Did anyone else feel like contouring came out of no where and came in full force? Contouring came in hot! I feel like even makeup companies were surprised by our overwhelming love and need for contouring products that work. I started out with a Smashbox contouring trio, picked up the It Cosmetics contouring palette, Maskcara’s IID contouring foundation, and the much coveted Anastasia Beverly Hills contouring kit. I’ll do a comparison post soon on all the contouring products available. Even with all these powders and creams and palettes coming out for contouring, one problem remained for me, and that was my lack of a perfect contouring brush. And we all know without the right tools, even the most gorgeous pile of wood can’t become a house.
I first saw this brush in a Tarte email and was immediately intrigued. Could this be the solution to my contouring needs? I “happened” to be at a Sephora later that day and saw the brush in real life.
My first impression. Wow. Soft bristles, well made, perfectly packed, and great price. $32 for essentially 2 brushes. Tarte, I love you.
It’s a two sided brush, with a dense, slightly rounded side for contouring on one side and then a slanted side with more loosely packed bristles for blending or blush on the other. It has a bamboo center, which is a sustainable resource. I have washed it many times now and it does not shed.
I have only had one other Tarte brush before, a double sided eye makeup brush that I love and keep in my travel bag. I should have realized Tarte’s face brushes would be just as amazing. The bristles are incredibly soft and so perfectly packed. The smaller, rounded edge side gives the most beautiful, precise-but-soft lines for that cheek line contour. The blending side blends the powder so well – the edges are invisible and the powder is diffused but not gone on the skin.
The contouring side picks up just the right amount of powder. The major problem I was having before with whatever brushes I was using was that I never felt like they picked up enough powder so I was reapplying and getting a slightly muddy result. Or they were picking up way too much powder and I ended up with obvious contouring lines. This brush picks up the exact, perfect amount of powder. It’s the brush equivalent of having a best friend that says “I think two drinks is perfect for you tonight” when you’re trying to order another round of shots. Good looking out.
This brush has become my everyday, go-to brush. I can not even imagine trying to do my makeup without it anymore. I really can’t. The only pain is that I have to store it flat, instead of in the round cup with my other brushes. But having two brushes on one brush saves space overall, so I still wouldn’t change anything about it.
It’s rare that a product comes along that becomes a Holy Grail so quickly for me, but this brush is the H.G. of contouring brushes. It works perfectly, doesn’t shed, is so soft, is sustainably made, is affordable, and you get two brushes for the price of one. It working perfectly was all I needed, but everything else is icing on the contouring cake. I can not recommend it highly enough.
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