8 Makeup Brushes I Couldn't Be Without

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

When it comes to makeup brushes, that's where my heart belongs. For me they're a must, the perfect brush really can make all the difference when it comes to applying makeup and the overall result you're going to get. As much as I love trying new makeup products, my brushes are the one thing I tend to keep the same. Over the years I've tried an almost obsessive amount from highend to budget friendly brands and I've found they can be really hit or miss, so when I find a brand I like I tend to stick with them.

I've always loved buying new makeup brushes, and ever since I started out in makeup it's been a dream of mine to have my own line because I understand what a challenge finding the perfect brush can be. I believe that good quality well made brushes don't have to cost a fortune, especially with brands like Crown, Zoeva and Morphe around. As much as I love an affordable brush, I must admit I'm partial to a bit of a highend splurge. My one piece of advice is always do research and read reviews before purchasing - especially if it's a super expensive one!

Today I thought I'd put together a post talking about my favourites as I've not spoken about brushes too often on my blog before. These guys are my real loyal holy grails and have been with me for a looooong time now and they're still going strong so I thought it's about time they get a special little mention.

MAC 130
This is one of those brushes that does a bit of everything. Foundation, concealer, cream blush or contour, you name it this handy little brush will do it. It's duo fibre so it makes achieving a lightweight more natural looking base so easy, whilst really blending the products into the skin. I love to pair this with sheer foundations that have a thinner consistency such as MAC Face & Body or Urban Decay Naked Skin. Whilst it's one of the most expensive brushes in this post, I can't fault the quality as it's still going strong after years of owning it.

Crown C472 
The BEST foundation brush ever, seriously. As much as I love the MAC 130 for certain foundations, this brush works perfectly with all types of foundations from liquids to creams. I find this buffs product into the skin really easily and I don't have to do much work with the product to achieve a flawless base which is always something I want in a brush. It's soft yet dense enough to really buff products into the skin seamlessly, it also works really well for cream contouring. Looks wise it's very similar to the Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush which is about 5x more expensive so I obvs haven't tried it, but I'm so happy with the results I get with this so Tom you're not getting my money... yet!

xoBeauty Powder Tulip Brush
I adore Shaaanxo, she's the one 'guru' I've continued to watch over the years so I feel like we're practically on virtual bffl terms now. I've tried a few brushes from her brand xoBeauty now since they launched and I've really loved them. The one stand out that's become part of my everyday routine is the Powder Tulip Brush -  it's my go to when it comes to powdering my face. I don't get on with the typical huge face powder brush as I only really set my t-zone so this brush is ideal. It works well with both pressed and loose powders, it manages to pick up just the right amount of powder and it applies it to the skin in a way that really helps to smooth over pores and it never moves my foundation underneath.

Morphe M438
As I use a different powder to set my undereye concealer than I do my face (hashtag high maintenance) I like to use a separate brush. The one I've used literally everyday since I purchased it back in 2015 is the Morphe M438, it's perfect as it's tapered so it fits right into my inner corners to really set my concealer and help keep me crease free. Whilst it's actually a contour brush (which it's really great for also!) nothing will ever set my concealer like this gem. It's budget friendly, and although I hear mixed things about Morphe Brushes I've really liked the ones I've tried so far.
Kabuki brush aka the wannabe Nars Yachiyo
I know, I never thought I'd be mentioning a £1.78 Nars 'dupe' either but here we are. I'm usually totally against exact dupes/replicas but this has been in my brush collection so long that parting ways with it is something I'm just not ready to do, forgive me Nars lovers. For the price it's a pretty decent brush, if I didn't know it was from eBay I'd put it on the Morphe/Crown Brush level quality wise. I use this to bronze my face, I find it just the right size and shape for my face and no matter how many bronzer brushes I try I always seem to come back to this. As the one I bought isn't listed any more I've linked a similar one, so I can't guarantee they'll be the same quality wise.

Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush
Pricey but a real treat yo'self option, especially if you're into makeup brushes. For me this was more of a spontaneous purchase when I was at the CT store in Covent Garden, but as soon as I felt it there was no way I could walk out the door without purchasing it. It's the most beautiful brush I've ever seen. Looks aside it's sooo soft and you can feel the quality. Again it's one that could be used for various things, but I swear by this for contouring. The tapered end makes it perfect for contouring, it fits into the hollows of my cheeks perfectly. I use this daily and it still looks brand new.

Anastasia Beverly Hills A23
When it comes to highlighting, this is my go to. The A23 is a fluffy flattened fan brush which makes highlighting a breeze. You can really control the amount of product you're applying with this from a subtle glow to a more intense highlight that could probably be seen from space, aka my favourite look to go for. The size is ideal and the fact it's so fluffy means you can really blend the product into the skin to create that soft focus glow so it doesn't look too 'oh look, I have a reflective line on my cheekbone'.

Real Techniques Fan Brush
So I didn't realise until I was writing this post that this isn't sold separately, it comes in the RT Sculpting Set but it still deserves a mention. Again it's one of those you could use for various things (can you tell I love brushes that do a little bit of everything?) from highlighting, brushing off excess product and even contouring my nose. It's duo fibre so it makes applying products effortless, especially over larger areas. The thing I love most is the size of this fan brush, it's not too big or too dense so you have control over where you're applying product and how strong you want it to be.

So those are my fave face brushes - what are some of your favourites? 


  1. I love my MAC 130 brush, I have had the same one for years and it is still going strong!

    Danielle xx

  2. The RT brush looks so pretty. Definitely one I want to try! x Nikita

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  3. Your little glass is so cute, where is it from?! I love your brush collection, Crown Brush is one of my favourite brands for brushes.

    Alice May Snell ♡

  4. I love RT brushes, they're some of my favourites...I really want to get my hands on the new collection.
    Alicia x

  5. I love my MAC 130, I just wish it was a little bigger.
    I'm curious about the crown C472, it sounds amaze!

    Meghan | The Lipstick Philosopher

  6. Lovely photos! I really need to try some of these, especially the MAC 130. I couldn't live without my Real Techniques brushes, I think they are amazing for how affordable they are! X

    Erin // Everything Erin

  7. That crown brush looks really similar to the Charlotte Tilbury foundation brush, I am going to have to give it a go!

    Danielle xx

  8. Lovely brushes ! I love ur blog :)