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Selecting your brushes

by Sonia G.

A car, a house, a dress, a watch, or even a simple a make up brush, how do you make your final decision ? Budget aside, is it rational or emotional ? When the choice is overwhelming how do you handle it ?

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Some already know exactly what they want and others can afford pretty much everything they want, in those circumstances there is no obvious difficulty or frustration to deal with, but the majority just want to narrow it down to the minimum, whenever possible to the best and it’s totally understandable that brushes are not everybody’s budget top priority.

Personally I love “the decision making process” in general, I live with it, I work with it, it fascinates me and I get bored if I cannot experience it. Β When it comes to brushes, specially the hunting is the most exciting part for me, that’s how I got here, a lot of hunting with just a pinch of self-control. I remember the very black comedy series “Psychoville“, it’s awful I warn you, funny but very uncomfortable, the old man in the series loves Beanie babies to the death, his purpose in life is the hunt for the most unique of them all, it takes him a while and an insane quantity of effort but finally when he finds “the one” he throws it in the ocean… why ??? because the hunt is what makes him even happier. Will I ever get THE brush that blows out my brains (or whatever is left) ? It already happened, many times. Did I stop ? nope. I am like an insatiable vampire, but don’t be afraid, I am just here to help …. πŸ˜‰
That’s why I started this little blog in the first place, at least to give a useful purpose to my collection and maybe put you in the right direction when you are facing some decision making difficulties.

I receive many emails asking for recommendations, I try to reply to you the best I can but there are many things that always remain unwritten and that I need to say so I’ll say it here and now. Β When I am asked “What is the best bronzer brush? What foundation brush do you recommend ?” How could I possible shortly reply to these questions if I don’t know you. I don’t know what products you use, what type of skin you have, what finish you are expecting, what material you prefer, what type of handles you prefer or what technique you use. Even if I try, there are chances that I don’t aim right. Also, I need to point out here that there is no BEST brush of all, there could be a better one for you depending on your needs but in general there are many amazing ones, each one adapted to a type of product, a type of skin and your personal preferences. Once you understand these prerequisites, you’ll see how difficult it is for someone to decide on your behalf.

I met many categories of brush lovers, there is :

  • The Collector – will be interested by the most extreme brushes ever made and will gather the most amazing artistic creations.
  • The Brushpeologist Β – Β I think I am part of that category πŸ˜€ always hunting for new treasures, but curiosity hasn’t yet killed anything, neither the cat, nor my passion.
  • The Newcomer – a make up artist -or any other skilled person- who just found out that soft and beautiful brushes exist and wants to replace his old ones.
  • The Beginner – who is just starting to experiment with make up and needs adapted tools.
  • The Faithful and Devoted – who will stick to a brand, no matter what.
  • The Purist – sticks to the same color.
  • The Proficient – doesn’t care about the tool, just cares about the functionality and wants the best results.
  • The Planner – who is slowly preparing and building his essential tools kit over the time, prioritization in mind.
  • The Infected – wasn’t looking for brushes, got here, got infected.
  • The Voyager – the one who came, built his collection, had a good time and is now exploring other fields of beauty.
  • The Scientist – driven by research and result oriented with high a curiosity to experiment with products and acquire mathematical knowledge.
  • The Mystified – doesn’t know what this fuss is all about, has no clue if he needs a brush, or what for.
  • The Straightforward”er” – brush acquisition has to be a simple, fast and direct process.
  • The Uncontrollable Enthusiast– is driven by a fierce passion and admiration and wants to get all of them ! (yep, I am here too…)

You may belong to one of these categories or not, or to several altogether, it’s just a funny way to present it πŸ˜‰ but the message I want to communicate is that we all have different needs, preferences, priorities, values and objectives, you have to follow your own. The complexity of our personalities has also an importance.

I love beautiful brushes but my priority is quality and results, if a brush is beautiful and can deliver, even better !

This is just a short introduction and preparation lecture if you are interested in brushes and have trouble deciding, because in the near future I am going to publish a series of posts where I’ll give you an overview and my recommendations by category, starting with foundation brushes, if these series are helpful, I will carry on. The idea behind those posts is not only to give you my personal recommendations but if you are willing to, share yours in the comments. It’s probably going to be amazingly helpful for all of us if you’ll share what your profile is and what foundation brush and product you use.

There is people looking for light coverage, heavy, or just targeting a younger and healthier appearance, going for runway make up looks or for long days at work, whatever your profile is you may be lost in selection and I am not going to lie to you, it’s fun but the selection or decision process can be painful so we’ll try to reduce it to an acceptable level.

How to reduce the confusion and how to make the right decision ? Well there is no secret formula, there are some helpful rules but there is also a more dark psychological side that we don’t necessarily control.

This is a summary of official strategic thinking advice mixed with my own rules, that could also apply to many fields of your life, but here we are just talking about make up brushes :

  1. Analyse your needs. Identify what the problem is with your current brushes. You may have brushes that don’t work with your new acquired products anymore, that now deliver too much coverage for your age or that don’t deliver enough, that don’t apply the product nicely or that are too rough. For me the “one brush fits all” concept does not work. Once you know what the problem is at least you know what to look for.
  2. Do your own research. Either in Youtube, blogs, forums, there is a lot of information out there and the most useful for me was Youtube videos. BUT, don’t necessarily buy anything that they (or I) say it’s good because it may not be for you.Β Beware of “Information Overload”, this is when a person doesn’t have yet the necessary topic knowledge or experience to process a huge load of information thrown at her. It takes time and effort but relax, the world hasn’t been created in a day.
  3. Limit the choice. Unfortunately too many choices are the cause of our decision making problem today. If you already know something will not work for you, just eliminate it, don’t get influenced by other’s needs, think about yours and your own Β preferences, always.
  4. Accept your choice.Β “Best” is what is “good enough for you”. Β If it meets your requirements, it means it’s meant for you. It’s how you feel about your choice that matters, if you are happy, it’s good enough!
  5. Don’t be too scared of the outcome. Β We all make mistakes and we all change and evolve. If it’s a good brush it may be good for you in the future, our technique changes, the products we own change, who knows, either way, the consequences are not that long lasting, and even if it’s a perfect brush today, it may not be anymore tomorrow.
  6. Go with your instinct and your guts, always !!! I can’t stress it enough. This is the most important rule. You may think you are making a rational or an emotional choice but in my humble opinion, all decisions are driven by emotions without us even noticing it and you are more likely to regret something you purchased rationally, than emotionally. “We forgive our heart more than our head”.
  7. Have someone else choose for you. It’s also a rule if you want, and then you can thank or blame someone else πŸ™‚
  8. Take your time. If you are still not sure, give it a night or two…
  9. Don’t question your choice anymore. Once you went for it, stop the agony. You can go for more in the future but that choice has been done now so look at the future, not the past. “All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last” (Marcel Proust by the way… ).

There is another little creepy way of deciding, spend a few days imagining that you made that decision, then pause, if you are not happy, spend a few days imagining you made the other decision…. Β πŸ˜€ it’s difficult to imagine because without the product it’s not something that appears feasible but it can work.

Today I have regrets but we all learn from our mistakes, usually I don’t make the same mistake twice, other mistakes for sure but not the same πŸ˜› Β When I buy brushes I don’t like to use, if the brushes are of good quality I wait. One day when I have time I take a product I don’t use or don’t like, a brush I don’t use, and I see if there is a possibility I can get any use at all if they are combined… You’ll see in my posts that I have a few brushes that are still in the waiting room. You also need a bit of creativity and imagination, thinking outside the box will help reduce any regret you may have.

The upcoming post about “How to choose your foundation brush” will feature 40 completely different foundation brushes, that’s why I wanted to warn you, if you are looking for the one for you, some decision making process may be involved Β πŸ˜‰

I wish you a wonderful weekend !

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63 comments

Bea 27 July, 2013 - 4:49 pm

My goodness what a brilliant post! I don’t usually ask for recommendations because everyone’s needs are different. What I do pay attention to are the reasons why you like a particular brush. If the reasons are the same for me then I know it will probably suit my needs. And you notice I usually ask for dimensions of each part of it so I know if it will be too big or small for my use. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 July, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Hi Bea, you read it already πŸ™‚ thanks !
And thank you for your feedback, it really helps me to better understand what you expect from me and how I have to talk about specific brushes to be able to guide you πŸ˜€

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cafemecrema 27 July, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Such an insightful post, Sonia. I’m a scientist. Like you, the research is what drives me. I love my brushes. Love using them. Love looking at them. But I love learning about them most of all. And once I get them, I enjoy seeing how it behaves with product differently compared to other brushes. This is a new hobby for me. Though I painted years ago, on canvas, so this really is just a different medium for me.

I received my latest Hakuhodo order yesterday after 3 weeks of research. I couldn’t wait to unbox and wash them! Plus, after your last post to me regarding my dislike of my weasel brush (Kokutan WM), I’ve been playing with it and learning to use it. Now I love it! I now understand what you meant about how it provides a different finish.

Yesterday, I received J210(love is softness and size), J142(perfect for my crease), S121G(love), G5523(love), and, finally, K005(LOVE! perfect winged liner today). I read and re-read your posts over and over again. I was terrified of making a mistake. But with proper research I chose brushes I will enjoy for many years. Now I have a wonderful small collection of nice brushes. Next up… more face brushes!

Thank you for your dedication to brushes and your blog!

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 July, 2013 - 6:26 pm

So it must be really interesting to go from painting to make up and have to study different brushes. There are so many when it comes to painting, I find the shapes really interesting and I have always wondered what or how you were supposed to use them. I wish I could paint, I would really hit the brush universe facing all hobbies ahead πŸ™‚
Nice, I am so relieved you now love the Kokutan. Cool !!
Funny that I just discovered the K005 not long ago, I was using gel eyeliner for ages without knowing of this brush ! it all became so much easier πŸ™‚
Thanks for reading, such a reward to have you all here πŸ™‚

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terry 27 July, 2013 - 5:04 pm

A bit short on time here but just wanted to drop by and say that I’m absolutely head over heels at the thought of this new series you mentioned and I can’t wait!!=DDD

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 July, 2013 - 6:26 pm

Hi Terry, great ! I am delighted !

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Gladys L. 27 July, 2013 - 6:07 pm

A very positive and sincere β€œlove letter to brush buying” written!

I feel better everytime after reading a serious and time exhausting post that aims at helping the others. We see so much PR stuff here and there, so many false raves, I just need this chicken soup. Likewise, I love dustyohunter’s ending sentence in every single one of his videos, β€œβ€¦plx remember, take care, and drive save”. U know what I mean, right?

But I have absolutely no problem with money earning writing, I have read so many with good writing skills and careful photography. I admire the efforts and unattainable techniques involved.

Is it too soon to have a new post from u? Shocked! Is your sickness going away? But I haven’t imagined my foundation brush question will be revisited in such a detailed future post. I embarrased myself here often with the flat f. brush questions with u, and a MAC MA in a makeup service section. Haven’t told u the latter one.

Well, I have decided to save up for the Guerlain xmas collection since I have missed last year’s LIU (I went speechless for the cream e/s (limited 15000 pieces) by Chanel as well, more wisely prepared for xmas launches). Today, I am not so thrilled by the Guerlain 2013 xmas sneak peak descriptions! neon colors for eyes and face… I hope they have good packaging at the very least…

Kate from drivel about frivol will in launching blog sale!

Isn’t it too soon

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 July, 2013 - 6:33 pm

Thank you Gladys, I think I know what you mean… πŸ™‚
It’s going away, medicine is now targeting correctly the source of the pain so I can sleep and I can concentrate πŸ™‚ changes my life !
“MAC MA in a makeup service section” what does it mean ? what did you do ? πŸ™‚ are you a Mac MA ?
Please don’t be embarrassed !
I did a few hauls recently that are absolutely amazing, I have many ideas for posts but not enough time, this is breaking my heart !
I haven’t yet had a look at the new winter collections, the next one for me it’s Suqqu fall… I still have to survive that one first !
Thanks for telling about Kate too !

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Gladys L. 2 August, 2013 - 3:15 pm

It’s good that you target the source very soon and get well with the right medicine. I happen to visit the doctor a few times recently. I also read from your other replies regarding the dog sickness details, the tennis x-ray issue is really horrifying.

Oh, I am definitely not a MAC MA (my eyes are of very unbalanced). But I enjoyed joining the makeup service sections of MAC last year. I stick with a local store staffing the Hong Kong event makeup artist team, where full makeup service is provided by the HK event makeup artist team and I could ask a pool of questions in the hour. A less experienced event makeup artist is responsible for my base makeup, and one of the leading HK makeup artists that serve models backstage do my eye makeup.

MAC provided so many foundation brushes of different shape and texture, #109, 182, 187, 189, 190, 191, etc (It’s crazy that a male MA use that on me for powder compact foundation, even he did that flawlessly, it just make the bubble in my head bigger). Not to mention the multi-use monsters #194, 227, 231, I read some much online reviews that I feel like I am studying UFO. So I asked once a face makeup event artist her opinion on the above face brushes. Again, she did my face makeup flawlessly on my uneven skin with super transformer power, but skip my question in a very polite way. I figure extreme makeup technique question is not to be answered in the “Hong Kong territory”, asking one is just to embarrass myself.

You need to choose some reviews and leave some! You definitely can’t finish all and the xmas releases will knock at your doors sooner than you can manage. I know you won’t be distracted from Suqqu, I look forward to your fall collection review! I have seen a more common (smoky) eye look of Suqqu ex-16 provided by Shirley on facebook, it’s really nice.

p.s. I have bought back home the Shu U’s latest eyelash curler, but the white rubber protector always come off (after 1 day of use), disappointed.

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Gladys L. 2 August, 2013 - 3:17 pm

I mean the male MA use the MAC #191 for powder compact.

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raglo 27 July, 2013 - 6:25 pm

Wait… That would make me a scientist with a planned infection :D?! Yeah, sounds about right ;). Totally agree with the post! Also, you know how there are psychological stages of grief and other emotional processes? Well, I think your categories for the people who read this blog and ask for your advice can also be stages. I certainly think at one time I was a beginner, then mystified, then uncontrollable enthusiast, then scientist, then planner etc based on ever progressing knowledge :).

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 July, 2013 - 6:36 pm

πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ you crack me up Olga !
you are so right, I should have put them in order ! gosh what a fail !!!
you clever girl πŸ˜‰

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raglo 27 July, 2013 - 7:08 pm

LOL πŸ˜€

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laurence 27 July, 2013 - 7:00 pm

very interesting!!!!!!

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 July, 2013 - 7:07 pm

thanks !!!!!

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laurence 27 July, 2013 - 7:01 pm

I’m the infected by the way LOL!!

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 July, 2013 - 7:07 pm

Hi Laurence, good, mission accomplished πŸ˜‰

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Sylvia 27 July, 2013 - 7:07 pm

I love your categories!
I’m more or less eye brush only and all your recommendations have suited me wonderfully.
I’m looking forward to learning more about the wonderful world of brushes through your fantastic blog.

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Iris 27 July, 2013 - 7:23 pm

Looking forward to your posts on brush recommendations! I can’t imagine having 40 foundation brushes though, there would just be overwhelming! Just hauled the Armani fall collection at Manor today, it’s a gorgeous collection. Not sure if you like Armani, but it’s well worth checking out. Also scored a By Terrry Or de Rose foundation for half price at Bougenie. Now, owning 40 foundations – that’s a problem I definitely have!

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 July, 2013 - 7:45 pm

Hi Iris,
thanks πŸ™‚ I don’t have any more time to go shopping in Geneva, next week I’ll have to go to the Apple store (again) to have them change my phone so I’ll try to go to Bon Genie in the way. Have they special offers on By Terry at the moment ?
I got their By Terry blush Hyaluronic Hydra-Mousse aqua color in N1 Peach Posh and it’s amazing, very long lasting with the typical By Terry scent that I love, it’s really worth it !
I had to go 3x to the Marionnaud in Chavannes-de-Bogis to finally get my hands on it.
I will also try to check out the Armani, havent’ seen it yet in person. Thanks for the info.
You have more than 40 foundations ? see… one day you’ll have more than 40 brushes to play with, maybe it’s just a matter of time πŸ˜‰

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Iris 28 July, 2013 - 8:32 am

hi,
The By Terry counter at Bougenie had a small selection of makeup items on 50% sale. Aside from the Or de Rose Teint Supreme foundation (they had 3 shades), there were three lipglosses, a grey eye crayon and an eyeshadow single. I tried the Hyaluronic mousse blush but I already have too many gel blushes so I passed on it as it was quite sheer on me.

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 July, 2013 - 9:05 pm

yes you are right it’s quite sheer, it just shows on me πŸ™‚
thank you !!

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Sylvia 29 July, 2013 - 11:37 am

I saw swatches of the Scarabeo EtK collection.
Did you get any of them?

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 29 July, 2013 - 11:57 am

Not yet ! dying to try them πŸ™‚

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michelle 27 July, 2013 - 8:27 pm

looking forward to the foundation brushes review! I’m addicted to foundations lately and have 4 lists of foundation brushes I want. I spend lots of time making lists, categorizing etc.

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 July, 2013 - 10:35 pm

Hi Michelle,
so maybe it will be a good timing for you then πŸ™‚ I hope it will help !

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producthoochie 28 July, 2013 - 1:47 am

Great post! I am always on the hunt for a good eye shadow brush but have yet to find a favorite. I have a lot of brushes and tend to use the same ones over and over.

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 July, 2013 - 8:57 pm

I hope you will share your favorites with us πŸ™‚

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Sylvia 29 July, 2013 - 11:39 am

You can’t go wrong buying the Koyudo C011.
It’s my HG eye shadow brush at the moment.
If anyone knows of a better brush, lead me to it, please!

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 29 July, 2013 - 11:58 am

It is indeed ! The Suqqu S is the brush I LOVE the most but the C011 is the one just after πŸ™‚ I hope they will release again this Suqqu S, gosh … what a shame !!!

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Twyla 28 July, 2013 - 5:07 am

Brilliant! AND you quoted Proust :).

I love this post – it’s quite true that there is no Ultimate Brush for everyone, it’s so personal, and that’s part of the fun!

I’m definitely a Newcomer, quickly turning into a combination of Collector and Brushpeologist ;).

Thanks to you, love!

xo

Twyla

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 July, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Twyla, you are welcome ! I wonder if and how it makes a difference for a makeup artist to switch to higher end tools..
It has changed my life but I am really asking myself how and if it’s as big for a professional πŸ™‚

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Twyla 29 July, 2013 - 12:37 am

It’s huge, actually – a really good brush makes our job so much easier. I’d go so far as to say the quality of the brush is just as important as the quality of the makeup!
As an example, i never REALLY appreciated the buttery, amazing pigmentation of RBR shadows until i got my Hakuhodo brush working with it.
Same goes for foundation brushes – you can have the most amazing foundation in the world, but if you apply it with a cheap brush, it’s going to go on patchy and streaky.
Eyeliner is a make-or-break situation, too. With a good brush, your liner will go on more smoothly, opaquely.
Great brushes won’t make bad makeup good, but it will make your good makeup perform to it’s highest potential :).

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 29 July, 2013 - 11:52 am

Thanks for your feedback Twyla, I totally agree with you. It makes it easier definitely and it would also make it more pleasant and enjoyable for the customer. When I attended a training course here and they took me as a model, when the MA applied blush on me I was really about to shout with pain !! her brush felt like a razor, basically except for my Tom Ford experience at the counter, all my other visits at the counters or with make up artists was a pain due to their brushes. I just cannot believe I am the only customer who needs softer brushes.
As you say for the foundation finish, here I met many women that don’t like foundation because of how it looks when applied, a good brush and a good technique makes such a big difference.
Oh well… I hope one day they find out that foundation can look great with the appropriate tools πŸ™‚

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blackroseartproject 28 July, 2013 - 7:24 am

Loveee this post πŸ˜‰

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Bonnie 28 July, 2013 - 12:33 pm

40 different foundation brushes!! You are amazing Sonia!

Loved the categories, loved the insight. I definitely started out as a beginner when I started commenting here back in August? September? last year. I was looking to start building my brush collection and I’d just gotten into makeup I only had a (fake) Bobbi Brown travel set from a friend, the MAC 217 and the Sigma F80 and F82. And then I went straight to the Tom Ford brushes etc etc If it wasn’t for you and the wonderful ladies I met through S.M.U.T I would have ended up wasting my money on mediocre brushes. I’m a huge believer in “curating” a wonderful and efficient collection of makeup and brushes so with every item I have in my collection, I am quite happy with because I know I’ve done the research (or someone like you has!). There are very few items, especially brushes, that I can’t use in my daily routine!

You know, one of my friends asked me today what makeup items I would save first if my house was burning – I said my brushes definitely!

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 July, 2013 - 9:13 pm

oh Bonnie, I am so glad we share this same passion !
I think many of us come from Sigma world, me too πŸ™‚
Just for fun… I can share a pic of my desk today … I am preparing this foundation post and my desk looks like that : http://sweetmakeuptemptations.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/desk.jpg
It’s not really a desk, not a studio, just a temporary table in a room which is not ready yet to welcome my new furniture (that I haven’t bought yet since they have to finish this room first) but I thought it could make you laugh to have a look at the situation here πŸ˜€

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Bonnie 29 July, 2013 - 11:05 am

There really are around 40 brushes – you are crazy, Sonia! But we all love it here <3 We are all loving but wishing that that's what it's like in our own place! I think I will need to expand my storage soon, but my room is tiny… I have a small chest of drawers from IKEA which currently holds all my makeup and some small holders from Daiso, including a lovely one made from wood.

Sigma was definitely a game-changer for me, no more fingers! At the time, I was just so in love with the F80 haha. I sold my F82 not long ago, but kept the F80 for sentimental purposes. I can now tell the difference between those cheap Bobbi Brown brushes, but I still enjoy using the MAC πŸ™‚

I can see your darling dog making herself at home right there πŸ˜›

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 29 July, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Others have 40 pairs of shoes.. I have brushes instead πŸ™‚
The room I have there is also very small, my BF is “helping” to find ideas to save space, we are really making a good job that’s why we are not doing it too fast, because we really have found great ideas to be able to put all that I need in there.
For the beauty dresser I want this one : http://www.ikea.com/ch/fr/catalog/products/S49885032/ (not with the top shelf there), but for the office desk and drawers instead of buying an office and Ikea Alex chest of drawers I will get kitchen appliances (nice ones) with a lacquered white surface (also from kitchen appliances), at the end it costs the same but it’s more solid. I think it can look nice if I manage to get a nice design… We’ll see, will take time but at the end of the fall it should all be ready hopefully. And then we have many other ideas but I still need to work on it.
Even if you have a small room there is maybe a way you can fit what you need.
You are right to keep the sigma, me too, I kept my first ones (that I also show in the post), reminds me where I started πŸ™‚ The 239 and 217 are still big favs !

yes the little dog was there lol usually she is not allowed near brushes and makeup but there was a big storm and also children playing with fireworks (1st August national holiday) she was so scared and needed to be close to me πŸ™‚

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Bonnie 31 July, 2013 - 2:41 am

Your dog is adorable πŸ™‚ Have there been any mishaps with her and your brushes, out of curiosity? Or any funny stories in general!?

Oh, actually it’s the 239 I have, and not the 217. I’ve also kept my MAC 188 for cream blushes because I haven’t found, or well, I haven’t purchased a suitable replacement yet. And I have fond memories of the Sigma haha!

I’m staying in temporary accommodation as I may be moving next year so I can’t make too many changes or buy too much furniture yet. All my stuff is kept in a small Ikea chest of drawers! Have you seen Reika from Front Row Beauty’s dressing table? It’s so gorgeous! Love your revamp too πŸ™‚

Btw, just a suggestion for the “Recent Comments” section of the blog, and I don’t know how hard it’ll be since I have no idea how to design a website!… but I was thinking that there are so many comments and it’s hard to keep up, are you able to embed an… applet??… or whatever it’s called so that you can scroll to see latest comments?

Sweet Make Up Temptations 31 July, 2013 - 11:30 am

She is cute πŸ™‚ she doesn’t touch my brushes at all, never, but Wayne’s dog is not as quiet πŸ˜€ We just don’t allow her in the room or near the table when we are eating.
Actually she has a HUGE obsession for tennis balls http://sweetmakeuptemptations.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/tess.jpg
I got a mini tennis ball keyring as a present, one day I was looking for her and found her hanging on the keyring behind the door..
Another less funny story… she spent a few months really very sick, she had a big treatment and an operation, we were going every week to the vet for months. But after that, one day she couldn’t even move, we took her to the vet who did an x-ray, found a round (tennis-ball) shape in her stomac. They kept her for the day, doing an x-ray every hour to see if and how it moved … The vet asked us if she was crazy enough to eat a tennis ball, except for the fact that the ball looks too big even for her to swallow, we thought it could be possible. They really nearly cut her open but just at the last minute they found out that the “Tennis ball” was actually a round stain on the x-ray table !!
That was just the week previous to my Japan trip, that’s why I nearly stayed here. At the end they found out it wasn’t a ball, but another new problem with her pancreas.
When there is a ball around, she doesn’t even look at you, her brain melts and she becomes a zombie ! GIMMEEEE THAT BAAAALLLLLL !

Reika has a nice table indeed. At this moment I am just temporarily using a very old table but all this will go and the new vanity and desk will be lacquered white. The wood on the walls has to go too. It’s a very “Swiss” style, I love wood but there is a bit too much !!!

For the website, I asked them, but their reply was not helpful at all, saying it wasn’t possible.
I will be moving or upgrading the blog soon, so I hope it’s going to be better then !

Ann 28 July, 2013 - 2:11 pm

I think you got me at the infected – because of your wonderful blogsite i got hooked and given with time and money will most probably become the uncontrollable enthusiast. lol

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 July, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Sorry πŸ˜‰ (well not that sorry after all… glad we make a fun community of uncontrollable enthusiasts)

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Madina 28 July, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Sonia, what a brilliant idea! i’m so looking forward to the posts to come.
As for me, there’s very little to tell. I’m not a sophisticated makeup user and only apply powder, lipstick and blush. Until recently my brushes were a motley crew of Jane Iredale, MAC, Shiseido, Armani and Real Techniques. Since I bought Chikuhodo Z 1, Z2 and Z8 most of them feel like shoe brushes and nothing comes even close. And you are very much to blame for the choices I’ve made and I’m ever so grateful.:)
Can’t wait to read more and thank you very much for all your hard work. It’s invaluable to so many people.

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 July, 2013 - 9:16 pm

Thanks Madina ! Lol !! πŸ˜€ you are very welcome !

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SJ 28 July, 2013 - 9:59 pm

Hi Sonia! I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks now and I am just so thrilled to have found it! Your posts are so very informative and detailed which I appreciate so much! Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I am definitely an Infected Scientist Planner :-). Your descriptions were so funny – I needed a laugh. Your guidelines for decision making are such good advice for makeup brushes or anything. I just received my Rae Morris Radiance brush Thursday that I ordered because of your write-up. Your descriptions of the brush exactly specified what I was looking for in a foundation brush. And lo and behold– I LOVE this brush. Wow – it makes me look like my makeup has been professionally applied! I truly owe you for this discovery.
I’m super excited about your new brush series. I await it anxiously :o)

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 29 July, 2013 - 11:30 am

oh another brush-aholic πŸ™‚
The guidelines are pretty much official guidelines found in books or online but I just adapted them to our purpose, indeed they can and should be applied to any decision making process if necessary πŸ™‚
Glad you love the Radiance, I am happy that it goes this way πŸ˜›

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Renata 29 July, 2013 - 2:52 am

Thank you! It is very hard to decide. I’ve read all your posts (and replies) and it’s hard to choose, especially when we need to choose only a few. Thanks again for taking the time to help us. πŸ™‚

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Sylvia 29 July, 2013 - 11:42 am

Are news on Wayne Goss’ up-coming brush collection?

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 29 July, 2013 - 11:57 am

Hi Sylvia, yes I do have updates πŸ™‚ I have been talking to Wayne this weekend about them.
Unfortunately I cannot tell due to the policies but today he is asking for my address to send them to me when they are ready so… I may be in the firsts to get them and you may be in the first ones to know about them! Sorry I cannot say more today here πŸ™ but soon πŸ˜€

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Star Girl 29 July, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Great post Sonia – you’re truly a Beauty Intellectual! I’m a Voyager when it comes to my other passions… In my twenties I was really into makeup and brushes and then I let it lapse as I focused on my other passions. Always a lot of lipsticks in my kit, but only a small number of other cosmetics. I’ve always been committed to good skin care products and treatments and perfumes though (they will always supercede other beauty products as far as I’m concerned). I am Loyal and Devoted to the products I love, and when one of them is discontinued or reformulated, it’s like a small death. I will hunt down more stock from wherever I can find it- God bless you Internet! Now that I am in my mid 40’s, I’m back into cosmetics in a big way. It started with nail polishes, then eyeshadows, brushes, blushes, and more brushes, etc. I’m a Planner. I do a lot of research. I peruse many many beauty blogs, and I’m forever googling swatches and trying to find the best priced items and just the right colour and formulation. My aim is to put together a working collection that has enough variety and content for me (a really decent collection) but that’s not too big. I want to be able to use the products and not have them ‘turn’ over the years without me having used them because I had more stuff than I could manage. I like to curate mini collections for myself (eg Chanel Harmonie du Soir eye palette with Chanel Plum Attraction blush with Nars Rouge Tribal lipgloss and OPI polish Romeo & Joliet) and I take photos for my inventory of ideas. The makeup has to coordinate with my outfits which I put together for the coming week and I even set aside the make up I’ll wear too. A Curator more than a Scientist, maybe? Bloggers like your good self are the Sherpas helping me to climb the Mt Everest of beauty products and tools that are out there…and boy is that mountain big!
Thank you for being my companion on this fantastic and creative journey.
Star Girl x

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 30 July, 2013 - 8:47 pm

Hi Star Girl, What a nice story πŸ™‚ What products got discontinued that you loved ?
Even though I love other make up items, eyeshadows, blushes etc.. I am stuck in a brush loop for a while and can’t get out πŸ˜€
I cannot imagine the organization you have, I actually quite love that spirit, I guess it makes you wake up in the morning and feel less stressed out.
I am a mess actually specially now that the house is being renovated, I don’t even know where my clothes are, what I will be able to wear in the morning. For tomorrow I am ready because I did some ironing so I know where my things are, phewww
The problem is that I really care, I want everyday to be amazing so in the morning I have to wake up quite early, but your technique is way more zenifying.
What I do is I prepare the “make up experiences” I want to do for the week with the idea of the upcoming reviews.
Curator, waw, yes I would say you are !
A Sherpa ? oh dear yes I would love to be that, specially since I am so devoted to my beautiful brushes and dear readers πŸ™‚

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orchidmyst 30 July, 2013 - 11:26 pm

Hi Sonia, I’ve always been interested in brushes and was really glad when your blog started, as I thought I was the only one crazy about brushes. I always look forward to your new posts so I am so grateful and extremely excited about your upcoming posts.
I think it is a great idea for us to leave comments about what brushes we use. I always read the comments to see what other recommendations your readers have. And I feel so happy to know there are other people crazy about brushes as well.

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 31 July, 2013 - 10:00 am

oh you are not alone πŸ˜€ so how cool is that ?? we are a little fun community of brush lovers here.
I learn a lot from you as well, the comments are precious, they inspire me and make me try new techniques πŸ™‚

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Mae 26 August, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Hi, can I know what pouch are you using that is featured in this post. I am looking for a pouch or holder to carry my makeup brushes:)

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Sweet make up temptations 26 August, 2013 - 11:13 pm

Hi Mae, it’s actually a pouch I received as a present with an order I did to Piccasso. http://piccassobrush.com/en/22-make-up-tool
I have trying with all my energy to contact them and try to get this for a friend but no luck, neither by email nor by phone.
If you ever manage (or anyone) to contact them and get info about this pouch I would love to know more.
The only time I got them on the phone they told me they won’t reply by phone, that I had to write to them, I did that but no reply. Then I contacted them again by phone to confirm the email adress I had and they told me they were not allowed to confirm it to me.
I may try again… πŸ˜› it has been a total nightmare trying to contact them πŸ™

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Mae 27 August, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Hi, thanks for replying back so quickly. I think I will be ordering this http://piccassobrush.com/en/138-black-multi-pouch.html . As I cant find any other pouches that seem to be as good.

Thanks again:)

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Rebecca 30 August, 2013 - 3:18 pm

I enjoyed reading this. As a MA I try to share that make up isn’t scary. Thank you for your post.
Question: The brush holder in this photo, where did you find it?

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Sweet make up temptations 1 September, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Thank you Rebecca πŸ™‚ I got it there http://piccassobrush.com/en/ it was a gift with purchase.
I tried desperately to contact them to buy a few but no chance so far πŸ™

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Alison 7 November, 2013 - 5:11 pm

I’m most definitely a proficient, a planner, and a bit of scientist (and artist!) thrown in. I love beautiful, quality brushes and want the best. I’m willing to save up and invest for the best of each type, and I want functionality. My ideal will be to have a small collection of sumptuous, beautiful brushes that deliver the best possible results. I wouldn’t mind having a maki-e design or gold letter or two in there, it just adds to the luxury and my appreciation of each item! I think if I had too many brushes or unnecessary or low quality brushes I’d feel awful!

I really like what you said about limiting your choices as a consumer. People should always look at themselves first, their own needs, what works for them!

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