Mini (Extremely Soft) Brush Haul

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Two factors resulted in a brush haul recently. One – all my brushes were dirty and the thought of washing them was enough to make me groan out loud (you’ll be pleased to know that I realised how pathetic that sounded, man-ed up and completed my brush laundry). Two – I realised that I hadn’t purchased a new brush in a while; they’re not something that I indulge in too regularly. I’ve got quite an edited stash compared to some and I like it that way, only purchasing brushes that add something to the pack and more often than not I’ve heard good whisperings about. This haul is made up of one recommendation and two spur of the moment, ‘gawd they feel spectacularly soft on the back of my hand, I need them’ purchases. I’ll let you in on the deats…

Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush – £30 – from Selfridges. This is the one that goes against my brush brief of ‘adding something to the pack’ as it reminds me very much so of the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, but with a bit more firmness. I’ve been using that one for years and with no complaints, but with it on its last legs I thought it was time to try something new which is where this Bobbi Brown offering comes in. Dense enough to distribute full-on foundations, but with enough give to blend out a tinted moisturiser I’m impressed with this one so far. The short handle means I don’t donk it on the mirror when I get close up and makes it easier to travel with, plus I reckon this will be a good one for packing on the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural when I’m having a good skin day.

Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush – £30 – from Selfridges. Man is this brush soft. Lily has been going on about it for months. Every time I go and visit she raves and swishes it on the back of my hand to feel just how soft it is so it was bound to happen at some point. I’ve got a few powder brushes, but none as silky in texture nor as small as this. I picture me using this for blush when I’m feeling a bit of my ol fave Tarte Tipsy, or powder when I want a light dusting on my T-zone. So far I’ve used it for the later and it works beautifully. Lightly imparting a veil of coverage right where I want it. I sense quite a love affair happening with this one.

Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush – £26 – from Space NK. If you’ve ever struggled with the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage then this is the brush for you. I purchased that stuff ages ago on good authority from the Queen of Concealing herself Lisa Eldridge and while it works wonders for pinpoint pimple concealing, I could never work out why/how so many people sung its praises for dark circle cover-up. When chatting to a Space NK gal about my woes, she offered up this as a solution and now I can see how the Secret Camouflage is a cover-all solution. The flimsy fibres pick up the smallest amount of product and work in the product almost invisibly. A great option for any concealer or formulas that have been a pain in the derriere in the past.


  • Anna Blush

    I think it’s about time I purchased a few new brushes, I have a very minimal collection so guess I’m allowed! Haha

  • Rachel Polansky

    these brushes all look divine, i’m partial to the quality and affordability of the sigma ones though

  • malin

    I think i also need to add some new brushes. if you had to choose only one foundation brush, eyeshadow brush, blusher brush, concealer brush, powder brush etc. wich ones would you choose and recommend?

  • Bella

    I would love to hear about your brush collection :). I have two of the three you’ve bought.

  • Love the look of the picks, the cheek brush looks particularly good! x

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • Nothing better than new makeup brushes eh? I’ve heard hype about that Bobbi Brown brush, it’s so interesting and sounds so cool! x

    Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  • Lauren Parker

    the full cover face brush looks amazing!


  • The Bobbi Brown brushes are so stunning and so soft. Brushes are one of those things I want to go crazy on and buy them all, but I really need to hold back because I have enough as it is.

  • I’ve never really thought about Laura Mercier for brushes before, but they look dreamy!!

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

  • Kristy

    I love the sound of the full coverage brush, and being Bobbi Brown I definitely understand how it is so soft. Just testing them in the shop makes me want to purchase, so far I’ve been good lol.

    Kristy |

  • Renata

    I recently bought a makeup geek brush that looks a lot like the Bobbi Brown full coverage face brush and it’s so good. Love that it’s small and handbag/travel friendly. You should check out MG’s brushes and eyeshadows. They are awesome! X

  • Beki Blank

    I am literally addicted to brushes! I have just ordered some Zoeva ones so I am very excited!!!

  • PeonyandPeach

    Love the look of the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face brush, it even looks soft!

  • emily couture

    the bobbi brown brushes look good and might to try them 🙂

    emily xx

  • I want to try the Bobbi Brown brushes so much wish I could afford them

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • I have my eye on the Zoeva brushes!

  • I am always a little bit confused if it comes to brushes. Why are they so expensive ? Or maybe in UK £30 for a brush isn’t much ? xx

    • i think it’s alot of money, I think the point of buying an expensive one is that you will not have to buy another one for years though. its just finding the money in the first place!

      I have had a No7 blush brush for nearly 10 years now and that is only just beginning to come off its handle, the actual brush itself is fine though. I know it wasn’t a high end brush but I am glad its lasted.

  • These seem so expensive for individual makeup brushes, they do sound good though 🙁 x


  • The Bobbi Brown brush looks great, have you tried the Hakuhodo brushes? They are the softest brushes ever and apply face powders like a dream- slightly higher price point but a brilliant investment for your stash x

  • Alice Yeh (翠雲葉)

    Do you prefer the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush over the Real Techniques’ Buffing Brush? I didn’t know BB brushes were that soft, need to look into them!

    Alice x {My Beauty Blog}

    • Lala01

      I 2nd this question – really curious on how it performs when lined up against the RT one.

  • Clementine Buttercup

    I love Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage for my dark undereye circles but is such hard work to blend. I think I see a new brush investment coming on!

  • I love soft brushes because I sometimes swirl them on the back of my hand too 😉 I’ve never tried Bobbi Brown brushes before so thanks for this wonderful post!

  • Anne-Marie

    What nail polish are you wearing?

  • i really want to try bobbi brown brushes! x


  • Jas

    I really want to try some Bobbi Brown brushes, i love their face products!

    xprincessjas | ♥

  • loving the bobbi brown brush….I need to try bobbi brown for brushes soon…
    Smita| missprettypink

  • The softness of a brush is very important to me when deciding what to buy. I love that you buy brushes that (for the most part) will add something to your collection! 🙂

  • Janine Maral

    I am loving the look of the Laura Mercier eye brush.

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  • They all look like great brushes to try, and I need new brushes!


  • Love the tip about Secret Camouflage!
    I need to stop reading posts with anything Bobbi Brown in or at the end of my holiday in Spain I will be single for the amount of money spent at their counter! 😉

  • Sabrinna Baglio

    the bobbi brown face brush is excellent its kind of weird because i usually use the sigma f80 which is flat and very firm but im totally converted to the bobbi brown one now x
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  • Love the look of those Bobbi Brown brushes!

  • I really like the full coverage face brush! The look of the product is also great 🙂

  • Kyra Norman

    Great post Anna! Can’t wait to try these out. I know this is really annoying but would love for some of you to check out my NEW BEAUTY BLOG. I just started up and really need a boost to get it off the ground.

  • I tried to pick a favourite, but they all look so fluffy and pretty and now I need them all – oops

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • These brushes look so amazing, I’ve always wanted some since Tanya Burr spoke about them, shame they’re so expensive! x

  • Your posts always make me want to go and buy the products you mention. I’ve been thinking about getting some more brushes lately and now all of these are going on the wishlist.

  • Sylvia

    Ohh that baby Bobbi Brown Brush is adorable!!


  • They look so nice! I’ve been tempted by the bobbi brown brushes but they’re a bit pricy 🙁 Can’t wait to see them in action!


  • missmackanne

    Those brushes look so nice!

  • These look incredible!

  • Jodie

    I just couldn’t spend that much money on a brush. Real Techniques all the way!

  • They sound lovely! x


  • Megan Mckee

    The Bobbi Brown full coverage brush looks amazing! Need it 🙂

  • I always love buying new brushes, that Bobbi Brown face brush looks like a beaut!

    CassandraMyee | NZ Beauty Blog – International Giveaway

  • Lovely picks, Anna! Both of those Bobbi Brown brushes look fabulous. I’m such a sucker for an ultra-soft brush! xo

  • Lauren Neill

    Love a good makeup brush, these brushes are definitely sounding like a purchase to be made soon!x

  • Jennifer

    I’ve never tried a Bobbi Brown brush because of the price. Perhaps I’ll need to see them in person.

    My Most Coveted| A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • oh I am liking the look of the laura mercie! off topic but, I have been on the look out for a good concealer, and not sure if to buy a more liquid one or hard one like the laura mercier! Also the bobbi brown sheer powder looks like a winner for me, I would get so much use out of it! *adds all to wish list*