The Body Shop Makeup Brushes

I’ve never really ever mentioned the makeup brushes I use so this post is well due.  I have been using TBS brushes for the past five years and they are staple pieces I use daily to apply my makeup.


Face and Body brush – The softest big brush I’ve ever come across.  Isn’t scratchy at all so it doesn’t hurt after applying powder which has happened with a few other brushes I’ve tested (Bare Minerals powder brush for example I found quite irritating!).  This brush holds my powder and lets it apply easily all over the face.  Nice fat long handle which is good for application but makes it hard to carry around if you’re travelling.  I’ve photographed it with the blusher brush below so you can see the size comparison.


Blusher brush – Love it, perfect size to apply blusher or to contour your cheeks.  Saying this, I am tempted to try a smaller dome/cone shaped blusher brush, just because I think I might find the shape easier to work with.  I have about three of these blusher brushes and I do use it everyday.

Foundation brush – I don’t use a foundation brush anymore, but when I do fancy using one I’ll use this or GOSH’s foundation brush.  This one is quite thin, depth wise, but applies foundation nicely, albeit a tiny bit streaky if you don’t blend it in properly.  I just find nowadays that using my fingers to apply foundation is a whole lot easier.


Smudger brush – My least favourite brush, I never ever use this.  I find it really unnecessary, just a bigger version of those cheap brushes you get in eyeshadow palettes.  I’d rather just use a normal eyeshadow brush, however I know a lot of girls who do use and love this brush, I just personally can’t see it!


Eyeshadow Blender brush – I have two favourite eyeshadow brushes and this is the first.  I adore it, its fluffy and just the perfect shape and density for blending out smokey eyes.  I use this daily to either apply a darker colour to the outer corners of my eyes, or just to blend it in general.  I also have another one of these brushes which I sometimes use to apply concealer – it works just as well as you can blend the foundation in directly to problem areas.  I’ve had this brush for about four years now and its still in great condition.


Eyeshadow brush – Nice, simple eyeshadow brush.  Nothing flashy, does the trick of applying shadow well.


Nature’s Minerals Eyeshadow brush – This is my other favourite eyeshadow brush.  Its like the normal one above, but because it’s intended to be used with mineral eye shadows, the hairs are denser and thicker, so they pick up more colour/pigment.  I use this daily and I love it.  You can tell them apart as this handle is sparkly and comes with a little pouch.


Slanted brush – I use this to apply eye shadow on top of my eyeliner to help keep it in place all day long and I’ve just started using this more when I do makeovers at work and I actually have grown to like it.  I’ve never used it with a gel liner but can’t see it being that fantastic for that, but its good for apply lines with powder eyeshadow.


Lipstick & Concealer brush – Standard lipstick and concealer brush!!


Line Softener – I think this is one of TBS’ unique applicators, just a spongey dome perfect for smudging eyeliner (like those you find on the end of some kohl pencils).  Perfect for that grunge, rock look.  I haven’t been using this as much lately as I’ve just purchased the No7 Smokey Eyeliner brush (which you can see here).  Basically does the same thing though!


Brow & Lash Comb – My brows are so unruly, so when I remember I use this to comb them through.


What I think – I really like all of TBS’s brushes; I think they are affordable (they range from about £7-£16) and will last you forever if you keep them in good condition (just wash them when you remember, I’m terrible at remembering but so far they are all still pretty perfect).  I love the fact that they are man-made hairs and not animals hairs, and yet they are soooo ridiculously soft, especially F&B and blusher brush.  Thumbs up from me!!

Do you have any of these?  Where do you buy your brushes? XX



  1. February 24, 2011 / 6:17 pm

    Great post! I really need to try out some of these brushes. The big powder brush looks lovely! xo

  2. February 24, 2011 / 6:58 pm

    I quite like bodyshop brushes, the only one in my own kit is the foundation one and I really like it!

  3. February 25, 2011 / 3:01 pm

    Thanks for doing this post! It was very helpful because I need some new brushes as I don't own many. I'm always tempted to buy the face and body brush but then I never seem to be able to justify the price (17-18 euros in my country) – although I'm well aware that brushes are never really inexpensive, except for the really bad ones, haha. I'm also considering the blusher brush, the eyeshadow blending brush and the lipstick and concealer brush… I own the regular eyeshadow brush but I don't really like it to be honest. It works okay with loose eyeshadow but I've tried to apply MAC and TBS eyeshadows with it and it just doesn't pick up enough colour. However, I'm sure I will buy some of the other TBS brushes sometime soon! Especially the face and body one! 🙂

  4. February 26, 2011 / 5:58 pm

    I also have some TBS brushes: the line softener and slanted brush. Don't use them too often tho, as I've fallen in love with Sigma brushes.
    Visit my blog if you wish. There's more about them there.

  5. February 26, 2011 / 6:30 pm

    I have The Body Shop slanted brush – I really love it – really good and useful for putting on eye shadow under the lower lid.

  6. February 27, 2011 / 5:25 am

    i always wanted to try the blusher brush.. thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. February 27, 2011 / 10:03 pm

    i'm a new follower, totally love your blog! i have the face and body brush and its incredible, can't wait to pick up a few more. xo.

  8. March 2, 2011 / 2:46 pm

    Jennie – It is really lovely! Do let me know if you get any!! XXX

    Raffles Bizarre – You should try more, I'm sure you'll love them all. I think I'm going to start using a foundation brush soon, stop getting my hands messy!! XX

    Nora M – Awh glad this was helpful! I'm sure you'll like the others, especially the eyeshadow blending brush, it really is great. XX

    Hanna – I've never used sigma brushes, but I'll give them a look! Thank you!XX

    Beth – I completely agree with you, its fab for applying shadow underneath the eye 🙂 XXXX

    Meow – Go in store and feel how soft it is, its so lovely! XX

    Kay – Thank you so much! Am following your blog now too!! XX

  9. March 4, 2011 / 10:22 pm

    I absolutely adore the Body Shop makeup brushes! The eyeshadow blender is my favourite, by far. I was meaning to get the one you recommend for mineral eyeshadows, but sadly they've decided to discontinue the whole TBS Mineral range at my country, sob, sob…

    Nice photos, as always, 😉

  10. April 30, 2011 / 11:53 pm

    Just picked up some Body Shop brushes yesterday! Check out my blog for my thoughts! 🙂

  11. September 12, 2011 / 2:48 pm

    Great post…. I have body shop brushes too and I absolutely LOVE the face and body brush. It's huge and really soft. But I was wondering how do you clean them? I saw a tutorial on youtube and I cleaned them with baby shampoo and olive oil…. and they arent the same anymore. My wonderful giant face and body brush is kind of oily (it separates, it isnt as soft as it used to be) Can you get back to me about how to clean them please? Thanks x

  12. February 22, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    I love these brushes, they apply make-up so well. I have recently written a blog post on my favourites, I would love if you would check it out.

    I've read a lot of your blogs, very helpful! Once I work how how to follow your blog I will be haha x

  13. November 14, 2013 / 6:46 am

    I have the foundation and the virgin minerals kabuki brush, both are really good. I want all the other brushes but I don't think I need the face and body. I agree these brushes last forever, I now buy all my makeup from TBS and I'm never going to leave, their products are really nice. Tip for cleaning use olive oil first and then go through with baby shampoo or i use eucalyptus washing detergent, and rinse thoroughly in warm water. nothing has gone wrong so far

  14. March 15, 2014 / 8:42 am

    Aside from TBT brushes what else do you use as makeup brushes?
    ~Pauline @Kallony

  15. October 15, 2015 / 4:27 pm

    I'm feeling very euphoric that Body shop has introduced TBS makeup brushes. It's actually soft and have varieties for all kind of makeup equipment with a perfect hold. Now I'm waiting for TBS hair mineral analysis test kit

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