After spending money on a nice foundation, the idea of paying extra for an accompanying brush can be a pain. There’s no doubt about it, makeup brushes are often the product we put on the back-burner, assuring ourselves that we will invest in a good set, however, just not today. And though we understand that purchasing beauty tools can be expensive, overwhelming and not overly exciting, the difference a good quality, soft-bristled brush can make when you’re applying something as important as foundation is remarkable.
Unsure what we mean? Allow us to elaborate. Incorporating a well-crafted makeup brush into your routine will be the difference between a flawless face and a streaky, patchy base. Plus, thanks to some incredibly clever drugstore brands, a decent brush doesn’t have to cost you a small fortune.
So if you’re in the market for your first foundation brush or perhaps you’re after an upgrade, keep reading as we breakdown the best foundation brushes available no matter your skin type, budget or coverage preference.
Revlon Buffing Foundation Brush
If you dabble between liquid and powder foundations, this brush will cater to both formulations. Revlon’s fluffy foundation brush works to evenly buff a light layer of product into the skin, leaving you looking dewy and fabulous.
“It perfectly cover my foundation without fail! The bristles are soft and easy to use. My skin is smooth and looks natural! Plus the foundation is not wasted or absorbed by the sponge like before. Great tool, Revlon!” – Beautyuser_410235
Want to know more? Read more Revlon Buffing Foundation Brush reviews…
$14.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
If you prefer your foundation brush to be on the firmer side, we recommend the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. The 100 per cent cruelty-free bristles will deliver all-over, flawless coverage for liquid and cream foundations.
“The bristles are soft but densely packed and so the brush is nice and firm for buffing. I dot foundation around my face with my finger beforehand just to get an even distribution, and then use the brush to blend it out.” – Isolda
Want to know more? Read more Real Techniques Expert Face Brush reviews here…
$24.99 at The Iconic
Nude by Nature Liquid Foundation Brush
Another example of why you don’t have to pay a truckload to get a decent brush. Built with ultra-soft bristles made from synthetic fibres, this cruelty-free makeup tool makes for a seamless and smooth application.
“The brush allowed me to efficiently apply and distribute the product evenly & thoroughly over the entire face, neck, hard to reach areas like crevices in nose and around the eyes.” – Beauty2018
Want to know more? Read Nude by Nature Liquid Foundation Brush reviews here…
$21.95 at Adore Beauty
HOURGLASS Vanish Seamless Foundation Brush
If you want a foundation brush that will also apply your concealer, blush, bronzer and highlighter, then do yourself a favour and add this multitasker to cart. Made with PETA-approved (and ultra-hygienic) taklon bristles, the HOURGLASS brush can be used to seamlessly buff, pat and contour on any skin type.
$71 at MECCA
NYX Professional Makeup Pro Dual Fibre Foundation Brush
The full, fluffy bristles on the NYX Professional brush allow for a streak-free foundation application every single time. Enjoy the freedom of switching between formulations as this multi-use brush works for both liquid and powder products.
“This brush has long and shorter bristles and is actually an amazing brush. I love using it on thicker foundations that don’t work so well with other brushes that I usually use, as it is dense enough but due to the fibres blends amazingly.” – Lianatriesmakeup
Want to know more? Read NYX Professional Makeup Pro Dual Fibre Foundation Brush reviews here…
$39.95 at Priceline
Clarins Multi-Use Foundation Brush
Fancy the bare-faced look? The Clarins flared brush has been built with soft synthetic fibres to naturally blend liquid, cream or powder foundations.
Want to know more? Read Clarins Multi-Use Foundation Brush reviews here…
$46 at Clarins
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Have you tried any of these foundation brushes? If not, which brush do you use?