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My mam gave me this brush a few years ago as it wasn't very regular she wears make up where as I use make up every day. Back then it was a bit of a luxury for me as I couldn't afford to buy The Body Shop products as I found them quite expensive. What a handy little piece to have in your make up bag, I always apply foundation with a brush as I find it gives better results to using your hands or even a sponge as you can apply an even amount and spread it all over the face. I like this brush as I the bristles are so soft and not that I've noticed that any of them have came out. The handle of the brush goes from thin to thick so it's easy to use in all sections of the face, obviously after time the colour from the handle comes away but that's not a bother to me. It has served me well this piece and I would purchase another one again if I had too.
I bought one of these a few years ago, but after a few attempts, I threw it into my makeup drawer where it stayed until very recently. I was convinced that I could get as good as, if not better, results using my fingers to apply foundation. When I saw this again, I thought I would give it another go.
I washed this brush with Fairy Liquid and left it to dry naturally overnight. Different people recommend different things, but as I am fortunate not to suffer from excessively sensitive skin I used whatever I had to hand. If you have sensitive skin or skin that is easily irritated, then I would recommend something much gentler. I have read that it is recommended that you wash your brushes weekly, but since I don't wear makeup every day, I wash mine less frequently.
I wasn't expecting much when I tried this again, but I was very surprised. After squeezing some foundation onto the back of my hand, I dabbed a small amount onto the brush. I started sweeping it onto the areas where I needed the most coverage (mainly my nose and cheeks) and worked outwards. The brush itself is made with completely synthetic fibres and the brush is very soft to the touch which didn't irritate my skin and made it very easy to apply my foundation. I also didn't get the brush strokes that I thought I would have got when using this.
I have really noticed a difference when using this brush and I couldn't imagine going back to using my fingers again.
The brush isn't the cheapest brush on the market, but I do think that with some things you get what you pay for. Mine is approximately 3 years old now, most of that in a drawer and moved around, as well as my recent use and cleaning etc and it still looks like new. None of the bristles have shed and it still feels really soft. I would definitely recommend this brush and when mine needs replaced, I will be back at The Body Shop.
Brushes are only available from The Body shop either instore or online and the current price is £12.00
Just recently I have been going through my make up and brushes as I have recently moved flats and owned far too much of the stuff. I had so much make up out of date and that I'd owned for years and my make up brushes looked rather shabby and sorry for themselves having been overworked! I needed a few new bits and pieces and when I was in The Body Shop I bought a few pieces of make up from their range and a few new brushes as well and spent an arm and leg!
This foundation brush cost me a whopping £12.00. I say whopping because I think thats alot for a shops own branded one, I mean I own Ruby & Millie ones already and usually if I managed to get them on offer didn't pay this much however I liked it and so I simply bought it and winced when I got back home.
However this has worked out to be a wonderful and trustworthy buy from me thankfully!
The Brush Itself:
Long handled, matt black in colour with The Body Shop written up the side this is a simple wide handled type of foundation brush that just before you get to the long bright shiny metal part that holds the brown and natural 'hairs in, has an indentation for ease of using it. The hair is soft synthetic, what you would expect from a place that doesn't approve of animals in beauty and the brush head is like I have already mentioned a nice, rich brown colour. The head is rather flat and tapered into a dome shape and the hairs never come away from the brush and so not only does this on look nice and high quality it really is!
I use this with mousse and liquid foundations and I have to say I am really impressed with this tool. It helps me to blend my make up perfectly and I simply dot the product I want to apply straight on to my face or directly onto the brush and away I go. The brush feels silky smooth in use and leaves me with that appearance once I have applied the product so what more can I ask from it?!
I wash my brush out with a little baby shampoo once a week and allow it to dry naturally and that hasn't impaired my wonderful brush at all and all in all I am one happy customer. The price is valid for a tool as invaluable as this one is to me!
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~ The Body Shop Foundation Brush ~
I regularly wear foundation, in either a mousse or liquid format. I have tried and tested different methods of application over the years, and have found that the results vary depending on the consistency and texture of the foundation I am using at the time.
The current foundation product I am using has a mousse texture to it and I have found that I need to use one of my Foundation Brushes during the application process otherwise I end up with a very unnatural looking end result.. Not great!
The Foundation Brush that I have been using recently is from The Body Shop and I have had it for quite a few months now. The current selling price for The Foundation Brush is £12 at the time of writing (November 2012), but I believe I paid around £7 at the time of purchase, thanks to an online deal that was running at The Body Shop's website at the time. Incidentally, you can purchase the brush in store in branches of The Body Shop, or online at their website, at www.thebodyshop.co.uk.
The brush is extremely soft, with bristles that are completely cruelty-free, as you would expect from such an environmentally-aware retailer as The Body Shop. The brushes are quite long in their length, and I have never experienced any loose or stray bristles becoming loose - either during, or after use.
The brush's black handle is quite long and I find it offers a very comfortable grip during use, without it feeling particularly slippery or difficult to handle. There is a slight 'angle' in the handle's design which goes some way to allowing an easier approach when blending make-up on the face. Certainly, I have found the brush is quite easy to manoeuvre and it feels slightly less cumbersome than some other foundation brushes that I have that do not have this design feature.
The brush works extremely well, coping well with both liquid and mousse based foundations. I find that the bristles are fine enough to allow the brush to blend my make up effortlessly, and without leaving unsightly 'drag' marks in the make up which is a really annoying trait of many other foundation brushes that I have used before. Instead, the foundation or make up is completely smooth in both its appearance and its feel, allowing for a really natural look.
The bristles are extremely soft as I touched on earlier. I have found they are completely safe and gentle enough to use over my neckline and face, and even though I suffer from very sensitive skin, I have suffered nothing in the way of irritation or sensitivity from using the brush during use. Likewise, I have noticed no unpleasant 'scratching' or really any sort of harshness to the feel of the brush's bristles at all.
I do wash all of my make up brushes with a special cleaner solution that I purchased in America, but when this runs out I will probably just go back to my tried and tested method of washing the brushes in a tiny amount of mild shampoo, mixed in a hot water solution. I always rinse the brushes thoroughly after washing and then allow them to air dry. I have found that The Body Shop Foundation Brush copes extremely well with this practice and the bristles wash up really well, leaving them looking almost like new afterwards. To me, this is a sign of a quality brush, as I have found that cheaply made make up brushes will often have their bristles come loose during washing or cleaning. Not ideal, as I find that brushes like this one really need washed out from time to time to prevent a build-up of make up which is rather unhygienic but also stops the brush from working properly, due to the bristles becoming clogged up.
I can appreciate that the normal selling price is perhaps more expensive than many other Foundation Brushes that are available from alternative retailers, but I do feel that you get what you pay for with an item like this one, and in my experience, it is often the case that cheaper make up brushes are something of a false economy.
I have nothing negative to report about The Body Shop Foundation Brush and will definitely repurchase it again for myself when my current one needs replacing. I have nothing negative to report about either the brush's design or its performance and therefore feel that it deserves full marks in the product rating score.
It's rare for me to use a foundation brush, but when I decide to apply my liquid foundation with one I always choose this Body Shop number. The brush cost me around £6 from a Body Shop store, though may be less online.
The shape of the brush itself is unusual but well formed. I found my fingers would fall naturally into place aligning with the shape of the handle. This made application even easier. The bristles are a neutral brown. It's a very sleek looking applicator.
I used this with liquid foundation (of course) and found that it lifted just the right amount. The bristles did not clog, nor did they seperate. When applying the foundation there were no pesky bristle line marks on my skin. The foundation looked smooth and even.
The brush was particularly good for blending foundation into the hair line and around the ears and jaw. Be careful around eyebrows though - I used a tissue to wipe away any foundation I accidently applied to my brows.
The brush feels soft but firm against the skin. It is flexible - but not TOO flimsy. It has a good, solid feel. The brushes feel fine but strong, and feel lush on the skin's surface. The feel of the product reflects it's high quality.
This foundation brush lifted not too much and not too little. It evenly blended foundation onto my skin. The bristles were soft and lush, but firm enough to really blend my makeup in pesky areas. Ideal!
My preferred method of applying foundation is usually with a brush rather than fingers, and definitely rather than sponges, which I hate! This is the main foundation brush which I use every day. I bought it from the Body Shop as part of a brush set. If I remember correctly the set cost me about £15 which was amazing value as this brush on its own costs £12 and I got about 6 brushes in the set, including blusher, powder, concealer, eyeshadow brushes.
The brush has the classic foundation brush shape, which is flat with a tapered end. It is made from synthetic hair rather than real animal hair and is cruelty free. I think the brush looks nice and very neutral. It has a black handle which says foundation/fond de teint (French for foundation) on one side and Body Shop on the other, but I found the writing faded off mine quite quickly. It has quite a chunky handle which is very easy and comfy to hold.
Using this brush is easy and I find it soft and not scratchy on my skin. It applies the foundation smoothly and evenly and does not soak up and waste all the foundation like sponges do. It works best when it has just been cleaned, however when it has been used a few times and has started to get a bit of foundation between the bristles, this is when slight brush marks can be visible on the face after using. I always use an "airbrush" to blend to avoid this anyway and I keep my brushes clean, washing them regularly, so I don't really have any problems with it.
They are very easy to clean. I have a special brush shampoo which I bought from Sephora in America and a few pumps of the shampoo lathered under Luke warm water easily rinse any foundation build up away. Before I bought the special cleaner I used normal shampoo and it was fine, but I think long term it's better to use a special cleanser or baby shampoo as its less harsh.
It has not shed any bristles at all.
I have no complaints with the brush especially for the price. It does the job effectively,feels nice to use and also makes me use a smaller amount of foundation as it is easy to spread a small amount out evenly and all over my face.
I would recommend it.
Recently, I used an offer at the body shop to get 40% off. This brush, whose normal price is £12, was one of the items I used it for.
The body shop description is:
This flat, tapered brush works brilliantly with liquid foundation. It gives an even, flawless finish.
Gives a flawless finish
Super-soft synthetic hair
The entire length of the brush is 160mm. The length of just the bristles (at the longest point) is 35mm.
I can't remember how the brush was packaged. I think the brush is nice and professional looking. One side of the handle has the text 'FOUNDATION/FOND DE TEINT' and the other has 'THE BODY SHOP', both in white. The text has faded a bit after a few months.I like the handle, as it's chunky enough to hold and control properly and not be unwieldy. Also the base is flat so you can stand the brush up, which is good. The bristles fade from brown (at the root) to black, which adds to the professional look, and means it doesn't look dirty once it's been used. It is also good as you can see how much foundation you have on the brush
The bristles on the brush are silky soft against my face. The first time I used it, and each time I use it just after I've washed and dried it, I had to use more foundation than normal because the brush absorbs a bit - not an alarming amount though!
I've found that I get the best results by squeezing a small amount of foundation onto the back of my hand, dipping the tip of the brush in and using downward and outward strokes, spreading the foundation to cover my face. Compared to my old brush (the elf professional foundation brush), I need less foundation with this brush as it spreads the foundation a lot more thinly.
It gives an even and smooth coverage, and doesn't leave lines or streaks of foundation once you have finished blending. This can take a little bit of time Blending is very easy with this brush as the bristles are soft and malleable, and don't clump together. The bristles are also longer than some other foundation brushes, which also contributes to the fact that it spreads foundation further.
At the silver part of the brush, there are quite a lot of bristles, and these thin out towards the tip of the brush. The tip of the brush is quite rounded. Both of these things mean that the brush can be manoeuvred into awkward spaces to properly apply foundation, like the sides of the nose and under the eyes.
I have had this brush a few months now and really like it. It is really good quality as the bristles haven't shed, either when I've used it or when I've washed it. I used brush cleaner once and that made the bristles harden and clump together, so I'm going to stick with shampooing it, even though it takes ages to dry