Review: Colour Cosmetics Flat Top Foundation Brush

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?


Colour Cosmetics Flat Top Foundation Brush


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!


brush size


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?


brush hair


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.


xoxo Lily


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  • Haha I have that problem, too! Personally I don’t have a preference for handle length as long as the hair is soft and the brush works well, but I’ve definitely been there 😉

    • Lily

      I don’t mind the longer handles, but I do prefer the medium length ones. This one fits my hands as well, and I can really go up close to the mirror!

  • Oh! I used to suffer the brush hits mirror issue so much before I got Lasik (sometimes still do because old habits of pressing my face right into the mirror dies hard)
    Havent tried Sigma brushes before, but I get the scratchy complaint of RT buffing brush, especially since you really want something gentle to buff with.

    • Lily

      The Sigma comparable is much denser, so I find it pulls my skin around. This one has more give but still dense enough. Oh, definitely not as scratchy as the RT buffing brush. LOL!

  • Haha yes! When I wear glasses I rarely wear makeup because I have really bad vision and I can’t see a damned thing, LOL. And then I poke the mirror with the stupid brush.

    • Lily

      Oh gosh, especially when you have to squint to see what you’re putting on your eyes. LOL!

  • Jaa

    This is like the cutest flat top brush I’ve seen! 😀 I usually have problems with the length of the eyeshadow brushes more since I tend to do my eye makeup close to the mirror. ^_^

    • Lily

      I used to have problems like this too, then I learned to stay further from the mirror. LOL!

  • Hahahaha, and it get WORSE when you get older and need bifocals! I can’t see hardly anything, which is probably why I don’t wear a lot of eyeshadows lately. This brush sounds great!

    • Lily

      Ah man! LOL! Then I guess I’ll have to apply my makeup using a magnifying mirror. HAHAHA!

  • This is so cute, dude! And I, for one, LOVE short-handled brushes. I always hold mine up close anyways (usually on the freakin’ ferrule), so as far as I’m concerned, the shorter the better 😛

    • Lily

      I used to think those long handled brushes made me look more of a pro. LOL LOL! Ah the impracticality…

  • silverkis

    Wow, i used to use the Sigma F80 and swore by it… nothing even came close until i found Koyudo Fupa02. I like big brushes that buff really well… but you’re right, the F80 is heck expensive and rather stiff. This would be a great alternative, thanks for sharing!

    • Lily

      Oh, I’ve been curious about the Fupa brushes. They are so darn cute 🙂 This is definitely a better alternative than the Sigma F80. The latter is a little too stiff for my liking, even though it’s dense and not scratchy.

  • Liz

    Never heard of this brand, but I love the fat stunted look of it. I finally have the RT buffing brush and it ain’t all that. :-/

    • Lily

      You’re right the RT buffing brush isn’t that great. Can’t get over how scratchy it can be. I really like their expert face brush though.

  • Shu Ting

    Mutant hair!!! HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA Ever since I read this post the first time, the idea of short handle really got stuck in my brain and refuse to go somewhere else. So I come back today and read it carefully again. OH MY WORDS! So cheap!!? I’m heading over to that site now. I bought something from them a few years ago because my cousin is also a long time customer (she’s a MUA). Super friendly sales support staff. Highly recommended. 🙂

    • Lily

      Oh, glad to know! Do let me know how this brush works for you too 🙂