Buy High/Buy Low: Blush Brushes for Sheer Application

Smashbox Buildable Cheek Brush and Real Techniques Blush Brush
Smashbox Buildable Cheek Brush and Real Techniques Blush Brush

What can I say?  In my opinion, these brushes just work.  Maybe you are someone that has been intimidated by blush.  Or you’ve given up on blush because you always apply too much.  You may also just like more subtle makeup.  No matter the reason, you may want to give one of these two brushes a try for achieving a light application of blush.

If you are not new to makeup, this information may be common knowledge to you.  But keep in mind, there are new people just getting started with makeup all the time.

Blush brushes for light blush application: Smashbox Buildable Cheek Brush and Real Techniques Blush Brush

The loosely packed bristles don’t pick up too much product, giving you control over how much color is on your brush.  These brushes make it foolproof to apply cheek color with a soft, sheer application.  If you are heavy-handed or new to using blush, the Real Techniques Blush Brush may be preferable.  Its light-colored fibers allow you to see exactly how much product is on the brush.

In contrast, a dense brush would both pick up and deposit more color to the cheeks.  You can see in the picture below, how loose the bristles of the Smashbox Buildable Cheek Brush (right) are in comparison to the Smashbox Precise Cheek Brush (left).

Smashbox Precise Cheek Brush and Smashbox Buildable Cheek Brush
Smashbox Precise Cheek Brush (left) and Buildable Cheek Brush (right)

 

The length of the bristles also makes a difference even when the shape of the brush is similar.  As you can see in this next example, the Sonia Kashuk Brush (left) has a similar shape, but the shorter bristles are denser.  The longer bristles help sheer the product, moving the pigment further than the shorter bristles would.

Sonia Kashuk Blush Brush and Real Techniques Blush Brush
Sonia Kashuk Blush Brush (left) and Real Techniques Blush Brush (right)
Sonia Kasuk Blush Brush (This is possibly discontinued, it is no longer listed on the website as a single brush.  I personally don’t see the value in brush sets, but it is available as part of a 4 piece set and a 10 piece set.)

 

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**Disclaimer:  I purchased all products featured with my own money.  For my full disclosure policy, click here.

 

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