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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 2 years, 5 months ago
lipglosslover16
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
8 answers
Answers
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 1 year, 8 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 1 year, 10 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, 10 months 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, 11 months ago
EleniAman
(Watertown, SD)
answer 5
In my experience, this brush does not shed at all.
answered 2 years ago
IndigoMistress
answer 6
I hate that too, but it has yet to shed on me at all.
answered 2 years ago
AlyssaCarmenXO
(El Paso, TX)
answer 7
Does not shed. At all.
answered 2 years, 5 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 2 years, 5 months ago
gonzalr1
(Alhambra, ca 91803)
Question
Does this brush work just as well with any other foundation?
Specifically(not dissing UD) with MUFE HD foundation?
Thanks!
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
MissYesenia
(Miami Fl)
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes! I use it with other BB Creams, foundations, and tinted moisturizers. Blends them all so beautifully...I adore this brush.
answered 2 years, 2 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 2 years, 10 months ago
Sunvalleygirl
(Sun Valley, ID)
answer 3
Yes, I use this with my Clinique perfectly real foundation and it works wonders.
answered 2 years, 10 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 2 years, 10 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, 10 months 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, 10 months 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, 10 months ago
bbgirl1980
(Norwalk, CT)
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 2 years, 10 months ago
nightravyn
(knob noster, mo)
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
Applied with the edge of the Good Karma Brush looks best!
answered 1 year, 1 month 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 2 years, 8 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 2 years, 9 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 2 years, 9 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 2 years, 10 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 2 years, 10 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 2 years, 10 months ago
malynda91
(Kelowna, B.C.)
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 2 years, 5 months ago
AmandaHou
(Portland, ME)
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
7 answers
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answer 1
I wouldn't have thought any brush could replace my beauty blender. But after using this brush for about a month, I love it and have not gone back to my blender since. I use the Nars Tinted Moisturizer, the brush gives me a flawless, smooth finish. Instead of my makeup sitting on my face it is blends in very nicely that I don't even look like I have makeup on. I don't think you would be disappointed in adding this to your beauty arsenal.
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
BellaCaramel
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 2
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 1 year, 8 months ago
manderz32
answer 3
I tried this brush, returned it, and went right back to my BBlender. Nothing beats the blender
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
HillRN
(Little Rock, AR)
answer 4
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 1 year, 10 months ago
RyanfLick
answer 5
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, 10 months ago
Smkinnun
(Michigan)
answer 6
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 2 years, 4 months ago
GermanGlamour
(Naples, Italy)
answer 7
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 2 years, 4 months ago
rozarooni
(Chicago, IL)
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, 10 months ago
njmomma
(Bristol, CT)
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
7 answers
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answer 1
It's round
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
HillRN
(Little Rock, AR)
answer 2
Its round.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
summersun92
(Toronto, Canada)
answer 3
It's round, like a tightly-packed blush brush.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
Cyclefan
answer 4
It's round, slightly domed.
answered 1 year, 10 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, 10 months ago
kittenwhiskas
answer 6
This isn't a flat brush, it's rounded on the end.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
sewell137
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 7
The top is slightly rounded.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
How do you clean and how often should this brush be cleaned?
asked 2 years, 11 months 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 2 years, 8 months ago
MrsBraaten
(Ogden, UT)
answer 2
I clean mine once every month with soap and water
answered 2 years, 10 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, 11 months ago
SophiaN
(Grayslake, il)
answer 4
I clean this brush with antibacterial dish soap after every use
answered 2 years, 11 months 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, 11 months 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, 11 months 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 2 years, 7 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 1 year, 9 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 2 years, 6 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 2 years, 6 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 2 years, 6 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 2 years, 7 months ago
tinabunny
(New York, NY)
answer 6
Personally, I would go with the Urban Decay brush. Makes for almost flawless foundation application.
answered 2 years, 7 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 2 years, 6 months ago
Anonymous
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
6 answers
Answers
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 1 year, 10 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years, 2 months ago
abbydiane
(Washington)
answer 5
Use equal amounts of dishwashing soap (blue kind) and olive oil... does wonders! Perfect for foundation brushes!
answered 2 years, 5 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 2 years, 6 months ago
yurikitty28
(Blairsville, PA)
Question
How do i clean it?
asked 11 months ago
jmac45
(Parsippany, NJ)
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have been cleaning it using my hand soap--mild, organic hand soap--with warm water. I lather by gently swirling it in the palm of my hand and rinse under running warm water (also in gentle swirling motion) until water runs clear. It's been a year and so far zero bristles have fallen out.
answered 3 months, 1 week ago
theCosmos
answer 2
This brush can be cleaned the same way all other makeup brushes are cleaned -- either with specialty cleaner or gentle soap and warm water. If using water, be careful to only run water/soap DOWN the bristles. Then, gently squeeze out the water, reshape and hang with the bristles aimed down to dry. It's better to not get water up into the ferrule (the spot where the bristles enter) because too much moisture can be damaging to the connection between the bristles and the ferrule. This is why washing and drying makeup brushes with the bristles aimed down is so important. Good luck!
answered 7 months ago
Kerandria
(Virginia)
answer 3
I use my Beauty Blender solid soap to clean all my brushes. It is delicate and works well.
answered 8 months ago
10cricket
answer 4
i use warm water and dawn dish soap
answered 9 months ago
BS1989
(Fresno CA)
answer 5
I clean it with Philosophy's purity made simple or Origins checks and balances and they work really great.
I've tried Dr. Bronner's soap, brush cleanser, beauty blender cleanser, organic shampoo and baby shampoo, but cleanser gave best results. Helps to keep the brush in original condition.
answered 11 months ago
infinitise
(Calgary, AB)
answer 6
You clean it like you would any of your make up brushes...mild soap and warm water and swish it around. I usually do it several times with new water/soap each time until the water is almost clear and no sign of makeup remains. Dry overnite on a paper towel.
answered 11 months ago
bradycakes
(west palm beach, FL)
Question
How is it best cleaned?
I am new to using a brush with liquid makeup. Rookie, I know. but my hesitation over using my new brush comes with worries about contaminating my already sensitive skin with dust or bacteria. Should it be cleaned after each use, and if so what is the best technique? And if done daily, does it dry over the next 24 hours just left on the bathroom counter? Thank you!
asked 8 months ago
janeeyre1
(San Francisco, CA)
on Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Dawn dishsoap once a week for all your brushes. Let them soak and then brush against your hand to get the access out of the brissles. My skin started to clear up when I did this at least once a week!
answered 3 months ago
dbiggerstaf1
(Catlin, IL)
answer 2
I use a tiny amount of disinfecting hand soap in my palm, wet the brush and then lightly press brush into palm and swirl in circles working the soap and water around. Sometimes, depending on how long it has been since last cleaning, I do this a couple times to make sure all the product is gone. Rinse it several times. I finish with my brush cleaning spray that's alcohol based to disinfect and let it dry on counter overnight.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
KirstinBW
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
i strongly recommend you do not wash it daily. this brush does not soak up foundation so after use, there should be very very little residue left. the sephora spray brush cleaner is amazing for spot treating, i think it's $10 for the small bottle. that, i use every day but only do a thorough wash once a month. and when you do, you can use regular shampoo, baby shampoo, a face cleanser or even an antibacterial soap. put some in the palm of your hand and rub the water-dampened brush into it and just swirl it around on your hand until the water runs clean. you'll probably need to do it 2-3 times. ALWAYS dry your brushes on their sides, never straight up because water will run into the base and the glue holding the brush together will disintegrate.
answered 5 months, 4 weeks ago
PrincessJules13
(Ontario)
answer 4
I wash mine after each use otherwise the liquid foundation will dry on the bristles. I currently use the sephora daily brush cleaner spray and deep clean with the bar cleaner weekly. However, you can use your facewash or antibacterial hand soap to clean the bristles under warm water. You don't want to pull on the bristles where they attach to the handle or it will wear out the glue. All of my brushes dry by the time I need them the next morning. You can also get a paint brush drying rack in the art supply section of most craft stores if you have a lot of brushes. Hope this answers your question!
answered 6 months ago
ASAgirl
answer 5
Every other day or so I spray with the daily brush spray and swirl off excess on to a tissue. It dries quickly. Once a week or so, i wet the brush under warm running water, put brush shampoo into my palm, swirl the brush into the shampoo and sort of work it into the bristles. Rinse well. Blot and shape with a paper towel and then I let it dry over night on a clean towel. Took longer to write this than to do it!
answered 8 months ago
oliveb
(NJ)
answer 6
you can clean it once a week with either your face wash or with the kitchen dawn soap- just a little less than diem size in your palm, twirl brush then rinse brush with water flowing onto your hand and not the brush, paper towel excess water and let dry on paper towel slightly on a tilt head down
answered 8 months ago
jcgs
(brooklyn ny)
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