“You cannot achieve good makeup without good tools.”
This is a universal truth. A truth that I have learned even more so as I have progressed through years. I was first, a fledgling ignoramus buying whichever inexpensive makeup brushes I came across. I thought, “It is only a brush”, “A brush is a brush, is a brush”. Flash forward to present day and the au courant maven I am now will tell you, “I was so wrong”.
I have had some very good brushes in the past. I have had a mixture. Some from Sigma, a few from Bare Escentuals, one or two from Mac etc. Last year I decided to invest in a really nice brush set from It Cosmetics. The ones I got were from their Airbrush line. I really liked them. They were soft and applied my makeup beautifully. I was content………was.
For Mother’s Day, I decided to go to Ulta and treat myself to a major brush upgrade.
These brushes are about the softest ones I have ever been able to get my hands on. They are not however, so soft that they do not pick up your product and apply it with the greatest of ease. My only complaint, which is more of a lamentation, is that they do not have a huge selection of eye-shadow brushes from this line. All of the brushes from the Velvet Luxe line feature soft, rubbery easy to grip handles, the softest cruelty free hair, their own plastic cones to keep the brushes neat and compact when not in use, and their own velvet pouches to store them in.
This is the best fluffy brush for picking up loose powder. I love how it applies my Tarte loose powder without it being dusted everywhere else but on my face.
This is a very dense full coverage brush that can be used for either powder, cream, or liquid foundation. It works great with my Bare Minerals base foundation.
This is described as an all-over shadow, but it also does a great job at some precision application. I do not notice very much shadow fall out with this brush.
This is hands down the best crease brush I have ever used. It blends so nicely.
This brush is actually meant for contouring and highlighting, but I cheat and use it as a blush brush. I like to contour my blush with precision! This is a great multi-tasker whatever way you want to use it.
This is the best brush for pressed finishing powders. I use it with my Hourglass Ambient powder and it gives a great all-over application.
This brush has an angled flat top. It gets all the contours of your face. I use it for my powder foundation, and it applies very evenly and smooth. This will apply full coverage as well, without making your powders look too caked on.
These smooth bristles will apply your liquid and cream concealers like a pro. I just love it. A concealer brush was never something I thought I would have a preference as to which one I used. Me and my naive ways!
As I mentioned, there is not a huge selection of eye brushes from the Velvet Luxe collection, so I supplemented with other brushes from the Live Beautifully line. These brushes are very soft as well and feature the Heavenly Luxe cruelty free hair. They also come with their own protective caps with lids for storing. The handles are weighted silver plate, so they are very substantial.
This is truly an all-over shadow brush. Minimal fall out. I use this for my base shadow. It really will get the shadow on your entire lid in one fell swoop.
This is great for precise areas, like inner corners and the cupid’s bow. I also use this to highlight my brow bone.
This is actually the first eye-smudger brush I have ever bought. How did I live without it? There are some secrets the universe must still only possess I suppose. I smudge my eyeliner and apply shadow at my lash line so effortlessly with this.
This is meant for powder concealers. I use it around my nose and to set my concealer on my eyes. It is really soft so I use it to highlight around my eyes as well.
You can use this for bronzing or highlighting. I use it for my powder highlighter over my cheekbones. I really love that it actually applies the product and then can be used to blend it nicely.
There you have it. The summation of my new and above par brush collection. I am so in love with these brushes and cannot say enough about them! They are my favorites over any others I have had in the past.
What do you think? Have you tried these? You all are amazing!