Review: Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Top Blush Brush

by Paris B on · 16 comments

in Brushes etc.,Product Reviews

I’d been wanting the Sonia Kashuk Flat Top brush for ever. And when I got my paws on it, I was a very happy camper indeed!

Sonia Kashuk Flat Top brush

The Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Top brush was designed for applying cream blushes. The bristles are synthetic to make it easier to clean off the cream blush and so it doesn’t get absorbed unlike natural hair. Like the powder brush, the handle is contoured to fit into your hand comfortably. Again, I’d prefer it if it was fatter. Brush handles should not be anorexic!

I was quite surprised when I first saw the brush head. I thought it would be similar to the Anna Sui Flat Top Blush Brush I own, but when compared side by side, the Anna Sui brush head is noticeably bigger. So, I was quite nonplussed by that.

Sonia Kashuk and Anna Sui flat top brush

You can see that the Anna Sui is fluffier – it might be due to the fact that the Anna Sui is natural hair while the Sonia Kashuk is synthetic. I’ve found that natural hair tends to “fluff’ more.

Still, I had to try it but once I did, I forgave it the anorexic handles and the small brush head. The Sonia Kashuk flat top blush brush is awesome!

I tested it first using the Stila Convertible Blush in Lillium. It is the only cream blush I own (which I no longer do – its now residing in a happier home 😉 ). I dabbed the Sonia Kashuk brush onto the cream and found that it did not pick up much color. I then applied it on my cheeks and buffed the colour in. The cream blush applied well without streaking and to my surprise, was effortless to apply. This brush might help me get over my cream blush phobias yet.

Since I mostly use powder blushes, I tested this on powder blush too to see if it would work, and I’m happy to report that yes, the Sonia Kashuk flat top blush brush works with powder blushes too! With powder blushes you must be careful because the brush picks up a lot of color. Application is the same. Place brush on cheeks and buff in in circular motions. In that sense, it works a lot like the Anna Sui brush. However, as the brush head is smaller, the blush application is more precise so you do get a nice pop of color on your cheeks which you can then buff to even.

Texture wise, it is soft but not as soft as the powder brush. It doesn’t poke the skin and I did notice a little shedding after the first wash. It was about 3 hairs and it stopped after 2 washes – whew! This brush, having synthetic bristles, works with liquid foundations too for a smooth look after buffing in the foundation.

Sonia Kashuk is available at Target and at US$14.99 I’d say its affordable by USA standards but at RM54 its not exactly cheap by Malaysian standards. Still, its a good buy and a blush brush I’d recommend if you can find it.

Pros: Soft, applies cream blush well, works for powder blush and liquid foundations

Cons: Unavailable in Malaysia for now, pricey by Malaysian standards


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prettybeautiful April 6, 2009 at 9:13 am

i have to agree with u that i prefer big fat handle, if this works for me, i dont mind paying rm54 for this since it can last forever.


ParisB April 6, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Hi prettybeautiful

Yep! You are right about it lasting for ever. That’s why I’m quite happy to pay for SOME brushes :)


LyNn April 6, 2009 at 9:54 am

yeah RM 54 is a little pricey.
if it was rm 14.99 i wouldnt mind buying it too 😛
but the head really looks like edm flat top brush.
does it work the same way?
if so will this work for minerals as well?


ParisB April 6, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Hi Lynn

I’d say it does not work the same way that the Everyday Minerals brush does because the head is much smaller. It works for blush and liquid foundation but mineral foundation would take too long.


Nikki April 6, 2009 at 10:41 am

NO I am expecting you to say some bad things about Sonia Kashuk so I don’t want it! LOL


ParisB April 6, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Hey Nikki

But..but.. I can’t say anything bad! hehe… :) Seriously, its really good stuff :)


Shay April 6, 2009 at 11:46 am

Wow! I would like to get this brush.

How do I get this brush??? Is it available online?


ParisB April 6, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Hi Shay

As far as I know, its not available online to us here in Malaysia – sorry!


Shay April 6, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Oh, so we have to get it from the states? Hmmm…time for a holiday to the states! 😛


giddy tigress
April 6, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I am loving this brush to bits too!


ParisB April 6, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Hey giddy tigress

Yay! *hugs*


Synaesthesia April 6, 2009 at 1:11 pm

I got myself a Etude House powder brush and that’s totally crappy. I’m looking for a nice kabuki or blusher brush, I love to have MAC brush but it’s too expensive for my budget and RM54 for a Sonia Kashuk I won’t say too expensive but doesn’t it including shipping ? if excluding then it’ll cost more…which I don’t think I’ll get them for more than RM60


ParisB April 6, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Hi Synaesthesia

I’ve heard a lot of nice things about the Etude House brushes. Sorry you had a different experience to many. From what I know, Target does not ship internationally so there’s no real way to get hold of Sonia Kashuk brushes unless a friend or someone in the USA can get it and ship it over here.


Traclyn Yeoh April 6, 2009 at 11:13 pm

Do they have it in Target Australia? I’m wanting the blending sponge…


ParisB April 7, 2009 at 10:19 am

Hi Traclyn

I’m not sure about Target Australia. Anyone in Australia want to confirm this?


Coco September 8, 2009 at 2:47 pm

I’m afraid they don’t :(. I wish they would though, I’m sure there are so many of us that would be interested!!!


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