Favorite Coastal Scents Brushes
Requested by vampgrl1918:
I use many Coastal Scents brushes, and I use them a LOT. I think they’re great value, and while not all of them are the best quality, there are many that do perform just as well as more expensive brands. Most of them tend to be eye brushes because unlike foundation or blush brushes, I might need to do several different things with an eye look, and need different brushes for blending, smudging, lining, and defining.
Here are a few staples:
This is the cheapie equivalent of a MAC 217. I use it for EVERYTHING because it picks up and applies color well, blends things out beautifully, AND it’s so cheap you can be like me and buy a bunch so you can rotate them while some are drying (after a wash), or when you’re doing a colorful look and don’t want to muddy up the colors by using the same brush to apply 3-4 shades.
This comes in synthetic and natural hairs, and it’s a basic brush that’s quite flat and firm, so it’s good for packing on cream shadows, intense pigments or glitter since they don’t cause as much fallout. Firmer brushes are also good when you want to apply some color right to your lash line because you can use just the tips.
You’ll often see me using a pointy brush like this for the outer corners, especially if I want a more defined look. You can run this along the crease when you’re doing a cut-crease look with a dark shade.
My favorite multi-purpose brush for cream products! I use the synthetic hair version of this for gel liner AND I use this for pin-point concealing. It’s very small and firm so you can be very precise.
If you’re looking for your first foundation buffing brush this is a fabulous alternative to more expensive buffers from Sigma and MAC. You apply it in circular motions like you’re gently washing or massaging your face. NOT recommended if you have flaky skin, because buffing motions can make it worse. Use your fingers or a flat paddle-shaped foundation brush if you have that type of skin.
If you prefer a finer brush but are quite new at lining, an angled brush makes things a lot easier. This one doesn’t shed and performs as well as higher-end ones as long as you clean it after each use and re-shape it to dry.
This is a multi-purpose brush for me. If you use a powder for your brows, this is a great brush. But I use it more for lining my eyes with eyeshadow, so you get that soft smokiness along the lashes.
And that’s it really!
I’m sure there are a lot of other good brushes but these are the ones I’ve tried so far. I’d say most of my eye brushes are from Coastal Scents because obviously I tend to use eye brushes a lot more (both for life and for the blog) than the average person, and I didn’t want to feel bad if they got bashed up and had to be thrown out often.
Surprisingly, I haven’t had to throw a single one out. The ones I listed above all held their shape well over the past 2 years despite constant use and a LOT of washing.