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Declutter Series: Face Brushes

Wednesday, 21 June 2017
I have way too many brushes to try and tackle them all in one post so I decided to split them up into face brushes and eye brushes. I really wanted to declutter my brushes because I really don't use a lot of them and it just makes more sense to get rid of the ones I don't, rather than having them all mixed up and having to wash them when I might have used them once in 3 weeks.

So I have 32 face brushes which is crazy because I use a Beauty Blender now so that means my foundation and concealer brushes see very little use at the moment. I have:
  • Real Techniques Bold Metals 100 Arched Powder Brush 
  • Real Techniques Bold Metals 101 Triangle Foundation Brush
  • Real Techniques Bold Metals 300 Tapered Blush Brush
  • Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour Brush
  • Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (old)
  • Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (new)
  • Real Techniques Buffing Brush 
  • Real Techniques Tapered Foundation Brush
  • Real Techniques Essential Foundation Brush
  • Real Techniques Contour Brush
  • Real Techniques Blush Brush
  • Real Techniques Multi Task Brush
  • Real Techniques Stippling Brush
  • Real Techniques Setting Brush
  • Real Techniques Angled Highlighter Brush
  • Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Brush
  • Zoeva 106 Powder Brush
  • Zoeva 110 Face Shape Brush
  • Zoeva 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush
  • Sigma F05 Small Contour Brush
  • Sigma F55 Small Duo Fibre Brush
  • Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki
  • Designer Makeup Tools DMT 414-24 Tapered Foundation Brush
  • Designer Makeup Tools DMT 418VS-30 Rounded Buffer
  • Designer Makeup Tools DMT 417-18 Angle Contour Brush
  • Designer Makeup Tools Fan Brush
  • Williamspro Kabuki Brush
  • Rae Morris #2 Mini Kabuki Brush
  • Lulu & Lipstick Powder Brush
  • Lottie London Blush Brush
  • Artiste Professional #53 Highlighter Brush
  • Revlon Contour Brush
  • Nude by Nature Dual Ended Powder and Blush Brush
Keeping
  • Real Techniques Bold Metals 100 Arched Powder Brush - it is too soft and too pretty to part with
  • Real Techniques Bold Metals 300 Tapered Blush Brush - I actually love the small tapered shape for precision blush and even highlighter
  • Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (new) - This is good as a general buffer, especially for cream cheek products
  • Real Techniques Buffing Brush - this is a good brush for low coverage BB creams
  • Real Techniques Contour Brush - I love this for cream and powder contour
  • Real Techniques Blush Brush - I much prefer this one for natural powder bronzer application, rather than blush
  • Real Techniques Multi Task Brush - just a good workhorse so I couldn't get rid of it
  • Real Techniques Setting Brush - I use this everyday to set my undereyes
  • Real Techniques Angled Highlighter Brush - my go to, everyday highlighter brush
  • Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Brush - my go to foundation brush
  • Zoeva 106 Powder Brush - I don't use this one a lot but if I need a powder brush for my handbag or a small travel kit, I use this one because it is shorter than most
  • Zoeva 110 Face Shape Brush - this is a great brush for blending in under-eye concealer
  • Sigma F05 Small Contour Brush - my favourite more precise bronzer brush which is also great for blush
  • Sigma F55 Small Duo Fibre Brush - I use this everytime I apply cream blush
  • Designer Makeup Tools DMT 414-24 Tapered Foundation Brush - I use this one to apply face masks
  • Designer Makeup Tools DMT 417-18 Angle Contour Brush - this is a great blush and contour brush that is crazy soft and well made for the price
  • Designer Makeup Tools DMT 418VS-30 Rounded Buffer - though it is very similar to the Zoeva 102, it is good to have multiple foundation brushes so I can put of washing for a tiny bit longer
  • Designer Makeup Tools Fan Brush - I don't use this often but it is the only fan brush I have so I thought I would keep it
  • Rae Morris #2 Mini Kabuki Brush - this is the most beautiful, high quality brush I own that is amazing for any kind of precision face powders
  • Lulu & Lipstick Powder Brush - this is my everyday all over powder brush
  • Lottie London Blush Brush - I like using this for bronzer around the perimeter of the face
  • Artiste Professional #53 Highlighter Brush - This is great for really overly pigmented blushes
  • Revlon Contour Brush - Good for buffing in contour that I usually like to apply with a smaller brush like the Rae Morris one
Throwing Away
  • Real Techniques Stippling Brush - one thing I don't love about the RT brushes is that the rubber handles deteriorate over time and go disgustingly sticky.
  • Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki - The bristles have started coming out of this one in chunks so it is time to say goodbye.
Selling or Giving Away
  • Real Techniques Bold Metals 101 Triangle Foundation Brush - this is the only brush in the whole Bold Metals collection that really isn't great
  • Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour Brush - I never do cream contouring so this might as well go to someone who does.
  • Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (old) - No point in having two!
  • Real Techniques Tapered Foundation Brush - I never use these traditional flat foundation brushes
  • Real Techniques Essential Foundation Brush - Ditto!
  • Williamspro Kabuki Brush - This is really a gorgeous, super soft brush but I never really use it because it doesn't sit nicely in my brush cups
  • Nude by Nature Dual Ended Powder and Blush Brush - It isn't bad, I just never use it.
I didn't actually manage to get rid of too many because I do use most of them, especially when I get behind with washing my brushes. That said though, if I had to, i could probably get by with maybe 5 of these brushes if I had to. It just shows me that I don't necessarily need many brushes because I reach for the same favourites over and over again. Do you have a few too many face brushes like me? Will you be undertaking a similar clean out? Let me know in the comments below and stay tuned for my upcoming eye brush declutter.
16 comments on "Declutter Series: Face Brushes"
  1. SO many brushes! I need to show this to Ben because he thinks I have a lot and I have less than half of this hahaha <3

    T x

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    1. And I better make sure Shaun doesn't see this comment because it confirms everything he has been saying haha.

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  2. Good job! I agree about the RT brush handles - mine have gotten so grubby and gross at the ends but I still use them since the brush is still good haha :P I never use flat foundation brushes either but I've repurposed them for face mask application!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. Yeah that's why I kept one. What did we ever do before foundation buffing brushes and beauty blenders?

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  3. Those two RT Bold Metals brushes might not be your favourites or get used too often but they would look stunning in IG photos however - Lol! Am I the only beauty blogger that keeps certain beauty items for IG photo prop purposes?

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com,au

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    1. I'm not going to lie, I considered keeping them exactly for that reason. I still have some others for props though so I figured I could bring myself to part with them.

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  4. I forget to mention that my blog post today is on how to clean and dry your makeup brushes in under 30 seconds per brush. This enables you to own less brushes as you're not needing to wait 24 hours for them to dry after washing them.

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    1. I've already seen it actually. I've already review the StylPro myself :)

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  5. I have way too many brushes too! But I actually enjoying collecting them and using them. The washing part can get pretty annoying though lol!!

    Bec | Beauty With Bec

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    1. Yeah it is the washing part that encouraged me to try and get rid of a few. I usually have to wash them all because the clean ones get mixed in with the dirty and I was washing brushes I hardly used.

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  6. Breaking up with brushes is SO hard to do hehe

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    1. It definitely is! Breaking up with any of the pretty beauty goodies is always heartbreaking but it must be done haha

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  7. I've definitely begun decluttering some of the makeup I simply don't use. I have so many brushes it's not funny. I should probably go through my makeup as well and see what I don't use.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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    1. Join the declutter bandwagon! I have been loving the purge because it has been teaching me things about my own bad buying habits as well as freeing up some space and reducing waste.

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  8. OMG! I thought I had loads of brushes, but you definitely trump me! I've ended up putting some away in the cupboard, but I really should just throw them away or give them away...

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    1. Ruh roh! I really don't need as many as I have because I use my beauty blender for most face application. Putting them away is a really good idea. Then, in say 6 months, if you haven't used them you will feel a lot less anxiety about getting rid of them.

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