It's rare for a brush to be added to my collection these days that isn't some kind of Real Techniques creation, so when two come along that have me passing over my normal multi-coloured array, it's definitely time to take note.

Zoeva have been popping up left right and centre at the moment, on blogs, hauls, tutorials you name it - they're using one. Thinking it would rude, of course, to ignore the signs any longer I went ahead and ordered the 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush - one particular tool that I find Real Techniques (dare I say it?) could improve on. The natural bristles definitely trump synthetic when it comes to packing on the colour and blush comes out well pigmented with only one sweep. The angled shape also makes application a whole lot simpler, fitting the contour of the cheeks for a more natural blush shape. I could do with a handful of these actually as it makes light work of bronzer and highlight as well and it's certainly not too much of a purse-pincher at £9.50.

The second offering comes from Coco Beau, an online boutique which strives to stock only best of the best - definitely worth a good scroll with a cuppa'. The aptly named Big, Fat, Firm, Foundation Brush* is their signature tool and boy is it a chunky one. When it comes to applying foundation I like my brushes large so this fits the bill perfectly, the synthetic bristles smooth on product effortlessly - using the flat side to apply then the tip to buff in. I've also making the annual effort to use my much neglected Chanel Soleil de Tan and the flat edge makes light work of defining a perfect contour. It comes in at a slightly more eye-watering £29.75, but the quality is apparent (am I the only one that appreciates a good weighty brush?) and with a little care I can see this one sticking around for years to come.

* Gifted PR Sample
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