Beauty Essentials

Most Used/Most Loved Face Brushes

September 15, 2014
face brush cover photo

Hi Everyone!

Today we’re talking brushes. My most used, most loved face brushes. Tools are a very important component of makeup, yet much less highlighted than all the products we use them with. I think knowing what tools a person uses is just as important as their products since the tools can make or break a look. I have definitely built up my brush collection over the last year, before that my tools were seriously lacking. I have found brushes that I love and ones that I don’t have a real use for, so I thought I would share the brushes that are always in my makeup routine. Today I’m going to focus on face brushes and save eye brushes for my next post.

Real Techniques Powder Brush

RT Powder Brush

The first brush that I want to mention is my RT Powder Brush. I mentioned this recently in my August Favourites, but I’m mentioning it again. While I think tools are important, I don’t think they need to be expensive. I have acquired several Real Techniques brushes and they are amazing quality and at a very budget friendly price. The powder brush is my go to bronzer brush that I use daily to warm up my face. The bristles on this brush are tapered, which is great for bronzer because when you dip it in the product, the whole brush head doesn’t get covered in product, only the very tip. I get the perfect amount of bronzer every time. This brush is also dense enough to buff out bronzer to look very soft and blended. I wouldn’t recommend this for contouring, it’s just way too big for that but for bronzing this brush is fantastic.

RT brush head- powder RT Powder brush density

Buy: This brush can be purchased on Real Techniques website (ships worldwide) for $10. In Canada you can also find Real Techniques at Winners although the brushes they carry vary.

Powder Brush

Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush


I don’t think a brush post could be complete for without talking about this brush. This is probably one of the most talked about brushes especially in YouTube land. I won’t disagree that this is a great brush, it does a great job of really blending the foundation into your skin to make it look really blended. It’s dense synthetic bristles blend foundation quickly and without patchiness. This brush is expensive, but I do get a lot of use out of it. It never sheds or loses it’s shape so I imagine that it will last a long time. I do really enjoy this brush and it’s does an amazing job of making foundation look seamless and natural, but if you didn’t want to spend that much on a brush, there are many other options that can lead to a similar result. This is my go-to for thinner consistency  and lighter coverage foundations, as this will make sure all the product goes right onto my skin rather than getting soaked up into a sponge. Definitely a great brush and a current staple in my face brush collection.

F80 Density f80 top

Buy: This brush can be purchased through Sigma’s website (worldwide shipping) for $24.

Sigma F80

Quo Face Contour Brush

Quo Face Contour

My third loved brush is a contour brush from the Canadian brand Quo. This brand is intended to be used for contouring, but I just found it too big for that purpose. It just really didn’t define my contour enough for my taste, but I did find another purpose for it. I love using this for blush. The angle is the perfect shape for blush and it’s natural goat hair bristles allow you to build up the product. For my face I like to focus blush on the backs of my cheeks to draw the eye upwards and this is the perfect shape to do that. The natural hair bristles do shed a little, but nothing major in the year I’ve had this brush for. This brush allows you to have a soft application initially or build it up. It’s easier to build up, than try and soften once you’ve put too much.

Quo Face Contour Head

Buy: I’m not sure if Quo does worldwide sales but in Canada, you can purchase Quo at Shopper’s Drug Mart for around $17

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

RT Sponge

My next most used brush isn’t even a brush at all, it’s an amazing little sponge. This sponge is my most used, most preferred foundation application tool. I really love this with heavier foundations (Estee Lauder Double Wear for example) as it really helps to make it look more natural and blend it with the skin. When I use this sponge I never have issues looking patchy or cakey with thicker foundations. For someone looking for an inexpensive foundation tool, I would give them this recommendation to start over anything else. I have had this sponge since April and even being washed every other week since, it’s in really good shape.


Buy: You can purchase this on Real Techniques website and many other online sites. I have seen this at Winners as well. It sells for about $6.

Miracle Complexion Sponge

Quo Kabuki Brush

Quo kabuki

I have one more Quo brush to mention in this post. This brush is a staple blending brush in my collection that I pick up so often yet never talk about. I don’t use this brush for applying any product, but I use it almost every day for blending. I use it to soften blush or blend out the edges of my contour. It’s very dense, so it’s capable of really softening a look, yet the natural hair bristles don’t pick up too much product. I will use the edge of this to blend out any harsh edges I might end up with to make everything look blended and soft. This sheds a little, but I expect that with natural hair. It’s nothing extreme.

Quo Kabuki Head

Buy: This can be purchased at Shopper’s Drug Mart. I’m not sure of the price on this one and Quo doesn’t have an online base for me to verify. I would say $17-$20.

Real Techniques Setting Brush


The RT Setting Brush is fairly new to my collection, but is completely essential to me. I initially got this for setting my concealer, but now I’ve found another use for it. I love this for setting my concealer as it picks up enough product to brighten like I like, but not too much so that it looks powdery or cakey. I also love this brush for applying highlighter, as it’s just dense enough to place the right amount of highlighter, but tapered enough to place it pretty precisely, an issue I was finding with the fan brush I was using before.


Buy: You can purchase this on RT’s website for $8 or sometimes find it at Winners.

Setting Brush

Sigma F86 Tapered Kabuki


Moving back to Sigma briefly, I have one other favourite. The F86 brush is my go-to concealer brush. When I first got this, it was part of a kit and I didn’t really have a purpose for it. After a few weeks of staring at it, I decided to use it for concealer because of it’s shape. I like this for concealer because it’s synthetic so it doesn’t soak up concealer. I really hate my concealer being soaked up because then I’ll still have visible darkness, but with this it just blends without absorbing. I like this over a sponge for concealer for that reason. It’s a bit big for concealer, but I am still able to get into the inner corner of my eye. I also like using the point of this brush for dabbing over redness, scars or blemishes to help conceal them further.

F86 Head

Buy: You can buy this on Sigma’s website for $24.

Tapered Kabuki

Real Techniques Contour Brush

Contour brush

The last brush that is so loved in my collection is my RT Contour Brush. This is the only brush I have found that gives me a soft, yet precise contour. Since I don’t have much angle in my face naturally, I really like my contour to be defined to create the angles I don’t have on my own. This is tapered enough to give me the defined shadow I like, but since it’s still rounded it’s not a harsh line on my face. This brush is perfect to blend the contour as well to make sure that it blends with my blush.

Contour brush head

Buy: This brush is currently only available in a set of 4 brushes, which is frustrating to me since there are some brushes in the kit that I don’t have too much use for. This brush is worth the price of $18 though and you may find use for the other brushes it comes with. You can purchase this on RT’s website or sometimes at Winners in Canada.

Core Collection

So that wraps up my most used face brushes! Let me know in the comments what brushes you can’t live without, I’d love to know!

Bye for now!


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  • Reply gracelalaland September 15, 2014 at 10:48 am

    My next one to get is the real techniques eye brushes and contour brush, have you tried the MAC brushes, they’re a little more pricey but their eye brushes and lip brushes are really good, i recommend them. I love your blog by the way, if you have time i’d love for you to check out mine.
    thanks xox

    • Reply Chelsey September 15, 2014 at 10:50 am

      I have a few real techniques eye brushes as well and I love them! And thank you for the suggestion, I will definitely check out MAC. Thank you, I’ll pop by and take a look!

  • Reply Louanna Rosset September 20, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I definitely need the RT brushes !!

    • Reply Chelsey September 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      They are amazing quality and worth well beyond their price!

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