Laura Mercier Pony Tail Brush

Saturday, June 28, 2014

 I bought another brush (of course you did Mimi, you needed another brush like a dog needs ticks). The Laura Mercier Pony Tail brush was not only recommended to me by you guys, dear readers but also at the counter the last time I chatted with an artist. You know me, it didn't take much convincing.

Despite the "pony" in the name, this brush is made of soft squirrel. The shape is what I like to call a fluffy bullet, an elongated shape with a tapered tip. It wasn't until I had it right next to the Hakuhodo G5522BkSL that I realized how similar they were.
Really, really similar. The Hakuhodo is more dense and has slightly thicker girth while the LM Pony is a little more supple. They are in my opinion, of equal quality when it comes to the hair though the Hakuhodo actually also contains a bit of goat (which makes the hairs a bit more unyielding) and is $1 cheaper than the LM. The Stila #9 brush is also nearly identical, but the hair is goat so it doesn't feel as soft. The Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush has the same shape, but the outer perimeter of bristles is synthetic which gives more resilience when you blend. 
 I prefer the Pony as occasionally the synthetic bristles of the Finishing Eye can poke my skin a bit. But they really aren't all that different, both do a great job of diffusing color where ever you want it. I use this shape to blend crease shades out or apply a sweep of soft color throughout the lid.

In short, I really don't think you need all four of these brushes. Heck, I'm not sure that the differences between the Pony Tail and Finishing Eye are significant enough to warrant both. 

Yet I have them. I REGRET NOTHING

However, if you don't already own a fluffy tapered blush, and you're attracted to brushes that are seductively soft, then I highly recommend the Pony. The Laura Mercier Pony Tail brush is $29. 

Surely I am not the only one who has bought four slight variations on essentially the same brush?

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