If there’s one makeup item you can never have too many of, it’s brushes (okay, I feel like I say this about every makeup item, but brushes especially). I have a lot of brushes, but they are one of the most important tools you can have in your arsenal. You can have the most amazing foundation and eyeshadows, but if you don’t have good brushes to apply them, then even the most amazing makeup item can be mediocre if it’s not applied properly. Long story short, brushes are uber important.
I have lots of brushes from a bunch of different brands, Quo, Make Up For Ever, Kat Von D, and Sephora Collection. I always look forward to Sephora’s brush collections since they often are a pretty good value for the quality of product you get. For spring 2017 they have released a whole new brush line that features a number of double-ended brushes.
There are obviously pros and cons with a double-ended brush. The only con I can think of offhand would be the fact that these are hard to store. You can’t really put them in a makeup holder as the brush at the bottom would get all mis-shapen. On the plus side though, you pay one price for two brushes, ones that are complementary, meaning that if you’re looking for face brushes, they have one that features a foundation brush on one end and concealer on the other.
Sephora was totally bomb and sent me all of their new Sephora Collection double-ended brushes. For the face, there’s Powder & Blush #201, Multitasker & Concealer #202, Foundation & Concealer #203, Shape & Highlight #204, Shadow & Crease #205, Shadow & Precision #206, Angled Liner & Smudger #207, and Filler & Spoolie #208.
These brushes are incredibly soft and I believe have synthetic fibres to them. They blend the product out perfectly. Depending on the brush, they retail from C$18 to $38.
I wanted to put these to the test, so I grabbed my Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette, which I got during the holidays but for some reason have not used yet (crazy, I know), and came up with this brown smoky look. Since there’s literally a product for everything here, I used these brushes and a few other new Sephora Collection goodies to apply all makeup, including the Sephora Collection The Pointer Blending Sponge.
When I first laid eyes on the small container housing these two sponges, I just thought it was another take on the Beauty Blender, just in a more stranger shape. Turns out you actually fit these sponges over your finger so you can deliver efficient control when blending in your foundation, concealer, highlight, or contour. You wet these guys first like any other sponge then slip it on your finger and use it to blend out your makeup.
1. Starting with the brows, with the Filler and Spoolie #208 brush first brush out your brows then fill them in using the Sephora Collection Eyebrow Editor Brow Kit (shown here is Dark Brown).
2. Lay down an eyeshadow primer (I used the Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer in Light), then with the crease end of the Shadow & Crease #205 brush, apply Succubus to the crease.
3. With the eyeshadow end of the #205 brush, apply Sytry all over the lids.
4. With the precision end of the #206 Shadow & Precision brush, apply Liberatus to the brow bone to highlight.
5. To add a little bit of shine, I applied the Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder in #15 to the lids overtop of Sytry, the matte brown. To finish the eyes, curl your lashes, apply mascara and then some falsies for drama.
6. For foundation, use the multitasker end of the #202 Multitasker and Concealer brush to buff foundation into the skin. I used Marc Jacobs re(Marc)able foundation.
7. Lay down the same eyeshadow primer to the lower lash line and then with the smudger end of the #207 Angled Liner and Smudger, work Succubus along your lower lash line.
8. To highlight the inner eye corner, use that same smudger brush and apply Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder in 2 Frozen Gold. Apply mascara to your lower lashes.
9. For the concealer, I used Tarte Shape Tape in Fair Beige and one of the Sephora Collection The Pointer Blending Sponge to blend that out.
10. To set everything I used the Sephora Collection Cloud Cover large powder puff and the Make Up For Ever HD Powder.
11. For the contour, I used the shape end of the Shape and Highlight #204 brush and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit.
12. For blush, I used the blush end of the #201 Powder & Brush brush and Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in Lines & Last Night.
13. To finish up the face, apply a highlight to your cheekbones. I used Becca Skin Perfector in Rose Quartz and the highlight end of the #204 brush.
If you don’t have any brushes in your collection, or are looking for an upgrade for the ones you currently have, I definitely recommend these since the price is great for what you get (two brushes!).
As for which brushes to get and which to miss, as much as I want to recommend the #205 Shadow & Crease brush, for some reason I find that Sephora often makes their crease brushes long and flimsy, making it kinda tough to blend the colour out nicely on the lids. I prefer a stiffer, shorter crease brush, like a MAC 217, so as a result I would highly recommend the #202 Multitasker and Concealer. The Multitasker is a great brush to have in your collection anyways since it’s such a versatile brush. I actually have a mini of it in my travel makeup bag and use it for foundation, contour, blush, concealer, really anything face-related. The concealer end also can double as a crease brush since it’s more dense, so you can really get in there and blend out the product. Other brushes I recommend are the #201 Powder & Blush and #208 Filler & Spoolie.
As for housing the brushes, since they are double-ended and hard to stack horizontally, try storing them in a makeup bag. I’ve always been a huge fan of Sephora’s makeup bags since they always come out with on-trend designs every season. I’ve been digging the Frosted Light The Voyageur pouch (C$35) for spring. This pouch is vegan and features a holographic texture with a metallic tassel and perforated exterior.
Like you actually need an excuse to go to Sephora, but I would definitely stop in stop or online to check out (and feel!) their new brushes, as well as their newest accessories.
Have you tried Sephora Collection’s brushes?
Please note, I was sent these products from PR. All opinions are my own.
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