I don’t have many face brushes, and I am picky. Not quite or rather or a little, but picky. I wouldn’t say I’m anal picky, but picky enough. Now that we’ve settled that, let’s get into it The Dior Summer Brush is part of the Birds of Paradise Collection which was launched just recently in Malaysia. It is a face brush with red synthetic bristles, metal ferule and matte black handle.
Not your ordinary brush with black or white hair, eh? The first thing I did when I opened this brush was to run my fingers along the hairs. Is it soft? Is it scratchy? Well, it’s not scratchy, but it’s not the softest either. The second thing I did was to wash the brush. Its red bristles were sure to bleed a little, and I was pleasantly surprised that there was only a trace of red in the suds. It’s not bleeding badly, and definitely better than some black brushes I have which bleed blue even after the 5th wash. After washing, the synthetic hairs feel a little softer.
I will compare the Dior Summer Brush with 3 of my other face brushes, the Real Techniques Multi Purpose brush, Sigma SS150 (old version) which is similar to MAC150 and my Lunasol face brush. I have taken some photos to show you the difference in shape, and you’d notice that Dior Summer brush is the biggest of them. The Sigma and Lunasol face brushes are made of natural hair, while the Real Techniques brush is made of synthetic hair, just like Dior’s.
From my observation, the Dior Summer Brush is like the older sister of the Real Techniques multi purpose brush. It is longer, wider and thicker, but the shape is similar – they splay out like a mini fan. I wouldn’t compare the softness against the natural bristle brush and between the two synthetic brushes, the RT brush is softer. The bristles are finer and smoother.
The Dior Summer Brush is recommended to use as an all over powder brush and also as a blush or contour brush. I find it too big to be a blush brush, and definitely not precise enough to use for contouring. It is great for all over powder because it is big, and it’s great for bronzers too. Just apply some at the temples and the sides of the face, and it gives a diffused cover. This Summer Brush also picks up quite a bit of product, so if you want a sheerer result, be sure to tap off the excess, or even take off some colour at the back of your hand before applying it on your face.
So I have RM210 to spare, and I want a face brush. Will I get this? Hhmmm… honestly, probably not. Personally, I prefer a natural hair brush for the face. They are usually softer and gentler on the skin. This is definitely not a must have, but the red bristles definitely add an interesting dash of colour to my brush family.
Have you tried this?