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Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

What it is: A vegan brush for blending and buffing makeup to a flawless finish.What it does: Developed for use with Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation, this brush picks up and distributes all formulations from liquid to cream to powder makeup better than a sponge. The “optical blurring” comes in when you buff out your makeup: instead of a streaky finish from fingers or a sponge, buffing disperses the light-diffusing particles in Naked Skin and seemingly fine lines disappear. It’s blending ability makes it ideal for mature skin, as it creates a smooth, youthful-looking appearance. The medium-large brush with densely packed hairs has a domed top that maneuvers nicely around the face, making it suitable for under the eye, around the nose, and around the brow area.What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- Phthalates- GMOs- TriclosanWhat else you need to know: The brush’s handle is made of recycled aluminum, and its synthetic, cruelty-free brush hairs are more hygienic than real hair (but never get that stinky wet-hair smell).
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Questions & Answers for Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

Question
Does it shed?
It annoys me SO much when they shed.
asked 1 year, 7 months ago
lipglosslover16
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
8 answers
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answer 1
YES. It's terrible. This is the one thing I was trying to avoid when I purchased this product and it sheds just as bad (if not worse) than my other brushes
answered 10 months ago
HillRN
(Little Rock, AR)
answer 2
It does at first, and seems like a lot to happen so quickly, but that basically completely stopped for me after not even a handful of uses.
answered 11 months ago
RyanfLick
answer 3
I have not noticed any shedding at all and I've been using it for around a month- washing once weekly.
answered 1 year ago
Smkinnun
(Michigan)
answer 4
I've had mine for a little over a month now, and I think it lost like two bristles at the most. I love this brush though.
answered 1 year ago
EleniAman
(Watertown, SD)
answer 5
In my experience, this brush does not shed at all.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
IndigoMistress
answer 6
I hate that too, but it has yet to shed on me at all.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
AlyssaCarmenXO
(El Paso, TX)
answer 7
Does not shed. At all.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
stammey
(Winnipeg, MB)
answer 8
I've had my brush for a month now, but my sister has had her's for several months and no shedding as of yet.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
gonzalr1
(Alhambra, ca 91803)
Question
So how do you use this with liquid?
I have never used a brush with liquid foundation. Do you apply with fingers and then buff it in? A little explanation would be great!!
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
nightravyn
(knob noster, mo)
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
7 answers
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answer 1
Applied with the edge of the Good Karma Brush looks best!
answered 3 months ago
greigh
(Detroit MI)
answer 2
You can either apply a small amount of your foundation directly on the brush head, which is what I do. Or you can apply some foundation on the back of your hand and use it like a palette to apply your foundation. Either way it should work out great, and a good tip would be to use small amounts of foundation first, and see how far that takes you.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
MrsBraaten
(Ogden, UT)
answer 3
Urban Decay's you tube has a video that answers this question. I would link to it, but that's against Sephora's policy. Look for a video called Introducing Naked Skin Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup. It's for their foundation, but the tip would be true of any liquid. The tip starts about five minutes in. Basically you stipple the liquid onto the brush, and then stipple it onto your skin.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
freshwidow
(Athens, GA)
answer 4
I've used it with my Lancome Teint Idole 24H liquid foundation. I stipple the foundation around my face first and then blend and buff out all over. The finish is flawless! (Of course I set my foundation after buffing it but I use a separate powder brush for that)
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
missjmeeann
(Orlando, FL)
answer 5
I got this idea from a you tube video from another user and it works great. I use a small ceramic dish meant for condiments. I pump two squirts of Urban Decay Naked and dab the brush lightly and repeatedly until I'm finished with my whole face. It means I have a dish to clean every now and then, but it also means that I don't have hands to wash and lotion up.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
Sunvalleygirl
(Sun Valley, ID)
answer 6
I don't know that I have "the" answer, but I am happy to tell you what works for me :) I dot the foundation on my cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. I use the brush to buff it in and around. This brush works best with the thinner foundations.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
eye4got
(STL, MO)
answer 7
I usually place two small dots of foundation on my checks and forehead, then a dot on my nose and chin. Then I use dabbing circular motions to move the product around the face and down the neck until even. Then just add a little bit more to any problem areas. Hope that helps :)
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
malynda91
(Kelowna, B.C.)
Question
Is this foundation brush flat or round??
I have the Sephora brush # 56 which is great but I am looking to try something new. I don't care for flat foundation brushes.
thanks
asked 1 year ago
njmomma
(Bristol, CT)
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
7 answers
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answer 1
It's round
answered 10 months ago
HillRN
(Little Rock, AR)
answer 2
Its round.
answered 11 months ago
summersun92
(Toronto, Canada)
answer 3
It's round, like a tightly-packed blush brush.
answered 11 months ago
Cyclefan
answer 4
It's round, slightly domed.
answered 11 months ago
RyanfLick
answer 5
hi, the brush is round and soft but firm enough to give good control - best to use a buffing motion, similar to how you use a stippling brush. Also good to dot the foundation on your face first then go over it in circular buffing motion. thanks
answered 1 year ago
kittenwhiskas
answer 6
This isn't a flat brush, it's rounded on the end.
answered 1 year ago
sewell137
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 7
The top is slightly rounded.
answered 1 year ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Does this brush work just as well with any other foundation?
Specifically(not dissing UD) with MUFE HD foundation?
Thanks!
asked 2 years ago
MissYesenia
(Miami Fl)
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
7 answers
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answer 1
Yes! I use it with other BB Creams, foundations, and tinted moisturizers. Blends them all so beautifully...I adore this brush.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
cloggingprincess
(West Coast)
answer 2
Yes, used with MUFE HD and Dr Jarts BB cream as well. It's just a great brush.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
Sunvalleygirl
(Sun Valley, ID)
answer 3
Yes, I use this with my Clinique perfectly real foundation and it works wonders.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
malynda91
(Kelowna, B.C.)
answer 4
I was told in the store that this UD Naked foundation is the only other spherical foundation other than MUFE HD. Supposedly the same the stuff so I would imagine this brush would work for it as well.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
liss711
(Grand Rapids, MI)
answer 5
Bought this brush to work with Benefit's Hello Flawless and it does a great job!
answered 2 years ago
gwma
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 6
I am using it with my MUFE foundation and I give it 5 stars! I'm guessing it would probably work with just about any liquid foundation. I'll try the UD foundation after I'm done with MUFE but I'm very happy so far.
answered 2 years ago
georgiep
(Western Canada)
answer 7
YES! This brush works with all types of foundation. I've used it with mineral foundation, MakeupForever HD, Urban Decay liquid & cream foundation and even my BB cream. It's a great investment because it does work with so many different products. I especially love it for mineral powder. The only negative I can think of is that it does take some time to dry.
answered 2 years ago
bbgirl1980
(Norwalk, CT)
Question
How do you clean and how often should this brush be cleaned?
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
gomo
(west nyack, ny)
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
6 answers
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answer 1
I've had this brush for 2 months and just cleaned it yesterday. I use vinegar and baking soda in a cup swish it in there until the brush looks clean, and then rinse several times with hot water, and let dry. If you rinse it well enough you shouldn't be able to smell the vinegar at all. Hope this helps!
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
MrsBraaten
(Ogden, UT)
answer 2
I clean mine once every month with soap and water
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
MamaDuck
(Greeley, Co)
answer 3
I use a mild dish soap. Or the white bar soap that's pre and clean. It's always best to wash your brushes weekly
answered 2 years ago
SophiaN
(Grayslake, il)
answer 4
I clean this brush with antibacterial dish soap after every use
answered 2 years ago
esthetics
(Calgary, AB)
answer 5
I use my face wash to clean my brush actually. I put a little dab in the center of my palm and make circular movements with the brush on the soap; basically mimicking the way I put foundation on my face but in my hand. I rinse under cool water. I typically clean my foundation brush when the fibers begin to clump together after the brush has been used. I do store my brushes so dust and stuff doesn't get into the hairs when not in use to keep it cleaner. I think for me it's about once every 4-5 days. I also have oily skin so I am really conscious about cleaning my brushes so I don't put oil back on my face.
answered 2 years ago
jessmess83
(Tampa Bay, FL)
answer 6
I clean this as I do my other brushes... I spot clean everyday and deep clean once a week
answered 2 years ago
amybernie
(Naperville, IL)
Question
I have a sephora gif card and I can either afford this brush and a drugstore foundation or the UD naked skin foundation which is smarter to buy
asked 1 year, 8 months ago
AamandaRoseZ
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
6 answers
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answer 1
Personally, I would go for the brush and a drugstore foundation, depending on your success with them. The brush will make it look better plus it will last forever, and then you could later step up and buy the Naked foundation as well
answered 10 months ago
babybean
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 2
I would go with the foundation first.. That's what I bought way before getting the brush!
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(Fairfield, CA)
answer 3
Both! The foundation lasts a long time - 6 months - if you use this brush which maximizes the foundation. A little goes a long way with this brush. Buy the brush and get a sample of the foundation and you'll see what I mean.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
jet92037
(San Diego, CA)
answer 4
Definitely get the UD foundation, its my new favorite! It feels like you are wearing no foundation at all.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
ashdev12
(Chattanooga, TN)
answer 5
I don't think the NAKED foundation is all that great - it's very runny with sheer coverage, and does nothing for oil control (I have combo skin). I would even recommend certain drugstore foundations over it. However, I do love the foundation brush, which works really well for both foundations and bb creams.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
tinabunny
(New York, NY)
answer 6
Personally, I would go with the Urban Decay brush. Makes for almost flawless foundation application.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
DebAn
(Columbia SC)
Question
Cleaning this brush
Can anyone tell me how to clean this brush? No matter what I try, foundation remains in the brush.
asked 1 year, 7 months ago
Anonymous
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
6 answers
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answer 1
I use baby shampoo, but before that had great results with a mild mixture that was 3 parts warm water, 1 part Dawn (dish soap is great for getting oil/grease residue), 1 part vinegar. If yours is sticking in there, I'd try that.
answered 11 months ago
RyanfLick
answer 2
When I clean mine ( I use liquid and cream foundations with it ) I have to wash it a few times with Dawn Liquid Dish soap. It may be a little "harsh" on it, but it has done well with it, and it most effectively gets the foundation pigment out of the brush. Good luck!
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
IndigoMistress
answer 3
Spot cleaning after every use, then a weekly cleaning with baby shampoo and water does the trick for me. Be patient, wash and rinse as many times as it takes before you see no additional make-up in the sink. For daily spot cleaning Sephora makes a brush cleaner, which I spray into the middle of the bristles by bending them back a bit in the middle, then spraying. Working out great for me. Good luck!
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
razm
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
When I was my foundation brushes I use two products: brush shampoo and toner!
Before I wet the brush I pour a small amount of toner in my hand (I use Sea Breeze Original Astringent) and massage it into the bristles. I find that toner really helps the makeup begin to break down so the shampoo can really get to work.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
abbydiane
(Washington)
answer 5
Use equal amounts of dishwashing soap (blue kind) and olive oil... does wonders! Perfect for foundation brushes!
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
KTSully
(Grosse Pointe, MI)
answer 6
I use olive oil (the best virgin you can get) when my brushes get really dirty(once a month or so). I have used it with this brush. Just put oil the size of a quarter in your palm. Take the already damp brush and start cleaning it like the oil is soap. You should see the makeup start to come out pretty quick. After a minute or so of agitation rinse it with warm water and then use whatever brush cleaner you use. I use baby shampoo. Sometimes I will wash the brush twice after using the oil. Rinse with warm water and you should be good to go.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
yurikitty28
(Blairsville, PA)
Question
Better than Beauty Blender?
I love the beauty blender sponge with my Naked foundation, but would like something that fills in scarring a little better. Sometimes the BB seems to make my make up "sit" on my skin, like the make up skips them, or doesn't fill them in, even with primer. I other wise love the look the BB gives, but would the Karma brush be better for what i need to achieve?
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
AmandaHou
(Portland, ME)
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
i use the brush for everything: concealer, foundation, bb cream and it works great for me. i dont think it really matters unless the formula is really different.
answered 10 months ago
manderz32
answer 2
I tried this brush, returned it, and went right back to my BBlender. Nothing beats the blender
answered 10 months ago
HillRN
(Little Rock, AR)
answer 3
I think blending it in with the brush would be better than the sponge, even if it isn't this one exactly (the sponge is also trying to absorb the make-up, so it doesn't always reach where you want or give desired results as far as getting the make-up worked in right). I love this brush, though, and I would highly recommend it if you are making the switch from sponge to brush!
answered 11 months ago
RyanfLick
answer 4
I have quite a bit of scaring from old acne and I can honestly say that this brush makes a difference. I've applied the urban decay naked foundation with my fingers, a regular foundation brush, and this good karma optical blurring brush- the blurring brush is hands down the best application method. If you stipple it on and then buff it in (small circular motions) it seems to get right into your skin instead of sitting on top. I've honestly described to my friends the exact question you asked just a few days ago! My only advise would be that if you have any dry/flaky patches try and exfoliate (really well) and moisturize before applying your foundation- It makes a huge difference for me.
answered 1 year ago
Smkinnun
(Michigan)
answer 5
I also used the BB for my Naked foundation in the past, until I finally gave in and bought the Blurring Brush. The Foundation goes on better! I know exactly what you mean by foundation sitting on your skin instead of filling it in with the BB. My experience with the brush is that this does not or minimal occur. Hope this helps
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
GermanGlamour
(Naples, Italy)
answer 6
Not sure that it would be better, but I do know from personal experience that this brush is capable of giving an airbrushed appearance. As much as I ADORE my beauty blender, I still use this occasionally in a light, circular motion. With regard to my slight facial scar, believe it or not,after doing my entire face, I go back and use a mere dot of Urban Decay's concealer pencil and my finger...lightly tapping my fingertip to blend it ..and that works best for my scar/discoloration. It is the only thing I use a stick concealer for and so it's lasted me forever. The thick, creamy texture and spot application seem to be key for me. Hope that helps.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
rozarooni
(Chicago, IL)
Question
Can this item be exchanged for a new one?
I was so excited when I recently received this brush in the mail. I have used it once and it is shedding like crazy. I washed it after having it one day and several hairs look like they're ready to come out during it's next use. Other than that is seems plush, soft and luxurious. I love UD products and was wondering if i'd be able to exchange it for a new one at my local Sephora??? Or is this normal or is my brush defective?
asked 11 months ago
honeybee87
(Shell Beach, CA)
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
definitely deffective. ive had mine for 3 weeks and it hasnt shed a single hair. im sure if you took it to a store they would let you exchange it.
answered 7 months ago
strawberryerica
(Bellevue, NE)
answer 2
It might be defective. I've had mine for months and have not noticed bristles falling out. I even tugged on it a bit when washing it to get all of the foundation out of the brush and still none came out.
answered 7 months ago
lexxah
answer 3
I haven'y had my brush shed at all! I would say yours may be defective and you should definitely take it back for a new one!
answered 10 months ago
KatjaH
(Vancouver, Canada)
answer 4
Mine did the exact same thing. No recommendations, I just had to take mine back
answered 10 months ago
HillRN
(Little Rock, AR)
answer 5
Return it. Mine hasn't shed at all. They want you to be happy with your purchase. It shouldn't shed after one use.
answered 11 months ago
Smiczy
(New York, New York)
answer 6
Mine was the same way, and after the first two or three uses and a wash, the problems seemed to vanish. I actually took it to exchange one day and didn't wind up at the store, and I'm glad I didn't because it started working wonderfully. A must-have for my routine now!
answered 11 months ago
RyanfLick
Question
Is this brush the same as the Sephora Classic Mineral Powder Brush #45?
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(houston, tx)
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
I ordered both and wound up returning the Sephora one. I am a huge fan of most sephora brushes. However,they are very,very similar and I did not need two of practically the same. I chose the urban decay because I did feel like it buffed out slightly more natural looking without taking away coverage.I also felt that the UD just looked more polished plus the weight does seem to help with the application somehow.
answered 8 months ago
wintery
(cincinatti ,OH)
answer 2
I've found it's almost identical. The UD brush is heavier (in a good way, feels more solid in the hand), and the bristles are slightly longer. However in terms of performance and feel as the makeup is applied, the results are the same. I own one of the UD and two of the Sephora brushes so I have some experience with them- they are my workhorses for my face.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
Lilivati
(Indianapolis, IN)
answer 3
No. It looks very similar, but whereas the Sephora brush is brilliant at buffing in mineral foundations, it can't compare when used to buff liquid/cream foundations into the skin
answered 2 years ago
esthetics
(Calgary, AB)
answer 4
I own both of the brushes and they are very similar. The sephora brush's bristles are a little softer and shorter, and the UD brush's handle is a little shorter. They both do a great job, but for the makeup obsessed (me), I prefer the UD.
answered 2 years ago
natasha99
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 5
No, its urban decay silly
answered 2 years ago
amybernie
(Naperville, IL)
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