There's no denying it, flat top foundation brushes work great with foundation giving you a smooth, full coverage finish. You may rarely stride from your Beauty Blender but with a good flat top, the application is simple and fast. Today I'd like to share with you my thoughts on my favourite flat tops and why some are loved more than others. To Save or to Splurge?
Sigma F80 RPR £17.50 (from Cult Beauty)
One of the most known and already cult brushes. The bristles are well packed for super dense effect. It provides with medium to high coverage. It does "eat" a little product, but it can be avoided by spritzing the brush with a little Fix+. It doesn't smudge and you can easily use it for buffing in or stapling in the foundation. Bristles are very soft. Best washed using a Brush Egg and soap. I find that it takes out all the product quicker. It takes around 8 -12 hours to dry when washed and it doesn't seem to shed the hair. 8/10
Bare Minerals Heavenly Face Brush RPR £21.00 (from Bare Essentials)
I don't know what it is about this brush but it works. I absolutely love using it when I want more from my BB Cream/ foundation. It can provide extra coverage when buffing in the foundation. It comes at the price and I'm not talking RPR here. The brush sheds badly! And I mean badly. It's not super soft, but soft enough. It provides super smooth finish and application is simple. It's not as dense as the Sigma one, but also doesn't "eat up" the product at all. My absolute favourite to use with Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. It's super easy to wash and dries quickly. 7/10
Makeup Revolution Slanted Flat Top from Ultra Sculpt & Blend Collection RPR £14.95 (for the set)
Cheaper alternative to Sigma F80. It's not as dense as the more expensive alternative but it works great buffing and stapling the product in. Bristles are soft and it's easy to work with. It "eats up" the product and washing can be tricky. It takes a while to dry. It's a great back up brush as it works similarly to Sigma. It will give you a nice medium coverage, smooth finish. 6/10
Wilko Soft Stipling Brush RPR £4.00 (available in Wilko stores only)
Super affordable alternative to Bare Minerals Brush. It's bristles are not as dense but it works the products in nicely. Perfect for buffing in foundation but also powders. It doesn't shed. It "eats up" the product and when washed, it takes absolute ages to dry.
Nothing will replace the Sigma and Bare Minerals in my eyes as the finish they give is quite incredible, however there are cheaper alternatives on the market that work just as well, with maybe a little more work involved. I showed you a budget 'dupe' for each of them and I think they work. Bear in mind I tend to use low to medium coverage formulas and these haven't been tested against matte, high coverage formulas. For lighter, creamy formulas all of the above will work. Some just quicker than others. What are your favourite flat tops? Do you prefer to save or splurge on your brushes? Let me know in the comments section below & I'll see you tomorrow with a special post & GIVEAWAY :) Don't miss out :)