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The wanderlust list is my way of enjoying and using items I already own. I hope to encourage myself and others to use some of the products we have rather than being so quick to buy something new. If this concept interests you, you can check out the other versions of the Wanderlust List below.
- The Wanderlust List #1 (Natasha Denona Bronze Palette)
- The Wanderlust List #2 (Uoma Black Magic Poise Palette)
- The Wanderlust List #3 (Becca Light Shifter Veil Finishing Powder)
- The Wanderlust List #5 (Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick)
I put off writing this post for a while because I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to be strong enough to pass on this purchase. I didn’t want to say I was passing on a purchase and end up buying it anyway. Fortunately for me, I did resist and instead of buying the Sonia G Cheek Pro Brush, I decided to revisit my severely neglected Bobbi Brown blush brush.
I’ve been pushing the Bobbi Brown Blush Brush** around my collection for years now. It is a beautiful brush and it works well, I just don’t like using it as much as my other brushes. It is somewhat of a paddle style, but it manages to simultaneously be fluffier and denser than other brushes. I do find it useful for hard to blend blushes, it can somehow really push the pigment around and blend it out without disturbing my foundation. Although that is impressive, I would just rather get rid of hard to blend blushes.
The most similar brush that I have in function is the ecotools precision blush brush, it is dense and works well if you like to pat or buff your blush into the skin. The Smashbox precise cheek brush** is the next most similar but it is flatter. And since the Smashbox has less hair than both the ecotools and the Bobbi Brown, it is fluffier and the hairs have more movement. The Smashbox also picks up harder pressed and baked gelee formulas easily, if that has been a problem for you. I often like to pat my blush on first and then blend it out, so I default to the shape and function of the Estee Lauder blush brush (natural hair)** and Sigma F10 powder/blush brush**. I do like to keep the Real Techniques blush brush** around in case I run into heavily pigmented blushes.
So since it turns out, I no longer prefer a paddle shaped blush brush anyway, I’m relieved I didn’t spend $46 on the Sonia G Cheek Pro brush.
I should point out that I have a natural hair version of the Bobbi Brown brush. According to the Nordstrom website, they have changed it to a synthetic hair brush. The $62 price tag was hard to take even for natural hair, but due to that change, I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone. If you are interested in this shape of blush brush and like natural hair, the Sonia G brush is well reviewed and is only $46 in comparison to the $62 for the Bobbi Brown brush. If you prefer synthetic brushes, then you can check out some of the above options.
My Estee Lauder brush is a natural hair version, but again the Nordstrom website now says it is made with synthetic bristles. UPDATE June 6, 2021: According to Estee Lauder, all of their brushes are still natural hair with the exception of the foundation and concealer brushes. Based on price and function, if you like the shape of the Estee Lauder natural hair brush, you could check out the Sigma F10** instead to save yourself $17.
Have you talked yourself out of buying anything lately? Let us know in the comments.
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