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YSL cheek brush
YSL eyeshadow brush
YSL lip brush
The Body Shop’s slanted eyebrow brush
Maybelline New York brush (that came with its gel eyeliner)

Suqqu powder brush
Suqqu L- eyeshadow brush
Shu- Uemura 20H angled brush
Tom Ford eyeliner/ definer brush
Loew Cornell 1/2″ Maxine Thomas Mop Brush- like MAC 239 but cheaper, can get 1/4″

MAC 239, Real Techniques buffing brush, e.l.f. “C” eyeshadow brush, e.l.f. angled liner brush, Eco Tools blush brush

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Giorgio Armani Foundation Brush – the most nondescript brush ever, but works great for me
Hakuhodo S 100 Angled Finishing brush
Hakuhodo S 113 Highlight / Contour brush
Hakuhodo S 133 a toss-up between this, a softer eyeshadow brush, and S 132 stiffer eyeshadow
Hakuhodo S 163 angled eyebrow brush – couldn’t live without this baby

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How are the S133 and S132 in size compared to a MAC 239? I love all my Hakuhodo brushes, but they are all a lot smaller or larger than the 239, I’m looking for something similar sized.

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They are very similar size in width..maybe the Hakuhodos are 1mm or so wider, but they differ more so in length and texture.

The S133 is softer, but not as soft as a fluffy brush. It’s about 3mm longer than the MAC 239. Still, with a good quality eyeshadow, I can use this brush for packing on eyeshadow and yet it is soft enough for blending too. It’s a really good all around brush and a good size for my eye. I use it on my eyelid for the most part, but also use it to blend into the crease. It’s soft, but has substance. It’s a terrific brush.

The S132 is again about 3mm longer than the MAC 239 and quite stiff, but it has a bit of flex to it. I would say this brush is more similar to the 239 than the S133. I use this to pack on colour, cream or powder. This is a brush I will also dampen slightly to apply eyeshadow wet. I would not wet the S133. These bristles are packed tighter and are coarser/denser. The bristles are trimmed to perfection.

Hope this helps!

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Thank you so much! That was very helpful. I’ll probably go for the S133 as I prefer softer brushes and very rarely use wet shadows.

Does anyone else other than me have these “pics” of the readers blocking their comment sections. Or is it that my laptop is old.

No, mine is doing that too…the pics of the commentators are blocking most of the responses 🙁 I think it is just because Christine is revamping the website. I’m sure they’re working on it:)

Actually, I just got this laptop and I don’t know lol 🙂 But the avatars are on the lef side of the responses and the commentors with pictures are really big and take up half of the response space. The ones without their wn pictures, and with the standard avatar (flower) are fine, but it is the ones with their own pics that are blown up larger..

I’ve seen this issue, too, Christine, but only on my Firefox browser at home. On my IE and Chrome, it looks fine.

eco tools buffer brush for foundation
mac 217
a blending brush, any, maybe 1 by eco tools
a pencil brush to smudge out lower lashline
blush brush by sam chapman.

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– Something like MAC 217: For laying down and blend eyeshadow on the lid and crease.
– A smaller version of MAC 239: To apply eyeshadow on the outer V and lower lashline.
– And angled liner brush: To apply gel and powder eyeliner, and to define brows.
– A pointed foundation brush: To apply and blend foundation and concealer.
– A small-ish angled cheek brush: To apply blush, contour, highlight, and powder.

In no particular order:
– Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Buffing Brush (foundation)
– Sonia Kashuk Highlighting Brush (now the Large Duo Fibre Multipurpose Brush – my favorite brush ever! I use it for blush, and it’s perfect every time!)
– E.L.F. Small Smudge Brush (used to fill in brows with powder)
– E.L.F. Professional Eyeshadow Brush (all over lid/crease color)
– E.L.F. Defining Eye Brush (highlight)

I could really make due with just the first three brushes as I only wear eye make up for special occasions. I like the E.L.F eyeshadow brushes because they get the job done, but I am growing tired of how easily the ferrules come loose from the handles and having to replace them. I am planning to replace these brushes with brushes from Sonia Kashuk’s Core Tools line in the near future since I’ve had success with her other brushes in the past.

MAC 217
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
Everyday Minerals Angled Blush Brush

5 brushes? Hmmmm….I’d say MAC 217 and 239, Shiseido foundation brush, my angled blush brush and powder brush (both are from Pur Minerals but has served me surprisingly well)

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