When I first saw this brush I knew it had to be mine, I am way too curious to resist innovations and new designs when this applies to make up brushes.
I received it last week thanks to my friend Lo from France, this brush is only available at the (or some) french Make Up For Ever boutiques at this moment but I received a reply from GuruMakeupEmporium and they said they will have the full range in stock in about two weeks from now.
I used it every day since I got it in order to be able to review it, I was actually hoping for a wider brush with a wider surface and wasn’t sure I was using it the best way, I was “just” happy with it but I wanted better results or an easier and faster application technique so I called the boutique in France and asked for recommendations.
They told me there isn’t a special technique, that we can use it 90° against the skin, or just like a painter would paint a canvas [eyes wide open here => I have no clue how to do that]. So let’s go to Youtube watch a few videos shall we… I found this video about Ron Ranson and the Hake brush, I visualized it a few times, just to make sure I had enough images imprinted in my little brain to try to reproduce the movements on my face in front of the mirror. It does help to keep that in mind and it is fun, so fun that I am seriously enjoying the process and I am getting distracted by it, but for me it’s not the best brush to apply foundation, it’s more time consuming and requires more work. It is the beginning though and experience comes with practice, so we’ll see how this evolves in a few weeks from now…
After using it for a few days in a row I realized that my technique changed, at the begining I was using it 90°, in swiping motions, today I use it holding it 45-60° against my skin, starting with 4 or 5 long strokes from the nose towards the checkbones, 3 long strokes in my forehead, a few along the chin from the lips towards the neck, once I finish the placing the product I blend with short strokes and not much pressure to avoir skin abrasion. The hair is soft but still quite firm, I can place, apply and blend the foundation with it but to be honest I prefer the Radiance, Fu-pas or the Houkudou.
- It’s meant for application of foundation and base makeup for face or body.
- Claims to deliver a fast and even application.
- Can be used with liquids, creams, powders.
- Synthetic, no Latex based.
- Products associated : Wet makeup or Pure Pigments (artistic range).
Total length : 19cm
Base of ferrule : 4.8cm
Hair length : 2.1cm
Hair width : 1cm
It performs well and delivers a nice even application but it’s too thin in my opinion, a slightly wider surface and more flexible bristles would probably be something I would enjoy more.
It requires some work, compared to the Rae Morris Radiance it’s miles away due to the additional quantity of strokes you need to get a flawless and even coverage.
I actually found a more useful role for this brush than foundation application. When I use the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate I often place the product too far down the cheekbones, with this brush I have better control on the application, it fits just inside the pan and it’s length places the product exactly where I want it on my cheekbones :
and both sides will have the same amount of product and length :
I dab the brush once in the TF, then I push it into the skin, unfortunatelly then I have to blend with another brush, I don’t find this brush to be an useful and efficient blender for the Tom Ford.
To have a better idea of the length, here is how it would fit around the nose :
Although it’s a synthetic and extremely fun brush to have, that improves my painting skills by the way – more in a house-renovation objective than a canvas painting one – in my humble opinion there are much better, faster, easier foundation brushes out there today.