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).

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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. 

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BECCA The One Perfecting Brush Giveaway: Win one of three!

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You’ve heard about the multitasking wonder that is The One Perfecting Brush by BECCA Cosmetics. Now you have the chance to try this beauty for yourself!

BECCA has very generously given 3 My Funny Valentine blog readers a chance to win a One Perfecting Brush, worth $65 each. The giveaway is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY.

 I will draw the winners using a random number generator and email the winners by the 22nd of December 2013. If I am unable to reach a winner by 1 week a new winner will be redrawn. 

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BECCA Sun Chaser Collection International Giveaway

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To celebrate the beginning of Spring in Australia, BECCA Cosmetics has partnered with My Funny Valentine to give away a set of their new Spring 2013 collection- Sun Chaser. The lucky winner will receive the entire collection, worth $294 AUD.

To see these products in action, see my BECCA Sun Chaser review. I’ve also reviewed the BECCA Beach Tints – including Guava in another post.

 

Sun Chaser Spring Collection 2013

 

 

Giveaway prize includes: 

1. ULTIMATE EYE COLOUR QUAD – Sun Chaser

Four velvety smooth powder shadows in matte, demi-matte and metallic finishes.

RRP $65.00

2. THE ULTIMATE MASCARA

A water-resistant mascara that wraps lashes in film forming fibers for lengthening and thickening.

RRP $45.00

3. BEACH TINT – Guava

A water-resistant crème stain that tints lips and cheeks with a natural wash of colour.

RRP $42.00

4. ULTIMATE COLOUR GLOSS – Miami Vice

A weightless yet highly pigmented gloss that imparts ultimate bold colour and intense shine.

RRP $42.00

5. BRONZING SKIN PERFECTOR

A bronzing crème designed to smooth, even and perfect the skin while imparting a sun-kissed glow.

RRP $50.00

6. MINERAL BLUSH – Songbird

A delicate powder blush infused with micro-fine minerals that deliver a soft glow.

RRP $50.00

 

The competition is open internationally and will run until 12:00am 17th September 2013 AEST. I will draw the winner using a random number generator and email the winners by the 18th of September 2013. If I am unable to reach the winner by 1 week a new winner will be redrawn. 

 

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Perfectly vamp: Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Berry Twist

 

Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Berry Twist

 

I have been badly lusting after Becca’s Ultimate Colour Gloss in Berry Twist since seeing it on fellow Bandits Xiao and  Larie. I was very fortunate to be given an opportunity to test drive Berry Twist for myself by Aussie hair and beauty online retailer Ry.com.au (who stock a large range of Becca products).

Berry Twist is a highly pigmented plummy burgundy gloss with a high shine finish. It is both dramatic and sophisticated- my kind of vamp.

I’m so impressed with the formula of Berry Twist. The lasting power is impressive (only surpassed by YSL Glossy Stains); the gloss is moisturising, lightweight, and non sticky on the lips;  and the colour doesn’t bleed. Another plus is that the colour wears evenly without migrating to the outside borders of the lips (my pet peeve with dark glosses).

There are some gorgeous looking shades in the range that I have my greedy eyes on- in particular I love the look of Hummingbird and Flamingo Crush.

 

Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Berry Twist FOTD Vampy burgundy

Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Berry Twist swatch

 

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BECCA Eye Tint in Pewter: Review, swatch, EOTD.

BECCA Eye Tint Pewter

BECCA Eye Tint Pewter

BECCA say…

An ingenious eye crème with a unique formulation that glides on as a crème and sets to a powder. This long-lasting, water-resistant, crease-resistant tint is easy to apply, offering adjustable levels of sheer to high pigment colour.

price: $42.00 AU rrp

availability: adorebeauty.com.au , David Jones

I picked up the Becca Eye Tint in Pewter at the same time as the Becca Lost Weekend palette and I must say it’s my favorite out of the two. Despite some of the issues I have with the application of the product, I wouldn’t give up my tube of Pewter for anything. The colour is beautiful as a wash on the lid by itself, and it’s spectacular as a base product for a range of smoky eye looks.

 

BECCA Eye Tint Pewter swatched heavily (left) and blended (right)

BECCA Eye Tint Pewter swatched heavily (left) and blended (right)

 

Colour:

Straight out of the tube, Pewter is a dark gunmetal pewter colour. When blended on the lids  you end up with a translucent taupish gunmetal wash. I usually blend 2-3 layers of the Eye Tint with a finger to get my desired intensity.

Texture:

The Becca Eye Tints are cream/liquid eye shadows that quickly dry to a perfect lightweight waterproof finish once blended on the lid.

One of the main problems I have with Pewter Eye Tint is the separation of the product in the tube. Even after shaking and kneading the tube, the product often squirts out as a separated mix of a thin watery liquid and the normal product, which leads to a bit of mess. If anyone knows how to get around this problem please let me know!

Performance:

Lasting power and crease resistance of Pewter Eye Tint is excellent, and it performs very well as a base for powder shadows. I find that it not only intensifies dark powder shadows, but it also really brings out any duochrome or opalescence of the eye shadow (this is why I love using it as a base under my NARS Dogon Duo)

 

BECCA Eye Tint Pewter blended onto lid

BECCA Eye Tint Pewter blended onto lid

BECCA Eye Tint Pewter with NARS Dogon duo layered on top

BECCA Eye Tint Pewter with NARS Dogon duo layered on top

 

The NARS Dogon EOTD above was sneakily taken from a draft FOTD post which will go live in soon. Watch this space.

 

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