by Sonia G.

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 Goss Air-Brush Sideways

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. wg-7823


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.

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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.





Bottom line 


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!

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Anna 2 July, 2016 - 12:21 pm

Thank you for posting this, for $35 I decided to risk it and get 2, I was pretty sure I would get lots of use out of it. They are due to arrive on Monday, yay. Now reading your views I’m glad I did. Although I’m curious, lots of people mentioned this is similar to a Rae Morris brush, I don’t own any and haven’t looked at which its closest to but I do plan to get some RM brushes in future. All the best 🙂

Sonia G. 2 July, 2016 - 12:33 pm

Hi Anna,
The Rae Morris, is that the 6 Deluxe pro blender ? if yes, the Rae Morris is smaller and shorter and not the same purpose at all imho, but I will quickly take a picture now and add it to the review, thank you for mentioning it 🙂
I hope you will love this WG as much as I do! Just need to wait until Monday now, a good reason to love Mondays 🙂

Rachel 2 July, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Hi Sonia! Again you give such a excellent comprehensive review to a product! Thank you. How do you think if you compare it with the Suqqu Cheek? I am curious!

Sonia G. 2 July, 2016 - 3:02 pm

Hi Rachel! thank you!
Where I can see the biggest difference between the Suqqu and the WG is when you need more precision and strength in the bristles, for example for contouring. I use contouring powders that are a bit hard to pick, it’s what I love because I have a heavy hand… but there is no way I could pick those powders evenly with a Suqqu, and then since the bristles of the Suqqu are longer and the airy bundling has less grip, they won’t give the polished effect that I love with a contour, this also applies to blush if the powders are on the hard side too. The way the WG is bundled (shorter progressive layers), you get much more surface and strength for blending since this process is done with the tips, I tried the WG with several harder powders I have and so far, so good, the buffing is also more efficient than with the Suqqu and still does not destroy the definition of the application.
The Suqqu covers more surface on the skin where the WG you can precisely create more accuracy in the placement, at the end, the tool you probably will reach for more often and for more forms of applications would be the WG. Hope this answers your question 🙂

Rachel 19 July, 2016 - 12:19 am

Hi darling thank you so much for the answer!!! Love your explanations! xoxoxo!

Sena 2 July, 2016 - 2:21 pm

Thank you for the post! I’m always excited to read your posts :^)
I ordered 2 air-brushes & especially after reading your thoughts on them, I cannot wait to get them & start using them.
I’m not sure if there’s anyone like you who can give as thorough reviews/comparisons as you… truly admire your passion & heart regarding makeup brushes. I too love makeup brushes & your blog is like brush haven hahaha
I didn’t know that you were pregnant! Congratulations!!! hoping that both you & baby will come out healthy :^)

Sonia G. 2 July, 2016 - 3:05 pm

Thank you Sena! Always very excited to talk to you 🙂
Happy I can meet people just as passionate! That’s the best part of it!
And many many thanks also for the congratulations, nearly there 🙂 phewwwww

Bellyhead 2 July, 2016 - 2:38 pm

Sonia! Your posts are the ne plus ultra of brush reviews! The Cadillac of beauty posts! I hardly buy anything but skincare repurchases these days but as soon as I got wind of the Air Brush I pounced. I think $35 for such a nifty useful brush makes this the buy of the year for me. My first WG brush! Very exciting. If last year’s value was the Pink Pearl set from Koyomo, this year is the Air Brush.

Also wishing you a comfortable time as you wait your newest and most precious bundle, Sonia. I’m sure all your friends and fans are wishing you all the best! <3

Sonia G. 2 July, 2016 - 3:15 pm

Hi Belly!! omg thank you! as always you are the sweetest thing!!
Agreed, brush of the year, that’s why this brush would be a stunner in his collection as a permanent addition!
Gosh your first one from WG! we have to celebrate 😀 and I am happy you love the Pink Pearl!!
So cute! “my most precious bundle”, that cracked me up, hopefully I will meet her soon, still cannot realise that it’s happening finally!!!

Lissloo 2 July, 2016 - 4:43 pm

Hi Sonia! Thank you so much for posting this, mine is due to arrive next week. Squeeee! So exciting to hear about your bump 🙂 Good luck in the countdown to D(elivery) day! Lxx

Sonia G. 3 July, 2016 - 6:36 pm

Fantastic Lissloo! you won’t regret it! I guess you are also counting the days until the delivery date 🙂 (of the brush I mean!)
You are all so kind to me! yes indeed counting down and cannot wait!! <3

Laura Loukola 2 July, 2016 - 8:38 pm

Thank you so much for posting Sonia! I hope your pregnancy is going well. I can’t wait to see the future posts.

Just like Belly said, your posts are the Cadillac of beauty posts! So insightful, full of pictures, comparisons and reviews. I’m hoping to start a small blog myself, you’re an inspiration. I just feel there isn’t (never) enough fude crazy people out there in the blogging world. Air Brush is going to be my second one from Wayne, I also ordered 14, my 3rd. I can’t wait to collect more brushes from him, but my wallet is crying after my Japan trip.. Although I thought I did well! Didn’t buy EVERYTHING in sight! Lol. <3 Take care lovely!

Sonia G. 3 July, 2016 - 7:44 pm

Thank you Laura, it’s going quite well, after all I cannot complain but so happy to get to the end! exciting and surreal!!
I wish you lots of luck and happiness with your future blog! it takes time and money, lots of both, but the reward is amazing 🙂
Well, if you did not buy everything in sight you did good for sure 😀 it’s difficult to resist and money just flies away so quickly! Same to you, take care and enjoy the blogging world!

Pav 3 July, 2016 - 12:58 am

Hi Sonia! Just wanted to say I’ve been religiously reading your archives in the last month, what a treasure! I love how passionately you describe every brush – you seem to truly appreciate the effort that goes into making them. I’m so happy you reviewed the Air-Brush, I have the exact same feelings that you do. I felt a little resentful once I realized that Air-Brush was so similar (in softness and some air-iness) to my newly acquired SUQQU, but after I read this post,I can safely (proudly?) call myself a brush collector. 🙂

I am curious as to why the SUQQU would be less durable than the Air-Brush (please pardon my ignorance) ?

Here’s wishing you a safe childbirth and lots of happy, healthy times with your little one ahead! Congratulations!

Sonia G. 3 July, 2016 - 8:20 pm

Hi Pav,
Thank you, I do lol! I love the artisans and admire the pride they have in the work and creations, it’s super contagious their love for their work, if you meet them one day you’ll understand, it’s beautiful.
You will certainly enjoy both the Suqqu and the Air-Brush, amazing that you have both!

No worries, actually all brushes have a life span, more or less long, that depends on the wash frequency and it’s important they dry as quick as possible, storage humidity is horrible to them, stress put on bristles during usage can damage them, type of bristles (thin, less thin, etc) can make them weaker, type of glue or method of bundling into the ferrule (some artisans don’t use glue).
The finer the bristles and the more stress you have to put on a brush = the shorter life span they will have, of course this is theory, then it depends on so many other factors too. You don’t have a rule that can apply 100% to the same brush to calculate its life span but you get the idea.
The Suqqu bristles are really fine, more delicate and sometimes we put quite a lot of stress on its bristles to pick the product, rub rub rub again because some powders are a bit of a pain to build up on that brush, with the WG since it’s firmer and the tips pick more product, you will put less stress on it, as a result that extends the life of the WG. The WG dries super fast and the bristles appear less delicate.
I use the Suqqu cheek regularly but not too much, as crazy as it sounds you also have to use your brushes in order for them to last, if you leave them in a drawer that doesn’t help them last longer, they need air running through their bristles (I mean usage, not a blow dry! 😛 ) and washes from time to time to clear bacteria, so, you have to find a good balance between stressing them too much and not stressing them at all 😀

Thank you for the congratulations sweetie! I hope it will go ok 🙂

Pav 5 July, 2016 - 9:42 am

Sonia, you are brilliant! Thank you for your comprehensive comment, especially at a time that is so busy for you, I really appreciate it. I have been treating my SUQQU like gold, not removing it from its box at all, I’ve learnt now that I’m not doing it (or myself) any favors 🙂 I will bring it into my rotation.
I do have a lot of faith in WG’s brushes, they seem to be great workhorses that withstand washing, traveling and a lot of usage whilst still being soft and nice on the skin. The Air-Brush has shed 5 hairs so far (I know, I’m crazy and I counted), I’m hoping its not because I’m using it too much. 🙂

Anyway, none of this is important right now. Please get plenty of rest, your birth experience will be fantastic I’m sure, and I can’t wait to read more from you..about anything – brushes, life and baby 🙂

Sonia G. 5 July, 2016 - 11:25 am

My pleasure Pav!
I hope your will use the Suqqu and the WG and that you will see how the benefits of having both can easily apply, hopefully the WG will not continue shedding but sometimes the process of finishing (combing and removing bad bristles) is not 100% complete, so keep an eye on it and if any issues don’t hesitate to contact Beautylish, I heard they were super useful when issues with brushes occurred.
you too, take care and talk soon!

Melinda 3 July, 2016 - 1:48 am

Thank you for your review. I was initially thinking the same that the Chikuhodo/Beautylish cheek woud be very similar in shape and quality as the Air-brush until I received mine yesterday. I was so hoping you would compare the Air-brush to the Suqqu cheek brush. I don’t have one but have read all the mythical praises (lol). I’m really glad I purchased the Air-bush and love it so much. Congralutions on the little bambino or bambina, I didn’t know you are expecting. Do you know what you are having? Many well wishes on the baby!

Star Girl 3 July, 2016 - 3:15 am

Hi Sonia. I haven’t commented in ages but I wanted to wish you the very best for your baby’s arrival. I know you’ll be a wonderful mum – you’re such a beautiful and generous person. Best regards, Star.

Sonia G. 3 July, 2016 - 8:23 pm

Hi Star, I am happy to see you here and I am very touched by your comment, thank you so so much, I’ll sure try to do my best to take care of this little miracle! Sending you lots of love from Switzerland <3

Valerie 3 July, 2016 - 3:29 am

Hi Sonia,

Just want to say congratulation and best wish on the delivery. After my first couple uses, I ordered the 2nd air brushes. I hope Wayne continue to bring us more and more quality brushes

Sonia G. 3 July, 2016 - 8:25 pm

Thank you Valerie 🙂
I hope so too, judging by the way he loves brushes he probably will not stop that soon 😀

Lecia 3 July, 2016 - 4:51 am

Forget brushes, congratulations on your upcoming baby! Hope your delivery goes smoothly and you recover quickly. Sleep now, while you still can! So excited for you! xoxo

Sonia G. 3 July, 2016 - 8:26 pm

hahaha I feel you know what you are talking about!!! I wish I could sleep more, way too excited for that 😀 Thanks Lecia, lots of love to you sweetheart!

Ancatje 3 July, 2016 - 8:48 am

Thank you for the comprehensive review!! I’m wondering, how does it compare to the fine kalla blush brush (the one that’s a “dupe” for Suqqu cheek)?

Sonia G. 3 July, 2016 - 8:36 pm

Hi Anca!
you own the Fine Kalla blush brush? this Fine Kalla behaves more like a Suqqu than a WG, but from both, the Fine Kalla is closer in results to the WG than the Suqqu.
My Fine Kalla is rounder and thicker, in terms of softness it is equal than the WG but then it doesn’t have the sharp tapered shape that the WG has sideways, hence you loose precision and detail in the application if that is something you are aiming for.
The Fine Kalla is a better blender than the Suqqu, but the WG can put more power on the buffing and blending which makes it more efficient.

Ancatje 5 July, 2016 - 9:43 pm

Yep I own the Fina Kalla, I heard it was discontinued? Haven’t been keeping up with brush news for over a year as have been trying to no-buy 🙂 Shame, it’s a lovely brush.
Anyway I ended up pulling the trigger on the WG AB! You are spot on with your comparison! (as always) 🙂

Kathi Kavanaugh 3 July, 2016 - 9:23 am

Hi Sonia,
I must be living under a rock….I didn’t know
you were pregnant!! How awesome and divine. You will make a great Mom! You are due fairly soon? Congratulations, and may you have an easy delivery. XO

Sonia G. 3 July, 2016 - 8:45 pm

Hi Kathi, thank you sweetheart!! well, due to my history it’s something that I had to wait to make sure it will happen so even myself I am just finally realising it! 😀
I am only 38+ weeks but they may need to induce me, I have an appointment tomorrow at the hospital to see how this is all showing, difficult to say right now but either way it will be soon 🙂 They told me it’s never when and how we plan it, is it?? 🙂 but hopefully it won’t be too difficult and I can soon meet her! xoxoxo

Kiss & Make-up 3 July, 2016 - 11:21 am

Sounds rrreally good! Been curious about Wayne Goss brushes for a while now, so this is extremely helpful.

Sonia G. 3 July, 2016 - 8:47 pm

My pleasure! I hope you get it and that you love it as much as I do 🙂

Christina H 3 July, 2016 - 1:06 pm

Thank you for the review!

I can’t wait to hear good news that your baby joined our world of brushes

Sonia G. 3 July, 2016 - 8:49 pm

Hi Christina,
My pleasure sweetie, I hope this helped!
Will keep you updated on the baby news 🙂 xoxoxo

Buggsiebee 3 July, 2016 - 4:05 pm

I’d been waiting for this post 🙂
I knew that if Wayne had a new brush coming out, that he & we, could rely on you for the most in-depth post.
What I wasn’t aware of, is that your baby will be arriving so hot on the heels of Wayne’s new baby!!
I’m soooo very happy to hear that you will be parents soon! And it’s a girl! Even more perfect :)))
I do hope that your ‘issues will fade away’ after birth, and I’m sure they will, but as far as ‘get back to writing soon!’. goes, I’d say you need to forget that for a while 😉
The next three to six months will be so intense, that all else takes a back seat.
Sending lots of love!!!

Sonia G. 3 July, 2016 - 8:58 pm

Really ?? gosh I miss you!!! so happy to read your comment you have no idea!
yep, this time it’s for real 😀 It’s still so difficult to believe that when I look down and see my belly I smile from ear to ear!!
I believe you it will be intense, and I just stopped working last week so the last preparations were done on 6th gear, hopefully this little one will soon be with us! I will keep in touch <3

sanikki 3 July, 2016 - 11:55 pm

Thanks so much Sonia for this awesome review yet again, let me first say congratulations and I wish a very safe delivery. I some how missed this milestone for you and just found out from your post. As for this new air brush from Wayne Goss I’m thinking that I need to get a back up especially when we are not sure of how limited it is plus it appears to be so versatile and affordable.
🙂 again congrats ****

Sonia G. 5 July, 2016 - 11:01 am

Hi Sanikki,

Thank you for the congrats! I wasn’t talking a lot about it acutally 🙂 but I thought I may mention somewhere about the pregnancy, just to say why I have been so quiet on the blog lately, it’s not that I am not interested anymore by brushes or the blog but it was difficult to keep all running smoothly 🙂
Happy you got the WG, it was a great opportunity and even if it comes back at a later time, I fear it would be difficult to keep it at the same price!
And again, thank you!!! <3

Iris 4 July, 2016 - 3:14 am

My dearest Sonia,
when I read “about to give birth here”, my heart leapt! I’m so happy for you, especially knowing how hard the road to this miracle has been for you. And wow you are already 38 weeks! Hope that you have a quick and smooth delivery. After my experience here in the USA, I can say for certain that I felt better taken care of in Geneva when I gave birth. Over here, they made me get up and walk less than 12 hours after my surgery whereas in Geneva, I only had to do that the following day. My twin boys just turned 3 months old and I thank God every day for this pair of miracles.

Miss you and do take care of yourself in the long days and nights ahead. Remember, happy mummy = happy baby! Don’t stress yourself out too much and I’m here anytime you need someone to talk to.

Sonia G. 5 July, 2016 - 11:12 am

Hi Iris!
omg, I am so happy for your twins!! I just rushed to see the pics hoping you had some on Insta 🙂 3 months old already!! Twins is amazing, I was wishing for twins but one is already such a blessing!! Congratulations to both of you from Richard and I!! You must be very very busy with 3 boys 😀 phewwww If only we could go there and see you!
I am glad you enjoyed Geneva care 😀 I will not be in Geneva, unless issues during labour but in a smaller hospital nearby and yes they tend to keep you for a while, usually even 3 to 5 days depending on how it turns out but the good thing is that they help a lot preparing the parents for their adventure and then making sure at home all is settle and going smoothly! I am surprised you already left the day after,that was super fast!
Will not hesitate to contact you if I need some advice! we will do our best to stay happy in spite of the lack of sleep 😀
Take care of all your little big family and we will talk soon! Miss you!!

Lilliane 4 July, 2016 - 4:20 am

So good to see you Sonia, I’ve missed you! This review is amazing as always – thank you!
Have an easy delivery darling, and do keep us updated, please. Xo

Sonia G. 5 July, 2016 - 11:15 am

Hi Lilliane! Thank you!! I have missed you too! oh I wish life could allow time for all 🙁 but so happy to see you are still around 🙂
Will do keep you updated and in the meantime take great care of yourself!!

Kay 4 July, 2016 - 8:54 pm

Hi Sonia, so thrilled to hear that you are expecting a bundle of joy! Best wishes on a safe delivery and easy recovery. I’ll be contacting you via email. And p.s. that was again a fabulous review — I am surprised you could do that at 38 weeks — I remember being dead tired!

Sonia G. 5 July, 2016 - 11:17 am

Hi Kay,
thank you! 🙂 I got your email and replied! I am doing quite well, just little issues to write and need a lot of sleep like the 1st trimester but so far I cannot complain, not a bad pregnancy except for the constant fear of losing it but nearly there!! yeah!!!

Daisy 4 July, 2016 - 11:43 pm

I was about to buy it yesterday but wasn’t sure and now it’s sold out. 🙁

Well, I still have my z-4 and the number 2 to rely on. I am trying to get my collection to the bare minimum/minimalist which is why I sat on the fence. That and I am still on the fence too with the Chikuhodo powder brushes. I tend to favor small brushes so I have more of those, but with curating my collection of makeup to hopefully only 8 brushes, I am getting pickier. I also find I just reach for the hakuhodo and real techniques brushes often. Affordable, work horses that I feel no guilt for working them. On that note Sonia, can you do a top 10 brushes/ 10 brushes you would save from a fire/ brushes that if you had to throw every single one of your brushes the 10 that you would keep.

Sonia G. 5 July, 2016 - 11:21 am

Hi Daisy, Hopefully it will come back! if it says returning soon maybe it means returning soon but not sure, I will contact them and see if they will restock 🙂

I can understand the minimalist approach, I admire it because we don’t need as many brushes, for me it’s a passion and hobby that seems to never calm down so at least I help with pics. I can try to do that, saving 10 brushes from a fire … hmmm I’d rather save the Kiwami set first then whatever is super expensive and LE and I am sure I won’t be able to repurchase but I see what you mean and I will try to do that soon 🙂

Daisy 11 July, 2016 - 12:29 am

Thanks for the reply. I’ll look forward to that post. Oh I promote the minimalist lifestyle but please don’t ever be one. Otherwise how will I know which brushes to go for? XD? I have lurked on this forum for about three years and I must confess I am not big on commenting but you are the reason I own any of the brushes I own. When I first bought my hakuhodo brushes about three years ago, I went with a “what did Sonia recommend?” mindset. Thanks for this page, it is seriously ridiculously well put together, informative and amazing.

Stacy J 9 July, 2016 - 8:17 pm

Sonia! So excited and happy for you and R!!
Please know I’m thinking of you and sending big hugs!!
Stacy ❤️❤️❤️

Kate 14 August, 2016 - 12:33 am

Congratulations!!!!!! I’m so happy for you and your family!!!! I came to see new brush I need and am now halfway ordering this new Wayne brush!!! Best reviews on the planet!!! Take care and wishing you a wonderful birtholiday and speedy recovery!!! Love, Kate

Sonia G. 23 August, 2016 - 7:55 pm

Thank you Kate!! so sweet of you 🙂 take care darling!

Fran 15 August, 2016 - 11:50 pm

Dear Sonia, congratulations!!!!
I’m new to your blog and I’m enjoying it so so much. One question… I use at home the Wayne Goss 14 for powder and the Suqqu Cheek brush for blush. I’m searching now for a brush I can use for touch ups, that I can carry with me in my makeup bag. Do you have any recommendations? So far, I found the Chikuhodo MK-11, but I can’t find any reviews to compare it with my “regular” brushes…..
Thanks 🙂 Love, Fran

Sonia G. 23 August, 2016 - 7:55 pm

Hi Fran,
Thank you! I am so happy you enjoy it !
The Chikuhodo MK-11 is a mix squirrel/goat, I have 3 like that, also with the same handle and it’s a fantastic compromise for touch-ups. It’s denser and firmer than the WG14 and more resilient than the Suqqu, not as soft at all but will work with most touch-ups powders unlike the WG 14 or the Suqqu check which both lack strength on the bristles. If you want a portable brush that you can put in your handbag it is a nice option and it’s gorgeous. Mine did not break after so many years but they might get scratches, if you can put it in a separate little pouch or pocket is even better. I was tempted by this brush too but I have 3 already similar so I can’t really do that 😀

Fran 30 August, 2016 - 10:27 pm

Thanks Sonia!!! I’ll go with the MK-11 🙂
Love, Francisca

Rachel 31 August, 2016 - 7:40 am

Such a comprehensive review again! Thanks Sonia! Always so enjoyable reading your reviews!

Sonia G. 31 August, 2016 - 10:19 am

Thank you Rachel, I am happy you enjoy reading my posts, I do enjoy spending time here and I wish I had more time 🙂 big hugs to you!

Cybelle 2 July, 2017 - 3:57 pm

Hi Sonia! New reader here <3 I loved this post but I was wondering if you used the Air Brush to set your foundation and concealer with powder? I read on Beautylish not to use it for that purpose because it can cause shedding. Before reading that, I used it for setting immediately upon getting it and did not observe any shedding THEN, but then the next time I used it for blush (after setting with a different brush), it started to shed and now I'm afraid to use it again for fear it might shed again :(( Can you give me any tips how to use it to minimize shedding?

Sonia G. 2 July, 2017 - 10:55 pm

Hi Cybelle 🙂
I actually only use this brush for blush or highlight so unfortunatelly I cannot tell about my experience with repeated usage for setting concealer.
The only issue I see is that if your skin is quite oily or if you have some “greasy” residue after foundation/concealer application, squirrel bristles are not the best when they absorb those oils/excess. When moisture remains in the bristles I heard this will reduce their life span and may weaken their structure. Goat bristles are made for more durability and to absorb those oils as they apply powder.
However… I did not experience issues with squirrel bristles and using them to set concealer, but I do wipe them always after usage.
Shedding could be caused by humidity moved towards the glue and altering it or by using it with too much pressure, best way to minimize shedding is to make sure they are kept dry, in a dry place and to use them gently, how much shedding did you have?
Talk soon and really happy you found me 😉


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