Saturday, 30 August 2014

Flat contour & sculpting brushes make contouring easy...

From top: BCC F30 Sculpt brush, Nars Ita kabuki, Benefit box powder brush

Over the years I've tried lots of different types of contour brushes - from the MAC 168 (my long time favourite ), the Sigma F40 to the Real Techniques Contour brush. However, lately I've been noticing a number of flat sculpting brushes becoming available. Contouring has always been something I've struggled with and I thought these brushes might finally help me master carving out my cheekbones and adding more definition to my face.


Blank Canvas Cosmetics F30 Sculpt Brush
Blank Canvas Cosmetics F30 Sculpt Brush
Blank Canvas Cosmetics F30 Sculpt Brush
Blank Canvas Cosmetics F30 Sculpt Brush

Blank Canvas Cosmetics F30 sculpt brush - Link! This was the first flat brush I picked up. It has densely packed short synthetic soft bristles. It allows me to place the contour powder on my face more precisely than if I was using the Sigma or the MAC contouring brushes - therefore making it easier to carve out my cheekbones. I have also found this brush excellent for shading the my forehead. I place the colour under my cheekbones placing the brush lengthways, I then turn the brush widthways to blend the colour out. To shade my forehead, I place the brush diagonally blending from the temple to the outer arch of my eyebrow. In saying all this, I have found two issues with this brush: I think the head of the brush is too long and too wide. I feel that if the length of the brush head was a little shorter and narrower, it would allow me an even more precise application of colour.

Nars Ita Kabuki Brush
Nars Ita Kabuki Brush

Nars Ita Kabuki Brush
Nars Ita Kabuki Brush

Nars Ita Kabuki Brush
Nars Ita Kabuki Brush

Nars Ita  Kabuki brush -Link! This was the second brush I picked up. I wanted this brush for months - I was initially hesitant to buy it as it is quite expensive, it has also been out of stock everywhere (the fact that I couldn't get it anywhere was making me want it more). So when I got an email from Nars informing me that it was back in stock. I took it as a sign that I 'needed' it! This Ita brush is, again a flat sculpting brush. The handle is made with the Nars signature plastic matte rubberized coating and the bristles are made of goat hair. I normally find natural hair bristles scratchy. Although this isn't the softest brush ever, it is in no way scratchy or irritating. These bristles are longer, more flexible and there are fewer of them in comparison to the BCC brush. The head of the brush is also shorter and narrower than the BCC brush, this allows me to get an even more precise application and gives me more control when blending.

Benefit Box Powder Brush
Benefit Box Powder Brush

Benefit Box Powder Brush
Benefit Box Powder Brush

Benefit Box Powder Brush
Benefit Box Powder Brush

Benefit box powder brushes - After trying out the BCC and Ita brushes, it then occurred to me that I had several of the Benefit box powders - each of which comes with a small flat densely packed synthetic bristle brush. I had never actually used any of these brushes before but I had kept them all.
I found that this brush lies somewhere between the NARS Ita and the BCC sculpting brush. The brush head is short like the Ita, the bristles are not as dense as the BCC brush, However, they are denser than the Ita. This means that the Benefit brush is also slightly wider than the Ita while still allowing it to be narrow enough to easily carve out my cheekbones and sculpt my face.
After trying all of these brushes, my favourite is the Nars Ita. However if you have any of the Benefit box powders I would say to use the brushes that come with them and save yourself  €55 - as I don't feel there is a enough of a difference between the two to warrant investing in the Nars Ita. I also thought it was worth mentioning that I haven't noticed any shedding from these brushes!

Please note I purchased all of the products mentioned. The above links are not affiliate links.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and found it useful!
LL



11 comments:

  1. I can see why these would be really good for sculpting cheek bones! I might try and pick one up if I see any similar around :)

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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  2. I had the same realisation as you recently that the Benefit box brushes are perfect for contouring - however I'm still desperate for that BCC brush! NARS Ita is just way out of my budget, I don't think I could ever justify buying it, such a shame because it looks amazing :(

    Alexandra ♡
    efflorescentdream.co.uk

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    1. I'd absolutely recommend giving the BBC brush a try!

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  3. That Nars brush looks amazing but the price :( I just realised I have one of those benefit brushes. I might try that for contouring, I don't think I have ever used it even for blush.
    Kookii || The Beauty Diary♥

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    1. It's such a pity that the Nars Ita brush has such a steep price tag. Let me know how you get on with the Benefit brushes :)

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  4. This was just the post for me as I'm really interested in finding the right products to get the best, most natural contour. I've noticed that Benefit have been changing the style of their brushes - I have three different versions! The one you've featured, a slanted version that came with my Hervana blusher & one with a curved side & a flat side (I haven't explained that very well!). Xx

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    1. I'm glad you liked the post Tania. I've noticed that they have different versions as well, I have a benefit brush with curved edges too - it came with the Bella Bamba blush (I think)! :)

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  5. It would make sense to use a flat brush to contour esp with the cheeks and nose area. Thanks for this acosmeticsobsession.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. You're welcome Amy, I'm glad you liked the post. :)

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  6. Oh I have been wanting the NARS one for what it feels like centuries. I don't contour much (I wake up at 6:00 AM I hardly dress myself before work) so I try to put the purchase off for as long as I can. Still I would love to know if it works with cream products or would you recommend it for powders only?

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