There’s so much new in the land of makeup brushes for 2017, and many perfect items for getting ready for Valentine’s Day!
I apologize for being gone so long, but there was there has been a new job, a distracting election, and a demanding 4-year-old keeping me busy. As Mariah Carey would say, S–t Happens.
So let’s start with her new limited-edition gilded new brush from MAC, shall we?
And, in honor of Nordstrom, everything in this column will be available at the luxury retailer.
The MAC 183 flat buffer brush gets excellent 4-star reviews already, although it appears to have been discontinued for a minute or two. Now it’s back, dressed up like Mariah, in silver glitter and a champagne gold rim. It’s celebrity pricing for this one, $59.50.
This style of brush would be great for buffing powder or bronzer on the face or body. MAC doesn’t disclose the material, so we’ll take an educated guess here and say it’s goat.
Mariah’s brush is sold out on the MAC site, and in Canada, but is still available for the moment on Nordstrom. Although I suspect it’s not really available there
Probably won’t last long.
Stila New Ideas Out There
This is a clever brush from Stila for $25. The mini wonder brush for face and body (a smaller version of its beloved and full-sized Wonder Brush) reminds me of lots of other contour-style brushes that are very popular in the market, but it’s ever so rounded on top, which makes it a bit more friendly than say, the Nars Ita Kabuki and their ilk.
A big shout out – yes! – to Stila for disclosing the fibers here: “High-grade synthetic bristles have two types of fibers, waved fibers grab product and straight fibers smooth and blend.”
If you haven’t read My Brush Betty’s article on advanced synthetic fibers, now would be a good time to brush up on your brush knowledge!
Eyes Too Serious
The Sigma Beauty Detail Brush Set, for $98, is still a steal. Eight really good brushes here for super clean application of every serious eye look you could possibly imagine, and also excellent for covering zits and other detail work, such as contouring the nose.
- B12 Bent Liner Brush
- E04 Lash Fan Brush
- E41 Duo Fibre Blend Brush
- E43 Domed Blending Brush
- E62 Cut Crease Brush
- L06 Precise Lip Line Brush
- L04 Detailed Lip Brush
- F61 Angled Cream Contour Brush
Place every speck of color, or glitter, exactly where you want it with this set
A Flower of a Design
Thanks, again, to RMS for disclosing the fiber. This one is all synthetic and has a varying height brush fibers that are tightly layers in a swirl pattern to blend foundation.
This is mean to be used with RMS’ cream foundation, so the product sits on top and doesn’t get lost in the layers of the brush. There’s a video on this brush below – she calls it a “definite yes” – and this gets good reviews elsewhere, too.
Nordstrom, as you know, has very smart customers and one of them from California had this to say on this brush:
“I wanted something quick and easy. I went and ahead and ordered this, and I have to say it has really made a difference in the ease of application and blending of my Uncover up foundation.
I always have a little trouble blending on the top of my nose, so I grab a dry beauty blender and just dab my nose a little to blend completely.
It took me a few days to get the hang of this brush—it’s stiffer than other foundation brushes I have, but now I’ve learned to use it gently—not a swirling motion but rather a light-pressure dabbing and sweeping motion. I watched an RMS Beauty “how-to” video on youtube, which helped a lot.
Worth it if you use the UnCoverup on a regular basis.”
Brush to Pass On in 2017
What’s new that you can pass on: The cute brush-sponge brush from YSL. From Yves Saint Laurent, the Top Secrets Satin Glow Brush is decked out in glossy black, gold letters and a delicate blush toe. The directions with this make absolutely no sense, and talk of pre-makeup brushing. I thought surely I’m misreading something but I hopped around the net a bit and found one pretty bad review out of Boston, where lots of smart people live, that said the brush is basically “cumbersome to use.” Save your $35, even though it’s cute.
Mariah brush review is after the 10 minute mark:
RMS Skin2Skin Brush
Sigma Detail Brush Set