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One of the make up items I dabble with from time to time is a bronzer. I am a very pale skinned person and its took me a long time to find a brand of bronzer and the right colour for me I can tell you. I had up until I bought brush always used a blusher brush that I already had in my collection and then when I spotted this I just felt the had to have it urge and it led me on to buying rather a few of The Body Shop brushes however I do consider this a considered purchase as when I spotted it, walked out had a think and went back and parted with the £16.00 (full price) after really thinking hard about it. I was in two minds about having it I have to admit but its something for me that has turned out to be a very good buy indeed and one that I do not regret as it will last me years and years!
The brush is a stubby brush with the base is bronze in colour and made of plastic and then the usual metal is brushed bronze in colour which securely holds in the long synthetic bristles/hairs and there are lots of those tightly and thickly packed in and the branding is on the bottom of the brush. It looks nice and quality and the brush head feels it too with it being slightly tapered.
I started off using this with bronzers but I now use it for applying powder blushers and mineral powder foundations as well as pressed and loose face powder!
Being a short handled brush this is easy to hold and control, its lightweight too. Powders of allsorts and type cling to this very well indeed and its soft on my face when in use. I can blend really easily and quickly with this one and it stands up by itself when I've done.
I wash my brush out every week, more if I have been using it in different sorts of powders and I just rinse it through with a little baby shampoo and allow it to dry naturally, which it does and doesn't loose its shape at all.
Yes £16.00 is a lot for one brush but really this is a very versatile and good quality brush and you can't go wrong opting for this one and so it gets a big thumbs up from me as it hasn't seemed to loose one hair since I've owned/used it and that's a few months now and it will, I'm sure live on a good few years!
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I keep my make-up very light and only ever use this when I'm feeling a bit pasty in the winter and want to use a very small amount of bronzer. Really I'm an outdoor sort of girl but not in winter. The warm sunshine tan wears off by December. I've been hiding away and the most heat I get on my skin is when I run my hands under hot water and touch my face. When I'm invited in the evening for social gatherings I like to add a bit of a glow.
The brush is super soft. It needs to be as soft as possible because this seems to pick up the bronzer in just the right quantity. With previous bronzer brushes I've found the brush picks up way too much bronzer and makes a mess.
The staff in the body shop suggested I spend some serious money on a brush to avoid accidental heavy makeup. I was hesitant as the most I had spent in the past might have been more like five pounds rather than the sixteen pounds (current price but I think I might have paid a little less. She was convinced those hairs wouldn't fall out like I'd experienced with other brushes. Don't you just hate it with you get bits of the bristles sticking to your made-up face?
Stating the obvious I did purchase the bronzing brush.
The bronzing brush is not stiff but super silky soft against the skin. I find my skin to be quite sensitive and this synthetic alternative to animal hair hasn't caused any problems for me. I was glad to spend the money in the Body Shop because of their positive ethical policy and stance against animal cruelty.
Apparently, the bronzer is designed to be used with their bronzer products. I don't suppose you need to do this, but I did buy the bronzer from them too, and they work very well together. The brush never picks up excessive amounts of the bronzing powder. This enables me to put the tiniest amount on which is what I desire. I never like to wear thick make-up.
I've had this brush for about two years now. Unlike, any cheap brushes that were lurking in my make-up bag this works well, doesn't lose hair, as the salesperson had assured against, and feels lovely. There was no need to have concerns about spending so much more because I haven't had to replace the brush. This makes it cheaper in the long run and the make-up goes further so I have made a double saving over time. I've also given the brush a rinse and there was no problem with the quality of it afterwards. I can't see why this Body Shop bronzing brush won't last especially as I am not a heavy user of bronzing powder.
The brush is compact, smaller than any other brushes I've owned and it's hard-wearing. As every woman knows this is essential for travelling with. However, if you find small brushes too fiddly to work with then you will need to choose a larger brush.
I also use this compact brush for blusher and the same good experience applies. The Body Shop bronzing brush is perfect for me and I believe it will be perfect for you too.
Brush up with this great little brush.
A while ago I bought a pot of bronzing pearls from Avon. They are great and give my face a really nice colour and look but the only problem I had with them was that they did not come with a brush to apply the bronzer. I thought this was a bit disappointing as it means you have to buy another brush to actually apply the powder before you can actually use it but it gave me an excuse to buy some new make up brushes and I found this lovely bronzing brush at The Body Shop.
This is a very expensive brush but its also a really nice brush that works really well. To me, this brush looks like one of those old fashioned brushes men would use to apply shaving foam to their faces before they shaved them with a free blade. My dad used a brush that looked just like this although the bristles were very different.
This brush is rounded and has a rounded base as well. The base is quite short but this allows you to grip it well and get a nice swirl of the pearls when you dip this brush into the pot. What I really like about this brush is that you can stand it up on its base so you can keep it on a shelf or similar item. That means I don't have to store it in my make up bag with all my other make up and possibly risk damaging the bristles and making the brush unuseable.
The bristles of this brush are lovely and soft. They are made of a synthetic hair and when I brush them over my face they smooth over nicely and do not cause any irritation to my face or anything like that. The bristles seem to fan out when they hit my face and apply a really nice even dusting of bronzer. I never end up with patches of bronzer or big shiny bits on my skin which is nice.
The brush costs £16, yes expensive but its shaped well and applies my bronzer well.