A Foundation Brush Journey & Discovery!
Here's a little story....
I loved applying foundation with my fingers. I used my fingers to apply foundation from 1986 until 2015 exclusively on my face. In 2015, I decided to use foundation brushes.
I tried several and Sephora's #47 became my favorite. I liked the #47 but it could leave streaks if you weren't making Xs as you applied foundation. It was nice for sheer to medium coverage looks. It allowed me to even out my complexion without covering the freckles in the center of my face, usually 5-7 minutes.
Until I got my hands on a Kevyn Aucoin foundation brush. The first time I used it, I was like, "Okay I see you!" The dome shape of the brush in spite of being a huge foundation brush allowed me to easily get into the nooks and crannies of the face (I'm over 50). It glided over my face quickly and gave me an airbrush full coverage. The only downside is when I was on autopilot. On those occasions, my freckles disappeared. LOL! Still, one of my favorites for the times I want a full coverage for special occasions in 4- 5 minutes.
The brush that retired Kevyn Aucoin to special occasions was the Sonia G. Base One. Sheer, medium and/or full coverage was achieved within 2 to 4 minutes. I fell in love with this awesome creation of a foundation brush.
I thought I was brush-obsessed until I read about Sonia G. and got my hands on her brushes. I can admit to being cynical about all the hype too. Sonia is that B**** when it comes to making makeup brushes. I am not mad at her.
I type all of this to let you know I am serious when it comes to brushes. I adore Wayne Goss Airbrush, #02, #08, Anniversary 2 set and I could go on. You get it! Chikuhodo and Surratt also have some go-to brushes in my collection.
We all that typed the mic drop moment and the brush that holds the ultimate crown in my collection is the Rae Morris Jishaku Brush 26: Radiance!!! If I could only have one foundation brush. Hell if I could only have one makeup brush, this would be the only brush in consideration.
The clouds parted (in my mind) when I used this brush the first time. In seconds, I had airbrush medium coverage allowing my freckles to shine through. And my skin was radiant. I've tried it with Danessa Myricks Vision Cream and other foundations and it is always AMAZING!
I believe Rae Morris recommends applying foundation to brush and then go horizontally across your face buffing the foundation in your skin. I apply the foundation with a finger to my face with 4 quick crude streaks hitting cheeks, forehead, and chin.
In SECONDS (less than 20 for me), I have the perfect foundation application allowing me to easily hit my ears which I usually forgot until this MAGICAL brush.
My french bulldog Jocko chewed up a couple of my brushes. UGH! I will not be replacing his victims. I can honestly type if he got his teeth on this brush I would have no problem spending the $$$ to replace it. I am comfortable spending $20 to $32 for an individual makeup brush and $100 to $175 for a set. Anything above those price points takes a lot of consideration and thought. My willingness to spend over a hundred dollars to replace one brush if necessary speaks volumes to its quality and importance in my makeup routine.
Rae Morris states she believes this is the best foundation brush in the world. I disagree. I think most likely the universe. I don't think an extraterrestrial could top it!
The Rae Morris Jishaku Brush 19: Lip Brush is a winner too! I just wish she'd create a travel one with a lid.
Excellent with one small negative
This was certainly a splurge, and i feel good about it. Now to the brush; does this smell a little goaty at first? Yes, yes it does, for the first few washes then it went away. This doesn't bother me at all, I'm a knitter and used to the smell of various natural fibers. Is it soft? Lord yes. The brush is large and different from any other I've used so took some getting used to. But it leaves the most natural, streak free finish in half the time. The one con: it shed, more than i would like. It shed one annoying hair every time i used it for the first 4-6 washing ( used daily, washed about once a week). Then one partial hair for the next3-4 weeks. Seems to have stopped than goodness. It has become my favorite foundation brush, one day i may buy another.