Alima • Foundation Brush 25 • Makeup Brushes
|Would buy this product again.||87%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
The best brush ever! One of the reasons I stopped using mineral make-up is that the brushes were too scratchy, irritating my skin and making it itchy and flaky. With this brush, I can buff and buff and no pain, no irritation! It's so soft, so dense, and applies the minerals so flawlessly, that I'm considering buying myself a brand new pot of BE (which used to work very well for me) and going back to mineral foundations.
I will probably get a back-up, I've never used such a nice brush before (and I've tried lots).
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
WOW! WOW! WOW! This is The Brush! As everybody else Im in awwwww for this brush, there's nothing no to love about it. Tossed out most of my other brushes.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I second everything said here. How can a mere brush make you go "Wow!!" This makes all of my MMU look so good--so now I have no excuse but to use up all the samples I've accumulated. This brush is so soft and dense, it's perfect for layering the makeup and buffing it without irritation. I just wish Alima carried a kabuki-type brush for traveling.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I love, love, love this brush. More than the MAC 182 buffer, the Cat kabuki, the JI Handi, or any other brush I've used. It is so soft, applies minerals beautifully, and does not irritate my sensitive rosacea skin in the least! I found out that animal hair brushes were irritating my skin, so I really appreciate the taklon. Highly recommended!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Tan, Warm Hair: Brown, Kinky, Medium Eyes: Black
AMAZING BRUSH! Sadly, I don't have much to add since the ladies below me have pretty much covered it all. This is almost the first time I didn't start a thread of reviews on Alima (I started the first on of the foundation...;). This brush is almost too soft (like I want other things made out of it). My only issue is that it takes much longer to apply foundation with the coverage I need with this brush, but the plus to that is that you don't apply too much at once, forcing you to layer where you need more coverage the way it is always recommended. I just don't always have time for that...but for this, I am willing to try! Great Brush to have in my collection! And I wouldn't expect anything less from Kate at Alima!
I have both the old and new versions of this brush, and they are the only brushes I can apply my minerals with using the wet method and not break out! YAY for synthetic! Kate (the owner) actually sent me the old one when I told her I was breaking out and thought it was the makeup turning evil one me! Turns out it was the BRUSH I was using, and my trusty Alima still makes my skin very happy most days (nothing makes my wretched skin happy all the time - lol).
The newer version allows you to apply with a lighter touch. The handle is shorter and the brush less dense, so I use the old on when I am rushing and have a lot to cover and the new one when I have a couple of minutes and want to layer! They are both great, but I think I am starting to like the new one more...buying the updated version was a worthy investment and one I recommend highly. I REALLY love it!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I pretty much agree with all the other reviewers. I just got this brush and love it. It's sooooo soft, and like another reviewer said, it's a good combo of a kabuki and flat top brush. I hate spending so much money on brushes but this one is worth it. I've been using BE's kabuki for a few years, no matter which mineral makeup I was using, but it can feel scratchy. I really think the Alima brush applies the minerals better too. I may have to buy the blush brush now too.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
I love this brush too! Very, very soft.
The handle's a bit long for me, but then again, I put my MU on while trying to hold a mirror, and I tend to dislike brushes that have handles long enough to bump the mirror while I'm working. The bristles are so soft, however, that I just can't resist using this brush.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
Edit 30/07/07 - After prolonged use, I still think A'squirrel animal (namely goat/squirrel) brushes are the best. They are far superior in terms of softness and hold. Though Alima still makes a pretty good synthetic brush - it is damned hard to clean and dry!!
I have never really dabbled with expensive brushes, I think the last brush I bought was a $20 drugstore brand which I tolerated for almost a year... Well I curse myself now to not have discovered Alima sooner, because it is simply a divine brush.
I have sensitive skin which is easily irritated by heavy handed mineral makeup application, heck even applying normal facial products causes my skin to itch and become reddened for several hours. I have also have had issues with mineral makeup streaking or causing most of the mineral powder to fly off into the air or onto my shoulders.
The brush is a synthetic fibre - taklon, but it is comparable to top grade goat and squirrel hair brushes made by other "big brands". From touch alone, this brush is softer than Bobbi Brown, Napoleon, La Mer, etc etc.
This is an ideal brush for applying coloured minerals, especially for buffing. No matter how hard you buff, your skin will never feel scratched.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I agree with Liz - this is one amazing brush. It is so soft and dense, it feels like velvet on my face. It's also completely vegan, as it is made with synthetic bristles. It's kind of a cross between a kabuki and and a flat-top - personally I think it has the best of both worlds. It gives fast, even and full coverage, and I notice that my mineral powder is not flying all over the place like it would with a kabuki. Even when I use a kabuki now, I feel myself itching for the Alima brush. I don't like the long handle, but whatever. Shedding is non-existant. I can't say enough about this brush, it's so outstanding.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
So, I ordered a Nars bronzer brush and a Chanel kabuki brush. I got them today, and I opened the package and tried them out and thought "Nice, very nice! Well done, Liz!" But coincidentally, my Alima order containing my foundation as well as an Alima foundation brush #25 also came in today, so next I tried out the Alima brush. WOW!!!! I swear, this $25 dollar brush is SO soft and SO luxurious, it makes those $50 brushes I got feel like they came from the drugstore. Not only that, but it makes the mineral make up feel like pure cream. If anyone is still looking for that perfect brush for mineral make up, I honestly think this is the best $25 you could possibly spend.
UPDATE: I actually swapped away my Chanel and Nars brushes--- they were just too inferior and irritating compared to this wonderful Alima brush. Instead I went ahead and ordered another Alima brush for back up!