Jun 182012

The Chanel Blending Foundation Brush #7 ($54) is a brush that I’ve put off reviewing for a bit. For one thing, brush reviews aren’t as exciting to me as color makeup reviews. Trust me, a pretty eyeshadow palette or a gorgeous new pink lipstick review pretty much writes itself.

But the reality is, for me, good brushes matter.  Perhaps a pro can get by with her well-trained fingers or the ragged end of a tissue. Good for them, honestly. Personally, I notice an enormous difference when I use a good brush. So I invest in brushes and if it’s engraved with “Chanel” and has a lovely, balanced weight and lush yet feathery brush head, those are reasons enough for me.

The Chanel Blending Foundation brush has a dense base with a medium stiffness, and long white ends that feel very feathery and soft. As many of you know, this type of brush can be used to lightly apply cream or powder products–the very light end bristles apply the product very lightly like light little feathers touching the skin. If you are applying a very pigmented blush and want a light touch, a duo-fibre brush is your best friend. As the name implies, this Chanel Blending Foundation brush can also be used to lightly stipple on cream or liquid foundation for an almost-airbrushed finish.

The bristles on Chanel’s Blending Foundation Brush are lush and lovely. Out of the box, the brush has an elongated hexagonal shape that evokes the iconic Chanel No. 5 bottle stop (which, in turn, is the same shape as Paris’ Place Vendome, which is bordered by the Hotel Ritz where Gabrielle Chanel lived during some parts of her life.


Alas, the brush shape went back to round after a single washing. Here’s a comparison to a MAC 187 brush ($42) that is several years old. An unfair comparison, given the differences in age, but I thought you might find the size comparison useful.

The brush heads of the MAC 187 on the left, the Chanel No. 7 on the right. The Chanel is more compact and feels a bit more dense and plushy:

The two straight on:

For performance, I’ll give a slight edge to the Chanel. The bristles seem to do a lovely job without ever giving a single patch or problem. It’s a touch smaller, so it gives me a bit more control. However, if you are pretty happy with your MAC 187 (as many are!), I don’t think it’s worth the investment to switch unless your MAC is nearing its useful life.

Overall, I love the new Chanel Foundation Blending brush. I do use lots of brushes, so  I don’t regret having another good duo fibre in my brush cup. Definitely worth a look if you are in the market for a good brush for foundations and pigmented powders.




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  6 Responses to “Chanel Blending Foundation Brush #7 Review”

  1. Thank you for the review! It look like to me that Chanel is slightly more narrow compared to MAC and both look very, very similar as you said. I wonder if this is okay for me to buy if I only use liquid foundation?

    I do need to get new brushes because my Chantecaille brushes leave behind the bristles on my face.

    • If you are getting a replacement, Christina, of course the Chanel is what I would recommend. It’s made for foundation (it’s called “Foundation Blending brush”) so it should suit your needs perfectly.

  2. After years of MAC #187 happiness, my brush was at the end of its life. So, when the new Chanel brushes became available, I replaced my good old #187 with Chanel’s version, #7. The #187 and #7 might look similar, but that’s where it ends. The Chanel has the MAC beat by a mile. The difference is mainly attributable to the naturally tapered hairs and fibers that the Chanel brush uses rather than the cut tips that MAC and other cheaper brushes routinely use. It’s evident that Chanel has embraced the brush-making techinique that has become the hallmark of superlative highend brushes like Suqqu, Hakuhodo, and RMK (Chikuhodo) and the result is Chanel’s new collection of beautiful brushes. As Amy said, using the Chanel is like stroking your face with the softest feathers, but it is a workhorse, too. It is dense enough to pick up and hold plenty of pigment in the natural hairs and then blend it out to perfection with the synthetic ones, or it can be used to apply a gossamer veil of color on the face. I use the #7 primarily for blushers and highlighters, both powder and cream. For those of you who like stipling brushes, you can’t get much better than this one by Chanel.

  3. Just out of curiosity, did you end up exchanging your Chanel Vitalumière Aqua compact for one in a lighter shade? If so, what colour did you go with? Thanks for sharing, Amy.

  4. I’m a real fan of Chanel brushes. In fact I still use a few that are nearly 10 years old! Definitely need to add this one to the collection, so thanks for the review!

  5. I went back and forth between this brush and Chanel’s new foundation brush. This isn’t the first time I’ve read Eileen gush about the blending brush, but I did instead go with the foundation brush. I like that this one is more compact than the MAC so I’m sure I’ll pick one up soon. Thanks for the review…

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