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Thanks For The Flawless Finish Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

If it’s possible to call a makeup brush a miracle worker, I think that would be an incredibly apt way to describe Urban Decay’s Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush.

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

Lately my skin has been less than ideal, suffering from a myriad of dermatological conditions that include hyperpigmentation (aka, melasma), a touch of rosacea, and flare up of psoriasis that’s hit my eyelids (the worst!!!). As a beauty blogger this is quite a challenge, but thanks to my background as a makeup artist I have a few tricks up my sleeves that have helped me fake it until things calm down on the epidermic front.

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush 3

I rely on foundation brushes to give the effect of an airbrushed application and the three I lean on the most are the Real Techniques Buffer Brush, Urban Decay’s Good Karma, and Hourglass Brush No. 2.

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush 4

Urban Decay’s Good Karma brush recently entered my life after being on my wish list for awhile. It’s a vegan brush made from synthetic fibers and is a tightly packed dome, which is how it gives that blurred effect as it buffs away skin imperfections.

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush 2

Good Karma reminds me an awful lot of the Real Techniques foundation brush in terms of the shape. The biggest difference is that the Real Techniques brush is not as densely packed as Urban Decay’s version. I love the Hourglass brush as well, but I find I get the best results and most coverage from Urban Decay’s Good Karma.

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush 5

Now here’s the big test … a before an after. I see the blur. And I like it. A whole lot.

Before the blur.

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My Final Thoughts: A work of wonder in the world of makeup application exists, and at a price that won’t break the bank. Urban Decay’s Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush is a win and a new staple in my arsenal of beauty tools.

Rating: A+

Price: $25

Availability:  At Sephora and Ulta stores, as well as UrbanDecay.com.

Cruelty-free? Yes

  • Amber

    I’ve wanted to try this brush for ages. I love the RT brush pictured, but it seems to sort of splay after a few months. Have you noticed that too? I struggle with hyper pigmentation too. I’m curious what foundation you used in the pics above?

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    Yep, mine is splayed, too! I used Make Up For Ever’s HD Liquid which is so nice – it really covers, it feels lightweight, and it photographs so well. I did add a bit of a peachy-toned concealer on top of my hyperpigmented areas to help counteract it. Between our disappearing eyebrows, chin hairs, and skin we have a lot to discuss! LOL

  • MyBeautyJunction

    RT didn’t work for me either – it splayed and the bristles broke off on my face over foundation. Ick! But I want to try out the Good Karma brush! Which would you say is better, the Smashbox one or RT?

  • Anastasia

    Finding great brushes is a hard challenge, so I’m glad you found one that works for you. I plan to revise my brush stash and maybe pick up a few new ones, and Good Karma is definitely on my list of potential purchases now :)

  • Nidia Doherty

    chin hairs! yes! Oh, how I wish it were fashionable for women to grow beards, it would make my life so much easier. LOL

  • Nidia Doherty

    Great comparison pix! That foundation and brush really change your look.

  • BeautyJudy

    Aw! I hope you skin heals soon, I know the struggle to find the products to help hide those imperfections (rosacea and eczema, here!). This brush sounds like an awesome buy!!!! The right tool makes all the difference!XO

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

    Wowo! I’ve only tried the UD brushes that come in palettes but I think it’s time to give the face ones a go! Which foundation are you using with this brush?

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    I love the UD brush so much I have 2 of them

  • http://makeupbykim-porter.com/blog Kim Porter

    I love the real techniques brush

  • Amber

    bahahahaha!!! Sheila, I love you!! lol
    I have tried the MUFE HD in the past, but maybe I’ll try it again. I actually got a little corrector palette in my Wantable box at some point, so maybe I will try that tomorrow. We’re having a major snow storm today and I didn’t even bother with makeup. >:(

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    I’ve been lusting this UD brush SO MUCH. I keep adding to my cart then taking it out. This will be the year I buy. Sooner rather than later lol

  • Ange

    This has been on my list for SO long.. I need to just bite the bullet and buy it!!

  • http://libbyspinkvanity.blogspot.com Kimberly

    Oh, good job and great review!!!

  • MyNewestAddiction

    Oh wow! That is awesome!!!!!

  • marciaf

    I adore this brush! It’s the best foundation brush I’ve ever had and I’ve had a lot. Phyrra was the one who wrote about it and I am so glad I bought it after that.

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Because you’ve raved about it, you know this woman gotta buy it!

  • Harshleen

    This one is on my wishlist too!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee


  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    The hourglass one, by far!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    Make Up For Ever HD Liquid in 153 – I am slightly obsessed!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    I’m good that way… ha ha!