If you watch Wayne’s videos on Youtube, you already know he has just launched this Air-Brush, a Limited Edition brush, or as Beautylish says “only available for a limited time“. I am trying to get some additional information on this limited edition release, is it limited “for now“? could it be included in his Collection in the future? could it be re-released at a later date or occasion? These are questions that I consider important because this little one has become a brush of interest and I wish it wasn’t LE. Its functionality as well as the simple design make it an everyday and everybody audience.
Price vs quality, excellent. 35$ for a blue squirrel cheek brush that is super soft, super useful and handmade is the first reason why it’s so worth it. Maybe you prefer bigger cheek brushes, actually, my first fav brushes were the biggest cheek brushes, but with time and experience, smaller ones happily took over 🙂 The quality is very good, you will see that more in detail with the comparison pictures. So far it has only been washed once but no shedding and dried super fast.
Versatility. Due to its size, shape and density, it fulfils many roles. When I first received it, the pre-wash shape looked like a thin long little tongue, when I washed it, it splayed out to a more useful shape which was a great surprise! It remains tapered at the top but on the sides the bristles are layered, this makes it fluffier in the middle which allows a more generous surface to work with from that middle towards the top, it’s where you get the strength of the brush, where it will pick the product, apply it and blend or buff it, and even though it’s super soft, it doesn’t feel fragile when I use it or press it against the skin, whatever the angle.
It’s on the small side, the benefit is that shorter bristles allow more strength, more power with blending and buffing, a similar but bigger brush would feel flimsy and not allow similar uses, it’s not easy to find the perfect size and the perfect splayed out shape that allows a brush to be as multipurpose as possible. A similar but denser brush would be too directional and that would defeat the principle of versatility.
I have used all the techniques that Wayne shows in his video and all worked great, what surprised me the most is when I applied blush, with similar shaped brushes which are often too dense or too tightly bundled the application is too directional and then I have to work quite hard to blend it, then the colour is too faded or spread in a zone that is much wider than I originally aimed for. With this brush, it gave me the precision I wanted but the sides of the application were subtle enough that I did not had to blend like a beast, so the colour stayed all there, pretty and yet nicely diffused.
My blushes are almost all tiny little pans or mixed pans, having a brush that allows to pick the product with more precision and still not leave harsh lines is extremely useful.
The hair length is 3.5 cm, base of the ferrule 1.5cm. Sideways the middle thickest part of the head is 2cm wide.
Wayne says it’s the softest brush of his collection, I would say the WG Holiday 2015 is softer but it’s not made of the same material, the Holiday brush below has squirrel mixed with synthetic bristles which explains its additional softness.
If we compare it to any other brush of Wayne’s collection, indeed, it is the softest, and we are talking divine softness.
I have received this brush as a present so I’ll get into the facts for you to see how this truly compares to similar brushes in the Japanese market. I found a few in my collection that looked similar enough or that could be a reference for comparison purposes, hopefully this helps you and exposes exactly the reasons why I love it.
Wayne Goss Air-Brush vs Hakuhodo S 111
The Hakuhodo S 111 (97$) is bigger (wider ferrule), denser, more directional. For setting powder or for highlighter the Hakuhodo is great but it applies contour too heavy and directional. Not the tool I would chose for blush either as it will apply the blush too harshly and requires more effort for diffusing and blending.
Similar softness for both brushes, the Hakuhodo appears of better selection but on the skin it is equally soft. My Hakuhodo brushes are quite old and at the time the quality of the material was slightly better and that applies to any brand, as time goes by quality will just not be as good as several years ago and there is nothing the artisans or manufacturers can do about this. I am just saying this because of I heard it from Japanese manufactures, so two possibilities, either the exact same grade of hair has been selected but in appearance it’s not as pretty or it is indeed a different grade of hair. I don’t know that, all I know is that for 35$ the WG brush is of excellent quality and that you cannot tell the difference during usage.
Wayne Goss Air-Brush vs Hakuhodo S 116
Same thoughts as above, the Hakuhodo S 116 (82$) is a gorgeous little brush but more adapted to set your powder or apply highlighter, not that much of a multipurpose brush.
Wayne Goss Air-Brush vs Hakuhodo K 001
The Hakuhodo K 001 (38$) is blue squirrel mixed with horse, it’s not the same shape perfection, it’s clearly not the same softness but it’s more durable and an affordable brush in the Hakuhodo range… and yet it’s more expensive than the Wayne Goss…
Wayne Goss Air-Brush vs Chikuhodo/Beautylish Sakura cheek
Some of you are probably thinking about this Chikuhodo/Beautylish cheek brush, yes, it’s not that far away but the C/B is denser, bigger, also a true gem. It doesn’t have the tapered shape like the WG, it’s more round and full. The softness is similar, I cannot feel a significant difference. The C/B appears slightly softer but once again, it’s because of the longer bristles which feel more airy on the skin so it can be misleading.
Wayne Goss Air-Brush vs Wayne Goss 11
This picture is just for you to see how it compares to his brush #11 (goat), totally different brushes, the #11 is so thick and it splays out like the fullest tree, beautifully, another super versatile and efficient creation that I love dearly.
Wayne Goss Air-Brush vs Wayne Goss 02
Sorry but my WG 02 has lived a long make-up life already, looking like a 4×4 in the field… 🙂 I even had to undo my hospital make-up bag so that I could take these pictures for you. About to give birth here and the brushes I packed are 99% the Wayne Goss. I don’t even know if I am going to apply anything at all on my face but if I do, Wayne’s are the easiest tools, actually I am going to replace this 02 with the Air-Brush so that I get even more use out of it!
The WG 02 is not as soft as the Air-Brush and it’s much denser and directional. The Air-Brush wins in terms of versatility but, at least until now, I liked to always have the 02 because it matched the products I always carry in my make-up bag.
Wayne Goss Air-Brush vs Koyudo BP025
The Koyudo BP025 is softer, much smaller and more expensive (50$), the use you get out of it is precise placement and blending as it’s very directional, although not enough to allow blending or placement on the eye lid if you were thinking this could fit in there 🙂 it’s super lovely, the very big difference between both is the price and the versatility.
Wayne Goss Air-Brush vs Chikuhodo Z-4
If you love soft very high end brushes there is a big chance you have the Chikuhodo Z-4 (73$). The Z-4 is bigger, more densely packed and not at all the same shape as it’s rounder, so here is a pic to show you this shape difference.
Wayne Goss Air-Brush vs Rae Morris 6 Deluxe Pro Blender
After Anna’s comment below (thank you!), I wanted to add the Rae Morris, this RM is shorter, firmer, more precise and directional, excellent for blending small zones but not airy like the WG.
Wayne Goss Air-Brush vs Suqqu Cheek
Saving the best for last… 🙂 Here is my Suqqu cheek (110$), the size is not that far away, the Suqqu has more hair and the shape is different. The Suqqu is slightly softer as you can imagine but there isn’t much that can compare to the Suqqu anyway and we are comparing two brushes that are approx 70$ appart. A brush collector will be ready to pay those 70$ more for that difference but a brush lover will be really happy and satisfied with the Wayne Goss, well, that’s how I see it. I love the Suqqu and could not give this away but I am so insanely happy to have this Air-Brush!
Even though the Suqqu is softer, it doesn’t offer the same versatility and of course durability. So what can I say, it’s obvious why you would want to get the Suqqu over the WG, because you want a collector’s item, an extreme item. Then in terms of functionality, convenience, budget and practicality I’d rather use the WG instead.
It’s amazing that with such a small brush, with less hair than many similar shaped ones, you can get so much use out of it. I believe it’s the swiss army knife of brushes, for any audience, brush enthusiast or make-up artist. You may realise that it can replace many brushes in your kit and give the person you are working on, or yourself, maximum comfort and the ultimate feeling of luxury and satisfaction.
So… I definitely needed to order a second one for my kit…
Available here: http://www.beautylish.com/b/wayne-goss/air-brush
Wayne’s demo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fvhmn3bnGnw
PS : I am waiting for the baby to come any day now… can’t write a lot due to some little pregnancy related issues but I have been seriously hardcore hauling make-up recently and pampering, trying so much new and excellent stuff and cannot wait to show you, hopefully my little issues will fade away soon with the delivery and allow me to keep in touch with you all and get back to writing soon!