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For those who have previously read my recent London trip post, you know I got this Shu Uemura 18R. Why ? First because when I see a red brush I freeze with greed and envy… then because Deb made me do it… She knows how much I am crazy about beautiful brushes and she told me some time ago that I needed this one.
I wanted to check out the Shu brushes 12 and 18r in Selfridges. I went to the Shu counter and first I asked for the 12 … they showed it to me and told me it costed 100 Gbp. gasp. Then I asked for the 18R, when I touched it, you could see from miles away that I was clearly disappointed. It looked terrible and scratchy. But I trust Deb, I had to check it out more in detail. “Can I please see a new one?” ok – so now it’s better. When they told me the price, it sounded kind of “cheap” compared to the 12. It was around 40 Gbp…
The hair length is 5cm, the base of the ferrule 1.7cm, total length of the brush 19cm.
It’s made of goat hair and of course red dyed (be aware if you cannot tolerate dye). It’s clearly a beautiful brush, a shape that I was looking for. I have only two similar brushes, the Chanel 1 and the Hakuhodo K022.
The Chanel is denser, the Shu is softer than the Chanel but not as soft as the Hakuhodo. The bristles of the Shu have much more spring than the Chanel.
It did shed a bit but it seems to have stopped.
It’s not a necessary brush but when you have so many great brushes and you still want more… the next step is to go different, in this case : Red !
Here you are not looking for a unicorn or for the softest brush, you are just looking for a nice to have, nice to use, gorgeous different brush.
Recently I found the perfect technique to test a brush and confirm that it’s soft enough for my delicate skin : I attended a makeup class and the makeup artist was using nice brushes but compared to what I have today, her brushes felt extremely scratchy on my cheeks, when she was applying the blush she literally hurt me and I was very close to stop her, now I know that if I do exactly the same movement she did, a pressed energized rubbing approx 10x on my cheekbone, if that abrasive application doesn’t hurt, I’ll be fine ! This Shu 18R passes the test.
I get a lot of usage of this brush, although I still prefer a bigger brush for bronzer and a smaller one for blush, I can use this Shu for everything. It’s meant for blush, bronzer and applying or dusting off excess powder, I mainly use it for Guerlain Meteorites and for blushes, the ones that look like mix blush/bronzers, the Sisley Orchidee or similar type of products.
When I am sitting on my bed, I can look towards my dressing table and see it, proudly standing there amongst her hairy friends, I love that, and it’s simply the sexiest of all 😉
Don’t trust the abused brush standing on the counter … but instead check out a brand new one, they sometimes don’t even look alike !