On Rotation: Face Brushes

I decided to add a new ‘series’ on the blog. Let’s just call it On Rotation, since I’ll be talking about products I’ve been using regularly. Something like current favourites which I always fail to do! While I feature a fair bit of product reviews here, I like to stick to a handful of products for some time, just to get more use out of them. After about a month or two, I usually switch it out with something else, so that I get to use most of my stuff. “On Rotation” will be scheduled every other Tuesday, so by the time I talk about face brushes again, it’ll be a few months later.

Today, the face brushes I’ll be talking about are all from Zoeva. They are synthetic round top brushes, and none of them are scratchy. They are (from smallest to biggest) 142 concealer/buffer, 110 face shape, 102 silk finish and their latest 107 powder polish. I purchased these from the Zoeva website, and the shipping is reasonably fast. Nothing to complain about.



Zoeva face brushes


These 4 brushes complete my face makeup. I have been using the Zoeva 142 concealer buffer brush with my RMS ‘un’cover up. Instead of using my fingers as I normally do, I just swirl this brush in the little pot and apply it under my eyes immediately. My fingers are kept clean, and the concealer applies beautifully. Blends without tugging, which is very important in my books.

The 110 face shape brush can be used to apply sheer blushes or to contour. It’s the perfect size to contour the hollow of the cheeks. Since I don’t contour much, I actually use this to gently buff out liquid foundations. I don’t usually apply foundation on my entire face. I like to focus on the centre of my face (the most problematic area) and then just blend outwards with no additional product. So I use the 110 for that.



round top face brushes


The Zoeva 102 Silk Finish is the one you want to use to buff out foundations. However, I use it for a different purpose. I use this with my Dior Aurora bronzer and apply it on the edges of my face. I’ve been looking a little pasty lately, so I’ve started to incorporate sheer bronzers in my routine. I prefer to use this slightly larger brush for that. While warming up my face, the bronzer also gives my face more dimension. When I want to use mineral foundation however, I’ll use this brush to buff in the product. It’s just the right size and density, and it has some give so it doesn’t drag my face around, literally. It is also very gentle on my skin, and I love that it is not scratchy at all. My face is very sensitive when it comes to hair softness. Any scratch is not tolerated (spoiled brat!).

The 107 powder polish brush is a new addition to the Zoeva family. It is a very dense powder brush and I use it with sheer finishing powder. Instead of swiping it all over my face, I apply it using dabbing motion, concentrating on where I’d oil up. Dab and roll off. The finish is flawless, and I find that my pores look smaller (if that’s possible!).



size comparison


I’ve been using these 4 brushes for about 2 months now and I wash them regularly as well. All of them dry relatively fast but the big boy Powder Polish takes much longer. It’s the most dense out of the lot and it’s probably why it gives a very polished effect.

I think I’ll be rotating this out of my routine soon. I got myself some Koyudo fupas and I might want to start using them properly… when I’m done stroking my face with them like a lunatic! What face brushes are you using now?



xoxo Lily




  • They look nice! Sometimes I get curious about brushes, but eh-the ones I have do a good enough job!

    • Lily

      I wish I could be like you Tracy. Brushes suck me in like crazy! I went a little crazy a while back but for now, I think I’m ok 🙂

  • Hahaha sorry: those Koyudo brushes totally distracted me from these! My brushes are a bit of a mix pot. Some MAC, some TF, some LMdB, and a couple of Bobbi Brown/Hakuhodo. Would so love to get into more Japanese brushes but they are hard to come by here!

    • Lily

      Mine are also mixed. I love trying out brushes but when they don’t work, I just get rid of them. So, I think I’m pretty healthy when it comes to brushes. Not like I have hundreds!!

  • must..resist….brushessssssss.

    • Lily

      These are really workhorses for the little $$ you pay compared to MAC (which except for a few key pieces, are quite overrated for subpar quality), Sigma and other luxury Japanese brand brushes!!

      • I’m on a bit of a decluttering kick, and I’m putting off the brushes. I actually think it might physically hurt me to get rid of some of the pricier ones.

        • Lily

          OMG I understand. It’s difficult to let them go!

          • it’s just like, …how much money am I throwing away? And I know that’s not the point of decluttering (to recoup the money spent), but gawdddd it’s hard.

            • Lily

              It’s always hard for me too. Guess that’s why I’m still hoarding lots of old stuff even though I’m generously giving away good stuff to friends and family.

  • That concealor brush is my daily staple!!!! I don’t even use any others now! And i can’t wait to see your koyudos!

    • Lily

      Erm… I erm, still haven’t had the heart to use them yet. Tee hee… do you have that problem? It’s as if I’m afraid to get them dirty! Hahaha!

  • Liz

    They look so fluffy! I want some more XYZ-hodo brushes and then I hope to be done with brushes FOREVER. Glad no sucky scratchy brushes for you, haha!

    • Lily

      No scratchy brushes please! There are so many brushes to choose from nowadays. Makes it all the more difficult.

  • josie

    142 is my all time favorite. I even bought back up. Sadly i dont really like my 102..i just feel it takes longer time to buff my foundie flawlessly.
    I bought 13rushes brushes late last year and i love it alot for base application.
    Very soft, buff foundation in short time, most importantly easy to wash the stain and dry faster.
    Recently i heard they made modification on some of their brushes, not sure how it fares.. mine is 1st generation.

    • Lily

      Hi Josie, 142 concealer buffer seems to be a favourite of many! Sorry to hear 102 doesn’t work on you though. I have heard of 13rushes from my Singaporean blogger friends but I haven’t tried them myself. And you know, sometimes, 1st generations are the best 🙂

  • These brushes look so pretty! Like Sunny, I’m drawn to the Koyudo brushes you mentioned! Saw them on Instagram and I was like “wowza <3 <3 <3" Hakuhodo was in town recently for the Beauty Expo, and I'm kicking myself for being so unwell, or I would have gone to check them out! On an unrelated note, I'm still thinking about those Wayne Goss brushes!! Sorry this has completely digressed from the Zoeva one but I'm thinking of picking up number 142! =)

    • Lily

      Hakuhodo was here? See… I didn’t even know that! actually, best that I didn’t. Hahaha. I’ve been recommended Wayne Goss brushes so many times now. I have his Holiday Brush, and it’s quite similar to a Hakuhodo I have. I think I’m set on brushes for now. I find that I reach for my Zoeva more because I’m silly that I don’t want to dirty the more expensive brushes. LOL!