Hi everyone! It's always great to find all of the brushes you could possibly need in a single brush set... wait- has that actually happened for anyone? Come to think of it, that hasn't really happened for me. Don't get me wrong, I've found some brush sets that I love & use constantly... but there are always those few brushes you don't have.
So I thought I'd blog about a few eye brushes that supplement my Sigma Complete kit, as well as a couple of other ELF brushes that are just great ones to have. They're all really inexpensive. They aren't necessarily the ONLY brushes you need... I mean, that's more of a personal decision for everyone- but you need to have a fluffy crease brush (those usually come in big kits). Hope this is helpful to you! Bullet points below explain the brushes as they appear from left to right..
- Essence of Beauty Crease Brush Duo... These brushes have been favorites of mine for a LONG time. You can find them at CVS drugstores for between 5 & 7 dollars. After years of use and many cleanings, these have held up wonderfully and I haven't had to repurchase. They're great for working color into your crease and creating outer V's... giving you the control to get the color right where you want it. I might use the larger of the two brushes to get color throughout the crease- and the smaller to define the shape. If you have small eyes and feel like most crease brushes are just too big- I think you'll really like these.
- ELF Essentials Brushes- Crease & Eyeshadow... The next two brushes shown are $1 brushes from the ELF Essentials line. You can check out these brushes and others at Target, as well as eyeslipsface.com. The first brush is called the "Eye Crease Brush"- and to me, it's sort of a hybrid between a crease brush and a pencil brush. It can be nice for smudging color- and it's a great shape for a medium-sized crease brush. It's not quite as precise as my Sigma pencil brush... but sometimes that's what I want. The second brush tends to come standard in most brush kits- but I wanted to mention it... since you can't beat the $1 price tag! This is the "Eyeshadow Brush"- great for just packing color on the lid. It's dense, soft, and surprisingly good quality. It's another brush I've loved for years!
- Sonia Kashuk Smudge Brush... My description for this brush: small but mighty. I have a LOT of brushes... but nothing quite like this. I love using it to smudge a powder shadow on my lower lashline... this brush provides a softer application than a sharp-angled liner brush. You could also get a smudgier application of cream liners with a brush like this. While this brush isn't very wide- it has a little more thickness to the bristles than angled liner brushes. It's only $4.99 at Target, and I think you'll find a lot of ways to use it!
- Coastal Scents Mini Brush... This teeny tiny brush has been great for getting a really controlled application of color wherever you want it. I use it most often to get a light shade in the area around the tear duct. One small problem- as I started blogging about this brush, I realized I couldn't find it anymore on the Coastal Scents website. I think it technically was called the mini contour brush- which doesn't make much sense to me... but still- I couldn't find it. I did find this brush though- which seems pretty similar and less than $3.
Amid all of this brush talk- please don't forget that sponge tip applicators (that some people will tell you to just throw away when you get your eyeshadow palettes) are NOT worthless. They're great for packing color on the lids, and even with a lot of brushes at my finger tips- sometimes the sponge tip just works best! It's also great for applying baked shadows wet! :)
- I know I've already put this on Twitter & Facebook today, but who cares... I GOT TO SEE A ZEBRA TODAY! For a morning show segment. Even though it was rainy & cold and I left the place smelling like farm- it was awesome.
- Thinking about making my next Shopping List Ideas a "rediscovered" shopping list ideas video. All this blogging and less makeup shopping this month has caused me to uncover some hidden treasures in my own collection.
- Tyler's latest sweet potato endeavor: mashed sweet potatoes... with just a little salt & butter. Huge success! I told him he must post a guest blog about all his sweet potato stuff.
- Time to have some dinner. Have a nice night everyone!