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I wish I had at least two of these brushes...

When I first started the blog, I had exactly three kinds of brushes:  paddle brushes, angled brushes and one lonely oversized paddle brush that I referred to as a fluff brush.  It really wasn't a fluff brush.

My brush collection has since grown, and even with the number I've collected, I can still tell that I'm comfortable with certain shapes of brush.  I often find myself reaching for the same brushes over and over for different products, and wishing I had backups.  Theoretically, brushes should last forever (if you treat them right), but spot cleaners shorten their lifespan dramatically.

Counterclockwise from the left...

Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
I use this brush for concealer every single day all over my face.  The synthetic fibres are so beautifully even and dense that it's almost like using your fingers to blend out the colour, except that this gives a much more airbrushed finish.  I don't like using face brushes more than once (especially since this one covers blemishes), so having one (or two) more would come in really handy.  It's also great for blending out cream products.

MAC 239
This quintessential shader brush is sneakily thin -- it's greatest quality.  Not only does this effectively lay pigment onto the eye, it's thin enough to line under the eye and the inner corner.  I used to use only one brush for my entire eye look, so it's not like this is the most revolutionary of notions, but the 239 makes it so easy.

MAC 217
Here's a secret:  I already have two of these.  I want a third one.  I use one for powder products, the other for cream, and I desperately want a third to blend out product.  I always finish my looks by using a clean brush to blend out the edges, and none do it so perfectly as the 217.

MAC 263/266
I'm not even sure which one this is, but they're both great.  The 266 is slightly stiffer, but the difference is extremely minimal.  I use these for my brows, for my liner, for my lipstick, for my inner corner highlight, and most often:  drawing webs/stars/lace on people's faces for Halloween.  Yes, it happens once a year, but that's when they get the most use.

Shiseido Perfect Foundation brush
This is one of my favourite liquid foundation brushes.  The best part is, I think it could be used for powder and cream also, which is why I want a second one.  I regularly use this for cream blushes that lack pigment like the Tarte cheek stains, and they buff in the product beautifully.  The bristles are so incredibly dense that they'll blend out any cakiness and leave your skin with an air-brushed finish. Watch this video where the makeup artist uses the brush with all different textures.

MAC 187
This is hands-down my favourite brush for ultra-pigmented blushes, cream, gel or powder.  It just stipples on the tiniest amount and makes the colour much more manageable.  It's also easy to build up a concentration of colour.  I often use this with my cream bronzer for a more natural-looking contour.  I want a second one for powder -- it gives the most beautiful, light dusting.  I usually use it with pressed powder or my Guerlain Meteorites.

NARS Yachiyo
I love, love, love this brush for blush, bronzer and highlight.  Here's a secret: I also use it for foundation on days that I want high, but light-feeling coverage.  I think I could own three or four of these.  I wish they made them in a smaller size!  It'd be even better for focusing colour.  If I'm not mistaken, Hakuhodo makes a similar one?

What brushes do you wish you had multiples of?  Share below, I can't wait to check out your recommendations!


  1. I really like the look of the NARS Yachiyo, fluffy! I have multiples of quite a few mac brushes, I'd like to have multiples of the RBR powder brush but I would need to have multiple wallets for that ;)

    1. Ooh, which MAC brushes have you got multiples?

      Just checked out your RBR brush review -- it looks amazing! I can feel myself about to spend my workday googling them. Uh oh.

    2. 239,217,224,266.
      The RBR are really nice, just a shame about the price ;)

  2. oooh i always wanted the yachiyo! oh well. i love brushes but they are just too much money!

    1. I know, it's ridiculous how expensive they can be! The Yachiyo is well worth it though, if you have to get just one face brush, that's the one I'd choose =)

  3. The 217 is one of my favourite brushes. It's so versatile and so great with different products. I'm like you, I have two already but I feel I need another one too! I also really want to get my hands on some Real Techniques brushes, they're only available in the US right?

    1. After writing this post I caved and got a third one. Such a good idea =P

      Real Techniques is only available in the states Im afraid, or you can look on ebay, but they're so expensive on there that I'd rather make the drive and have access to other US-only goodies!

  4. I'm the same with brushes- I have my favourite one that I like to use for different products so I'm wanting to expand my collection too and this post has certainly helped!
    Also, I was just reading about your Korres lipbalm below, it really is lovely in my opinion!
    Anyway, I have just become your newest follower and I would love to have a chat sometime, you seem so lovely! So please come and say hi! :)
    Hope to hear from you,
    Laura x

    1. Nice to meet you! So glad the post helped :) Thank you for following and I can't wait to chat with you more!

  5. I actually just bought doubles of MAC 217 and 219. I use 219 to both highlight the inner corners and go over my lower lash line with eyeshadow. I used to have to wash it too often because I don't want to mix the dark shadow I used last time with the light one I'm using for the inner corners this time. I do want a new 239 as well, but I checked the 239's out at the MAC store and found them different... (actually my new 217 and 219 are different from my old ones as well) not in a good way either. The brushes nowadays seem fluffier and rougher around the edges. I don't know if I'm the only one who feels that way.

    Totally want a spare Shiseido foundation brush too!

    1. Yeah, the 187 I just bought seems much fluffier and less dense, so that's the one I'm designating for powder. If they feel rough, try giving them a conditioner bath, they soften up quite a bit.

      The drugstore near me has a Shiseido promotion going on if you buy a Shiseido foundation but I'm not sure which one to get...

  6. I only have the 187 from your list, but even then, my mother stole is from me. I used to think I needed more of them, but haven't replaced it yet, so maybe I don't.

    However I keep hearing about the Shiseido one, and really want to try it out...just gotta wait...til Christmas. I'll possibly treat myself to it then :P

    1. You're in Canada, aren't you? You should stock up your SDM points and redeem yourself one on one of those mega points days! I think they have a huge one in December; I'm already making my wishlist!


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