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Make Up For Ever – Large foundation brush N°108

by Sonia G.

Flat foundation brushes are not something I am crazy about but I do need them on a daily basis.

My foundation routine is not a heavy and painful process providing I have the right tools. Today I will show you my latest acquisition :
The right foundation tools for me

  1. A flat synthetic foundation brush to place and distribute the foundation AND
  2. A goat brush to finish the application and provide an even and airbrushed application

I am extremely picky with the result of foundation application, I learn new techniques on a regular basis from great youtube videos (thank you Lisa!)  and I continuously improve myself. I am not an expert but I have realized that when I have the foundation applied at the counters they always leave my foundation sitting at the surface of my skin, I look like I am clearly and obviously wearing foundation and when I look at the mirror I feel the urge to scrape my face. The only time they blended really well was at the Tom Ford counter but so far, at many other counters the finish was not done properly or let’s say…  as I would like it to be done.

How I apply my foundation on a daily basis (daily products : Ellis Faas, By Terry, Burberry, Tom Ford)

  1. I apply some foundation on the back of my hand and dip a flat foundation brush in the product
  2. I place an even quantity on the forehead, center of the face, chin
  3. I distribute and lightly blend the foundation with the same flat brush
  4. Once the foundation is evenly spread, I use a goat foundation brush to finish the blending and give it a polished result
    (Goat brushes :  Rae Morris Radiance, a Koyudo Fu-pa, the Houkodou, to mention a few examples)

Benefits with this technique

  • A smooth first application with a flat synthetic brush will reduce the number of strokes I will use for the final blending with the goat brush, therefore less abrasion
  • A flat foundation brush will often absorb less product during application, less waste
  • You can use any flat foundation brush, not necessarily high quality since you will be blending with another one
  • The goat brush will remain “usable” for longer without washes in between since it hasn’t been used to start the application but just to finish it

What if…

…I finished the foundation application just with the flat brush ?

– It may not deliver a streaky result (well depending on the brush) but the foundation will still be sitting on top of the skin in a more obvious way
– I have recently discovered that I had a funny “blind spot” on my cheeks : a place where the natural mouvements while blending with a flat brush is being automatically skipped. It’s a little triangle just between the ear, the mouth and the nose 🙂  something I could correct if I paid more attention you will say… but when I am in a hurry, if I just use a flat brush and it looks totally ok inside the room, when I am in daylight I can clearly see that “blind spot” …

This is just what I do on a daily basis in winter but there are many other ways to apply foundation and many of these different ways are just perfect, it will depend on the brush, the product, the skin and our own preferences.

Let’s talk a little bit about this Make Up For Ever 108… 

I have enough flat brushes to do my daily rotation for a week since I use a clean one every day but when I was at Sephora, there was something intriguing about this one.

The hair length is 3cm, the base of the ferrule is 2.8cm, the thickness of the hair 1.5cm. Unlike many other flat foundation brushes this one is more fluffy at the point.


Compared to the fun 412, the hair is more sleek and has better “gliding” capabilities. It feels like the 412 has more grip at the tip of the hair.


You can see that the 108 is thick and fluffy (for a flat brush!) but it still works like a flat brush, you can use it at 90° to apply the product but you’ll have to use paddling motions.



If you want to use it alone, without any other stippling or goat brush to finish the application, you could, it will perform better than similar flat brush options shown here but I still believe the final result will be more flawless and long lasting if you use a goat brush afterwards (or a synthetic stippling brush if you don’t want to use natural hair for example).

These are all synthetic brushes, the Billy B has the finer bristles with the most flexibility to them.
Some time ago I preferred the N°7 over the Chanel 6 because the hair felt thicker, had better finishing capabilities, but today since I use them only for the first step of the foundation application it doesn’t really matter anymore.


Chanel n6 – Billy B Two – Mufe 108 – N°7 foundation

The feeling of the 108 brush when it’s dirty it’s not better than any other flat brush, you will still feel the need to wash it after each application or the hair will stick together.


The only problem with this brush is that it’s heavy and sturdy, if you need to travel with it you may be upset, it weights the same as both the Chanel and the Billy B together (29g). It feels solid but it comes with a price.

If I had to apply make up throughout the day, I would not use such a heavy brush… I don’t feel the same about other heavy brushes but this one is very heavy at the point so the balance is compromised and I don’t find it very comfortable, maybe there is a reason why it has been designed this way.

Make Up For Ever have created fun and innovative brushes, unfortunately since I am not a makeup artist I won’t use the full potential of them but I do appreciate that there are nicer synthetic brushes out there, although I still prefer to work with natural ones…

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Stacy 28 March, 2013 - 2:42 pm

I enjoyed hearing your foundation routine! I have adopted a similar one and this brush looks very intriguing! I remember reading a comment that we in the US won’t have access to these MUFE brushes until late 2013… darn

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 March, 2013 - 3:57 pm

thanks Stacy !
Gurumakeupemporium might have them in the next few weeks… they said beginning of April, we’ll see 🙂

cc618 28 March, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Love the bit where you share the way you apply your foundation, my dear Superwoman! 😀

Which goat brush is your favorite these days in buffing/blending out the foundation?

Sweet Make Up Temptations 28 March, 2013 - 4:07 pm

😀 so… the Radiance, the Houkodou, the Koyudo Fu-pa12p and the little pink pony here
I forgot to mention that I sometimes buff with Mac mineralize powder after having blended the foundation and for that my favorites are the Kihitsu and the Koyudo BP013

Carlyn 28 March, 2013 - 5:22 pm

I find myself using fingers more to place the foundation, then a goat brush to buff it in. I have several flat foundation brushes that I rarely use any more. I was against fingers for foundation, but now I find I can use less and still get the coverage I want if I use my fingers to apply. My favorite foundation is Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and I think that’s when I started using fingers, since the instruction on the bottle recommends fingers to apply. I love the Fu-pa 8 and 12 to buff in, feels so good, thanks Sonia for these recommendations. I’m going to order the Houkodou soon and I have my name on the waiting list for the Radiance, was too slow getting that one before it was sold out again.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 29 March, 2013 - 1:42 pm

For some foundations (Armani Fusion, Chanel aqua and Chanel perfection lumière for example) it’s recommended to use the fingertips. I have to try the Aqua again, I got it but don’t know why I stopped using it… don’t even remember ! 😛
I hope you’ll get the Radiance soon and the Houkodou gosh I don’t know why I hadn’t ordered it before !

Bea 28 March, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Speaking of paddle brushes, I’ve been using my Chikuhodo made Artisan & Artist kolinsky foundation brush (the one that’s in my video) and I must say it really works well with my KGD foundations. I’ve gotten back into it since Melissa asked me what I thought of it a couple of weeks ago. I find paddle brushes like these really easy to work with to apply foundation quickly and to get maneuver in hard to reach places. I even used it with my cream concealer and it was easy to get around the eye and nose areas. Now I am itching to acquire the Takeda No. 15LF version again. :X

Sweet Make Up Temptations 29 March, 2013 - 1:44 pm

oh Bea, you are so tempting me with the Takeda but don’t worry it’s just a matter of time and I’ll get some Takeda for sure ! my birthday is coming soon, probably I’ll get them for the occasion 🙂

midnitedesire 28 March, 2013 - 9:40 pm

i’ve to admit that i haven’t used a flat(paddle) foundation brush for applying foundation in years because it tends to leave streak if i don’t pay attention or, i would need stipple brush also and it takes more time.
sometime, i tend to use it to apply primer/concealer.

i think ,this brush has an unusual shaped , got me interested! 🙂

Sweet Make Up Temptations 29 March, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Shame they didn’t have more choices at Sephora 🙁 I really wanted to check all the others !
I am glad that today we have more choices than only flat foundations brushes !

Devin 29 March, 2013 - 12:03 am

I have never used a paddle brush for foundation but I am excited to see all of these new MUFE brushes. Why will the US get them so late? I’ll have to stalk gurumakeupimporium but it may be for the best so I can spend the most of the year focused on Japanese brushes and then the end of the year looking at a few MUFE ones. Thanks for the review.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 29 March, 2013 - 1:46 pm

I will let you know when they get them 🙂
but nothing beats Japanese brushes right now ! 😛

hazel w.h. 29 March, 2013 - 5:16 pm

hello! it is my first time to visit your blog. i know your blog via a beauty forum:)

you really have a crush on makeup brushes! your recommendations and comments of brushes are informative and instructive! thanks for your sharing!

with regard to flat foundation brushes, i think they are worser than flat top foundation brushes. they will leave some scratched line on my face…anyway, maybe makeup forever foundation brush is better.

Samm 11 June, 2013 - 7:03 am

Hi! Oh I might sound weird but from your pictures, I actually find myself liking the no.7 foundation brush. The shape is tapered real nice, and i especially liked the side profile that you show. How do you like it? I have been using beauty blender and sigma flat top (the slanted one) on and off, but i haven’t exactly feel they are awesome-to-the-max yet, especially with thin formulas like lancome teint miracle, which my fingertips works better.


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