In hindsight, I was slightly underwhelmed. I'd been an avid user of the ELF Powder Brush, and then made the swap to the Sigma F80, and still loved the effect of both. I did like it, and with certain foundations like the Jemma Kidd Light as Air, it worked a dream. Others, like the Chanel Perfection Lumiere, were far more tricky to apply, I found that the bristles were not dense enough and just pulled the product in a streaky fashion around my face.
When the Expert Face Brush was released, I was undecided as to whether to purchase it. So many people had likened it to the Buffing brush, dubbing it as similar, or even identical, so I didn't really want another. I searched high and low for anyone who preferred or hated the newly released brush, but generally, the majority seemed to just say they were akin.
I spotted it on the shelves of my local Boots, pulled one out of the packet (probably not recommended) and had a good feel.
So here are whats similar:
- Bristles are equally as soft. Like a babies bottom!
- Both have a tapered top, brilliant for applying foundation into all the nooks and crannies.
- Errrrrm, both have an orange handle?!
To be honest, that's probably where the similarities end for me. I definitely do not think they are twins, more like half sisters, in fact.
Here are the differences:
- Expert Faces' bristles are far, far, more dense. I find it to work the product into the skin a lot better, and does not cause any streaking.
- Expert Face does not eat up as much product. I think maybe its because the Buffing Brushes bristles are not as compact, that it tends to just suck up the product.
- Expert face performs better between washes. I can't lie, I'm not one to wash my brushes every use. I think to get the optimum results from the Buffing, you need to. The more use it gets the less well it works the product in.
- The shape of the Expert Face is different. The sides are flat. This isn't really a pro or a con, just a difference. Probably would make it less suitable for things such as bronzer and blush.
So to conclude, although I have fallen head over heels in love with the Expert Face Brush and am now proclaiming it my all time favourite holy grail foundation brush, there still is definitely a space in my collection for the Buffing Brush. I'd been meaning to purchase another set purely so I can have one for use with the Chanel Bronze Universal, so that's now going to be its job. It also works great for blending out cream blusher, and even a sheer application of setting powder.
Some have already asked, 'I already own the Buffing Brush, do I need the Expert Face?' So I would say my answer is, that if you are in love with your Buffing Brush and think it gives you the perfect finish, why bother? But if you always feel that the Buffing Brush was lacking a certain something, and a little bit hard work, the Expert Face Brush could be for you!
Hope this was helpful, and please let me know if you'd like to see more reviews like this!