Aug 02 2015

Beauty Tools Tag: My Favorites for Face & Eyes


Some time ago, I was tagged by the lovely Stash Matters to do the Beauty Tools Tag. Basically, it’s all about featuring some of your favorite tools that help you along in your beauty (makeup) routine.

Beauty Tools Tag

The Rules:

  • Tag up to 5 people & let them know you tagged them.
  • List what you want. If you got three things that are unbelievable or twenty. Don’t care, just share.
  • Cannot be actual makeup, skin care, or hair care products – just the tools/gadgets you use.


My Picks for the Face:
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Beauty Blender (Alternative: Real Techniques Complexion Sponge): The best things ever invented to apply foundation, in my humble opinion. Cannot live without them and there are usually two of each in my collection at any given time. Yes, because you are meant to use them damp, they do take down coverage slightly but its so worth it for that ultra smooth, airbrushed, sans brush stroke finish.


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Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush (Alternative: Shany Mineral Powder Brush): I’ve spoken about both of these brushes before (here and here). The Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush is my all time favorite for applying and buffing in very fluid foundations to absolute perfection (i.e. my beloved Chanel Lumiere Velvet and newcomer NARS All Day Luminous). It is about mid-range price wise, retailing for $25.00 USD. So worth it in my opinion. However, the Shany brush is almost an exact dupe, though the handle is not as heavy as the UD version. The only downside is that it is only available as *part of the SHANY Pro Signature Brush Set of 24.

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Real Techniques Multi Task Brush: My HG brush for Blush. There is something about the shape of this brush that works really well the slope of my cheeks. Like they were made for each other. It applies color in just the right places and I never, ever have to worry about looking like a clown. Unfortunately, the brush is not available for individual purchase, as far as I have seen, but is part of the RT Travel Essentials Kit which retails for about $18.00 USD.

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*Elf Studio Powder Brush: For $3.00 USD (Technically $5 in The Bahamas if you can find it in stock), everyone should own at least one of these brushes. I have four. Personally, I love it for its intended use – powder. The dense, flat head presses powder evenly and seemlessly into the skin for an soft, airbrushed effect.  And the bristles are so soft. Works great for liquids as well. Bottom line: Get One!


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*Sedona Lace Tulip Contour FB 03 (Full Review): Picks up the perfect amount of product whether I’m setting powder or dusting on a highlighter to the top of my cheek bones.  The shape makes it easy to work with under the eyes or atop the cheek bones.


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*NARS Ita Brush (Full Review): Most of the brushes I’ve mentioned in this post are relatively affordable, some down right budget buys. This is the exception. Retailing for $39.00 USD, it is an investment and one to be sure about before handing over the cash to own. As I said in my original review, you can basically contour blind-folded with this brush.


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Real Techniques Setting Brush: As is the case for almost everyone else who owns this brush, I use it to set powder underneath the eyes. There are two in my collection so that I always have one handy while the other one awaits washing or is drying.


My Picks for the Eyes:

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Shany B13 Brow Brush or IT Cosmetics Airbrush Angled Liner Brush (Full Review): Something about the length and feel of the handle on the Shany Brow Brush makes it so comfortable and easy to use. The angled brush head is stiff but flexible, making it splendid for both brow and eye work. The It Brush is similar, but I prefer the handle on the Shany.


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*Elf Essential Blending Eye Brush (Review): Perfect for more precise crease work, especially adding in and concentrating those darker colors. It’s a dollar, you guys. Again, I own four or five at least.


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*Sedona Lace Synthetic Blender EB 13 (Full Review): A great one for blending and diffusing colour on the lid. I use almost everyday (I have a full size and a travel size).


I Tag (No Pressure):


Dagmara, Mummy’s Beauty Corner

Jen, In the Beauty Box

Katie, Plus+ Beauty

Laura, Pink Frenzy

And anyone else who wants to share!




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  1. Looking forward to doing this tag! You have a great selection of brushes here! I love the RT setting brush! xx


    1. I look forward to seeing and reading about your choices hun! x

  2. I’ve wondered if the Urban Decay blurring brush was worth the hype.

    1. To me, it most certainly is. 🙂

  3. This is such a fun tags, Kimmy!
    Glad to hear your thoughts about all these stuffs.
    Elf brushes/products are always pocket-friendly 🙂

    Have a lovely day!

    Jhem |

    1. Thank you Jhem. Do you own any elf brushes? Which are your favorites?

  4. I have a few RT brushes and I use the buffing brush every time I wear foundation. I had no idea about the setting rush though but I love how small it is and looks perfect for the under eye areas.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. The Setting brush is amazing! You’ll love it. 🙂

  5. Hey Kimmy, OOO I might work on a post like this! I don’t have THAT many brushes, but by now I have a good little stash and some are just my favorites! The NARS Ita brush looks interesting!

    1. You should, Sunny! I’d love to read it! xo

  6. I love my Beautyblender, I rarely use anything else for my foundations.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. Same here. 🙂

  7. This has made me want to go buy more makeup brushes!!
    I LOVE my real techniques sponge thing, it works so nicely, I also love the RT duo fibre powder brush.

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

    1. Hehe. Sorry to enable. At least most of these are affordable, though. 🙂

  8. Yay, you did the tag! 😀
    That e.l.f. Powder Brush is pretty nice, isn’t it? I gave mine away to a friend (she had NO powder brushes and I have too many) but I’m tempted to repurchase it one day. I can’t believe you have FOUR!
    I have that Sedona Lace Tulip Contour brush too – I really should use it more often.
    The Sedona Lace Synthetic Blender brush is AMAZING, one of my favourite synthetic brushes for the eyes (and normally I’m not a big fan of synthetic brushes for eye makeup).
    Great picks – I own about 50% of what you listed! 🙂

    1. Great minds think alike! 🙂 Definitely go get you another elf brush, girl! (well, in 2016 that is, hehe). xo

    • Nataile Brown on August 3, 2015 at 12:46 am
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    I just ordered the Real Techniques core collection but don’t have these. I’ve never tried anything from the elf $1 line of brushes only their studio line. I’m for sure checking these out. Thanks for the recommendations!

    1. You’re welcome, Natalie. I definitely have a lot of love for elf brushes and love that they are so affordable! x

    • Christina Lovethatlippie on August 3, 2015 at 4:07 am
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    Love your picks!!! That Urban Decay brush looks sooo good!!! Definitely need to replace some of my brushes, you’ve inspired me!!!

    1. Thank you, Christina. I can’t recommend the UD brush enough. I heart it! 🙂

  9. Love the look of all those brushes. That Nars one looks really good, never really bought high end brushes before though

    1. The NARS Ita is definitely a hefty investment. I love it but it’s not a complete must have. Honestly, I haven’t found a dupe for contouring that replaces it, but I’m sure there are similar brushes out there. 🙂

  10. Aaah too bad you can’t get that RT separately… it sounds so good! I’m also still a big Beauty Blender fan. So far no dupe has been able to wow me as much as the original.

    1. It is too bad. They really ought to make the RT brush available separately and permanently. It’s so fantastic!

  11. It was great to check all your favourites brushes/tools! I agree with you on BB, I can’t be without mine! Will do the tag in the near future 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    1. Thanks, Dagmara. I’d love to see what your favorites are. 🙂

  12. I have a couple of the RT setting brush so I can use one for under-eye concealer. I love it so much! I also love the Elf flat powder brush for high-coverage foundation xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    1. I’ve actually never tried the RT setting brush with liquids – I should try that!

  13. I also love my Real Techniques brushes but have recently been converted to Zoeva’s brushes. Have you tried these? They are so good and really affordable. Need to buy another Beauty Blender as I really miss mine sometimes. xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    1. No, I haven’t had the opportunity to try Zoeva – but I really want too! I’ve heard/seen only good things. Girl, go get you a BB! Hehe.x

  14. I always love seeing what types of brushes other beauty lovers enjoy! I see we share many of the same loves. Those Elf brushes are something else, and of course Real Techniques made several winners. I have yet to try a Sedona Lace brush, but I want to! Adding that blending brush to my wish list…. 🙂

    Katie //

    1. Thank you, Katie. I can’t recommend Sedona Lace enough, their brushes are some of my favorites! And not too badly priced, either. 🙂

  15. The Beauty Blender is my number one pick for liquid foundations, too! The shape of the Sedona Lace Tulip contour brush intrigues me. It does seem like it would be pretty perfect for highlighting. Wonderful choices, Kimmy!

    1. Why, thank you, Ingrid. I really enjoy the Tulip brush, I have to say. 🙂

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