So without further ado, I bring you Goat Hair Thunderdome.
In my novice state as a cosmetics brush user, I've found several factors that seem to impact application effect and my happiness.
- Brush head density - which allows more pick up of pigment (e.g., more dense = stronger pickup, less dense = diffuse pickup)
- Shape of brush head - controls precision of pigment placement
- Quality of the hair - a key driver in user happiness & evenness of pigment pickup
In these following pictures, I've splayed the brush head in my fingers of a Tom Ford versus a Bobbi Brown brush to show some differences in hair quality. In these examples, I'm using a Bobbi Brown Face Blender and the Tom Ford Bronzer Brush. I chose those two because each have relatively long hair length. It would have been much harder to use an eye shadow brush or my small Shu Uemura 18 Goat.
|(L) Bobbi Brown; (R) Tom Ford|
Meanwhile, though differences are evident, I would have a tough time telling you exactly how much difference it makes while you apply your makeup. However, if you are very keen on taking advantage of every nuanced advantage, then certainly many of these brushes are for you.
Detailed brush-specific reviews will be up in the next few days and weeks!