I’ve lot count of how many makeup brushes I own, there are a lot. Besides which, I have two sets, a set of brushes that I keep for myself, and a set (from Crown brushes) that I keep aside for makeovers, that I rarely use on my own skin. I was made a gift of some Daniel Sandler brushes a while ago, and I’ve been using them on practically a daily basis ever since, so I thought it was time to share my thoughts!
Some of the most used brushes in my kit are the ones with short handles, I much prefer a short handle to a long handle for some reason (probably to do with me being a cack-handed muppet), and so I’m really happy that these brushes are “handbag” sized. Above (l-r) you can see the concealer, smudge, waterbrush, base and bronzer/powder brushes, and I find they have varying levels of usefulness, as you’ll see below.
Made from taklon – a polyester derivative, so the brush is vegan – this helps with applying concealer in a thin layer (always the best way to apply concealer), and the long, somewhat flexible bristles make blending very easy, particularly around the eye area. It’s not a very wide brush, so it’s great for applying concealer to blemishes, without adding too much product to unaffected areas. Cost: £12.30
Made from hair (non-vegan), this picks up powder beautifully, and it is probably near the top of my list of all-time favourite brushes (of all time). It’s perfect for creating smokey eyed looks, and it is very handy for – as the name implies – smudging creamy eyeliners to create a softer effect. You can, as I frequently do, also use it as an eyeliner brush, where it’s practically foolproof for even the most cack-handed of us to use. Simply dip it in the powder eyeshadow of your choice and then dot’n’dab around the base of your lashes. Cost £10.25
If you already own one of Daniel’s Watercolour Blushes (and if not, why not?) then you’ll most likely already own one of these synthetic-haired beauties too. They’re ideal for applying liquid products, as they aren’t as absorbent as natural-haired brushes, and that will allow you a little more time to blend your product. A top tip from Daniel is actually to apply a tiny dot of moisturiser to the back of your hand then run the bristles of this brush through it before adding a drop of the water colour blush to the bristles and this will also allow you a little more time to blend the products. I do this when I use this brush, and it really works! You must, of course, ensure you wash the brush thoroughly after doing this technique though.
The synthetic bristles of this brush also allow for a practically flawless application of any cream blushers too. It cleans up a treat as well, with no shedding or dye loss. Cost: £15.35
I’ll be honest, I don’t use a brush to apply my base very often (I prefer to use my fingers), but this is a good example of a base brush, as it’s very thick, and this means you have more bristles to spread your foundation or tinted moisturiser with. I do prefer it to the similar brush I have from MAC, as it has a thicker bed of bristles. If you like a flat base brush, you could do worse than this one. Cost: £20.45
This is a lovely soft and dense synthetic-haired brush, which makes applying powder a breeze. The bristles pick up about the right amount of product (you may need to tap off any excess if you’re using a loose powder) to swish over your face. The bristles are flexible enough to cope with harder pressed powders too – although it was defeated by a Top Shop bronzing blush the other day, but I won’t hold that against it! At a cost of £25.55, it’s more than comparable with the MAC powder brush which is a lot more expensive, and that one is long-handled, so I was always going to prefer this one.
So there you have it, a small selection of Daniel Sandler brushes. You can tell a fair amount of thought has gone into the creation of this range (the shorter handles, the variety of materials to suit the task, etc), and they’re really nice to use.
Who makes your favourite brushes?
The Fine Print: The brushes were a gift, which doesn’t affect my opinion. As always links are for informational purposes only, I get no financial recompense for reviews.
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