I know that right now, the world’s abuzz regarding his anniversary set 2, so if you’re looking for info on that, please accept my apologies as I’m not talking about those.
For Christmas, my husband sprung for two of Wayne’s “redesigned” eye brushes – 19 and 20. I have hooded eyes, and I’m a follower of WG’s vlogs, as well as VintageorTacky, who is a fellow hoodie and swears by his brushes. I see her using them in a lot of videos as well, so I was impressed by that as she’s also a pro.Her using them a lot means that she is purposefully reaching for them out of all the others she has. Temptalia also recently did a brush round up and mentioned a few of his in her daily go-tos, and they tend to be highly spoken of, as well as repeatedly used, in the ‘guru’ world.
WG said these second sets were created for hooded eyes specifically. Because Beautylish has such a wonderful rep for customer service, I went ahead and took the pluge, figuring that if they weren’t what I wanted, I’d exchange it and still have a lovely gift.
So for eight weeks, I’ve been using these two brushes every time I do my makeup, about four times a week.
They have changed the game for me. So much so, that I ordered the 16 brush a few weeks ago, and shamelessly am ordering another one this week.
I hated them at first. Not because they were a shitty product, but rather because they were such an awesome quality brush. I’ve owned some nice brushes, but usually I have to compensate for them being made for perfect eyelids, or in the case of my favorite crease brush from Sephora, I have to cut the bristles and shape down in order to not look like a racoon or Petey from the little rascals.
It took a few times of me using them before my hands adjusted and it suddenly clicked – and I’m never going back. Sorry, old Sephora brush!
It’s gotten to the point that I don’t need to use tape anymore to guide my outer V or created crease – like, seriously, they are that forgiving! They do such a wonderful job picking up that color, and they apply it without skips or bare patches.
I wanted to put them through the wringer, so I busted out my Subculture palette and began using them on some of the colors I had issues with due to the skipping. I’m both annoyed and thrilled to say that with exception of Fudge, these brushes resolve the skipping. It’s made Subculture a steady rotation palette for me.
So what’s the bad about these things? I feel like all reviews should have a balance, and sometimes that means cons. As far as quality goes, there are absolutely no low points in these guys. They feel sleek and wonderful. No looseness in the ferrels. The bristles are lovely and only a couple of the hairs have stuck out in a wonky area. No shedding. No misdirection. Hell, even the damn font is lovely to look at. When you wash them, you MUST be gentle, otherwise you have hairs sticking out willy-nilly. From what I’ve seen, this is part of the ‘shedding’ process, and this isn’t the only time I’ve had this issue with brushes so I don’t think it’s a ‘lack of quality’ thing, but rather an ‘I’m waaaay too impatient for this stuff’ thing.
The white hairs stain – which can be an issue for some who like that snow-white aesthetic. I have come to accept it with my natural hair brushes because I use dark shadows and pigments, so it is what it is at this point.
I do think that there’s a learning curve which might be a negative for some. Like I said, I really disliked these guys the first few times because I felt like I was a child trying on mom’s makeup again. This is not a brush you can simply use like your other ones, so if you buy them, keep that in mind.
The hairs are natural, which means that even though the animals used are treated well, they (I imagine) are confined for hair collection purposes and this makes the brushes non-vegan, which is also a negative for some of you. I’ve done research on how these types of Japanese brushes are made and how the animals are treated, and they seem to have a good life, but I know that there’s a difference between a good life and a wild life for many, so I want to point that out.
I personally feel the price point is right in line with what you’re getting. I’ve paid more for similar brushes that don’t perform as well, and it’s true I have some cheaper brushes that perform comparable to this in other areas. I see a lot of people that complain about the price point of the entire set, and I agree that for me, it’s financially unreachable for me to drop $130.00 at once, or even the close to $300 that the anniversary set 2 was going for. I do want to point out that Beautylish offers a 90-day payment plan with NO interest or accounts or anything like that, so that might be an option for those of you who want the set instead of just one or two brushes. If you’ve never used Japanese-style brushes before, I really do recommend buying just one to see if it’s your jam. I’d hate to see you go out and buy a whole set of something only to find out that you simply detest them.
I really do feel though, that for hooded eyes, this is a gamechanger, and that Goss has a convert when it comes to his brushes.