Monday, 7 December 2015

My Favourite Makeup Brushes

 favourite makeup brushes zoeva real techniques no7 boots

I thought today I would share my favourite makeup brushes! These are the ones I use every day and some of them I have doubles for because I love them so much!

favourite makeup brushes zoeva powder real techniques setting brush

Some powder brushes I've used in the past are massive and while I like my powder, I sometimes feel a little like they make my makeup look a little cakey! This one is a great size and works perfectly to spread my powder evenly over my face! I got it in the Zoeva Rose Golden set which is expensive to fork out for but the quality of the brushes is amazing so it’s definitely worth it!

I never used to use this one until maybe the start of the year when I realised my powder brush wasn't great at reaching under my eyes and my concealer was creasing a little. This brush solves that problem for me! I sometimes use a different powder to the one I use all over my face such as a banana coloured powder to help brighten this area and it works so well, I couldn’t be without this one now!

favourite best makeup brushes no 7 blush zoeva luxe sheer cheek brush

No7 brushes are seriously underrated! This is actually the third incarnation of this brush I have gone through. It was in the first brush set I ever got years ago in a No7 Christmas set and I used it for blusher until replacing it when it got a little too worn looking and starting to use it for contour. I then rebought it a few months ago as they updated the brush line and mine had started shedding a little! This is my favourite brush for contouring as it's quite small but not completely flat so there are no harsh lines and it fits nicely under my cheek bone! It’s really soft so blends easily and it’s probably my favourite brush ever! I've got about 2 to 3 years daily use out of each of the previous versions I've had and while it’s quite pricey for a drugstore brush, if you get them with a £3 off No7 voucher they work out much better!

I switch quite frequently with this brush and a Zoeva 128 Cream Cheek brush depending on what blusher I am wearing but at the time of taking these photos I had just got the Hourglass blush palette (found it in stock online at John Lewis!) and this is the most perfect brush for applying those blushers! I have preferred to use an angled blush brush for the last few years as I feel I can apply my blush much more evenly and this and the Zoeva 128 are the perfect size.

favourite makeup best brushes real techniques base shadow angled zoeva pointed crease wing liner eye brush

I actually have two of these brushes, one from the starter set (of which this is the only brush I rate) and one from the Nic’s Picks set. This is by far my favourite brush to apply eyeshadow with. It’s soft, flexible but not too flexible and applies just the right amount of eyeshadow. I wish they would make this available as a single brush because I would definitely pick up a couple more, mine are starting to look a little battered but they still work really well!

At first I thought this brush would be too stiff to apply a darker colour in my crease but it works perfectly to add a bit more depth to my eyes!

This is my favourite blending brush to use, I love that it’s angled! I find it fits my crease better and allows me to blend more effectively! This is another brush I wish Real Techniques would sell separately as I love it so much!

This is another brush I have two of and originally talked about in this post! I use this bamboo handled one for my eyebrows when I’m using powder for my brows or my Anastasia Dipbrow pomade and I also use the one from the rose gold collection to apply eyeliner (usually just a black eyeshadow). It’s not too firm so I get a really natural look when using this!

I generally use my fingers or a Real Techniques sponge/Beauty Blender to apply my foundation so don’t really use brushes for that! Let me know what your must have brushes are!

Danielle xx
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  1. I really like Real Techniques brushes too :)


    xo, Liz
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    1. They are so good! I definitely prefer the eye brushes to the face ones but they are great on a budget! Xx

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  2. i really do need to get me a few zoeva brushes! They are soo freaking pretty and good quality!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  3. My must have brushes are the Real Techniques contour brush and the Real Techniques powder brush. I need to pick up some Zooeva brushes because they look ans sound amazing!
    Nice post :)xxx

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    1. Zoeva brushes are so good! I actually don't like the RT contour brush but maybe I should give it another chance! Xx

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  4. Thank you for sharing! Zoeva brushes look great, even if they're a little bit expensive maybe, but I will definitely try them in the future.
    I followed you by Google Friend Connect, hope you'll do the same!

    Have a nice day xx
    Muffin

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    1. Zoeva brushes are great! They are expensive to pay for all in one go with the sets but it's really good value! Xx

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  5. I love my Zoeva Rose Gold brushes but the powder and blusher brushes are actually my least-used! I love the Petit Crease though and also use the winged liner for the ABH dip brow :) I use both the RT brushes here everyday too, along with the setting brushes for concealer and powder. Looks like I need the No7 brush next seeing as I love all your other picks xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. Hehe let me know how you get on if you do buy it! I'm obsessed, I couldn't be without it! Xx

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  6. Your brush set is amazing! I've been meaning to try the no7 eye contour brush for ages. I mainly use my RT brushes, from the core collection A LOT, or the Nanshy brushes for eyeshadow :)

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    1. Aw thank you! No7 brushes are so underrated! I haven't tried any Nanshy before but I've heard good reviews :) xx

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  7. I love Zoeva brushes for my eyes, the Petite Crease and Wing Liner are my favourites as well. Recently I got some Morphe brushes and they are really great! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. I need to get some more Morphe brushes, they are great quality and value too! Xx

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  8. These are some of my favourites too, I love RT and Zoeva xx
    Glossy Boutique

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  9. I'm planning on purchasing some Zoeva brushes, everyone raves about them and they're not too expensive. I love your picks!

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    1. They are great quality brishes and have so many sets to choose from as well as buying single brushes if you want to try one or two first :) xx

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  10. I loved this post. Anything makeup brush related peaks my interest!

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  11. I have the two RT's eyeshadow brushes :) I really want to try Zoeva brushes. I love Sigma ones :)

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    1. I've never tried Sigma but I would love to, I've heard great reviews on their brushes! Xx

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  12. The real like the real techniques brushes! Love your blog!
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  13. MAC 239 & 217 are the two eye brushes that I can't be without! I really need to get my add in gear & order some Zoeva brushes! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. I don't have any MAC ones but they look great, especially the eye ones! You need some Zoeva in your life! Xx

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  14. Indeed you need the best tools for the trade, these look great too.

    xoxo - Style.. A Pastiche

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  15. I also love RT and Zoeva brushes. My favourite ones have to be the RT buffing brush + blush brush and Zoeva 227 blending brush (might even prefer it to the Mac 217) and the cheek brush that you have. My go to brands. In terms of brushes, however... I didn't like the RT one. Much prefer the Beauty Blender. x

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    1. I've only had my Beauty Blender for a few weeks but I'm really liking it! You're the second person to mention the MAC 217 so I'll have to have a look at it :) xx

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  16. Ok I've been wanting to try out Zoeva for sooo long! I sold on these brushes! :D

    Nati
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    1. They are so good and they look so pretty! Xx

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  17. The setting brush I actually use as a powder brush, it's so small it can reach anywhere. This is such a lovely post!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

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    1. Thanks Jodie! I would be sitting all day if I did that, I like my powder haha but I love it for under the eyes and round my nose! Xx

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  18. I love RT brushes, they are affordable and quality is great! I still haven't tried any Zoeva brushes, I should really purchase some. I have had rose gold set in my wishlist for so long :(

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    1. It's a lovely set! They are great quality brushes! Xx

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  19. You definitely made good choices!
    I personally love the brushes by Bobbi Brown a lot.

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    Kat

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    1. I've heard they are really good too! I've never tried them though! Xx

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  20. The Real Techniques brushes are my favorite inexpensive brush! I've gotten so many people hooked on them. The stippling brush is probably my favorite. It's held up really well for years!

    -Alex
    A Northern Light

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    1. They are such good quality! I definitely get more use out of the RT eye brushes though! Xx

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  21. I also love Real Techniques Setting Brush for setting my concealer :)

    Paula
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  22. Seeing your super clean brushes reminds me that I should probably clean mine ... ahah!

    Zoeva brushes are some of my favourites too! I absolutely love their blusher and luxe petit crease brushes too, I couldn't get on with the powder brush though. I like using the ecotools mattifying finish brush instead

    Eselle

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    1. They didn't stay like that for long! Will definitely have to check out that ecotools brush!

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  23. I really want to invest in some of these brushes!

    Speckle of Lisa

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    1. They are so good and all 3 brands have big ranges to choose from! Xx

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  24. I love these brushes, they look so nice and fluffy. I recently discovered Real Techniques and I think they make some great brushes!

    xoxo Emily
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    1. I think so too! Would love to try a few of their Bold Metals collection brushes! Xx

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  25. Wow there are so many brushes! How do you maintain them all ~ (: I only have one and I have a hard time keeping it clean (: x

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    1. I try and wash them once a week! (But it's usually more like 2 weeks!) xx

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  26. I already love Real Techniques brushes, but I've been dyyyying to try Zoeva! They have some of the prettiest brushes on the market from all of the ones I've seen, and they seem like they have a really nice range to choose from that I'm hoping to invest in soon.

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    1. They are lovely! You won't be disappointed when you get your hands on some! Xx

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  27. I love Zoeva brushes, and the gold set is amazing! *-*
    xoxo
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  28. I really love Zoeva brushes they're so affordable and the quality is so good, I've got the rose gold volume 2 set for Christmas and I can't wait to get them!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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    1. It's so pretty! I have my eye on one of their eye sets next! Xx

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  29. Great picks, Real Techniques are definitely my favourites!

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  30. I love RT brushes, they`re quality is so good and they`re so affordable. Most of my brushes are from them, but I recently got some Seventeen brushes and much to my surprise, they`re quite goof, especially the eye shadow blending brush.

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    1. My post tomorrow is about some Seventeen brushes I got in a GWP last week :) I was impressed too! Xx

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  31. Great post....thanks for sharing!

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  32. Love the look of those Zoeva brushes, the rose gold is so gorgeous! Great post :)
    xo Kiki
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  33. great post - thanx for sharing

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  34. Ooooh all of these brushes are so pretty & I like them all! I just wish I never had to wash brushes...that would make makeup a lot easier haha xx, adaatude.com

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    1. Hehe I know, it's such a chore isn't it! Xx

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  35. I really need some Zoeva brushes, everyone always raves about them! I love their Real Techniques brushes though, so affordable xx

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    1. Zoeva brushes are amazing! Love RT too, they have some great ones! Xx

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  36. Great post! I really had a great time reading your blog and I found it more interesting. And I really loved your affordable makeup brush set because of the designs of their handle. Thank you for sharin!


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