Barry M Foundation Brush

I’ve mentioned a few times that I need to bite the bullet and invest in a foundation brush. I’ve had soooo many recommendations and the common suggestion has been either the ELF brushes or investing in the slightly pricier Real Techniques range. Well, you’ll be pleased to know I took non of your advice! Haha! Not on purpose though, honestly. I did enjoy seeing that ELF brushes were so cheap, but I literally only want a brush from their website, so I didn’t want to spend more on postage than I would on the product, and as it’s the first brush I’m trying and not sure if I’d prefer using one as opposed to my fingers, the Real Techniques ones were a bit too expensive for my budget. So, in stepppsss the Barry M Foundation Brush! I didn’t even know they did brushes! Did you?
I really love the colour of the actual brush, such an amazing shade of purple. It was a toss up between this and the Revlon brushes in Superdrug (both around the same price at the time, this costing £5.99) The reason I chose this one though was because the bristles were shorter. I get the feeling that foundation brushes are going to be too soft for my liking. So I figured the shorter bristles would be ‘harder’ and be like a cross between a stippling brush and a foundation brush.
I’ve got to say, I am fully converted! I’ve put off buying a foundation brush for so long…. why? WHYYYY? I would never go back to using my fingers now. Just. No! It’s as perfect as brushes come. I expected for the price I’d even get bristles coming out and leaving me looking like I had extra facial hair, but nope! Non of that either. I would fully recommend this brush! Granted, I don’t have any other brushes to compare this too but I am certainly impressed.


  1. May 29, 2013 / 6:24 pm

    thank you so much for this! I've been looking for a foundation brush as I've recently got more into beauty and I was tempted to get the real techniques brush but now I'm going to get one of these- thank you!

  2. April 1, 2012 / 9:22 pm

    Really need to invest in some make up brushs but hate to spend money on things like that so good to see the cheaper versions actually work, thanks for sharing, very helpful 🙂

  3. March 31, 2012 / 1:11 pm

    I keep saving up Boots points to get the Real Techniques brushes! The stippling brush is definitely worth paying the money for.

    • March 31, 2012 / 6:10 pm

      I never thought of doing that! Although I currently only have about a quid on my boots card.

  4. March 31, 2012 / 10:11 am

    Ooh, would like to try this. I have a Mac foundation brush, but, despite the price, I hate to say that I am not that impressed. Will have to try this xx

    • March 31, 2012 / 6:09 pm

      Yeah give it a go, a lot gentler on the pocket!

    • March 31, 2012 / 6:09 pm

      Thanks, I'll check it out 😉

  5. March 30, 2012 / 11:26 pm

    I've been looking for a new foundation brush…I've only recently started wearing foundation for work (sometimes when I can be bothered!) and nights out but my ELF one is just too….bristle-y…like the bristles feel a bit plastic-y almost. Does that make sense?? I've been looking for a slightly softer to the touch one but, like you, I don't want to spend lot! £5.99 sounds great and it looks like a really nice brush! I shall have a hunt to see if my local Boots or Superdrug do their brushes! (btw I didn't know Barry M did brushes either!) Thanks for the review! 🙂

    • March 31, 2012 / 6:09 pm

      This bristles are really soft, I did open the packet before I bought it (naughty) so maybe do that to see if it's any better before you invest!