Monday, 7 March 2016

5 AFFORDABLE MAKE-UP BRUSHES YOU NEED TO TRY

THE BEST AFFORDABLE MAKE-UP BRUSHES, ZOEVA BUFFER BRUSH VS REAL TECHNIQUES STIPPLING BRUSH



Although I like to think of myself as a make-up collected and enthusiast, I will admit that I am definitley a bit of a hoarder. I haven't yet written about my brush favourites, and when it comes to the quality, longevity and affordability of brushes, my favourite brands have to be Zoeva or Real Techniques.
I have never had an issue with either of these brands. I have never experienced any bristles falling out or the brushes losing their shape from either brand and they are my holy grail/go-to brushes. I recently picked up the Real Techniques Stippling Brush again after not having it in my collection for some time and realised that I had totally forgotten how good it was. Shame on me! It's inspired me to share a little round-up of my favourite brushes that I continually go back to again and again!

Firstly I'll start with the Zoeva Brow Liner Brush, this is a total steal as it can be bought separately for under £10 on Beauty Bay so there really is no excuse for not owning it. It's great for ensuring your eyebrows look perfect in record time and can also be used for eyeliner. It can be used with powder or gel products and I don't find myself ever reaching for anything else since owning this.

I also swear by the Real Techniques Setting Brush. This is the perfect under-eye powder brush as it's so small it won't interfere with eye make-up or make your skin look cakey, granted that you're tapping off the excess of any powder you're using. This is such a 'light' brush that it can be used for highlighter too.

Zoeva Buffer Brush vs Real Techniques Stippling Brush

These under-rated two, the Zoeva Buffer Brush and Real Techniques Stippling Brush, look very similar but work in vastly different ways. The buffer brush is way more dense and works better with runnier foundations such as Mac Studio Waterweight that need more blending or 'work' than your typical foundation such as Studio Fix. The Stippling Brush is more of an all-rounded and can be used with any product in my opinion. It's a very 'quick fix' brush. Both do give a seamless finish on the skin and wash very well.

Black vs pink beauty blender

Although it's not a brush, I had to include it in this post. The Beauty Blender is something I cannot fathom not buying months ago. I'm sure by now you all know of this product so I will skip the long introductions, but if you are toying with the idea of buying the Real Techniques Sponge instead for the lower cost, splurge on this product. There is nothing that can compare to the Beauty Blender. It truly is the one and only and you will definitely notice a difference in your foundation application between this and cheaper dupes. I own the original pink and pro black version, but I can't say there is a big difference between the two. They both give the same beautiful finish. I would recommend the black if you are a MUA as the stains won't show, although they come out with washing-up liquid and some time by the sink.
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15 comments

  1. I use all Real Techniques at the minute including their Beauty Blender, I really want to try some Zoeva brushes though! x

    www.shayholly.co.uk

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    1. Zoeva are really great value for money.. And pretty! XO

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  2. Agreed, there is nothing else like the Beauty Blender - I've just included it in my Feb Faves! I'm glad I found your blog, I enjoy your style of writing :)

    www.heygeorgiegirl.com

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  3. I adore Zoeva brushes - my favourite is the stippling brush! After reading this I really want to try the Real Techniques Stippling brush, sounds amazing!

    Zoe x
    https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/styling-chapters-13652133

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    1. It is, it's very cheap too as its always on offer in Boots or Superdrug :) XO

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  4. I have the RT sponge thing, i'm not the biggest fan. I definitely prefer buffing brushes over it. Maybe i'll invest in beauty blender see if that's better! xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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    1. I love buffing brushes if I'm in a rush or have a watery foundation! Do it, the BB is amazing! xo

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  5. I love the beauty blender it is amazing!
    Paula | www.namelessgap.blogspot.com

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  6. real techniques is amazing but i'm dying to try some zoeva ones!

    danielle | avec danielle / giveaway

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  7. I use that Real Techniques Setting Brush literally every day - I think I have about 3 of them :') I really like the Zoeva Buffer for a full coverage base xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  8. Hi, just wondering if you have tried any of the morphe brushes? They're so reasonably priced i'm thinking maybe they will feel overly rough or break quickly? Any thoughts?
    xx

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    1. I haven't but all those new indie companies that use Youtubers to promote their products are generally repackaged chinese products, just with their brand label stuck on. I've heard they're good though :)

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  9. I'm beginning to love Real Techniques brushes...they're wonderful. And by the way, I found you on an Instagram share thread on FB and followed your blog cause I really like it =).

    Monica | www.strangeandpretty.com

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    1. Thanks! Glad you're enjoying my blog xo

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