I've used Bare Minerals foundation for the past three years and received this brush through the starter kit. Although I am completely satisfied with the foundation, the brush itself isn't the best quality. Although mine has never shed, the bristles are not as soft as other brushes (some that are much cheaper). After the first wash the brush lost most of it's shape. Although I will continue using this brush, I will most likely look for another brush (I've got my eye on the Sonia Kashuk flat blusher brush) to buy next.
I'll probably just echo the previous bad comments about this kabuki brush. Mine is not only scratchy, it sheds, and bristles aren't as dense as my body shop kabuki. that being this BE kabuki doesn't pick up as much powder as my other kabuki. I have to do twice as much buffing compared to when I use my body shop synthetic kabuki brush.
this is a waste of $28.
I like using this brush. It does give full coverage on my face when I use the foundation. But like all brushes, eventually some of the bristles may fall out over time. I've had mine for over 2 years now and it seems to be working well still. I guess it also depends how many times you wash it. But I think it works well for me. (Maybe I got lucky?) Overall, I think it's a good brush.
I can't imagine who would want to purchase this alone for 28$ !.. this brush came for free with the purchase of the regular size bare minerals foundation when purchased online, so I was glad I didn't have to pay extra for this. So far, I've washed it once.. and from reading reviews.. people have mentioned the brush turning harder after more washes.. So I'm a bit worried about how it will turn out later on.. However.. my brush currently is working excellently. It provides the coverage I need, blends out the foundation equally around my face, and is soft enough for my skin to handle. I do agree with everyone else, it sheds horribly! However, it doesn't scratch my skin.. I find it rather to be soft.. Although there are brushes out there that are softer. Lost a lippie because the handle is too short! I prefer more space area when applying makeup..
soo i know most people hate this brush probably because it sheds everytime you use it (hence such a low rating) buuuuttt. i love this brush. i got it in the starter kit that comes with all the basics for your face. it doesnt shed on my shirt when i put on my makeup but it usually just brushes right off anyways (but mostly i wear cotton tops that it wont make a mess on) but if i am dressing up nice and have a nice outfit that im planning to wear i just do my makeup first and get dressed after. no big deal. the shedding of the brush doesnt really bother me cause with a few swipes of you hand it comes off and i really love how evenly it distributes the makeup on my face. the other face brush (forget what its called) that came with the same set that has a long handle was really rough on my face and didnt feel nice at all so i never use that and this one just feel really nice, soft, and soothing on my face (which is very sensitive) so i gave it for lippies (-1 for that not so bad at all shedding) =]
I am very confused by BE. I bought a starter kit a few years ago and the brushes were amazing and like someone massaging my face lightly (don't know if that really describes it) but I could tell that the brushes made all the difference. I stopped using BE because the foundation didn't match in the summer and I couldn't make it to a sephora to get a new color.
A BE store opened up so I decided to try them again. To my surprise there were new foundations colors and one that matched me pretty well and the set came with a darker one which is great so I didn't have to buy a new one in the summer. The only problem was it did not look great. I felt my face looked kind of dry not flawless like I remembered and the brushes reminded me of the old NYC brushes that feel like porcupines going at my face. I told the woman I was very torn and she gave me a ten day supply with a small brush. The tiny kabuki brush felt slightly better. I used the little kabuki brush to apply the minerals but I used ECO tools (from walgreens) kabuki brush to apply my own blush and loose powder I had lying around. IT LOOKS SO MUCH BETTER!!!!!!!! I am hooked on BE again MINUS the brushes.
I guess the brushes are a hit or miss. you might get a good one; you might not.
I don't think I would buy this product again, mainly because I don't think BE even sells their brushes separately. Anyway, I don't hate this product as much as some people do. It does shed a bit, but at least it's not as scratchy as the flawless face brush--that thing's pretty bad. In fact, I don't find it that scratchy at all. It applies the foundation pretty well too. Overall, not awful.
Two words....TOTAL CRAP! BE makes the worst brushes on the planet. They shed like crazy, feel ruff & scratchy on the skin, & smell after washing. Every single time I used this brush I'd have to pick hairs off my face. The BE brushes are horrible quality- they should be sold at the dollar store. I can't believe the prices they charge for such garbage. If you want a great kabuki that is super-soft, doesn't shed, & is perfect for applying mineral makeup, try the brush from Too-Faced....it's wonderful!
This brush is horrific. The bristles shed and it gets very hard over time. I HATE this brush!!! It only takes about 2 washes and then this brush starts to lose hair like no other. Bare Escentuals says that this brush was esspecially made for their foundation. I believe them. The brush and foundation are a perfect match; they are both awful.
So, I sell this brand, and many other professional cosmetic and skincare lines. Here's the scoop: BE is a complete fad.
Don't get me wrong, I love their buxom lip glosses, but that's about it. Everyone I work with agree (including vendors, associates, etc), BE products are very average quality. Some of their products I wouldn't even say are good enough to be considered average.
All of their brushes are made with goat hair. Have you ever felt a goat? They're not fuzzy or soft, and they have this ominous odor. This is the reason as to why the brushes smell like wet dog. Also, the hairs become unattached very easily. I'll be color matching a client with BE products and come to find the hairs all over her face from the application.
And no, you don't need their brushes to apply their make-up, but you can say this about any line of cosmetics. The brushes are cut a certain way to allow the minerals to seep into the hair and be applied evenly (and correctly) over your skin. I'm sure they make other brushes that are cut similar, but I have yet to find one. If you use some random brush, you're bound to not have similar results as to when you were color matched by a professional.
Overall, the brand is mediocre. It's so popular because it was the first mineral line (started mid 1990's) and it is hugely marketed and promoted. I don't recommend wearing the make-up for professional pictures (weddings, graduations, etc.) because the mica causes a reflection from the camera flash, or if you're severely dry/dehydrated (the powder will rest in your lines and pores, even with their primer). Also, the mineral quality isn't a very high grade either. BE has become so huge in such a short amount of time that their products are not consistent. I've seen this problem numerous times with the lipsticks and glosses especially, which are easier to tell because some batch colors don't match others.
I could go on, but it won't do a thing. Just do your research when you're looking for a mineral line of cosmetics. There are much higher quality lines out there, that are just so much better, but of course they aren't promoted on HSN every hour, so you would never know.