Hit List: Best Buffer Brush

What’s the Best Buffer Brush that you’ve tried?

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It’s funny… I used to be obsessed with buffer brushes, but I rarely reach for them now! I still like MAC’s 182 a lot.


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xamyx Avatar

Ditto! I use both interchangeably, depending on which one I find first, or sometimes which is clean… I’m also a big fan of the Physician’s Formula flat-top mineral kabuki brush, but I don’t know if it’s still available.

Shayni Avatar

After I nearly destroyed my skin with Bare Minerals brushes I thought I’d never “buff” again, however, I took advantage of some IT Cosmetics deals on QVC and now I have a set of amazing brushes. ๐Ÿ™‚

The finest buffer brush I’ve used (by far for me, but I’ve used a lot of “bargain” tools):

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Flat Top Buffing Foundation Brush

I’ve had mine for almost 3 years now and it’s still like a brand new brush.

Shayni Avatar

This was quite a few years ago, before the brand was “iconic”. I started to get rosacea-like rashes on my cheeks and chin, and I thought I had rosacea. A dermatologist confirmed it was irritation from “scratching” bristles, and possibly allergy. Since then I’ve learned that my face hates Goat Hair, so I’m sure it was the hair, not the brushes! I should have been clearer about that.

Emily Avatar

Coastal Scents classic buffer large synthetic! It’s like a duo-fiber and a kabuki brush in one.. I’ve been using it for my foundation every single day since I got it and haven’t gone back to any other brush. It spreads liquid foundations so evenly over the face and I never have to touch up cakey spots with a beauty blender because the brush blends everything in so well. $14.95 on its own or $34.95 in a 22-brush set!

MissJae1908 Avatar

I agree! I own this brush too and honestly, it’s better than my RT Buffer Brush. The only reason I don’t use the CS brush often is because it’s super hard to clean! I know…I’m lazy…lol. I just can’t stand stains in my brushes.

Gillian Avatar

I loved my MAC 182 but I lost it somehow. I have an Ecotools retractable one now which I like and I did buy the beautiful Aerin kabuki brush but I stood on it one day and dented the base. It still works fine and although I didn’t pay full price for it I’m still gutted and can’t look at it or use it anymore without feeling bad about the whole thing! I still miss my 182. ๐Ÿ™

Fran Avatar

For mineral powder foundation, my favorite is the Ultimate Long-Handled Flat Top Brush from Silk Naturals; for liquid products, I buff with the MAC Masterclass large oval brush. Love the Masterclass brushes! I always carry the small oval one with me to fix any little makeup problems that occur during the day — it magically gets rid of foundation that’s settled into lines without disturbing the rest, wipes away any errant eyeshadow/lining products that somehow fell out without disturbing foundation or powder, smooths out any trouble.

Erica Avatar

Fran, that is a great idea. I own the small oval face brush and hardly ever use it. I’m going to follow your lead and carry mine in my makeup bag for touch ups. Thanks for such a great idea.

Staci Avatar

I’ve had my eye on the 182 for awhile. For sure I’ll be getting it after Christmas. Currently I have the Real Techniques buffing brush. I love it. The Real Techniques brushes I own are all amazing.

Samira Avatar

RT buffing has been a holy grail for me for foundation for a while (I have two – one for foundation and one to soften cream blush). But I’ve found it’s getting a little scratchy so looking to branch out. Thinking about trying sigma (in the vein of “I will try anything Lisa Eldridge uses.”)

Vic Avatar

I love my Illamasqua Buffer (not sure about the number) and the Real Techniques Expert Face and Buffer. All in this order, they’re dense, pick up enough product, don’t ‘swallow’ it and can be used for liquid, creme and powder.
The only downside is that the Illamasqua and the Expert face brush are a pain to clean, but still better than sponges or flat foundation brushes.

Emilie Avatar

The Elf Powder Brush (which is basically just a synthetic flat-top kabuki) is awesome, and it’s only $3! I bought it because I figured “why not?” and as it turns out, I reach for it over my Mac 187 all the time. Since I love this brush so much I want to try the Sigma F80, too.

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