A while back, I mentioned the fact I'd invested in one of the Nars Matte Multiples and had treated myself to a new makeup brush to use with it: LOLA's Foundation Brush. It's a duo I'd never really have thought to put together, but after speaking with one of the assistants in SpaceNK and realising just how good a cream contour looks when applied with a foundation brush, I decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a whirl. It's something a lot of people don't think of - but I often use brushes for different purposes than what they're actually meant for and I think that many beauty enthusiasts find the exact same once they learn more about application techniques. LOLA is a brand I've been familiar with in the past after treating myself to a couple of bits in duty free abroad - I was amazed with the quality so when I heard that they'd began to stock their products in M&S in the UK, I was there in a shot. Honestly - if you haven't had a look at their product range I really recommend popping in for a swatch or two - the blushes are simply amazing (I own one of the powder ones and it's so pigmented it's unreal!) and I'm so intrigued by the range of lipsticks. After spotting the brush and realising it was extremely similar to the one the MUA in SpaceNK used on me, I decided to treat myself.
The Foundation Brush is soft but densely packed, and has just the right level of flexibility for a cream contour. To apply, I'll simply stipple the brush directly on to the product surface and apply onto the hollows of the cheekbones in small, dabbing/sweeping motions. Sounds scary - but what's great about this brush is that it doesn't pick up too much product, so it's more or less impossible to apply too much. It's just the right size for getting in all of those nooks and crannys and getting a good bit of sculpt going on. It fits along the natural line of the cheekbone perfectly and is also really nice to use along the jawline and across the temples. Personally, I haven't actually used this to apply my foundation with yet but the shape of it really is lovely for getting a precise application with a range of products - I bet you could even use this for a cream highlight or blush. The sleek black handle and storage pouch only add to its appeal for me and for the price, I've been so impressed. I prefer using this over my brushes that are specifically used for contouring as I find it works much better due to how the bristles are packed. I use this mostly with my Nars Multiple (review of that here, if you're interested!) and sometimes with my Mac Scultping Creams and I always manage to get a good, precise, flawless looking application every time. Who'd have thought that a standard foundation brush could become such a contouring must-have?! The brush retails for £14.00 and you can find it, along with the rest of the LOLA range on the M&S website here.
Have you tried anything from the LOLA range? What brushes do you use for cream contour products?