Essential Face Makeup Brushes; My Must-Haves! ♥

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Hi everyone! I’d like to share with you a two-post series of my must-have makeup brushes. This post will be about my favourite face brushes – the ones I use on a regular basis. The next post in this series will be about my essential eye makeup brushes. These are mostly MAC brushes, since I just love the quality. I’ve had some of them for over a year and I can see no difference in the quality compared to when I first had them! So they’re definitely worth the splurge. I also take care of my belongings well, so that might account for part of their longevity, and I use the MAC brush cleanser for these. I’ll rave about that in another post. I’ll concentrate on just the face brushes for now! I understand MAC brushes can be a bit pricey, so I will be describing them so that you might be able to find some cheaper alternatives from other brands. Well, keep reading to see my reviews on the individual products!

I only have 3 brushes that I’ve found to be my must-haves so far, and 3 brushes additional brushes, which are nice-to-have. So I'll start with my must-have face brushes:

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*fake* 150 brush – This is a large fluffy domed brush. I use this to apply face powder, as it applies the right amount, without looking too cakey. I just tap it on my compact, and lightly dust over the face. Very useful. This brush is actually not genuine MAC, so I’m sure you can easily find a large fluffy brush in other brands not necessarily MAC. I bought this from e-bay about 2-3 years ago when I was still a MAC newbie, and I didn’t know then that fake MAC brushes existed! Well, it works well for me, and the quality is still good.

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130 brush – This brush I super-love. It is a small flat-ended, circular brush. It has super-soft white bristles and also black bristles. Not scratchy at all. It is also quite dense, so I use this for liquid foundations such as MAC Studio Sculpt and Face and Body. It leaves me a flawless finish without streaking. It lets you build coverage from light-to-heavy, which I really love. I usually apply an even layer to my face, and then build on areas where I need more coverage. I also use this brush for cream blushes, it works just as well. For both uses, I stipple on areas where I want it, and then buff the colour with small circular motions. My face is quite small so the small brush works well for me! My bf got me this for Valentine’s day this year, many thanks to him! ♥ I'd like to get another one though so I don't have to keep cleaning it between foundation and blush applications. It will be re-released in the To The Beach collection in a month's time, so I'd like to pick up another one then. :)

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188 brush – This is a small stippling brush. It has super-soft white bristles which are a lot longer than the 131 above, and black bristles at the base. It is less dense than the 130, and therefore more flimsy. I use this to apply powder blush on my cheeks. It lets me control the amount I want, so it works well with even pigmented blushes. I used to use the 116 brush for blush, but that one’s just too scratchy. My sensitive skin didn’t react well to that. My cheeks started getting rough patches. My skin loves the soft 188 though. I wouldn't recommend this for foundation, as it can be quite streaky. Like the 130 above, my bf got me this brush too! For Christmas 2009. =) Ah I’m so lucky lol.

3 nice-to-have brushes:
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*fake* 190 brush – This I got from the same fake MAC set I bought with the *fake* 150 brush. It is a flat synthetic brush, which I use to apply face primers and the like when I don’t want to use my fingers. A lot of people use these brushes for foundation, but the application can be quite streaky. It is useful, but I don’t feel you *need* to have it.

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224 brush – This is a small fluffy domed brush. I use this to apply concealer, especially on the under-eye area, when I don’t want to use my fingers.

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109 brush – This is a circular flat-topped brush. I used to use this for contour, but like the 116 brush I mentioned above, it was a bit scratchy and I got rashes on my cheeks. I still use this to apply less-pigmented blushes though. I just gently tap them on my cheeks with the flat brush top. Not much buffing as my skin doesn’t like that with this brush!

So those are my 3 must-have brushes and 3 nice-to-have brushes. It’s not a very big list, and I feel I can do away with the other face brushes I have. Might add some to my blog sale =)

I hope this post was useful! What are your must-have face brushes? Please do share! ♥ 


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  1. u can tell those brushes are fluffy from the above pictures xD
    i dont own any mac brushes as they are expensive :/
    however, i bought brushes which are similar to the one above in the summer from hk :)

    the fake 190 brush, i also dont think its necessary for foundation. everytime i use one, it doesnt blend properly :/ so i have to use sponges/fingers to blend the foundation out

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  2. @Nicol- I'm glad the pictures show what the brushes truly are. They are quite expensive, as you can read, I got my two most expensive brushes as gifts from my bf!

    What brushes did you get from HK? Maybe I'll be able to ask a friend to check them out for me :)

    Yeah, you're right, the 190 can be streaky. Sponges are great, but I feel they suck too much product. I also have problems with using my fingers, for my gel foundation (Studio Sculpt), it just doesn't apply well with fingers for me.

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  3. i got the brushes from a shop called colormix, a cosmetic shop which is around hk. these brushes are called me and its made in korea. i bought the powder brush and blush brush. i use these and wash these a lot and the bristles havent come off xD cant remember the price but its good :)

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  4. @Nicol- Hm. Can you please do a post of them on your blog? with pictures. Or have you done one already? :) xx

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  5. @Nicol- Yay, thanks! Can't wait :) xx

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  6. i really like the 188 brush as well. i've been debating whether to get the 130 brush. i wasn't sure if it's a "must-have" brush since i have the 187 already, but after reading your post, i think i'll add it on my list of things to check out for the upcoming MAC collections! i use cream blushes a lot and liquid foundations too so it sounds like it'd be useful to have :) thanks for sharing! xx

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  7. oh oh there are many kind of brushes!!!!!! waooooo .....interesting post! kisses Livia

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  8. Cool. You are an expert on makeup brushes! I'd love to try some other ones from M.A.C.

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  9. @Anita- You should definitely check out the 130. It doesn't look like much when you first look at it, but its an amazing brush.

    @Noor - Thanks! I can't believe the variation in makeup brushes now. Amazing. :)

    @tris1978- Thanks! and Yes, definitely try some MAC brushes! Let me know if you have your eye on anything x

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  10. The 188, and my Makeup Designory dupe of the 190 are my fave brushes ever. <3 Good post.

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  11. this is the first time I've heard of the 130... I am a big fan of the 187 when it comes to applying liquid foundations.. but the 130 looks like it will do a much better job... I wanna try it!! thanks for sharing!!

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  12. @AnNettee- I think the 130 is definitely better than the 187 at applying foundation because it's a lot smaller so it can more easily access areas like the sides of your nose etc, although I personally don't own the 187 to compare it to. You definitely should check this out xx

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  13. Do you have some tips on how to use the 188 for blush? I feel like everyone uses it in videos but when I use it there's no color on my cheeks :/

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  14. @felmake1- I don't think there's a trick to using the 188, I just swirl the brush on the blush pan to pick up some colour, and then swirl on my cheeks. Maybe your blush is not very pigmented and you might just need to add more layers. =)

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  15. Lovely post dear!
    I 'd love to try that 109 blush!

    As for personal favourites I love the 129 for blusher and just a regular kabuki to blend foundation and bronzer!

    xx

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  16. I've been wanting to get MAC #150 for some time now. But it's so pricey! And the 109, I have it too and would use it for foundation sometimes...good but hate the way it shed like crazy everytime and I have to pick up each strand of bristle on my face!

    Anyway, thanks for the recommendations! =)

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  17. Mac 217 is a great must have for eye makeup and 208 for my brows :)

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