My Make Up Brush Collection

Hey Internet Friends,
I have been wanting to do this post ever since I started this blog, not because my collection is massive or because I want to show off, just because brushes are one of my favourite things in all things beauty. But this is a long post to write so I needed the time to do it justice and do it properly.
Ps. I don’t usually use brushes for what they say there for…

All brushes out

In PotI like to keep my brushes on top of my make up cabinet, in this cute little utensils pot. This way not only are my brushes right where I get ready in the morning but I can also see everything I have without having to unroll matts and cases which can become tiresome.
All my brushes are synthetic and therefore cruelty free and super soft.
Not to mention, look how pretty they are!

Face Brushes
Foundation Brush
Real Techniques Face Brush
This is the more standard and expected foundation application brush, this brush is angled which means it works great for full coverage foundation.
Sculpting BrushReal Techniques Sculpting Brush
This brush has a wide angled edge designed to make contouring easy and really be used to shape the face however I tend to use this brush for foundation application. I find it works really well for medium and build able coverage as you can really blend the product well.
Expert Face BrushReal Techniques Expert Face Brush
This brush is also designed with the application of foundation in mind however I prefer to use it to apply blusher and highlight, I have a really small face and feel this fits perfectly on the apples of my cheeks.
Blush BrushReal Techniques Blush Brush
Although this would work wonderfully as a blusher brush I much prefer it for applying setting powder, I feel like this brush would be too large to apply blusher to my face and due to its amazing blending quailty works really well for finishing powder.
Blusher no7No7 Blusher Brush
Because of my tiny face, this again is a brush that I use differently from its intended purpose. I tend to use this brush for my bronzer and contouring as it really lets me find the lines of my face and is a really nice blender.
ConcealerNo7 Concealer Brush
Love love love this brush! Honestly couldn’t live without it, this is perfect for blending concealer especially in difficult places like under the eyes and around the nostrils.
Although I do find that product just sticks to this brush and its very stubborn to clean.

Eyes & Brows
Base Shadow
Base Shadow Brush
This brush was bought as part of the Real Techniques Eyes Starter Set and is perfect for applying base eye colours and applying a lighter colour to the whole lid.
eyecolourNo7 Eye colour brush
Because this is a cheaper brush than the Real Techniques I prefer to use this for applying eyeshadow primers. The reason I prefer to use a cheaper brush for this is because the primers can be really thick and tend to damage bristles especially if not cleaned straight away.
CreaseReal Techniques deluxe crease brush is again part of the Real Techniques Eyes Starter Set and is absolutely perfect for applying the darker colour to the crease and for blending packed shadow bases.
accent brushReal Techniques accent brush is also part of the Real Techniques Eyes Starter Set and works great for detailed work like the inner eye, brow highlighting and smudging.
Fine line brushReal Techniques fine line brush is another part of the Real Techniques Eyes Starter Set for application of gel, creme and liquid eyeliner and is an incredibly detailed brush that allows you to get super close to the lash line.
Brow BrushReal Techniques brow brush is the last part of the Real Techniques Eyes Starter Set that works really well with my benefit zing brows kit and general application of powder to the brows for a really defined look.
Brow Brush 2This brush I do sometimes use for eyebrow application but I also like to use it for lip lining and smudging as the angled edge and smudging side work super well for getting lipstick super perfect, especially if its a tricky one like Kate Moss Rimmel 107.

I hope you enjoyed a little peak into my brush collection, I desperately wanted to post this because I LOVE reading posts like this!

Do you have any brushes that you use for a different purpose?
Can you recommend any other brushes I should be adding to my collection?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop x x


15 thoughts on “My Make Up Brush Collection

    • hollypopmatthews says:

      That’s a very tough question. I’d probably say the sculpting brush or the expert face brush. Just because of the truly flawless blending you can achieve and the different uses they have 🙂
      Thanks for your question! 🙂 xx

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  1. shepic83 says:

    Your brush collection is beautiful!! Great post! I always love to read about how other people use each type of brush because there are just so many different techniques for each kind depending on the person.
    I especially love your concealer brush and really need to pick one of those up (as I typically just use my finger to blend, and it sometimes doesn’t do the job effectively enough and will appear cakey).
    The only brush I would suggest adding to your collection is a traditional Kabuki brush (my oldest obsession). They are great for blending the makeup already on your face to even things out and smooth any lines or unevenness, and are fantastic for applying mineral powders, bronzers, finishing powders, and especially highlighters. The brushes are also usually all synthetic, which is a huge requirement for me 🙂 my favorite kabuki brush is my Dior brush (#17). It’s a little pricey at $52, but well worth the splurge. 🙂
    Thanks for the great post!
    Ps Your storage pot is adorable!!

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    • hollypopmatthews says:

      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the post!
      I do need to invest in a decent kabuki brush, I’ve look for one for a while and really want the real techniques one but I will check out the Dior counter next time I’m about 🙂 xxx

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  2. Becca says:

    This is a great post, I’m glad I’m not the only one that doesn’t use the brushes for their intended purposes! 🙂 You have a really lovely collection of brushes! I need to try some of those eyeshadow brushes. Also, I love the little utensils pot you store them in!xx

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  3. samstearman1980 says:

    Great post chick! It’s interesting to see the different uses people use their brushes for. I wouldn’t mind trying the eco tool brushes i am definitely going to add to my real technique brushes. I have the full collection of body shop brushes too and they are amazing.
    I would love the mac brushes but think they are a bit pricey, maybe a christmas treat??? 🙂

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