Deciding how to apply your foundation is almost as important as choosing which is the best for you. Do you use a brush, your fingers, a Beautyblender or… a Clarisonic foundation brush? Yes, that’s right: Earlier this year, Clarisonic launched a foundation brush–head tool that promises quick, even and flawless coverage. When I first heard of it, I was intrigued.
I’m a pretty committed user of either a Beautyblender (£17) and/or a fluffy stippling brush (this Real Techniques one is my favourite), depending on which is clean and how full I want my coverage. I find the Real Techniques brush is better for a fuller finish, as I use it to really buff the product into my skin. Which is why the Clarisonic foundation brush piqued my interest.
A brush that can whizz up to 18,000 times a minute is surely going to have a better stippling technique than my slapdash attempt. Which is why I decided to give it a go…
The brush head (sold separately from the original Clarisonic Mia Cleansing Device, but compatible with all Clarisonic devices) is designed to work with a range of makeup products—from foundation and contour creams to highlighters and blushers. I used one pump of my favourite foundation (It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, £30), dipping the Clarisonic Foundation Brush head into it before turning the device on and starting to blend it across my skin. In hindsight, it would’ve been better to spot-apply the foundation directly to my face first (a blob on each cheek, forehead, etc.), as I ended up with quite a lot of product on one cheek and ended up having to blend that around the rest of my face. (Hey—you live and learn.)
I won’t lie—it felt weird. If you’ve used a Clarisonic before, you’ll know that familiar buzzing feeling that comes with it, which is fine when you’re cleansing, but when you’re applying makeup to your face, it does take a bit of getting used to.
I was also a little apprehensive that the super-fast spinning action might result in foundation splattering across my wall, but to my surprise, it didn’t. Instead, it blended the product super easily into my skin without any mess.
The result? The coverage was definitely fuller than what I manage to achieve with either a Beautyblender or my trusty Real Techniques brush. Plus I managed to do my full face in half the time. There was no need to touch up or blend in bits with my fingertips afterwards, either. In fact, the application was pretty seamless.
I personally found it a little tricky to use it with anything other than foundation (maybe down to my aforementioned slap-dash approach), so I used my fingertips afterwards to apply concealer. The foundation brush head is easily detachable, and it’s recommended that you wash it after every use (which is a bit of a drag), but if you’re into your techy tools and like a flawless, airbrushed finish to your foundation, it’s definitely worth a try.
Have you tried the Clarisonic Foundation Brush? Let us know how you found it over at The British Beauty Line.