Monday, 6 December 2010

Introducing: The Coco Beau Pro Big, Fat, Firm Foundation Brush!

So, recently I was sent* a brrrrush to try out. Not just a simple, plain brush, but a brrrrush; a bigger, better, beastie of a brush, a brush which crosses the finish line in 10 seconds flat, leaving your face flawless and all other brushes sprawling in the dust and consigning themselves to a lifetime of being second-best to the new pretender.

Meet the Big, Fat, Firm Foundation Brush, the inaugural brush in Coco Beau's new brush range, simply named Coco Beau Pro. It has come to be known in my mind as one of two things: The Beast, or alternatively, the BFF, both of which will be explained in due course. What I will say is that you might want to go ahead and add this on to your already lengthy Christmas list, because it's pretty awesome.

Now, as a small aside, you'll have heard me talk about Coco Beau a lot on this blog, and I feel lucky to be able to talk about them so much, in truth. They're a wonderful company, real purveyors of fine beautifying goods and have a great stable of quality brands on their website. They're ridiculously friendly, too, and work really hard launching new products on the website - I'm no longer surprised when an email pops up in my inbox past midnight from them. I could go on, yadda-yadda-yadda, but at the risk of sounding like I've mysteriously been added to their payroll as an employee, I won't. Just know this, though: they are small yet mighty.

So, on to their brush, The Beast, affectionately named so due to its size, or the BFF, if you'd prefer, because it won't let you down.

The Big, Fat, Firm Foundation Brush is a hand-crafted, synthetic-haired foundation brush with a stocky wooden handle. It's designed with fast yet thorough coverage in mind, so perfect for a couple of bleary-eyed swipes in those less perky mornings.

The quality of this brush is superb, as I would expect; the bristles are extremely soft and uniform length, the ferrule is firmly attached and the handle is thick and good quality without being too heavy. On repeated washes and a week accidentally spent in my handbag (I put things in my handbag to tidy away in the bedroom and forgot...), I have to remark on its amazing resilience to being toted about, battered, possibly sat on and washed. Not a bristle was shed, and the bristles are still as soft as when the brush arrived.

Actually, it's funny, because the 'handbag test' was probably the best and most useful test for a brush which Coco Beau claim to be capable of withstanding the rigors of daily use for a makeup professional. It certainly withstood being battered about in my handbag and emerged slightly grubbier, but without a hair bent out of place. The quality and care here speaks for itself.

So, in a market already saturated foundation brushes, what's the selling point for this one? Well, as I may have hinted, it's huge. Have a comparison picture - shown here by the Sigma F80 and the Louise Young LY34 - sadly I don't trust MAC to make me a foundation brush, so I don't own any for comparison purposes, though you can see one at Beauty Blogging Blonde for further reference.

The Big, Fat, Firm Foundation Brush in all its glory.

Comparison shot: top to bottom - Louise Young LY34, Coco Beau Pro Big, Fat Firm Foundation Brush and Sigma F80.

It's pretty hard to get an idea of the scale of this brush in the pictures, but it's bigger, fatter and denser than anything I currently own, and it's a completely different shape.

It takes on the form of a slightly fanned classic foundation brush with about 3 times the density, and the very tip of the bristles are rounded. All this contributes to you applying your face in about 10 seconds with decent coverage, no streaking and a beautiful almost air-brushed effect.

Detail shot of the fanned shape and curved edge.

Despite the fact I am unaccustomed to flatter-style foundation brushes, this one is a cinch to use right off the bat; I use short, quick strokes to disperse the foundation easily over my face, and since the bristles don't splay (looking at you, MAC 187), there's no dangerous eye-pokeage going on. In fact, the curved and tapered edge makes it pretty easy to manoeuvre around your facial nooks and crannies.

Coco Beau also suggest stippling with this as an option, for areas which may need more attention - this isn't something I've tried as I lack the attention-span to bother with that with any brush, but it's nice to know the option is there.

There's no other word for it except... Awesome. This brush has quickly become indispensable for everyday use and I reach for it above all others. It is a little more difficult to wash than other brushes I own due to the dense nature of the bristles, but makes foundation application so obscenely easy - no streaks or added blending, great product dispersal without soaking up all your foundation and very well-made.

Coco Beau said this would exceed my expectations and that I'd never go back. They were right. It's priced at a very reasonable £29.75 and is available here.

* This product was sent for review from Coco Beau. I am not being financially compensated by Coco Beau and all opinions are my own - and I'm always honest :)


  1. Looks awesome, definitely one for the wishlist. x

  2. This brush looks amazing! Thank you for the great, honest review hun!

    The louise young has been on my wishlist for a while and i love the sigma f80 so this is now firmly placed on the wishlist also!


  3. looks like no other! gota give it a try :)

  4. I've only recently started apply my foundation with a brush and I love the Sigma F80, i'll definitely think of picking this up :) x

  5. Hey - thanks for the link! Yes I adore adore adore this brush!! Never tried anything like it and I use it pretty much everyday! xx

  6. Great review! Definitely sounds like a winner :) Oh, btw - I love the way you write! You have such talent, xx

  7. @missmascara1983 definitely indeed! So easy-peasy to use and nice and quick :) x

    @DaintyDollymix You're welcome :) It's a lot firmer than the LY brush so much easier and quicker to use - though the Louise Young brush is fabulous in its own right :) xx

    @Get Gawjus! You must indeed - it's really different to anything I've seen, and I love it :)

  8. @Caz ooh do let me know if you do end up getting it, and if you like it! I'm all for speed when putting my face on, so that's why I like it so much :) x

    @millmollmac You're welcome :) It's one of those brushes which has completely shaken up my routine for the better! xx

    @Joanna thank you for your sweet comments :) And as for the brush - anything which speeds up my daily routine is definitely a winner in my eyes :) xx

  9. Hi Cami,

    Thanks for a great review. I am now a proud owner of one of these brushes but am wondering how you go about washing it? It's just that since I washed it with warm soapy water, it's not as fluffy as it was when I first bought it and I was wondering how you look after yours?

  10. I realize I found this post months late, but I wondered after quite a bit of time if you have thought of which brush, the CB Beast or the LY34 is your fave foundation brush? I use tinted moisturizer and cream-type compact foundations. I think the F80 is good for stipling on the cream type, but which brush would be best for liquid or tinted moisturizers? Thanks!

  11. Cami, i'd like to see your brush collection :)

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