I decided to do a series of brush reviews so I can share to you guys what I think of the few ones I have. I stopped buying brushes because I have favorites and even though I do not have much, I am not able to use each and everyone of them or I have stopped using some of them for a while. The very first soft brush I had was the EDM Flat Top Brush, as I mentioned on my EcoTools Bamboo Blush Brush review. This brush has been with me for about 2 years and a half and it never ceased to perform well no matter how badly I have treated it. So on to the review.
What I like:
- This brush is really soft without being flimsy. Not scratchy and has never irritated my skin. And the bristles are still soft even though it has been washed for so many times since I've had this for more than 2 years now.
- Bristles are dense, thus, providing medium-full coverage.
- I used this for mineral makeup back when I was hooked to it and gives a flawless finish. I also used it on powder foundations (pressed) and it works too! And now, I use this brush to apply bb cream and I like how it evenly distributes the product on my face quickly as compared to using my fingers or my MAC 190SE foundation brush. I also tried using this when applying bronzer and yes, it worked too.
- Sturdy. Did I mention abusing this brush to the point that I just threw it anywhere? The handle has scratches and turned to a darker shade and has fallen from different heights yet it's still alive and kickin'! It still has a long way to go.
- Inexpensive. I do not remember the exact price but I'm sure that I got it online for less than 500 bucks (around $10 - exchange rate is higher back then).
- Size is just right and allows me to have maximum control over the brush.
- I never experienced bleeding with this brush every single time I washed it.
- Never shed a single hair. It probably did but I remember pulling a strand or two but it was by force. :D
What I don't like:
- Hard to use if I want really light coverage. A regular kabuki is better than flat tops if you want such coverage.
- Not locally available and I can no longer find any local reseller selling this brush! Boo!
- It takes almost a day to completely dry. I don't like buying backups (I think I only have one backup brush - the Marionnaud N32 Slanted Blusher Brush) so I have to wait that long to be able to use it again).
- Although I find the size quite right, I still find it a little bulky and eats up space on my makeup pouch.
- I cannot use this on finishing powders or touch ups because it can cause caking on certain areas of the face. :(
Overall rating: 4/5
Will I buy again? Yes. But I hope I don't have to as it's quite hard to find this brush here (in the PH) nowadays. If I need another flat top brush, I might just settle for what's locally available like the one from Charm.
Any suggestions for a good flat top brush? :)
Happy Friday, peeps! :P