I love getting new makeup brushes and sampling them for the first few days. I love discovering new ways of applying products with new brushes, as all brushes are so different and have so many great and sometimes multiple uses.
When I then come across a new brush that is really brilliant, I’m over the moon! Because believe me, I’ve found some shockers too. Bristles that fall out in your blush, or get left behind on your face and even worse, brushes that have the scratchiest bristles that the minute the arrive I just know I’m not going to get on with them and they’re relegated to my daughter’s painting kit pronto!
Since venturing into the world of makeup brushes, I’ve tried various brands but have always refused to pay £28 odd for the 129 powder brush from mac, despite having had my eye on it forever after seeing so many beauty bloggers swearing by it. So when I saw the Barbara Hofmann brush range and the large powder brush which was said to be ‘full and fluffy’, I knew I wanted to try it.
So let me introduce you to the softest makeup brushes ever; well, that I’ve certainly come across so far anyway! Ok this might be quite a big statement but bare with me…..
I’ve been trying the Large Powder Brush, the Round Foundation Brush and the Angled Blush Brush. I’ve wanted some new face brushes for a while, as since buying my Real Techniques Powder Brush I’ve ended up using it for powder, blush and bronzer, so I desperately needed something else to work alongside this one multi use brush!
Large Powder Brush
Let’s start with the large powder brush*, which is my favourtie of the three and is simply gorgeous. The synthetic bristles are the softest I’ve come across and perfect for powder or blush and I’ve so far found it perfect for applying my Joan Collins finishing powder. Just have a look at just how soft the bristles are in this little video. Amazing isn’t it!
This brush is perfect for setting makeup with it’s long, soft, supple bristles. It’s a dream. I must admit that I quite often find myself sweeping this little beauty across my face maybe a couple times more than I need to because of it’s super soft nature! That’s if I can remove it from my daughters mitts; she too has become a little partial to it’s softness! Cute.
Angled Blush Brush
As I’ve already mentioned, I’ve been using my RT powder brush for blush for quite some time, so I was looking forward to trying a new blush brush and this one didn’t disappoint. I thought I’d try an angled brush to help perfectly contour the cheekbones and again the bristles are super soft and flexible giving really accurate and soft application.
I’ve not used to an angled blush brush*, so getting used to the angled nature was a little strange at first. I usually sweep the brush back and forth, which doesn’t really work with this bristle shape, so I had to master a new technique. But after a couple of uses I was over that little hiccup and using it perfectly. This has become a great addition to my brush kit.
Round Foundation Brush
I flit between preferring to apply my foundation with my fingers and with a brush. Generally during the summer when I’m applying a lot less foundation, I’m happy to use the warmth of my fingers to seamlessly blend the little bit of foundation and concealer to just a few problem areas. During the winter however when I wear a lot more foundation for a more even finish, I prefer to use a brush.
I’ve used various brushes before including the RT Stippling Brush (which didn’t work for me at all, leaving rather ghastly looking streaks of foundation over my face) and flat foundation brushes which just made me feel like I was painting a skirting board, not my face! So I saw this round foundation brush* and thought it looked different and worth a try for sure.
I love the short, compact and super soft (yes, again!) bristles, which are great for applying liquid foundation evenly and flawlessly. So far since using this I’ve adapted to the angled design really easily, having not used a brush like it before and I find that it’s great for getting into any difficult to reach spots around the nose and eye area. The bristles are so much friendlier than the RT one I’ve used too, so applying was much less effort. No nasty streaks here! Just flawless foundation. Perfecto!
Another great use for this brush and my favourite use so far, is for applying concealer around the eyes, especially under eye where the skin is more delicate. This brush is great for applying product in a stippling motion and eradicates any chance of dragging the product over this delicate area. It’s also fantastic for applying Benefits Eye Bright under the eye too; leaving maximum product on the skin instead of dragging it around or off the skin by your fingers. It’s brilliant!
If you’re anything like me you like to keep your brushes clean too and I really like the idea of this Brush Cleaning Soap from the same range, available here. I’ve not heard of a product like this, so it would be fab to give it a try.
All you do is wet the bristles of the brush with warm water, buff it across the soap to create a lather, rinse and repeat til clean. I use a brush shampoo or my daughters hair shampoo (!) and am a real stickler for clean brushes (doing them once a week), so this sounds pretty cool.
If you like the sound of these brushes there are loads of others in the range for the face and eyes and you can also pick up a whole set too. Tempting! Are you on the hunt for the perfect soft brush? If so, these are definitely worth a try.