Rodial: The Airbrush Foundation Brush

Rodial The Airbrush Foundation Brush Review

I’ve been back on the foundation testing train (first scheduled stop, Dior’s new Forever Perfect Mousse, toot-toot!) but before I hit you with a slew of in-depth reviews, let’s talk about the chunky brush I’ve been applying my bases with for the past few months.

Earlier this year Rodial launched a set of very, very pigmented foundations called Airbrush Makeup* and the Airbrush Foundation Brush* is their purpose-built application tool. Its incredibly dense and chunky brush head gives – as you’d hope from the name – a flawless, airbrushed finish. The brush is also very good looking, which is why I think that it attracts so many comments and questions every time I feature it – the sleek black styling is chic and luxurious, the shape of the brush head looks very professional.

I actually don’t love the Airbrush foundations themselves; I find them a little too pigmented to work with, even when diluted and sheered out with a few drops of oil, as suggested in the instructions. If you want a very buildable base that’s more the consistency of a concealer than a foundation then you might get on well with it – just make sure to use a tiny bit of product at a time and work carefully. It’s not the sort of foundation you can just bash on in thirty seconds before you rush out of the door, it needs more of a considered approach. Which isn’t particularly my forté, I’ll admit!

Rodial The Airbrush Foundation Brush Review

The brush, however, is totally up my street. The bristles are so densely packed that there’s barely any flex or movement at all to the head, the domed shape with a tapered tip means that it’s possible to accurately apply concealer as well as cover larger areas of the face. It’s so firm that it’s a dream to use with cushion foundations – I just push it into the product and then sort of stipple it on – but the brush is also incredibly soft, and if you use the sides of the dome rather than the very tip, it’s easy to get a smooth, seamless finish.

Rodial The Airbrush Foundation Brush Review

The dense packing-together of the bristles means that you can achieve the same sort of airbrushed perfection that you would get from a flatter-headed buffing brush, but the tapering at the tip of this one gives far more options in terms of application. It reminds me a lot of Louise Young’s excellent LY34 brush (£24 here* and a great alternative to the Rodial) – the same dense, firm head that applies foundation quickly and faultlessly, and a similar sturdy handle that feels expensive and weighty.

Strictly speaking, the Rodial Airbrush brush (brush) is a bit too chunky to do close work around the eyes or very detailed spot concealing, but it’s brilliant for just about every other aspect of applying a perfect base. Foundation with an undetectable finish, concealer that sits seamlessly over the top to camouflage circles or redness; even setting powder can be dabbed on with the very tip of the brush. In one (admittedly rather expensive) go, it lays on foundation, blends, buffs, stipples, conceals and sets, which is why I’ve been using it almost constantly for the past few months.

See the brush in action in my What’s In My Makeup Bag video…

You can find Rodial’s Airbrush Foundation Brush online here* – it’s £50, which is quite the outlay, but I must say that it does very much feel and look the part. I’m still hugely into Bobbi Brown’s Full Coverage Brush, which is £33 here*, but the Rodial is definitely more of a multitasker. And it feels so chunky and confident, I always feel as though I’m sort of  gently punching my makeup on a little bit, punch-punch-dab-dab, with a tiny, soft, bristly boxing glove!

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  1. October 24, 2017 / 11:43 am

    I guess one expensive brush that does everything and then some is better than an array of cheaper ones that lack in every aspect.

  2. Poorani
    October 24, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    I got the Sephora Pro Domed Foundation Brush #78 around the time I saw your video using this brush and thought they were similar. It is good too.

  3. October 24, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Really interesting review! Both this brush and the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage brush are actually on my wishlist, but I have to say I prefer the idea of something very versatile and I’m very impressed by the fact that the Rodial brush works well with powder and concealer as well! Thank you for sharing :)


  4. Lizzie
    October 24, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    Is it synthetic or made of fur, please?


  5. October 24, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Oooh la la, I do love splurging on a luxury beauty tool! This looks quite similar to the Sigma Tapered Kabuki brush, I wonder how it compares… Also, do you have any other product recommendations from Rodial? I’ve wanted to try some items in their line, but I’m just not to sure what to get! I’m leaning towards something in their skincare range, but after reading this post you have me inspired to try their makeup! Any adice?

    xoxox – Lauren

    • October 25, 2017 / 9:57 am

      OOoh, haven’t tried the Sigma! In terms of Rodial, I have always been drawn into Nip and Fab because it’s an offshoot of the same brand but a tiny fraction of the price. However, my friend Rach SWEARS by loads of their stuff and especially likes the Hangover Acid mask!! xx

  6. Eliza
    October 25, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    This was such a helpful brush review…you zoned in on the exact factors that make a foundation brush a truly useful one. Thank you! I might give it a go, but I wonder if I can find one somewhere and return if I don’t like? For now, I’m using the ELF Blurring Powder and Foundation brushes….both are fairly tightly packed and the shape/ color/ look are also chic. And only $6.00US.

  7. Nat
    October 27, 2017 / 11:32 pm

    wow! £50 tho… :/ i would think twice before paying that much for the foundation and a brush to top it up, erm… not with two babies going to private nursery (perhaps in 15 years time when they move out?) :D
    i second SIgma’s tapered kabuki! it’s a great one, for a fraction of a price – you should check it out!

  8. Annie
    March 3, 2018 / 1:58 am

    Tried this Rodial brush because of this recommendation. It is similar to Kevyn Aucoin The Foundation Brush, but KA’s is perfectly soft. Rodial’s was mostly soft, but it could prick a little here and there on my face, and as such it irritated my skin during dry winter in Minnesota. Rodial $55 USD vs KAucoin $82 USD. KA well worth the extra expense IMO. I returned the Rodial.

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