I love playing with makeup and over the years I’ve realized that having great makeup brushes makes a big difference. Back when I lived in New York City I bought a set of Chanel makeup brushes. It was a big expense but I still have many of those brushes today. I have been slowly upgrading them since they are getting older and some of the brush hairs are falling out.
I recently replaced two of the old Chanel brushes and WOW – what a difference!
The one brush was my short, fat (sometimes known as kabuki brush) face brush I use with my Bare Escentuals loose powder foundation. I looked at a few options at Sephora but when I went and looked at the MAC 182 Buffer Brush I was sold. It was really soft and thick and I couldn’t wait to try it. I was used to old hairs coming off on my face with my old brush and it was a bit rough but this one was VERY soft and blended my makeup perfectly. And the best part – no loose hairs on my face to remove from the falling apart brush!
The other makeup brush I replaced was one of my eye makeup brushes. It was a Chanel brush and the metal kept coming apart from the handle and I didn’t want to keep fixing it. I went with the kolinsky 10 eye shadow brush by Shu Uemura. It is so amazing! It is really soft yet compact and I think it is much better at holding makeup – especially my loose eye shadows from Bare Escentuals. I have quite a few Shu Uemura brushes and they are SO worth the price – you can really see and feel a difference in the quality compared to other makeup brushes. They are hard to find in the US – our local Neiman Marcus used to carry them but they don’t anymore. I usually buy these when I am in NYC but I think you can buy them online, too.