Blushes and highlighters are a delight to collect but like millions of makeup lovers, I also love brushes! It's a two-fer, like how cake is always good with tea. Blushes are nothing without its brushy counterpart :)
I am pretty open minded to try any brand, as I've collected and given away more than I can count. For blush brushes, it's all about the fit. I prefer the angled ones because they contour to my face better and is easier to apply without me worrying about unevenness. Ones that are smaller are even better because you can control the amount of product better.
Here are my picks!
Bare Escentuals Angled Blush Brush (see it here)
I believe it is the one that came with the foundation starter kit :) I've had this one for years and years, and works as nicely as when I first got it. It's also nice because it's travel sized and slightly tapered so the control is better. I can bring it with me when traveling and fits snugly in my gym makeup bag. From their website, they say it's made of goat hairs, and of the finest quality. The quality is there, and it's certainly lasted me over 5 years.
Borghese x Costco Angled Contour Brush
I bought this in a set from Costco during the holidays. Every year Costco partners up with a makeup brand to sell brushes. I think for the past few years, it's been Borghese. This angled brush is probably my favorite out of the four. It has a long handle and the shape of this brush is really sturdy.
I'm not sure what hairs it's made of but I know it's a very natural hair, probably goat. It has a tougher texture but the quality of the brush is amazing. It picks up color so well and transfers it gorgeously. It fares well after a cleaning and has never shed. I've had this for well over 3 years!
MAC 168SE Brush
This MAC blush came from a holiday set. I have nothing but love this brush. Like the Costco one, it seems to be made of the same fibers but is much less dense and more softer. This brush applies very softly and gives a very soft focused glow. Blends amazingly! Perfect for blushes that are opaque and high pigmented.
Sonia Kashuk Round Brush
My only non-angled one of the bunch. This brush is great for applying color on just the apples of my cheeks. I usually use this for a touch of highlight. It's a fantastic brush, and I got it at Target for a great price. I think Sonia Kashuk brushes are some of the best in the market, especially because they have such a broad range. The bristles are soft, and very springy. This would be great for mineral blushes as well.
Those are my picks, and all four of them have lasted me for years. I think investing quality brushes really make your blushes stand out. I have so many drugstore blushes that look amazing because of good brushes. I guess it can be debatable but honestly, brushes are still a great investment nonetheless!
Do you think quality of brushes change the effect of blush and/or other cosmetics like eyeshadow and lipsticks?