Tool Thursday: Hourglass No 2 Blush/Foundation Brush Review

Hourglass No 2 Blush/Foundation Brush
Hourglass No 2 Blush/Foundation Brush
Hourglass No 2 Blush/Foundation Brush
Hourglass No 2 Blush/Foundation Brush
Hourglass No 2 Blush/Foundation Brush
Hourglass No 2 Blush/Foundation Brush
Flexible bristles of the Hourglass No 2 Blush/Foundation Brush
Flexible bristles of the Hourglass No 2 Blush/Foundation Brush

Measurement

  • Head: 3.5 cm H x 3 cm W x 3 cm D (1.37 in H x 1.18 in W x 1.18 in D)
  • Handle: 14 cm L (5.5 in L)

Review & Usage

The Hourglass No 2 Blush/Foundation Brush is made from high-quality synthetic Taklon bristles that feel ridiculously soft on the skin. The design of the brush screams luxury — the sleek metallic bronze-y brown handle with the brand's logo embossed in gold. Now I know a lot of people find the handle easy to hold, but for me, I find it a little on the heavy side. Together with the slippery, shiny surface, my hand seems to slide towards the front (head) of the brush during use. Not a deal breaker, of course. :)

It is a slightly flattened, dome-shaped brush that works the product into the skin effortlessly. I mainly use it to apply liquid foundation with a circular, “buffing” motion. The medium size of the brush as well as the moderately-dense bristles make it possible to achieve a flawless, airbrushed-like application in no time, every time. Though this is more of a “speedy” application type of brush that will apply products “all over the face”. It is certainly not made for precision work.

Another great thing about it is it doesn't seem to absorb the liquid into the bristles at all (Taklon is technically a non-porous synthetic hair, so it cannot “trap” product like most natural hair) which means (1) you will use less product per application and (2) you can just wipe the brush clean with a tissue and continue using it with your next product such as a powder or a blush right away without having to use a separate brush!

I've been loving it so much that I bought another one during the Sephora sale back in April! I have quite a few other brushes with similar shape and hair but I have to say I prefer the ease of use of this one the most. It is also extremely easy to clean, dries fast, and retains its original shape nicely even after multiple washes. I have not experienced any shedding so far during product application and washing.

If your current paddle-shaped brush leaves a streaky finish, you can simply use this Hourglass N0 2 brush to buff away the unevenness. You can also use it to apply or blend out hard edges of your blushes. The tapered tip of the brush is also perfect for applying highlighters above the cheekbones. Basically there are many ways to utilize this multipurpose brush! :)

Footnote

Being that it's Hourglass, expensive price tag is to be expected. To me, it is truly worth the investment. It is the essential piece in my foundation routine and I couldn't see myself without it. Of course, I am speaking from a brush fanatic side of view. If you are simply a regular user that has no attachment to brands, I'm pretty sure you can find a good alternative at a more affordable price point, but if you are crazy about brushes like I am and are looking to splurge, this is one of the brushes I strongly recommend. :)

Purchase

US$58 at SephoraHourglass

฿2,900 at Sephora Thailand

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14 Comments

  • Another aesome review! Thanks! :-D

    (it still makes me die a little bit inside – from envy – that you have to make a little price disclaimer at the bottom for a $58 brush – the MAC 217 is almost $80 here! *sobs*)

  • I have a weakness for makeup brushes and I am totally buying this one now. I have never tired anything from hourglass.Nice pictures.

  • Oh man I have heard so much about this one! Anything Hourglass makes me weak in the knees! Ill probably have to skip all beauty purchases of a couple of months and get only this!! :P

    P.S: +100 on photography!!

    • Thank you so much, Divya!

      Haha I know… why so expensive! I really want to try so many things from Hourglass but one thing at a time I guess!

  • Hey Jaa, I got this for Christmas last year! I like how fast it can get things done, but I agree it’s not for detail work! I still have to try it with finishing powder though! I love my LMdB one too much to want to switch ;)

  • Jaa, how does this compare to the Real Techniques face brushes? Softer? Better at giving an airbrushed finish? I’m sold on the easy to clean part but not on the prices, thus my questions!

    • They are both very soft, Erin! But they also feel very different! This one is not going to give you a super airbrushed finish like, say the Expert Face Brush, because it’s less dense! It’s more for an “everyday” smooth skin type of brush!

  • Can you recommend a cheaper alternative for applying my Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder foundation, or do you think this brush is the best/only wqy to go?

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