My Everyday 'Essential' Makeup Brushes

GOSH 300, Real Techniques Buffer, Real Techniques Contour, MAC 239, Sigma E35

Okay, okay so maybe they aren't essential but this little selection of brushes make my morning makeup routine a heck of a lot easier. I have developed a love for makeup brushes over the past year and a half, before then I would just slap products on with my fingers and although fingers are okay sometimes, there are some products that just shouldn't be applied without a brush. I guess I feel a lot more ladylike and professional when using them as well, which is always a bonus. Okay, so let me tell you why I love each of these brushes so much.

GOSH 300 Powder Brush - This big fluffy beauty was one of the first makeup brushes I ever bought and it is still going strong to this day. GOSH isn't normally a brand I would go to for brushes but I have to say, this is a fantastic brush. I find it just the right size to sweep powder over my foundation, the hairs/bristles (whatever you choose to call them) aren't too harsh on the skin and it is still in great condition after months and months of everyday use. Oh and just to top it off, this brush only costs 9.99 which isn't bad for a good quality brush that I use daily.

Real Techniques Buffer Brush - This is one of my most recent purchases and I am totally in love with it. Previous to this, I was using the Sigma Flat Top Kabuki to apply my foundation but this brush beats it hands down. This is absolutely perfect for applying liquid foundation, buffs foundation into my skin within minutes and gives me a flawless finish. With the Sigma brush I found myself really having to work the product in as the bristles are quite stiff. With this brush being so soft, it blends my foundation in effortlessly. I really can't see myself using any other brush for my foundation now. 

Real Techniques Contour Brush - Another Real Techniques gem and this time it comes in the form of their contour brush. The reason I love this brush is because of its many multi uses. I use this to apply blush, highlight and to contour my cheekbones. It can even be used for touching up powder under the eyes. I think my main 'everyday' use for this brush would be for applying MAC MSF onto my cheekbones. If I am going out or making more of an effort, I will use it with bronzer to contour as well. As it is a fairly small brush, I find it works perfectly and has become one of my most used and loved brushes.

MAC 239 Shader Brush - I actually reviewed this brush on my blog way back when I first started blogging. This was my first ever MAC brush and even since buying a few more, this has remained my favourite. I think this is the only brush I will ever need for eyeshadow. It packs colour onto my eye perfectly, helps with excellent colour pay-off and makes applying eyeshadow very quick and easy. You can read my more in depth review on this brush here but please excuse the messy post, I was still a newbie blogger then.

Sigma E35 Blending Brush - I also reviewed this brush on my blog here a couple of months ago after ordering it from Love Makeup. In my review I mentioned that it was very similar to the MAC 217 brush and how much I loved it. My opinions haven't changed since then and this has become one of my essential brushes for application of eyeshadow. Paired with my MAC 239, I really don't need any other brushes for my eye makeup. This blends colour in the crease of my eyes amazingly and again makes applying eyeshadow much easier.

So there we have it, my most essential makeup brushes. What are your brush essentials?
I hope everyones having a good Jubilee weekend.

Lots of Love,




33 comments

  1. I use the buffer and contour brush daily too. They are amazing!
    xx

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  2. Nice brushes ps is allways good whasing them tooo xoxo muahhwhosthatchic

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    1. Thanks! I realise they look dirty here but it because I'd just used them, I have washed them recently! Xx.

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  3. Sigma brushes are next on my list because they are a little bit better for my wallet :) But I use Studio Gear and Smashbox right now. Do you have a good brush cleaner that works well? I've been needing one but I don't want to spend a lot on it...know of a good one? xoxo

    Katie
    Lady Million

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    1. Hey Katie :) I did a post about how I clean my brushes here: http://x-couturegirl-x.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/cleaning-my-make-up-brushes.html I hope you find it helpful :) x x x.

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  4. The Real Techniques buffer brush is amazing, I just purchased the core collection recently & love it. Such good value for money! xo

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  5. I absolutely love the real techniques buffing brush!! I love all the other brushes by RT too though. They're all brilliant. Great post :) xx

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  6. I love my Real Techniques brushes. Don't go a day without using them! And the buffing brush and contour brush are my favourites :) xo

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  7. I need to get hold of the core collection, don't understand why i haven't! Have you tried the other Real techniques ones too, they are great. Great post!

    http://thefashiondistrictnlc.blogspot.com/

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  8. I use the buffer one and it's amazing! and to think I used to use my fingers to apply my foundation haha
    x

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  9. My essential brushes are pretty much exactly the same as yours except I don't have a big fluffy powder brush - I might have to look into getting one! I also really want to try the RT stippling brush for cream blushes and stuff. xx

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  10. Eeek,
    The real techniques brushes look soooo nice!! I really think I need to purchase some! Would you recommend sigma brushes? I know some people are iffy on the face brushes, but the eye brushes look lush!! I also wish we had Gosh in the US! Lovely post as usual!!

    xx

    Erin

    missstylemonster.blogspot.com

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  11. Love the Real Techniques, I need to buy myself a few of the sets as a birthday present to myself :)Laura x

    http://secrets-de-beaut.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. I love this post! i need make up brushes and this post.
    I love your blog too and i am following

    Nafisah xo

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  13. I absolutely LOVE the real techniques brushes, they are awesome!! Love your blog! :) xx

    livelaughlipstick.blogspot.com

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  14. i need to get some new brushes

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  15. All these brushes look amazing! I especially love the sigma brushes!

    Fashions on Top

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  16. My main brushes are an e.l.f. powder brush & a CVS brand eye shadow brush lol. Seeing you gushing about the contouring brush makes me wanna go buy one...after I learn the art of contouring haha. Great blog!

    Freddy
    brfreddy.blogspot.com

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  17. loved this post!! I'm have my good brushes but always like to read about other once :)

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  19. i recently purchased the real techniques core collection and i LOVE the buffing brush, i cannot imagine using any other brush for my foundation now! and thanks for posting the link above on how you clean your brushes, i've wondered what the best product would be to clean them as i don't want to ruin them! xo

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  20. We like this post ! :)
    Your blog is amazing ! ;D

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  21. seems that the real techniques are great! :) should try them out! when I saw them the last time I was a bit disappointed,
    because most of them are so small. :/ but I should give them a try :'D

    xoxo

    http://www.flirting-with-fashion.blogspot.com

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    Have you tried Eco Tools brushes? they are such good quality x

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  24. you have made me really want to try out the real techniques buffer brush - i use the sigma F80 now! may have to give it a little go ;)...

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  25. I really need to get that buffing brush. Everyone's raving about it!

    http://www.sandra-thepuzzleofmylife.blogspot.com/

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  26. I really need to get my hands on some more makeup brushes my collection has got a little old and tatty :( Xx

    www.XxClaireLouisexX.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. I love the Real Techniques Brushes and the 239! I really need to try out the sigma blending brush as I LOVE my 217 and would be lost with out. I've never tried and of the Gosh brushes but hear they're very good. Great post. Going to follow your blog now because it's so pretty x

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  28. Nice set of brushes, such great post.. Thanks for sharing!

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