Makeup brushes come in a lot of variety and use cases and new types are made over the course of time too. These new types have different perks to the traditional ones or do certain things differently, that is desirable to users. Whether you find something useful or not will depend a lot on you and what you do but today, we’ll be going over a type of brush to see what it is good for and whether you should purchase one of them.
Mineral makeup brushes are one of the newer fads in the industry and definitely, have their place in the market. Mineral makeup brushes have to be used in order to effectively and properly apply mineral makeup, which has a host of benefits to it over the normal cosmetics that people use. You use the appropriate brush types in order to get the best application possible because your traditional brush won’t be able to pick up the product efficiently and properly and won’t be suitable to apply it either.
But of course, like anything else, you want to know what is the best brush that you can get, is it? Only the best brushes will ever suit your fancy, I know! Don’t worry though, because I will be going over a whole host of them to see which ones would be among the best and meet your high demands! Do note that although a lot of brushes are great standalone, a lot of the others come in sets and it is worth grouping them together because their total value proposition depends on the other brushes on the set as well.
Our Top 10 picks include the below:-
1. Large Dense Round Kabuki Face Brush by Beauty Junkees
2. Mineral Makeup Brush Kit by Creative Memories
3. Mineral Powder Eyeshadow Makeup Brush by Beauty Junkees
4. Mineral Makeup Brush Set by studio basics
5. Matto Kabuki Brush by Matto
6. Premium Kabuki Face Brush by BG Angel
7. Studio 35 Beauty Mineral Makeup Brush Set by N Market
8. Kabuki Face Makeup Brush Set by Beauty Junkees
9. Powder and Blush Makeup Brush Set for Mineral and Powder Foundation by Evangeline Skin Care
10. TRIO WITH BRUSHES (LIGHT TAN) Full-Size Kit Mineral Makeup Brush Set by Swet Face Minerals
Let’s know details about the Brushes:
1. Large Dense Round Kabuki Face Brush by Beauty Junkees:
Starting off this list with a solo brush, this large brush from Beauty Junkees specializes in foundation application, particularly mineral foundation. You are going to be hard pressed in finding a better brush at the price category for foundations, although, at the price it does come in at, you could easily afford a set of brushes. You do pay for quality in this regard!
Bristles are high-quality synthetic bristles and are very soft on feel and also quite densely packed in order to apply makeup product uniformly and spread out as sparsely as possible. Getting very good diffusion is ideal for a natural look and this is going to be important in your makeup arsenal.
This brush particularly is proficient in blending and buffing mineral makeup so you can definitely use it well for mineral makeup. Opt to use this if you use mineral makeup and need a really good foundation brush for it.
- An ideal option for foundation brushes and it will work perfectly fine with both traditional and mineral makeup. Heck, it specializes particularly in mineral makeup so you can definitely get a lot out of it if you do use mineral makeup.
- It has quality bristles and builds quality is quite solid so this is a brush that is good enough to be your go to
- For the price you pay, you only get coverage for foundation. There is a lot of other products to be had and it is going to cost you quite a bit of money if all your other brushes are priced around the same ballpark!
2. Mineral Makeup Brush Kit by Creative Memories:
The second brush, or brushes in this regard, is a full kit of mineral makeup brushes. They are of very good quality and whereas the first brush set was just a solo brush, this one is a full collection with every single brush that you would ever need. Whether that be eye makeup, face makeup, precision and detail brushes; this has the lot!
This brush set is comprehensive and will be good for people both starting off, just getting into mineral makeup and even those who want that extra detail or precision on their brushes will be well off from this.
All of these things, of course, come at quite a steep price premium. This is one of the more expensive brush kits you are ever going to get and for good reason! Good performance from mineral makeup is a bit expensive to attain and it is reflected in the price here.
This set also comes along with a useful case holder that will let you keep all your brushes in the same place but it isn’t particularly useful in terms of carrying around. This is due to the lack of a top lid, meaning that a bit of the brush is always exposed.
Brushes: • Pointy Eyeshadow Brush • Flat Kabuki Brush • Kabuki Brush • Lip Brush • Angled Eyeshadow Brush • Eyeshadow Brush • Powder Brush • Fan Brush • Concealer Brush • Blush Brush • Eye Crease Brush • Angled Eyeliner Brush • Taper Blending Brush • Smudge Brush • Bent Eyeliner Brush • Eye Shadow Brush
- A very comprehensive brush kit, this will let you use mineral makeup for all your use cases. This is going to be your go-to brush set if you want to strictly use mineral makeup, perhaps due to a medical reason or otherwise, and it will reliably let you apply anything mineral.
- The comprehensive nature of this set also means that you can use it standalone. You don’t really need any more brushes if you get this set.
- The cost is going to be a considerable roadblock for this one. It is really expensive and that alone will put off a lot of people, given that you can get four or five regular brush sets at this one’s price.
3. Mineral Powder Eyeshadow Makeup Brush by Beauty Junkees:
Moving back on to a solo brush, this is a mineral eyeshadow brush from Beauty Junkees and specializes in the use of mineral makeup eyeshadow. It is shaped like a pen, as you would expect any eyeshadow brush to be and the brush is packed with soft bristles for a good application that looks natural.
The bristles also have other good qualities. They are quality synthetic fiber bristles and although they will not be as effective as natural ones, they are free of animal cruelty and better on the skin than the regular synthetic bristles.
The curvature on the tip is a perfect shape to let you pick up and apply eyeshadow in the areas you want it to, without the process becoming too messy or spreading out from the areas you put it on. A pretty precise brush, all things considered.
It also lets you blend eyeshadow in a really dense manner to achieve that smoky eye look, something that not all eyeshadow brushes will be ideal for.
- For an eyeshadow brush, it is quite versatile and lets you tinker around with your eye makeup quite a bit, considering it is just one brush.
- It is a quality brush with good quality build and bristles. Can’t complain about that, can you?!
- It is a bit expensive, given that it is a solo brush and is quite limited in what it can do, given the lack of face makeup support.
- Not the best value proposition as you can get multiple regular brushes at the same price.
4. Mineral Makeup Brush Set by studio basics:
A set of four brushes, this set of mineral makeup brushes lets you do quite a bit around your face and a bit for your eyes. It isn’t the most versatile as a set but it is a good price for what you get and the fact that it supports mineral makeup is a big plus over similar sets.
It covers foundation, powder, eyeshadow and concealer, a pretty standard set of makeup products and brushes. This is like a mineral makeup starter kit and yes, I imagine a lot of users just starting to use mineral makeup or getting into the makeup business with mineral makeup will both find this set quite useful.
Being realistic, you won’t really need all possible forms of mineral makeup and keep them restricted to your most basic makeup applications so you shouldn’t be too concerned about this only being a set of four brushes. It will still be more than plenty to get your job done!
The bristles use quality, synthetic materials and they should all be able to pick up ample makeup product and let excesses drip off to ensure that you only keep the necessary amount. This conserves that precious mineral makeup but also ensures very good application.
- A very good beginner set for people getting into makeup or just starting to use mineral makeup products.
- Limited in what you can do with eye makeup. If you use mineral makeup for your eyes, you will want to get a few more brushes, particularly for lashes.
- It is better value for money than single brush sets but still a bit more expensive, for a four brush kit than conventional brush sets.
5. Matto Kabuki Brush by Matto:
Moving on to yet another solo brush, this time, we are dealing with a Kabuki Brush, the typical foundation blending brush. Yes, for this one, you will want to have an extra brush to apply the foundation to your face and then use this one to blend it out so it will be worth investing some money into a brush that can pick up ample amounts of mineral makeup foundation.
That dependence aside, though, it is an excellent blender of foundations and will give you amazing results with your mineral makeup. It has a very big surface area of contact with the face and the bristles are packed quite loosely to create that natural inconsistency that you get on facial details.
The bristles are made of synthetic materials and yes, it won’t be the best but it is quite soft, for synthetic bristles and it will be better for your skin than the budget level synthetic brushes and their rough bristles. It is also, due to this reason, free of animal cruelty and anti-bacterial and if you keep it clean, your skin should remain healthy.
- A very specialized brush that is specifically really good for foundation application and the compatibility with mineral makeup just adds to the value of this brush set.
- It is well built and although the synthetic brushes are not the greatest, they are still better than the worst by a good distance!
- Given that you need a different brush to just apply foundation to the face, this brush standalone isn’t enough but also isn’t packaged with the extra brush. Could be a bit of a bother for a lot of people.
- Not the best value for money proposition given what you are paying for the one brush.
6. Premium Kabuki Face Brush by BG Angel:
Breaking the trend of single-set, the first successive solo brush on this list is quite a premium kabuki brush and in addition to all of the advantages and perks that I have mentioned of having a kabuki brush for mineral makeup, this brush is going to be a killer product for all types of makeup and give you the kind of blending fitting for a premium product.
The bristles are very densely packed and they are high-quality vegan bristles. This means that they are cruelty-free but at the same time, are almost on par with natural brushes so you can expect it to perform and feel as good as your natural brushes without the problems of animal cruelty, the best of both worlds.
The bristles are quite strong and durable and you can reliably expect them to stay fine and not shed during their lifetime. So don’t worry about cleaning and all; feel free to use as much force as necessary to get those bristles free of gunk.
- A high tier brush with high tier build quality and function, this will be a top choice for people’s number one foundation brush and even more so if they are using foundation products of mineral.
- Given that it is suitable for all types of makeup, you don’t need another brush to apply traditional forms of makeup. This will do fine by itself.
- The premium performance and features come at quite a price premium. Good things don’t come cheap!
7. Studio 35 Beauty Mineral Makeup Brush Set by N Market:
A set of four brushes specifically tailored for use of mineral makeup, it comes in at quite a good price and will be an accessible product set for a lot of people who want to get into using mineral makeup. It isn’t going to perform like those premium brushes or brush sets but at the price you get it, it is quite a decent product.
It only has coverage for a few types of brushes but for a starter kit, it is more than plenty and it should be enough to get you up and going into mineral makeup. There isn’t any special technique to use mineral makeup or anything and only having the right brushes will be enough to get started with it.
It has decent build quality but nothing too special or particularly durable. It should last you a while but do not expect it to last for a long time. It is a good price for a good reason!
Brush: Foundation/powder brush, Full coverage concealer brush, Eye shadow brush, Blush/bronzer brush.
- For a budget starter kit, you’ll struggle to find others that provide a similar value proposition like this one. It lets you get into mineral makeup at a really cheap price and in this price, you get the most basic brushes that you are likely to need.
- The fact that it comes in a set also means that you can do a good amount of work with mineral makeup and only do the detailed and precision stuff with other forms. Not bad, despite the drawbacks.
- The build quality of the handle and the bristles are questionable, to say the least.
- Four brushes are still very few and a lot of more advanced users will want more. Other than the very beginners, you will not find too many people who will benefit from such a set.
8. Kabuki Face Makeup Brush Set by Beauty Junkees:
A set of kabuki face brushes, this one is a set of five very similar kabuki brushes but despite the similarities in size and shape, they have considerably different brush types and they will cover a variety of use cases, including the fact that they can be used to work on mineral makeup.
They are all quite pleasing on the eye and will go well with your dressing cupboard and fit in quite nicely with your regular brushes, if they are similar in color.
This particular set, sadly, does not come in a case holder so you will need to get something separately to make it easier to carry them around. More than likely though, you won’t be carrying around so many similar brushes on your travels unless you’re into actual business or something!
It covers usage of different makeup products like foundation, blush, concealer, bronzer and contour. Quite a decent coverage of face makeup products but the lack of anything for the eye may be an issue for a lot of people.
Brushes: Flat Top brush, Angled Brush, Flat Angled brush, Tapered brush, Round brush.
- For face makeup, it is a comprehensive and sufficiently diverse set of brushes to do everything that you are likely to need to use as part of your regular makeup work. Nothing too detailed or precise but covers all the basic ends.
- At the price you get it for, it provides a very good return on your investment. Can’t complain about a good value proposition!
- Quite limiting in that it lets you do nothing for your eyes and if you want to use mineral products for it, you will need to get something different or extra. Not such a good value proposition in that regard!
9. Powder and Blush Makeup Brush Set for Mineral and Powder Foundation by Evangeline Skin Care:
Finally, the first duo of brushes on this set. They are a set of powder and blush brushes and as such, you can already guess what use cases they will be appropriate for! It isn’t a lot of coverage but these are some really good products and if you want good brushes that will consistently deliver good application without giving way, this is going to be a good set for you.
Their bristles are quality and made of synthetic materials but remain quite soft and are quite good in the collection and blending out whatever powder or blush product you are using. Mineral products will also pick up and blend in just as well.
The build quality is very solid and it will consistently deliver in that department. The handle is sturdy and feels quite solid and well-built so you won’t have complaints in that department. The handle also has regular ergonomics in both brushes so you do not have to worry about it feeling uncomfy.
- Both are premium level brushes and they should be letting you get high-quality powder and mineral application on your face
- The build quality of both handle and brush is solid so you should be stuck with this duo for quite some time, unless you decide to throw them away! They won’t be giving way anytime soon.
- Just the two brushes in the price you get it for is a bit of a bummer but I guess that is what you get for such a steep price. High quality!
10. TRIO WITH BRUSHES (LIGHT TAN) Full-Size Kit Mineral Makeup Brush Set by Swet Face Minerals:
The last set of mineral brushes are also very premium mineral makeup brushes and they are very good products that will cost as much as they deliver. If you want to get a very premium experience, all you have to do is part of your money for the most premium experience.
This is the first set on this list that uses pure natural materials for the bristles. Again, you should be familiar by now with what natural and synthetic entail for bristles but in case you aren’t, natural fibers use hair from animal fur and it isn’t the best for animals but they work very effectively and are very good on the skin. Expect good health for your skin and no breakouts from them.
The lack of irritants used in the bristles is a very handy thing and unlike most natural brushes, they should help prevent irritation on your skin as well.
Brushes: Flawless face brush, Blush brush, Taklon Concealer brush.
- It is a very good brush set that excels in all departments, whether that be build quality, application, usability and durability. That makes this product near flawless for people just concerned with how the product performs.
- It works with the most basic products and should let you use mineral products for your most commonly used makeup products.
- It is quite a bit expensive for just three brushes. This is problematic because at the same price, you can do quite a lot and get more brushes that are of decent quality. Whether having three really premium brushes is worth it is entirely subjective.
Things to look out for when buying mineral brushes
First of all, you need to see what the different kinds of things you can do with a particular brush or brush set are. It’s all fine and dandy if you only want the odd brush here and there and aren’t that invested into mineral makeup but if you want to take most of your makeup workload on mineral makeup, you will want appropriate brushes that can do everything you want with mineral makeup.
There’s also a pretty good chance that you want to use your mineral makeup in tandem with your powders and all. In that case, if you want to avoid the strain of having different brushes just to use different material types, you might be best off getting higher end brushes that work well with all kinds of makeup. Do you see how this works now?!
Degree of brush quality:
How good a brush performs using mineral makeup depends a lot on the quality of the brush, namely the quality of the bristles. This is one department where having high-quality natural bristles on your brush will lead to a noticeable improvement in performance over synthetic, artificial ones. Granted, a quality brush will come at a steep price premium and not everyone will be willing to pay it. You always have the option of steadily building up your brush kit to individually own brushes. That will be expensive in total but over time, it is much easier to afford something.
However, if you do not want that elite level of application and can suffice with a level that is below it, I don’t think you have to dish out all that money. You can live with a cheaper set.
Of course, with anything that is a consumer product, you have to buy things with money and they have a price that you need to be able to afford. Depending on what your budget is, you will have to compromise between quality, affordability, performance and aesthetics. Typically, you have more quality, performance and aesthetics the higher price you pay but if you hunt well enough, you should be able to maximize what you get out of your money and get more from a smaller incremental payment.
One issue here to recognize is that mineral brushes tend to be quite a bit more expensive than conventional brushes and therefore, just to access mineral brushes, you are going to have to pay a premium on it. So if you want to access the more expensive mineral brushes, you still have to make sure that the price premium you pay isn’t an issue in the first place.
Usability with other types of makeup:
Now, this is somewhat of a unique point in this. Not everyone uses mineral makeup for all their stuff and therefore, if you have very simple brushes for mineral makeup, there is a good chance that you need to have two different sets of the same brushes, one for mineral makeup and the other for the regular products. Now, for a few brushes, this isn’t as much of an issue but when we’re talking about close to 10, it might be! Therefore, if you want to have proper coverage for all types of makeup materials, you will have to fork out some extra cash for brushes that covers all types of makeup.
Using a regular mineral brush, although somewhat inconvenient, won’t be a bad option for beginners or novices. You can get one or two brushes to use mineral makeup and so, for you, this isn’t as much of a problematic consideration. So just get a few and you’re off and running!
Why mineral makeup?
So I’ve babbled a lot about brushes here but you might be wondering why you should even get mineral products to begin with. And hey, it’s a fair question to ask! The brushes are quite a bit more expensive and I’m sure the mineral makeup products themselves aren’t cheap by any means!
To address this issue, first of all, the ingredients used in mineral makeup tend to be free of chemicals that are artificially manufactured. Therefore, it should be much safer for the skin and it should be good for people with skin problems. A lot of people who can’t use makeup on their face due to medical complexities now have an option of doing makeup using these mineral products.
Mineral makeup products are also longer lasting than the chemically manufactured ones, due to the nature of the minerals being much more durable and having a longer life than conventional chemical ingredients. This means that even if you use your mineral makeup products sparingly, they will last a long time.
Minerals tend to have good effects on the skin and certain mineral makeup products use ingredients that will be soothing for people with problematic skin or skin condition. This is due to the presence of good nutritional ingredients in the mineral makeup products.
Finally, a lot of mineral makeup products are also water resistant so you can wear them out on humid days or rainy days and can safely expect them to be intact by the end of the day. A lot of people dress up in the morning and are out the whole day and having long-lasting, waterproof makeup is essential if you don’t want to carry around makeup every single day.
Q.1: Can you blend mineral makeup products together to match skin tones?
Answer: Yes, like the normal makeup foundation products, you can also blend mineral foundation products just as easily in order to match skin tones. Mineral products tend to be a bit on the liquid side so mixing shouldn’t be an issue and it should be just as straightforward as it is on regular foundation.
Q.2: Do you apply mineral makeup differently?
Answer: Not exactly but there are certain products that you may have to apply in a specific way to get the desired result, much like regular makeup products in this case. It’s not that difficult though. For the most part though, you would apply and blend mineral foundation like how you would for a regular one and apply mineral blush and contour the same way you would draw in the one you normally use. In this regard, there is nothing new to learn or to master if you’re already good at it. Pretty neat, huh?! Learning new stuff tend to take time and this just means that you can switch to mineral makeup and mineral makeup brushes easily.
So there you have it, a comprehensive rundown about all things mineral and their subsequent brushes. Take some time to go through everything and find out all you need to know about mineral makeup and how to use the brushes, in cases when they have to be used a bit differently but for the most part, it isn’t something that is going to stress you too much. If you’re a power user or really experienced, you won’t have any significant issue transitioning into mineral products and even if you aren’t, just take your time and slowly start to use a few mineral brushes and you should be well set to expand your makeup arsenal in that direction.
I hope you found this guide useful. It covers a lot of factors to consider and a lot of products that you might find useful and suitable for your makeup needs. Mineral makeup is great and isn’t used much differently to your regular one so you can transition some or bulk of your makeup onto them and not find it particularly difficult. So what are you waiting for?! Hop to it!