I used to buy these large powder blushes with the super fat brush heads that dispersed powder EVERYWHERE into the air. I always felt as if I was being wasteful when I used these powder brushes for my powders. I still have them, probably because I felt like I should have them, but I don’t really use them unless I am low on my other favorite powder brushes. I find that full brush heads are best for quickly gliding over the face for setting powder or a sheer wash of color, but not really for applying foundation powders.
My favorite foundation powder brushes are by EcoTools. The EcoTools Sheer Finish Kabuki Brush ($6.99) is my absolute favorite for home application of foundation powders. I love the ergonomic handle and the flat bottom of the brush that allows it to stand on any flat surface ready for use. The brush head is super soft and fine. I don’t have a problem with application or coverage using this brush. It also doesn’t kick up a lot powder when you rub against a powder surface, but it still picks up powder. I can get sheer to light-medium coverage with this brush. The brush head could be fuller and denser for fuller coverage, but I do not mind. Also, after a while, the brush head can look a bit ratty/fuzzy after washings. At that point, just swap it out. I have paid multiples more for other foundation powder brushes that wasted more powder than applied it to my face, while somehow also managing to make me slightly powdery at the same time. For around $7.00, this is a steal and I have multiple brand new brushes waiting in the wings when I need to replace my current in-use brush.
My second favorite powder foundation brush is also by EcoTools and it is the EcoTools Retractable Kabuki Brush ($7.99). The denser, fuller brush head allows for more coverage with foundation powders, but it doesn’t veer into cakey. I love that it is retractable and that it has a brush. For around $8.00 it is also a steal. It’s compactness and portability make it ideal for travel or regular commutes. One caveat is that I try not to get the metal casing wet. I am pretty sure the cheap cost of this item does not ensure against rust.
I have more expensive brushes that sit unused by MAC, Shiseido, Bobbi Brown, and various Sephora Professional brushes. I prefer these brushes by EcoTools. They do what I want without being wasteful, making a mess, or costing me extra unnecessarily. If I do decide to buy a more expensive brush, it will likely be one of those Japanese numbers featured in SweetMakeupTemptations’ blog, following the old adage: less quantity, more quality.