Cheek Brushes: Review & Comparison Part 2

Part 2 of the cheek brush posts has my brushes I use for creams, liquids or powders. These are all made from soft goat hair. The Wayne Goss I cannot find any information definitive of the hair type, but it feels like a goat dyed brown. These are all again Japanese brushes with the high standard of quality and craftsmanship.

L to R: Wayne Goss #12, Tom Ford #6 Cheek, Tom Ford #2 Cream Foundation Brush.

Top to Bottom: Tom Ford #2, Tom Ford #6, Wayne Goss #12. Shown from the top to compare size.

Wayne Goss brushes are newer in my collection. #12 is a brush that is oval with a crimped ferrule, it has a flat top versus being rounded. It’s similar in shape to the Tom Ford #6 yet smaller and less dense. It’s about medium large in size for a blush brush. Wayne Goss brushes are super soft, they can be used for creams, powders and liquids. This is definitely a larger size blush brush, it blends well and adds pigment to a larger area. It’s not really dense though, so it gives a lighter application for a goat hair brush. You can get it off Beautylish for $53.

Tom Ford has a range of brushes that are amazing. They are super soft white goat hair, and started my original venture into high end Japanese brushes. I started ditching MAC after my first Tom Ford brush. The Tom Ford #6 Cheek Brush is a large sized cheek brush. It could be used for foundation or bronzer as well, though I have not tried it for those. It’s very dense. It will give a heavy application of blush. It can diffuse a blush if you use it to blend instead of apply. It’s an oval shape from a crimped ferrule, it has a flat top, it retails for $78. The Tom Ford #2 Cream Foundation Brush is a small version of the #6. It’s about half the size. You can use the #2 for foundation it works great for that. It also works really well for cream blush which is what I like it for. It’s small and dense so it wouldn’t be that great for powder blush application, unless you wanted to use it for a sheer blush to get a darker application. It can buff and blend well, but it shines in the cream application and blending department. It retails for $72.

L to R: Wayne Goss #13, Hakuhodo J210, Shu Uemura #18 Foundation Brush.

Top to Bottom: Shu Uemura #18, Hakuhodo J210, Wayne Goss #13. Again shown for size comparison from top.

Wayne Goss #13 is a round blush brush made out of the same hair as the #12. It’s soft and not that dense. It’s great for multi tasking and can do powder, cream or liquid. It’s also good for buffing lightly if needed. It’s round and medium sized. It retails for $53 on Beautylish.

The Hakuhodo J210 is a white goat round blush brush. It’s medium sized, slightly smaller than the Wayne Goss #13. It’s super soft and about the same density of the Tom Ford yet the hair is longer making it feel a touch less dense. It works great for powder, cream and liquid blush and gives an overall but not too heavy blush application. It retails for $45.

The Shu Uemura #18 is a white goat hair brush for foundation. It’s smaller than the Tom Ford #2 and about the same density yet it feels less because of it’s smaller size and flatter shape. It’s a small, short oval shaped brush with a crimped ferrule. I use it more for cream and liquid blush than foundation. Because of the small size it makes foundation application a touch streaky, but it works well for blush. I couldn’t find this on the US Shu Uemura website, I had to order it off of eBay from a Japanese retailer. I think it was around $40. 

In this last picture I threw in the Tom Ford #2 Cream Foundation Brush on the far R to show how it compares in size to the Wayne Goss #13, J210 and Shu Uemura #18.

Top to Bottom: Tom Ford #2, Shu Uemura #18, J210, Wayne Goss #13. Shown to compare size.

Overall, smallest to largest in size: Shu Uemura, Tom Ford #2 & J210, Wayne Goss #13, Wayne Goss #12, Tom Ford #6. Softest to still very soft: Wayne Goss #12 & #13, Tom Ford #6 & #2, Shu Uemura. Least dense to most dense: Wayne Goss #12, Wayne Goss #13, J210, Shu Uemura, Tom Ford #6, Tom Ford #2. Lightest application to heaviest: Wayne Goss #12 & #13, J210, Tom Ford #6, Tom Ford #2, Shu Uemura. Most expensive to least: Tom Ford #6, Tom Ford #2, Wayne Goss #12 & #13, J210, Shu Uemura. All these brushes are well made, are very soft for goat hair and give a heavier application than squirrel brushes. If I had to par down, I would pick the Tom Ford #2, the Wayne Goss #13 and the Hakuhodo J210.

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