- Head: 3.2 cm H x 4.5 cm W x 1 cm D (1.2 in H x 1.7 in W x 0.4 in D)
- Handle: 16 cm L (6.3 in L)
Review & Usage
Smashbox Fan Brush #22 is a two-toned fan brush made of goat hair. It has Smashbox's signature red handle and black ferrule. This is one of the lightest brushes I own. It is so lightweight that it feels like you are holding a piece of paper but the long and thin handle still offers a good control of the brush.
You can use a fan brush to:
- Remove eyeshadow fallout under the eye without disturbing the rest of your makeup
Unlike most fan brushes, this one has a smaller head so it fits nicely under the eye area. The super soft goat hair is non-scratchy and feels super light on the skin. It actually feels like you're wiping away fallout with a feather!
- Fan out excess powder
If you over apply your face powder, try fanning (thinning) it out with this brush for a more natural finish.
- Apply pigmented brushes and bronzers
The soft and sparse bristles pick up just the right amount to deliver a sheer application. Use the flat side to brush lightly on the cheeks for a soft and natural finish of your blush powder. Use the thin side by holding the brush perpendicular to your face to apply a light veil of bronzer on the contour of your face then wiggling the brush up and down to diffuse hard edges. This is the ultimate cheek brush for those who are heavy-handed!
- Apply highlighting powder
The tip of the brush rests perfectly on the top of cheekbones. Wiggle the brush back and forth to diffuse the look of your highlighter.
- Apply setting powder
For a soft-focus effect, try using a fan brush to apply your setting powder. Sometimes I also use it with my powder foundation to achieve a natural, non-cakey finish.
This is a good all-round brush to have in your brush arsenal. It's not necessarily a “core” tool but it's one that will polish the look and help pull everything together. I have a few other fan brushes from different brands but this one is among my most favorites due to its smaller size and soft goat hair. The brush is fragile so a great care must be taken during use, wash, and storage. The bristles rarely shed and I have not had experience with the hair falling off on my skin during my makeup application. It washes nicely and dries quickly, too.
Do you own a fan brush? Do you think it's a necessary tool? Do you prefer natural or synthetic hair?