If you want just one Wayne Goss makeup brush get Makeup Brush No. 8

by Paris B on · 62 comments

in Brushes etc.,Eyeliner,Makeup,Product Reviews

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On January 15, 2014
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Last year, makeup artist and vlogger Wayne Goss (gossmakeupartist on Youtube) launched his range of makeup brushes to great acclaim. I’m not a follower as such but I do enjoy good makeup brushes and when I saw that his were primarily natural hair brushes and Made in Japan (by Artisan & Artist), I was all over them!

I didn’t get the whole set though. They were pretty pricey. But I did get a few to play with and while it would make sense for me to tell you about them as a whole, it also makes a whole lot of sense for me to tell you the one brush you’d want to pick up from the Wayne Goss brush collection, if you ever just want one. The reason is simple.

I haven’t come across a similar brush out there, and that’s good enough reason as any! icon biggrin If you want just one Wayne Goss makeup brush get Makeup Brush No. 8

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This brush would be the Wayne Goss Brush #8. There are 8 in the collection thus far, and they’re all numbered because they’re not meant to perform just one function, you can use each brush to perform a myriad of functions so numbers keep you from being tied to just a “Blush brush” or a “Foundation brush” or as I would call the Brush #8, a “Tightlining Brush”.

According to Wayne, this Brush #8 can be used for liner, push liner, highlighting lips, contouring lips, brows, micro highlighting, and under eye bags. I use mine primarily as a push liner or for tightlining and it is a dream!

The reason why this brush works so well as a push liner or for tightlining is simple – the bristles are short, firm yet flexible and soft, and not too thick. The firm square tip also helps a lot for it to get right in the roots of your lashes for a very natural liner that makes your eyes instantly look larger yet doesn’t look like you’re obviously wearing eyeliner.

wayne goss brush 8 size If you want just one Wayne Goss makeup brush get Makeup Brush No. 8

The brush is slim and not too long nor too short and feels comfortable and nicely weighted in hands. The handle is a black glossy wood with a black metal ferrule so the construction is very sleek.

You may notice just how tiny the head of the brush is. It’s so tiny that when I first got it, I was a little surprised. I mean, how was I supposed to use this thing?!

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See? It’s so tiny compared to my thumb! But seriously, this brush is genius.

I have been doing a lot of tightlining in recent times because I’ve just been too lazy to wear mascara, and wearing eyeliner is quite a fuss to get right and to ensure they don’t smudge. So, I went back to tightlining, which is essentially lining your eyes tight at the root of the lashes, usually from underneath and what you get is a very natural looking result, that doesn’t even look like you’re wearing eyeliner yet opens your eyes instantly.

I was previously using a pencil liner to tightline (I use the Guerlain Kohl pencil. Have been for years) and it works but I found recently that using a powder eyeshadow to tightline actually lasts just as long on my eyes, has a softer result and is easier if you’re travelling because you can skip carrying an eyeliner. All you need is a brush and a dark eyeshadow colour which should be present in most palettes! icon biggrin If you want just one Wayne Goss makeup brush get Makeup Brush No. 8

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Here are some examples of lines I get using the Wayne Goss Brush No. 8. I just dip it into black liner and draw it on. Apparently, you can also use this brush to draw brows. I tried it once and it works. I haven’t tried it for anything else because I don’t do a lot of detailed makeup, but if you are working with very small spaces, then this brush will work because it’s so tiny.

And here is how I use this Brush No. 8 as a push liner or to tightline my eyes.

wayne goss tightline brush If you want just one Wayne Goss makeup brush get Makeup Brush No. 8

  • I first tap it into a dark eyeshadow, usually black.
  • Then I lift my top eyelid and draw at the root of my lashes, working the short brush into the roots to draw a line.
  • The difference between a tightlined eye and a non-lined eye isn’t very obvious but you may notice how my eye on your right looks a bit more defined as opposed to the eye on your left where you can see the skin at the root of the lashes.

It really is an optical illusion but one that works and doesn’t take very long because you don’t have to get it 100% smooth or clean all the time. Another reason why I like using this technique and this Brush N0. 8 helps me achieve the perfect result every single time very quickly.

And that’s why I say that if you just want one Wayne Goss makeup brush, consider the Brush No. 8. It’s also the cheapest in the whole collection, retailing at £13 or US$17 depending on whether you are based in the USA (USD) or in the Rest of the World (GBP).

In a nutshell

If you want just one Wayne Goss makeup brush, get Brush No. 8 which works wonderfully as a push liner or tightlining brush. It is small, firm, slim and does the job in a blink of an eye. No pun intended. Of all the Wayne Goss brushes I have, this one gets the most use and delivers the best results with almost no learning curve. I’ve found no other similar brush in the market to do the job so that’s another reason I love this one. Absolutely worth getting.

Pros: Tightlines like a dream, Easy to use and hold, Good size, Brush is short yet soft and firm to get into roots of lashes without irritating the eyes

Cons: Pricey, Shipping costs is quite high as there are only 2 sites selling these brushes

Who will like this: Anyone who does tightlining for eye makeup on a regular basis, Anyone who wants a multi-function brush for lining, brows and working on small spaces

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For now there are just 2 websites that retail Wayne Goss brushes:-

I got mine from Love Makeup (of course, since I’m in the “Rest of the World”) and shipping to me is a painful £12.50 flat rate and comes by registered mail. It only makes sense therefore to share your order with friends or make a larger order so it evens out. For just one brush, it isn’t worth it. However, shipping within the UK is free so if you have friends there, see if you can ship it to them and then get them to send it to you which might be more affordable.

Update: LeGeeque and Lipglosseater below have commented on how Nars has a similar brush. I believe they maybe referring to the Nars #15 Smudge Brush which I also own and love but it performs a different function. I managed to grab a quick comparison shot after reading their comments.

wayne goss nars brush If you want just one Wayne Goss makeup brush get Makeup Brush No. 8

The Nars brush is thicker and is tailored more towards smudging of colour whether close to the lashline or on the lower lash line (which I use it most). It is however, too thick to use to tightline even as it can be used on the upper lash line over liner to set it or to smudge out a smokey eye. Hope this helps anyone else wondering icon smile If you want just one Wayne Goss makeup brush get Makeup Brush No. 8

Do you own any Wayne Goss makeup brushes? Do you tightline your eyes?

I picked up the Brush No. 1, 2, 3 and 5 as well. I can’t seem to find my Brush No. 1 lately but I’m sure it’ll turn up somewhere icon razz If you want just one Wayne Goss makeup brush get Makeup Brush No. 8 I found I had a learning curve when it came to using the other face and eye brushes but not with this Brush No. 8 which worked from the get go. Definitely one I was happy I splurged on icon biggrin If you want just one Wayne Goss makeup brush get Makeup Brush No. 8

Paris B

Wayne Goss Makeup Brush No. 8 Price:  £13 or US$17 Availability: Beautylish (USA only) and  Love Make Up (UK based and ships worldwide)

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LeGeeque January 15, 2014 at 8:39 am

That sounds amazing! I’m curious because I THINK you have the NARS brush that’s similar and you used it to tightline as well? How does it compare? Feel free to knock me on the head if I’ve confused your brush with another :P


liyeun January 15, 2014 at 10:49 am

Thank you for this question! I really get to know about brushes with MWS now! =)


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Late to reply but I think I addressed your query in the post :D Nars is too “fat” to use to tightline :)


Jenn January 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

Eh this reminds me of the NARS makeover I had sometime ago – the makeup artist used a brush like this one to “press” eyeshadow unto my waterline over the eyeliner. It really made the eyeliner stay on the waterline until I removed it at the end of the day! :D


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Yep! He probably used the Nars #15 Smudge brush :) Addressed the comparison in the post :D It’s a great brush that one. I love using it for smudging colour on my lower lashline too


ailyn January 15, 2014 at 9:33 am

oh.. so expensive! I would probably wait until it has a sale or something =(

but it looks sooooo useful.


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:04 pm

On its own, I’d agree that it’s pricey but in the big scheme of things it isn’t really. That said, the shipping is quite killer so hopefully another store with more affordable shipping picks up the brand. It’s quite ridiculous to charge us so much for just brushes :(


Carina January 15, 2014 at 10:22 am

I have a similar one from Hakuhodo, and it is also a dreaaam for tightlining! <3


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Ooh Hakuhodo does a similar one too? Great! I can’t get my head around the many different brushes Hakuhodo has – so confusing! I did read that the brushes from Artisan & Artist are also manufactured by Hakuhodo so essentially it might all end up being the same thing :D


cynthia January 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

It’s pretty tough to find a god brush for tightline. Glad you found one. I always use pencil eyeliner to tightline because i find it easier. hehe XD But…this WG brushes is pretty expensive.


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Yep! I’d been looking for a tightlining brush for a long time so this was perfect :) For the quality, I don’t find WG brushes too pricey. They are priced pretty much like Japanese natural hair brushes and since they ARE Japanese natural hair brushes, I’m fine about that :) But I will agree that on a micro scale, they are very painful on the wallet


liyeun January 15, 2014 at 10:42 am

uuuhhh la la! I have not heard of this brand before, thank you paris for introducing!
The brush no.8 seems good and I can now see how well it is for tightlining.
Just a question though, how do you find HOLDING it to tightline your eyes? Comfy?


liyeun January 15, 2014 at 10:47 am

Sorry, I mean when you are tightlining your eyes, does the slimness sometimes give way, at all? I have one really slim eye liner brush and I find it quite tiring to hold it for long as it is so slim that I have to hold tightly to prevent it from slipping. LOL!

anyway, could u do a review on other brushes from Wayne Goss, too?


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Yep, will get around to the other Wayne Goss brushes once I’ve made up my mind about them :) I had a bit of a learning curve with some of them. As for the slimness, you actually work very quickly so it’s not like you’re holding it for hours at a time hehe… just a few seconds at most.


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Most welcome :) There are just a few brushes for now and since Wayne Goss himself is particular about brushes, it only makes sense that he gets good ones made :) Holding it is fine. It’s quite short and the slim handle doesn’t bug me. That said, I do have quite small hands, but it still isn’t a problem :)


Tracy@Beauty Reflections January 15, 2014 at 11:00 am

I have a Smashbox brush like this. It’s not available any more though, and I think it came in a special set from the home shopping network here to be honest. But I LOVE it and use it all the time. I’m not a fan of heavy eyeliners, so I tightline most of the time. I agree it makes a big diff!


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Ah don’t you hate it when a good brush disappears? I’m not a fan of heavy liners too! *high5* I find it ages me so tightlining is the way to go :D


Wynnce January 15, 2014 at 11:37 am

Yes! I like to tightline my upper eyelashes with an eyeshadow. But the brush I’m using is from Sigma E15 Flat Definer. It works like wonder but there’s an only downside of it, which is the bristles are a bit too wide in size. I can tightline my eyes instantly with few dabbing motion but I find it quite hard to elongate at the outer corner of my eyes.


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Thanks for sharing an alternative! I’m not too familiar with Sigma brushes but I can imagine a flat eyeliner brush can also do the job :)


Lily January 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm

I usually use pencil liners to tightline. Wayne Goss brushes are more expensive than some Hakuhodo ones, but it doesn’t stop me from being tempted. Sunny just tempted me with hers yesterday and now yours. And I was JUST looking at his brushes a couple of days ago (since I missed the launch). It must be a sign. LOL!


BooBooNinja January 20, 2014 at 7:12 am

The price is “ouch!”, but I’m tempted by the WG brushes too.


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I have a couple of Hakuhodo brushes but I think I got the wrong ones cos they aren’t wowing me LOL Sigh… Still, doesn’t stop me wanting others :P I’m sure it’s a sign that you need a Wayne Goss brush in your life haha. I picked mine up during the pre launch so I guess I got lucky ;)


Sunny January 15, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Hey Paris, I just wrote about his brush 1 yesterday (and oh my God that thing is GOOD. I hope yours will turn up soon)! Thanks for the review! I don’t really just tightline, but now I feel like trying it out! I’m not sure how well powder will stay put though. Maybe I want to make sure it’ll last before I run out and grab this ;)


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:17 pm

I found my Brush #1!!! :D I read your review and I have to say I”m dying to give it a go now. Just gave it a wash and will play with it and see what I make of it. I saw you prefer it over Shiseido! Now that’s saying something coz I love the Shiseido ones :D I find that powder stays on me longer than pencil for tightlining but then it could also just be me. My eyes just work better with powder :)


Felix January 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Hi Paris, great review! I just subscribed to wayne goss on youtube last month, his best vid has to be that kim kardashian contouring tutorial, then Strawberrynet had Nars Laguna on special the next day and i got it on impulse haha.

Aaaanyway, i was just wondering how u remove ur tightline at the end of the day. Ive tried it before and i ended up with very irritated red eyes, so ive not done it evr since. Can u advise what u use and how u do it?



Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Hi Felix, thanks and I’m glad you found it useful. I watch his videos sporadically but I love his sense of humour which is a little more lacking in other videos I see so it’s nice to have something different. As for removing the tightline, I just use regular eye makeup remover on a cotton pad or cotton bud and just clean it off. It doesn’t irritate my eyes at all but then I don’t use gel liner, only powder shadow so it removes very easily. Don’t scrub at your eyes – you don’t want premature lines ;) Good luck!


Cassandra Hendriks January 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I’ve been curious about the Wayne Goss brushes!


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Hope this helped assuage some of your curiousity! ;)


Anne January 15, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Interested in this but shipping is so ex! Also can’t seem to find any other interested products from Love Make Up.. Guess have to find other replacement brands…


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Yep, the shipping is a right killer >.< If you have friends in the UK or Europe, it’s cheaper. I don’t know if they’ll have free shipping at any time though but if they do then that’s the time to swoop in!


Marina(Makeup4all) January 15, 2014 at 6:03 pm

I don’t have any of his brushes, but my friend has them all and she always raves about it.


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:23 pm

I think he really captured the imagination of people who aren’t already familiar with Japanese brand natural hair brushes. Still, I won’t deny that they’re pretty good and high quality too.


Hannah January 15, 2014 at 7:41 pm

This brush looks similar to Hakuhodo G521 (USD20). In fact, I find that several of WG brushes look similar to the Hakuhodo ones I have.
I bought G521 for tightlining but I find it easier and faster to just line my upper waterline with an eye pencil so I hardly use G521. But I’d have to say the finish isn’t as perfect as tightlining.


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Thanks for the info Hannah :) I’m not as familiar with Hakuhodo brushes as there are so many! But it’s good to know of alternatives. I’ve read that as his brushes are by Artisan & Artist and as Hakuhodo reportedly makes brushes for A&A there is definitely some similarity in the Hakuhodo and Wayne Goss brushes. It’s nice knowing that though. Hakuhodo makes great quality brushes so I know at least, that the quality of the WG brushes are excellent :)


Parita January 15, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Would love to try few of Wayne Goss brushes but the shipping is just too much! will wait until availability of these beauties become easier ;)


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Am hoping there’s another site that’ll pick it up too! Seriously, the shipping is just far too high :(


lisa January 15, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Ok, i need this one. I’ve been waiting for this review for a while. Yay! And can you do a comparison of No.1 and the Shiseido’s? I’m thinking for the longest time too whether I need No.2 too.


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:31 pm

I’ll do that Lisa :) I have No.2 but I’ll say that I had a learning curve so I’m still only just warming up to it. Sunny has a review of No. 1 vs the Shiseido brush if you’d like to take a look here.


Laura January 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Eyeliner brushes are my weakness these days, and since I’ve started learning how to tightline, I’ve been really loving the effect! This WG brush is pretty pricey but I won’t mind paying for it if it’s such an amazing eyeliner/tightliner brush. :D


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Me too! Ever since I went back to tightlining, I find myself loving the effect so much better than with regular eyeliner. The WG brush is pretty awesome. If I ever lost this, I’d definitely buy a replacement!


Seline January 16, 2014 at 12:17 am

Hi Paris, will you review the other brushes as well?


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Hi Seline, yes I will but over time. I’m still feeling my way around the other brushes :)


Firn January 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

What about Laura Mercier? I think there is a brush used with the cake eyeliner that may be the same…


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:44 pm

I checked that out Firn and it’s got slightly longer bristles but the same concept :) I had some eyeliner brushes that looked similar but I found that longer bristles tend to have more “give” so while I get my tightline done, it doesn’t get it done as quickly nor as intensely :)


Phay January 17, 2014 at 10:14 am

Please review other WG brushes as well. Thanks.


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Will do, Phay once I form a firm opinion of each of them :)


Robert c. January 18, 2014 at 4:19 am

Hello Paris ! It’s been such a looong time since I’ve posted comments but I have been reading every post though >:D kinda like a silent beauty stalker lol .

Anyways , I’m thinking of getting wayne’s brushes (been following him on YT like forever) , and I was wondering what are your thoughts on the Brush 2 ? Does it apply the meteorites perles well ?

Thanks ~


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Hiya Robert! Thanks for reading even if not commenting :D I had a bit of a learning curve with Brush No.2. I personally find it a bit small and a bit firm so while I’ve gotten it to work, I wouldn’t personally use it for applying Meteorites Perles simply because it’s got a small head and might apply product a bit too intensely. I think it would be nice if Wayne Goss came up with a fluffier powder brush. That might work better.


Robert c. January 20, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Hellooo ~

Umm , then what are your thoughts on the Estee Lauder brushes ? I wanted to get the lunasol ones but they aren’t available here in the UK ..and the VAT they charge ..uh( heard Malaysia is gonna start something similar to VAT soon though..but idk ).
Currently need help finding a good brush for the meteorites that I just got , mind helping pweeze :> ? I’ve looked at the Trish Mcevoy one but it’s just too expensive for me D:

Thank you.
Robert C.


Paris B January 22, 2014 at 5:36 pm

I haven’t had any experience with Estee Lauder brushes to be honest, but I’d say that I’m not terribly impressed the few times I’ve tried them. Perhaps you can try using Real Techniques blush brush? The one with a pink handle. I tested it recently and it seems to work well enough and it isn’t very pricey either :) Yes we’ll get GST soon but I’m not sure how that’ll impact prices because realistically, there isn’t a lot of difference between the percentages of tax :D


Joyce (bronzerbunny) January 19, 2014 at 3:01 pm

i’m not sure i know how to tightline with a brush lol! But now i’ll have to try tomorrow. and hopefully i won’t be desperate to have this brush hahaha!


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Hahaha! I find it so much easier coz you can really get into the roots of the lashes :D Do share if you managed to ;)


BooBooNinja January 20, 2014 at 7:14 am

Oh great. :) Another person who loves this brush for tightlining!
I have the Bdellium 760 brush and I like it for getting close to my lashline, so’ve been telling myself that I don’t need Brush 08. Of course, I don’t need *any* of the WG brushes but… *sigh* all the reviews are glowing.


Paris B January 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Haha Yes I’m afraid I am a huge fan of this brush for tightlining! Interesting that you mentioned the Bdellium brush – I’m thinking of picking up some to see how they fare! I think I’ll pick brush 760 too and give it a go. Do you have other Bdellium brushes that you like? :D


BooBooNinja January 21, 2014 at 6:32 am

Are you ready for a long answer? You might have to grab a cup of tea. :)
I have five Bdellium brushes, all from the Green Bambu line because I prefer shorter handles and they are cruelty-free. All the brushes are soft, easy to clean, and retain their shape after multiple washings.

The Green Bambu Smokey Eyes set is a decent selection of brushes for a beginner and/or for travel. I like three of the five the most. Of course, I adore the 760 Liner/Brow; it definitely made the set more attractive. The 781 Crease is nicely tapered, giving a precision that works well with my hooded Asian eyes. The 777 Shadow is a basic lay-down brush. I could do without the 716 Smoky Eyeliner and the 769 Angled Contour. I wish the 716 were denser and shorter. The pointed tip is okay when I want to line my eyes with wet eyeshadow. It is too long and flexible to give anything other than a soft line. I prefer other brushes to this one. I never reached for the 769 so I gave it away.

I also have the Green Bambu 942 Slanted Contour brush. The brush head is smaller than the MAC 168 and does not splay out with use. I really like the shape and size of this brush; however, I often think the natural hair version would have been the better choice since I have powder blushes only. I really do love the 942 though. It is very soft and is the ideal size for my face.


Paris B January 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Waaah this is awesome BoobooNinja because I have been looking at the green Bambu brushes too! Was considering the Smokey eye set but now that I’ve read what you have to say, I think I’ll pass on it and get individual brushes :D Thanks for the write up! x


BooBooNinja February 9, 2014 at 7:05 am

No problem, Paris. I’m glad my opinion was helpful. I hope you get some Bdellium brushes soon and review them. I’m curious what you’ll think of them. Since commenting here, I’ve started using my 5 Bdellium brushes more. I’m motivated to sort all* my brushes to determine what I actually like and what should be given away or donated.

* Thank goodness I don’t have too many!


Paris B February 10, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I did get 2 brushes quite recently and I’m waiting for them to be shipped to me! :D Will definitely review them once I’ve had a chance to have a go at them. They are surprisingly affordable! Glad to have prompted you to relook at your brush stash. I should do that too!


Ting January 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Wayne Goss is a big big fan of good brushes. I love his youtube videos. He’s just so funny!! I would think that all brushes in his range are good and practical (yes I am biased). No chance to try them yet. The shipping charge turns me off. And I am waiting for the “craze” to die down a little because his first batch was sold out, wasn’t it?


Paris B January 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm

From what little I watch he is and I love his sense of humour especially when he’s pissed off about something haha! The ones I’ve tried are not bad and are lovely and soft and very Japanese, if you get my meaning. I think he really scored well going for a premium range as opposed to a mass market. And picking Japanese brushes is just genius! :D


Ting January 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Yes!! Japanese (in a stereotypical voice) is like the asian equivalent of german perfectionism. :D They have tools for everything!


Paris B January 28, 2014 at 5:32 pm

That they do! And they are GOOD STUFF!


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