Nothing to Disclose
Hello Pretties! Just popping in with a random post about what's on my mind. Well not everything on my mind, obviously. Wouldn't want to remove ALL doubt that I'm crazy.
As you guys all know, I polish my nails. A LOT. Daily. Sometimes, when I'm swatching, multiple times a day. And I know it's "all about the bling" or the color, or finish, or glitter. But really for ME personally, I can't tell you how important brushes are. Formula of course is the number one consideration for me, but brushes run a close second, followed by color, finish and finally bottle shape.
Sure, if I really REALLY love the color, I can overlook most of that, but it had better be the best color ever if the rest isn't right.
I do lots of indies and some have it right, brush and bottle wise, and some don't. I don't know if I'm alone but PLEASE, if you are going to be so creative and so meticulous about the other stuff, do your work justice and choose the best you can afford when you do all the behind the scenes stuff like ordering brushes. Test those puppies out!
Even if your formula is great, a bad brush can negate that. (We won't even mention the Spoiled by Wet n Wild brush debacle.)
So what makes a great brush? Well, I really know nothing about brushes, but I can tell you 1) what I like and 2) that the best ones aren't always those fancy, wide, beveled ones.
So what's my favorite brush? a-England. Yep. They're not fancy. They don't have a rubberized handle. They're not flat and wide and they're not beveled. What are they then? They splay perfectly on the nail, distributing the polish perfectly and evenly and the stem holds (and allows to flow at a decent rate) the perfect amount of polish. I can dip, scrape the polish off of one side of the brush and do 4 complete nails without having to re-dip. Without too much coming down the wand, without flooding the cuticles. Granted, a lot of that is their perfect formula, but don't underestimate the brush.
All of that just to say GET THE RIGHT BRUSH? Yeah, well no one ever accused me of being a woman of few words.
I adored the Dior brushes - not the first skinny ones and not the most recent wide beveled ones - the medium flat non-beveled ones from a few years back. I like Chanel brushes. I love a-England brushes. Dandy Nails has a great brush now too. I am sure there are more out there, but I just finished swatching a bunch of polishes and finished up by putting on one of my new favorite a-Englands before heading out of the house and the difference is night and day as far as the whole polishing-your-nails experience.
So my questions for YOU are...how important is the brush to YOU? How important is the bottle shape?
As long as the bottles aren't weirdly shaped, like star-shaped or, the worst ever - Julep, then I'm okay. Julep's tall skinny bottles are awkward, easily tipped over, deceptive as far as how much polish you're getting for the money and the worst part, the wand is so long that it holds too much polish no matter what you do. It's just a mess. I feel like I need 3 hands when I use them. My personal favorite is square.
What say you?
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