Monday, October 8th, 2012

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: Doe-Foot Applicators!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about doe-foot applicators. What drives you bananas? What makes them necessary?

my answer: The only time I’ve had a problem with them is if it’s a cheaper one, so it tends to be harder/sharper and less comfortable to use. For the most part, they work well!

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32 thoughts on “Rant & Rave: Doe-Foot Applicators

  1. I would always opt for a brush applicator, especially on lip glosses. Doe foot applicators just seem so cheap!

  2. xamyx

    I much prefer a brush applicator; the doe-foot applicators just seem less sanitary, IMO. I apply lip products & primer with a separate brush anyway, so it doesn’t really matter too much to me.

  3. Hmm, I’ve never really thought about it. I don’t particularly like or dislike them :-) They’re not great for detail work, but with gloss you can afford to be a bit ‘messier’ so I don’t mind :-)

  4. mirian

    I don’t mind them at all. I’ve only found a few brands that the packaging might be off and you can’t get enough product of the applicator as you pull it out. that tends to be annoying. I kinda like the hourglass applicators. Like a flexi-doe-foot

  5. Courtney

    I love ’em. They apply much more precisely than brushes

  6. I don’t hate doe-foot applicators but I don’t love them either. I prefer small brushes simply because you can work more precisely with a brush.

  7. Melody

    I usually prefer doe foot applicators because I sometimes find that brushes are difficult to manipulate. Some of them splay out too much or are not stiff enough, and others are too stiff.

  8. Evelyn

    I do like both but depends on size and quality. I stopped using Bobbi Brown glosses long ago because I hated the quality of the brush. My friend gave me a Smashbox kit that has a gloss with a doe-foot applicator that is bigger than my lips! lol Then the applicator of the Anastasia glosses for me is absurd – an unruly plastic paddle. eh.

    • Cathy Blanton

      I hate those plastic paddle applicators… TokiDoki glosses have those too… They are TERRIBLE…

      • xamyx

        Those are actually my absolute favorite, as I can just wipe it of & sanitize it before sticking it back in the tube.

        • Evelyn

          I can see how that’s useful. I just don’t apply lip gloss well with that type. It doesn’t quite get everywhere I’d like it to go the way I want it. Now those Nars brushes…they are precise but a bit too much so and it takes so much work to cover your lip with the bitty brush. lol

  9. blueraccoon

    I prefer them to brushes, to be honest; I think they’re more comfortable and easier to use. Most of my glosses have doe-foot applicators, and while I wouldn’t not buy a gloss with a brush applicator, I do tend to look for doe-foot when I buy gloss.

  10. Lark

    Hate doe foots. I haven’t had a good one in years and they’re filthy. No way to clean them, they get lipstick or pencil in the gloss, icky. I like a brush, I can clean it.

    Glosses don’t require huge precision so a good doe foot – with cleaning advice!- would be OK, but I haven’t seen one in ages.

  11. Nesita

    I like them for sheerer glosses but not for opaque lip products. I also like them for eyeshadow primers or eyeshadow creams, since I’m gonna blend them out anyway.

  12. Veronica

    I like them. I feel like I have more control when I use them, since I don’t have a steady hand. I’m not entirely thrilled about how they pull off product and dump it in the gloss, but I consider gloss one of those products I expect to dump every two years or so, anyway, so it doesn’t bother me excessively.

  13. XoKg

    I have been waiting for this moment for a long, long time. I hate doe-foot applicators with a burning passion. They barely pick up any product and they get filthy. My stupid primer potion cannot go directly to my eye-lids because foundation tends to rub off onto the applicator. I also hate the jagged doe-foot applicators that I tend to get. They are simply awful.

  14. Kim

    Love them. The brush splay and irritate me! As for them being dirty- the lipgloss multiplies bacteria, so anything you put in is pretty gross anyway, unless of course you use a new applicator each time.

    • xamyx

      Or, you can sanitize a brush applicator much more easily than a doe-foot before sticking it back in the tube. I, personally, take the gloss off the applicator with a clean, sanitized brush each time, and I find the brush applicators are better for that.

  15. Joni

    I like them because they’re soft and fluffy. I want something with a really big one just for how cuddly it would be.

  16. Jill

    I prefer the doe foot applicators over the brushes. But , when you talk about sanitation, it is being applied to one of, if not the most, dirtiest places on your body! LOL.

  17. Quinctia

    I don’t mind them, and find them perfectly adequate for concealer and eye shadow primer… But I love brush applicators for gloss. It’s so much easier for me to apply precisely with a brush.

  18. Jessica

    I actually love them. They apply lipgloss so evenly and quickly compared to a brush which is really streaky and uneven. Doe foots for me are the easiest and simplest way to go.

  19. Bianca

    There’s a doe foot blending brush that is HORRIBLE! It’s sheds a lot and it comes in a maroon brush set from Coastal Scent.

  20. dakotacheryl

    Much prefer doe foots over brushes. My favorite style is in the Bite Beauty glosses.

  21. I don’t mind them, but I hate the feeling. I swear I can feel every bit of the tiny bristles when I use them. Much prefer Dior’s brushes, really.

  22. I live on a farm. There are far more disgusting things around me than a doe foot applicator. I’m ambivalent. I hate Illamasqua’s wonky brush with hard bristles even more. I like NARS’ tiny little brush that everyone else seems to hate.

  23. Lakitha

    I have no problem with them

  24. Sarah

    I prefer doe-foot applicators. The problem I have with brushes is that sometimes I’ll snag them on the edge of the opening while reinserting and the bristles will get splayed out awkwardly.

  25. kb

    I like doe foot applicators. Lancome’s glosses all have this feature and I think they work much better than brushes.

  26. Leia Stango

    I loce lipglosses with doe-foot applictors they make application so easy. Wasn’t a fan of it on the UDPP tho.