achieved. Usually I find with one application there is enough colour.
Because the brush is so smooth it feels great on your face. I have fairly sensitive skin on my cheeks which reacts badly with other brushes I have used which feel kind of prickly on your face and rough.
The brush it a nice shape too. I am not a fan of thin blusher brushes which leave you looking a bit streaky. This one is quite big so a more even effect is achieved as it covers your whole cheek in one go. However it might not be as useful if you wanted to achieve a contoured effect with your cheek bones as it is hard to specifically target one area with this brush.
I also love the size of the brush. Most blusher brushes have a long handle, which I've realised now really isn't needed. This is shorter and fits in any handbag I use or make-up bag.
My only complaint about the brush would be that quite often the bristles come off onto your face. Not loads of them at once but occasionally I notice this. Despite this the brush has lasted me a year now and it still in good condition. I have washed it a few times just using warm water and this hasn't affected it at all.
I would definitely advise this blusher brush particularly to anyone who wants big, even coverage and those with sensitive skin. If it has gone up to £10 I still think it is good value for money as it works so well and lasts a long time.
A luxurious soft brush for face and cheeks / This brush may be small in size but it is big in character / Perfect for use at home or on the move the short handle means its small enough to fit in your handbag but with the long soft bristle head it is perfect for use with bronzers, powders and blushers / achieving professional quality results every time /