Christmas Gift Guide, you'll know I recommend oval brushes to anyone who seeks easier and faster application. My set consists of three face brushes: foundation, blush and contour/bronzer. From another 'set' I have tested out Real Techniques foundation and concealer sponges and here is the comparison between the two.
Makeup Revolution London Precision Contour Set
The biggest brush is meant for foundation and it is my most used one. Its bristles are extremely soft and it feels like a feather swiping on my face. It takes little time to put on makeup- I apply a few drops of my Catrice HD Liquid Coverage foundation on the back of my hand and swipe the brush over it to collect the product. Then I dot the brush on my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin and blend it all out. To my greatest surprise, it is that simple (easy blending is also for creamy contouring or powder bronzer and blush). It fits perfectly into my hands and you're supposed to hold it like a toothbrush- I have to be careful not to hold it too tight because the handle near the bristles is thin and therefore fragile. The handles are made of plastic but the rose-gold gives it a high end look.
You can buy them separately (link) or in a set of three (face or eye brushes) or an entire set (link). Slovenian readers can get them here. I think you get a lot for the price and I am sure they will change your makeup routine.
Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting and Mini Eraser Sponges
Just as it is important to pick a suitable foundation for you skin, it is important to pick the proper tool to apply it too. Makeup sponge is with its soft made material appropriate for any foundation (oil or water based). My most used oil based foundation from Alverde tends to leave a greasy residue on my face and even if it keeps my skin hydrated, it feels too heavy on my skin. It is harder to get rid of it with my brushes but makeup sponge soaks up the access and leaves the right amount of foundation on (with enough hydration throughout the day). I can comparing the Real Techniques with ebelin sponges and say the texture of the first is much softer and gentler to the skin. They are also bigger and shaped differently- round and sharp edged for certain areas of your face and for certain use (applying or fixing your makeup).
I gave both good reviews based on trying them all out and being honestly open. I have always used a flat brush or my fingers to apply foundation but flat brush always left brush marks and I had to go back with my fingers to blend it out. Neither oval brush nor sponge leave any marks so I am glad I needn't fix anything. I do have one poor remark for both. I was cleaning all my brushes a couple of days ago and it took me a while to clean the oval brushes and sponges. The bristles are dense and the cleanser can hardly reach through the 'brush bush'. I needed a few time to really scrub and press the bristles down. Sponge has a similar situation- it has to be squeezed a good few times to get all the dirt out but I can say it looks like a new one once you succeed.
Do you have a favourite tool for applying makeup? What are your thoughts and experiences with makeup sponge or oval brush?
Thank you for reading,