Urban Decay’s new foundation brush promises to blur the lines. Borrowing a page out of Hollywood’s Golden Age powder-puff playbook, where actors and actresses were often blurred in their closeups, the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush ($24) buffs away lines to create seamless, smooth skin.
It reminds me of my own experiences with a different kind of optical blurring…
When my BFF Jen and I were younger and looking for love in all the wrong places (Club X and 1015 Folsom come to mind), the following conversation would go down at least once or twice every night we went out on the town…
ME: I think I see a potentially cute boy.
ME: Standing over there at the bar, in the striped button-down shirt and dark pants.
JEN: (…) Every guy in here is wearing that outfit.
ME: No, really! I think he’s looking this way. Over your shoulder, six ‘o clock.
JEN: Oh, no baby. Did you forget your glasses again? We have to get you some s, like soon. That boy is kinda scary. Trust me on this.
Haha! Nothing like poor eyesight to mess up your game. 🙂
Luckily, the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush is designed to improve it.
I met it through Urban Decay’s new fall collection, and it quickly became one of those little lifesavers that I never thought I needed before, but now can’t function without.
The soft, dense brush head feels almost as good as favorite husky tabby’s fur. Mrrow!
UD says they designed the brush to be used with their new line of Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, but there’s nothing stopping us from using it with foundations or tinted moisturizers from other brands.
I can’t hang with streaky foundation, and the Optical Blurring Brush’s densely-packed, soft synthetic bristles and rounded tip definitely take care of streaks. Lately I’ve been using it apply Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer by NARS, and seriously, I think the application looks flawless.
I’ve also heard that synthetic bristles, being less porous than natural fibers, are less conducive to the growth of bacteria, potentially leading to fewer breakouts.
Ah, but every rose has its thorn, and for me, this one’s is drying time. It takes FOREVER to dry after I wash it. No kidding, we’re talkin’ two whole days!
It definitely takes longer to fully dry than similar brushes I’ve tried, like what’s been my go-to foundation brush for a while, ($58), which I can wash before bed and fall asleep knowing it’ll be dry by morning.
Like a thick head of hair, the Optical Blurring Brush’s dense, thick brush head is in this case a blessing and a curse.
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to Sephora, Ulta and select Macy’s stores and online at
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,