Clarisonic Mia 2 vs. Foreo Luna 2

Clarisonic Mia 2 vs. Foreo Luna 2

Hey all! I’m gonna get straight to the point because I’m sure going on a long tangent about how I haven’t been on in months doesn’t interest you. Because same.

One of the most common questions I get in my inbox is “what’s the difference between a Clarisonic and a Foreo?” or just “what skincare cleansing tool should I buy?” Well, lucky for you, I am a hoarder of skincare products and I tried both so I could let you know what would work best for you, and why.

As with all of my comparisons, I’m going to rate them in different categories. They are as follows: cleansing power, aesthetic (looks in general), ease of cleaning, cost, *~*bells and whistles*~*, and (my) overall opinion.

To give you a background of my experience with these products, I have used a Clarisonic Mia 2 since 2013. I started using the Luna Foreo (for sensitive skin) earlier this year because I wanted to change it up and be able to compare the two. I never review skincare products until I’ve used them for more than 4 weeks due to the turnover rate of the skin. Okay now I’ll start.

Cleansing Power:

***Now, with each of these cleansing systems it’s imperative to know that you need to either wipe off your makeup entirely or do a pre-cleanse beforehand. So many times people have told me they hated their cleansing tool and claimed it “made things worse,” only to find out through questioning that they were just using it on a face full of makeup. No matter how well each of these systems work, if you do that you’re just smearing your makeup around and not actually cleansing. Hence why it’s not working. Anyway, moving on.

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There is no doubt in the cleansing ability of the Clarisonic. There’s a reason it’s been such a popular product for such a long time. The results obviously lie in if you use it properly, i.e. if you’re washing your face beforehand/you’re using the right brush head for your face. Personally I have pretty sensitive skin, so I found myself sticking to the sensitive brush heads, which is what they come with. I would swap it out for the deep pore cleansing brush heads if I felt I had a lot of congestion or breakouts. I’m going to go into brush heads more in the bells and whistles section, but a large portion of the cleansing power of the clarisonic is due to whatever brush head you choose to use. To cleanse your skin, you wet the brush and your face, and apply cleanser directly to the brush head. 60 seconds later, you’re done!

One problem I have with clients using clarisonics is that so many of them (them as in people) are WAY too rough on their skin. The brush head is specifically designed to move on it’s own accord, yet people push it onto their face almost violently because they think it’s going to cleanse better. All you have to do is move it around your face in the sections that require cleansing. Obviously this is a user issue, but it factors into the results you get.

Clarisonic Cleansing Grade: A

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This cleansing system is ~relatively~ new on the market, especially compared to the clarisonic, which was why I wanted to try it out. (I obsessively buy new skincare items and since it’s my job I justify it, but it doesn’t take away the fact that if my bank account could talk it would ask “what the HELL are you doing woman?! Stop for the love of god!”) Anyway, It has the same concept as the clarisonic, but it’s entirely different in it’s execution. First of all, there are no brush heads. You choose your Foreo Luna based on the type of skin you have (Dry, Oily, Normal, Sensitive, or Combo.) There’s also one for men, and I’m almost positive it’s the exact same as the oily skin version but it’s in black. Because god forbid if men had to use a blue skincare tool. But honestly whatever floats your boat. If you’re unsure of the one you should use, the foreo website has a handy “consultation” tool here. Each of them have a different pattern of silicone “touch points” that cushion the skin when you cleanse and work for each different skin type.

love the cleansing power of the Foreo. You apply your chosen cleanser to your face instead of the brush, wet the brush, and get jiggy with it. This system is also 60 seconds, so either way you can’t escape at least spending a minute on your skin morning and night. I will say I feel as if the Foreo is much more gentle on the skin when it comes to cleansing, yet it still cleanses just as well as the clarisonic. So if you’re a bit more sensitive, this might be your better option.

Foreo Cleansing Grade: A

Aesthetic:

A lot of people care a great deal about the way their products look for one reason or another. I love the option of being able to choose my color, because I feel like it adds a pop of personality to an otherwise basic tool.

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The clarisonics have a million color options. Sometimes they even release special edition patterns for random reasons, so it gives users the ability to pick whatever color or pattern their heart desires. The design is simple, easy to hold, and looks like this:

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Clarisonic Mia 2 in Lavender
It fits into the contour of the hand and it’s buttons are easy to decipher and use. The only downfall is that it’s a bit large, and the carrying cases only make it larger to travel with. So if you’re someone who travels a lot or just likes things to be compact, there is a size option that works the exact same but is much smaller. Check out the Mia Fit if you’re a gal (or dude) on the go.

Clarisonic Aesthetic Grade: A

 

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Here resides the downfall of the foreo IF you’re big on choosing the color of whatever you’re purchasing. The colors are assigned to each skin type so you don’t have the option of a different color. They are pictured here:

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From left to right: Normal, Combo, Oily, and Sensitive
As I said before I have sensitive skin so I have the lavender color, which I love so it doesn’t bother me. I do wish they would release color options just to give it that personal aspect but at the end of the day if it works it’s not a huge deal.

The foreo is also smaller than the clarisonic. It fits in the palm of the hand and it’s really easy to travel with. It comes with a luxe drawstring holder to carry it in to protect the device. I don’t find issues holding it even though it’s more of a flat design, and the buttons are easy to work. They do have smaller options as well, three to be exact. The mini, the play plus, and the luna go. The mini and play plus are only based on color, the touch points all look the same, and they also come with a smaller price tag which I’ll touch on later. Personally I like having the regular size, but you do you boo.

Foreo Aesthetic Grade: B (for lack of color options)

Ease of Cleaning:

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This, for me, is the clarisonic’s biggest downfall. I’m huge on sanitation, which is necessary in my industry, and keeping a clarisonic clean is hard even when you know what to do. First of all, you need to clean your clarisonic brush heads. Not just with soap and water, with an actual sanitizer. They do not recommend you share brush heads so you should only be using it on your own skin, but even then you run the risk of spreading bacteria especially during times where you have breakouts. Most people don’t do even this, which is the bare minimum. You also need to clean underneath the brush head. Since these tools are waterproof, people don’t worry about drying them off so water stays under the brush head. I don’t even want to imagine the amount of bacteria that starts growing there. I would venture to guess an obscene amount of people could prevent breakouts if they would just clean their tools and belongings (makeup brushes, pillow cases, phones, etc.) While I realize that this is a user issue and depends on the consumer being proactive in cleaning, I wish there was an easier way for people to keep these devices clean so they didn’t even have to think about it.

Clarisonic Ease of Cleaning Grade: C

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On the opposite end of the spectrum, this is one of my favorite parts about the luna! Foreo uses nonporous medical grade silicone that is 35x more hygienic than nylon bristles. So you don’t have to worry about setting aside time to clean your device after you use it and the chance of it harboring bacteria is extremely low, if at all. I just rinse mine afterward (with a cleansing soap) and it stands up so any leftover water isn’t able to stay in the device to sit and grow more bacteria. So easy and user friendly!

Foreo Ease of Cleaning Grade: A+

Cost:

*Both units are the “2nd generation” and I also included their travel size companions

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Cost is $169 which includes the device, one brush head, the charger, and a sample size cleanser (1 oz.) The downfall of the cost when it comes to the clarisonic is that the cost doesn’t stop there. They recommend you replace the brush heads every 3 months, to the tune of $27. Adding up to $108 a year. They do offer a box option which allows you to get the 4th brush head for free, so it’s $81 at once. However some people can’t afford to drop the $81 at once, and you are left with spending the extra $214 in a two year span. Ouch. I don’t like the idea of constantly having to replace something, and that was another reason why I wanted to try something that didn’t have the extra cost associated with it.

In addition to that, somehow the travel size is a whopping $50 more? How is something smaller more expensive? Like I’m already shelling out what would require someone making minimum wage 24 hours of work to afford, and that’s before taxes. Not my favorite thing ever.

*Comes with a 2 year warranty

Clarisonic Cost Grade: C

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The price point is set a bit higher at $199, but the huge upside is that you don’t have to buy any brush heads! So while you’re spending $30 more up front, you save $108 a year. Yes please!

The travel size options are also at a lower price point which is how I believe it should be. The technology of the device doesn’t change, with the exception of the speeds on the two smallest models. The mini luna 2 is set at $139, the luna go at $99, and the play plus at $49. The play plus ONLY has the cleansing option, not the anti aging option, which is included in the next section.

*Comes with a 2 year warranty and a 10 year quality guarantee

Foreo Cost Grade: A

*~*Bells and Whistles*~*:

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The clarisonic (Mia 2 and FIT) has 2 speeds to switch between, referred to as “Delicate” and “Universal”. So if your skin is more on the sensitive side you’re obviously going to use the lower speed, and less sensitive skin can use the universal speed. It’s waterproof which is necessary for these types of products due to people using them in the shower, bath, and at the sink. It’s also rechargeable, and using mine the charge would last about a month at a time or less.

However I believe the biggest bells and whistles of the clarisonic are within the brush heads. Obviously you have the option of brush heads for your certain skin type, but there are now also brushes that go even beyond that. One of the brushes is a foundation head that you can use to apply your makeup. Now I haven’t used this brush head personally, but I’m old school when it comes to makeup application and I prefer a dense synthetic brush for foundation application. This brush appears a lot less dense than what I’m used to, and by reading reviews I’ve heard it also tends to shed. But again, I haven’t used this personally and it might work great for other people! It retails for $35.

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Various options for Clarisonic brush heads

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Clarisonic Sonic Foundation Brush Head
Clarisonic also sells pedi brushes as well as body brushes. The downside is that these are not compatible with the original Mia, Mia 2, or the Mia FIT. You have to purchase a separate clarisonic for these to be able to be used. Another costly addition. The last face tool is a “massage head” that is meant to be used as an anti aging device. It claims to help with signs of aging including wrinkles, firmness, and sagging. They have studies with pictures on the clarisonic website if this is something that intrigues you! You can find them here. This brush comes in at a hefty $55 and again is only compatible with the separate device (the Smart Profile) that costs a whopping $349.

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Clarisonic Pedi Brushes

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Clarisonic Firming Massage Head
Clarisonic Bells and Whistles Grade: B (lots of options, but a bit too costly)

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The luna also has speed options, however this device has the option of 12 different speeds. I only ever use two, but I like that it gives a ton of options to really cater to your specific skin type and how you feel. Also waterproof and it has a flat bottom so it can stand freely which I love. The luna 2 also only requires one full charge EVERY. SEVEN. MONTHS. What?! That’s insane to me! If only iPhones had that capability!

Another big selling point of the Luna to me was that it already comes with an anti aging aspect. It’s on the back side of the device and looks like this:

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Foreo Luna 2 Anti Aging side
This also claims to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. It helps with the absorption of products into the skin which is a great benefit especially if you spend money on serums since this will maximize their benefits. It’s a 60 second cycle as well, uses a low frequency pulse, and the manual tells you exactly where to use it on the face. The best part is that this is included on the device already and doesn’t require you to spend more money (because let’s be real, skincare is ALREADY expensive AF.)

Foreo Bells and Whistles Grade: A

 

Overall Opinion?

Having used both devices for a substantial period of time, my preferred tool is….

The Foreo Luna 2!

I just love this device and although clarisonic was my first cleansing love, it was time to grow up, move on, and save money. The foreo works so well with my sensitive skin and I truly believe every one of my clients could benefit from using this device. The price point is worth it and saves you money in the long run, and the additional features really add to the value of this product. I can’t say enough great things about it and since using the Luna 2, my skin has never looked better!

 

I hope you found what you were looking for within this post and that I answered any lingering questions you had about these two skincare devices. I challenge you to see your skin as an investment and not as another expense you’re wasting money on! You only have one face and while you can always get the botox and laser treatments and what have you, but an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

If you have any other questions feel free to leave them below and I will do my best to help answer them! Happy cleansing my loves!

 

xoxo Shelby

 

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Fantastic Brushes and Where To Find Them

Fantastic Brushes and Where To Find Them

Hello all! It’s been SO long since I’ve done a blog post, but I’m back and ready to review and recommend my favorite products and tools to all of you! Also HAPPY OCTOBER, considering it’s the best month out of all the months and it’s already half way over 😦 Woe is me. Anyway, let’s jump in shall we?

As you might be able to tell from the title (S/O JK Rowling) this is a post about makeup brushes! I’ve had many people ask me where to even start when building a collection of brushes, whether it be that they’re just starting makeup or they just feel like they need better ones than they’ve got. Well lucky for all of you I cannot stay away from buying zillions of brushes, even though I use like, maybe ten. I’ll explain all of the brushes I think you should have in your arsenal (or a couple options for each) and why/what they do/where to purchase them! I will link each of the brushes in the name for ease of purchase 🙂

First, let’s start with the face:

Foundation:

Morphe M439 – Deluxe Buffer Brush $13.99

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  • If you are someone who enjoys full-coverage foundation like myself, this is the brush for you. The bristles are short and incredibly dense, so it holds a lot of product and delivers a concentrated amount to the places you apply it to. When I use it I press the bristles into the skin instead of spreading it around, because when you do that it creates a more sheer-medium coverage. Obviously you can use it this way, so do with it what you will!

Discounts: A lot of YouTubers have affiliate codes with Morphe. I generally use JACATTACK (Jaclyn Hill’s code) that will get you 10% off. If you’re a pro, you can pay a fee ($25) to get 20% off for an entire year

Sigma F80 – Flat Kabuki Brush $25.00

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  • This brush is along the same lines as the Morphe M439, but with a flat top. If you watch youtube beauty gurus religiously you’ve probably heard of this brush before, and there’s a reason it’s so hyped. It’s incredibly soft on the skin and also very dense to apply your foundation medium to full coverage. The bristles are also synthetic so they don’t absorb your product! So while yes, you are spending a little more, you’re saving more $ in the long run due to not having to use as much foundation as you would with a natural hair brush. These brushes are also cruelty free!

Discounts: You can usually find a 10-15% off coupon relatively easy from month to month from sigma. SAVE15 is good for 15% off for the rest of October. If you’re a pro or student, you can sign up for their program on their website to get 20-35% off!

Under Eye Concealer/Baking:

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – $4.99-$6.99

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  • Okay so TECHNICALLY this isn’t a “brush” but this is one of the most versatile tools you can have in your kit. It’s comparable to the Beauty Blender, but to be honest it’s even better and a fraction of the cost. I’m putting it under the heading of under eye concealer and baking because I use it for both. You could technically use it for foundation as well but I’m a brush girl on that front. Anyway, it’s got a flat side for larger/flat areas and a pointed side for precise application in small areas, unlike the original Beauty Blender which just has a pointed and a curved side (which isn’t as precise IMO).
  • Now you wouldn’t actually “apply” the concealer with this, you just use it to buff the concealer under your eye area after you’ve applied to your face. It’s so much better than using a brush because brushes tend to smear product around, but you want concealer to sit properly under the eye area since it’s so prone to creasing. I press product into the area with this instead of spreading it. You NEED to wet the sponge before you use it for it to work properly. If you don’t, the sponge will soak up basically all of your product and it doesn’t work nearly as well.
  • As far as baking goes, I use a separate one to apply a loose powder to my under eye, chin, and forehead. I bake in the T-zone because it’s where I’m the most oily (along with most of the population). You can use the side that’s easiest for you, but I find myself using the pointed side for under my eyes because I can get close to my water line, and the flat side for my chin and forehead since those are larger areas. Again, make sure you wet the sponge beforehand.

Discounts: There is a price range of this sponge depending on where you get it. The link I provided is through ulta for $6.99, but more often than not they have a buy 1 get one 50% off deal for the Real Techniques brand. So if you needed something else from that line, you could take advantage of that. Other stores such as target or walmart also carry it, but it’s usually around $4.99. You save a couple bucks but they don’t offer the buy 1 get 1 50% off deal.

Pressed Powder:

Morphe E1 – Deluxe Powder $22.99

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  • When I got this brush my first thought was “how in the h-e-double hockey sticks did I exist before this?!” because it’s amazing. It’s part of Morphe’s new Elite II collection and they really delivered. The bristles are ultra soft and the ferrule is sleek and easy to hold. Beyond that, it’s phenomenal at a multitude of things. I use it to apply pressed powder to the face/neck and also sweep away the loose powder when I’m baking. It’s a large brush that covers a lot of surface area with a TON of bristles. It gives you that amazing airbrush effect that most people are going for. You can also use this brush for body product application, due to the fact it’s so large.

Discounts: Use code JACATTACK (Jaclyn Hill’s affiliate code) for 10% off

Blush:

Sigma E40– Large Angled Contour $23.00

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  • When it comes to applying blush you want to make sure you use something fluffy and less dense so you have an even, diffused application. Blush should look natural and this brush delivers just that. It’s angled for ease of application on the cheek bones, and picks up color like a dream.

Discounts: Use code SAVE15 to save 15% through the month of October

Highlight:

Anastasia Beverly Hills #23 $25.00

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  • Lawd have mercy get this brush and the highlight gods will put blessings upon you. It’s perfect for concentrating highlight product on the upper cheek bones, cupid’s bow, and bridge of the nose. It says on the website you can use this on your brow bone but to be honest I think it’s a bit large for that area if you’re trying to get a precise application, but to each their own. Even though it’s fluffy and not incredibly dense, it picks up a good amount of product with just one swipe and perfectly diffuses product on your face.

Discounts: You can get 10% off (good for one use) if you sign up for their email list. If you’re a pro, you can sign up for a pro account and get up to 35% off on specific products

Morphe M501 – Pro Pointed Blender $7.99

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  • An inexpensive alternative to the ABH brush mentioned before, this little guy is again perfect for concentrating the blessing that is highlight. Fluffy, tapered, and pointed for precise application and smooth blending.

Discounts: Use code JACATTACK (Jaclyn Hill’s affiliate code) for 10% off

Contour:

Morphe G30 – Flat Contour $14.99

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  • This brush is phenomenal for creating a structured contour. The bristles are dense and flat for precise application, but also soft and smooth for flawless blending. You can even use this brush with a cream contouring product, which isn’t always the case for fluffier contour brushes.

Discounts: Use code JACATTACK (Jaclyn Hill’s affiliate code) for 10% off

Sephora Collection #53 – Pro Full Coverage Airbrush $38.00

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  • So technically this brush is advertised as a full-coverage face brush but I’ve always used it as a contouring brush. Just because a certain brush is “meant” for something, doesn’t mean you have to go by that. This brush is almost like a fan-shaped kabuki brush. The shape fits perfectly into the contours of the cheek bones, and the bristles are flexible for ideal blending. The price point is relatively high, but if you’re looking to splurge this is a great brush that’s worth the cost.

Discounts: Generally Sephora doesn’t offer day to day discounts, but if you are a VIB or a VIB rouge you can get 10-20% off during certain parts of the year. I know during April they have one of those events and then again in November. Other than that, you’ll probably have to pay full price

 

Now that we’ve covered the face, (haha, get it?) let’s move on to the eyes! There are a ZILLION different eye brushes available on the market, but these are my favorite:

Brows:

Morphe R44 – Angle Liner/Spoolie $3.99

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  • Maybe part of the reason I love this brush so much is because it’s apart of Morphe’s new Rose Gold collection, and I’m basic AF. That aside, this is incredible for filling in (angled end) and grooming my brows (spoolie end). I know that everyone has a love affair with the Anastasia #7, but seriously this thing is basically the exact same AND $14 less. You could buy 4 of these babies before you could buy just one Anastasia #7. Don’t get me wrong, I love the #7, but if you’re looking to save a few bucks for basically the same thing, go with the Morphe R44. Plus it’s cuter… If you care about that kind of thing… (I know you do).

Discounts: Use code JACATTACK (Jaclyn Hill’s affiliate code) for 10% off

Blending:

Morphe M504 – Large Pointed Blender $6.99

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  • This “oversized” tapered brush is ideal for blending product all over the lid. If I’m going for a really smoked-out eye look in a hurry, I use this brush to sweep one color over the entire lid and blend another darker color focused more in the crease. Great at blending out any harsh lines and creating a diffused look.

Discounts: Use code JACATTACK (Jaclyn Hill’s affiliate code) for 10% off

Crease Shadow: 

Morphe M330 – Blending Crease $5.99

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  • This brush looks almost the EXACT same as the M504, but it’s about 2/3 of the size. It still has the fluffiness and blending ability, but since it’s smaller it fits perfectly into the crease of the eye for a flawless application. You will have more control of where the product goes with a smaller brush like this.

Discounts: Use code JACATTACK (Jaclyn Hill’s affiliate code) for 10% off

Lid Shadow:

Morphe M433 – Pro Firm Blending Fluff

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  • I use this brush on the flat side if I’m wanting to concentrate color to my lid. It’s firm so it makes for placing the color in one place extremely easy. You can also use the fluffy top to blend out your shadow into your crease color!

Discounts: Use code JACATTACK (Jaclyn Hill’s affiliate code) for 10% off

MAC Cosmetics 242 – Shader Brush $25.00

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  • This shader isn’t entirely “necessary” for everyone’s collection, but if you’re a person who likes foiled or shimmer shadows, you should definitely invest in this guy. Packing product on the lid is sooo easy with this brush. You can also use it to clean up your brows with concealer, so if you’re worried about the cost you have a dual use!

Discounts: Every once in a while if you’re subscribed to MAC’s emails you can get a coupon code for free shipping or a certain percentage off. If you’re a pro, you can apply to their program for a $35 fee and get 30-40% off. You can only use this discount in pro stores or online, so if you have a MAC that’s in a Macy’s or something, unfortunately it will not work

Eye Liner:

Morphe R45 – Angled Liner $3.99

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  • It’s so hard to find a liner brush that won’t flare out or dull down, but I’ve found this baby and I’m never letting go. The edge is SO FINE and firm that making a perfect wing with gel liner is incredibly easy. And again it’s that amazing rose gold color and incredibly affordable!

Discounts: Use code JACATTACK (Jaclyn Hill’s affiliate code) for 10% off

Under-The-Eye Blending/Smudger:

Sigma E55 – Eye Shading Brush $16.00

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  • I love love love this brush for smudging gel/pencil liner on the lid or smoking out color on the waterline. It’s short and dense but can still blend color without creating a harsh line. Some people like to use flat tops for under the eye, which still work well, but this one is really soft and curved so it doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes.

Discounts: Use code SAVE15 to save 15% through the month of October

 

Honestly, as far as lips go, I just use whatever applicator comes with the product. Liquid lipstick and gloss (which is what I mainly use) already come with a doe foot applicator which works perfect for me.

 

AN EASY WAY TO BUILD YOUR BRUSH COLLECTION:

I know at first it seems costly to buy a ton of brushes at once, and it DEFINITELY is. I’ve listed budget-friendly options for most of these brushes but it still adds up! If you’re a new makeup artist looking to build a kit, I suggest joining MorpheMe. It’s a subscription service (much like Ipsy or Birch Box if you’ve used those) that sends you different brushes every month! It costs $19.99 with free shipping, and they send you at LEAST $30 or more worth of brushes a month! They’re different with each new month, which is a great way to get a variety of brushes for less. I’ve gotten a good amount of the brushes I’ve mentioned here by joining, which I probably wouldn’t have picked up myself because sometimes I’m so focused on buying actual makeup that I forget to spend money on the tools to apply it!

If you’re interested (which, why wouldn’t you be?) here is my referral LINK! If you use my code, you will get a free brush 🙂 You can also set your pay date, skip a month if you’re not interested in the brushes they offer at that time/can’t afford it that month, or cancel your membership at anytime completely without penalty. Also, with each month you are an active member, you get 100 points that you can use towards other month’s brushes or other fun rewards! There is NOTHING bad about this program, I swear.

 

ANYWAY, I hope you were able to find some new brushes to add to your collection or have a good idea of where to start! If you have any questions or comments, leave them below and I would be happy to address them 🙂

Happy blending my loves!!

 

xoxo Shelby