BECCA Makeup Brushes Review

June 8, 2011

I have been visiting the Becca counter quite regularly these days.. other than their makeup display, Becca brushes have also caught my attention. Not only are they so nicely displayed in the window, there are also a few unique brushes which I have not seen from other brands. These brushes scream my name because I am all about collecting all sorts of different makeup brushes.


BECCA Foundation Brush 58

Let’s start with the foundation brush… I  featured this in my recent foundation brushes overview post. I really didn’t need another foundation brush but I caved in as this one looked so promising. It is made of tapered 3 tone Taklon fibers. The bristles are densely packed and soft – it doesn’t make the foundation go on streaky. They key attraction is the bullet like tip, which allows a very precise application around the hard to reach areas such as the side of the nose and lips and under eyes.  In terms of finish, this brush tends to give a more sheer finish compared to foundation brushes in other shapes, hence it works the best with foundations with a creamy texture.


This brush is quite multipurpose in my opinion – good for those people who don’t like to own too many brushes. It can also be used to apply concealer, cream based blushes and highlighters. To give you a better idea of the size of the bristles, here is a side by side shot of Becca with MAC.


BECCA Extra Small Polishing Brush

Hair Type: A blend of both natural goat hair and synthetic fibers

This is my favorite brush out of the three. It is a tiny stippling brush.  It is again another multipurpose brush – you can use it to blend eyeshadows as well as applying liquid and cream products. I use this one to apply concealer for the under eye areas – it is perfect. Previously I liked MAC 244, but this one outperforms MAC. It buffs even the driest concealer right into your skin and polishes, creating an airbrushed finish. It is probably the best brush to apply liquid highlighters since it buffs the product in so it gives a ‘glow within’ look. It is small enough for me to apply highlighter more precisely, such as on the bridge of the nose and temples.


As you can see, it is a baby version of MAC 188,  about the same size as MAC 224.

mac-188-224-becca-polishing-brush-extra-smallBECCA Powder and Bronzer Brush 16

Hair Type: made of 100% Raccoon Hair with natural ending

This is the biggest brush in my entire collection. I always wanted an ultra big brush – with this fluffy brush it literally takes no effort to apply bronzers or powders. Two to three swipes would cover your entire face and give an effortlessly sheer sun-kissed look. I am quite a snob when it comes to brushes, so not a fan of brushes made of synthetic fibers. Most of my brushes are made of goat or squirrel hair – this is  my first raccoon hair brush. Although the hair itself is thicker than squirrel hair, when you actually apply it to the face gently, it feels just as soft as squirrel hairs. I have read a mix of positive and negative reviews of this brush on MUA with some saying this brush is too coarse. I swear my one is super soft..maybe I just got a good batch.


Size comparison

becca-mac-bobbi-brown-powder-brushThanks for your patience to read through this long post! There are some general facts about Becca brushes which you may want to know from their site:

– All Becca brushes are individually hand crafted.

– The ferrule is drawn from annealed brass and then nickel plated to a satin finish.

–  A wooden handle is used to ensure optimal weight of the brush

–  Becca takes great care to ensure that no animals are harmed in producing their brushes.(very important to me 🙂 )

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Sue June 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm

How do you not harm an animal by removing its hair and how are they cared for? I would bet you wouldn’t want to see how it’s actually done. I’m going all synthetic because the answers are very sad.


Sue June 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm

In fairness to Becca, I posed questions to them on how they ensure no animals are harmed and so far 24 hours later, I have no response. Generally, they have awesome customer service. We’ll see how it is when you are not asking to purchase something.


Reika June 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

Hi sue, good on you! Thanks for taking the initiative to dig deeper. Please do let me know once they get back to you.
For now I take their word for it because they have their brand integrity to hold up…


Sue June 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Thanks, Reika. I finally heard back from Becca and I was pleasantly surprised that it was the CEO and Managing Director of the company! WOW! We are now talking back and forth on the issues involved in harvesting animal hair and his overall commitment against animal cruelty. I will be back with a summary at the end of next week when he responds to my latest email. He is currently leaving on a business trip.


Sue June 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I heard again from Steven Schapera from Becca Cosmetics who briefly addressed a couple of my return questions. Steven seems to be genuinely concerned about cruelty-free animal hair brushes, but I’m not totally convinced his company has complete control over his suppliers. He failed to address the question of how Becca ensures that the animals are treated humanely throughout the year. I think he makes efforts beyond most companies, but his evasiveness on how the animals are “farmed” was unsettling. To be fair, am I as concerned with how the cow (who was slaughtered) was treated prior to becoming the steak on my plate? However, that is food and this is frivolous makeup so there is a huge distinction.
Will I purchase products from Becca? Yes. I think they have some lovely products (not a fan of their tinted moisturizer, tho) but I won’t purchase any animal hair brushes from them or any company that doesn’t have a firm handle (sorry for the pun) on obtaining hair humanely and ensuring that the animal lives a normal life in the meantime. I think the bottom line is that there are synthetic alternatives that are improving every day. Hopefully, the animal hair brush market dries up and this doesn’t have to be discussed at all.

Sonia R July 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

” To be fair, am I as concerned with how the cow (who was slaughtered) was treated prior to becoming the steak on my plate? However, that is food and this is frivolous makeup so there is a huge distinction.”

It sooo doesn’t make sense… It’s not food, it’s your choice. If you care about animals so much why do you eat them at all???

emmabovary June 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm

These look gorgeous, thank you for such a detailed review. I often find it hard to choose brushes, so this has really helped. The extra small polishing brush is now on my lust list=)

xx Emma


Jennise June 9, 2011 at 2:15 am

I’ve been interested in the BECCA Powder and Bronzer Brush 16 for a while now, thank you for your in depth review. The foundation brush sounds like a winner too.


Audrey June 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

Becca used to have their makeup standee in Singapore sephora but was pulled out due to low demand 😡
have you tried Armani foundie, Reika? it’s not available in singapore, urgh what a shame. this brand has been such huge love from makeup artist and model worldwide, i hope they bring in soon 🙂 love your blog, keep it up, great work with dedication 🙂


abby August 10, 2011 at 5:23 am

thanks for sharing.. I just got mine and omg~ this brush sheds a lot!!!
That’s why i ended up googling for reviews and found yours…
did yours shed? I had a bunch of becca’s brushes..and love them to bits…except this..kinda disappointed =(
Anyways, love your blog =) keep it up!!!


Jess November 21, 2011 at 1:57 am

I have been looking for the perfect ‘concealer brush’ actually. I kinda prefer using a bigger brush for blending concealer so I have been using my MAC 190 Foundation Brush for that purpose, which doesn’t work bad actually.

Just when I headed to order it from dollyleo, it’s out of stock! :/


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