I've been working on this post for a while. It's an updated round up of some of my favorite brushes. I did this a very long time ago and it was very specific brushes. Now, it's more of brands that I totally trust and have loved every brush I've tried from them. So it really is more of a recommendation on what to take a look at if you're needing a new blending brush or whatever. As always, I'm writing this at like 2 am which seems to be my best time for pumping out blog posts. I don't know man....
First lets kick it off with a brand I don't hear people talk about all that much as far as their brushes. Wet n Wild, dude. Seriously, Wet n Wild. Now, I prefer the ones that are in the holiday collections every year but they recently started selling them individually like maybe last year. These are the "chrome" looking brush handles not the ombre white and pink ones. I've not tried those. The others are great. I've picked up some individual brushes that have come out with certain launches like the Game Of Thrones style launch, where it's still a chrome handle but it looks like dragon scales actually. They've been great as well. I told 2 of my best friends about the Wet N Wild holiday sets when they launched this past year at Walgreens and they both got them and said they loved them as well. Bear in mind we have a ton of brushes from Morphe, Sigma, etc. These are better. I'll say it.
Next is a new brand that I hadn't heard of so maybe they're just new to me. It's UNITS brushes and Beautylish sent these out. They sent the eye set, there is also a Face set, they are so good. They're synthetic hair. I didn't think I would think these are great. I do. The handle is quite a bit shorter than what I'm used to but it gives me more control and allows me to get closer to my mirror. They blend eyeshadow so quickly. I told this to Beautylish when I gave them feedback with the brushes and I said "it's odd in the fact that I didn't realize what actual good brushes were until now". It was due to this brand and another that they sent which we will get to. The eye set has 5 brushes for $35. The face set is $65 I think, it looks amazing. I will probably pick that set up as well because I do believe in retiring brushes especially foundation brushes sometimes. There are some that I think are going to outlive us for sure don't get me wrong but as we all know, some of our brushes are duds and shed or fall apart completely. It happens.
Moving on to a long time favorite for a few years now which is Real Techniques. I really like the " bold metals" collection again the ones that look chromed out. Especially the Spotlight Essential Set (apparently you can get 30% taken off on the Real Techniques website for this set too) it has the tapered brush that is super dense and works beautifully for blush and highlight especially. It also has a KILLER blending brush. They're heavier, which helps me control them better, they haven't shed at all on me, they're easy to clean, no complaints here. I also love the original line. I use the pink setting powder small brush as an under eye setting powder brush and have for years. I bust it out a lot in special effect looks as well for blending. I still love the eye brushes from the original line because it has the best "smudge" brush I've ever seen. Lower lash line goals. I can't find that set anymore on ULTA nor can I find the Bold Metals on ULTA but whatever.
Wayne Goss.....yes kids, they are that good. Here's like an open love letter to Wayne Goss. He's the person who taught me how to contour when Kim K and her banana powder selfie became so popular. It was in the early years of Keeping up With the Kardashians. Some of you probably don't remember. Anyway it was before Jaclyn Hill hit the scene. So, Wayne taught me basically all the tricks I use and he is the best to binge watch if you're a freelance artist because for the short time that I was, I needed to learn about different face shapes and different eye shapes especially. Now that that's out of the way, lol, I remember when he came out with his brushes. I remember it very well. It was the first time I'd heard of Beautylish. Here I am years later talking about his brushes to you guys. Don't think I don't recognize that blessing. Beautylish sent the collection out for me to try. I stared at them for like 3 days before using them. Again, the handle is a little shorter and I love it. The blending brushes are mostly tapered. It's very interesting because I wasn't used to that at all, I wasn't used to the longer bristles so they blended in no time but it kinda felt weird at first. These are the softest brushes I've ever used. I have invested in expensive brushes before and I've only been let down, which is why I'm very cautious when it comes to brushes. These are worth it and he put perfect sizes in this collection, like the perfect size for a pencil brush or the tiniest detailing brush I've ever seen. Also the perfect angled face brush for contour and bronzer. Good God it's Holy Grail status. I know they have sets and I believe there are individual brushes as well. There are some that aren't in this collection as well. Yes they are an investment but Beautylish has the installment payment plan if that makes it easier for you to digest the price.
As an honorable mention I do really like Zoeva brushes. The shipping is a little crazy unless you spend $100 USD, if I can remember correctly because they are located in Germany I believe. It also takes 3-4 weeks to get to you if you're outside of the EU and UK. They have so many sets. It's unreal and they look amazing.
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