There is a new brush joining the SKY series, it’s not limited edition, but I cannot say that this brush will be able to stay as a permanent option, I will share the reasons why further down on this post.
This Jumbo Bronzer is an all over type of brush that can be paired with bronzers for a beautiful natural sunkissed look, or with powders for a perfecting veil or just used on its own for the final blend and polish.
It is quite big and has a pinched ferrule, to give you an idea of its size, the working surface at the top of the bristles is approximately 6cm x 3cm.
Big, but disciplined
While it’s going to cover a very large surface, there is something that allows this brush to work a bit differently compared to other jumbo brushes. It’s a combination of factors (bristles, dye, density, shape) that give the brush that discipline in the movement.
There is density and airiness at the same time, the bristles flex and move together in a predictable way, you know where you are working the product. You can feel where the strength of the brush is without having to play with the pressure or adjust the angle.
Even if this is not a small brush in any way, we still have control. We can apply a bronzer quickly all over the face while emphazising the application on the cheekbone area, or on the jawline area for example. It’s not going to be a precise application since it’s such a big brush, but we can decide where we want to build up the placement.
How it works
The bristles flex as they blend but they remain quite firm, the strength is situated at the very top of the bristles, there is no need to use pressure or to look for the strongest point deeper in the brush to increase its blending power, it’s just right there at the surface. Whatever you are applying or blending, it will be done with the same intensity across its surface.
Some big powder brushes have a more unpredictable flow so we tend to press the brush harder to get the job done, but this may cause the application or the blending to be uneven or not where we want it to be.
Depending on the products we may not need to build the intensity, but I think that if we want to have a bit more control, specially with our bronzers, it might be helpful to have a brush that is more predictable while still covering a large surface.
We can aim for the cheeks or the jawline and we can play with it sideways to achieve a bit more precision, but, it still remains a very big brush.
It doesn’t have a feathery light type of approach, it’s still powerful and determined as it needs to work with different types of products whether they are powdery textures or more hardly pressed, but since it has airiness, it will diffuse them seamlessly.
We can build up the application without disrupting the foundation application or disturbing the other products underneath, this makes the Jumbo Bronzer a good tool for bronzer or finishing powders, or just for a final blend.
This brush is part of the SKY series so it will come with the blue handle. These series are designed to be more effortless to use whatever the products or the level of expertise.
If you are new to my brushes, the handles for these brushes are handmade in Japan by a highly renowned Japanese artisan.
They are sanded one by one in a very particular way depending on the area in order for the layers of lacquers to adhere to the wood with just the right strength.
On a normal brush handle you have two layers: the pigment layer and the coating.
On the Sky series there are minimum 4 layers of lacquers and the layers are different -different pigments mixed at different levels. The way the pigments are mixed and applied is very particular in order to give this depth to the handles.
Even the final clear coating is a more exceptional product, thicker and more transparent as it needs to allow the pigments underneath to come through. We are combining traditional techniques with special lacquers that are used today on the most luxurious cars.
The layers also need to dry in between applications and the brushes need to be moved to the oven or other locations. Depending on the weather and the humidity, they may take weeks to dry, then the next process needs to start, and so on.
I think it’s good to know that there is a lot of artisan work on each handle and it helps to understand why these brushes cost so much.
The handle is thicker than the handle on the Niji Pro, the Jumbo Bronzer brush weights 47g, the Niji Pro 40g.
The good news is that the thicker handle gives this brush a great balance and it also reduces the risk of issues when attaching a large ferrule to a handle.
The bad news is that the handle doesn’t fit in the Walnut Brush holder. It fits in the Holiday one that has the Cranes and Mt Fuji design… it’s a good reason to bring another version of this holder some day…
The total length of the bristles is 47mm, the ferrule is 32mm x 17mm, the material is dyed brown saikoho goat bristles.
The softness of this saikoho is not going to be super silky because the quality of saikoho with that specific length of bristles has decreased since 10 years ago, while the cost has very much skyrocketed.
This brush is not as soft and silky as the Hinoki for example, it has more robust bristles, in this case and with this length of bristles, this added thickness helps with the results. If they were finer, the brush would lose its strength at the very top.
The dye process also gives the bristles more body and fullness, making this brush more effective in this particular situation where we need airiness but also firmness.
This may be the last call for making a saikoho brush with that length of bristles and that’s why I mentioned before that while this brush is not limited edition, we may not have the opportunity to bring it back in stock again or consistently. That’s also why it’s coming now into the collection and not later.
Each brush is handmade. Here are some of the ones that I have with me to show you the shapes and how they evolve. The brush will open up after a wash and as it gets used, but it will retain its firmness and strength at the top.
It made sense to dye the bristles brown as this is primarily a bronzer brush, it will look less dirty when used repeatedly with darker products but it was dyed also for functionality purposes. This density and grip will be helpful when working with more stubburn products and when we need a little bit more determination with the placement while aiming for a diffused application.
We don’t need to wash this brush that regularly but it’s a good thing to wipe it on a microfiber cloth after use for several reasons: this will remove make-up residue so you can switch products easily, and it will remove bacteria (the microfiber doesn’t kill germs but it removes a major amount), and it will also remove the excess oils or make-up that this brush has accumulated on the bristles.
There is also an additional benefit when using goat bristles on finishing brushes (vs synthetic or squirrel), these bristles will absorb the excess oils on the skin as they blend the final application.
How I use it
I use this brush mainly for bronzers, almost on a daily basis as I automatically reach for bronzers at some point during my routine.
In the below pictures you can see a subtle every day type of look, before and after a quick all over sweep of bronzer. I used Victoria Beckham’s Bronzing Brick #02. It adds a luminous sunkissed effect and that’s what I love.
I am such a huge fan of bronzers and finishing powders, specially if they have a radiant finish!
I also use this Jumbo Bronzer for a final blend. I have extremely dry skin, most of the times I use only a powder bronzer after my foundation and I won’t need any more setting at all. If I grab a powder is because I want to add even more radiance and glow, not really to set my foundation.
When it’s very hot, or when I am on holidays or on a summer trip, I use only one brush like this during the day, with bronzer or with a neutral type of blush, just to add some dimension or a little something. In the evening I will do something more extra and use more products and more brushes.
At home, when I don’t use foundation but need to run out the door quickly, I will apply at least some bronzer. Not that I absolutely need to, but I like to.
I also use it with neutral blushes – I love blushes that we can use as bronzers or vice-versa, to add some dimension on the contours of the face. I usually apply them with a smaller brush but if the Jumbo Bronzer is within reach and if I don’t need a precise or elaborate placement, I’ll use it for that too.
How to use the Jumbo Bronzer
- We can either directly use it all over, or start with a “3” technique (forehead-cheeks-chin) and then blend all over. It’s a face and body type of brush, we can use it on larger areas, the neck or décolletè.
- We can use a linear blending technique if we aim for a jawline application for example. If the product is powdery, just touching the pan with the brush will load enough pigment.
If the product is more difficult to pick up or less powdery, then it’s better to swirl the brush onto the product even if then we apply it in a more linear way.
- We can use a circular blending or buffing movement with this brush even if the brush is not round because we don’t need to put pressure on the bristles, therefore, it won’t put stress and it won’t damage the core of the brush.
- We can also swirl the brush on the products and then gently stamp to place the product on the cheeks, then blend in the direction where you want the application to be diffused.
This is a face and body type of brush, it’s not the brush to reach for when you are aiming for a precise application. It will apply the products on the surface of the skin, you can still work the products, blend and buff to a certain extent but it’s not a buffer that will go as deep as the Niji Pro for example.
Niji Pro vs Jumbo Bronzer
The counterpart of this brush on the PRO series is the Niji Pro. The bristles on the Jumbo Bronzer are longer and fluffier, with more movement, airiness and flexibility. The Niji Pro has shorter bristles and it’s denser. The Niji Pro is going to work the products deeper into the skin and deliver a heavier application or a more polished buff, while the Jumbo Bronzer is going to work more on the surface of the skin and be better at diffusing on a larger area.
The front side on both brushes is about the same width but since the bristles on the Jumbo Bronzer are longer, they will splay out more upon contact with the skin.
Sideways, the Jumbo Bronzer is wider, this is more noticeable when working and it will cover a larger surface than the Niji Pro which is firmer and denser.
The Niji Pro is a large brush that has a high density, firmness and that will be able to work with the most stubborn products, it can also work blush or contour with more precision in comparison to the Jumbo Bronzer.
On the other hand, the Jumbo Bronzer is going to be more foolproof and comfortable with more pigmented products or more powdery bronzers that need more caution.
The Niji will deliver a heavier application and work the products deeper into the skin, it’s more of a buffer. The Jumbo Bronzer will work more on the surface of the skin, it will blend and diffuse but won’t go as deep into the pores as the Niji.
Face Pro vs Jumbo Bronzer
The Face Pro is less dense, more flexibe, it has a more airy and soft feel and has a slanted shape.
The Jumbo Bronzer is between the Niji Pro and the Face Pro in terms of density and strength: it won’t deliver such an intense application like the Niji Pro does but the application will be heavier in comparison to the Face Pro.
They may look similar in size when comparing them sideways, but the density is higher in the Jumbo Bronzer. The Jumbo Bronzer has more firmness and more discipline in the movement and also more strength at the surface. If the product is a lot darker than my skintone, or if I want a more lightweight application, I will reach for the Face Pro.
Master Face vs Jumbo Bronzer
The Master Face is primarily a buffer type of brush, a gentle but determined buffer that has quite a lot of precision in spite of its shape that looks more like a ball. The tip of the surface on the Master Face is stable and very predictable because it’s supported by the dense core inside. We can use it to buff, build, correct or tone down while locked on the target area.
This more targetted kind of approach is not something we can do with the Jumbo Bronzer, the idea with the Jumbo Bronzer is to work with products that are meant to be applied and diffused on a large area.
If we look at the Jumbo Bronzer sideways, we get a bit closer to the size of the Master Face but once in movement, the Jumbo Bronzer will splay out considerably in comparison. The Master Face will still flex and move but it remains quite firm and retains its original shape while working.
Jumbo Bronzer vs Cheek Pro
The Jumbo Bronzer is the gigantic version of the Cheek Pro. The proportions are very different so the Jumbo Bronzer has much more movement and airiness in comparison.
It’s useful to see both brushes side by side as it shows the size difference, and it’s quite massive.
Hinoki vs Jumbo Bronzer
The Hinoki is smaller, the bristles are much shorter and more silky. This Hinoki brush is really one of a kind in terms of shape, fluffiness and softness. It’s going to work the products more gently, more on the surface, while the Jumbo Bronzer is going to deliver a stronger buff and a faster application on a larger area.
The Hinoki is really a brush with such an incredibly softness and fluffiness. It’s almost like a cloud.
The artisan behind the Jumbo Bronzer is the same as the one behind the Hinoki set and also the Niji Pro by the way.
Tom Ford 05 vs Jumbo Bronzer
If you love Fude and big brushes, Tom Ford had this 05 face brush that was super big and fluffy, it was bundled with sokoho goat bristles at the time. I thought it would be relevant to show you a pic side by side just in case you were familiar with it. The Jumbo Bronzer can be an alternative if you like this type of big powder brushes but it’s not a dupe.
The Tom Ford Bronzer brush splays out more in comparison so it’s a bit more tricky to build up the application with the “precision” of the Jumbo Bronzer. Not that the Jumbo Bronzer is precise, but you will have more control on the placement and on the intensity versus the Tom Ford.
Jumbo Bronzer and Hakuhodo J501, J5541
This is to give you an idea of its size next to these Hakuhodo brushes.
The Hakuhodo brushes are more directional with the application, the bristles are shorter and they don’t splay much when they blend. The Jumbo Bronzer is more airy and will deliver a diffused application.
Koyudo BP013 and Jumbo Bronzer
The Koyudo BP013 is also a powerful big brush but it’s smaller, more compact, with thicker bristles and with little movement and little flexibility in the bristles.
If we talk about bronzer application, the BP013 is not a brush I would pair with powdery type of bronzers but with more stubborn hard bronzers and also with powder foundations due to the thickness of its bristles.
They have a similar width sideways.
How it picks up the products
I wanted to show you some of the products that I use with the Jumbo Bronzer. This is to give you just a few examples of how it can handle them and hopefully, it will help you decide if this brush is a tool that you could use in your make-up routine.
I apply these products either on the entire face, or with the “3” technique (forehead-cheeks-chin), or sometimes only on the cheek area, it depends on the product. I use many more products with this brush but I tried to pick a selection that included different finishes and formulas.
Victoria Beckham – #02
The right pan is more “powdery” than the left one, when we touch the pan with the Jumbo Bronzer, it picks the powder like a magnet, so just touching the pan is enough.
If I touch the bronzer only with the tip of the brush, then I will have a more precise placement but if I cover the whole surface of the brush, I will target a larger surface on my face.
Even though this bronzer is a little bit dark and warm for me, it’s very easy to diffuse with the Jumbo Bronzer, I don’t need to proceed with caution. It doesn’t look like powder on my skin, it looks very beautiful and enhances my skin.
I can apply it on my entire face or use it more as a contour. The Jumbo Bronzer is not a contour brush but if you want to concentrate the application along the jawline, it’s feasible. It’s what I do. Since the brush is effective but airy, I don’t need to pay too much attention, the application is diffused and I know that I won’t need to do any adjustments.
Wayne Goss – Satin Bronze
I use the shades Bronze Glow/Medium Taupe. The left shade has more glow with a luminous finish, the other is more powdery and matte and great for sculpting, I use both shades as bronzers just applying them differently. I tend to use the sculpting shade more along the jawline and lightly all over the face, the other shade more where the sun hits. The Jumbo Bronzer allows just enough precision to do this, it won’t deliver a sharp contour at all but for me it’s precise enough to play with the positioning.
With the shade that is more powdery (Medium Taupe) it’s enough to just touch the pan and it’s loaded on the brush. The left shade (Bronze Glow) we can just touch or swipe a couple of times and it’s ready, it depends how heavy you want the application to be and how much darker the product is versus your skin.
The only thing to note is that when the face is still fresh with foundation, still wet-ish and hasn’t set yet, if we apply a powdery bronzer, the bronzer can stick to the wet face and be more difficult to blend.
This is more noticeable when using denser or synthetic brushes, it could happen with this brush too depending on how wet the skin is when applying bronzer directly, but because the natural bristles absorb a lot of the excess as they apply and these ones buff quite effectively, I didn’t experience any issues so far.
Tom Ford – Terra and Gold Dust
Terra is a more neutral matte shade (also that I use for contouring) while Gold Dust is more luminous.
I surprisingly hit pan on a few and even had to repurchase them but then the newer releases were different and much harder to work with.
There is a normal Terra and a very hard Terra depending on which one you have. They can both be applied with the Jumbo Bronzer. However, one of the releases I got had a Gold Dust pressed like a rock, in that case I would rather use the Niji Pro or the Master Face, these brushes will be more appropriate to get the job done faster and it won’t put too much stress on the longer bristles of the Jumbo Bronzer.
Gucci Eclat Soleil
I have shades 01 and 02.
The shade 01 is quite sheer for me, I use it but as a blush along the cheekbones, or along the jawline, it will be quite subtle since the product is light for my skintone and the brush is not as dense as the Niji Pro.
The Niji Pro would deliver a more heavy application which is totally fine because this is a sheer shade, no worries to work with a denser brush if I want to build the intensity.
Both shades are easy to pick with the Jumbo Bronzer, lightly swiping the brush will get enough product onto the bristles.
The shade 02 is much more dark, I will apply this shade just where the sun hits and I would rather use the Jumbo Bronzer so that I don’t overdo it. If I use the Niji Pro the placement will be too intense with this shade and then I will have more work diffusing the edges or I will have to proceed with more caution.
Valentino Perfecting Face powder
I have the Bronzer 00 and I stored it in their Go-Clutch, not that I have any intention of carrying a powder compact as a clutch… I am not a fan of their packaging for so many reasons but the product is beautiful.
It’s a very silky product, it doesn’t even feel or look like a powder, I use the Jumbo Bronzer to apply it, I start where the sun hits, then blend and buff the residue that is on the brush on the entire face.
We need a bit more swiping strokes to pick up the product versus a powdery product but it will work.
I can apply it with the Jumbo Bronzer or the Niji Pro, the application with the Jumbo Bronzer will be more diffused and natural, like a veil of sunkissed glow, the application with the Niji Pro will be more intense but not over the top.
Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powders
I have 3 different shades, the 2, the 5.5 and the 7.
I use the 5.5 shade when I want to add a bit of glow on top of my foundation, I use the Buffer Pro or the Niji Pro as I want a buffing that goes deeper into the pores.
I use the shade 7 as a finishing powder but I place it a bit like a bronzer, to add a little bit of glow and warmth. I use the Jumbo Bronzer brush, it picks the product but because the powders are quite see-through, it will be a subtle application.
Bronzers with shimmer or veining throughout
If the veining has a lot of shimmer, I will only use this type of bronzers as blushes. If the shimmer or radiance is subtle, I may use the products all over the face or concentrate where the sun naturally hits. It depends on the products and the amount of shimmer that stays on the skin after buffing the application.
The Hourglass Nude Bronze light doesn’t have shimmer at all, it’s very fine and easy to pick up with the Jumbo Bronzer.
The Laura Mercier Ritual is an old bronzer but I took it here for reference. The application is a bit more tricky, not because it’s hard to pick at all but because it’s a bit too warm on my skin so I need to proceed with a little bit of caution.
With the wrong brush, this bronzer would not work for me. The Jumbo Bronzer does the job properly because it applies an even amount on a large area that is diffused without any visible demarcations.
I love the Sisley L’Orchidee blush, the one with the brown background and pink/peach orchidee, I apply it with the Jumbo Bronzer on the cheeks and across the bridge of the nose, without being too precise. I would rather use a smaller blush brush but sometimes I am lazy and I love to use one brush for as many tasks as possible.
Chantecaille Goa and Sirena bronzers
These gel-powder type of formulas can be difficult to build up with some brushes but they look so beautiful and natural. I have Goa and Sirena. Both can work on my skintone but I use them differently. Goa is the deeper one and I apply it more as a sculpting bronzer, not on the cheeks but more on the jawline, the forehead and just lightly all over to blend it all together. Sirena is more golden and has more shine so I apply it only where the sun naturally hits.
Both these products can be placed and blended with the Jumbo Bronzer, unless you like a precise placement.
I prefer the Jumbo Bronzer for Goa. Goa tends to be a bit too dark for my skintone but this brush achieves an application that will be smoothly diffused and more natural.
I prefer the Niji Pro with Sirena because I get to the intensity faster.
I took the Marc Jacobs Flesh & Fantasy shade as a reference. It’s a neutral blush that I use to add dimension, so more of a sculpting type of application.
The reason why I picked this one is because the product is quite hard in the pan and difficult to build up on the brush, however, we can still apply it with the Jumbo Bronzer, it just needs a bit more work. I would rather use the Niji Pro with this one but I can still manage with the Jumbo Bronzer.
If you see that the brush you are using struggles picking up the product and you are putting too much stress on the bristles, it means that you need to change to a denser or stronger brush, something more adapted to the product. Sometimes our blushes change, without going bad but they just get a bit harder, it’s a shame to stop using them if we still love them, we just need to adapt the brushes.
These are the Guerlain Perles du Paradis, it’s an illuminating sparkly version that Guerlain released years ago. If Meteorites aren’t too sparkly I will use the Buffer Pro all over, if they are sheer I will use the Buffer Pro and if they have a lof ot shimmer and colour, I will use a brush that is less dense and that offers more precision. Most of the times I grab the Buffer Pro, I also like it because the longer bristles let me reach further down in the container.
For the other matte or radiant finishing powders, I swipe them all over or concentrate the buff where I need to. It’s not a brush that will be able to place powder and work them in small areas, for more precision I use the Designer Pro and if I want a deeper buff, then I will grab either a Buffer Pro, a Smooth Buffer or the Niji Pro.
Price and Availability
The Jumbo Bronzer is a big brush, it was designed to work on larger areas with no effort and for performance with a wide range of products that need an even but diffused application.
The Jumbo Bronzer will be available starting on the 13th of September at 10am PT on Beautylish, it will retail for 85$.
At this precise moment, the Hinoki set and the Niji Pro are available, it gives some options in case you love big brushes! It’s good to know that the Hinoki, the Niji Pro and the Jumbo Bronzer do not come with the Kumano sticker.
I hope that these comparisons and examples help you, if you have questions or need advice, please do not hesitate to contact me in the comments below on via Instagram!
Sonia G brushes are crafted by several manufacturers, which we select based on what they do best, their production capacities and what we are trying to achieve.
We chose a few years back to add the Kumano “K” stickers to our brushes to promote Kumano’s fude-making legacy – this was by no means an obligation but a choice we made. The serial number allows us to trace the brushes back to their original order and the batch of the hair used. Based on these serial numbers we can either track any production issues – should they arise, or should we ever have to question the origin of a brush, we can confirm if it belongs to an order we placed or not.
Kumano “K” stickers are only supplied to brushes with “tips” manufactured in Kumano Town.
As we mentioned above, we are supplied by several manufacturers and each brush batch could potentially come from a different manufacturer based on the quality of their production and the quality of the hair available to them at a given time. In the case of the Jumbo Bronzer brush for example- at the moment the manufacturer is not based in Kumano Town and, because of that, is not eligible for the “K” sticker. They are however highly renowned in Japan. You’ll also notice neither the Niji Pro nor the Hinoki set come with the sticker.
We aim to produce the best quality brushes and have the honor of having many contacts and friends working in different manufacturers. To achieve our target, we will choose the best matched manufacturer for a given task in and out of Kumano.