A Few Favorite Cheap Makeup Brushes
I had Labor Day off and I took the time to catch up on sorting through my current lot of brushes while giving them all a full clean. I decided to part with some while others I realized how happy I’ve been with them and wanted to share.
First up this elf cosmetics complexion brush. I bought it while visiting family this summer to go with a bronzer I picked up while there. I just needed something to hold me over until I could use my IT Cosmetics face brush. Well, to my surprise, I found myself reaching for this a lot even after getting home. It’s really nice for applying bronzer, highlight, face powder, anything. I hadn’t planned on keeping it but I really like it for travel and for using when I want to apply a heavy bronzer look.
I posted on Instagram when I ordered a bunch of Morphe brushes after finding recommendations on YouTube. These 3 were instant stand-outs.
G14 – OVAL SHADOW
G17 – ROUND BLENDER
M500 – DELUXE POINTED BLENDER
The G14 oval shadow brush is fantastic. I use it mostly as my eyeshadow base brush or if I’m only applying a single color. It’s large and soft and does a good job of both aplying color and blending out the edges a bit while you apply. It was my immediate favorite.
The G17 blender brush I like for blending my concealer. It didn’t do much on my eyes. My lids are very plump and textured hoods. I need something harder for blending eyeshadow. But for concealer this has been fantastic for airbrushing over zits and blending out around the under eyes and nose.
Lastly the M500 is a nice versatile face brush. I got it because the shape reminded me of my Paul and Joe travel blush brush which I love. It’s a bit softer and thinner than that though. It does a great job with bronzer when you want to slowly build up color (office look) and I use it for highlighter and blush as well. It’s for soft application. I use it every day I do makeup now. It works really well for me as winter approaches and I’m grower ever paler. I can easily apply too much color as I transition to vampire pale…
This thing is what I use for contouring. Sephora’s Classic Mini Multitasker. I went through so many brushes looking for one to do my contour just right and this has been it ever since I ordered it on sale months ago. Contouring on pale skin leaves very little room for mistakes. Angle brushes often cut “outside the lines” when I used them (I had to be too precise.) The soft medium stiff round brush here was perfect. It runs $14 full price but I got it for $6.99. Hopefully it goes on sale often.
That’s it for now. I have a few others that I only sort of like or am still experimenting with. A few eco tools brushes and a new elf mini blender brush for eyeshadow.
Rituel de Fille Night Visions
Last month I received the new Night Visions collection from Rituel de Fille. It contained a pale pink eyeshadow and a deep plum lipstick. This is the first time I tried their “eye soot” and it’s somewhere in between a powder and cream so very aptly name. It’s a subtle shimmer that I’ve been wearing when I only want a hint of color that’s quick and easy to apply. The lipstick is the opposite of subtle. It’s bold and deep. I wear it over my NARS matte lip pencil in Cruella. The color comes out nicely when paired with the red plus it adds moisture to the matte NARS formula.
I really liked how this look turned out. I posted a pic on Instagram when I was recording some of the video and it just looks so 90’s grunge which is where my head is totally at this fall.