I was using mineral makeup about a year ago. In that time, I ran the gamut of all sorts of brands of mineral foundation. However, for brushes I zeroed in straight on the Lumiere Kabuki brush, no second thoughts. I’d read so many good things about the kabuki I knew I’d have to order it.
This review is for the benefit of those who are still using mineral foundation and want a good kabuki brush that can buff in the foundation for a flawless finish. You need look no further than the Kabuki from Lumiere Cosmetics. For some strange reason its not available at their online store – perhaps they are restocking. Mine is the full size Kabuki which isn’t all that big as you can see above. Just a little shorter than a Dior lipstick.
The synthetic bristles are so wonderfully soft and pliable and its packed very densely – all the better to buff in the foundation. I found that because it was so dense it worked very well for applying a light layer of mineral foundation over your skin and for buffing. Your skin never gets scratched by the brush because its so soft! Do you see the recurring exclamations of “soft!”? Its because it is!
However I no longer use mineral makeup so my Lumiere Kabuki brush got placed by the wayside. Until recently when I was looking for my powder brush that had slipped behind my dresser – ew! At a bit of a loss, I decided to try using the Lumiere Kabuki brush.
Know what? It works just the same with normal 2-way powder foundation as it does with mineral foundation! I don’t end up picking as up as much color on the brush as I do with normal powder brushes and I found that it gives a smoother (sheerer) coverage than when I use a sponge but slightly heavier coverage than with a normal powder brush if that makes sense. Thankfully I worked this out or this brush would be sorely underused!
The Lumiere Kabuki brush used to retail on Lumiere Cosmetics for about US$14 (I stand to be corrected). I’m told it will soon be carried at Loving Minerals but prices are still being fixed – for us here in Malaysia and Singapore, its going to be heck of a lot easier ordering from Loving Minerals than from the USA right? Faster and less risk. 🙂
Why is it called a Kabuki Brush?
I used to wonder why a kabuki brush is called that. I know what Kabuki is – its a form of traditional Japanese theatre, rather like the Chinese Opera, where the actors paint their faces white and makeup must be strong to stand out from the stage.
So the history behind the Kabuki Brush is related to Kabuki theatre and the brushes that kabuki actors used. They needed thick and heavy makeup that yet looked flawless. The Kabuki brush was what they used and even now kabuki brushes offer heavier application than other brushes due to the density of the brush. This is why you are advised to only use very little mineral makeup or powder makeup to have full coverage…. unless you plan to go into Kabuki Theatre of course! 😉