It all began with “The one thing I know about spectacle-wearing, makeup-loving girls is that we struggle to apply our makeup close-up to the mirror! The brush handle keeps getting in the way and banging on the mirror when we go up close!” That is what inspired the making of this short handled flat top foundation brush. If you’re a makeup enthusiast, you’d be no stranger to brushes like this. It might even look familiar to you, so what makes this different?
When I first saw this brush, my mind immediately thought of Sigma Beauty’s flat top kabuki brush. Looks the same, but this is the short handled version. The bristles are synthetic, firm and soft to the touch. It is not scratchy at all, and I like that it has some give. The one by Sigma is much denser, with less give, hence easier to drag your skin around. Personally, I prefer something softer and this is it. The ferule’s tri-chrome plating is supposed to be corrosion resistant and long lasting, but I’d need to use it for at least a year to tell, to be honest. Just make sure you’re careful not to wet the ferule when you’re washing it and you’re fine. The length makes it a little difficult, but with some care, it’s doable.
As you can see in the photo below, this brush is palm sized. It’s easy to just put in your makeup purse, but the main reason for this really is so that you can go closer to the mirror and not have the handle knock on it all the time. I have washed this a few times since I got it, and I’m happy to report there’s no shedding or bleeding of dye. The liquid foundation comes off quite easily as well. I use the brush soap by Barbara Hoffmann which I purchased 2 years ago, and it’s still going strong. I just wash it at night, and it dries completely by the next afternoon. However, there was this one mutant hair that sticks out much longer than the rest, and it just wouldn’t go back to where it came from. I just snipped it off. LOL!
Performance wise, I have no complaints. I have used it with liquid foundations, powder foundations, with my Guerlain meteorites, loose powder and even bronzers. This brush works with everything. However, you have to know that due to its hair density, you’d get heavier coverage. You can stipple or dab or swirl or buff the products on your face, and I am impressed that it doesn’t pull my skin around. Some brushes that are dense are really stiff, and it takes a lot of muscles to actually work it around. It also doesn’t make the foundation look streaky, so aren’t we all happy?
Now the price. It is only RM55 for this brush. If you don’t have one like this, or maybe you’ve been saving for the pricier version, I say just get this already. I own and have tried many brushes, and for this price and quality, this is a good deal. If I just HAD to compare, this is easier to work with than the Sigma flat top kabuki brush, and less scratchy than the Real Techniques buffing brush. Sounds good? You can get this at Colour Cosmetics Malaysia at the end of the month. The launch date for this brush is 30 September 2014. Aren’t you glad I’m telling you this now? Save the date to grab yours 🙂
Bristle type: Synthetic. Handle: Glossy Wood. Net Weight: 32g. Price: RM55. Launch date: 30 Sept 2014
Edited: You can now get 15% off your purchase when you check out with the code CHLOEASH15. Code is valid until 30 June 2015.