Foundation brush comparison: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Becca One Perfecting Brush, Beauty Blender

For years I’ve been a fingers-to-blend-foundation girl, despite owning foundation brushes. It’s by far the most convenient- no extra brush washing, one less tool to bring when travelling, I’ve found the heat in my hands help me really massage the foundation in…. did I mention no extra brush washing?

When applying makeup for others, fingers are not the most hygienic option so I’m faced with the decision of which brush/tool I should use on my bridesmaids for foundation.

Here are my thoughts on comparing the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush ($19.95) , Becca One Perfecting Brush (rrp $65/ $56 at Ry.com.au), Beauty Blender ($26 on it’s own, or $33 with the solid cleanser).

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush--Becca One Perfecting Brush--Beauty Blender

 

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush is a synthetic (taklon bristles) brush designed for cream or liquid foundation. It is very dense and firm, but also really soft- it blends the foundation really well into the skin, giving it a very natural ‘my skin but better’ finish. I like to spread my liquid foundation on the back of my left hand and then swirl the Expert Face Brush into it to pick up a small amount of product, then buff it into the skin- you can achieve a very sheer layer that way, or build up to desired pigmentation. Out of the three tools here, I think this gives me the most amount of control over the level of coverage.

The smallish size of the brush head (25mm in length, 30mm in width, and 20mm thick) is perfect for getting into the contours of the face, nose, under-eye area. Some reviewers find that the size of this means a longer time applying foundation- I don’t think it takes me any longer with this compared with any of the other brushes (and is faster than using my fingers).

becca

I’ve reviewed the Becca One Perfecting Brush in an earlier post is a large flat brush with goat hair bristles- it is soft and dense, and firm enough to use the long edge for contouring. It’s not a bad brush for foundation- it blends foundation quite evenly without brush marks and gives skin an ‘air brushed’ finish- but I do find that it tends to give the foundation a matte, high coverage look that is not quite as natural as the finish achieved with the other 2 tools. It’s also a little more difficult to control the amount of product you pick up compared with the other two tools- so high coverage is easy if that is what you are after- but sheer coverage is more difficult.

The major advantage of this brush, and the reason why I really love this for travelling- is that it’s a decent contour brush, blush brush, and highlight brush- and you can use it for all of those things in between washes.

Note the brush I have shown in this post is the limited edition Gold handled one- they usually have dark brown handles.

Beauty Blender_

 

The Beauty Blender is a reinvention of the traditional makeup sponge- it’s tear drop shape is designed to better fit into the curves of the face, and the proprietary material is supposed to allow seamless application of liquid/cream foundation. As usual I’m late to the party with these things, and I’ve only recently tried the cult beauty tool out for myself to see what the fuss is about.

The Beauty Blender is used damp- I like to spread some foundation on the back of a hand then pat the sponge onto the product to pick up the desired amount. I then do a combination of bouncing and blending to apply foundation onto the face. I like how this gives me the ability to apply a very sheer layer of foundation, and build up the coverage if needed. It does leave a very natural ‘second skin’ finish, with the foundation blended well into the skin with no cakiness.The control of the coverage and distribution of the product is not quite as good as the Real Techniques brush, but better than using my fingers, and better than the Becca One Perfecting Brush.

The advantage of this tool over the others is if you are using spot concealers and/or colour correcting products underneath foundation that you don’t want to blend away – you can simply bounce the Beauty Blender over the trouble spots without shifting underlying product.

Final thoughts:

Each tool has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. For the application of liquid foundation, I like the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush the most for the natural, ‘second skin’ finish it gives, as well as the great control over the amount of coverage you need. It’s also the cheapest option of the three! The One Perfecting Brush is great because it’s a multitasking wonder, but as a foundation brush it tends to give a more matte, high coverage finish- not always what I want. The Beauty Blender is almost as good at the Real Techniques brush in terms of the finish, and also gives you the ability of apply foundation over the top of spot concealing.

notes: the Beauty Blender and the One Perfecting Brush were provided by Ry.com.au , who stock all three products. I purchased the Real Technique Expert Face Brush myself. Editorial policy details in the PR tab. 

Posted by on Jul 16th, 2015 in Beauty tools | 186comments

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