I hate spending money, but love new products. It’s contradictory and a balance impossible to strike. And it is exactly why I’ve procrastinated buying a new powder brush for
And the backup tool is one you’ve had since you arrived on (the sometimes disappointing and stressful) planet earth: your hands. Always portable, easily cleaned in five seconds--no one washes their hands for as long as it takes to sing the alphabet--and create a charming finish. Yet, my extreme preferences when it comes to makeup mean that I must have both; though this is the least of my problems considering one is cost-free. Yet, as I've squeezed through my base stash to the dregs, I’ve concluded which bases work best with the corresponding application method.
When it comes to skincare and makeup hybrids, hands are always the best choice. The Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB Cream matches the color of my complexion and rocks more oil-control when applied with fingers. Similarly, the Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream lied unloved before I discovered it’s matching application method. Blending with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush imparted a cakey finish for color correcting cream’s thick texture. The miraculous shift means that this cream now shows as skin…but it a reincarnated, more perfected form.
But some formulas call for a bristles to seamlessly smooth them through, stereotypically the most full-coverage offerings. The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation balances the cliff along too heavy and too light when using a brush, situating itself over the skin and divulging a smooth finale. Still lighter in coverage, the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint also appears its best with the use of a brush.
But, there’s one product that takes two different roles: the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer. There’s something about a brush that really packs this on, enhancing the dewy finish of this tinted cream, but also supplying a little bit more coverage. The down fall? As with anything that’s packed, it is slightly cakey. When applied with those free tools, it’s less glowy and more matte, and packs a less coverage punch, as well. But with the cons aside, the lasting power increases, as does the oil control—living up to its name.
So, sometimes, two good things don't always equal something better (i.e. that matching of my favorite brush with my favorite base). Although, the alternative is free--just how I like it.