I briefly mentioned the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer in my June Monthly favorites post, but I want to give you some more information about it because I know that a couple of you are interested. Here is what Coastal Scents has to say: “The Bionic Flat Top Buffer is perfect for buffing in foundation, blending in powders, and applying bronzer. The durable, dense bristles offer great control and a full coverage application.” I am using it with my liquid foundation, and I could not be happier. Let’s take a closer look.
The Bionic Flat Top Buffer is a flat topped kabuki style brush, very similar to the popular Sigma F-80. These brushes are best used for applying powder and buffing in foundation. This brush has synthetic bristles, which I know is very important to many of you. I personally use the Bionic Flat Top Buffer to buff in my cream and liquid foundations. The handle is shorter than most, so the brush fits much easier into makeup bags than similar brushes. The bristles are soft and densely packed, making it a fantastic foundation brush because it feels comfortable on the skin, and blends everything out easily and evenly. When it arrived, there were two or three bristles that stuck up taller than the others, but after a quick snip I have had no further problems. I have washed the brush a couple times, and so far have had no issues with shedding or bleeding. The Bionic Flat Top Buffer is very well made and a high quality brush.
I know that many of you are wondering how the Bionic Flat Top Buffer compares to the Sigma F-80. They are extremely similar. The Bionic Flat Top Buffer is about a half inch shorter than the F-80, and that’s all from the handle. The ferrules are almost identical. The bristle on the Bionic Flat Top Buffer are about a centimeter or two longer than the F-80, so they fan out just the tiniest but farther than the F-80. We are literally talking about centimeters, so for all intents and purposes, the two brushes look the same. The bristles on the Bionic Flat Top Buffer are actually softer than Sigmas F-80 (I know!), and they have a little bit more give when you bounce it against the skin. They may be a little less dense, but it’s hard to tell. I actually prefer that slight give when blending in liquid and cream foundations. As good as the F-80 is (and it is a very good brush) I think the Bionic Flat Top Buffer gives me an even more flawless finish. The two brushes are very close, performance wise, so really it’s a matter of personal preference. One difference that is quantifiable, though, is that the F-80 is $17 more expensive than the Bionic Flat Top Buffer.
The Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer is a fantastic brush, but at only $6.95, it is a must-have. Ordering from Coastal Scents can be a pain if you are not used to ordering online, but I have never had any issues from them and their processing time is very quick. My packages have usually shipped within a day or two of placing the order. If you sign up for the Coastal Scents mailing list, you can time your order for when there is a good sale going. Orders of $50.00 or more ship for free within the Continental US. Go to coastalscents.com for more information. I personally love the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer, and, though I still like the Sigma F-80 very much, would recommend the Bionic Flat Top Buffer over it, simply because of the price. Why pay more for the same level of quality, you know? I hope that answered any questions that you my have had about the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer, but if you have more, go ahead and leave me a comment below.