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The SKY Face set

by Sonia G.

Here are some more details about this Sky Face set before its launch, on Monday 16th of September 2019, on Beautylish.

I aimed for these new Sky series to be ideal travel companions, highly versatile tools, very safe to use, effortless whatever the situation, the place, the skills or the products.

This collection is inspired by the sky and the galaxy. The maple handles are coated with a gradient black to blue paint, with silver, blue and green micro particles that will sparkle under direct light.

The Sky Face set comes with 5 brushes and will cost 270 usd.
I sincerely hope that you’ll love it and if all goes well, it will be permanent and we will make these brushes available as singles in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

MASTER FACE

The Master Face is a powder foundation brush, a buffer, a blender, but it can also be a bronzer and a blush brush depending on the pigmentation of the products, or the precision you require.

Itโ€™s a big and dense brush shaped like a ball. The high density and added dyed saikoho bristles give this brush lots of strength to pick up powder products, to blend and buff. There is a mix of dyed and undyed bristles to give it more airiness, as a result, it will move easily and won’t disturb your foundation. It feels extremely soft while properly doing its job!

With medium to highly pigmented products it will deliver a medium to high coverage. If you have products that have harder pans you cannot easily work with, this brush will be able to get the best out of them.

I use this brush for many purposes, for example:
– to apply mineral or pressed powder foundation
– to set with powder
– to buff and blend everything together, specially when you need to soften or blend harsh edges
– to apply a “healthy glow powder” – these are natural powders delivering either a bit of extra coverage, or a bit of glow, or both, that can be applied all over the face (I use Guerlain Meteorites, Laura Mercier, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Chanel, Givenchy, Trish McEvoy etc); they are usually sheer and tend to be quite difficult to build up but this brush is ideal for them
– to apply bronzer: the ones that you cannot easily pick, like jelly textures or other textures that have little pigmentation or that are very hard in the pan
– to apply blush: sheer ones that will be give dimension and structure to the face and that can be applied on larger areas. I have a big long face therefore this brush works very well for me for blush, both for a big sculpting application or a normal, more defined application.

On the left, the Master Face with the shape when you receive it, once you wash it, it will splay out and bloom, and that’s when it performs its best!

This brush is domed, you can calibrate the pressure you put on its tip and decide the surface you wish to work with, the Face One is flat and directly covers more surface.

It’s a completely different brush compared to the Face Pro, the Master Face is denser, more directional, delivers more coverage and will be stronger with the products.

This picture will give you a good idea of the width…

… but you also have to imagine a more denser body ๐Ÿ™‚

It can be great for touch ups or for a quick application of “something” wherever you are, as a buffer to fix patchiness or uneveness, etc.. Because it’s bundled with extremely soft goat bristles, it will naturally absorb excess oils, while being super soft on dry or delicate skin.
I don’t always wear make-up on a daily basis but sometimes I really need something on my face before I open the door, of before I run to the park with my daughter, you get the idea… this brush is always treasured in emergency situations ๐Ÿ˜€

Specs

Total length: 178mm
Hair length: 38mm
Ferrule width: 20mm
Material: Brown and white saikoho goat

SOFT CHEEK

The Soft Cheek is a domed brush that delivers sheer to medium coverage. Due to its versatile size and density, it can be a blush brush, bronzer, sculpting, setting, finishing, you can literally use this brush with so many things and it can jump from one job to the other in such a brilliant easy way.

When it opens (after wash), itโ€™s fluffy but definitely not floppy; it has medium density and even though it’s quite flexible at the surface, it offers lots of control and strength.

It looks like a complete different brush once it blooms!

Compared to the Inochige from the Pro set. The Inochige is pointy and denser, this Soft Cheek will allow a softer application in terms of intensity.

Inochige Pro vs Soft Cheek

If you have the Detail Pro, this picture below will give you a better idea of its size – so much bigger ๐Ÿ™‚

Detail Pro vs Soft Cheek

I use this workhorse with everything, but mainly for a soft application of blush and bronzer. I love how versatile it is, also the fact that it is actually more powerful than it looks, the dyed saikoho goat bristles give it such great strength and stability.

Specs

Total length: 178mm
Hair length: 38mm
Ferrule width: 13mm
Material: Brown saikoho goat

CLASSIC CHEEK      

This Classic Cheek is the most versatile and universal blush brush I could envision. Due to its size, density and shape, this brush is also appropriate for bronzer, contour or highlight application. It offers scalable precision and intensity depending on how you hold it, or the pressure you use.

It’s nicely dense for a blush brush but the curved ferrule gives it more airiness and makes the bristles fluff out just slightly more. As a result, the brush is powerful with any product, helps you calibrate the intensity easily and the blending effort is minimal to none.

Before and after wash:

The Cheek Pro from the Pro collection is a bit flatter at the surface and denser. They are quite similar but the Classic Cheek offers slightly more finesse with the application.

Classic Cheek vs Cheek Pro

Sideways, the difference is more obvious, the shape of the Classic Cheek is more oval/almond:

Classic Cheek vs Cheek Pro sideways

Specs

Total length: 173mm
Hair length: 33mm
Ferrule width: 16*11mm
Material: White saikoho goat

MINI CHEEK

The Mini Cheek is a such a precious tool when you are looking for a targeted application but you donโ€™t necessarily want heavy results at the very first swipe.

It has been bundled with a curved ferrule, this ferrule will open up the bristles and give it a more fluffy airy shape. This ideal small fluffy shape and medium density make it extremely easy to build up any application, even to very intense results without leaving a harsh perimeter.

I love tiny face brushes for so many reasons, this one is such a gem with highlight or contour, but also useful when you are going for very precise blush, powder or bronzer application.

The Mini Cheek is the smallest of the Sky Face set, a picture next to the smallest of the Pro Face set – the Detail Pro – is a good idea to show you how they differ in size.

Specs

Total length: 172mm
Hair length: 27mm
Ferrule width: 12.5*7mm
Material: Brown and white saikoho goat

WORKER FAN

The Worker Fan is the fan that can do any task you want, hence “Worker” in the name. It’s the perfect size and density to handle blush, bronzer, sculpting, and even highlight. Itโ€™s actually a smaller version of the current Sculpt One. I am obsessed with the Sculpt One’s body and capabilities, the size of the Worker Fan is more versatile if you want to use it for even more tasks!

The thicker hakutotsuho bristles are highly efficient and blend as they apply, truly effortlessly. It’s fluffy, so the application is not going to be harsh or difficult to blend.

You may not be a fan of fans, but I hope this one is going to change your mind and make you love them for their functionality! ๐Ÿ™‚

When you first receive it, it is tight, once it’s washed it will open and splay out really nicely to its real shape.

Now, all the white fans side by side ๐Ÿ™‚

Sculpt One – Worker Fan – Sculpt Four – Fan Pro

Specs

Total length: 170mm
Hair length: 30mm
Ferrule width: 20mm
Material: White hakutotsuho goat

SKY versus the PRO set

Looking at both sets side by side, you’ll see that the brushes are quite different, to me they are completely different.

Basically, the Pro set is more decisive with the placement and determined with the blending, the Sky set is more progressive with the exception of the Master Face – but we do need at least one strong buffer/blender/fixer in the Sky set.

The challenges

I won’t go into too many details, but I thought it could be nice to share with you some of the difficulties encoutered, just a couple, but this Sky Face set ended up quite challenging to make.

For example, I always wanted a big ball -or rounded- brush with very soft saikoho bristles but strong enough to do a great job, like the Master Face here. But soft and fine saikoho goat bristles do not splay out naturally like hakutotsuho bristles do (like the fan). Also, natural bristles in general are way more difficult to bundle compared to synthetic ones, each bristle can be different. This is even more true when you are trying to mix bristles that are dyed, with bristles that aren’t (like Master Face, Mini Cheek). On top of this challenge, in order to obtain a rounded shape, we have to mix longer and shorter bristles in a specific proportion and size and this doesn’t come easy. The artisans have worked hard with components and techniques in order to give this brush the ball shape that many of us love.

There is another thing, with regards to hakutotsuho goat bristles, that is good to mention. You may think those thicker bristles are cheaper because they aren’t as fine as saikoho, however, they are extremely difficult to bundle and even more on a fan ferrule! But I really wanted those thicker sturdy bristles for the fan because they truly make a difference, they are terribly efficient and it’s no surprise why they are so loved by many make-up artists in Japan.

It was always about the best quality bristles for the purpose, the most premium ferrule, wood, lacquer, etc. I could have added more sparkles onto the handles, which would have increased the cost even more, but we want something that looks elegant and here, less is more ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, a dedicated packaging would have been nice, I completely agree with that, but at this stage it would add so many fees that I prefer to put it on the brushes instead.

The care and maintenance

There is a post here about care and maintenance if you need more details on how to wash them. The brushes come washed and sanitized, but I still recommend you to wash them before use, mainly because the shape after wash is more close to what it should be to perform its best. Due to their particular bundling, it is likely that some bristles shed at the beginning but it is completely normal. The finishing job on them has been spectacular but they still need to move.

Bottom line

I hope you will love these Sky brushes, that you will find them useful for your daily routine, your trips, your work if you are a professional. I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on them and if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer ๐Ÿ™‚ As always, a huge thank you for reading and for your extremely kind support!!!

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23 comments

Tracy 14 September, 2019 - 6:54 am

Great job on these brushes! I cannot wait to receive the set to play with them!

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Kay 14 September, 2019 - 9:33 am

Sonia, I have all of your brushes and thought I did not need another as they fulfill all of my needs. But nooooo — you come up with more amazing brushes that call to me. I am blown away with incredible thought and hard work you have put into the creation of these beauties. Thanks for your detailed explanation of how and why you came up with the designs and what they each can do. Can’t wait to try them out next week for sure!
p.s. So happy for your continued success — all due to your vision, talent and tenacity. Wishing you and your family best of health and joy.

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Laura 14 September, 2019 - 4:29 pm

Thank you so much for the extra information Sonia! I also thought your existing brushes would fulfill all of my needs, but you _still_ keep coming up with things helping out my makeup application, brushes I didn’t know could exist and I would absolutely need. I can’t wait to get my hands on these, have to wait for my pay check though. I am so happy about your success and your passion for fude! Hugs from Finland!

xx Laura / Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

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Louise Sharpy 16 September, 2019 - 6:39 am

They are simply gorgeous I love them die to the fact they are somewhat smaller. I have a small face and Some are overpowering I havenโ€™t had the chance to afford any of your brushes. I am so so sad. And Iโ€™m saving now so I can get them. I love the new sky blue color !! I want this so bad. Ha ha. Thanks for your hard work and also for making the best brushes around (from Michele Wang Youtube and also Kinkysweat Alisha). I will maybe someday get these. Have you any in the works with synthetic bristles ?? Maybe ?? More adorable ?? Love you Sona. They are works of art

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May 16 September, 2019 - 8:06 am

I love the thought, quality and design put into your brushes. Any thought of releasing the Sky brushes with red handles at some point. (Maybe at Christmas?) I would have bought these brushes but, I only need a few pieces to complement my collection and it would be nice if they all matched!

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Michelle H. 12 October, 2019 - 11:47 am

Just read your comment after posting mine. Same here. I would have purchased if they were red. I just love the red handles and would prefer to keep my set uniform in color. Something about the red aesthetic is so pleasing to me. It makes me no longer want to touch my other brushes. I wonder why that is.

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Sonia G. 12 October, 2019 - 1:32 pm

Hi Michelle,
I completely understand, I am sorry you don’t like the blue color as much. We are all so different and since I started the entire series I knew I wouldn’t be able to please everyone whatever the color I picked. After releasing the blue handles, many commented that they never purchased my brushes before because they were red and now they want them because of the blue… it’s very curious how a color can have an impact on each one of us, it’s amazing that the red doesn’t make you want to touch your other brushes anymore, I promess that there is no magic spell or trick there ๐Ÿ™‚ but it’s so interesting.
I wanted different handles because very often I get asked what series are better for them and wanted a very easy quick way to tell them “go for the red” or “go for the blue handles”, to be transparent with you, today I don’t know how the entire series will evolve, which brushes will stay and if all the type of handles will stay. I guess it’s the feedback that is going to drive the future. I am happy you love the red, I am completely obsessed with red but these series were really marking a different theme that I would like to develop in the future, so I had to have matching handles.
Thank you for your feedback, it’s really greatly appreciated! I hope you’ll enjoy the red ones for a very long time!! love, Sonia

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Michelle H. 14 October, 2019 - 3:10 am

Hi Sonia,
Thank you so much for your response! I completely understand how different people are moved by different colors. Iโ€™m so glad the fans of blue have a gorgeous set to enjoy also! I appreciate that you will take our feedback into consideration. I would be tickled pink (he, he, thatโ€™s for the pink lovers) if one day in the future you surprise us with red handled Master Face brushes. Iโ€™ll be first in line to purchase.

Very much looking forward to seeing all the new innovative brushes you bring to the table.

Warmest,
Michelle

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Tammy Stiles 16 September, 2019 - 12:30 pm

I pre-ordered them (as always) and I can’t wait to use them bc I know your brushes never let me down! They are beautiful too, LOVE the blue Thanks for your hard work and for always explaining about each and every brush in detail bc it’s very useful! Best of luck always Love from Georgia, USA.

Loyal fan of all your brushes,

Tammy Stiles

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Adriana Maradiaga 16 September, 2019 - 4:02 pm

Hi Sonia, I have been meaning for a while to leave a comment on your blog about your brushes, since this gorgeous Sky Face Set is being launched today I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do so! First of all, a bit late but congratulations on your fantastic brush line! It is an amazing achievement! Just like you I’m a fan of Japanese brushes – they truly changed my makeup game, I’m proud to own also your 2 Pro sets and a few of your first launch – use them daily adore them & cherish them along with other favourites. It’s extremely exciting to see the inspiration & your thoughts about the new set – it’s like you are reading people’s mind, real life requires brushes that will do the work of applying your makeup flawless while on the run! I look forward to be adding the Sky Face Set to my collection. Big hugs, wishing you a successful & happy launch today! Xx

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Sivaranjani Kapali 16 September, 2019 - 6:58 pm

Hi Sonia, I love the SKY set and would like to purchase but Beautylish doesn’t ship them to India. Is it possible to make them available some day?

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Kay 19 September, 2019 - 11:22 am

Hi Sonia, I am commenting again. I received my Sky Face set today and I am delighted! This set satisfies in so many ways — it has round shapes (my favorite), the goat is softer than many of the my other Japanese brushes (kudos for your high standards), the bundling is perfect (great quality control), the range of firmness vs airiness in different brushes is surprisingly huge — I can go on and on, but suffice to say that your brushes have changed my mind about my entire brush collection. My beloved soft squirrel brushes have taken a back seat to your infinitely more useful goat brushes and I now adore fan brushes. It has also changed my makeup application for the better. So thank you again for your vision, creativity and perseverance — you are awesome!

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Kirsten 24 September, 2019 - 2:14 am

Please, please, please make Worker Fan available individually. The way you’ve described the Sky series, and particularly Worker Fan, is everything I’ve been trying to find a in fan brush. Bronzer/blush/contour placement have always been issues b/c the shape of the brush never seemed to fit my face. The Sculpt One was the closest I’d ever found, but unfortunately it was just a bit too big for my face.

Congrats on another beautiful collection!

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Denise 29 September, 2019 - 2:18 am

Sonia, please explain the effect of the ferrule when the top edge is turned in (examples are Classic Cheek and Mini Cheek) versus when the top edge is not turned (examples are Soft Cheek and Master Face). Thank you so much! Denise

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Michelle H. 12 October, 2019 - 11:41 am

These brushes are beautiful! Would you ever consider making the Master Face brush with the red handle? I just love (and personally prefer) the red color.

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Sonia G. 12 October, 2019 - 10:13 pm

Hi Michelle, well, I replied to your other comment ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know yet how this is going to evolve, but I definitely will keep it in mind! maybe something for example for special edition… hmmmm
thank you for your interest and feedback, it’s always very appreciated, and taken into consideration!

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Michelle H 21 November, 2020 - 3:39 pm

I bought the entire Sky set, and I absolutely love it. The brush shapes are amazing and the blue is actually quite handsome! I still also adore the red. I am quite happy with all of my brushes. Thank you for your creativity and innovation.

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Moko 15 November, 2019 - 3:02 pm

Hi Sonia. Love your brushes and missed on the sky face set. Will these come back?

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Sonia G. 19 November, 2019 - 4:43 pm

Hi Moko,

They will come back beginning of next year hopefully, or somewhere in the first quarter depending on their schedule at the manufacture! thank you so much for your patience!!

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Anna 5 June, 2020 - 1:10 am

Hi Sonia. Sky Face set is not available on Beautylish in the moment, as well as the Face one and Base one. I am looking forward to order these 7 brushes. Do you have any idea when they gone be available again?

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Shan Khoo 13 June, 2020 - 7:59 pm

Hi Sonia! Thank you so much for all the pictures and details of your brushes! They’re super helpful. Can I ask further about the difference between the Classic Cheek and Cheek Pro brush? Which of them would be better at picking up product and depositing a stronger blush? I mainly use powder blushes cause I have super oily skin. And I missed out on your Master Face brush on Beautylish, when would it be back? ):

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Sonia G. 21 June, 2020 - 11:25 pm

Hi Shan!
Thank you so much!!
I think the Cheek Pro would be awesome if you want more pay off but both would work nicely as they are firm but super gentle!
I don’t know when it will come back yet unfortunately, it looks like not very soon, I am so sorry!!

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Jev 8 May, 2021 - 9:00 pm

Hi Sonia,
Would you be so kind and advise when the Sky Face Set could be available again as a bundle or sold individually, if ever? I am missing the Master Face, the Classic and the Soft Cheek.
Thanks so much!

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