A guide to Morphe foundation brushes

Hello there gorgeous humans!

One thing I’ve noticed lately is how little I talk about makeup brushes on here! I mean they are kinda important seeing as makeup application would be a disaster if you were to use your hands for your entire face.

Side note, aside from applying shimmery shadows on the lid, I cannot stand applying my makeup with my hands, just the feeling of makeup on my hands is far too cringe for my liking. I literally wash my hands at least twice during my makeup application because I can’t stand product on them.

Any who, on the topic of makeup brushes I wanted to talk to you guys about an affordable brush brand that has A LOT OF OPTIONS! Because makeup brushes are a category you can get away with in terms of keeping it budget friendly.

I’m not talking about every Morphe brush I have but just the highlights and what I use them for. So if that sounds intriguing, keep reading and get your snacks ready because you’re in for a long one.

Let’s go!

Face brushes
M446 Round Buffer brush
  • I use this as a foundation brush and because of it’s large. The brush has synthetic hairs (which is a must for me when it comes to the foundation) and it’s very dense.
  • It applies and blends out the foundation very nicely but because it’s a freaking huge brush, it can be difficult to get into the nooks and crannies of your face. I for one have a very small forehead so it’s not easy for me to get into the hairline and under the brows.
  • Morphe does have other brushes that while not “marketed” as a foundation brush can be used as one.
M448 Pointed powder brush
  • I use this to set my under eye concealer, it’s a synthetic tapered brush and the hairs are quite long so it isn’t dense by any means.
  • You could also use this as a “contour” brush as long as you are using a subtle contour shade.
M449 – Detailed powder brush
  • Synthetic Haired, denser, and not as “long” as the brush above. You can still use it to set your under-eye concealer or even blend out your concealer with it.
  • You could use it also for cream bronzer/cream contour or even cream highlight.
  • It’s a pretty versatile brush, personally because it’s so dense it wouldn’t be my first option to set me concealer with powder because I do prefer something fluffier for powder.
R2 Pro Tapered powder brush
  • Synthetic-haired, it has a sort of overall shape rather than round and is flat in the middle. I like using this to set the foundation because even though the brush is gigantic you can still pretty much put the powder where you want it.
  • You could use it for a bronzer (though you’d want it to be a very very sheer bronzer) because of how massive the brush is. You could also use it to apply the brush if you want it but I think the setting powder is where this brush shines.
R14 Round contour brush
  • As the name suggests, this brush is awesome for bronzing and contouring purposes as the size gives you precision but it’s still fluffy and works nicely with powders.
  • If you are looking for a smaller brush for setting powder (because you only place setting powder in certain areas – this could also work for that).
E59 Tapered Bronzer brush
  • This brush is quite dense so it can be a bit awkward to get used to, especially if you prefer fluffier brushes for powder. I do enjoy this brush for either setting powder (because it allows to “stamp” the powder into the skin).
  • I also like it for bronzer but only certain bronzers – they need to be sheer and easy to blend otherwise this brush doesn’t do you any favors. With the number of brushes I own, I keep this one for setting powder purposes.
E49 – Flat pointed powder
  • This brush is very similar to the E59 but much smaller and as the name suggests flatter. The brush above is on the chunky side and more rounded, this one definitely gives you precision!
  • You can use it to set your concealer and contour. It is quite dense so if you don’t like dense brushes for powders you might re-consider this one. I just find it handy for contouring where I require precision.
M477 Tapered Highlight and contour brush
  • I’m pretty sure they’ve discontinued this brush (though I hope I’m wrong) but it’s basically my absolute favorite for cream bronzer! It has a flat oval shape making it awesome to blend out bronzer in the places you want it to be!
  • It would also work nicely as a foundation brush if you want a smaller size, though it would take longer to build up coverage.
  • The closest shape to this brush is the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe JH12 brush! That one is literally larger than the M477 but it does have a flat oval-shape to it and it’s the closest I could find.
M356 – Under eye Bullet brush
  • A small dense tapered brush, you could use it for blending out concealer, setting your under-eye concealer (though it’s dense AF), and for placing your cream contour.
M501 Pro pointed blender brush & M510 Pro round blender brush
  • Both are very small fluffy face brushes, ideal for applying highlight.
  • The 510 is larger and more rounded so I like to apply this with the subtle-medium glow highlighters that I can freely apply anywhere. You could also use the 510 as a subtle contouring brush.
  • The M501 is more tapered, elongated, and precise. I love this for those blending highlights that you want to apply carefully.
  • Both brushes are fluffy enough to also blend out the highlighter nicely without leaving streaks of glow on your cheeks.
Eye brushes
M330 – Blending crease
  • Bristle type is natural
  • A narrow-tapered brush which is perfect for defining the crease, you get the color exactly where you want it and because the hairs are longer and the brush isn’t super dense it blends out darker shades nicely.
  • If you are looking for a denser crease brush this won’t be for you as it is fluffy, I use this for darker matte shades over crease shades.
  • You obviously don’t want to load your brush with a lot of shadows, less is always more with the darker shades, but this brush seriously makes applying shadows to your crease super easy.
M573 – pointed deluxe blender brush
  • Compared to the brush above, it’s much wider but you still get precision. Where this brush would be handy is to build up transition shades in the crease, light-medium tones.
  • Using one of these brushes clean for further blending also works nicely, I’d just keep this brush for light-medium tone shadows as well as additional blending.
  • The brush above ideal for darker shades.
M524 – Medium Shadow Fluff
  • Bristle type is natural
  • I love using this for laying down transition shades both on the lid and crease. The brush is quite large so you get a lot of coverage and if you have big eyes and lots of lid space this brush would also work as a shading brush or crease brush for (medium-dark) shades.
  • It’s on the firmer side so blending capabilities on its own aren’t strong but it places down color well.
M433 – pro firm blending fluff brush
  • Bristle type is natural
  • It’s about a medium size and gives you nice precision but I wouldn’t use this with those intensely dark shades because you would not only pick up too much product on your brush but with darker eyeshadows, you want to be careful with where you put them.
  • It is a good brush to go in with after you lay down a darker shade for additional blending.
  • I also like to take those (slightly darker transition shades) and build them up with this brush
M514 – Detail round blender brush
  • This is smaller than the blending crease brush and fluffier, this is perfect for blending out those darker shades in the crease.
  • You could apply the darker shades with this brush but it would have a more diffused effect.
  • This brush isn’t the one you’d want to use to build up colors in the crease, it’s better for additional blending or creating a wash of color in the crease when you want to use those darker shades but have them look more diffused and muted.
M456 – Mini firm blending brush
  • The bristles are a natural hair tape. This brush is quite small and firm, I’d use this to pack on darker shades on the outer part of the crease and lid, and it has enough fluff to it that it can also blend.
  • It’s not one of those firm precise brushes that are strictly for layering done color, this does have blending capabilities, and it’s just also good at packing on color.
  • It’s so precise that it’s awesome for darker shades where you want to be careful with where you apply them.

That wraps up this post! I hope you liked the setup! I didn’t know how to go about writing this post because it seemed a little too redundant to talk about every brush I own from Morphe (I find that I have more repeats than variety – especially with eye brushes). Have you tried any Morphe brushes? What makeup brushes do you, love? Drop a comment and let’s have a chat. I hope you guys all have an awesome day and I’ll see you next time!

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  1. Parie Joshi

    February 6, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    Saved this post for future reference, my beloved RT brushes are on their last legs and I really need some new ones!
    Parie xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 6, 2021 at 11:50 pm

      Thank you lovely. RT was the first brush brand I love and I still have them in my collection but what bugs me is some of my favourite brushes are only available in sets which isn’t convinent.

  2. Rachel

    February 6, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    I only have the tapered bronzer brush which I absolutely love, it’s a delight to use ,

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 6, 2021 at 11:50 pm

      Their brushes are just so so good to use.

  3. Katie

    February 7, 2021 at 11:27 am

    I feel like Morphe have such an endless number of brushes it can be a little overwhelming! I got one of their sets for Christmas and I’m obsessed! But thanks so much for so many other recommendations!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 12, 2021 at 8:00 pm

      It definitely can be, you don’t even know where to begin but the ones I talked about are definitely my ride or dies!

  4. Danielle Beautyblog

    February 7, 2021 at 11:35 am

    Morphe brushes are so underrated, I have a couple i couldn’t be without in my routine now! xx

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog 

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 12, 2021 at 8:00 pm

      I just wish their foundation brush options were better, their current one is a little too large for me.

  5. The Exclusive Beauty Diary

    February 7, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    All of these brushes look great, but I still didn’t have chance to try them. Thank you for review.

    New Post – https://www.exclusivebeautydiary.com/2021/02/rouge-dior-couture-colour-999.html

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 12, 2021 at 8:01 pm

      I’m obsessed! Thank you for reading. x

  6. Simone

    February 7, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    This post came at the right time! I have a couple of Morphe brushes already and I love them so I was thinking about replacing some of my old ones with new ones. It’s nice to read about the brushes other people love and use so thank you for this!

    xoxo Simone | https://beautymone.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 12, 2021 at 8:02 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to read! That’s why I did this post, their brush options can be so overwhelming so I wanted to talk about my favorites – some of which I own multiples!

  7. Molly

    February 9, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    I’ve been using the same brushes for longer than I would care to admit! Going to need to pick some of these up as replacements!


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 12, 2021 at 8:05 pm

      I don’t wash my brushes as often as I should, hence why I hoard them to give me a way out of having to wash them too frequently haha. x

  8. The Exclusive Beauty Diary

    February 10, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    You have great collection of brushes and all of these seems great. Thank you for recommendation.

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    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 12, 2021 at 8:06 pm

      Thank you lovely. x

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