I received this brush as my fluffy Christmas present from my lovely sweet partner, I was allowed to unpack it, wash it, take pictures, use it a couple of times for the purpose of the review and now it’s back under the tree patiently awaiting Christmas, I already know what is in my sock and yet I am so excited! 😀
I told my partner I wanted to share some pics with you, maybe you are considering getting it, its price does trigger some heavy pondering!
The Surratt holiday brush costs 218 GBP, is Limited Edition, if you are familiar with the other Surratt brushes, it has the similar duo-chrome handle and today it’s the biggest brush of his collection.
- Total Length : 18cm
- Hair length: 6cm
- Ferrule width: 2.8cm
- Head at the thickest points: 4cm x 5.5cm
It also has the same quality as his other Surratt squirrel brushes, similar thickness of bristles, it’s less densely packed and much less directional than his other round face brush, if I have to choose either one or the other, I would definitely go for the smaller round one first due to its more reasonable size and higher versatility.
I don’t have that many huge brush beasts like this Surratt Holiday brush just because I don’t necessarily find them mandatory -not that having a thousand brushes is…, but anyways-, it really is a luxury, I think putting this type of brushes in a Holiday release is very clever, it really showcases a special occasion, not something you would necessarily need in a day to day functional basis but it is truly about putting self-indulgence in the front row, all about the feeling of owning a very precious extravagant brush.
They recommend to use it with Surratt’s diaphane loose’s powder, unfortunately I don’t own it, I have many Surratt items but not that powder. I use it with IT Cosmetics loose powder or pressed powders like Clarins Cotton Flower (it’s an old finishing powder that I love, the finishing result is more on the glowy side), also with the Gucci bronzer for a subtle golden glow.
Its size and density does not allow a heavy and precise placement for example if you want to place bronzer in a small zone, instead it will deliver a lightweight diffused application, so soft, fluffy and precious, it still has density though, the length of these bristles will sweep the powders with a very gentle pressure but not floppy.
This type of brushes are very expensive, once you bundle a brush with squirrel bristles longer than 5cm the price just rises exponentially, then you still have to add artisan hand crafting for the brush, a customized handle to match the collection and the final price tag gets definitely scary, so I understand the price, it’s aligned with the quality and pricing of his current collection. The “need” for this brush is something you only can define. I needed it because I intend to collect all of his brushes if and when I can, this one is a beautiful addition to the current range, not the first one I would pick if I was starting but if you love Surratt’s quality and huge mama brushes, then you get a winner and since unfortunately it’s Limited Edition you will have to make your final decision soon.
I designated his brush collection as being on “steroids”, they are so soft, unique and yet so functional, with his range, softness is paired with efficiency which is not always the case for all brands. This big powder brush is also on steroids but its intention is to leave a lightweight application, almost feeling like a therapeutic ritual, in charge of the final step before leaving our beloved vanity corner, I take a deep breath and enjoy this last final relaxing moment…. I have very dry skin so lightweight application of powder is something that fits my needs, more easy to control and build up when required… as long as you are not trying to target small precise zones of your face.
The Surratt is a bit denser than the Kyuka, the Kyuka (Kumano brand) has thinner bristles, I prefer the strength of the Surratt. The Kyuka covers almost twice the surface as the Surratt.
The Big Kiwami powder looks huge side to side with the Surratt, it’s bigger even longer and the surface is more flat, of course if I had to choose, the Kiwami goes with me, I don’t think you can really compare anything to this Kiwami but it’s sold out.
The Chikuhodo Z-9 is a huge brush and yet it looks tiny in comparison to the Surratt, the Z-9 is much firmer and directional, hence the application will be heavier. For years, the Z-9 is a holy grail brush for me, the fact that it is so big and still offers firmness and strength is absolutely amazing.
The Surratt is actually a good compromise between the Kiwami and the Z-9, size, firmness and density is placing it roughly in the middle.
A pic sideways :
It comes in a bigger cardboard box, not his usual drawer-type box.
Box dimensions : 20.5 x 10.5 x 4.5 cm
Inside the box there is a little insert, it is empty, not sure what you are supposed to store there, maybe a gift note ?
We placed the order at Liberty UK, it took a while to ship and then was delivered by DHL but the package was stuck at the customs, they claimed they needed more documents as the price was not mentioned on the Liberty papers. When I received it, I noticed the transparent thin plastic sleeve that was protecting the brush from the dust had been opened and was broken. What were they searching in the bristles??? anyway, maybe it was open before, there is no way for me to know but I was upset to see that someone had been playing with the brush.
Did you get any fluffies for Christmas ?? 🙂
I treated myself with this brush and the WG Holiday brush 🙂
In this insert should be a leaflet, mine wasn’t in there too, but I found out in other boxes there’s a leaflet. It seems that some brushes didn’t came in proper condition. My plastic sleeve was down and the brush where placed to one side of the box and the bristles had a curve to the left from the pressure to the end of the box. I wasn’t impressed by the presentation/packaging for the price tag…. but after a bath the hair shape was ok. I hope the bristles will not break more easlily in the future.
Great! well done, both brushes is just fantastic!
I thought something should have been there in this insert 😀 Exactly same issue, not only the plastic was broken but the bristles were totally bent, at first that did really scare me and I thought it was an angled brush!
I was disappointed too, since my parcel has been open at the customs, I don’t know where they could have done that. Was your parcel open too in transit ?
To be honest, cardboard boxes are not that expensive and unique, with this brush they could have sent something a bit more special.
I love your observation about the holiday brushes category: not essentials but seasonal indulgences, for sure! With regards to the packaging, mine was also a bit pushed out and curved (the bristles) when I got it but I didn’t think anything of it. Now that I hear others have had the same issue, It’s a bit worrying. After washing and drying it seems to be fine so fingers crossed. I have actually taken out the insert from the box and am using the empty box as a container for all my Surratt brushes. If I had to choose between this and my Kiwami powder brush, it’s the Kiwami I would go for 🙂
I wonder what happened with the packaging, maybe a bit rushed, I don’t know but I hope the brushes will still have a long life span. I will try to find out.
There is no question that the Kiwami wins by far, that set is my fav set of all times and so far 🙂 gosh I am happy you got it just in time!!
by the way, I will contact you tomorrow, I have to ask you something about another brush 🙂
Thank you for all of the reviews! I bought the WG holiday and love it.
Fantastic, I am really happy you love it! Thanks for sharing and visiting Wendy 🙂
Occasional reader, first-time commenter here. The site, particularly the Brush Temple, has been a massive help to me as I’ve been working on expanding my brush lineup over the past year.
I also came over to note this is a Barney’s Exclusive in the US, for $275. (Look for the Sublime Powder Brush.) I’m not going to get it; it’s a bit too expensive for me, but it is a gorgeous-looking brush.
thank you Shelly!
Indeed, I nearly purchased it at Barneys by the way 🙂 many of my other Surratt come from Barneys, I wish I could fly there from time to time 🙂
I’ve recently treated myself to the cheek brush (love it!) and having the Surratt brush bug, I’m now after the concealer brush, grande. I am trying to estimate the size, but this is difficult as there aren’t many comparison photos online. Do you have this brush in your collection? Are you able to give me a quick size comparison please? Is it the size of your thumb or little finger for example? Thank you so much. I’m afraid there are no measurements for this brush online anywhere and I’m just itching for it for my under eye concealer. Cheers!
I read in your post above that for many years the Chikuhodo Z-9 is a holy grail brush for you. Do you know if the Z-9 is bigger and more densely packed than the MK-1 and Mk-2?