I have just came back from a wonderful holiday in Portugal and was delighted to find that there was a Sephora a ten minute drive from our Villa! While I was a little disappointed at how small it was, I managed to find a couple of things I'd had on my wish list for a while. I was most excited to try the Sephora Professional Mineral Powder Brush.
Although marketed as a mineral powder brush, I've been using #45 as a buffing brush for liquid foundation. The brush is synthetic, making it perfect to use with liquid foundation as it's much less absorbent, wasting less product. The bristles are densely packed but extremely soft, which makes it lovely to use and helps give excellent coverage. I love the way my foundation looks when using this brush - it seems to deposit just the right amount of product and is small enough to fit into the contours of my face.
#45 washes well and I've experienced no shedding. I've found that it works particularly well with fluid foundations - I love using it with both Giorgio Armani's 'Luminous Silk' and 'Maestro' foundation, Chanel 'Vita Lumiere Aqua' and Shiseido 'Sun Protection Liquid Foundation'. While it does provide excellent coverage with thicker formulas such as Laura Mercier 'Silk Creme' Foundation, it does take a little more work buffing it in compared to other brushes I've tried.
If you have access to Sephora, I highly recommend picking up this brush!
Lots of Love