When it comes to make up brushes, I invested young and I invested wisely.
My first brushes were The Body Shop (the old style ones with a wooden handle) which were a bit lame (newer ones much better). Then I went straight on to Shu Uemura Kolinsky Eyeshadow Brush no. 15 for £160 and never looked back.
These days I have a MASSIVE make up brush collection, with some amazing brushes that have lasted. I do not, ever, just buy a make up brush cos I feel like it because I have so many – only if I see something interesting and totally different to what I already do have do I invest.
A reader, Zereen, pointed me towards the direction of Louise Young make up brushes. If the range did not have anything different to what I already own I would not have bought anything but hey – it did!
This is LY20 Super Fan £23:
This is a very large, fluffy, but quite firm fan brush which is good for powder application:
Unlike the traditional make up brushes, this is thick and wide – you can quite easily powder the face in a few sweeps and I also think the finish is lighter and more natural! Which is good because I always end up looking like I’ve dunked my face in a bowl of plain flour:
I hate flat foundation brushes with a passion especially floppy ones. I just prefer my fingers, but anyway – I also bought this, it is LY34 Large Powder/Foundation/Blusher Brush costs £22:
I have to say, It felt odd spending nearly £50 on 2 make up brushes because I haven’t done in a while but at least these two brushes are for base application – you got to get your base right, right?!
This foundation brush is wonderful. Not as rigid as a flat synthetic foundation brush, still super soft but densely packed. I also hate applying foundation with the so called ‘skunk’ brushes – the bristle is far too lose and I find it streaky.
With the round shape you can really buff it into your skin:
The brushes themselves feel fine – just the tiniest bit of preliminary shedding but that has stopped. These two are a good weight and are quite simply presented. A reader told me she found some of the other brushes (not the big ones) quite lightweight compared to her usual brushes.
Overall I am happy I found these brushes (have to find some room for them) – both are different to the usual ranges but effective, good quality and not too eye wateringly expensive.
You can shop for the range here, shipping is £1.99 in the UK.