Shopplr » Beauty http://www.shopplr.com Fashion, beauty, style and shopping Sat, 26 Oct 2013 05:27:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Top five cool things to buy in Tokyo, Japan http://www.shopplr.com/2013/10/top-five-cool-things-buy-tokyo-japan/ http://www.shopplr.com/2013/10/top-five-cool-things-buy-tokyo-japan/#respond Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:15:14 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1890 Tokyo is a shopper’s paradise. This is the place to buy things that are difficult or impossible to find outside Japan, for example, Japanese makeup and skin care products, fountain pens, exquisite paper goods (notebooks and agendas), and elegant, practical bags. Here is my list of the top 5 categories of things to buy in […]

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Tokyo is a shopper’s paradise. This is the place to buy things that are difficult or impossible to find outside Japan, for example, Japanese makeup and skin care products, fountain pens, exquisite paper goods (notebooks and agendas), and elegant, practical bags. Here is my list of the top 5 categories of things to buy in Tokyo.

(1) Hakuhodo brushes: These are the best makeup brushes in the world. There’s a large selection and if you go without planning, you will be overwhelmed. Figure out what kinds of makeup brushes you really need and do some research (Sweet Makeup Temptations is the best resource I’ve found for makeup brushes) before you go shopping.
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The Hakuhodo shop is a small one-room office in the Minami Aoyama district of Tokyo, close to trendy fashion stores. English-speaking personnel will help you select your brushes. Many are very expensive (made of goat and squirrel hair, for example) but are worth the price if you want makeup brushes that are out of this world. You can find the address and directions of Hakuhodo’s Tokyo store here.

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Hakuhodo Shop in Tokyo

(2) Paper products: Notebooks, agendas, calendars and all kinds of writing paper that fountain pen fanatics love are widely available in Tokyo. Some of the best brands are the Life Noble Notes notebooks, Midori (the MD Cotton and Traveler’s Notebooks are cult items), Kokuyo and Apica. You can find these notebooks and agendas at Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku, Tsutaya in Daikanyama, Kinokuniya stores and Ito-Ya in Ginza.

Here is a wonderful 2014 agenda I bought at Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku. It is made by a Japanese firm called Hightide and it is small enough to keep in a handbag. The paper quality is excellent for fountain pen writing. There are subway maps for Tokyo, Kyoto and other Japanese cities in the back of the agenda but they’re helpful only if you can read Japanese. It doesn’t matter — they look beautiful all the same.

For more, read our Tokyo Shopping Guide: Fountain Pens, Notebooks and Agendas.

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Hightide Japan calendar agenda diary
Japanese agenda calendar diary

(3) Japanese cosmetics by brands you can’t find outside Japan or Asia: Coffret d’Or by Kanebo makes cute makeup sets which are relatively inexpensive; Shiseido makes the Revital skin care line (which you can’t find outside Asia); Hada Labo Retinol serum and moisturizing milk can be found in many drugstores in Tokyo; Anessa sunscreen by Shiseido, also impossible to find outside Asia, is effective and waterproof. There are other Japanese brands like Kose, Ayura (famous for their Meditation Bath), KAO Sofina and Pola which I recommend.

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Hada Labo Retinol skin care line

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Sofina trial/travel kit

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Coffret d’Or makeup kit with eye shadows, blusher and lip gloss

(4) Fountain pens by Pilot/Namiki and Sailor, and fountain pen ink by Iroshizuku: If you love fountain pens, you’ve come to the right place. The Japanese make the most exquisite fountain pens in the world. Their craftmanship is unmatched by any other country and if you want to splurge on the most beautiful fountain pens, many of them collectors’ items that cost thousands of dollars, there are places in Tokyo that you should visit: the Shoshaikan Pen Boutique in Omotesando, Ito-Ya in Ginza, Tsutaya in Daikanyama, to name a few. Check out this list of Tokyo fountain pen stores. If you want to buy a fountain pen that is more affordable (under $300), you can find them in the same stores. Some of the affordable Japanese pens I recommend are the Pilot Namiki Falcon, Pilot Custom Heritage, Pilot Justus 95, Sailor 1911, and Sailor Professional Gear.

Fountain pen inks are also much cheaper in Japan if you like Iroshizuku and Sailor. For example, I bought a bottle of Iroshizuku Shin-Kai (blue-black) ink for 1575 yen (US$16). In the US, this ink retails for about US$28.

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Namiki maki-e fountain pen

(5) Porter Bags: Porter is the brand of bags (for men and women) made by Yoshida and Company. They are elegant, durable and practical. I love the “Luna” line of bags, which was launched this fall, in particular this rucksack which retails for 20,000 yen (US$200). They make other types of bags (e.g. luggage), as well as wallets and accessories. The best selection of Porter bags that I’ve seen in Tokyo is at Kura Chika, a boutique in the Tokyo Midtown shopping center (my favourite shopping mall in Tokyo), that sells Porter bags, wallets and accessories. You can also find a good selection of Porter bags at the Tokyu Hands department store in Shinjuku.

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Luna rucksack by Porter

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Shiseido eyeshadow review: Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio BE213 Nude http://www.shopplr.com/2013/08/shiseido-eyeshadow-review-be213-nude/ http://www.shopplr.com/2013/08/shiseido-eyeshadow-review-be213-nude/#respond Wed, 07 Aug 2013 22:37:27 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1849 Three new Shiseido eyeshadow palettes have been launched for Fall 2013: the Luminizing Satin Eye Color trios BE213 Nude, BR214 Into the Woods, and GR412 Lido. Once again we encounter Shiseido’s mysterious nomenclature (which I mention in my review of Shiseido’s Sheer and Perfect foundation). In the case of these Shiseido eyeshadows, BE probably means beige, […]

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Three new Shiseido eyeshadow palettes have been launched for Fall 2013: the Luminizing Satin Eye Color trios BE213 Nude, BR214 Into the Woods, and GR412 Lido. Once again we encounter Shiseido’s mysterious nomenclature (which I mention in my review of Shiseido’s Sheer and Perfect foundation). In the case of these Shiseido eyeshadows, BE probably means beige, BR means brown and GR green.

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Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eyecolor Trio BE213 Nude

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Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eyecolor Trio GR412 Lido

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Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eyecolor Trio BR214 into the woods

I am reviewing the Shiseido eyeshadow trio Nude (BE213) in this post. The colours are subtle, not sparkly at all, and they add just a bit of sheen to your eyelids. It’s perfect for days when you want the most natural look possible. The texture of these eyeshadows is very fine but not powdery . They do not flake onto your cheeks. I had a chance to test the Lido eye shadow trio in Macy’s but I found them a bit too much. If you like dramatic eye makeup that screams EYES!, then get the Lido trio. Into The Woods is less dramatic than Lido and if applied with a light touch, you can achieve a natural look. Because the colours are still quite neutral, it’s an option for those who want something more noticeable than the Nude trio.

Shiseido’s autumn 2013 makeup looks stunning. There is a new foundation called Sheer and Perfect which I reviewed, several lip lacquers and lipsticks, a new mascara and eyebrow powder. I have been impressed by the quality of Shiseido makeup products. Shiseido’s eyeshadow powders are finely milled and have a lovely finish. The liquid foundations cover imperfections and pores; the lipsticks do not dry out your lips.

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Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation review http://www.shopplr.com/2013/08/shiseido-sheer-and-perfect-foundation-review/ http://www.shopplr.com/2013/08/shiseido-sheer-and-perfect-foundation-review/#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2013 01:25:58 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1844 Shiseido Sheer and Perfect foundation was launched this month in the US. It has SPF 18 with UVA (Titanium Dioxide 5.2%) and UVB (Octinoxate 2.9%) protection. Unlike Shiseido’s other two liquid foundations (Perfect Refining and Radiant Lifting) which provide medium to full coverage, Sheer and Perfect delivers sheer coverage that is very natural and lightweight […]

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Shiseido Sheer and Perfect foundation was launched this month in the US. It has SPF 18 with UVA (Titanium Dioxide 5.2%) and UVB (Octinoxate 2.9%) protection. Unlike Shiseido’s other two liquid foundations (Perfect Refining and Radiant Lifting) which provide medium to full coverage, Sheer and Perfect delivers sheer coverage that is very natural and lightweight on the skin. Like the other two foundations, it has a watery consistency.

Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation comes in 18 shades in the US; in other markets (such as Europe), the retailers carry fewer colours, especially the darker shades, which makes you wonder whether they realise that women of colour live in those places.

I purchased Sheer and Perfect foundation shade I60 (Deep Natural Ivory). I usually wear medium to dark foundations (MUFE HD #128, MAC Studio Moisture Tint in Dark, and Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation O60). Shiseido’s foundation shade nomenclature is bizarre. Each foundation shade number is preceded by a letter that bears little resemblance to the shade in the bottle: O (ochre/yellow-based), I (ivory/neutral), B (beige/more pink) and D (dark). Why B (beige) should denote a shade with pink undertones is a mystery to me. And isn’t it a contradiction to call something deep natural ivory? Therefore, unless you have purchased Shiseido foundations in past, you must go to a store and test several shades on your face.

After wearing Sheer and Perfect foundation several times this week, I am extremely pleased with it. It covers up imperfections, such as small brown spots and minor skin discolouration, although not as completely as the Perfect Refining foundation. It gives my skin a smooth, uniform texture. It lasts several hours without fading and provides an excellent base for blush and eye shadow. It is the perfect foundation for someone who wants a sheer, natural look.

Finally, this foundation travels well. It comes in a small plastic bottle with 30 ml (1 fluid once) of liquid, so you can take it in your carry-on bag when you fly. The spout at the top of the foundation bottle is small, making it difficult for bacteria and other impurities to come in contact with the product. All in all, this is one of the very best foundations I have ever owned.

Main ingredients of Shiseido Sheer and Perfect foundation: Water, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Cyclomethicone, SD-Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Nylon-12, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Iron Oxides, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Diphenyl Siloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Diethylhexyl Succinate, etc.

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La Chasse aux Papillons: prelude to summer http://www.shopplr.com/2013/04/la-chasse-aux-papillons-prelude-to-summer/ http://www.shopplr.com/2013/04/la-chasse-aux-papillons-prelude-to-summer/#respond Tue, 23 Apr 2013 07:44:28 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1832 La Chasse aux Papillons is a spring/summer fragrance that conjures up a summer garden of delicate flowers (jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose and lime blossom). The name of the fragrance means chasing butterflies and the scent feels exactly like that, a joyful, carefree sensation of summers during childhood, of gardens and fields filled with light. La […]

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La Chasse aux Papillons is a spring/summer fragrance that conjures up a summer garden of delicate flowers (jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose and lime blossom). The name of the fragrance means chasing butterflies and the scent feels exactly like that, a joyful, carefree sensation of summers during childhood, of gardens and fields filled with light. La Chasse aux Papillons comes in two formulations: eau de toilette and a more intense eau de parfum.

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If you are going to Paris, check out our shopping guides:

Where to shop in Paris for perfume and scented candles

Best spas in Paris

Where to shop in Paris for skin care and beauty products

 

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Three new fragrances for spring 2013 http://www.shopplr.com/2013/04/new-fragrances-for-spring-2013/ http://www.shopplr.com/2013/04/new-fragrances-for-spring-2013/#respond Sat, 20 Apr 2013 16:42:58 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1743 Celebrate spring 2013 with these new fragrances. The first is truly special as it is a limited edition Guerlain fragrance to be released on May 1 as part of Guerlain’s Le Muguet (lily of the valley) tradition. In France, it has been customary to give lilies of the valley on the first of May to […]

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Celebrate spring 2013 with these new fragrances. The first is truly special as it is a limited edition Guerlain fragrance to be released on May 1 as part of Guerlain’s Le Muguet (lily of the valley) tradition. In France, it has been customary to give lilies of the valley on the first of May to symbolize the arrival of spring. The green Muguet 60 ml eau de toilette bottle features a collaboration with Gripoix Ateliers to create a unique jewel inspired from a vintage set. Gripoix is a Parisian house of couture jewelry creation founded in 1869. The bottle’s jewel is created using the art of “pate de verre”, a unique skill used by only a handful of craftsmen. Only Guerlain boutiques and a small number of retailers will be selling this year’s Muguet. The price is 400 EUR, which is a bit steep but it is a limited edition fragrance.

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Le Muguet Guerlain 2013

Notes:

  • Top: Green Notes.
  • Heart: Lily of the Valley, Lilac.
  • Base: Jasmine, Rose.

The second of the new fragrances is Caligna from L’Artisan Parfumeur which they describe as follows: “Caligna honours an emblematic but less well-known ingredient of the Grasse region: The Clary Sage. This fresh, sensual, woody and aromatic ingredient was the starting point for this perfume. The herbal note is enhanced by the fig and jasmine marmalade at the heart of the fragrance, to give the scent a rich and aromatic effect. The warm woody base is underpinned with pine and a resin from the lentisk plant; a distillation of the Mediterranean hillsides in Grasse.”

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Caligna from L’Artisan Parfumeur

The third of the new fragrances is a scented candle called Jonquille from Diptyque. Jonquille evokes the floral, green, natural freshness of a bunch of daffodils, picked straight from the garden. Like all Diptyque candles, this one lasts a long time and its scent is heavenly.

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Jonquille scent candle from Diptyque

If you love new fragrances and are going to Paris, read Mapplr’s guide on Where to shop in Paris for perfume and scented candles.

 

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Shiseido BB Cream review http://www.shopplr.com/2013/04/shiseido-bb-cream-review/ http://www.shopplr.com/2013/04/shiseido-bb-cream-review/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:10:49 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1724 This is a Shiseido BB cream review. Shiseido has just released the Perfect Hydrating BB Cream SPF 35 in two shades: medium and dark. Although BB creams have been around for at least 2 years, this is Shiseido’s first BB cream release in Europe and North America. I bought this BB cream and am impressed […]

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This is a Shiseido BB cream review. Shiseido has just released the Perfect Hydrating BB Cream SPF 35 in two shades: medium and dark.

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Although BB creams have been around for at least 2 years, this is Shiseido’s first BB cream release in Europe and North America. I bought this BB cream and am impressed with it for the following reasons:

  • Sheer natural coverage that makes the skin look more even and gives it a healthy glow; 
  • SPF 35 sunscreen composed of ensulizole (20%), octinoxate (7.4%) and  titanium dioxide (7.2%);
  • The Dark shade matches my skin tone perfectly;
  • It is not sticky or too creamy and dries down to a perfect finish; and
  • You can apply it and run out of the house and your skin will look great.

I recommend the Shiseido BB cream for people with normal to oily skin. For dry skin, this would be too drying.

I compared the texture and shade of Shiseido BB cream in Dark to Clarins BB cream in Warm (the darkest shade) in the photos below. As you can see, Shiseido BB cream is lighter and Clarins is slightly creamier.

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Comparison between Shiseido BB cream and Clarins BB cream

Indeed on my skin, Clarins BB cream was just a tad creamier and emollient, but not terribly so. I would recommend both for normal skin. The one disadvantage of this BB cream is that there are only 2 shades.

 

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Perfect winter candle from Diptyque: Sapin Dore http://www.shopplr.com/2012/11/perfect-winter-candle-from-diptyque/ http://www.shopplr.com/2012/11/perfect-winter-candle-from-diptyque/#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:49:40 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1678 Now that the weather has turned colder and we are spending more time indoors (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere), why not make our homes cozy and inviting? One of the ways to cheer ourselves up during these dark wintry days is by using scented candles. With the Christmas holidays coming, I suggest a […]

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Now that the weather has turned colder and we are spending more time indoors (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere), why not make our homes cozy and inviting? One of the ways to cheer ourselves up during these dark wintry days is by using scented candles. With the Christmas holidays coming, I suggest a winter candle from Diptyque called Sapin Doré which fills your house with the aroma of pine woods.

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Description from Diptyque website: A special fragrance which pays homage to the most celebrated fir tree in the world, it transports the user straight to the heart of a forest of golden spruce trees. Infused with balmy, comforting and warming notes, it conjures up the sweetness of festive memories.

If you prefer a warmer, more exotic scent, check out Amber Oud, a spicy Oriental blend of rare spices infused with warming resins and balsams.

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Coming soon to Les Exclusifs: Chanel 1932 perfume http://www.shopplr.com/2012/10/coming-soon-to-les-exclusifs-chanel-1932-perfume/ http://www.shopplr.com/2012/10/coming-soon-to-les-exclusifs-chanel-1932-perfume/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:17:59 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1672 Chanel is reportedly making available for the first time to the general public its Chanel 1932 fragrance as part of Les Exclusifs (the perfumes sold only in Chanel boutiques and a limited number of stores). Until now, 1932 was sold only to customers of Chanel’s haute joiallerie line. The perfume is named after the year […]

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Chanel is reportedly making available for the first time to the general public its Chanel 1932 fragrance as part of Les Exclusifs (the perfumes sold only in Chanel boutiques and a limited number of stores). Until now, 1932 was sold only to customers of Chanel’s haute joiallerie line. The perfume is named after the year in which Chanel launched its jewelry collection. 1932 is a jasmine fragrance with a powdery finish.

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Etat Pur: affordable effective French skincare http://www.shopplr.com/2012/10/etat-pur-affordable-effective-french-skincare/ http://www.shopplr.com/2012/10/etat-pur-affordable-effective-french-skincare/#respond Mon, 01 Oct 2012 15:18:32 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1663 If you are looking for a simple skin care routine that is effective and doesn’t break your bank account, check out Etat Pur, a French skincare line developed by Bioderma/Institut Esthederm, the same company that is responsible for the amazing Crealine micellar cleansing water, a favorite among fashionistas, models and beauty fanatics around the world. […]

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If you are looking for a simple skin care routine that is effective and doesn’t break your bank account, check out Etat Pur, a French skincare line developed by Bioderma/Institut Esthederm, the same company that is responsible for the amazing Crealine micellar cleansing water, a favorite among fashionistas, models and beauty fanatics around the world. Etat Pur’s skincare system is simple: A + B.

The A refers to “actives”. An “active” is concentrated ingredient in a small air-tight vial and it is designed to address a particular skin problem. For example, if you have small dark spots on your face and you want to fade them, you would use the Arbutin active. If you want to make your skin tone more even, you would use the AHA active. If you want to decrease the appearance of wrinkles, you would go for hyaluronic acid or resveratrol.

The B refers to biomimetic skin care which consists of a series of cleansers, toners, moisturizers that are free of harsh chemicals and work with your particular skin.

Used together, you can find the best A+B combination for your the skin problems that concern you. These can change from time to time. For example in winter, you might choose an A+B combination that addresses the appearance of wrinkles and very dry skin. In the summer, you would look for a combination that includes exfoliation (AHA/citric acid: A60) and a light moisturizing emulsion (B21).

I have been using several Etat Pur products, notably the micellar cleansing water, arbutin active, 4-peptide pro-collagen active, and the melting moisturizing cream. All have been effective. The arbutin has faded my most visible dark spots, the moisturizing cream absorbs quicky and keeps my face hydrated but not greasy, the cleansing water removes makeup and dirt without making my skin feel tight and the 4-peptide active has made my face look clearer and tighter.

The prices of Etat Pur products are reasonable:

  • Eau micellaire demaquillante: cleanses effectively without stripping your skin (6.80 EUR)
  • Creme fondante hydratante: Melting Moisturizing Cream (8.40 EUR)
  • Hyaluronic acid concentrate: 14.80 EUR — many other skin care brands charge 5 to 6 times more for products containing far less concentrations of hyaluronic acid. The same applies to the other actives; they range in price from 8.60 EUR to 17.80 EUR.

Etat Pur has a concept store in Paris, not far from Le Bon Marche, on 24 rue du Regard (75006 Paris, Metro: St-Placide) where you can try their products and get advice. You can also visit the UK online store (www.etatpur.co.uk) or the French online store (www.etatpur.com).

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A tale of three foundation brushes http://www.shopplr.com/2012/08/a-tale-of-three-foundation-brushes/ http://www.shopplr.com/2012/08/a-tale-of-three-foundation-brushes/#respond Sat, 18 Aug 2012 16:39:18 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1653 Applying foundation can be tricky. Sometimes you want sheer coverage but at other times, you want medium to full coverage. How do you achieve control over your foundation? This is where the foundation brush comes in. The two most common foundation brushes are the stipple brush (shown in the middle above, from Trish McEvoy) and […]

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Left to right: Shiseido foundation brush, Trish McEvoy stipple brush, Bobbi Brown foundation brush

Applying foundation can be tricky. Sometimes you want sheer coverage but at other times, you want medium to full coverage. How do you achieve control over your foundation? This is where the foundation brush comes in. The two most common foundation brushes are the stipple brush (shown in the middle above, from Trish McEvoy) and the flat brush (the last one, from Bobbi Brown).

If you want sheer coverage, use the stipple brush because its fibers are not densely packed, allowing you to spread foundation evenly and lightly with gentle strokes all over the face.

If you want medium to full coverage, use the first brush from Shiseido, whose bristles are thick and dense, therely depositing more foundation on your face per stroke.

The last brush, a flat one from Bobbi Brown, is often used for sheer to medium coverage. I don’t know why these flat brushes are everywhere but I don’t like them because they drag the foundation around your face and cause streaks. You have to work harder and longer to get the streaks to disappear.

Therefore, I suggest you get only the first 2 brushes: the dense Shiseido brush and the stipple brush (which you can buy from Trish McEvoy or other cosmetic brands).

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