I purchased a few Rock & Republic brushes during one of their Hautelook sales. I was able to get the 101 flat-top face brush, the 102 blush brush and the 203 blending brush.
My first impression of these brushes is that they are very soft and well-made. I’ve been playing with them for the past few days and I see very little, almost no shedding of the hairs.
The one I’d like to focus on today is the 101 flat-top face brush. This design of a face brush is not too common, especially when made of natural hair (I believe Sonia Kashuk, Sigma and Elf all have synthetic hair versions). The only other brand that does a similar brush in natural hair is Dior, so that is what I’m going to compare it with.
This brush is seriously so soft. It picks up powder like a dream and applies it super smoothly and evenly. It is perfect for powder foundation because of its dense but flat top, so you can just lightly press and swirl instead of buffing it on like a kabuki or sponge. Compared to Dior’s flat-top brush, it is much softer and the hairs are finer. I don’t have Dior’s to show you in photos, but I have used it before and I have to say that the hairs can be a little scratchy and rough at times.
As you can see from the photo below, the brush tip is circular so you can easily get an even coverage of your powder or liquid foundation. I wouldn’t recommend using this to set foundation because the brushes are dense and will probably move the foundation around on your face, ruining that flawless coverage you’ve created.
I would recommend picking this up if you see it on sale again. I bought this for $26, which is a bargain considering the next closest thing (natural hair, made by Dior) is around $50. I’ve seen Rock & Republic cosmetics sales on Hautelook and Beauty Story.