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What's the deal with foundation brushes?

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What's the deal with foundation brushes?

Postby lucysmom » Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:47 am

All of a sudden foundation brushes seem to be really popular. Do they really make a difference? Are they worth $30 or so? Opinions welcome!
--Lucy's mom
PS I don't like to look too "done". For day foundation I use Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, at night I use Georgio Armani foundation. (expensive but fabulous)
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Postby Carissa74 » Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:01 pm

I have some makeup brushes but to be honest, I dont use them all the time. I got mine at Sephora and they range in price from $10-30.

Are they worth it? It depends on how much use you get out of them. Those that prefer to use their fingers like me, maybe wasting their money getting them.

Supposedly, they are to provide a smoother application of the foundation, cream shadows, blushes or whatever you're using them for.


I use bobbi brown foundation, cream eyeshadows and gel liners. The only brush I use is the gel liner brush. I refuse to use my finger for that (yuck).
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Postby LookinUp » Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:55 am

I use Georgio Armani foundation too...got it on ebay for less than 10 dollars!!

As far as the brushes go...I tried them...but I still ended up using my fingers to smooth and even out the foundation...so for me it was a waste.
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Re: What's the deal with foundation brushes?

Postby littlegirllost » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:42 am

I use a MAC foundation brush and it gives me more of an airbrushed look. I also tend to use less foundation when I apply with a brush. It just gives me a more smoother, natural look. And the great thing about it is that it doesn't get my hands dirty.

However, brushes are not great for all foundations. Some foundation formulas are better applied with fingers. (I've found this out through trial and error). :) Hope this helps!
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Postby Alli22 » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:37 pm

YES ABSOLUTELY!! I'm a makeup artist and when we were in school we were taught that sponges soak up 90% of the product and fingers contain too much oil so if your using a oil free foundation its pretty much pointless because your fingers contain so much oil. take a mirror and try all 3 sounds crazy but you'll be able to see why you should use a foundation brush!
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Re: What's the deal with foundation brushes?

Postby donnamee » Tue May 17, 2011 4:10 am

Foundation brushes were invented to apply heavy wax based products in the medium to full coverage category. Which is very few of the foundations on the market. These foundations are thicker so the brush applies them without leaving the usual finger marks or sponge swipe lines on the surface.

However, the cosmetic brands what you to think it is a "necessity" and they are training the sales people to sell them with all foundations. It is really nothing more than a gimmick if you use a typical, liquid foundation formula. Or even any formula for that matter as long as you prefer to apply it sheer. That sai, if you like applying it with a brush, then don;t fix it if it is not broken. ;)
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Re: What's the deal with foundation brushes?

Postby Sephora_LA » Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:36 am

I don't know why you would need a brush to apply foundation. However I do like the idea of using an airbrush instead so that the makeup does not look caked on
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