Smashbox Buildable Check Brush, $36.00
Real Techniques Blush Brush, $8.89 (Target)
What can I say? In my opinion, these brushes just work. Maybe you are someone that has been intimidated by blush. Or you’ve given up on blush because you always apply too much. You may also just like more subtle makeup. No matter the reason, you may want to give one of these two brushes a try for achieving a light application of blush.
If you are not new to makeup, this information may be common knowledge to you. But keep in mind, there are new people just getting started with makeup all the time.
The loosely packed bristles don’t pick up too much product, giving you control over how much color is on your brush. These brushes make it foolproof to apply cheek color with a soft, sheer application. If you are heavy-handed or new to using blush, the Real Techniques Blush Brush may be preferable. Its light-colored fibers allow you to see exactly how much product is on the brush.
In contrast, a dense brush would both pick up and deposit more color to the cheeks. You can see in the picture below, how loose the bristles of the Smashbox Buildable Cheek Brush (right) are in comparison to the Smashbox Precise Cheek Brush (left).
The length of the bristles also makes a difference even when the shape of the brush is similar. As you can see in this next example, the Sonia Kashuk Brush (left) has a similar shape, but the shorter bristles are denser. The longer bristles help sheer the product, moving the pigment further than the shorter bristles would.
The Sonia Kashuk Blush Brush is possibly discontinued. It is no longer listed on the Target website as a single brush but it does seem to be available as part of the Essential Collection Complete Face Makeup Brush Set ($25.00).
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