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Best Makeup Brushes for Blushes & Bronzers

Best Makeup Brushes for Applying Blushes/Bronzers

The right blush brush is really dependent on what product one’s trying to apply! A very pigmented blush often requires a less-dense, more feathery brush for foolproof, buildable application, whereas a lighter or sheerer blush works better with a denser brush. It can also depend on whether one’s naturally a bit heavier handed or lighter handed, as it may mean that going for a less-dense brush is more or less ideal.

I would love to hear about the brushes you can’t live without for blush and bronzer — share your picks in the comments! 🙂

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Best Makeup Brushes for Highlighters

Best Makeup Brushes for Applying Highlighters

Oh, you’re asking me about highlighter brushes? Well, that’s like picking a favorite child. There are so many good ones to choose from, and the type of brush I reach for can really depend on the product I’m applying and how intense (or subtle) I want to the highlighter to appear on my skin.

I would love to hear about the brushes you can’t live without for applying highlighters — share your picks in the comments! 🙂

Best Makeup Brushes for Brows & Detail Work

Best Makeup Brushes for Brows & Detail Work

This is the last post in my series on my favorite eye brushes, and it covers the more miscellaneous brushes for brows, detail work, and the like. These are the brushes I typically rotate through each and every week like clockwork (though there are more I use in a week, but these are the ones I’ll use first!).

I would love to hear about the brushes you can’t live without for brows and detail work — share your picks in the comments! 🙂

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SUQQU Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush

01/07

Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush
Suqqu Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush

Yawakouki (05)

SUQQU Yawakouki (05) Pure Color Blush ($34.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy orange with warm undertones–leaning yellower–paired with fine, golden shimmer. The finish had a low to moderate luminosity to it, enough that it was detectable but it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture or look truly shiny.

The powder formula is supposed to combine a “subtle glow” and a “pop of color.” It had an incredibly soft, smooth, and finely-milled consistency that kicked up a bit of powder in the pan, but it sat well on the skin and did not appear dry or dusty at all. The color blended out with ease, but it is light enough that it is going to work better on lighter skin tones than mine as it just barely showed on me. It was richly pigmented, which seemed more pigmented than as described, but I think the formula is forgiving enough that it is easily sheered out, so it is unlikely to be an issue for most. I could see the blush starting to fade slightly after eight hours of wear.

9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

SUQQU Hanachaori (02) Pure Color Blush

SUQQU Hanachaori (02) Pure Color Blush
SUQQU Hanachaori (02) Pure Color Blush

SUQQU Hanachaori (02) Pure Color Blush ($34.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a medium-dark, peachy-brown with warm undertones and fine, gold shimmer. Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Crushed Bloom (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Contour (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Coral Beams #1 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Days (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Hummingbird Hype (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Fairly Precious (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Daydream (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunset #1 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). KIKO 100 Cookie (P, $12.00) is darker (80% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It is one of five new, permanent blushes from SUQQU that features a powder formula that is supposed to combine a “subtle glow” and “pop of color.” It had medium, buildable coverage when swirled together, with the darker shade being more pigmented and the lighter (pinker) shade being a bit sheerer (which is as described). The texture was fairly soft and smooth, with just a touch of dryness, that blended easily on the skin but did not look dry or powdery. It seemed to “melt” a bit after five to ten minutes of wear. The finish was glowing and luminous without being overtly shimmery or metallic on the skin, though I wouldn’t describe it as subtle either. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

I bought mine from Selfridges, but the SUQQU blushes have been going in and out of stock, even though they are permanent (shipping is a flat $30 to the U.S., so obviously, it makes sense to wait until you have a larger order).

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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SUQQU Cheek Brush, Face Brush, Eyeshadow Brush M, Lip Brush L Reviews & Photos

SUQQU Brushes
SUQQU Brushes

SUQQU may not be the most accessible brand yet (here’s hoping they’ll expand to a good stockist in the U.S.), but they live up to the hype and are lovely brushes for those who wish to indulge. I can see why the Cheek brush is constantly out of stock at Selfridges. I know readers have recommended Ichibankao for ordering Asia-exclusive beauty brands, and they also have SUQQU brushes available (but I haven’t personally ordered from them, though I have been tempted!). I have no complaints; they’re outstanding, high-quality brushes. I’ve been putting them through testing since October, and I haven’t had any issues with shedding, smell, or re-shaping after washing. I’ve washed all of the brushes numerous times since then, and they’re still as soft and silky as they were to begin with. The shapes are well-done–more distinct from many brushes I own but they’re still useful, versatile shapes that I can easily use.

01/07

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Cheek Brush

SUQQU Cheek Brush (£80.00 / ¥15,000) is a small, rounded blush brush that flares outwards from the ferrule and then tapers to a rounded edge. It is made out of gray squirrel hair, and it is supremely soft, silky, and smooth against the skin. No matter the direction or pressure, the brush never felt rough or sharp. It had moderate density with a feathery quality to it, which made it particularly suitable for use with more pigmented or very soft-textured powder products. This is useful if you’re more heavy-handed when applying your blush, even if you don’t mean to be, as it is hard to overdo your cheek color with this brush. It works well to blend and soften edges of various powder products for cheeks and face. I really liked it for highlight, though, as it gave me similar results that I get with a fan brush but with more precision–diffused, luminous, but never metallic.

  • Sizing: 34mm in length, 19mm in width, 15mm in thickness (it’s round); total length of 15.5 centimeters.
  • Most similar: Chikuhodo Z-4 is similar in its smaller size, but it is wider and flatter (thinner) with less roundedness; where the Z-4 looks more like a blush brush, SUQQU Cheek looks more like a highlighting brush

01/06

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Face Brush
15
Product
15
Fitness
5
Durability
5
Construction
100%
Total

SUQQU Face Brush (£168.00 / ¥30,000) is a large, rounded powder brush that tapers slightly at the edges and rounds out at the top. It’s dense without being fully packed (it’s not a kabuki brush), so there’s a light spring and give as it is swept across the skin. It feels like silk (even when I had my husband do the blind-softness-test, he described it as such, “It feels so silky, is that even possible with a brush?”) as the bristles move together. You just don’t feel the individual fibers at all. The fullness makes it ideal for dusting finishing and setting powders all over the face. I also liked it for diffusing the edges of a trickier blush or bronzer as well. It is made out of gray squirrel hair.

  • Sizing: 50mm in length, 36mm in width, 26mm in thickness (it’s round); total length of 13 centimeters.
  • Most similar: Chikuhodo Z-1 is slightly smaller, while Chikuhodo Z-9 is wider/flatter and a bit overall–they all feel the same in regards to softness.

Cheek Brush
15
Product
15
Fitness
5
Durability
5
Construction
100%
Total

01/06

Suqqu Eyeshadow Brush M  
Suqqu Eyeshadow Brush M  
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Eyeshadow Brush M

SUQQU Eyeshadow Brush M (£48.00 / ¥8,000) is a medium-sized, domed brush with a very rounded edge. It’s like a much larger and wider take on a pencil brush or a really squat, densely-packed crease brush. It can apply quite a bit of color even though it’s made out of gray squirrel, if desired. There’s no doubt it’s one of the softest pencil-like brushes I’ve tried, as it swirls and taps, sweeps and blends and never, ever feels pointed. The bristles move together in a way that feels silky across the skin. Though it probably will make some cringe, but this is such a good shape and brush for applying cream eyeshadow into the crease, particularly for blending out the edges (I really liked it with Laura Mercier). I tend to favor other brushes for initial application and only use this as a buffing tool, just because it makes it cleaner when I use it for blending. It’s lovely for blending out powder eyeshadows as well, and it is nice for highlighting the inner tear duct/corner of the lid. I’ve also had good luck using it to buff out creamy concealers underneath the eye or tapping brightening powder underneath the eye.

  • Sizing: 12.5mm in length, 6mm in width, 6mm in thickness (it’s round); total length of 13 centimeters.
  • Most similar: Chikuhodo Z-10 is much more tapered towards the end and comes to more of a point; IT Cosmetics No. 105 is longer, so it has more spring, but it has a similarly-sized rounded edge (it is also a synthetic option)

15
Product
15
Fitness
5
Durability
5
Construction
100%
Total