I was pleasantly surprised to know that local mineral makeup distributor LovingMinerals.com has designed their own kabuki brush aptly named Handy Kabuki! Unlike the normal short handled kabuki brushes, I found the brush head slightly less compact and dense – and that is a GOOD thing!
You see, a slightly more pliable brush head means that it will not apply powder as thickly as a regular dense kabuki brush, and it can be applied towards a myriad of uses. I can use this one Handy Kabuki to do my whole face! Let me tell you how 🙂
Handy Kabuki for powder foundation
If you use mineral powder foundation, this operates the same way as the regular kabuki brush. You swirl the powder, apply and buff it into your skin.
If you use a kabuki brush for compact powder (as I do) you do the same, swipe the powder, apply and blend.
The Handy Kabuki applies powder with sufficient coverage yet not too thickly so you don’t end up with blotchy powder coverage. Blending is a breeze because its so soft on the skin. The brush head feels about as soft as the Everyday Minerals long handled kabuki but at the same time, feels slightly more substantial. I found that my EDM flat top brush has started splaying which is starting to bug me.
Handy Kabuki for loose powder
If you want to set your foundation with loose powder, the Handy Kabuki works too. You can use it to apply a relatively light layer of powder on the skin and to blend. It makes a pretty decent powder brush – just be sure not to pick up too much powder.
Handy Kabuki for blush
Ha! Bet you weren’t expecting this, but try the Handy Kabuki with light blushes. The dense brush head picks up a lot of color which is good for blushes that are very light on my skin. I then tap off excess and swirl onto my skin – because the brush head isn’t as dense as the Lumiere Cosmetics Kabuki, I find its easier to control colour hence the usefulness for blush.
Handy Kabuki for Shimmer Highlighters
And to finish off your look, use the brush with shimmer powders. I do the same thing, tap off excess and then apply to the skin. If you use it with light shimmer products it works beautifully. I’ve used it to apply MAC Porcelain Pink MSF both as highlighter and blush – I just use different degrees of pressure to get the desired effect 🙂
Handy Kabuki or Everyday Minerals Long handled Kabuki?
I know that question’s at the forefront of your minds. To be perfectly honest, I found no difference in the texture of the 2 brushes. Both brushes felt lovely and soft on the skin and both brushes use 100% synthetic bristles and are vegan approved.
The difference lie in the bristles used. The bristles in the Handy Kabuki don’t show up color after use so you don’t get the dirty used look that white bristles will give you. The staining of the white bristles has started to happen with my flat top brush so if you’re a stickler for keeping brushes looking pristine you won’t like that.
Compared to the Lumiere Kabuki, the brush head is slightly smaller but the bristles appear to be of the same quality. I haven’t found my Lumiere Kabuki splaying or getting soft and floppy so the Handy Kabuki is a perfect marriage of 2 very decent brushes 🙂
Either way, the Handy Kabuki is a handy little thing you can pack away in a small makeup pouch, fits nicely in your hand and travels well. Oh and its RM39 at LovingMinerals.com. Good deal oui? 🙂
Pros: Useful for a variety of applications, Affordable, Lovely soft bristles that do not stain
Cons: Some may prefer a denser brush head
Have you tried using your kabuki brush for anything other than mineral powder foundation? As you can see above, I do and I’ve done so before. The flat top brush also comes into play for very very light blushes but I’ve never been able to use a kabuki brush for blush… until now – yay! 🙂