This, in effect, is a "catch-all" for all the remaining brushes that don't fall into the other categories discussed so far (lay-down brushes, socket brushes, blending brushes, pencil brushes), and generally tend to be smaller brushes for small or tiny areas or detail work.
|Some of the "detailer" brushes I use.|
Top-down: Shu Uemura 5F (old), Shu Uemura 5F Sable, Crown C212, Cozzette S185, Crown C123,
Crown C213, Cozzette D230, Royal & Langnikel C440
|Teeny tiny brush heads for detailer work.|
L -> R: Royal & Langnikel C440, Cozzette D230, Crown C213, Crown C123,
Cozzette S185, Crown C212 (my favourite), Shu Uemura 5F Sable, Shu Uemura 5F (old)
Nowadays, I'll mostly reach for the Crown 212 which is a Sable "detail mini chisel" brush and by far my favourite of all of these; it's quite tiny, slightly rounded, soft (not at all scratchy for such a cheap brush), but yet sufficiently dense to grab and deposit enough product in the area I wish to detail. It's also around the €3 mark, which you really can't argue with (mental note: buy a few more of these)...
Two of the other Crown brushes from above; the Crown C213 (Chisel Mini Smudger) and C123 (Mini Chisel) are also not bad (and also inexpensive) detailer brushes, with the former being slightly more pointed and flat, and the latter being slightly more dense; I tend to use these for laydown on tiny lids or for a smudged-out but thin application of shadow underneath the lower lashline.
Continuing from above, the Cozzette S185 is fantastic for socketing a tiny eye, and the D230 is a super-dense, super-firm, super-unyielding brush that can create very precise (but soft) lines in an act (but it's not a brush I use very often).
The problems with tiny brushes is that, if they are truly tiny, they may not be sufficiently dense to lay down product, which will necessitate multiple applications, which you want to avoid if you're dealing with a small area, as you run the risk of being less precise than you want.
So what do you look for in a tiny brush? Remember the function: if it's detailed crease work, you'll need a more pointed brush. If it's detailed flat work, then you need a flat brush. Either way you want a good quality, good shape, reasonably dense brush, which just happens to be small.
|MAC 211 pointed liner brush|
That brings us to the end of our eyeshadow brush series. I hope you've enjoyed. I have included all the links here again (same as with the other posts in the series):
Eyeliner brushes I use and recommend