Some people struggle with winging out their eyeliner; other people just can’t get the hang of contouring their nose. I personally have always had a horrible time trying to blend out foundation with a brush. No matter what type of brush I use, I always end up with streaks all over my face.
Some foundations just work better with a brush because a beauty sponge absorbs too much product and takes away the coverage. I heard that the Clarisonic Foundation Brush ($40) was basically a goof-proof brush, so I decided to pick it up when it finally arrived at Sephora in Canada. The brush head clips onto any Clarisonic product and turns the cleansing device into an electronic makeup applicator.
Retailing for $40 CAN, this brush is around the same price as most foundation brushes and about $10 more than the beautyblender ($28). I think that this is a reasonable price, as long as you already own the Clarisonic. If you don’t, it wouldn’t be realistic because the cheapest Clarisonic device is the Mia Fit ($269).
Within the first 30 seconds of blending out my foundation, about seven hairs fell out of the brush and got stuck on my cheek. Immediately, I began to stress out. Not only was the brush falling apart, but the foundation was looking absolutely horrible. You could tell exactly where I had swirled the brush across my face.
I had a sip of my tea, took a deep breath and continued blending. Within seconds, as I went over my face again, the streaky areas completely disappeared and left my full coverage foundation looking like skin. I realized that I was initially applying the product with too much pressure and that was what was making it streaky. It works best to gently apply the foundation in small circular motions.
I would urge anyone who tries this product not to press hard like you would when cleansing your face with the Clarisonic. When you apply pressure cleaning your face, it is because you are trying to scrub out all of the gunk in your pores. If you were to use the same pressure while applying foundation you would just be pushing makeup that much deeper into your skin, which could lead to breakouts.
For some reason, the brush feels much softer to touch it with your hand than to actually rub it across your face with foundation. That being said, I honestly think that my foundation looked better with this brush than it ever has with a beauty sponge. It created an airbrushed finish on my skin. One of the best parts of this product is that it feels like you are getting a little face massage as you put on your makeup in the morning.
Due to the fact that I have become so accustomed to applying makeup with a beauty sponge, I completely forgot how much product you can save when your applicator isn’t literally drinking up your foundation. As I continued using this product, I noticed that when I was done covering my face, I still had a lot of foundation left on the back of my hand.
In addition, my makeup lasted longer throughout the day. My nose and my chin normally get really patchy by the end of the day, but when I got home from work my makeup looked like it did when I first applied it. I think that the fact that the brush works the product into the skin rather than just creating a layer on the top is what made this difference.
Although I like using this to blend out concealer on my face for highlighting purposes, I don’t like it under my eyes. I find that the bristles are too scratchy against the more sensitive skin on my face, so I still use my beauty sponge for that.
I also want to mention that after my initial use of the brush, I have not experienced excessive hairs falling out – maybe once in a while, but surely not several every time.
Overall, I am so happy with this purchase. There was a little bit of a learning curve at the beginning to figure out the correct technique to apply the foundation. I am also really glad that I have found a new use for my Clarisonic, considering it hasn’t been a part of my skincare regime in about a year (after all, it was several hundred dollars). I highly recommend this product to anyone in the market for a new way to apply their foundation.