How do I love my Everyday Minerals brushes, let me count the ways:
1. They're CHEAP
2. They're synthetic - no more rubbing furry creatures on my face! Yes!
3. They're incredibly soft. The hairs are wonderfully fine.
4. They're sturdily made and synthetic bristles will be hardier than non-synthetic.
5. I can use them wet, dry, with cream or liquid bases without fear because they are (again) synthetic!
6. They are cute (yes, it matters!).
I bought these two Everyday Mineral brushes out of need, but I'm so pleased with them I'm now eyeing the entire Everyday Minerals brush range (someone, stop me! Pleaaaase!). Now that the general praise is aside, on to individual brush reviews!
Flat Top Brush ($10)
Although Syen bought this brush and the eye kabuki brush she's not a mineral cosmetic user (except for eyeshadows), so she can't really review them for their original purpose - buffing in minerals.
I'm truly impressed with this flat top brush. Now I have synthetic kabukis from Lily Lolo and Young Blood, and I hate them both so much that I was really dubious about buying this. But the rave reviews could not be ignored, and my Bobbi Brown Kabuki was starting to get split hairs. So I ordered this brush and could not be happier.
Besides all the above perks, it applies mineral foundation like nothing else. Fuller coverage, yes. But also a more natural finish. The hairs are so soft and fine they also allow for layering without mussing the underlying layers. And it layers on foundation without looking cakey. Wonderful!
Eye Kabuki Brush ($7)
This brush really is too large to use as for eyeshadow application on Asian eyes. Sure you can use it to give a sheer wash of highlighter, or to blend out shadows, but in general it would apply too imprecisely for eyeshadow application. For this I'll stick to my MAC blender brush.
But it's in the buffing in of mineral concealers, spot applying foundation for extra coverage, or very precise highligther application down your nose that this brush comes into its own. Previously, I used to have to clean off my blender brush to do all this (sometimes I'd forget, with disasterous results). Also my poor blender brush is ALSO getting split ends, so it's good that the tougher duties are now relegated to this precise kabuki.
What I love about its application is that it applies densely, but is soft and full enough that you can buff lightly for a more even and natural application that blends into my foundation. I might like it a little fluffier, but it's a unique brush and one that's a daily staple for me already!
Ps. Yes, I nipped the pics from Syen's post - with her permission. ^_^