I rarely discuss makeup brushes other than to say whether or not a set or palette includes one. My one and only post devoted to brushes was over a year ago. You can see it here.
In it, I said that I have trouble using many standard-size makeup brushes because I’m so incredibly nearsighted. As a result, I have to have my face right up to a mirror when applying makeup, and long handles get in the way. I love my little EcoTools sets of travel brushes which have very short handles.
Recently in one of Ulta’s online sales, I picked up some eye shadows, a blush, etc. that were on sale and needed one more little thing to hit a certain price point to get a gift bag. I didn’t see any nail polish I really wanted and found this brush on sale at half price (sadly, it’s back to full-price). It’s an Ulta exclusive called the IT Cosmetics Airbrush All-Over Shadow Brush #119, Item #: 2274503. It’s regularly $14 and I got it for $7.
I’d heard good things about IT Cosmetics brushes and had wanted to try one, but the price held me back. I know hard-core makeup gurus would snort at my thinking $14 is a lot for one brush (you can easily spend over $50 on one brush from various manufacturers), but it is to me. Hey, $7 is do-able.
Finally my order arrived, I got a chance to try this brush, and I LOVE it. While not a short travel size, the handle is still short enough for me to use comfortably. At 6-1/2 inches, it’s probably at my upper limit though. The handle is also rounded and easy to hold. The brush hairs themselves are synthetic, densely packed, and I noticed no shedding. They picked up and held just enough powder eye shadow without kicking up too much.
A very nice and handy bonus is that the brush comes with its own little clear plastic cap. It slides on and off easily to keep the brush protected, and when you wash the brush, this cap would help it dry in proper shape; i.e. not get all frizzy.
Here are flash photos of the brush on my fabric cutting mat with one-inch markings:
Obviously, I didn’t clean it after I used some shimmery shadow! Oops.
If you’re looking for a good all-over eye shadow brush, I highly recommend this one from IT Cosmetics.