I’ve really become obsessed with makeup brushes lately. Gone are the days when I’d just use my fingers (or those rubbish free applicators) and hope for the best. I’d like to think I’ve built up rather a nice collection, a few MAC, a few Real Techniques, a few ELF. The newest addition to my collection is the Illamasqua Blush Up Brush.
Illamasqua have sort of revolutionized how blush is applied with this new brush and I must admit, I’m kind of smitten with it. The brush is designed to fit just under your cheekbone, perfect for contouring. Simply sweep the brush in your favorite powder blush and stroke the brush in an angled upwards motion towards your hairline. Now I’ve finally got the hang of it I’m starting to play around with it. I really like the look it creates when you place more pressure on the apples of your cheek, and slowly release the pressure as you brush towards the hairline. Its such a natural and subtle look. I’ve found it quite easy to master, but I know some people have struggled. I’d suggest maybe popping to a counter and asking for a demonstration if you’re not sure, that way you can learn from the professionals.
Now onto the price. Yes, it’s pricey at just under £30, but it is worth it in my opinion (and far from the most expensive brush I’ve seen). Of course its nice and soft, and has no shedding, you expect that from a high-end brush. The main thing is how simple and quick it makes applying powder blush. Every time its perfect, no matter how little time I have, and for that, I really hope this becomes part of the main collection.