Sunday, 19 January 2014

2013 Favourites: Makeup Brushes and Tools

I was planning to include my most loved makeup brushes and tools in my 2013 makeup favourites, but... the post would be far too long, so I decided to split it into two separate edits. I own 50-60 good quality brushes and use most of them regularly, but I managed to pick 6 favourites from my entire collection amazing tool I can't live without :)

1. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers - I got them a couple of months ago and I can really see a difference in quality between them and all the cheap curlers I have tried in the past. These actually manage to curl my lashes properly and I don't regret spending £20.00 on them. Read my full review here.

2. MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush - I got this brush a couple of years ago, but I totally forgot about it. I rediscovered it this year and I have been using it with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. It picks up the perfect amount of product, for a subtle illuminating effect and I can't achieve a similar finish with any other brush. I also like using it with bronzers and blushers - it works well with powder and cream formulas.

3. Real Techniques Buffing Brush - Nothing beats this brush for blending liquid foundation and the quality of the bristles is exceptional. I have been using it with all my foundations for 1,5 years and it is still in perfect condition. It helps me achieve a flawless finish and even coverage.

4. Real Techniques Blush Brush - My all time favourite brush for applying blush and bronzer. It is super soft, fluffy and perfectly shaped for applying colour to my cheeks. It can also be used for powders and highlighters. I can't recommend it enough. All Real Techniques Brushes are awesome in my opinion! 

5. Daniel Sandler Waterbrush - This little brush is meant to be used with the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blushers, but I use it for contouring and it is amazing! Exactly what I was looking for to use under my cheekbones.

6. MAC 217 - I dedicated a full post to this brush and I am obsessed with it. It blends eye shadows perfectly and it is worth every single penny. Once you have this baby, you don't really need any makeup skills, because it will do the job for you, especially if you only wear neutral shades and don't combine bright colours :)

7. Everyday Minerals Angled Brow and Liner Brush* - From all angled brushes I own, this one is my favourite. It kept it's shape after many washes and many, many uses and I love using it to define my eyebrows and apply eyeshadow close to the lashline.

*products marked with an asterisk are PR samples



  1. I agree... RT blush brush and buffing brush are simply amazing! Actually all RT brushes are! :D

  2. I love me some brushes! Especially the Real Techniques ones. So great.


  3. I want to pick up the Real Techniques blush brush. I already have the buffing brush and love it. Also I want to try the MAC 217 but it is a bit pricey for me right now.

    Des Simple Charm Beauty

  4. Thank you for this post!
    I always have a hard time when it comes to buying brushes because it's something I REALLY don't want to waste money on.
    I've been umming and erring about getting the Mac 217 brush and I think it's just going to have to be done!

    Please check out my beauty blog xx

  5. Great post Sandra! I love seeing what brushes other bloggers get the most use out of! The RT brusges and MAC 217 are must-haves:) x

  6. I like that you did a separate favorite brush post! I don't find enough posts about brushes, I believe ^^ I actually own most of these myself, only the mac 217, I've never been able to spend the money on a small eye brush... *cringes*, I know, all the beauty bloggers in the world will probably want to hang me now ;)

    xoxo Anine

  7. The two RT ones are my favourites too, absolutely adore them and use them every day.

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger

  8. I've got a couple of Real Technique brushes and I've had my eye on the blush brush for ages! Although I think I may be swayed by the new retractable brushes - the kabuki one! xx

  9. I can't get enough of the real techniques buffing brush, like what did I ever do without it ha?!

    The Beauty Drawer | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

  10. I adore the RT Buffing Brush and the MAC 217 brush. They are definitely staples in my collection and I would recommend them to anyone.
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  11. I love the RT blush brush! It's one of my favourites and as it's my newest brush it is getting cleaned so often and is very well looked after!

    Jenn | Photo-Jenn-ic



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