|Image taken from Nordstrom website|
(Information from Nordstrom website)
Finally, a foundation brush for use with all formulations—liquid, cream or powder. Shiseido's innovative technology combines with traditional Japanese brush-making techniques to create the perfect foundation finish. Excellent pick-up of all types of formulas for a uniform application and impeccable finish. Gently tapered strands create an angled slant that best allows bristles to reach all facial contours. Short handle allows for precise control during application and portability for travel.
I am pretty late in the game about this little brush, I read great reviews about it from many beauty bloggers and thought I would give it a go. Cafe Makeup and The Make-up Blogette have very detailed reviews. You can also find out more about the brush at Joey's Space.
When I finally decided to get it, it was quite hard to find. I went to many Shiseido counters before snatching up the last piece at Clementi BHG. Lucky me. I'm quite surprised that it cost SGD$40. Shiseido never fails to bring great products at great prices. It may not be the cheapest foundation brush around but it is so much cheaper than some of the big named ones.
Before I continue, I have to come out and say that I love it so much! Okay let's continue.
|Top to bottom: MAC, Giorgio Armani and Shiseido|
It is a small little brush. It is even shorter than my GA Blender brush. It is about 11 cm long and has a brush head of a diameter of 2 cm.
It has a slanted head which helps me get into the hard to reach areas like my nose area.
Why do I love it so much? Well it works really well with my Make Up For Ever High Definition Foundation. I have been using my MUFE foundation with a damp sponge because I prefer a lighter and sheerer look. When I use my GA brush, it just doesn't apply as well. Although it did not leave streaks on my face, it just felt heavier and less polished as compared to using a damp sponge. This brush is perfect for the job. I get a very smooth finish and better coverage and best of all it did not feel heavy.
Before buying it, I did a little research to find out the best was to apply liquid foundation with this brush. Check this out.
Now, I'm going to show you how I apply foundation with this brush.
|Clean face with Giorgio Armani Fluid Master primer on. See the acne scars and sun spots!|
|Half a pump of MUFE foundation on the back of my hand|
|Dab foundation on cheek area|
Using a dabbing motion, I blend foundation onto skin. If I want more coverage, I dab a little harder. Even though the bristles are synthetic, they do not feel prickly at all. They feel soft and is a pleasure to use.
|With foundation blended in|
I use a sweeping motion to blend the foundation around my nose area, my hair line and the sides of my chin.
|My finished look|
I have tried this with all my other liquid foundations with great results. With my Burberry and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, it gave slightly better coverage as compared to using my fingers without being cakey.
I haven't use this with powder foundation though. I prefer liquid foundations so I can't tell you whether it works just as well with powder.
Washing is a breeze, I have washed it twice in two weeks without missing any bristles. I squirt some of my trusty Daiso sponge detergent and mix it with water into a small shot glass. I make sure the water level does not reach the ferrule of the brush. Water should not reach the ferrule or else over time, it may loosen the glue that holds the bristles together.
Once my brush goes it, I can see that the water immediately changes colour. After swishing it around for a while I take it out and give it a rinse, always holding the brush downwards and the ferrule away from the water. See, good as new!
In between deep cleansing, you can spray your favourite make-up cleanser onto a cotton pad and move the brush back and forth to get rid of the foundation. Don't wait too long to wash your brush though, a foundation brush that has foundation still in its bristles is a breeding ground for all sorts of stuff especially in Singapore's humid weather. It is always important to practice good hygiene when it comes to make-up.
|Hakuhodo G5552 Powder and Liquid Brush|
I was actually contemplating getting the above Hakuhodo brush which cost USD$42. It is the cheapest among the range and is made of goat and synthetic hair. I don't think I need it, now that I found this very useful and affordable brush. The Shiseido brush totally deserves the name Perfect Foundation Brush. It is the perfect one for me.
Ratings: 5 lipsticks