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The SKY Smooth Buffer

by Sonia G.

When Face One was created, it was to fill a blank: I was looking for a flat top brush but with a density that wasn’t too aggressive, still flexible, very soft and somehow versatile. Not that easy to find. Face One was the one I was needing in my daily routine.

The Smooth Buffer was created to replicate the same functionality as the Face One but in addition to that: easier to carry around, with a size more appropriate to work on smaller areas and a diameter that fits in smaller pans.

I also knew that bringing Face One back in stock would take even longer than ever before so it was the best time to work on this little one in parallel.

The functionality is the same, setting, buffing, blending, mineral foundation, etc… It works also with some blushes and bronzers depending on their pigmentation. I don’t use mineral foundation often but I do use powders as a final step of my routine, to set my foundation, to add some subtle glow, it depends on the powder I use and what I want to achieve.

It’s satisfying when we see everything coming together nicely, this is probably the favorite step in my make-up routine, when I take time to “inspect” the the final look, blend a bit more here and there…. not that this takes time actually but I do enjoy it… so I pretend I need it and make it last! 😀

Smooth Buffer vs Face One

The handle is different, the Smooth Buffer comes with the Sky handle, a thinner and more lightweight handle.

The ferrule diameter of Face One is 2 cm, Smooth Buffer is 1.74 cm. At the top, the diameter of Face One is between 3.5 and 4 cm, it depends on how much it splayed out after washing or use. Smooth Buffer’s diameter at the top is between 3 and 3.5 cm, again, depending on how yours splayed out.

Size Comparisons

BrushPrice USDMaterialFerrule size mmHair Length mmDensity
From 1 to 10
Face One75Saikoho Goat20307.5
Smooth Buffer70Saikoho Goat17.4267.5
Chikuhodo G-1150Sokoho Goat20258
63Fine Goat20308.2
Hakuhodo G52754
(now 102)
Sokoho goat
(now saikoho)
Kevyn Aucoin
Buff Powder
60Goat 24278.3
Westman Atelier Blender125Synthetic25279
Beautylish – ChikuhodoN/ASaikoho goat20209
Takumi T-3
65Saikoho goat20209
Hakuhodo J52847Goat16179.2
Z-3 Contour
42Grey squirrel14169
Koyudo Purin40Sokoho goat22307.8

With regards to the density, basically: the higher the density, the heavier the coverage and the more powerful the blend. It may be exactly what you are looking for so it’s perfectly fine to get something very dense.
On a more delicate skin, a rough and dense brush may cause irritation or could make dry patches resurface, these were mainly the issues I was facing and what I wanted to help with. Another risk is to use a brush that is too dense for its purpose, it may move the product too much, not work in an even manner or that it may alter the underneath application.
Sometimes, dense brushes work almost like sponges, I don’t mean that they are bad, just that they don’t have much movement in the bristles at all.

With regards to the material, saikoho is the highest grade of goat bristles that you can see on a brush. Well, you can go with a higher grade but it may be 1) several lots of hundred dollars 2) not efficient for buffing.

The brushes pictured above may have been Limited Edition, they may be in the way of being discontinued, or changed, or they may have increased in price… my brushes are getting quite old too and may differ from the ones you will find today.

The material has been written as it is described on the manufacturer’s website. We don’t always know precisely what type of synthetic or goat it is, I can tell you what it feels like, but that would be just a guess 😉

When we compare prices we have to compare what is comparable, handmade vs handmade, same grade material to same grade material, same type of handle, etc. Here, prices are generally before taxes but this can vary based on when or where you buy them.

The density has been noted on a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being the highest density. Within the same brush, batches will differ slightly, specially when the brushes are handmade, so the density (or softness) can vary from one brush to the other.

I will not speak about each brush individually but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate! I will be happy to answer.

I have been looking for the perfect flat brush for a while and I have a lot of them, probably 10 times that amount actually. I have picked some popular ones from my collection so you can compare the size of the Smooth Buffer to them and see if that smaller size would work for you.

The price is 70$. The brush is handmade, not only the head, but also the handle, I saw the process and it takes a very long time. The ferrule is brass, the bristles are Saikoho and they are getting quite expensive, this has a direct impact on the cost. I really insisted that this brush was bundled with saikoho bristles. Because of the way it’s meant to be used, it’s important that it is as soft as possible but with the fantastic performance that natural bristles provide.

If you follow other Fude lovers on Instagram -or any other social network, you may have heard that prices have increased or are in the process to increase in the very near future. Some Fude will increase in price, other will be discontinued. The demand for Fude is getting higher but the craftsmanship or materials do not necessarily follow the same curve. Saikoho quality is getting rare and as you may have guessed, this impacts my brushes as well so we will see what happens in the future.

I know for sure that the brushes that will be really difficult to restock from my collection are Face One, Face Pro, Master Face, Soft Cheek and Inochige Pro, if you had them in your mind I would say, if available, go for these first.

This Sky Smooth Buffer is joining the Sky collection and launching individually next Tuesday 15th of September on Beautylish, that should be at 10am PT / 1pm ET.

It’s already September… time flies! I hope you are doing well, I imagine you are looking forward to happier, more peaceful and safer times, I certainly am 🙂 I am lucky and blessed to have you, thank you!

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~SKI~ 12 September, 2020 - 4:32 pm

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Siddra 13 September, 2020 - 11:26 am

Hi …. I’ve been waiting to buy the face one brush for a long time … but now u have released the new smooth buffer brush … do both brushes work exactly the same? … just that the smooth buffer is smaller in size ?… if so I will consider to buy this brush as …. I don’t know how long it will be before the face one brush comes back in stock.
Looking forward to hear from you

Sonia G. 13 September, 2020 - 11:39 am

Hi Siddra,

I know, I am so sorry, so this Face One is not able to come back yet because of the bristles length, it may arrive still this year but towards the end of the year if you wish to wait, thank you!! The Smooth Buffer brush is smaller but in terms of functionality it has the same flexibility and density so it will do the same tasks in a similar manner, just not with a big surface, there is approx 1cm difference in size.
My pleasure to answer and I am sorry that we cannot make it faster! I hope you will either kindly wait or try this smaller version which is also fantastic!
Thank you!!

Samantha 13 September, 2020 - 9:37 pm

I am so excited for this brush!! I have been wishing for a small version of the face one as well as a baby master face brush. It looks like perfection! CANT WAIT til Tuesday. my dream of a baby master face brush would be part synthetic and for size about twice as big as the Hakuhodo J212. I just purchased the Westman Alelier baby blender. Im curious to see how the size and softness of her brushes are. Thank you Sonia for being so intuitive and perfectly solving any delimma or specific brush needs (and wants) that all of us lovers dream about.

Laura 14 September, 2020 - 2:48 am

Hi Sonia,

Congrats on yet another great addition. Your brushes really are a labour of love and so lovely in quality!
I have been waiting to get my hands on most of the brushes you have recommended above in the post, but are still unavailable. Do you have a rough idea when they might be returning? I have been wanting to buy the Face One, Soft Cheek, Cheek Pro and Mini Cheek to fill the gaps in my current collection.

Also, I love your posts. They are so descriptive and the comparisons are very helpful. Especially when I might be able to scroll through some of the older ones with other brushes I also have in my collection that i can cross compare with other newer posts. So great!

Kris 14 September, 2020 - 4:31 am

Hi Sonia!
I’m looking forward to this release. I do not have the Face One but it was a brush you recommended before to a question I had on your insta some months back and I’ve kept it on my mental wish list. I think this brush would be fantastic as the purpose is the same and I think it would fit the small holiday Hourglass pans well.

I have two questions. The first is I would like to know how to incorporate it with the Inochige Pro. I primarily use Hourglass pressed powders (blushes, APLs, etc.) and their Veil powder. I’ve used the Inochige Pro with the Veil powder, I haven’t tried it with the pressed powder yet as I’ve not had the brush very long.
BTW, did I already gush? I love the Sky Series brushes so I think this will be a wonderful addition. You mention Saikoho goat hair is becoming more difficult to source as well as a higher demand for Japanese fude. Does this simply mean it will just take longer for brushes to come back once they are OOS?
Thank you for another beautiful creation and workhorse to add to our collections.

Dolly 14 September, 2020 - 10:41 am

Dear Sonia
I have your Master Face which I use for mineral powder as foundation. Is it correct use if it? Would be the new buffer better for mineral powder?

Sonia G. 15 September, 2020 - 7:38 pm

Hi Dolly,
Master Face works well with many powders, if it delivers the coverage you wish for, then of course it is appropriate. Both brushes can achieve that task, maybe Master Face will do it faster but you have more finesse in the task with the Smooth buffer 🙂
Not sure if that helps you 🙂 hugs!!

Shelly Schmidt 18 September, 2020 - 7:22 pm

I’ve been a Fude brush junkie for years. I’ve read your blog from time to time but never left a comment. I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to post all these wonderful photos and reviews. It made shopping for brushes so much easier! As you well know photos on the websites rarely do the products justice. It’s photos like yours that help make a more informed decision. I have just about completed purchasing your entire line of brushes aside from a few that just never seem to be in stock. I picked up this new one on launch day and am currently waiting for Fed Ex to deliver it to me. Super excited! I have small features so this should be the perfect size for me. Although who am I kidding! I would have bought it anyway. Lol.

Amy Lantinga 19 September, 2020 - 2:19 am

Hi, Sonia
Your brush is on its way to me! I’m so excited. But I’m also looking for the best brush for bronzer application. Sounds like this buffer probably isn’t it? Any advice for brushes of yours that are currently available or may be by end of year? Thank you!!

Sonia G. 21 September, 2020 - 1:07 pm

Hi Amy,
I would look more into the Face Pro for bronzer application. Or the Sculpt One which is actually amazing for bronzing and sculpting, but I also use it for blush and powder because I have a lot of area to cover 🙂
One of these two would be really nice, or the Soft Cheek but again, sold out…
There is one new and really amazing coming but not sure when … covid had delayed so many things so I do not know when we will see it.
What bronzer do you use?
Speak soon! 🙂

Rebecca Green 21 September, 2020 - 5:19 am

Hello! I am looking into investing in some of your brushes. However, I’m unable to find information anywhere on whether these are cruelty free. Can you tell me a little bit about how the hair is gathered for the brushes? Thank you!

Sonia G. 21 September, 2020 - 12:50 pm

Hi Rebecca,
thank you for considering me!
The bristles are purchased only from the manufacture’s licensed supplier that adheres to the Kumano Federation regulations and code, I saw that they flag them as cruelty free, and that this is considered an animal byproduct from the food industry. I know since I started with the manufacture that they strictly stick to their supplier and that are actively discouraging and banning non-licensed suppliers or techniques that actually do happen in some places all around the world, I was happy to see that there is control and regulations and that they work only with their accredited suppliers.
This is still an animal product and I am working with them to also bring to you amazing synthetic brushes in the future, which will very nicely complement the functionality and collection. Thank you again Rebecca! <3

Carman 25 September, 2020 - 9:37 pm

Hi Sonia, I hope all is well. I’m looking forward to add this new brush and the Sculpt One to my collection. Will the Sculpt One be restocked I the near future?

Marina 27 September, 2020 - 6:56 pm

Hi Sonia,
I have not bought any Japanese handmade brushes so far, and all the reviews I read about your range sound amazing. I would like to invest but would like to make the right choice. I am looking for the ideal brush to apply a light layer of powder foundation (e.g. Armani compact Luminous Light or Neo Nude) over a BB cream or just a glow base, which would give a light/ medium coverage. I have a rather dry skin and am 45, therefore I need a brush which will not emphasize my dry patches upon application and will achieve a smooth and natural finish, and that feels soft when using it on the skin. I also like to buff finishing glowing powders, such as the Hourglass Ambient ones. Is the smooth buffer brush in your range the best one that would fit my requirements?
Best, Marina

Sonia G. 27 September, 2020 - 9:18 pm

Hi Marina,

I can quickly answer you because it looks like we have similar skin (dry) and similar technique/products. Your requirements are similar to mine. I designed the Face One and Smooth buffer for that exact functionality, to apply a light to medium layer of powder foundation, or to buff finishing powders to either set or to add just a bit more coverage where needed with powder. Also the density and softness will to be able to work on skin that tends to show dry patches easily, mine does. So yes, I can very easily tell you that Smooth Buffer will be amazing and should perfectly match your needs.
Thank you for asking me and please let me know how it works out!!

Marina 28 September, 2020 - 2:47 pm

Hi Sonia,
Many thanks for your swift and convincing reply. The Smooth buffer will be soon on its way to me!
Now, I wish your range will be more easily available in Europe In the future.
All the best, Marina

Nathaly 28 September, 2020 - 6:21 pm

Hi Sonia,

I’ve read your blog for so many years and it’s what inspired me to buy Koyudo brushes many years ago.

I’m interested in your new buffer brush. I’m curious if it will be made in the red handle colour as well. I’m guessing all new brushes will come with your new logo? I’d like to hear about the change. Thanks Sonia!

Gloria 12 October, 2020 - 1:44 pm

Hi Sonia G! I’m looking for a brush to use with pressed mineral foundation like the Mac studio finish. Thing is, I typically use very emollient sunscreens underneath so I use the powder to cut back on shine. I want a brush that will lay down the powder without moving around my sunscreen too too much but I am however worried that the dyed goat won’t be suitable for such an emollient base? I realise my case is probably quite specialised, so apologies in advance. I appreciate any insights you can provide – hopefully this will help another reader too 🙂

Sonia G. 19 October, 2020 - 5:36 pm

Hi Gloria,
Actually it’s fine to use it even if you have quite an emollient base underneath, the natural bristles will help absorb the excess, goat bristles are fantastic to use specially when we have a more oily base (whether it’s a natural “oily” base or caused by products previously layered). I have a similar technique and use the mac studio finish to set my foundation when I need more coverage, the Smooth buffer does not move the foundation at all because it’s not that dense, I tap the excess off, I stipple and also buff, and never find that it causes my foundation to move around or look patchy. Then if you would like something even more lightweight you can go with something like the Soft Cheek but really, I don’t think you will experience issues with the Smooth Buffer and I am very confident it will work amazingly. Please do let me know if you get it and if it worked! Thank you so much for your question!!

Siri 1 November, 2020 - 7:13 pm

Hi, I just ordered your Cheek pro the other day after LOVING your eye brushes! I am wondering, how does your dyed hair bristles work with a product like Mac glow play blush? A bouncy not cream but not power product. Is it best for the brush just to stick to powders? Thanks!

Sonia G. 9 November, 2020 - 4:59 pm

Hi Siri,

I would personally use it with it, it’s not that wet of a formula and I don’t think it will alter the dye. The manufacturers like to be very cautious but after using the dyed brushes with similar formulas I never had an issue.
Therefore I would say to try it, see how it does after the brush wash and dry process, but it should be just fine, I prefer to use the brushes with as many products as I can as long they work with them 🙂
Thank you so much Siri, take care 🙂

Irina 12 January, 2021 - 11:45 pm

Greetings Sonia,
I’m relatively new to your brushes ( my first was the Keyaki set!) , and am falling quickly in love with whatever else is in stock on Beautylish.
I was just wondering if this buffing brush can be used with something like the Chantecaille eclat doux, or any other “balmy” blur powders? I have dry skin, if that helps and am not sure if the synthetic brush Chantecaille buff and blur” sells would be too harsh. I see it’s bigger than your lovely brush but sincerely I trust your opinion on this. I think you have another brush with a bigger size but it’s out of stock. I’d prefer your buffer honestly, but just don’t want to ruin the lovely natural hair with any balmy/moist type powders.
Additionally, congratulations on all of your success with such beautiful artistic creations!
Please advise? Thanking you in advance.
Warmest regards, Irina

Sonia G. 14 January, 2021 - 1:41 pm

Hi Irina, Thank you for your kind message! I do think that you can use the Mini Base with this Chantecaille, however, I unfortunately don’t have this product (but it looks super interesting!) Do you apply it and buff on all your face or just in areas ? This Chantecaille brush seems quite dense as well and the Mini Base could be a smaller version of it so I guess. I use the Mini Base with lots of products, gelee, creams, mousse, etc, the little natural hair inside helps a lot for a better blending and technically sure it can be used with it but I don’t know how fast you need to work 🙂
You can also wait for a bit, well a few months… as there is something else in the works and that would actually answer your needs perfectly well, it just takes time but we are getting there 🙂
thank you so much and I wish you a wonderful New Year!!! stay safe!!


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