Best Foundation Brushes

May 5, 2011

This is just going to be a brief overview of all my best foundation brushes and other tools I have collected so far. As an old Chinese proverb saying “To do a good job, one must sharpen his tools at first”. Since I have so many different textures of foundations, I am always on the lookout to try out different types of  foundation brushes to see which combination works.

best-foundation-brushes-vs-beauty-blenderPrescriptives Foundation Brush:

This was my first ever foundation brush. At the time I bought it there weren’t that many available. I find this brush gives a streaky finish so I quickly went out looking for a better one. At the moment I am only using it to apply cream based blushes.

prescriptives-foundation-brushMAC 187 Duo fiber brush and MAC 188 small Duo fiber brush:

Stippling brush caused a stir when MAC first released them. I bought MAC 187  followed by MAC 188. For foundation application, I much prefer the MAC 188 small as it allows a more precise application. They both give a very natural and airbrushed finish. I like them but I find them too time consuming to use every morning – it takes a lot of time to swirl, buff and polish.


MAC Small Buffing Brush (discontinued)

First of all, big thumbs up for MAC brushes. I have this brush for more than 10 years now and it is still in its pristine condition.  When I first bought this brush I had no idea what it can be used for…the MAC girl recommended it as a blush brush..but it’s way too dense! Until I found out that this brush was Kim Kardashian’s ‘s favorite brush to apply foundation (if you haven’t seen it, go to youtube and look for Kim Kardashian’s makeup tutorial).  It truly does a wonderful job – it gives a very flawless airbrushed look, just like Kim Kardashian’s complexion. I like it – actually I love it but I am after a brush that gives a more natural finish.

mac-small-buffing-foundation-brushThe hairs are soft and super densely packed, leaves foundation streaks free.


Chanel Foundation Brush

One of my most recent purchases and the most expensive brush – cost me $95! I tried it out at the counter and loved it so much I had to bring it home 😛 I will be giving a detailed review for this brush soon but to sum it up – it is big and the bristles feel soft ,velvety and luxurious on the skin giving a flawless yet natural finish. When it was brand new, the bristles even had a rose scent!


BECCA Foundation Brush

Last but not least, my latest foundation brush. I have had this one for about a week now and I hate to admit it is even better than my Chanel Foundation Brush….This brush is not cheap either – cost $78 in Australia. Again I will be giving a detailed review for this brush soon.


I didn’t add any special effect to the picture, the bristles are made of rainbow colored hair!! How awesome is that. I love the shape of the brush, love the feel of bristles and love the finish. Everything about this brush is perfect for me.


Beauty Blender and Three Sisters Sponge

These are my other foundation tools. I bought Beauty Blender because everyone raves about it..unfortunately I don’t love it that much..yet. It is good but it absorbs way too much foundation. Three sisters sponge is a very well known brand in Asia – every asian makeup artist has it in their makeup kit. It is the softest dense sponge I have ever come across and doesn’t absorb that much foundation. For 30 cents a piece, I think the result is just as good as the beauty blender! You can find three sisters sponge on Sasa.


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

kristie May 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I love love love MAC’s 187 for blush application. I agree with you, it’s too consuming and large for foundation. With blush or bronzer, it gives a soft finish for darker products that can go overboard with traditional blush brushes. Great post!


Reika May 6, 2011 at 6:02 am

You are so spot on Kristie! I am also using187 to apply blushes, bronzers and loose powders.


Amy May 6, 2011 at 4:50 am

Wow that rainbow brush looks awesome! Hope I can get my hands on it soon!! 😀


Reika May 6, 2011 at 6:08 am

Looking at this brush makes me happy 😛 I hope you will like it as much as I do 🙂


Megan May 6, 2011 at 5:31 am

Thanks for the reviews, I’m on the hung for a new foundation brush and I’ve been looking at getting the Becca one but didn’t know whether it was worth it.


Megan May 6, 2011 at 5:32 am

correction hunt not hung!


Reika May 6, 2011 at 6:13 am

I know, it is expensive… Give it a try at the counter. I love the customer service at the Becca counter, it has always been so freindly and not pushy.


San January 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I.’ve been looking for a decent sponge for forever! I really want to try “three sisters sponge”, but can’t seem to find it on Sasa. Can you perhaps provide me with a link, so I can buy it?


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