Saturday, December 20, 2014

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush | Review

Purchased by Me (Affiliate Links)

It is certainly no secret that I have a wild appetite for luxurious brushes. While my most reached for brushes are made by Hakuhodo (including my beloved stable of Tom Ford brushes), I have to confess that since purchasing the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush– I haven't reached for other foundation brushes. Yes, it's true. 

The soft synthetic bristles are densely packed and arc into a rounded dome shape that is able to effortlessly get into the tightest of spaces effortlessly. Whether you apply your foundation to the brush directly or to your face, the bristles do not absorb or waste product, and the densely packed head is able to perfectly distribute and blend foundation to an airbrushed finish.

I have used a variety of foundation types from liquids, to sticks to powders– and the results are extraordinary. While the Good Karma Brush was created specifically for use with their Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, which I do not own, it is astoundingly effective with all of the foundations in my stash.

Additionally, the bristles, while soft, are quite sturdy. Even after lots of use there are no signs of wear, splaying, or shedding. Furthermore, it has not shed after washing either.
According to Urban Decay,

Flawlessly applies, buffs and blurs your liquid, cream or powder foundation. And like all our brushes, it’s totally vegan! We created this brush specifically for our Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, but it works beautifully with ANY liquid, cream or powder foundation – it’s THAT good!

The densely packed hairs pick up and distribute makeup evenly, while its domed top and round shape make it effortless to maneuver around the face. The "optical blurring" comes in in when you apply, buff and "blur" your makeup to a totally flawless finish. (Ahhh.)

Buffing and blurring with our Optical Blurring Brush allows Naked Skin perform the way it was meant to perform – light-reflecting particles are evenly distributed, fine lines seemingly disappear, and you’re left with a stunning soft-focus finish.

Tips: Distribute foundation with brush and apply with a circular motion for a flawless, airbrushed finish.
Overall Assessment: A truly amazing cruelty-free brush that is worth its weight in gold. Seriously, I am completely obsessed with this brush. It passed the Tom Ford Foundation Stick test (one of my very favorite foundations) with flying colors!

$25.00 from Nordstrom, Sephora, Macy's, Ulta, Beauty.com and Selfridges (Affiliate Links).

Purchased by me. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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22 comments:

  1. Oooook, (oooooh ok) I want this. Right now!

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    1. Hi Miki! This is seriously one of the best purchases that I have made in YEARS! I can't believe how great this brush is– so much so that it's worth getting a backup to use when I wash this one! If you get it– let me know what you think about it! I'm utterly smitten!

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  2. This is also one of my best purchases. Phyrra recommended it and I haven't regretted it one bit. I love this brush and it's made my Best Of lists several times.

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    1. It really is an absolutely amazing brush!

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  3. I'm going to Sephora this Tuesday so I'm checking it out.

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    1. You definitely need to take a look at it! I was really surprised by how well it performed the first time that I tried it. It gives the perfect airbrushed looking finish!

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  4. This brush sounds like something I definitely need!

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    1. I think everyone who wears foundation or a tinted moisturizer needs this brush– it's that good!

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  5. You know, I've been saying this for probably two years... I am getting this brush lol Everyone just loves it and I'm dying to own it. IDK why I haven't bought it yet!

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    1. It's time that you take the plunge, Brooke! You won't know how you lived without it! I still can't believe how well it performs!

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    1. It really is, Jamie! It's so worth having!

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  7. I'm always on the look out for new brushes, and this one sounds like a total winner!

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    1. Hi Jessica, Then you really really need to check this one out. You won't know how you lived without it!

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  8. What a great review! You make me want to run out and buy it...but I just spent almost the same amount of $ on a disposable Beauty Blender, lol It'll go on my wish list :)

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    1. Hi Allison! Thank you! This is rally worth trying. You will be astounded by the flawless finish that it gives to your foundation!

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  9. This is definitely my favorite foundation brush right now. I love that it doesn't shed and has a flawless finish.

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    1. Mine too! I am truly amazed by the finish– it really is flawless! :-)

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  10. i'm probably gonna be the oddball on this one but i actually prefer my Sigma F84 Angled Kabuki or F80 Flat Kabuki to my UD Good Karma. i think the bristles are softer and my products get distributed evenly faster with less buffing. i don't use much powder products although i do remember using them a couple of times with good effect even though Sigma labels these as liquid/cream product brushes.

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    1. Wow, I had no idea that the Sigma brushes were that amazing! I don't have any of their brushes, but based upon your effusive endorsement– I will clearly need to get at least one!
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    2. some of my favorites are E25 blending (they call it blending but it's an all in one eye brush for me), P84 Precision Angled (i like it for blending out my eye concealer), E57 Firm Shader (it's great at controlling fallout and laying down weak pigmented eyeshadows). there's a couple more but they're not available as individual brushes :( i also really love the rose gold ferrules that you can get in a lot of the brushes!

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    3. Thank you so much for the specific model numbers! I will definitely check them out! :-)

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