Saturday, November 21, 2009
What it says on the Sephora site: A liquid foundation applicator designed to achieve a flawless, airbrushed look.
Sephora Brand Professionnel Platinum Air Brush #55 is the secret to the smoothest foundation finish possible. This essential tool blends as it applies, allowing for a smooth, natural-looking result. Build from light to heavy with ease as you continue application—your results will be perfectly pretty at every level of coverage. This brush's synthetic Taklon hairs are perfect for creating optimal payoff with liquid foundation formulas. Their shape and high-grade nylon composition help to ensure a natural, smooth look.
Ok, first of all this was a "hype" purchase. I'd seen a couple of other bloggers talk about it, then I watched a couple of You Tube reviews and somehow convinced myself that life wouldn't be worth living if it wasn't added to my brush collection, so I bought it from Sephora when I was last in NY.
The first thing you notice about this brush is just how soft the bristles are - I'm talking 'walking on clouds' kinda soft here, It feels delightful. I tend to pour a little foundation on my hand, pick it up with the brush and gently push it into my skin. I then use circular motions to buff it in. It leaves you with a smooth finish but I don't get this airbrushed look that people speak of. It took a bit of getting used to, using it around my eye area. It manoeuvres easily enough but it just felt awkward for me. I'm used to using a flatter brush.
Now don't get me wrong, it's not a bad brush, in fact it's very versatile. You can easily use this to apply loose powder and both powder and cream blushes and I found it worked wonders with all three. I just don't think it's as amaaaaaaaaaazing as the reviews out there will have you believe for its main purpose which is foundation application, but that's just my personal opinion. I found that the normal amount of foundation I use didn't seem to be enough for the brush to work with and I didn't want to add more to get the look I was after. I shouldn't have to.
I was also wondering if the type of liquid foundation you use may determine its performance. I currently use Revlon Colorstay foundation, and its formula is slightly thicker than your average liquid foundation and also sets on the skin quite quickly. Maybe it's a little heavy for this brush which is why I'm not getting the results I'm expecting as I don't have the time to spend buffing it in 'til kingdom come. I don't know, it's just a thought. Unfortunately my MUFE HD foundation now appears to be too dark for me so I haven't tested the brush out against that to see if it performs any better. I have a couple of foundations on my 'to buy' list so I'll certainly roadtest it again with those in future.
Washing the brush was easy enough. It retained its shape and dried as normal. I'm also pleased to report that the bristles don't fall off during use, so no picking hairs off my face as I'm forced to do whenever I use my MAC 109 brush! I was really pleased about this cos picking hairs off your face is a pain in the a**, especially when you're in a rush trying to get ready for work.
So there you have it. I'm not completely bowled over by its claims to transform my skin into an airbrushed canvas, but on the other hand its not a wasted purchase as its versatility is a welcome addition to my brush collection.
How much is it? $34 (approx £20-ish with the current exchange rate)
Where can I buy it from? Sephora