Ahhh I never talked about my Lunasol Cheek Brush did I? I’ve owned it for months now and I love it! Its the only cheek brush, or blush brush as most of us will know it by, that I use daily.
The Lunasol Cheek Brush N is a very lovely and soft brush made from 100% blue squirrel hair. Animal lovers may bristle (ho ho!) at this, but I’ve personally found that I get the best makeup results with natural hair brushes, especially for powder blushes so I’m sorry if this doesn’t do it for you, it does wonders for me.
The brush is deceptively light. I say deceptive because I’m used to some heft in makeup brushes, mostly due to the wooden handles. The handle of the Lunasol Cheek Brush N is a light plastic maybe? And the ferrule is a light metal so the whole brush is light yet very balanced.
The brush head does look a bit small, and if you come from the MAC blush brush circle, you may be a bit nonplussed to find that the head is flat and not round and fluffy. I used to use the Shu Uemura #17 Pony so I was quite used to the concept of a flat head blush brush. It places colour better and more precisely where you need it to go.
Now, the bristles on this brush are about the softest I have ever come across. It most certainly is the softest that I own.
I have read that the makers of Lunasol brushes are Chikuhodo, a famed brush maker from Japan. The brush is very well made, with each hair well placed so I don’t ever get stray hairs sticking out randomly. When I wash the brush, I just shape it back and when it dries, each hair has fallen back into place so the shape of the brush is as perfect as it was before.
I like how balanced the brush looks. The shape is smooth and balanced.
Left: Side elevation Right: Plan view
You can see that on its side, the brush is slightly flattened, but tapered so it is a little fatter around the middle, and tapers towards the top. From the top, you can see that it is well packed and dense, but yet it is soft and pliable. If I’m not mistaken, the hairs are uncut and arranged according to their natural length, so they don’t feel scratchy against skin at all.
I have used soft brushes before, and one of my complaints is that soft brushes sometimes do not pick up colour very well. This however, isn’t true of the Lunasol blush brush. This one picks up colour very easily from all my blushes, no matter how pigmented or unpigmented they may be!
Here’s how the brush looks next to the Shu Uemura #17 Pony and the Cle de Peau Cheek Brush reviewed here. Its larger than the other two, but not too large that it makes it hard to have exact placement of colour on cheeks.
With a strong coloured blush, like the Tarte Natural Beauty I showed you earlier this week, I just lightly swipe the brush over the powder, dab it on my hand, and then apply it to my cheeks. I have no need for a stippling brush or a fan brush or any other brush one might use to diffuse a strong colour. This Lunasol brush picks up colour, deposits it where I want it to go, and when I blend, blends it out nicely so it looks natural. With a lighter blush, I swirl the brush around a bit to pick up colour, before I apply to cheeks and again, end up with a lovely diffused, soft blend of colour.
Its super soft on skin, applies all powder blushes like a dream (no more clown cheeks ever!) and blends the colour like nothing else I own. This is quite the perfect blush brush for me! I only own one – its too pricey to own 2! – but I sometimes wish I did 🙂
In a nutshell
The Lunasol Cheek Brush N is a medium sized slightly flat cheek brush for applying powder blush. It is made from blue squirrel hair and the bristles are very lovely and soft. The brush is dense and very balanced in its make up, yet it is pliable and comfortably soft on skin, like a breath of air. I find that it applies and blends blush very well, whether pigmented or light colours. Ever since I bought this, I’ve not used any other!
Pros: Soft bristles feels lovely on skin, Blends colour very well, Picks up colour very easily, Makes blush look natural on skin
Who will like this: Anyone who wants a blush brush that you can use with all colours of blushes from light to dark, Anyone who wants a good, well made, easy to use, no fail blush brush
The problem with good brushes is always the price. The initial outlay will hurt your pocket but if you take care of your brushes, they can last you years and even forever 🙂 I try to buy when I have vouchers or if there are special promotions for rebate vouchers going on at the department stores. That way, I at least get something out of it 😉
Do you own the Lunasol Cheek Brush N too? Love it as I do?
I am told that the RMK Cheek Brush also performs very well and when I was contemplating my purchase, I dithered between the two. As the two counters were close by, I went from one to the other to feel the brushes before I took the plunge and I chose Lunasol because it just felt nicer to me. I prefer the texture and don’t find it too soft, and its made my blush application as near perfect and natural as it has ever been. I couldn’t be happier!
Lunasol Cheek Brush N Price: RM150 (Thanks AnT!) Availability: Kanebo cosmetics counters