Sunday 21 October 2012

Favourite Face Brushes


Makeup brushes seem to have become my latest obsession. I have a nice collection of face and eye brushes which I reach for regularly. I enjoy reading blog posts and reviews about makeup brushes so thought it would be good to blog about my favourite ones which I enjoy and trust using.

 bdellium 957 / Adesign Flat Top Foundation / Adesign Flat Top Kabuki

One of the newest face brushes to my collection is from bdellium. The bdellium 957 Precision Kabuki looks the part but most importantly works! It is a bigger brush compared to the Adesign flat top foundation brush but it gives a very natural flawless finish. It feels super soft and works well with liquid or powder products. I love the green bamboo handles!

Adesign is a new brand which I've recently been using. The Adesign Flat Top Foundation Brush is perfect for buffing hard to reach areas, around the nose and along the jaw line and around the mouth. The diameter of the brush is small and one of the smallest I probably own for foundation. It's nicely packed and feels dense which is key when buffing and applying liquid foundation. The small size means you can pay extra attention to certain areas of the face where you may need to layer foundation. I've washed it and I'm happy to report it didn't shed and dried in quick time.

Adesign Flat Top Kabuki Brush reminds me very much of Sigma's retractable Miss Taylor F80 Kabuki brush. The size and the shape of the brush is very similar, but for some reason I've been reaching for the Adesign one and enjoying the feel and finish better. Plus it comes in a very chic faux black croc travel pouch. I can't help but think they do remind me of a gents traditional shaving cream brush? Do you know what I mean? I would love to try more of their brushes, I've been really impressed.

Mac168 / SigmaF82 / Japonesque Travel Blush / SigmaF40

The Mac 168 Large Angled Contour brush was my first ever proper makeup brush. I use this to apply powder blush and it's also a great contour brush. It's roughly 11years old!! This goes to show that sometimes it does pay off when you spend a little more on your brushes. Having said that- this is my only my Mac brush lol! There's just so many great brands out there which sell brushes for such great prices.

The Sigma F82 Round Top kabuki Brush is possibly my MOST favourite brush right now. The synthetic bristles makes this perfect for mineral and cream application. The domed shaped brush is works well to give a soft polishes look. I use this mainly for cream blush. It's a lot more densely packed than the bdellium 957, so you need to be careful when applying a bright cream blush. I have used this as a foundation brush and it works just as well but for me it works best for applying cream blush. I am yet to try this with a mineral foundation so I will report back to you on that one!

Japonesque Travel Blush Brush is perfect for applying powder blush and also doubles up as a great contour/highlighter brush, because of its paddle like shape. I use this to apply a dusting of powder over the apples of the cheeks. Normally if I'm using a cream blush I try to match it up with a powder blush just to help seal the colour. This is brush I use for that.

For highlight I like to use the Sigma F40 Large Angled Contour Brush, this has been compared to the Mac168 but in my opinion they are miles apart. mac being the better brush out of the two. This brush is great for applying powder highlight.

 Japonesque large powder Travel / Sigma F30 / Sigma F25 / bdellium 959

The biggest brush I own is the Japonesque Large Powder Travel Brush. I LOVE the size of it, the quality is amazing. I've washed this brush many times and it does not shed a hair. I use this to apply my loose and pressed powders but mainly loose. I also use this for bronzer, it's a must for me and I use this brush on a daily basis.

Sigma F30 Large Powder I'm not actually sure why I have featured this brush because I have a love/hate relationship with it! It HATE the fact it sheds like a beast, but having said that it's a great size and shape to apply pressed/loose powder to certain areas of your face. Sometimes you want a smaller brush to apply powder and I reach for this, when I love it lol!

I don't always contour but have been contouring a lot more recently for some reason. It's probably because I have the Sigma F25 Tapered Face Brush. This brush is perfect for contouring the large tapered end means it will give a very natural buffed finished. I've washed this brush and it's not shed and kept it's shape well. Thumbs up!  

Another great powder brush is the bdellium 959 Powder Blending Brush. New to my brush collection and it's probably one of my favourites along with the Sigma F82! It's perfect for applying blush on the apples of the cheeks and blending. Giving a natural seamless finish which is how I like my blush to look at the moment. I will be reviewing the bdellium brushes more in depth shortly!

Japonesque Safari Chic Bronzer Brush

I use the Japonesque Safari Chic Bronzer Brush to apply bronzer all over and to also help buff in my loose/pressed powder. Sometimes I have a tendency of applying too much and them my skin looks a little cakey, so I always finish off with a sweep of this brush to help buff in the powder and seal everything together.

I also enjoy using the Sigmax brushes to apply my foundation, the F84 & F80 are both great and whilst they've not been photographed they're both still great brushes.

You can purchase the Adesign brushes mentioned above from
You can purchase the Sigma & bdellium brushes mentioned above from

 The only brushes which I need now to feel complete are the Real Technique brushes!!!

I hope you enjoyed this post, if you have any of these brushes I would love to know what you think and of course what are your top face brushes?

Sherrie xo


  1. Wow you have some amazing brushes, they all look so soft and great! I definitely need some of them in my life :)

    Sophierosehearts x

  2. I am loving Sigma right now, although I am very new to them! Wrote about the ones I have today on my blog :) This is a lovely post - You've added some brushes and brands on to my beauty-radar! xo

  3. Curious about the bdellium brushes now!


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