I noticed recently that I’ve accumulated an insane number of makeup brushes. I know, I just have one face, but I am always curious about what’s out there and how I could find an even better product. Hence my insane brush accumulation. So, I decided to try to blog about 1 brush in a week, just to share my thoughts on brushes that I like or dislike. Operative word here is “try” :P
I already have a number of reviews about various makeup brushes over the years. It’s one of the things I don’t give away nor toss if they don’t work for me, unlike makeup or skincare. Perhaps it’s because they don’t really expire, so I just keep them on hand :)
So that’s the niceties out of the way, I’m going to tell you a little more about the Wayne Goss Brush 1 face brush.
I was going to start with one of my most used brushes but it turns out that they were all unwashed and this was clean, so here we go :P
The Wayne Goss Brush 1 is one of the original brushes launched by makeup artist Wayne Goss who makes videos under his popular Gossmakeupartist channel. For those who may be used to a flat paddle type brush, a round brush like one, with its slanted tip may be a novelty. However, for those who are already familiar with Japanese makeup brushes this is a familiar shape and style. It won’t come as a surprise therefore to learn that Wayne Goss brushes are made in Japan and of very high quality.
The WG Brush 1 is round, with a slanted, flat tip. The bristles are a mix of goat hair and synthetic fibre and this is in fact, a duo-fibre brush. What makes it different from a stippling brush is the density and length of the hair. It took me a while to warm up to this brush, but once I did, I love it :)
Close up, you can see the different hair in the brush. The shorter bristles, with the slightly off-white colour are the natural goat hair, while the longer white bristles are synthetic. It is actually quite short and dense, and works very well to apply any liquid or cream product.
I use this WG Brush 1 mostly for applying liquid foundation. I use the 5 line foundation method which is truly one of the best tips I’ve ever learned. Most days, I use the lighter coverage method of drawing the foundation on my skin with my finger and then using a brush to blend in circular motions.
The WG Brush 1 does this quickly, easily and literally blends like a dream. If you want more coverage, dab it on the skin and if you want to blend product out, use circular motions. The bristles are lovely and soft with a nice spring to it, so it doesn’t feel scratchy against the skin. Importantly also, it doesn’t make foundation look streaky when you blend, and it actually does the work very quickly despite its diminutive head size. I tried using it in downward strokes as Wayne recommends and I don’t like the effect because I find it streaky. So, do the stipple/dab and circular blending method and you won’t look back.
I do however, find that due to the duo fibre nature of this brush, I can control the coverage of the foundation I’m using. I can therefore have a light to medium coverage by blending with the flat surface of the brush, allowing the flexible synthetic bristles to do the job, and I can increase coverage by dabbing it on skin where I need more coverage. While this is true of many duo-fibre brushes, what makes this unique is the length and density of the bristles. The short bristles offer more control and the density of the bristles allow for more even coverage.
I sometimes use this brush to blend out my concealer as well, and it does a fabulous job. All in all, I think this is a very good brush to own if you don’t have one that’s similar because once you use a foundation brush like this one, you’d never look at a flat paddle brush again :) Or rather, that’s me anyway :D
Quality like this brush however, doesn’t come cheap. It retails at £30 (approx RM150) which I wouldn’t consider pricey for a good quality, well made brush, but as an initial outlay, does hurt the wallet somewhat. I won’t tell you about it lasting forever if well taken care of, or that you’d get back your value many times over because you’d be using it so often, because we can never justify things like this. You either are already convinced or you aren’t. All I’d say therefore is that this is an excellent brush and if budget allows for it, go ahead. But if budget doesn’t, don’t fret, there are others out there :)
In a nutshell
The Wayne Goss Brush 1 is a fantastic duo fibre brush that has short, dense bristles and does an excellent job with applying liquid or cream foundation for a lovely smooth finish. Using it in circular motions blends foundation very smoothly and seamlessly and gives a lovely finish to the skin. Dabbing it on allows for more coverage on areas where you need it, or if you just want a heavier coverage all over. The brush is incredibly soft with a lovely springy feel and feels fabulous. A good one to own if your budget allows for it and the all-black handle and ferrule looks amazing too!
Brush hair: Goat and Synthetic fibre
Pros: Brush head feels lovely and soft against skin, Dense and short bristles allow for good control when applying liquid or cream foundation, Applies foundation very smoothly and evenly with a lovely finish, Very luxurious and well made
Cons: Pricey, Only available online
from 2 sourcesand shipping can be pricey
Who will like this: Anyone who enjoys using natural hair brushes, Anyone who wants a good and easy to use foundation brush with a low learning curve
Some of you who are more familiar with makeup brushes may have noticed the similarity between the Wayne Goss Brush 1 and my favourite Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush, and a Hakuhodo brush. Let me do you a quick comparison :)
Wayne Goss Brush 1 vs Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush
Left: Wayne Goss Brush 1 Right: Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush
Some of you will remember that I love the Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush. Yes, I still love it and I still use it almost daily. But how is it similar or different to the Wayne Goss Brush 1?
The key difference lies in the bristles. The Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush is fully synthetic and the bristles are all of 1 length. I find that this allows for a heavier coverage of product on skin. The surface of the brush is also more dense and applies product more heavily on skin.
By contrast, I find that the Wayne Goss Brush 1 has a slightly lighter coverage. The tip of the brush is more flexible and it blends out product more. So the coverage isn’t as heavy on skin and you don’t get as much product deposited on skin.
The head size is almost the same, with the WG Brush 1 being a little larger in diameter. The looser bristles also adds to the fluff factor as compared to the much denser Shiseido brush. I don’t find that this makes much of a difference in terms of application. Both apply foundation quickly, easily, smoothly and evenly.
Which do I prefer? It’s a toss up. But if forced to choose, I’m going to say Shiseido Perfect Foundation brush simply because it’s a lot more accessible and for us here, more affordable. In terms of performance, both brushes are excellent and I won’t be able to choose so don’t make me! Sunny of Mostly Sunny however prefers the WG Brush 1.
Wayne Goss Brush 1 vs Hakuhodo B 5554 (G5554)
Left: Wayne Goss Brush 1 Right: Hakuhodo B5554 (G5554)
Fans of Hakuhodo brushes may notice the similarity between the WG Brush 1 and the Hakuhodo foundation brushes. I recently purchased the Hakuhodo B5554 (G5554) brush and I had the opportunity to check out the other sizes, and I am quite convinced that the WG Brush 1 is from this range and possibly even from this brand. That might explain the quality par excellance!
The brushes in the Hakuhodo G Series foundation brushes also come in duo fibre goat hair and synthetic bristles and feel beautifully soft and springy as well. I believe that the Wayne Goss Brush 1 is similar to the Hakuhodo G5552 brush.
Left: Hakuhodo B5554 (G5554) Right: Wayne Goss Brush 1
The difference between the Hakuhodo B/G 5554 brush that I own and the WG Brush 1 is the density of bristles and the size of the brush head. The Hakuhodo B/G 5554 has longer, slightly looser bristles. I was told when I purchased this that this will offer lighter coverage of foundation, which is something I wanted, as I already have the Shiseido Perfect Foundation brush.
The WG Brush 1 will therefore apply foundation with a slightly heavier coverage than the B/G 5554. There is none to prefer in this situation. Both are similar brushes that apply product in a slightly different manner and both have their place, depending on your personal preference.
Do you own any Wayne Goss brushes? Do you like using foundation brushes like these or do you prefer flat paddle brushes?
The other Wayne Goss Brush I reviewed earlier is one I love a lot too. That makes it 2 for 2 so far, which is pretty impressive! I never really got the hang of using a brush to apply foundation till I started using a round, flat top foundation brush and now, I can’t live without one. In fact I have 4! LOL :D Yes, I’m a makeup brush fiend and thrilled about it :D
Wayne Goss Brush 1 Price: £30 Availability: Beautylish.com