Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush Review & Pictures

Urban-Decay-Good-Karma-Optical-Blurring-Brush-Review-PicturesAlthough brushes aren’t as exciting to review as nail polish or makeup, I find them very useful.

Makeup brushes are something you use on a daily basis (well, provided that you wear cosmetics). And a lot of them can be quite pricey.

Sure, I have a lot of Sigma makeup brushes, but when something new comes out that looks amazing, I’m very tempted to try it. But, the high price usually holds me back. Unlike a bottle of nail polish, a brush can be quite the investment.

For that reason, I haven’t bought a new brush in a very long time. But then the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush came out along with a new liquid foundation.

Being a fan of the Urban Decay brand (their products are top-notch), I caved and bought both the brush and the foundation.

I’ve tried out the brush for quite some time, and now I feel like I can honestly review its performance. Let me tell you more about this brush that’s been getting so much hype lately!

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush Pictures


Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush Review & Pictures

Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush Review & Pictures

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush Review

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush Review & Photos

Urban Decay Foundation Brush Review & Pictures

Claims: TRUSTED, but Product: HOLY GRAIL STATUS!

√ Buffs foundation to avoid streakiness
√ Can be used to apply liquid to powder foundations
√ Dense bristles allows for easy manoeuvring around the entire face area
√ Helps create a flawless finish

Key Notes

  • Name: Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
  • What I Paid: $26 CAD
  • Where to Buy: Urban Decay website, Sephora stores & Sephora website (out of stock now, but will be restocked in January, according to the website)

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush Review


No matter how you hold this brush and use it, the bristles are always super soft despite any angle. They’re so soft that I bet when you first feel it with your hand, you’re going to start petting it. Hehe! The bristles feel wonderfully soft on your face, too.

The bristles are soft, but they’re densely packed (not floppy!), so they pick up your foundation well and distribute it onto your face easily.

They’re in a domed shape, and when you press the brush against your skin, the bristles don’t just bend over – they stay straight. What does this mean? Product doesn’t just get hidden in the bristles – it goes on your face. Less waste product!

The bristles are also synthetic, which I prefer. Natural bristles can be itchy or have a weird smell after you’ve washed them. Since they’re synthetic, that means they’re also cruelty-free! 🙂

Washing the bristles takes some time and a few lathers because they’re so dense. And make sure you give them a lot of time to dry! (I’m actually thinking about buying a second one so I can be a little lazier with the brush cleaning…)


The handle is made of recycled aluminum, which I think is great because it’s better for the environment.

It’s very smooth and is round and cylindrical. But closer to the bristles it gets a little wider. This makes it easier to hold. I know that some people like to hold the brush closer to the bristles, and with this handle design, doing so makes it very comfortable. But you can also hold the handle farther away, and it’s comfortable, too.


The Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush has become my new favourite foundation brush because it feels wonderful on the skin, it applies foundation easily, and it feels so soft on my face!

I used to use an Everyday Minerals flat top or round top kabuki brush daily to apply loose mineral foundation, but since using this one, I’ve completely switched over!

The Optical Blurring Brush from Urban Decay works better because the bristles are shorter than the one I was using before, and, like I said, the bristles don’t bend/flop over, so the product doesn’t get lost in the bristles and it goes on your face instead.

It works fabulously with loose mineral makeup, which is what I used to test this brush out initially. But since I also ended up buying the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation at the same time, I ended up trying this brush with that, too, since it’s a liquid foundation. (Sometimes brushes that work well for powders don’t apply liquid foundation well.)

Plus, I’m a liquid-foundation newbie, so I wanted to see if this brush would truly deliver great results, even if you haven’t learned the skills or tips and tricks on applying liquid foundation.

I find that it’s great to first stipple on the liquid foundation, buff it out, but then use a stippling motion again to get rid of any brush strokes. If you use the brush like this, you’ll get the best finish.

If you’re using a powder like mineral makeup, you can buff it and not worry about stippling, unless you need concentrated coverage in a certain section.

I’m happy to report that this brush gave me impressive results to the point where I felt like I could be really lazy and not take long to blend, and the foundation would still look great! That speaks volumes about the quality and design of the Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush! (By the way, I’ll be posting a review on the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation in the near future. It’s definitely on my to-do list because I’ve been testing it out for quite some time and feel that I’m ready to share my thoughts on it.)


Since the bristles are synthetic, this product is cruelty-free! If shopping for animal-friendly products is very important to you, you’ll be happy to learn this.


The price for this brush may be expensive to someone who doesn’t buy brushes often or purchases ones like Sigma brushes. However, considering that you’ll be using a foundation brush daily, I feel like it’s a worthwhile investment. After all, if a brush makes your foundation look better and you can apply it faster, isn’t that worth it?


It comes housed in a cute cylindrical package that protects the bristles and the handle. Plus I like how it’s not just exposed like a lot of brushes for everyone to touch. (Sure, you should wash your brushes thoroughly before using them, but it grosses me out a bit when I think about brushes on display that tons of customers have touched with dirty hands.)


  • Vegan
  • Handle made from recycled aluminum
  • Dense, super soft bristles make applying foundation a snap
  • Packaging protects bristles

  • Pricey
  • Dense bristles take longer to wash & dry

Final Verdict: 10/10

The Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush is incredible. It certainly lives up to the hype, and I’ve enjoyed using it so much that this is now the only brush I use to apply my foundation every single day!

If it’s within your budget, I suggest you give this one a shot. It may very well shorten the time it takes you to get ready in the morning!

What are some of your favourite makeup brushes? Do you wear foundation? If so, what kind?


18 thoughts on “Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush Review & Pictures

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey lovenailpolish!

      First of all, nice name. 😉 Hehe!

      The brush is really sleek, but the best part is definitely how it performs like a champion. I can be so lazy in the morning, and this brush does all the work for me. If it worked any better, I’d be like Cinderella with all the animals making her bed and helping her dress. 😛

  1. Brianna

    Wow! This brush looks AWESOME. I’ve been wanting a really good brush, and will definately remember this. It has a 4.8/5 rating on sephora, which is very good. I always use my fingers to blend foundation, but I really want to try using a brush for foundation, I only use a kabuki brush for powder.
    Brianna recently posted: OPI DS Couture

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Brianna!

      It’s an incredible brush – totally worth the price. It’s not even the most expensive brush out there, but it performs like it should cost a lot more. And, although I like to be environmentally friendly and promote products with minimal packaging, when it comes to brushes, I really like the packaging to protect the bristles.

      Some people don’t like using brushes for foundation, and I suppose it depends on the type of foundation you use. I mean, with loose mineral foundation, you MUST apply it with a brush. So I’m just used to using a brush. But, since I bought the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation along with this brush, I’ve actually switched to the liquid foundation! (Review and details to come soon!)

      If you want to try your first brush for liquid foundation, I highly recommend this. It almost applies it effortlessly for you. But you have to stipple after buffing to get rid of any streaks.

        1. Mary Post author

          I’ve been wanting to review the foundation for a while, but foundation really needs to be tested out for longer before you can really judge it. Same thing with skincare. 🙂 But, hopefully the review will be worth the wait!

  2. Catherine

    I know I’m totally in the minority, but I actually get so excited about brushes and foundations and concealers and stuff like that. I remember Phyrra did a really positive review of this brush and I’ve been thinking of getting it since. Thanks for sharing your input too!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Catherine!

      I probably would get excited over foundations, too, if I wasn’t already hooked on my mineral makeup. However, when the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation came out, I had to try it. And looks like it’s the first liquid foundation to ever excite me! 😀

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amy D.!

      It’s very comfortable to use, and the size of the bristles makes it easy to use all over your face. You can really get foundation on all crevices of your face that could be difficult with another brush – e.g. around the nose and under the eyes. 🙂 I highly recommend it, hehe, as you could tell from my “HOLY GRAIL STATUS” remark in the review. 😉

  3. Lizzy

    Just wanted to say Hi! I kept running into your blog while searching for swatches and you do such an amazing job. Finally got around to following. 🙂

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lizzy!

      Thank you so much for your words of encouragement, but also for taking the time to leave me a lovely comment. 🙂 Hope that I’ll hear from you again soon. I love interacting with my readers. I learn so much from you all!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amber!

      Thanks so much for saying that! 😀 I’m happy that you found this review helpful, and that you respect my opinion. Means so much!

      YES, their Naked Skin foundation is incredible! I bought it the same time I got this brush, and I was floored by how easy the foundation was to use. I used to use loose mineral makeup (which is really easy to apply), so I wasn’t sure if I had the skills to apply the liquid foundation, but it goes on soooo easily and blends like a dream (especially with this brush). I’ll be reviewing the foundation soon!


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