My makeup brushes are all badly in need of replacing, and rather than remortgaging my house to buy a completely new set all at the same time (OK, so I’m exaggerating here, but only a little bit…) I’ve decided to try and limit myself to one per month for as long as it takes to get through them all.

Because I can be a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to things like this, though, rather than following my instincts straight to MAC, I decided to have a quick look around the Boots website while I was re-ordering my eye-makeup remover and conditioner this month, and discovered this Boots No. 7 Foundation Brush. At just £11 this definitely isn’t the most expensive foundation brush out there, but it isn’t the cheapest, either. I’ve come to associate the No. 7 brand with good quality, though, so I decided to take a chance on it, and I’m really glad I did, because I actually think I got a bit of a bargain here.

The bristles are lovely and soft, and haven’t shed a single hair since I got this. It picks up just the right amount of foundation, and lets me buff it onto my skin, without any brush marks, and although it’s soft, it’s not so soft that it’s unusable. I tend to use my fingers to apply foundation more often than not, but since I’ve had this, I’ve found myself reaching for it every time, and it’s helping me rediscover the benefits of using a decent brush to apply liquid foundation, so I’m pretty pleased with it, and may check out some of the other brushes from this range next month, when I’m ready to buy another. Now I just need to decide which of my existing brushes is most in need of replacing…

If you want to check this one out for yourself, meanwhile, click here to order it from Boots.

  1. I quite like the No.7 brushes and use their eyeshadow brushes quite regularly. Their concealer brush is fantastic as well, but I have found that my No.7 blush brush sheds. Another mid-range brush set is Ecotools, I use their kabuki brush for my mineral powder foundation and think that it’s fantastic.

  2. Amber, No7 brushes are good value for money, and I prefer them when I travel because of their short handles. They are even better value when the £5 No & voucher time comes around – I’ve nabbed quite a few this way. The eyeshadow blend and contour brush is a good dupe for the MAC 217 and can be got for the princely sum of £1.50 when you have a £5 off voucher. Leaves more money to spend on shoes;-))

  3. Hi Nicole,

    I live in MA, and I initially tried placing an order with boots but they don’t ship to the USA. I been on the look out for a No.7 foundation brush since Lisa Eldridge recommended it on YT and finally found one on eBay! I recently placed an order with a seller called 253furniss located on eBay UK. Check him out if you are still interested in purchasing the brush 🙂

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