When it comes to foundation application I have used makeup sponge, fingers and various makeup brushes. I was just looking at the brushes i have bought recently for foundation application and decided to write a comparison post.
For months I was hooked on to Sigma F 80 (Reviewed HERE), it was my favorite till I looked around for other options. Coverage :
Sigma F 80 is good when you need full coverage in less time. Due to its densely packed bristles it picks up good deal of product and provides good coverage in no time. Application always remains flawless & non Streaky. Real Techniques (Reviewed HERE)and Bharat & Dorris No 60 (Reviewed HERE) are both stippling brushes, with long and short bristles.Real Techniques Stippling brush is a bit denser than B&D. B&D brush has longer bristles so you need to keep on working with that bit longer to get a non-streaky, smooth application. Due to short and dense bristles Real Techniques Stippling Brush makes foundation application quick and smooth. Both of them work beautifully for blush application as well. Sigma F 80 works excellent with liquid foundation. I use it when I am using a full coverage foundation and want a non-streaky smooth finish quickly. Real Techniques & Bharat & Dorris Stippling Brushes are excellent for sheer to medium coverage or more natural finish. They both give air brushed non cake-y look.
Sigma F 80 soaks up the product, that means you would need more foundation than required, where as Real techniques & Bharat and Dorris brushes doesn’t soak up the foundation means you would be done with as minimum as required.
Post washing Sigma F 80 takes forever to dry, where as Real Techniques & B&D dry quickly. Also Neither Sigma nor real Technique’s brush fanned out but you can see Bharat & Dorris brush’s hair have started to fan out from all the sides. None of them sheds or bleeds during washing.
For me Real Techniques is a clear winner over the other two. Reason is simple I love natural looking non streaky finish + I don’t want it to fan out once it dries (The way B&D Brush has)+ light weight packaging. B&D one is longer than what is required so it becomes bulky while applying foundation, Sigma F80 is heavy and bulky too whereas Real Techniques brush is of right size +light weight so foundation application is pure fun. I would any day recommend you to go for Real Techniques if you are fine with online international shopping.
*Phew* Long post.. but I hope it would have made decision making easier for you.