Smashbox make great brushes and this brush is no exception. It’s different from other stippling brushes I have in that it has a slightly smaller head and it is slightly denser than some of my other stippling brushes such as the MAC 187, Blank Canvas F03 or Real Techniques Stippling Brush.
The other stippling brushes mentioned have slightly larger heads and are fluffier in comparison. I quite like that though as I find it works better for foundation application due to the density it has.
It’s not overly dense by any means, it does have some fluffiness to it, but because of the density it has, it works better for applying foundation in my experience.
I’ve used this to apply my Smashbox BB Water, Covergirl ‘Ready, Set, Gorgeous’ foundation and others with a similar texture/consistency and it has worked wonders.
This following information is what Smashbox have listed on their UK website for this brush.
You can’t retouch this! Take your look from flat to #flawless with this stippling foundation brush that delivers sheer to full, airbrush-like coverage. Stipple for an airbrushed finish. Buff in for a natural look.
- Pairs perfectly with liquid foundation
- Creates a flawless, airbrushed finish
- Duo-fibers provide customizable coverage
- Short and long bristles ideal for buffing and blending
- No-guesswork grips show where to hold for sheer to full coverage
- High-tech synthetic fibers provide durability and control
I don’t like it for applying thick foundations such as my Smashbox BB Cream, Covergirl ‘Outlast Stay Fabulous’ or ‘Outlast, Stay Luminous’ foundations. Because they all have a thick consistency I struggle to blend them out seamlessly with this brush. They work better with a flat-headed brush or a beauty blender.
Foundations/BB Creams etc with a thinner consistency work better with this brush because it’s not overly dense it blends them out better and more seamlessly. There are no streaks or any patchiness etc. It’s seamless.
The head is a lovely size, it’s not too big or too small. The bristles are lovely and soft too. They’re not scratchy, hard or uncomfortable and don’t irritate my skin in any way.
I really like the handle on it too. It’s a thick, but sturdy handle. It’s not so thick that I struggle to hold it.
This brush costs’ £25.00 / €30 which is pricey for an individual brush, however, I feel the quality, reliability and durability of Smashbox brushes warrants the price.
I have the Smashbox Arch Liner Brush which I’ve had for around five or six years now and despite regular use and washing, it has held up well and is still going strong so I’d have no hesitation in paying £25 for one of their brushes given how long they last and how well they are made.
Until next time, take care xx