Friday, July 29th, 2011

Temptalia Asks You


What is your least used makeup tool? Is there a brush you never use? Some device that you never reach for?

Temptalia's AnswerI have the no!no! but I could never get myself to commit to it! There are a lot of specialized makeup brushes I rarely reach for – I tend to just use a core set of brushes. I don’t regret it, but I wouldn’t recommend “collect ‘em all” mentality with MAC brushes — better to buy multiples of ones you use all the time!

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79 thoughts on “What is your least used makeup tool?

  1. I would say eyelash curler. Mostly because the one I have barely works and also because I’m afraid of damaging my eyelashes.

    • Viva

      I agree. I have purchased several eyelash curlers over the years and never use them. The curl never holds, no matter what mascara I use, the clamp never fits my eye shape correctly.

  2. Fan brush :P My eyelash curler doesn’t get much play, either.

    • Friederike

      For me its the fan brush as well, I think I have only used it once or twice. But I had to have it!

  3. vicky63401

    I rarely use my foundation brush. It would have to be my least used tool.

    • Élise

      Same here. Well, by foundation brush I mean the flat-head, standard foundation brush. I usually use powder foundation or just concealer, so the “foundation” brush I use is my Sigma HD flat-top duo fibre brush. In my opinion, that brush is better than any streaky, flat-head foundation brush. I also NEVER use lip brushes, or concealer brushes. (For concealer, I use an Eco Tools fluffy crease-type brush.)

  4. Kristabelle

    My brow/lash comb/brush thing. Honestly have never ever used it.

    • Kristabelle

      Oh and other comments reminded me. I’ve never used my foundation brush (fingers work so much better and don’t leave the weird lines) or my mini eye fan brush.

  5. This little brush that I bought a couple of years ago at IMATS for lining and detail work–IT SUCKS. I can’t use it for…anything. It was originally really thin, but it’s splayed now and has no tension at all and is useless. But I can’t throw anything away so it just sits there in the old pico de gallo jar I repurposed :|
    Also, a lip brush (same brand, also from IMATS two years ago) that’s really scratchy and…splayed.

  6. Since i start using Makeup brushes, like the Sigma i don’t use sponges and aplicators anymore. Thanks for that! Greetings From Chile!

  7. Tigress

    I have a spoolie that came in an EcoTools brush set that I never use. I don’t buy things I won’t use.

  8. Aleeya

    Eyelash curler! I just never got into using those. They don’t fit my eyes right and they hurt sometimes lol. But I am going to try the Shu uemura one or the Mac half eyelash curler since I heard so many good things about those.

  9. Is that the thing that removes hair? I could NOT fall asleep at my friend’s party once and I had no idea where her remote was, so I was stuck watching an hour long infomercial about the No No. But anyway my eyelash curler doesn’t get a lot of love because (luckily) my lashes curl wonderfully with just mascara.

  10. Definitely my standard foundation brushes, since I don’t really wear foundation (I’m more of a tinted moisturizer kind of girl) and when I do I usually apply it with my fingers.

  11. Grace Chin

    Fan brush and concealer brush coz i rarely wear concealer

  12. Jilliterate

    My smudger brush. It’s nice, I just rarely smudge my eyeliner, I guess.

  13. Maureen

    Tweezers. I don’t do anything to my eyebrows. I’ve had them waxed a couple times, but I like them better this way.

  14. Angela

    I never use my eyelash curler either and it’s a Shu Uemera,I don’t see why everyone raves about how great these curlers are. The curler doesn’t fit across my lashes all the way and I end up having parts of my lashes uncurled which looks terrible.

  15. Jo

    Eyelash curler. My lashes are already well curled and my curler just bends them upwards, making them look even shorter!

  16. Pawsha

    Tweezers, I like my brows waxed.

  17. Kristine

    probably my lip brush, though i’ve been trying to use it more now! it always gives me perfect lips but i it’s always such a hassle reaching for it in the first place

  18. Linda

    lip brush, since I never bother with them.

  19. Mel

    Eyelash curler for sure.

  20. John

    All my brushes haha… except the MAC 266 for my eyebrows and the MAC 182 for my setting powder, powder countour and/or powder bronzer. Everything else (foundation, concealer, liquid highlighter) I use my fingers. Honestly I’m just too lazy to wash my brushes everyday… and big brushes require so much cleanser to completely clean, and even longer to dry. I haven’t noticed a difference when applied with a brush or sponge versus with my fingers so why bother. Also, though I love my Dior Shimmer Star Amber Diamond powder highlighter, I haven’t found myself reaching for it very often. I wonder why.

    I should just give away the brushes that I don’t use.

  21. Krista

    I would have to say my eyelash separator. As much as it is a pet peeve to some people, I actually like my eyelashes a little clumpy because I have really thin lashes and I need as much volume as possible.

  22. lash curler. i never ever use it.

  23. wendyh

    fan brush, foundation brush, those eyeshadow sponges…

  24. I’d have to say foundation brush. When I use liquid foundation of BB cream, I like to use my fingers instead.

  25. artemis

    lip brush

  26. I have a fan brush that I bought for a particular bronzer and then I stopped using the bronzer so now I rarely use the brush either.

  27. Laurel

    Eyelash curler. Mine don’t hold a curl to save their life. I’ll curl one, and by the time I’m done with my other eye, the first one is straight again. Lost cause, and now I don’t ever use it.

  28. bubley

    foundation & concealer brush

  29. Eyelash curler I’d say.. :p Or eyelash brush, those plasticky ones with two sides that youre supposed to brush through your lashes with. Never need them and never use them.

  30. Yazmin

    eyelash curler, i dont see any difference

  31. Lauren

    I completely agree. I am thinking of buying at least 2 more 239′s, another 217 and a couple E35′s from sigma. I even wouldn’t mind another F80. I already have at least 6 eye liner brushes, and every single one is in use. It’s like having a million pairs of underwear; it lets you do the laundry less. lol.

  32. emi s.

    My regular foundation brush – I usually apply with my fingers, and if I use a brush, I use a stippling brush.

  33. Honestly my “beauty blender” I don’t think it’s as awsome as people are saying, and I prefer using my fingers or a stippling brush…

  34. Shilpa

    Eyelash curler. I’ve bought two and then given them away. Never used either one

  35. My eyelash curler doesn’t get used.

  36. Dana

    I’d have to say it’s a tie between my eyelash curler and my foundation brush. I never remember to use either one!

  37. a studio foundation brush from elf. But that’s about it, I actually use all of the other brushes and tools, I just rotate between them

  38. Lina

    I never use my angled eyeliner brush. I have 3 because when people buy me some type of eyeliner they ask a sales associate what type of brush I should use and they recommend an angled brush. For eyeliner I use my MAC 210 I like thin eyeliner that is barely visible, and I have trouble using an angled brush.

  39. Dini

    My eyelash curler never gets used. I keep it front and center, hoping that some day I’ll pick it up, but it goes untouched in the morning rush most days.

  40. Annika

    Definitely my foundation brush… almost never use it.

  41. Rosie

    I bought Sephora’s HD foundation brush and never use it.

  42. eyelash curler. no matter what I do or try or read up on and experiment with, it doesn’t do a thing.

  43. Brittany C.

    my lip brush! I’ve used it once…. for concealer.

  44. Karen

    Foundation brush – whenever I try it, my foundation looks worse. I just don’t know how to use it properly I guess. I prefer fingers anyway. Another one is the little comb to separate your lashes…never use it.

    • meme

      Some foundation brushes are not worth it – some are. It’s like finding the right brush for other face parts. I think they put out a lot of foundation brushes that are far too small to do the job. I got away from using my fingers other than for tinted moisturizers. I prefer brushes and sponging on foundation if it’s liquid or cream now. My coverage is much better looking – but you do tend to use up more foundation using a tool.

  45. I guess it’s the stippling brush because the one I have sheds so badly. And I can’t blend foundation properly -.-’

  46. If I could have a dollar for every brush I wish I never bought, LOL. I’d have enough for a MAC 239, which I know I would use all the time.

  47. Jessica

    definitely my lip brushes. I’ve never actually specifically bought one, but they always come in travel sets of brushes and with certain lipglosses and I have just never got the hang of them…. maybe I’m not using it right? lol

  48. Amanda

    I have some really poor quality Estee Lauder powder brushes that I never reach for.

    • meme

      Time to toss them out. I have to force myself to toss out brushes that I don’t like and don’t use – or give them to some teens that live close to you or you know – they go nuts when you give them anything makeup wise!

  49. Tamara

    MAC 187, I don’t like it, it’s scratchy and… i don’t know.
    Ever since I got intoduced to sigma F80 I stopped using that brush

  50. Alicia

    Angled brush and MAC 109. The angled brush i got really cheap so I wanted to try it, but I don’t really have any use for it. The 109 was recommended by a MAC MUA when I bought my Studio Tech but I prefer other brushes.

  51. Kristen

    I have to say it’s my foundation brush. After I use it, I won’t end up using it again until I deep clean all of my brushes, so it just ends up sitting there while I use other methods of application that actually end up being faster and easier. Then, once I clean it, I don’t want to use it again because it’ll get dirty again (of course).

  52. Maya

    Angled eyeliner brush and powder brush (I hardly ever powder at all, don’t need to)

  53. meme

    Toss up between my eyelash curler (a good SM one) and my fan brush.

  54. Angelcat47

    My large powder brush…I use mineral foundation and I don’t need to set that.

  55. Jennifer

    my angled eyeliner brush never gets used..

  56. Mariella

    MAC’s 194 concealer brush (it’s awful and I never use it and wish I’d known enough when I bought it to realize how poor a brush it was and that it “wasn’t me” that was the problem). OR Clarisonic’s Mia (I know – sacrilege). A very generous friend wanted to get me one for Xmas as she had one and loved it. I tried hers and, to be honest, it was no better than my 5 dollar Buf Pufs! So glad I had a chance to try it out and save her the $$$.

  57. Jill

    I bought a bourghese brush set from Costco a few months back, and I don’t think I’ve ever used the round foundation brush it came with, even once. I use make-up wedges for foundation then use a kabuki with finishing powder to blend anything in. The other brushes I use quite regularly, especially the eyeshadow brushes.

  58. Tracy

    Fan brush and mini fan brush

  59. Leah

    Wedge makeup sponges. I’ve literally had the same pack for probably two years. I do love the beauty blender though.

  60. Michele

    Eyelash curler – they just don’t seem to work for me. I’ve tried several but aren’t worth the bother. Maybe I don’t have long enough lashes.

  61. Heather

    Eyelash Curler!

  62. Carolina

    lip brush!

  63. Basil

    Any brush that is double ended – too awkward to work with and dry.

  64. Yianna

    Eyelash curlers. I have them but I never use them because I believe they do nothing.

  65. Heather C.

    I would have to say my fan brush. I always want to use it, but I just never seem to need it.

  66. Dana

    I have a ton of brushes I never use. I also never use my eyelash curler, it always makes my lashes look shorter, and I have a Shu Umera one and it still does that. I don’t see the point

  67. Kim

    I have only used my eyelash curler once. I am glad that I only paid a dollar for it at the dollar store.

  68. Sarah

    My lip brush and ever since I started using makeup brushes years ago I will never use sponge tip applicators again!

  69. Chelsea

    Either my eyelash curler or my eyebrow comb.