I never really imagined one brush could take care of all my base makeup needs till I laid my hands on Wayne Goss Brush 1. I put my name on the waiting list before the line launched, but I wasn’t fast enough to get anything from the first batch. Come Boxing Day, while the fiance was watching multiple English Premier League matches back to back, I got bored and decided to finally treat myself to some Wayne Goss brushes. They arrived (I also bought 4 Medium Crease and 6 Blending) a few days later, and we have been inseparable ever since!
First thing first: all Wayne Goss brushes I own are incredibly well-made. The eyeshadow brushes have long handles, and the handle of Brush 1 is shorter (but longer than that of, for example, Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush). It is comfortable to hold but not exactly hefty.
Brush 1 has two types of hair, namely the shorter natural hair and the longer synthetic one. The synthetic hair has a bit more yield, but I cannot overemphasize how soft this brush feels on the skin! It honestly makes me wonder why I ever put any other brush on my face. I have washed it a handful of times so far. It keeps the shape beautifully, doesn’t shed a single hair, and it cleans up really well. I am a little skeptical about how long it’ll stay white, but so far so good.
Wayne Goss Brush 1 is not the first duo-fiber stippling brush I own, but it is more versatile than all of them put together. In one single makeup session, I can use this one brush for foundation, concealers (both underneath my eyes and other imperfections), cream blush, and highlighter. This is possible because first of all, the incredibly soft hair makes it perfect even for the undereye area. Second of all, the tip is more slanted than any other foundation brushes I have tried. The slanted shape gives it a small “tip” on the longer end, so it is effective even when it comes to concealing a spot.
Wayne suggest several different ways of using this brush in his video tutorial. According to him, for sensitive and dry skin, it is the best to use light to moderate pressure in downward strokes. Out of the many ways I have used this brush, this is actually not one I would personally recommend. I find that it produces strokes this way, and I end up having to go back with a light stippling motion to smooth everything out. However, a stippling motion does work very well. Wayne also suggest a firmer circular motion in areas with enlarged pores (around the nose for me). This turns out to disguise my problem areas so well that I have been able to cut back on concealer!
Besides fulfilling the potential of my foundation and blending out concealer in a flash, cream blushes are a piece of cake for Wayne Goss Brush 1. Wayne demonstrates how to highlight and contour with this brush in his tutorial. Essentially, dab the product onto the lower edge of the brush and pull in the direction you need. I don’t have any liquid product for contouring so I haven’t tried that, but highlighting with the combination of this brush and Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector works very well. I squeeze out a little bit of product on the back of my hand, dab the shorter edge in it, and pull it upwards on the top of my cheekbones. I definitely prefer using this brush to my finger for this purpose now, as the effect is even more precise and subtle!
Last but not least, I am going to quickly compare Wayne Goss Brush 1 with my former holy grail foundation brush, Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush for you. Part of the reason why I decided to grab Brush 1 is because I purchased a backup of the Shiseido one last summer when I was in Taipei. However, ever since the first wash, the hair started detaching from the ferrule till eventually the whole thing fell apart. Since I purchased it when I was on holiday, I had no receipt and no means of getting an exchange. I have never had this happen to any of my brushes, and I am sure I got a dud because I haven’t read about similar incidents. Still, this has left a bitter taste in my mouth and I am not ready to give it another chance (now that I have found the Wayne Goss one, I really won’t have to).
As you can see, the tip of Wayne Goss Brush 1 is more slanted, which makes it better for detail work and therefore much more versatile. While I wouldn’t call the Shiseido brush scratchy, it is by no means comparable with the softness level of Wayne Goss. Also, I would like to add that since the hair of Wayne Goss Brush 1 is more flexible, it is easier to get the grime out.
Wayne Goss Brush 1 goes for 30 pounds (around 36 euros) on Love Make Up (non-affiliate link). While I wouldn’t call it “cheap”, it is only about 1.5 quid more than the Shiseido one, and actually cheaper than MAC duo-fibre brushes here in Europe. For the quality and versatility, I can’t recommend it enough. Especially if you have a preference for stippling brushes for foundation, put it on your wish list already!
I still have to review my Medium Crease and Blending brushes from Wayne Goss (spoiler alert: they are just as soft as Le Métier de Beauté brushes, and the shapes are awesome) In the meantime, if you are interested in finding out more about the line, move over to Phyrra, Sweet Makeup Temptations, and Color Me Loud! I have to thank these ladies for helping me makeup my mind!
OK this is one long post about a single brush. Can you feel how much love I have for it?