i'd say #45 is much much better for mineral (powder) foundation!
answered 5 years ago
(Los Angeles, CA)
Which one is better depends on your goal. The black-handled professionnel #45 is a dense, soft, almost ball-shaped brush that deposits a lot of product for a fuller coverage. The silver-handled professional platinum #50 is a far wider, longer, domed-on-one-side, flat-on-the-other soft brush (altho' not as flat the platinum #47). Its more chisel-shape deposits a medium or light-medium amount of product.
So what kind of coverage do you want? If you're using a loose mineral powder like a BE with bismuth oxy, you'll need to do a lot of buffing. For the BE the black #45 will give you heavy coverage in 1 coat, and then you can buff with it. Its smaller head gets nicely into the corners of your nostrils and fits easily into the lid of the powder jar.
The #50 is better for mineral powders that don't require so much buffing, like a Jane Iredale, or other makeup without bismuth oxy. Because it's wider, it fits only into the deluxe size powder jar lids. I use a makeup palette for all my makeup anyway, so I don't have any issues with this, but you might.
You really can't buff with the platinum #50. You'd use a flocked sponge instead for that buffing or excess-removal step.
In general I find the lightest mineral coverage comes with the black #50 kabuki, then the platinum #50, then the Airbomb or platinum #55 (yes I've tried the HD brush with my mineral foundation), then the flat-head black #43, then the black #45, and finally, a flocked sponge gives the heaviest coverage of all.
So think about the kind of mineral powder you have, the amount of coverage you want that day, and how much time you have. You can achieve heavy coverage with this platinum #50, but it would take layering. And layering takes time.
So if you want a 1-swipe & quick-buff heavy coverage, go with black #45. Otherwise, use this one for light-medium coverage. As you can tell, I have several brushes for my minerals, and my choice depends on what look I want or how much time I have on any given day.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago