IT Cosmetic Brush giveaway

IT brush giveaway

Welcome to the newest Beauty Info Zone giveaway. As you surely know we are big big fans of IT Cosmetics and today we want to share that love with you. 5 lucky winners are in store for a great surprise in their mailbox.

Take a look at the 5 brushes in our giveaway and decide if you have a favorite:

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores No. 701

The Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores brush is from the recent TSV. The bristles on this are heavenly soft with each brush hair infused with anti-aging collagen, silk, niacin and antioxidants. Not only is it cruelty free as are all these brushes but it’s soft enough for the most sensitive skin. We have 2 of these for the giveaway.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush No. 702

The IT Cosmetics CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush is also infused with the same magic. This has a custom cut rounded head that helps blur and perfect the look of your skin. It’s a wonderful brush for foundation since it helps erase the appearance of lines, pores and imperfections. One person will win this.

IT Cosmetics Angled Foundation brush

IT Cosmetics Angled Foundation brush is from a prior TSV with different colored bristles but the softness and quality are the same. The bristles are angled and 3 shades for that “skunk” brush effect.

IT Cosmetics Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush No. 704

IT Cosmetics Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush is similar to No. 702 Skin Perfecting Brush, the difference being that this one has an angled top. What we love about these new Heavenly Skin brushes is that they are skincare infused for anti-aging.

These brushes can be used for skincare, foundation, or blush/highlighter/contour. However you want to use them, you can.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: There will be 5 winners from the US and Canada. If you have a preference for a particular brush be sure you mention it in the comments. As usual you must be a subscriber to Beauty Info Zone and comment. Those two are musts. It’s surprising how many people forget to comment on the blog. Only email me ([email protected]) if the comment box Speak Your Mind is closed. You want Rafflecopter to know you commented. The giveaway is open through April 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Good luck and good skin.

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IT Cosmetics holiday brush sets make holiday shopping a breeze

In my world there’s nothing more exciting than cosmetic brushes. I am a brush fanatic and there’s always room for more. I use different brushes all the time and love to switch around the ones on my vanity. I’ve also found that a set of brushes fits every woman just right. No guessing about size or favorite colors. No worrying that it’s not her style. Brushes are always in style and IT COSMETICS makes some of the best sets around. Today I have two of 4 sets that are available and Lisa will share the other 2 soon.

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The two I have are perfect for my world. I keep my brushes in cups so that I can see them easily and know what to grab for. ALL THAT SHIMMERS has a cup I’m in love with along with 5 of their perfect brushes that fit in it perfectly. These 5 Must Have Luxe Skin Loving Brushes make up a set that will add sparkle to your life and sparkle to your giftees eyes when they open these up.

IT Cosmetics All That Shimmers, cup and brushes

The kit is exclusive to ULTA with brushes to make your life a breeze. The brushes are all full size with silver ombré handles and a matching brush holder. Open it to find powder, foundation, eyeshadow, crease, and smudger brushes with that oh so soft Heavenly Luxe cruelty free hair.

My favorite brush in All That Shimmers is the Brilliant Powder Brush. This is so useful for me and I use it to blend everything on my face. I can gently dust powder on as well as blend blushes with ease.

IT Cosmetics All That Shimmers Brilliant Powder and Radiant Foundation

The Radiant Foundation brush gives an airbrushed finish. It’s so soft and doesn’t force your foundation to go on, it just subtly reminds the product to look its best. (Yes my brushes have personalities!)

IT Cosmetics All That Shimmers Stunning Eyeshadow, Dazzling Crease, Luminous Smudger

Stunning Eyeshadow Brush is one that I like for all over the eye since it’s on the large side. It’s wonderful for blending when you are done so that your colors mesh perfectly.

Dazzling Crease is next and gently applies color in the crease area. Since the cruelty free hair is so soft it doesn’t apply shadows in a blob. I like it to diffuse cream shadows so that they look even on my lids.

The fifth brush is the Luminous Smudger, a great brush for around your lash lines. Apply the color directly with the brush and then smudge to soften the look. Use it too for a sharp crease color that you want to stand out. I’m especially happy to have this brush in the collection since it’s unique to me.

IT Cosmetics All That Shimmers

With ALL THAT SHIMMERS you’ve got a hit on your hands. This is available only at ULTA.

IT COSMETICS’ LIMITED EDITION HEAVENLY LUXE BRUSH SET is exclusive to QVC and is available on Easy Pay. This is for the woman in your life who travels or doesn’t have a place to safely keep brushes clean. I know many cat owners who have to hide their brushes so that they can’t become kitty toys!

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Brush Set

There are 4 brushes but actually 5 since one is double ended. There’s a little crossover so you may not want both yourself (unless you are like me and there’s never enough). These are all Heavenly Luxe brushes that have that unbelievable softness that we’ve come to expect from IT Cosmetics.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Brush Set

The French Boutique Blush Brush has been custom cut and works by hugging the apples of your cheeks. They recommend smiling so you can see where to sweep the blush. Then finish by sweeping up to your temples without adding more color.

French Boutique Blush Brush

My favorite brush is the Dual-Ended Concealer Brush. It’s particularly good for travel since the ends are covered. One side is fluffy and that’s the side I like for under my eyes since it helps to diffuse my concealer. The other flat side is great for larger areas or problems of concern where you need a heavier layer. It also doubles as a dual sided eyeshadow brush since both ends work easily with shadows.

The Buffing Brush is a flat top brush that works especially good with powder foundation. Work in circular motions and soon your skin can look softly focused and naturally flawless.

The last brush is the Wand Ball Brush and is a great powder brush. I also use this brush after I’m done to make sure everything on my face looks finished without any harsh lines. It’s great for blending so you don’t end up looking like a scary star caught in the lights.

Buffing Brush and Wand Ball Brush

The Brush Roll itself makes this a very handy set to own. Not only do these brushes fit in perfectly but there are slots for more brushes with 8 small loops and 4 larger ones to hold the brushes in place.

IT Cosmetics Heaveny Luxe Brush Set

Both of these sets are great deals and will bring you years of use. Add these to your wishlist or your shopping cart – you won’t regret it.  —  Marcia

Beauty Junkees Duo Fiber brushes, part two

Beauty Junkees Duo Fiber Makeup Brush Set

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Just yesterday my blog partner shared her Beauty Junkees Powder Makeup Brush Set and today it’s my turn to share the new Duo Fiber Makeup Brush Set from Beauty Junkees. But I have something that Lisa didn’t and that’s a discount code for you. Whatever your heart desires from Beauty Junkees at either Amazon or the Beauty Junkees website you can breathe a little easier with this code!

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Now let’s get to the good stuff. Beauty Junkees 6 brush Duo Fiber set is already a bargain at $29.97 so it’s even more of a find at $22.47. You’ll be amazed at the soft and efficient brushes in this set. Like other Beauty Junkees brush sets this comes in a cosmetic case for storage or travel. You do have to air out the case at first though because it has a small plastic odor but it’s gone within days once opened.

This 6 Piece Professional Quality Makeup Brush Set Includes: Pro Duo Fiber Eye Blending Brush, Pro Duo Fiber Blush Brush, Pro Duo Fiber Fan Highlighter Brush, Pro mini Duo Fiber Stippling Brush for Concealing, Pro Duo Fiber Large Powder Brush, Pro Duo Fiber Large Stippling Brush for Foundation, plus a large makeup brush case to protect your brushes in travel.

Beauty Junkees Duo Fiber Makeup Brush Set

Beauty Junkee brushes are synthetic brushes with solid wood handles, copper ferules, and dual crimping to make the brushes last longer. I don’t get any shedding with these brushes.

Why do you want a duo fiber brush you ask… (you did ask, didn’t you?) The short bristles hold the product, while the long bristles blend to a featherweight finish. That’s what you call the best of both worlds. They work beautifully with powders, liquids and creams.

Duo Fiber Eye Blending Brush

Pro Duo Fiber Eye Blending Brush:Best used for a sheer application and smooth blending of loose powder and cream eye shadows.” I use this brush for applying cream shadows, not for powder application. I have some new shadows from Inglot that I adore (review upcoming) that are perfect for this eye blending brush. It buffs the shadow on smoothly and evenly leaving my fingers clean.

Beauty Junkees Duo Fiber Blush

Pro Duo Fiber Blush:  Best used to apply blush to your cheekbones, evenly and lightly distributing and blending the product for a sheer flawless finish.” I like separate brushes for cream blush and powder blush but this works so well on both types that I’d love an extra of this one. It’s just the right size for my cheeks and the softness is luxurious.

Beauty Junkees Duo Fiber Fan Brush

Duo Fiber Fan Brush

Pro Duo Fiber Fan Brush: “Best used for quick and easy highlighting! Just a few easy sweeps on the top of the cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, above the lip.” Do you like to highlight? If so you need this Fan Brush. It surpasses my much more expensive Smashbox one with ease. It’s great for all over powder too. You’ll get so much more use out of this brush than you think you will.

Beauty Junkees mini stippling brush and large stippling brush

Pro Duo Fiber Large Stippling Brush: Works great to stipple liquid foundation, blends evenly and flawlessly for an airbrushed finish. Also used with BB/CC creams and tinted moisturizers. Applies cream blush like a dream.” Pro mini Duo Fiber Stippling Brush: Perfectly blends concealer and color corrector into the skin for a sheer flawless finish.” Yes you need two Stippling Brushes. You don’t think you do as you are reading this but once these brushes are in your hands you’ll wonder how you got along without two sizes. It’s the mini that gets used by me the most since it’s unlike the other brushes in my vast collection. It’s a great size with a head that’s 2.5 cm wide compared to the 3.25 cm large stippling brush and it fits in where a larger brush won’t.

Beauty Junkees mini Duo Fiber Stippling Brush

Pro Duo Fiber Large Powder Brush: Blends and diffuses powder for a softer, more natural and flawless finish.’ This is the largest brush in the set and reminds me of my first duo fiber brush from Prescriptives and later MAC. The fibers are looser on this and the Fan Brush than the others in the set. It’s wonderful for loose powders as well as pressed powders. When you want to highlight your shoulders or decolletage this or the fan brush are what you should reach for.

Beauty Junkees has so many brush sets that are just amazing. The quality vs the prices will thrill you. One of my favorites ever is the Mini Kabuki set that has brushes that are normally only found in expensive sets. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with a Beauty Junkees set. They even have a 30 day guarantee. I can guarantee though that you’ll love this set.  —  Marcia

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set

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Limited Edition Artis brush sets on HSN that you don’t want to miss

 

Artis Elite Mirror Smoke Collection

Starting Sunday August 13th through August 26th HSN is featuring two ARTIS ELITE COLLECTION PRECISION BRUSH SETS. Of all the brushes I own Artis are the absolute most luxurious. I use one of my Artis brushes every day so these sets are very appealing.

Artis chose to focus on the smaller areas of your face: eyes, lips, and brows for example. Each of their two ELITE COLLECTION Precision Brush sets are going to be available in special metal Art Portfolio Cases. There are two variations that contain the same item, just the finish of the brushes are different.

Features:

Elite Mirror/Smoke, Linear 1

Elite Mirror/Smoke, Circle 1

Elite Mirror/Smoke, Oval 3

Elite Mirror/Smoke, Oval 4

Portfolio Box, Metal

Elite Mirror/Smoke Collection Booklet

Artis Elite Mirror Collection

Artis Elite Mirror Collection

If you don’t know about Artis brushes it’s time to find out. These luxurious brushes have been created by one of the makeup industry’s innovators and a former MAC Cosmetics senior executive. Founder Matthew Waitesmith has always had a unique and forward-looking perspective on makeup and application.  He was convinced a true makeup brush should be focused on the challenges of makeup “self-application”, and delivering superior cosmetic performance. Waitesmith pushes the envelope of what makeup brush design can be with Artis, offering a complete range of patented, Designer Cosmetic Brushes which combine ergonomics with design, function and performance.

My very favorite brush is the Oval 10 that I use for foundation. It makes applying makeup one of the best parts of the day. Soft yet plush, it’s heaven on earth.

Artis Oval 10 Brush

During the last HSN special I bought the Palm Brush. Basically it’s the same brush as the Oval 10 but without the handle. The Oval 10 takes a very long time to dry. I wash it about twice a week but I was miserable when it was out of commission. The Artis Elite Palm Brush was on sale with free shipping and no tax and I couldn’t resist. Call me happy!!!

Artis Elite Palm Brush

Artis Elite Palm Brush

Lisa has reviewed the Artis Elite Smoke Linear 1 brush and is mad about this.

Artis Elite Linear 1 Brush

Don’t miss out on these Special Edition (aka limited edition) “Precision” Elite Collection Brushes in Portfolio Case. While the winter holidays are months away I can’t imagine anything better than showing this to my loved ones and having it given to me then or now! —  Marcia

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Add Macy & Mia to your life for wonderful cruelty free fun!

macy and mia bag frontMacy & Mia was created by artist DJ Victory and it’s such a fun exciting brand. We were lucky enough to receive products from this cruelty-free line and we’re having a ball using them. Even better though is introducing you to the brand knowing that they donate 10% of retail sales to Pay It Forward For Pets, a 100% non-profit organization dedicated to helping animals in need. DJ Victory is a hero to us in that way.macy and mia card

MARCIA HAS A UNICORN BRUSH COLLECTION AND THE SILICONE SPONGE

Macy & Mia Silicone Sponge Makeup Applicator

Macy & Mia Silicone Sponge Makeup Applicator

I’m sure you’ve read about the new Silicone Sponges. These work to help you with your foundation application. Macy & Mia’s is the only one I’ve tried and I love the bright pink of it. The silicone sponge has a thermoplastic polyurethane outer shell and is filled with silicone. It’s soft and pliable and it’s PINK!!

Macy & Mia Silicone Sponge Applicator

Macy & Mia Silicone Sponge Applicator

There’s a learning curve with this kind of applicator that can be frustrating but once you have it down you’ll find that just a drop of foundation is enough to cover your entire face. ($7.99)

The 5 PIECE NEON BRUSH SET is the cutest item I have in my collection. These cruelty-free magical brushes have added some fun to my vanity.macyandmia unicornMacy & Mia have a variety of Unicorn brushes that would make the best graduation gift for someone in your life. They are fun, colorful, vegan, cruelty-free brushes that will bring a smile to someone’s face.

Macy & Mia Neon Unicorn Brush Set

Macy & Mia Neon Unicorn Brush Set

The 5 piece Neon Unicorn Brush Set is on sale right now for $14.99 which is a great price, regular price is $24.99. There are 4 face brushes and 1 eyeshadow brush with neon synthetic bristles. These are super soft so they are lovable!

Macy & Mia Neon Unicorn Brush Set

Macy & Mia Neon Unicorn Brush Set

In addition to this set there are others like a 5 piece Pastel collection and a 5 piece Multi-colored collection (3 face, 2 eye brushes, $14.99), a 10 piece Unicorn collection (6 face, 4 eye, $$24.99), and their 11 piece Original Brush set in a makeup pouch ($49.99)

Macy and Mia Original Brush Set

Macy and Mia Original Brush Set

The vibe I get from Macy & Mia is a “girls just wanna have fun” one and I love that fun.

Macy & Mia Lip Liner in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner in Samantha and Tristan

LISA HAS CRUELTY-FREE LIPSTICK/LIP LINER SETS 

Ok, true confession:  when I first saw the colors of these lip sets, two words ran through my mind:  OH NO.  I never thought in a million years that these shades would work for me…plus they are matte.  That alone is usually the kiss of death for my thin, skinny lips.  My MO is to brighten my lips up as much as possible and give them all the thickness I can get without needles full of Restalyne, typically with tons of shine and shimmer and pinky/rosy/peachy shades.  But I was very happy to give the Matte Liquid Lipstick & Lip Liner Sets a whirl, especially after I read this quote from DJ Victory:

“It’s my hope that each morning when women apply their makeup that they will remember that they are beautiful with or without it. I try to be always grateful for what I have. Sometimes that is difficult when we live in a society that makes us feel less than if we don’t meet certain beauty standards. I hope these beautiful colored lipsticks and fluttery eyelashes remind women to always see the beauty within themselves and others as well as to show compassion, teach gratitude, and remain humble.”

How can you not adore her??

Macy & Mia Liquid Lipstick in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Liquid Lipstick in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner in Samantha and Tristan

Ok, so back to the Matte Liquid Lipstick and Lip Liner Sets ($24.99).  The Lip Liner is a gel liner that glides on and creates a perfect canvas for the Matte Liquid Lipstick.  Matte lipsticks are notorious for showing every crack and wrinkle, so a matching creamy lip liner that also acts as a moisturizing balm is a total bonus.  Lucky for us, the liners come free with these!  The shades are very interesting – the two I tested are most definitely throwback shades to the 1990’s, which is a lot of fun.  If you wear them full on, they dry matte and stay on for a long time with strong opaque color.  Or, as I discovered, you can blot blot blot right after application, and they are the shy sister of the full on bold color – pretty, feminine, still unique but oh so wearable at any age.  Yay!!!!  These are sets that my 17-year-old steals when I’m not looking, but I still want them enough to refuse to give them up.  They are pretty terrific.

Macy and Misa Tristan Liquid Lipstick (macyandmia.com)

Macy and Misa Tristan Liquid Lipstick (macyandmia.com)

 


Tristan Liquid Lipstick is a cool coco brown that takes me right back to 1996. Interestingly, I see this shade on the high school girls all of the time now…it’s definitely making a comeback.  I never thought I could wear it, and when I first put it on I was like, oh hell no.

Macy & Mia Liquid Lipstick in Tristan

Macy & Mia Liquid Lipstick in Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick swatches in Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick swatches in Tristan

Wearing Macy and Mia Liquid Lipstick in Tristan

Wearing Macy and Mia Liquid Lipstick in Tristan

Luckily I grabbed a tissue and did the classic lip blot three times, which was the exact magic formula to make this shade work beautifully for me.

Macy and Mia Samantha Liquid Lipstick (macyandmia.com)

Macy and Mia Samantha Liquid Lipstick (macyandmia.com)

The Samantha Liquid Lipstick is a smokey lavender with grey undertones.  Again, I thought oh no way can I pull this off.  But guess what?  With the three magical blots I not only pull it off, I love it!!  It turns into a soft grey purple berry shade that is different and feminine.  So pretty and it reminds me of spring lilacs.

Macy & Mia Liquick Lipstick in Samantha

Macy & Mia Liquick Lipstick in Samantha

Macy & Mia Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick swatches in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick swatches in Samantha and Tristan

Wearing Macy and Mia Liquid Lipstick in Samantha

Wearing Macy and Mia Liquid Lipstick in Samantha

I am just shocked that I love the shades Tristan and Samantha, and I adore the moisturizing lip liner and liquid lipstick combo.  In fact, I would go so far as to say I am rather obsessed.  I really want to try Jennifer, which is a deep pink; Jessica, which is a pale peach; and Heather, which is a mauve/neutral nude.  I honestly can’t wait to try them all.

A the BIZ, we love animals as much as we love cosmetics.  So it’s no surprise that we adore the super fun Macy & Mia line and are thrilled that part of the profits go toward Pay It Forward For Pets, a 100% non-profit organization dedicated to helping animals in need.  We really hope you check out this whimsical yet practical line for yourself!!

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Cosmetic brush giveaway – 3 winners

Beauty portrait of a woman with cosmetic brush over blue background

As we are finishing up our 7th anniversary blogging celebration the timing coincides well with me packing to move. I’ve found treasures galore for my readers. I’m sad to see these go but I just have to downsize. Hopefully you are one of the 3 winners.  —  Marcia

Winner 1: Rock & Republic set contains 8 brushes: powder, blush/foundation, angled eyeliner, fluffy eyeshadow brush, large laydown or highlighter brush, medium size laydown brush, pencil brush, lip brush.  Rock & Republic went out of business several years ago which is a shame IMO. These brushes are all cruelty free. Silver handles

Rock & Republic Powder Brush (amazon)

Rock & Republic Powder Brush (amazon)

Winner 2:  Francesca Guerrara large foundation brush, Francesca Guerrara large taklon brush (concealer, foundation, eyes), Cat Cosmetics pencil brush, Stila fluffy small eyeshadow brush, Stila flat top eyeliner brush, Tarte taklon brush for cream products, Lottie London eyeshadow brush, BellaPiere angled eyebrow/eyeliner brush

Francesca Guerrara large concealer brush (amazon)

Francesca Guerrara large concealer brush (amazon)

Francesca Guerrara #37 Perfect Foundation brush (amazon)

Francesca Guerrara #37 Perfect Foundation brush (amazon)

Winner 3: Sorme Blush Brush, Trish McEvoy foundation brush (discontinued, lucite handle), Luxie skunk brush, Luxie Tapered Blending e/s brush, Nikka K rounded eyeshadow brush, Raw Color large eyeshadow brush, Inspr fine angle brush, Luxie Eye Blender Brush Pack (2 brushes), Bobbi Brown Face Blender

Luxie 514 blush brush (amazon)

Luxie 514 blush brush (amazon)

Bobbi Brown Face Blender

Bobbi Brown Face Blender

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  This is an international giveaway unless prohibited to receive this kind of mail (for example Germany doesn’t allow it, Quebec doesn’t). I make no guarantees about receipt once it leaves my hands if it’s out of the US. I pay the postage for all of these giveaways so I don’t often have WW giveaways but these aren’t terribly heavy and I want our international readers to have a chance.

The giveaway is open through 5/8/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. If comments close you can email your comment to me at [email protected] and label it Brushes. Do not email me unless the comments are closed though (Speak Your Mind). You MUST be an email subscriber and comment. Good luck!!

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Makeup Wars – favorite brushes

Each time Makeup Wars comes together to share posts a topic is decided. While we all don’t post on every one, this week’s is definitely going to be a popular one. MAKEUP BRUSHES!!! We are all beauty enthusiasts so favorite brushes is done with ease. For me though it’s narrowing down my huge collection to just the ones I use all the time. I love luv crave brushes and even though I have over 100 the ones I’m sharing today are the ones I use every week if not daily. A few were sent for review but the majority are ones I’ve purchased and would gladly do again.

Favorite makeup brushes

Favorite makeup brushes

ARTIS ELITE MIRROR OVAL 10

Artis Oval 10

Artis Oval 10

When I first reviewed Artis Oval 10 I didn’t realize that it would eventually become my all time favorite face brush. I am madly in lust over this brush. At the time I was using it for powder but I soon learned that it was ideal for foundation. It gives me the smoothest visage ever and makes my skin look airbrushed. With over 250,00 soft bristles it marries the best of two worlds with its softness and refined blending application.

Artis Oval 10 Brush

Artis Oval 10 Brush

At $77 it’s expensive but the cost is small in proportion to my use and adoration. (Available at Saks and the Artis website)

MAC EYESHADOW BRUSHES

MAC eye brushes 239, 272, 219, 217

MAC eye brushes 239, 272, 219, 217

My first cosmetic job was as a freelancer for MAC Cosmetics. I lived and breathed MAC and that’s when my brush collection really grew. I had (past tense) a pro discount and knew that what I used on clients was what I wanted to use on myself. They are still the eyeshadow brushes that get the most use. It might have something to do with owning duplicates of them – ahem. MAC’s eye brushes all start with the number 2 in their numbering system.

MAC 242 is my favorite since it does just about everything – lays down color, blends shadows, the tip can be used with liner, and is great with both soft colors and more intense ones.

MAC 239

MAC 239

MAC 272 sadly has been discontinued – I don’t know why though since the curve makes it great for the browbone area as well as the lid. It works the same as the 239 but it has the great angle to it.

MAC 217 was always my favorite blending brush but unfortunately the newer ones are bigger and not up to the original. I still love it though and use mine constantly. I’m sure I’ll wear them out at some point.

MAC 217

MAC 217

MAC 219 is my favorite pencil brush. Shockingly I only own 1 of these but I’d happily buy another.

MAC 219

MAC 219

The MAC brushes aren’t enough to keep me satisfied, sort of like Lay’s Potato Chips, I can’t stop at one.

BEAUTY JUNKEES MINI KABUKI SET are brushes that you just can’t beat. Fabulous for eyeshadows and even better for concealer. I pretty much use these interchangeably. At $14.97 this is affordable luxury.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set (Eye Makeup Brushes: 5 pc Precision Brush Set)

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set (Eye Makeup Brushes: 5 pc Precision Brush Set)

Favorite eye brushes: Shu Umera 10, Make Up For Ever 218, Anastasia A6, Cinema Secrets 12, Smashbox 4

Favorite eye brushes: Shu Uemera 10, Make Up For Ever 218, Anastasia A6, Cinema Secrets 12, Smashbox 4

5 other brushes that get a lot of use include the Shu Uemera 10, made of Kolinsky/Sable. It’s an extreme luxury at $95 but it’s worth it if you have the money.

Make Up For Ever 218 Medium Blender Brush ($25) is great with powder and cream shadows. I use it for blending as well as application.

Make Up For Ever 218

Make Up For Ever 218

Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro A6 is my newest brush (reviewed here) and it’s quickly became one of my favorites. Of the three brushes I received from them I notice that I’m reaching for A6 the most. I love it as a firm blending brush.

Anastasia Beverly Hills A6

Anastasia Beverly Hills A6

Smashbox 4 was one of my first highend cosmetic brush purchases. I don’t think you can find this anymore which is a shame. It was called a concealer brush but I love it as a cream eyeshadow brush. Why do brands discontinue their best products?

Eyebrow brushes are my newest obsession and my two favorites are from IT Cosmetics and Full Brow. IT Cosmetics Build a Brow Brush 12 is unique because of the bristles. They are of different lengths so they really reach into your brows to deposit color. It works especially well with a cream brow product. Full Brow is perfect for powders. It just seems to apply the powder more easily and evenly.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow Brush #12 and Full Brow eyebrow brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow Brush #12 and Full Brow eyebrow brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow Brush #12 and Full Brow eyebrow brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow Brush #12 and Full Brow eyebrow brush

MAC CHEEK BRUSHES: There are two MAC Cheek brushes that I use all the time. For blush I like the large angled MAC 168. Some blush brushes are so big that I’d end up with blush all over so a smaller size is my jam. The other is MAC 165, I’ll use it for blush and it’s wonderful for highlighting and contour. Sadly it was an LE brush but the Tapered Face Brush 138 would do the same job though it’s bigger.

MAC 168 and 165

MAC 168 and 165

Even though I could go on forever I’ll stop with 3 of my favorite face brushes.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder No. 8, Japonesque Kabuki, Wayne Goss 00

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder No. 8, Japonesque Kabuki, Wayne Goss 00

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush is the softest, fluffiest brush. I think mine was part of a TSV (which is why you should always pay attention to the TSV!!). I love IT’s brushes and this one is a great example of what cruelty free brushes are all about.

Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush

Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush

The Japonesque Kabuki is long discontinued. It’s similar to Nars Yachiyo Kabuki though it was less expensive. It’s not the softest brush but it’s wonderful still for cream blush. It picks up the color well and diffuses it so my cheeks are softly blushing. japonesqueWayne Goss 00 is now only available as a duo – one black, one white. I bought it in a preorder and was able to buy just the one. Go find a friend to split this duo with! This is what I expected of all my Wayne Goss brushes. This is perfection in the way it applies any powders as it just hugs my face and feels like a baby bunny. I’d use it for foundation if I didn’t have the Artis.

While I really haven’t given you many wallet friendly brushes I personally think that brushes are an investment and that they are often worth the extra money. I’m sure if I were first beginning I’d look at ELF, EcoTools, Beauty Junkees, and Real Techniques to shore up my collection. But my shares today are my best and brightest.  What brushes make you stand up and applaud?  —  Marcia

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