HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS:
The multitone Taklon bristles are densely packed and slightly tapered, coming to a point at the very center of the brush head. (Taklon, FYI, is one of the highest-grade—i.e., softest—synthetic fibers available, and it also happens to have antibacterial properties). The dark-bronze handle isn't heavy, but it's not as light as most brushes we've tried.
WHY WE LIKE IT:
Sure, maybe if we had more time in the day we could go through all the motions of using five different brushes to smudge and blend our eye shadow to makeup-artist levels of perfection. But let's be honest: That's never going to happen, which is why this all-in-one shadow brush is so genius. It's wide enough to sweep powder over your lids, and if you hold the bristles parallel to your eye, it's thin enough to nestle into the creases. The bristles are tightly packed, but not so much so that you can't use the brush to buff and diffuse the edges of your shadow if you want. It gives us more space in our makeup bag—and makes applying makeup a heck of a lot more efficient.
Best of Beauty 2015
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