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how big is this brush?
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Can this be used for contouring? And what type of deposit does it deliver when applying powder/cream blush? Meaning soft & more pigmented?
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can this be used with a liquid foundation?
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Pro Air Brush #55


Pro Air Brush #55

What it is:A liquid foundation applicator designed to achieve a flawless, airbrushed look.What it does:Sephora Brand Pro Air Brush #55 is the secret to the smoothest foundation finish possible. This essential tool blends as it applies, allowing for a smooth, natural-looking result. Build from light to heavy with ease as you continue application your results will be perfectly pretty at every level of coverage.What else you need to know:This brush's synthetic Taklon hairs are perfect for creating optimal payoff with liquid foundation formulas. Their shape and high-grade nylon composition help to ensure a natural, smooth look.
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Questions & Answers for SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Air Brush #55

Question
How do you clean this brush between uses
I want to know how to clean this brush so I can maintain the quality for years to come.
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
TheHollyDolly
(Barhamsville, VA)
on Pro Air Brush #55
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
The Sephora employee who recommended this brush to me, specifically said to use rubbing alcohol to clean it, instead of brush cleaner. I just got it so I haven't tried either, but that's what they told me.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
liz19
(Germantown, MD)
answer 2
For deep clean, I use Enkore's deep cleaning method.(every 2 weeks, i only use it 2 times a week)
For regular clear (after each use), I use spay on brush cleaser. (Enkore's homemake brush cleaser fomula works just as great as MAC's brush cleanser)
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
brushcoholic
answer 3
NO reason to use any fancy or expensive brush cleaner on this one—it's synthetic so you cannot dry the hairs out much at all. I like to use Palmolive or Dawn dish soap in it, as these strong detergents really cut the foundation out of the bristles quickly and thoroughly; this is the kind of detergent you would be crazy to use on natural bristle brushes, like my many MAC brushes—it's too drying and harsh for animal hairs, but ideal for these synthetic bristles. Baby shampoo works well too (people generally think baby shampoo is mild, and baby shampoo is NOT mild, it simply contains anti-tear chemicals that make us think it is gentle. Baby shampoo is just as harsh of cleaner as many other soaps—don't use it on your natural bristles MU brushes!!)
answered 4 years ago
toddster63
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
I use a plain ol bar of Dove soap to clean my brushes. I rub the brushes across the bar, lather, rinse and repeat until the water runs clear. You can buy specially made cleansers for brushes but why spend the money.
answered 4 years ago
sjlhicks
(kansas city, MO)
answer 5
i use johnson & johnson baby wash. its very gentle and cleans well.
answered 4 years ago
tiredinla
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 6
Every few days (3 or so), I put foaming hand wash in my palm and swirl the brush in it in a few times. I do it for all my brushes. It seems to do a great job, and its easy. My brushes aren't any less soft or anything. As long as you use a pretty mild cleanser (I prefer foaming for some reason), you should be good.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
markat
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 7
Use baby shampoo for all big brushes. You can also use brush cleanser. Make sure to always hold your brush bristles side down so the water does not get into the metal part and start rusting the handle. :)
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
diorsbest
(Chicago, IL)
answer 8
I use the Sephora Anti-Bacteria brush cleaner in between uses and use the Sephora Shampoo Cleaner when I deep clean my brushes once a month. This will keep your brushes in great condition.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
blush900
(Georgetown, TX)
answer 9
I clean mine with a gentle facial cleanser like Clinique.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
dcordova
(Honolulu)
Question
which gives a more flawless finish sephora air brush or a stippling brush
asked 4 years ago
mm11
(visalia ca)
on Pro Air Brush #55
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
Definitely #55 Air Brush. I bought the large stippling brush when the SA told me it was the best for liquid foundation. It was sheer coverage, the bristles fell out, it smelled, and I don't love the two types of bristles. I went back to exchange it for this and I am the happiest person in the world. With this brush, the foundation stays on the tips of the bristles so you get more makeup and more coverage. It blends on your face so smoothly. The best purchase ever.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
natash254
(atlanta, GA)
answer 2
Definately this one.(I tried them both) The tapered head does a lot better job than flat top stillping brush.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
brushcoholic
answer 3
The airbrush hands down. I used to use a stippling brush and recently changed and am completely pleased!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
missbrittjs
(Santa Monica, CA)
answer 4
I got the same results as with stippling brushes I tried. But the bristles are a bit softer on this brush and hairs do not fall out!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
lovetheblues
(Melbourne, Florida)
answer 5
Definitely the air brush.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
ktcoleman30
(New London, CT)
answer 6
I have zero experience with a stipple brush, but the airbrush left my skin looking as if I used a primer. My pores seemed smaller. I had no streaks and the coverage from my tinted moisturizer was incredibly even.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
mecummins
(Chicago, IL)
answer 7
I own Sephora's #55 Air Brush and Sephora's small stippling brush. I do not own Sephora's large stippling brush because I already owned Laura Mercier's, so I don't know what that one is like. Sephora's small stippling brush feels rough and scratchy on the face. I would test the large one at a store before purchasing it to see if it has the same feel as their small one. If it feels the same, don't get it because when you get home and use it on your face it's going to feel scratchy, not soft. The #55 is very soft. I can't compare #55 versus LM stippling brush which is very soft because I use the LM brush for my Nars blush would require a light touch, while the #55 is used for foundation. Just cautioning you that Sephora's small stippling brush feels stiff and scratchy on face, so that's something to look out for when considering their large one.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
daisybon
Question
Can I use this for Revlon Colorstay?
Colorstay is pretty thick, so I don't know if this will really spread it in. Thank you.
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(LA)
on Pro Air Brush #55
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
many SA's will give you different opinions. But the makeup artist at Sephora told me I can use it on ANY type of foundation. I let her know that other SA's told me not to use it with MUFE mat velvet, and she let everyone know that it's okay to use with any type of foundation.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
natash254
(atlanta, GA)
answer 2
I have used the #55 brush with thick foundations like Hourglass and Alexandra de Markoff creme foundation which is a thick custardy type foundation (you can turn the container upside down and the foundation won't fall out). It works fine with both. Have also used it with MUFE HD and currently use it with Nars Sheer Glow. It does work beautifully with all these foundations, but you will have to wash the brush 2 times per week or 3 if you're very fussy. But, this brush will dry very fast within hours. If you do it at night, the next morning it will be dry and or if in the morning, it will be dry that night. It actually dries in about half a day. It fluffs up perfectly back to pre purchase condition. I use baby shampoo to clean it.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
daisybon
answer 3
The consistency of Colorstay isn't the issue. The quick-dry formula will gum up the brush. I tried it with Revlon and Loreal and got the same result.
answered 4 years ago
Anonymous
(Orlando, FL)
answer 4
Yes! That's what I use it for now and it's great for blending it out and concealing.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
diorsbest
(Chicago, IL)
answer 5
I don't know, I use a tinted moisterizer. I think the stippling brush would be better when applying this foundation. You can try this brush and see if it works, if it doesn't you can always take it back.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
blush900
(Georgetown, TX)
answer 6
I use this brush with Clinique liquid foundation,and it goes on flawlessly! would think it would do the same for any other liquid makeup.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
bsl1125
(Plano,Tx)
answer 7
This item can be used with any liquid or cream foundation.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
MakeupMaven
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Best way to use this? It's emphasizing my pores, and the Sephora SAs here are not much help
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
vanchic
(vancouver. BC)
on Pro Air Brush #55
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
Don't forget to use a primer before you apply the foundation. The primer (like Benefit's porefessional) will minimize your pores, so when you apply the foundation with the brush it will look flawless. Good luck!
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
adictaalmakeup
(Washington DC)
answer 2
One of the make-up artists in the store showed me how to use this. I apply a small amount of foundation directly to the brush and briefly dab the brush on the area I am applying the foundation to so the foundation settles in to the brush. Then I just swirl the brush around to blend (like they demonstrate on the commercials for applying mineral foundations). I repeat these steps for each area of my face and layer the coverage where needed. Oh, and if you dab the brush (versus swirling it), you can blend hairlines, jawlines, etc. Hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
tinar2007
(Walnut Creek, CA)
answer 3
Best way to use this is, take a drop of foundation, and place it on the back of your hand. Then pat drops onto your face using your index finger, ousting the opposite hand, then using your brush, blend the dots together to even the makeup.the brush will look very messy but it evens out the fundation. Best thing tomdomis go,to a professional makeup counter at sephora or blooms and watch the pros. They'll teach you and this is a great brush series.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
tanyadds
(Whitestone, NY)
answer 4
I don't believe it's the brush that's making your pores look bigger, I think it's the amount of foundation you're putting on it. try building on layers to get more coverage. How i use this brush is in circular light rotations across my face. I make little circles on trouble areas. holding the brush by the end. The closer you hold your brush, the harder you will be pushing on it; the more product you will be putting on your face. More product doesn't mean a smother complexion. Remember less is more, and build, build, build. best of luck.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
krisiris
(San Antonio, T.X)
answer 5
swirl the brush as you apply your foundation, don't swipe. apply a setting powder afterwards, like MUFE's translucent setting powder.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
soshime
(seattle, WA)
answer 6
Not sure if this will help . . . don't know what sort of foundation you're using but it might have something to do with pores showing. I use mine with a tinted moisturizer, I apply in small circles.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
iofbholder
(Nashville, TN)
answer 7
There's a few ways you can use this brush with a liquid foundation. The first is to apply your foundation on the back of your hand then dab the product on the brush and buff into your complexion. The second is to put a dot of foundation on your cheeks, chin and forehead then blend in circular motions. Lastly, you can apply the foundation in the middle of the brush then buff in circular motions. Hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Will this brush work with compact foundations such as mac studio tech?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
Steph1986
(san francisco,ca)
on Pro Air Brush #55
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes. I use it with Cover Fx Compact Cream Foundation and it is perfect.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
heidi7
answer 2
Yes, I use it with MAC Studio Tech and get great results. Don't go overboard with putting foundation on brush. A little goes a long way.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
saudiaduck
(Hoboken NJ)
answer 3
I have mac studio and it works flawlessly. You will love the results
answered 4 years ago
jlstar
(Amherst, MA)
answer 4
I think it could, but I don't think it would be the best fit. You would probably be better off with something like a Blender sponge, especially if you wet it first so that the sponge doesn't grab as much of the product.

I would still use the circular blending motion in order to create the airbrushed look.
answered 4 years ago
rebeccalhv
(Omaha, NE)
answer 5
I have M.A.C. studio tech and this brush would probably be too soft to blend it out. You need more of a hard bristle brush to apply that, like a concealer brush.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
diorsbest
(Chicago, IL)
answer 6
I think it will. You can test the brush at the store to see if it works for you. I tested this brush out before I bought it. Just ask a Sephora Consultant and they will let you test it out. It really helped me when I was debating on which brush to buy. They also have a great return policy if it doesn't work out for you. Hope this brush works for you. Good luck!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
blush900
(Georgetown, TX)
Question
What is the difference between this brush and the stippling brush #44
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
bigben
on Pro Air Brush #55
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
The stippling brush has some longer bristles to get a certain effect when using it for something like blush. This brush gives a more airbrushed look for foundation and blending.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
kelawils
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
answer 2
This brush is used to give a HD/airbrushed affect, it is very large and domed shaped. The stippling brush is made to give you a "satin" finish and can be used with both liquid and powder.

I think the main difference is just which tool you prefer to work with, as well as the finish you are going for.

Hope this helped! =]
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
heathalicious
(Orange County, CA)
answer 3
This brush is rounder and denser. The stippling brush has a flat surface and is less densely packed with bristles. This will give you fuller coverage. I prefer this one.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
heidi7
answer 4
The stippling brush has a flat top and is for stippling (dotting all over your face, not swirling) The #55 has a more rounded softer top and is when you want to swirl your makeup. Both are excellent brushes. I use the stippling brush when I have more time and the #55 when I'm in more of a hurry
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
jennbrook
answer 5
This one blends much, much better. When you swirl around a stippling brush, you see a lot of streaks at first and really need to work to blend it in. I was using a stippling brush for my foundation before this because I liked the light application, and I find that this applies a rather light coating too, but also builds well.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
genec
(Milford, CT)
answer 6
I tried them both and end up returning the #44 one. To me, #44 is no comparision to this one. Because this has a tapered head so it's a lot easier to put liquid foundation on nose and mouth area.
By the way, thick fiber as it is, it dries really fast!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
brushcoholic
Question
Did I get the wrong brush?
I went to Sephora and picked this up.
it says 55 on the brush, and next to the words 'airbrush' it says 'poudre'
Does that mean it is a powder brush? I don't know how I would have had gotten the wrong one because it says 55. I know this one is only for liquid.

Thanks for all answers.
asked 3 years, 5 months ago
christaaa
(Los Angeles, CA)
on Pro Air Brush #55
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, the word is French for "powder".
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
(Peoria AZ)
answer 2
You can use it for both -- I mean I wouldn't switch back and forth, but the brush can be used for powder or foundation.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
nycblondie
(New York, NY)
answer 3
I have this brush and I can't imagine using it for foundation although it might work well. It's so fluffy I use it for face powder and love it for that.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
ljm9
answer 4
Mine has that written as well, I am not sure why, but i use it for liquid foundation and it is fabulous!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
audreyeliz
(North Carolina)
answer 5
The brush has synthetic bristles, so it works with both liquid and powder. (It doesn't absorb anything)
I used it for my powder foundation :)
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
ellie168
(Montreal)
answer 6
Please call us directly at 1-877-SEPHORA (1-877-737-4672) for assistance. Beauty Advisors are available Mon-Fri 6am-9pm and Sat&Sun 8am-5pm PST. Thanks!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Will this work with bare minerals powder foundation
I'm tempted to buy this brush for my bare minerals powder foundation. Do you think it would work well without liquid foundation?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Canada)
on Pro Air Brush #55
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use it with powder foundation and it's better than any of the BE brushes I've tried. The bristles are super soft and don't leave any extra powder behind-- totally flawless!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
saycaity
(Sparta, TN)
answer 2
Yes, I was told by a sephora sales person that it works well with both powder and liquid products. I have personally only used it for liquid foundation so far, but i think this brush would work really well for powder, it is shaped a lot like a powder brush.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
bcheeks
(Indianapolis,IN)
answer 3
Yes, it is perfect.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
heidi7
answer 4
I use this brush for bare minerals finishing powder, and it works amazing! I don't think it should only be used for liquid. I use for a variety of things!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
trixiepinkie
(Woodstock ON)
answer 5
I use it for my Laura Mercier mineral powder foundation, and I think it works great. It is a very good quality brush, so it is worth a try. You can always ask about their return policy first if you are unsure.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
schoonle
(NJ)
answer 6
I think the brush would work well with powders as well. I'd give it a try. Sephora has their excellent return policy if you don't love it!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
snob
(Michigan, UP)
Question
Can this be used for powder?
Some have said this would also be good for blush and bronzer. What about for applying powder? Or would a specific powder brush or kabuki brush be better?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
ee5154
(Boston, MA)
on Pro Air Brush #55
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I don't see why you couldn't use it for blush or bronzer, but it might not be the best. I would use it for blush over bronzer though - I personally prefer a fluffier brush for bronzer.
I use this to apply cream blushes, but since I only have 1 I can't use it to apply my liquid foundation and then to apply my powder blush.
Even if you use all powder products, i think this would be a great brush to have in your arsenal.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
sarah5555555
(Buffalo, NY)
answer 2
I have used this brush to apply blush and bronzer, and think it's great! I use it as a multi-purpose brush.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
trixiepinkie
(Woodstock ON)
answer 3
I use it to apply powder blush and find the application to be light and natural.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
donnainherndon
(San Diego, CA)
answer 4
I use it to apply my loose mineral foundations and my bronzer. A Sephora consultant used it on me in the store and she used it for everything (foundation/bronzer/blush) - she just washed it inbetween each application.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
dusty
(Bay Area, CA)
answer 5
I think this applies a light layer of powder, so it's good for very pigmented blushes that you don't want to deposit too much on your face. Therefore, if you want to use it for powder, it would be if you wanted to dust on a very light layer of powder, perhaps an illuminating one. But if you want a thicker layer that acts almost like a powder foundation, then a kabuki would be better.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
theonlyphant
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 6
I use this brush for my foundation and bronzer. I use a separate brush for bronzer, but I think it does an amazing job spreading foundation and bronzer on. There are so many hairs so it would be hard to lightly brush something on your face.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
cruzinpapi
(Golden Valley, MN)
Question
Can I use it to apply Tinted Moisturizer?
I use Lauer Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. Can I use this brush? Thanks in advance.
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(San Jose, CA)
on Pro Air Brush #55
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes. It is perfect.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
heidi7
answer 2
I've used this brush with several different tinted mosturizers, and it works great. The coverage will be a little sheer, but the brush allows you to build coverage effortlessly.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
danni09
(Fairfax, VA)
answer 3
Yes, definitely.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
sarah5555555
(Buffalo, NY)
answer 4
I use it to apply my Studio Gear tinted moisturizer and it does a fantastic job.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
katfink
(Orange County, CA)
answer 5
Yes - I got a sample size of that product from Sephora and this brush worked great with it (and I normally use it with a Mary Kay tinted moisturizer - perfect).
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
ljeanbq
(Andover, MA)
answer 6
I use the laura mercier's oil-free tinted moisturizer and I think it works really well with this brush since it's a light and runnier consistency. However with something heavier like a long-wearing foundation or something that dries really quickly, you can still use this brush but it's not quite as effective at achieving that air brushed look.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
burnabygirl
(Vancouver, BC)
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