Hello and welcome back, Beauties!! I hope you’re all doing well. Since I haven’t been doing a lot of spending on new things lately, I’m really getting to know my collection again, including my tools. Some of the ones I’ve loved for a long time are still faves, but some have been replaced since we last spoke about tools here on the blog. If you’re interested in seeing what tools I can’t live without right now, then keep on reading.
Beauty tools are something that I’ve always been drawn to, especially brushes. When I find a brush or sponge that I like, I almost always go get a second (sometimes third) so that I can always have it handy since I despise cleaning my brushes and sponges. It’s not hard, I’m just lazy. That being said, I definitely have some standout tools that I just can’t live without right now, so I wanted to share them with you.
Last September, I did a post with all of my favorite brushes that you can check out here. As I went through it to prepare this post, I realized that I currently am only using one of those brushes, the IT! Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Blush Brush. All of the others are still nice and everything, but I’m reaching for different ones right now.
Anyway, let’s cut the chatter and get into the brushes and sponges I’m currently loving.
For a long time, you couldn’t tell me that the Real Techniques sponge wasn’t the best thing since sliced bread. That all changed when I finally gave into the hype and picked up the L’Oreal Foundation Blender, $7.99. Guys, this sponge is everything. It’s squishy without being too soft and gives you such a gorgeous finish without absorbing too much product. I just love it. I love it so much, in fact, that I have TWO backups of it, so you know it’s real.
The other beauty sponge that I can’t seem to put down lately is the Maybelline FaceStudio Blender, $5.99. It’s similar in feel and texture to the L’Oreal sponge, but has that little slanted side that makes it perfect for blending out concealer and foundation around the sides of the nose. I have to grab a backup of this one next time I’m at Walmart for sure.
Now let’s get to the brushes, because brushes are my favorite thing after lipstick. I’ve told y’all before that I’m something of a brush hoarder, so I have plenty, but am always on the hunt for my next favorite brush. Here are the newest ones to get that title.
The e.l.f. Beautifully Precise Powder Brush, $12.00, is the best powder brush in my collection, period. I have others that I love, but not as much as I do this one. I got it a couple months ago and haven’t put it down since. It applies and blends powder so nicely it’s almost scary. It’s super fluffy but also dense, so you get enough product and a flawless blend at the same time. After using it for a week, I went and purchased another so I always have one ready to use. On top of how great it performs, look how pretty it is!
The Flower Beauty Ultimate Blush and Contour Brush, $15, is such a great blush brush. I like the structure of the handle of the brush just as much as the bristles. The handle makes the brush easy to hold and the bristles are dense yet fluffy. The angle of the bristles makes the brush fit perfectly on the cheeks or in the hollows if you’re a contour fan.
A while back, I reviewed all of the Real Techniques Instapop Brushes (click HERE to check that out). While I think they’re all great brushes, the Instapop Cheek Brush, $9.99, has been giving me life over the past few months. Although it’s a blush brush by name, I like to use this to lightly bake under my eyes. I press the powder under my eyes with this brush and it works great for that.
For eye brushes, my favorite packing brush right now is the e.l.f. Beautifully Precise Eyeshadow Brush, $5.00. It is super dense, but also really soft. Whether I’m using a shimmer or matte on the lid, this brush applies it perfectly for me.
This blending brush from NYX is just about perfect for me. The Pro Blending Brush, $9.99 (currently buy one, get one 50% off at Ulta btw), is fluffy and soft and just great. The bristles are a little tapered, so it fits perfectly in the crease. I find that it doesn’t deposit shadow in the outer corner in a weird, patchy way like some brushes can. It blends out shadows so smoothly that even I think I’m a blending master when I use it, which we all know isn’t the case lol.
The last eye brush we’re going to talk about is the Real Techniques 203 Tapered Shadow Brush, $13.00, from their Bold Metals Collection. The bristles on this brush are a little shorter than the ones on the NYX brush, but give me the same fantastic results when I use this brush in my crease. It’s a little weighted, so it feels as good in the hand as it looks.
I have so many more brushes in my collection that I love, but these are the ones I’ve been reaching for non-stop in the past few months. Let me know in the comments below what some of your favorite brushes are.
Until next time, Beauties!! xoxo