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Love for Brushes

I'm developing a love for brushes of all kinds.  I bought a few higher end brushes and they are amazing.  They are incredibly soft and my makeup glides on like a dream.  There are so many interesting shapes. I am really interested in creating a beautiful brush collection.  Show your brushes and share any cleaning and storage tips and let us know which ones are your favorites.


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@etscore1,Sorry to bud in but Koyudo fupa3 (I think) is my all time favorite for liquid foundation. It is as similar as the Shiseido one but the head is double. I buy this from CDjapan for less than $40. I think they offer free shipping right now.

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Don't apologize @blackkitty2014! Thank you for the suggestion! My coworker recently purchased the Shiseido face brush and it is delightfully soft, but definitely a tad small. The size seemed to be the reoccurring gripe about the brush, and that it takes too long to do a whole face with it. If that brush has a similar softness to it, but is twice the size, that sounds like an amazing brush that I'm going to have to look into! 


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@etscore1 Sorry, I can't help you with that!  I don't use the foundation brushes for foundation, but for my cheek products 


the only brush I've liked for foundation is actually from it cosmetics (because I don't typically wear foundation)  I'll check what it's called but it is round with a flat top and good for buffing tinted moisturizer or light foundation 

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@Mochapj No worries, thank you! 🙂 


I don't know if there's any reasons for me to even buy a brush for the foundations I use, but there are days where it just seems like fingers aren't enough. 

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@etscore I go back and forth between a beauty blender and my Cover FX brush with my liquid foundation.

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I have this brush.  I really enjoy it.  I was *tipsy shopping* on the Vegas strip and bought it on feel alone.


I am not ashamed to admit that! LOL

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Hahahahaa  tipsy shopping in Vegas sounds fun but dangerous for the bank account.

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@newandaddicted Tipsy shopping... AMAZING. I will definitely check it out the next time I'm in a store! 


@AMK721 and @newandaddicted - What's your preferred application method for this brush? Are you a dabber/stippler, swiper, swirler/buffer...? Assume it's pretty good in regards to absorbing product as well?

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I usually dab my foundation on my face then buff it in.

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@Mochapj can you please post a pic of the chikuhodo foundation with the Tom ford foundation brush? I think you got the tf foundation brush iirc, I want to get another tf foundation but I m considering a chiku now.thank you 🙂

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@dioradict, I think this is the TF foundation brush (#2?) - I don't actually use it for foundation so I'm not 100% on what the #2 is for.


they are close to the same size and both have same softness.  The chiku is round and dense, and the TF is more oval and looser.



Hope that helps 

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 @Mochapj Thank you so much :). Yes #2 is cream foundation brush which I use a lot.probably I will get the chiku T3 then 🙂

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Any tips on cleaning spooley brushes?

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I use one of those silicone brush cleaning pads for spoolies.


Drip some soap on the spoolie, and then roll it around on the pad, then rinse.

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I love brushes!! They are my complete weakness. I cannot compare with many of the brush junkies here, but it is pretty bad...

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Nice collection of brushes. The way I store my brushes is I keep the ones I use for liquid or cream foundations together, face powders with color together, the setting powder brushes together, eye makeup brushes together; depending upon whether they're used for color, blending, lining etc...  Well, you get the idea. I, also store them in a cabinet and tall dresser drawer to keep everyday dust from collecting on them.  There are brush sleeves you can buy that will help them keep their shape too. Most importantly I keep them stored upright as well. Hope that helped. 

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I had way too much time on my hands today and decided to take them all out. Here are my babies!






Brush Brand Information

Top Picture:
Tom Ford, Surratt Beauty, Chikuhodo, Suqqu, Kojudo, Wayne Goss

Second Picture:
More Koyudo, Koyomo, Houkodou, More Chikuhodo, Mizuho

Third Picture:
MAC, Bobbi Brown, Cle De Peau, Wayne Goss

Fourth Picture:
Marc Jacobs, Sephora, Kat Von D, Bobbi Brown, Make Up For Ever, Too Faced, Tarte, Real Techniques, It Cosmetics, Stila, Bare Minerals, Smashbox, Pur Minerals

Last Picture:
Artis Brush, Cailyn O Wow, Wayne Goss, Besame Cosmetics, Sigma, Benefit, Sephora X Hakuhodo

If you would like to know about any specific brush, feel free to ask!

These are all my brushes minus one I left out and a few that are on the way. 


I feel so at home in this thread surrounded by fellow brush junkies. It has been so fun ogling at other people's collections and I hope many more people continue to post. Personally I have added a few brushes to my wish list after scrolling through this thread. Anyone else in the same boat?


As for brush storage, most of my eyeshadow brushes go in a brush book. My face brushes either stay in the box they were sent in (if not used often) or are kept in brush rolls or in a jar full of beads. My tip to anyone who wants to put brushes in a glass or jar of beads/stones or little anything is make sure whatever you are using as filler is not rough. I made a mistake of using a rougher filler when I first started and the bottoms of some of my brush handles have little scratches from it. Also, even if the filler is smooth, if the filler is too big it can still cause scratches when you try to put your brushes back into place.



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Another question I just thought of for you @Cahlee!


Do you own any duplicates of any of your brushes? Or have you repurchased any brushes that have been lost, worn out, etc? Any you honestly don't like and just keep for the visual fulfillment and/or the sake of your collection?  Oh, and what would you say was your "gateway brush" into the world of high end/specialty brushes? 


Guess that's not another question as much as someother questions. 🙂

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 I do not currently own duplicates of any brushes. At some point late last year I almost bought a second Marc Jacobs Face 2 brush, but that was before I fell down the rabbit hole. I have only had most of these brushes for about a year (up until probably September of 2015 my brush collection consisted of a small handful of brushes *side note* I started wearing makeup around September of 2014) I haven't had a need to replace any of my brushes yet as they're all relatively new and thankfully none have gone missing. However, I did almost replace a brush I thought I lost when I took my brushes out for their photo op for this thread. I was almost in tears because I could not find my Chikuhodo Z-3. It was later found under a brush box, but if I did not find it I was determined to replace it. I love all my brushes, I would have to say that for the most part they are all there because I love how they perform. If I had to single out a few I keep around just because I already have them they would be the Sephora blending brush, the Tarte foundation brush, the too faced powder brush, the real techniques brush and 3 of the it cosmetics brushes. I have small issues with each of these brushes either due to design or performance. There are also two brushes I have bought mainly just to complete a collection which include the TF paddle shaped foundation brush and the Chikuhodo gsn-6. Both brushes are beautiful and perform well but paddle brushes are not my preferred shape so I did originally pick them up to complete sets. My gateway brush, or well brushes would be the Wayne Goss brushes. Once I tried out his eyeshadow brushes I began to question what brushes could really offer me. Afterward I dove into Marc Jacobs, MUFE then Tom Ford. A month later I bought my first three brushes from CDJapan (Chikuhodo Makie-1, Makie-2 and Z-9) It's all a blurr after that 😄

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Wow! Beautiful. This makes me want to invest in some more brushes. 

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I'm trying to invest in some higher end brushes.  What would you recommend for eyes?  I have smaller hooded eyes, I need something small-ish.  I'm also interested in a good blush brush.




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