When I first heard about Becca’s The One Perfecting Brush, I actually imagined it would resemble a travel sized kabuki brush before I saw any pictures of the actual product. When the brush arrived in the mail, I was in for a surprise by how much bigger it turned out to be! The brush is practically the same size as my work Blackberry mobile phone (9cm wide).
If you’re wondering how such a large sized brush is meant to be used for so many products, the key tip for using this brush is applying your makeup in the right sequence, and prepping the brush according to the type application (eg. targeted vs. all over application).
What they say:
From start to finish, primer to powder, The One Perfecting Brush can be used with liquids, crèmes, powders and anything in between. Non-porous, high-quality goat hair allows product to sit on top of bristles rather than absorbing, ensuring a seamless application with no wasted product. Cuts makeup application in half by replacing these 10 tools: foundation, powder, contour, bronzer, stipple, blush, fan, and concealer brushes, kabuki, and sponge.
- The goat hair bristles measure 9cm wide (the body measures 7cm wide), and the bristles are 2.5cm in depth, which allows for application on both large and smaller surface areas.
- Features flat edges as well as curved corners to suit the contours your face as well as targeted application.
- The bristles are free of dye, so they won’t lose shape or softness over time.
- The long flexible bristles lets you stipple, blend, contour and highlight.
- Foundation: Apply some foundation on the back of your hand, and buff the brush into the foundation back & forth so that it’s evenly loaded onto the brush then buff it into the skin. The other way I like to use this brush is after I’ve applied foundation with my fingers & buff it at the end for a more natural finish. This is my favourite use for the brush as it cut down my foundation application time easily by half.
- Concealer: After applying concealer with my ring finger under my eyes, I use the tip of the brush to blend & remove any excess.
- Highlighter: I prefer to use liquid illuminators with this brush, as it’s easier to control the intensity & looks more natural.
- Blush: I was most impressed by how well it worked with both powder and cream blushes. The finish is impeccably blended and natural by using just the corner tips of the brush. I tested it with a sheer blush by dipping the corner into it, and actually got a more pigmented result with the brush. With cream blush, I dotted it onto cheeks first and the brush blended it so naturally that I needed a second coat and perhaps a lighter hand next time.
- Contour: I used the opposite tip to apply bronzer to contour, and I must admit I struggled with this part as I’ve been so used to using my Hakuhodo B110BkSL Goat Hair Blush Brush to buff bronzer in circular motions that I struggled to blend it using linear motions. The result nevertheless was very natural with no harsh contour lines, to the point that my whole cheek appears slightly bronzed instead of a contoured effect (as I have very flat facial features).
- Bristles: If the softness of Japanese goat hair brushes (eg. Shu Uemura, Suqqu, and high end Hakuhodo brushes) were a 10 out of 10, then I’d rate the softness of the Becca brush as 7.5 or 8 out of 10. Despite looking splayed in the picture, the bristles are softer than they look and are flexible to achieve a buffed air-brushed effect.
In contrast to the density of other goat hair kabuki brushes that tend to be small and dome shaped, I’m really liking the large flat linear shape of the Becca The One Perfecting Brush as it’s much easier to buff skin with fewer strokes, and the air-brushed finish has got me hooked. The idea of using one brush from start to finish works well if you are committed to washing the brush frequently, and since the bristles are non-porous Becca recommends washing it every 2 weeks if using the brush daily (personally I’d be washing it more frequently). This is a welcome addition to my brush collection for buffing foundation, under eye concealer and cream blush, however it won’t be replacing my bronzer brush as I am not dexterous enough to change my contour application technique.
Giveaway: Win a Becca The One Perfecting Brush
Becca have kindly offered to give away one brush valued at $65 AUD. Details of how to enter the giveaway below:
- Complete the giveaway entry form.
- Giveaway limited to Australian residents only. Entries close Friday 22 February 2014 midnight.
- Winners will be randomly selected via random.org and contacted via email to confirm a delivery address.
- The winner’s email will be forwarded to Becca to arrange for the prize to delivered by Becca.