Friday, January 17, 2014

Wayne Goss Makeup Brushes: Review

Have you ever thought about how would the makeup brushes of your dream look like? What they would be like in quality, shape, size, look, feel and usage? I know I have. Quite often actually. And I kept searching for them not even hoping to get them in a set, but maybe at least individually. Well, guess what? I found them! They are designed by Wayne Goss, a well-known YouTuber and a very talented makeup artist. And they indeed are the perfect brushes for me.

Now let's get on to the review.

The whole line of brushes consists of 8 brushes in total, which make The Collection, plus 1 more Limited Edition Christmas Holiday Brush. You can buy each brush separately or in a collection.

The brushes are available here http://www.beautylish.com/products?q=wayne+goss for the US and here http://www.love-makeup.co.uk/wayne-goss-m-106.html for the rest of the world. The collection costs $210/140 GBP and the LE Christmas brush costs $85/50 GBP.

This is how they look.


That's the box, in which they came. Beautiful, isn't it?

The Collection + Limited Edition Christmas Holiday Brush

Wayne Goss The Collection + Limited Edition Christmas Holiday Brush

Wayne Goss The Collection
Description of The Collection (from http://www.love-makeup.co.uk/):
"The complete set of all 8 brushes, Wayne Goss The Collection.
The Collection is artisan hand crafted, made in Japan.  Each brush has been designed for a versatile shape and crafted with ultra soft hair."

These brushes are cruelty free. I also know from Wayne's videos that it takes around 30 people to make 1 brush. None of the hairs were cut or dyed. The only brush that was colored in black just to match the other brushes from the collection was the LE Christmas Holiday Brush. That's the overview of all the official information I know. By the way, Wayne Goss tells about how to use each brush and just more information on them in his tutorials on his YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/gossmakeupartist.

Overall these brushes look very luxurious. They are gorgeous! Beautiful sleek design in black color, short handles (so handy for traveling and just holding in one's hand; thank you, Wayne), small tapered heads (no useless flat brushes) that are just the perfect size and do all the job for you, super soft bristles (I heard people saying they were comparable to Hakuhodo brushes, some even said these were even a tad bit softer - OMG! How amazing is that?), and I mean SUPER soft, just pure gorgeousness and enjoyment. Also the selection and the shape of the brushes, which due to their shape and size turn out to be awesome multi-taskers, make for the perfect and absolutely complete collection. You won't need any other brush at all. The quality is outstanding, very nicely made. Just look at them! Oh, it's pure joy just to look at them, leave alone using them!

Let's get a closer look at these wonderful babies. Each brush in the collection has a number (1 to 8) except for the LE one, which doesn't (it's the largest one, you can't mistake it for any other brush), the name of Wayne Goss and Japan printed on them. One little detail that I really-really like: the ferrules of the brushes are black and shiny exactly as the handles and that makes them look very chic.


Wayne Goss Brush 1

Brush 1
Description:
"A unique angled cut duo fibre face brush. Soft on the skin and blends any foundation product and creme blush to a flawless finish.
Use: Foundation, Powder, Liquid, Cream, Mineral, Blush
Hair: Goat & Synthetic Fibre
Handle: Black Gloss Wood
Characteristics: Angled, Cut, Creating Two Different Lengths For Application"

It's small enough to get into the contours and all the tricky places of the face. It could also be good for contouring with cream products.

I personally don't quite like this brush for foundations. I can put them on with it, of course. But as for me it looks too streaky, and the brush isn't dense enough to do the blending and buffing in to the extent I prefer (my favorite one for this is a Real Techniques Expert Face brush - http://www.iherb.com/Real-Techniques-by-Samantha-Chapman-Your-Base-Flawless-Expert-Face-Brush/42482). So I don't think it's quite as universal as expected by design and claimed.

However, I do think it's a great brush and find it really handy especially for cream blushes. It is the perfect size and density for the best application and blending of them, so I love it.


Wayne Goss Brush 2

Brush 2
Description:
"A soft as silk lightly tapered powder brush.  Its unique shape makes it large enough for powdering and mineral foundation, the gentle taper makes it the just the right size for contour, highlight and blush.
Use: Powder, Highlighter, Contouring, Blusher, Bronzer, Mineral Foundation
Hair: Squirrel
Handle: Black Gloss Wood
Characteristics: Ultra Soft, Lightly Pointed."

This brush is so soft it almost makes me want to use more powder products just to enjoy its softness. The size of it is great for strategic powdering. Overall, I feel like Mr. Goss did such a great job creating smaller brushes versus standard or larger ones, because you can always achieve the same result with a small brush as with a big one, but you can do more with it versus the big one.


Wayne Goss Brush 3 Large Crease

Brush 3
Description:
"Ultra soft lightly pointed crease brush, designed for depositing and blending through the crease and creating a quick wash of colour.  Its size makes it ideal for contouring the nose, highlighting and precision powdering.
Use: Eyeshadow, Crease, Contouring Nose, Highlighting, Under Eye Bags, Powdering, Blending
Hair: Squirrel
Handle: Black Gloss Wood
Characteristics: Very Soft, Lightly Pointed"

This is the first eye brush of the collection. As for the eyes, it is perfect for a quick one swipe of color all over the lid. The brush looks big but it's tip is actually so nicely tapered that it can also be used to put and blend color in the crease, particularly if you have big eyes or, let's say, not small eyes. I personally like to use it as a blending brush or to put the color all over the lid.


Wayne Goss Brush 4 Medium Crease

Brush 4
Description:
"Ultra soft lightly pointed crease brush, designed for depositing and blending through the crease and creating a quick wash of colour.
Use: Eyeshadow, Crease, Contouring Nose, Highlighting, Under Eye Bags, Powdering, Blending
Hair: Squirrel
Handle: Black Gloss Wood
Characteristics: Very Soft, Lightly Pointed"

This brush is a smaller version of brush #3 crease brush, what else can I say. It does all the same job as #3 but in even smaller areas and in even more precise way. For me and my eye size and shape it is the perfect crease brush. It is lovely and literally does all the job for you, fits the crease just amazingly and puts and blends the color and the same time.


Wayne Goss Brush 5 Small Crease

Brush 5
Description:
"Small lightly pointed crease brush, designed for small eyes and perfect for creating a defined cut crease on any eye shape or size.
Use: Eyeshadow, Crease, Contouring Nose, Highlighting, Under Eye Bags, Smokey Eye, Blending
Hair: Squirrel
Handle: Black Gloss Wood
Characteristics: Ultra Soft, Lightly Pointed"

It is the smallest version of those #3 and #4 blending brushes and simply provides the most precise work on your eyes or elsewhere. I actually like to use it sort of as a pencil brush even though it's technically not, but that's how I'm using it and I love it. The fact that such a small baby can be so soft makes it feel like heaven.


Wayne Goss Brush 6 Blending

Brush 6
Description:
"Lightly rounded blending brush perfectly shaped to take you from subtle wash of colour to smokey with ease.
Use: Eyeshadow, Crease, Contouring , Highlighting, Blending, Concealer, Powdering
Hair: Squirrel
Handle: Black Gloss Wood
Characteristics: Ultra Soft, Lightly Rounded."

This eye-shadow brush reminds the world-famous Mac 217 brush, only it's a softer and a bit thinner version of it. It would also make a nice concealer brush for putting the concealer by patting it on and then maybe slightly blending it but not over-blending. As for me, I like those round tapered blending type brushes (#3 and #4) better for actual blending, but this one is really handy for putting the color on the lid, especially if I want more intensity.


Wayne Goss Brush 7 Lip

Brush 7
Description:
"A little multi tasking super star, a firm lip brush to enable more control of application. It doubles up as a smudge brush for the upper and lower lash line.
Use: Lips, Concealer, Eyeshadow, Brows, Eyeliner, Micro highlighting, Under Eye Bags.
Hair: Natural
Handle: Black Gloss Wood
Characteristics: Firm, Round Taped Tip."

Such a nice and comfortable brush. Indeed, a great one for lips. I assume will be equally great for smudging, lining the eyes and doing the brows, although I've only used it as a lip brush, and it's really great for that. I actually didn't expect it to be so good on the lips.


Wayne Goss Brush 8 Liner

Brush 8
Description:
"Use: Liner, Push Liner, Highlighting Lips, Contouring Lips, Brows, Micro Highlighting, Under Eye Bags.
Hair: Natural
Handle: Black Gloss Wood
Characteristics: Firm, Precise, Square Tip"

That's the tiniest brush I've ever seen and own. AMAZING for tight-lining, lining the eyes and filling the brows. When you tight-line with it, it is literally invisible to the eye but yet gives that defined and bushy-thick-lashed effect. I didn't believe it could be undetectable until I tried but it's true. For the brows you can actually draw hairs with it: it's THAT thin. Fabulous!

Just a quick note about all the eye brushes from this collection in particular. I know, I've mentioned it many times already, but they are incredibly soft. I'm only saying this because it is quite an easy thing to find a soft face brush, and we expect that and sort of make our conclusion about softness based on how soft the face brushes are in a certain line, at least some people tend to do so. Somehow, I think from production stand-point it is more difficult to make a small brush soft than it is to make a large one so. So it is much harder to find super soft eye brushes, even though the skin on our eye-lids is more sensitive and logically requires even more softness and love than the skin on our face. The skin on our face is a little thicker and can be more tolerant (not to say, we can use harsh brushes though :) ). So, with that being said, you can be sure these eye brushes are really soft and gentle and don't pull or move the skin on your eye-lids at all.


Limited edition Christmas face brush (it has no number)

Limited Edition Christmas Face Brush
Description:
"Produced as a limited edition for Christmas 2013, Wayne has created a large powder brush.  Lightly tapered and silky soft on the skin, it will also deliver a seamless blend for bronzer and blush.
Hair type: Goat
Note: With any coloured natural hair brush, some bleeding of colour should be expected in the first few washes."

This is the largest brush of the whole range, although it is still not super large. It is just perfect. I love using it for any face powder products really. It's nice for powdering, contouring, blush, brozer, highlighter. I can do almost anything on my face with it. However, I feel that this brush isn't as soft as the other brushes, say, #2 brush, maybe because it was dyed and the bristles hardened just a tad bit. I don't know. BUT it is still very-very-very soft. I'm only saying it for the note, and only in comparison to other brushes, which are amazingly soft.

Too bad it is a LE brush. I wish Wayne would include it in The Collection or just make it permanent, because I think that it concludes the collection beautifully making it just PERFECTION.

Bottom line, if you still didn't get it :), I lOVE these brushes. They are my dream brushes.

My rating by category (out of 10, 10 being the highest score):
  • versatility (brush heads shape and size, multi-purpose usage, completeness of the set etc.) - 10
  • product quality (sturdiness, softness, ease of use and washing etc.) - 10
  • design (look and feel, ease of use etc.) - 10
  • travel-friendliness (size, compactness and completeness) - 10
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Have a great day and observe and mark the beauty.

Disclaimer: all these products were purchased by me and I wasn't paid for a review.

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