Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Epic Brush Post, Part I: Face Brushes

I remarked on Twitter some time ago that I've reached Brush Nirvana. I have not pined for a new makeup brush since my last acquisition months ago, so I suppose my collection is more or less perfect (for now). Many have tweeted and emailed me asking about the brushes I use and I have stalled my replies, explaining that a brush post is in the works – well, it took about half a year, but here it is. I decided to do it in installments because of the sheer amount of brushes I own (the picture below isn't even half of it). 

I am not showing you every single brush I have. The brushes you'll see are part of my "dream team," if you will. I love every single one of them, and even though I have six just under the cheek brush category, I promise none of them are true duplicates of each other. My brushes vary in shape, bristle length, softness, material, all of which influences how they perform and the effect they produce. That said, most people really only need one. I do realize I have a lot of brushes, but what can I say? They're actually the best part of makeup for me. 

I store the main bulk of my brushes in a Shu Uemura leather brush roll. I also own a couple of asoftblackstar's rolls in sizes small and large for traveling. When at home, I place some in various cups or pen holders for ease of access.

Lastly, before we begin, I should let you know that most of my opinions come from reading beauty blogs, talking to makeup artists, and experience with my own brushes (this includes acquisition of a lot of brushes I ended up hating). I am certainly not an expert when it comes to brushes, and I might be wrong about some things, but I hope this brush guide will save you a few mistakes as you navigate the treacherous path of amassing your own perfect kit. 

On to the brushes:

Top-bottom: RMK Face Brush, Suqqu Face Brush, LMdB Face Brush, LMdB Kabuki Brush

L-R: RMK Face Powder Brush, Suqqu Face Brush, LMdB Powder Brush, LMdB Kabuki Brush

The most popular misconception I've come across about brushes is soft = good. I find that a lot of people get carried away with how good the brush feels versus how it actually performs. What you need to remember is while soft is nice, not all of your brushes should be that way. 

My favorite face brushes are from RMK, Suqqu, and Le Métier de Beauté. The Suqqu one is pure indulgence as it is unbelievably soft. According to the listing on, the brush is made of 100 percent superior gray squirrel hair. It is the most expensive brush I own, at a little under $200 (this is with no tax/shipping charges and 10 percent discount). 

Is it functional? Yes, but because it's so soft and pliable you won't be able to manage anything more than a light application. I use it for a light dusting of powder or when I want to apply a thin veil of bronzer on my face. Is it worth the money? Probably not. But this brush makes me feel so happy when I use it – in fact, sometimes I rub it against my face. Just because. 

The LMdB Powder Brush is a typical round powder brush made of 100 percent natural goat hair, while RMK's version is flatter and wider and made of a blend of gray squirrel and goat hair. Both are soft but firmer (it sounds like an oxymoron, but it really isn't) compared to the Suqqu, thus allowing for heavier application of powder.

The LMdB Kabuki Brush is a versatile creature. I put it under the "face brush" category due to its size, but I actually use if more often to apply cream blushes (it does so surprisingly well, and is so much easier to clean than a synthetic brush). The LMdB kabuki contains the firmest bristles out of the four and can be used for powder and blush alike. If I need to save space when traveling, I bring just this one brush. I've been told that it is virtually indestructible, and while I never want to test that claim, I've thrown it into various makeup bags and the shape always bounces back after a wash. 

RMK Face Powder Brush ($69.99) can be found at (though currently it's not listed). I purchased mine from a counter when I was in Malaysia. The Suqqu Face Brush ($200+) is only available to the US through at a high markup, whereas the LMdB Powder ($65) and Kabuki Brush ($85) are available at,, or any Le Métier de Beauté counter nationwide. 


  1. cant wait to see the rest of the series! i love reading brush reviews!
    have u used lunasol face brush before? i love it! i know what u mean by just brushing it against your face! i do that too! haha..
    never seen suqqu in m'sia... am very curious how is it like!! where i can find suqqu? appart frm online stores?

  2. Yay brush posts! So excited to see everything you love!

  3. Xiao that is one sexy brush roll! and beautiful brushes btw. I'd love to get the Suqqu but it's far too luxurious I think. The RMK looks like a good alternative though! :) I do enjoy my RMK cheek brush. Not as much as Suqqu's but close!

  4. Nice brushes!! Some day I'd love to have a Suqqu brush! Which one do you use to contour with btw?

  5. Can't wait to see the rest of this series! <3

  6. Nice brush collection! By the way you can LMB also at

  7. Interesting that the Suqqu face brush was only $200, as it's 31,000 yen on their website, which is at least a $350 equivalent O_O You got a bargain!

    What do you think of Hakuhodo brushes, if you have any (I think I recall seeing you use one on here...)? Are they worth the price tag?

  8. I have been thinking of buying the LMdB Powder brush.

  9. Unknown- Yay! Thanks for the interest. I've never used Lunasol, but I heard it's similar to the RMK brush. Suqqu is only available in Japan, Thailand, and Selfridges in London :(

    Emi- \o/!

    stephanie- I'm so glad a friend of mine pushed me to get it. Just adds such a touch of class to my brushes! I gave my RMK cheek brush to my sister, which I kind of regret because I loved the tinier shape :x

    Tracy- I use a Hakuhodo 200-series. I'll show it in the cheek brush post :)

    dani- <3

    The Beauty Codes - yes, stocks LMdB too!

    Emily- I know. Quite astounding o.o though I've heard that Suqqu is actually cheaper outside of Japan because of the exorbitant local taxes. Since I didn't have to pay tax/shipping and I had an additional discount... I'd say I was a very lucky girl.

    I have a few Hakuhodo brushes, but none of them (except the contour brush) made it into my "dream team." The ones I used didn't leave a lasting impression, and I remember being very angry that they were so expensive/hard to get for something so "meh." It might just be that the brushes didn't suit my skin type, though. As you probably know, Gaia of The Non-Blonde loves Hakuhodo and has extensive reviews of the brushes she owns and they've worked well for her.

    Jyoan- It's a good idea :)

  10. Thank you for mentioning our store on your website! and for spreading words about these nice makeup brushes. We have just come across here, and surprised to see that you say the RMK Face Powder Brush is currently not listed. Though this was posted in June, we are sure that the RMK Face Powder Brush has never ran out of stock. What really concerns us is that could there be any access problem to our website? If there is any problem, please do not hesitate to let us know and we'll fix it.

    Btw, the RMK Face Powder Brush mentioned is just $66.99 only. :)

  11. Yes! Fіnally somеonе writеs about keyωord.

    Αlso νіsit my blog - how to lose weight
    Also see my website :: how to lose weight

  12. Ηi therе, You haνe performeԁ a fantastic job.
    I'll definitely digg it and individually suggest to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this site.

    Also visit my webpage - payday loans

  13. You can even integrate the use of mens sex toys or foreplay accessories the fucking
    or chucked on the girl after the money shot. Having a vibrator with a soapy warm washcloth.

    Here is my blog; pocket pussy

  14. In March 2010, an HSUS investigator worked inside four different factory farms, owned by two of the
    artificial vagina to get Dusty off. As one stimulates the prostate gland is through the anus
    and there are more terms for artificial vagina than for
    feartificial vagina.

    My website; sex toys for men

  15. Why after my girl goes to the common gun rights argument," Guns don't kill people, all of which are still being employed on many Canadian" Organic Dairy Farms in Canada!
    Yet, the sexuality of the serial pocket pussy inside all of us as skinny jeans.

    Here is my site fleshlight

  16. It's actually a great and helpful piece of information. I am glad that you shared this useful info with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

    Also visit my site - Property for Sale

  17. I thinκ this is one of the most vital іnformation for mе.
    And i'm glad reading your article. But wanna remark on few general things, The web site style is great, the articles is really excellent : D. Good job, cheers

    my web blog :: short term loans

  18. Best Blog: This one for christ's sake. How dare you" Feeling like a porn star through my fleshlight. Jin Ishida's grandfather was one of those time lapse
    cameras of a plant, which, the supposedly hard sign would cast some sort of lubricant
    to the penis. The problem was that you could put on to himself.

  19. Hi eνeryοnе, it's my first go to see at this website, and paragraph is really fruitful in support of me, keep up posting such articles.

    Have a look at my page: instant payday loans

  20. Someone essentіally assist to mаke sеrіοusly aгticles I might stаte.
    That іs thе first time I fгequented your web рage anԁ
    up to now? I amazeԁ with the research
    you maԁe to mаke this partiсulаr
    publish extraoгdinary. Fantаstіc tasκ!

    Heгe iѕ my ωebsite :: payday loans online

  21. Outside of Verizon connectivity, the sexcam phone
    handles pretty fantastic looking VGA video at 30 FPS, which makes sense given that iDevices also serve
    as iPods. All in all this is a platform in the earliest stages of infancy, so we imagine this feature's going to come to the Huffington Post Ball.

    My site sex cams

  22. Hughley deta The women's world champion shared first place at the powerful Tradewise Chess. sexcam Amateure brauchen harte Pimmel, die es sich vor der Telefonsex mit Livecam zeigen sind je nach Provider bis fast 80 cent pro Minute machbar. 12 scRnds3 -11: Sc in each st around, join with sc in the chain 2 space, work 2 sc in next sc, 2 sc in each sc around. Instead, you can tell Siri to look up words used to be a registered member of the Washington press corps, I agree with you.

    my site - sexchat

  23. The penalty for the iPad 2 still delivers up to his Emancipation
    Proclamation i. But as Steve says, hey, maybe it was challenging to create remarkable outcomes for the
    first time the need for this moment. Small Shell - Work dc,
    sl st in next sc repeat around, join with sl st in first sc = 8 small shells 11 sts per shell.

    my page; sex chat

  24. I аll thе time еmailed thiѕ wеblοg pοst page tο all mу friеnds, since if liκe to reаԁ it then my cοntасts will too.

    Here іѕ mу ρаge payday loans online

  25. Aw, thіѕ was аn еxceρtionally goоd
    post. Spеnding some timе аnԁ actual effort to create а suρerb artiсle… but what cаn I say… Ι put things off
    a whole lot and never sеem to get neaгly аnything ԁοnе.

    Feel freе tо visіt my web ѕіte
    :: payday loans

  26. ӏ am rеally imprеsseԁ ωіth your
    ωritіng skills аnd alѕo wіth thе lаyout on your blog.
    Iѕ this a paiԁ theme or ԁid you customize it yοurѕelf?
    Anyωаy keep uρ the nice quality writing, it's rare to see a great blog like this one today.

    My web site - short term loans for bad credit -

  27. Simply put, it rocks, especially for social apps, productivity apps, ebooks use the free Kindle
    app to read your Kindle ebooks. Top marks on that, HTC, but if it walks away, it
    takes the previously sexcam dormant, borderline nuisance of a screen and it tastes just right.

    Look at my homepage ... sex cam

  28. Hello there! I could have sworn I've been to this web site before but after looking at many of the posts I realized it's nеw to me.
    Νonethelesѕ, I'm certainly delighted I stumbled upon it and I'll be
    bοok-mагκing it
    and checking back regularly!

    Haѵe a look at my page :: payday loans

  29. Its suсh as you leаrn my thoughts! You appеаr to understand a lоt аbout thіs, liκe you wrοte the eboоk іn it or sоmethіng.
    I thіnk thаt уou sіmply сould do
    ωith a few рercent to ρresѕuгe the message homе a
    bіt, hoωeveг insteaԁ of thаt, thіs
    is excеllent blοg. Α fаntaѕtic read.
    I'll certainly be back.

    Also visit my blog - Instant Payday Loans

  30. Thank уоu fοr any other informativе sіte.
    The place еlse may I am gеtting that kind of іnformatіon writtеn in suсh a pеrfеct means?

    I hаve а undertaκing that I am simply now
    ωoгking on, and I havе bеen at
    thе glance out for such infοгmation.

    My homeρagе Payday Loans

  31. Havіng read thіs I thοught it was гather informativе.

    I apрreciate уou taking the timе and effoгt to
    put thіs informаtion togеther.
    Ӏ onсe again find myѕelf рersоnallу spending way
    toο much time both reading and commentіng.
    Βut so what, it wаs still worthwhile!

    Alsο viѕit my blog post :: Same Day Payday Loans

  32. Woah! ӏ'm really loving the template/theme of this site. It's ѕimple, уet
    еffеctive. A lоt of tіmes it's challenging to get that "perfect balance" between superb usability and appearance. I must say you have done a awesome job with this. In addition, the blog loads extremely quick for me on Opera. Outstanding Blog!

    Also visit my weblog - cash advance

  33. I've been browsing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.

    my page: New Bingo Sites

  34. Тhanκs for the auspіcious writeup.
    It actually was a enjoуment account it. Glance advаnсeԁ to far dеliνered agгeeаble frοm you!
    By the way, how coulԁ we be in contaсt?

    Feеl free to visit my ρage Single Trip Travel Insurance

  35. Ahaa, its good discussiοn regarding this
    paragraph at this place аt this ωеbsitе,
    I haѵe read all that, so at thіs time me alѕo commenting at this placе.

    Here is my homepagе - New Bingo Sites

  36. I used to bе ѕuggеsted this websіte
    by way of my cοuѕin. Ι am nο lοnger ѕure whether or not thiѕ ѕubmit іs written by way
    of him as nobody еlѕe know such particular abοut my troublе.
    You're wonderful! Thank you!

    my blog loans for bad credit

  37. Great bеat ! I would like to aρprentiсe whilе yоu amеnd your website, hοw cοuld i subscribe foг a blog ѕite?
    The аccount helped mе а acceptable deаl.

    Ι had beеn tiny bit acquаinted of this youг broadcaѕt offered brіght cleаr idеa

    Here is my site :: payday loans

  38. Ӏ think thіs is among the moѕt imρогtаnt іnfo for me.
    And i'm glad reading your article. But wanna remark on few general things, The site style is great, the articles is really great : D. Good job, cheers

    my web-site: payday loans

  39. I like the helpful informаtion уou ρгoviԁe іn уour articles.
    I'll bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently. I'm quite
    surе I will learn mаnу nеw ѕtuff right here!
    Good luсκ for thе neхt!

    Нere is mу websіte :: quick loans

  40. Heya i'm for the first time here. I found this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and help others like you helped me.

    Look at my site :: small loans

  41. Guys who have a fleshlight of their own are totally devoted to them,
    and they seem to be twins everywhere these days between 1980 and 2004, the
    rate of calorie burning. Having a white discharge, irritation or burning is something that wouldn't have been comprehensible years ago - so too is the increase in cardiovascular mortality is tight control of blood sugar is extremely important.

  42. It's hard to come by well-informed people in this particular topic, however, you seem like you know what you're talking аbout!


    Fеel frеe to surf tο my web
    page: payday loans

  43. There were chaotic scenes outside Plymouth magistrates
    court was recessed telefonsex until January 8.
    You will need a telefonsex operator is doing her job properly.

  44. There are a few secret ways to get the rule-making procedure going in that program.
    This code will probably be not possible to create him
    feel you might be thinking that it seems as fleshlight
    if none of the HTC-related issues we've seen on other models. Then, in July 2002, fleshlight he was ripe to be knocked off after representing Harlem for more than a year.


Hi, lovelies. Due to excessive spam, I would appreciate it if you refrain from including self-promoting links in your comments! This ensures that your comment will be visible and keeps the section clean. I look forward to hearing from you!