Many years ago when I started wearing make up, I began to experiment with the way I applied foundation - I always seemed to either use my fingers or a sponge, with varying results. Eventually I got sick of my foundation not looking quite as I wanted it, and someone suggested to me using a brush when I was using a particularly watery foundation that wasn't enjoying being applied to my face in the slightest. I didn't really know where to look for brushes, I knew friends of mine had been using some expensive brushes - I couldn't afford them, so I went on a shopping trip to find myself a brush one Saturday afternoon!
~*~ QVS ~*~
Is a brand of brushes that I've only ever seen for sale online and in Superdrug and even in Superdrug they're not always available - depends mainly on your store. They are also available in Sainsburys after a bit of digging, but rarely apparently - and they have appeared in varying blogs dotted around the internet as a cheap version of a professional brush. They seem to be quite popular online as an alternative for more expensive brushes, that people have bought as a replacement when on the move for a more expensive brush - and been really impressed with!
~*~ Foundation Brush ~*~
This brush comes in one of those ridiculously annoying packets to get into I remember distinctly a couple of years trying to break into the packaging - I had no scissors in my room at the time, and to be honest I was far too lazy to go downstairs to get a pair, so decided to hack at it with a pair of nail cutters instead - I know that really is lazy, but tough I wanted into the packaging without having to go downstairs! Once I got it out of the packaging I pulled out a nice brand new foundation brush that had no make up on, so was really lovely and soft, and even though it was a synthetic bristled brush it was much softer than some of the more natural brushes I'd had a feel of, on my hunt for an averagely priced brush. I liked it straight away! Initially I put a bit of my foundation onto the brush and applied it to my face, although as with every brush you'll find the foundation seeps into the bristles of the brush I did find that with this I did have a lot of foundation on my face instead of just sitting in the bristles deciding to hide. It was fairly easy to get the foundation out from between the bristles just need to press it a bit harder against your skin and you'll find it comes out really easily.
Admittedly it depends how much you are applying, and what treatment you have already given your skin to how well it covers your skin. I never used to use any kind of cleanser, toner or moisturiser under my make up, so I always found this brush used to make all the foundations stick to the dry parts of my face, however with a change of skin care routine I found that I had a lot less dry parts - and the foundation would be applied nice and smoothly to the contours of my face. Though as the brush began to get a big clogged up with make up it did start to absorb more than it put on my face, but at that point I cleaned it out with some warm water and soap, but because it's synthetic fibres it didn't really have a reaction to the soap so once it had dried it was as good as new.
I've had this brush for a good three years now and I can safely say not one bristle has fallen out of it in that time - the silver sign printed onto the black handle hasn't rubbed off either. To be honest looking at it you wouldn't think I'd had it that long, you might think six months of good use, but other than that it is as new. At the minute it could do with a clean, but the bristles look as they did - they do get a bit greasy when they've been used a fair amount though, so make sure you clean it fairly often else you'll get it a bit of a greasy feel to your skin which might make your face have a few spots so I make sure I clean it often. It doesn't take long to dry after either, only half a day, so wash it and go to work by the time you get home it's dry. Given that I only paid at the time I think £3 for this brush I've spent near enough nothing on it over the years and had a great brush. It's now £5 but I have recently been bought a new foundation brush so alternate between the two so think I've got a good few years left in this brush!
Well worth the £5!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
Superdrug online and in store for £4.99
I have only ever had one kind of foundation brush and that is a QVS foundation brush. This was the first one I ever bought and because I have been so happy with it, I have stuck with it ever since.
QVS is a brand that creates a range of different make up brushes and are sold online and in store at Superdrug. When I was looking for my first brush, everything I came across was really quite expensive and I didn't want to pay too much when I was unsure of whether I would get on with it or not. At the time of purchase, I paid about £4 although they are now £4.99. Even at the cost of an extra pound, when I need a new one, I will definitely be buying one of these again.
My biggest problem with this brush (and it isn't even a big one) is the packaging. The brush comes in a plastic packet which has nowhere or no instructions for how to get the packet open. Because of this, you have to cut into the plastic with quite strong scissors. Do not use really cheap or thin ones as they might break - I have had this problem many times when opening packets for headphones. I understand that this type of packaging is probably used to deter shoplifters but when you pay for a product, you do expect to at least be able to get at it.
The brush inside the packet has a navy blue handle with a small QVS logo towards where the brush is. The handle is sleek and comfortable to hold and is made from plastic. Just above that is a smaller metal part of the handle which holds the brush bristles in place and then obviously, the brush is at the top. The bristles themselves are extremely soft and much nicer than I was expecting them to feel due to the price I paid for the brush. The bristles are synthetic and not natural unlike with some other foundation brushes you can buy. However, I don't think that matters at all because feel is the most important thing and not what it actually is.
To apply your foundation, you can either put it straight onto the brush bit by bit, or on the back of your hand and then using a small amount at a time. The brush does soak up liquid very quickly though. However, you can just press the brush a little more forcefully to your face and you will be able to use some of the excess foundation. Instead of applying foundation to your whole face at once, with a brush you need to cover section by section, making sure it is all blended in. The more you use this brush, the more foundation it will soak up into the bristles but that doesn't really ever effect that way the brush works on your skin.
To clean the brush, I generally use shampoo and hot water, leaving it to soak for a little while. You can also just use soap and water but I think as you are cleaning bristles, the shampoo makes them a little softer. After washing the brush, it will look and feel like new again. I have been using and washing my brush for well over a year now and it isn't any worse off than when I bought it. As I'm living between university in Nottingham and my fiancé's in Norfolk, I actually have two of these now, one in each house, because I liked it so much.
As you can see, I think this is a fantastic product and great value for money.
QVS make a wide range of different make up brushes to provide a perfect look when applying make- up. Their brushes are normally sold in single packs and these include foundation, eye, powder brushes and more. Their products can be found in Superdrug and they are reasonably priced and are of good quality. Their products may also be found in other stores, how-ever I have never seen this brand available to by in any Boots stores.
***BENEFITS OF USING A FOUNDATION BRUSH***
Some people can find applying foundation quite tricky, especially when it comes to covering dry spots and oily skin. Many of you may use sponge wedges to apply foundation which are good for a light coverage and can be used to create dramatic effects, how-ever a lot of the sponges actually tend to soak up the foundation. Foundation brushes come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and often different types of bristles as well.
When using a foundation brush, it will work with all types of foundation which includes solids, liquids and creams. The foundation brush makes spot application easy because of the flat shape of the brush and by allowing the make-up to cover the face equally creates a flawless finish. Foundation brushes can also last up to a number of years as long as they are maintained well.
***THE BRUSH ITSELF***
The brush itself is a good size and has soft synthetic bristles for a flawless finish and even distribution. The main end has a big flat brush and the other end has a smaller flat brush. The brush is light to hold and is easy to grip when applying foundation. The main colour of the brush is black with the metal silver ends, which holds the brushes at either end in place.
The foundation brush I bought is slightly different to the one pictured and mine actually also has a smaller brush on the other end so you can reach into those small places for even more perfect coverage. I got this from Superdrug and it cost me £4.99.
***USING A FOUNDATION BRUSH***
I'm sure everyone has their own different way of applying foundation, how-ever when using a liquid foundation I tend to do the following.
1) Put a small amount of liquid foundation onto the back of the hand, this helps to warm the foundation up which should help it to glide onto the skin easily.
2) Put some of the foundation onto the brush and using downwards strokes apply the foundation and blend into the nose, forehead, cheeks and chin.
3) You can use the flat sides of the brush to get into those hard to reach places such as the hair line and around the eyes.
The brush I purchased was particularly good because on one end I could use the smaller brush which was perfect for covering under the eyes and around the nose.
***MAINTAINING YOUR FOUNDATION BRUSH***
It's important to maintain your foundation brush, which will help to make the brush last longer. Every-time I use my foundation brush I always wash it with warm water and use a facial cleanser on the bristles to ensure the brush is clean. It's always very important to keep make up brushes clean to avoid bacteria which can cause spots and blemishes. After washing the brush I just leave it to dry naturally and then pop in back into my zip up bag with my other brushes.
I actually only tend to use a foundation brush when I am going out for night's out on the town. This is just because I find using a foundation brush gives you better coverage, and it makes me feel better about myself. In the week when I'm working I just tend to use sponge wedges for a lighter coverage other-wise I feel the foundation can sometimes feel a bit heavy. The brush is easy to use and does give a very good coverage whilst the smaller brush makes it perfect for the smaller areas such as the nose and around the eyes. The brush is very easy to clean and maintain. I would highly recommend this to anyone and I would also be very tempted to buy other make-up brushes from this brand as well. A lovely addition to my make up brushes!!
(review also on ciao)