This is going to be a long one and full of a billion pictures! Grab some tea and have a seat!
Confession time, first — these are my first high quality, luxury brushes. Before I purchased them, my priciest brushes were from Real Techniques — so I can’t really compare them to any other luxury brands. But I can compare them to bsimilar brushes that are less expensive and of course, judge them on how well they work.
I ordered the set from Beautylish and since this was my first order there, I got $10 off. With a set this expensive, any bit counts, right? They arrived in record time (literally less than 30 hours after I ordered) and were beautifully packaged. The brushes come in a cardboard tube that one could easily use to store them. And they also came with a card that had care instructions on it, which was much appreciated.
Overall, the brushes feel luxurious. They’re all beautifully soft — like rubbing a kitten on your face. The brushes are well weighted and balanced and feel substantial in the hand but are not heavy or awkward to use. The handles are long enough for comfort but not so long that I bump them in the mirror when I apply my makeup. The bristles are made of humanely obtained, cruelty free natural hair. The brushes are hand made in Japan and the fine workmanship is clearly evident — the bristles are evenly cut and shaped with no loose or untidy bristles.
The 01 Brush is an angled stippling brush. The bristles are soft but firm — not at all scratchy. This brush would be grand for liquid and cream foundation but I found it doesn’t work as well for powdered or mineral foundations. I like to use it for cream blush and under-eye concealer more than for foundation. Since it’s on the smaller side, it’s very versatile.
Brush 02 is made for any powder product — blush, setting powder, bronzer, conturing etc. You name it, this brush can do it. It is incredibly, insanely soft. Like putting on your makeup with a kitten. While I find it a little too tapered to use for blush, it is the perfect thing for applying powder highlighter/luminizer. I also love to use it for setting or finishing powder — it’s so soft it will just not disturb your foundation. Light as a feather and luxurious to use. If you buy this brush you may not be able to stop rubbing it on your face. You may start rubbing it on other people’s faces — and they won’t tell you to stop. It could get awkward. Fair warning!
The 03 Brush is the largest eye brush in the collection and my 2nd favorite in the entire set. Again, it’s extremely soft and absolutely perfect for blending eyeshadow, putting in a large swathe of crease color or adding a soft highlight under the browbone. If you have smaller eyes or a smaller lid area, this might be a little large for you — but never fear because you can also use it for precise conturing on the face, as well as to set your under-eye area.
The 04 brush is another tapered eyeshadow brush, though a bit smaller than the 03. I love using this brush to add in a darker crease shade (then using the 03 to blend it). Perfect for detail work, if you have smaller eyes, hooded or smaller lids, this one might be your best friend for your eyeshadow work.
Brush 05 is the smallest of the tapered crease brushes. For very detailed crease work, this one is a wonder. It’s also small enough and soft enough to use to smudge eyeliner on the upper and lower lids, add that bit of highlight to the inner eye corner or under the browbone. I also like to use it to apply a wash of color on the lower eyelid. It’s small enough to do so but soft enough to blend it out.
Brush 06 — ok, here it is. My favorite brush in the entire collection. This gorgeously tapered filbert brush is so damned versatile. Use the flat side to apply eyeshadow the turn that sucker on it’s edge and blend it into the crease. This brush is like the one-stop-shopping of eyeshadow brushes. It can do anything and everything. Large enough to lay down a wash of lid color but small enough to do some damned fine crease work and use under the eye. It’s a workhorse of a brush and if you only have the money to spend on ONE brush from this collection, this would be my pick. I’ve reached for it every single time I’ve done my makeup since getting it.
The 07 brush is designed for lipstick but I am a lazy bastard who never uses a brush for lipstick so I’m happy to say it is perfect for apply eyeliner, smudging eyeliner, or a more precise application of eyeshadow under the eye. It’s also good for spot application of concealer to very small areas, such as to conceal a pimple etc.
The 08 brush is the tiniest eyeliner brush I have ever seen. Made specifically for tightlining (getting liner into the roots of the eyelashes), it works very well for that. Even I can finally tightline now, which I’ve always struggled with! It’s also amazing for extremely precise eyebrow powders/gels, though I use it mostly for tightlining.
Overall, these brushes are a huge investment. Are they worth it? For me, yes. The only brush I don’t regularly use is the 01, because I’m stuck using mineral foundation (thanks, Rosacea!). If I used liquid or cream foundation, I’d use the 01 to apply it. The brush set costs $210 which is a lot of money to plunk down on brushes but if you can afford it and feel like you’d use them, I think it’s worth the investment. Buying them all individually would cost $224, so buying the set saves you a few dollars. But they are definitely a luxury — and they feel like it. But I also believe they will last quite a long time. I’ve washed them several times and have had no problems with bristles falling out or the brushes losing their shape. With care, I expect them to last me many years.
The Wayne Goss Collection can be purchased by Beautylish — check out his page there, where they have videos of Wayne talking about and demonstrating each brush! You can also find Wayne at his youtube channel for lovely and helpful makeup tips, reviews and tutorials! I’ve been a fan of his for ages and I felt sure he would not put his name on an inferior product — I was right!
These brushes were purchased by me and my opinions are mine alone.