Wayne Goss, You’re the Man! An Ode to Wayne Goss Brush 1

Wayne Goss Brush 1

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!

Wayne Goss Brush 1 scale

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.

Wayne Goss Brush 1 review

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 closeup

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 Goss Brush 1 tip

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).

Wayne Goss Brush 1, Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush comparison 03

Wayne Goss Brush 1, Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush comparison 02

Wayne Goss Brush 1, Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush comparison

Wayne Goss Brush 1, Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush comparison 04

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?



  • http://polished-polyglot.blogspot.ch/ Nati

    Great review Sunny! You surely know how to put thoughts into words :)
    I got 4 of these brushes at the pre-order stage, n° 3, 4, 5, 6. they’re all glorious but I can no longer do my makeup without n°4. The reason I didn’t buy the whole set is purely budget related, as soon as my finances will get on their feet again, I’ll buy n° 1 and 8.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Ahh thanks so much, Nati! I really like 4 as well, but 6 can almost replace MAC 217 for me and that’s why I adore it! You should definitely give this one a go! 8 looks perfect for smudging out eyeshadow on the lower lash line!

  • http://www.colormeloud.com/ Sara_BeauTime

    After reading your review, I may have to order one more of that, lol.
    I love it for foundation and large area concealing but never tried it with creme blush (thanks for the heads-up, I have to do it soon!). It is one of those brushes that one needs a back up of. I use it daily with creme products, washed it numerous times, it still haven’t shed hairs, loving it!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Oh I personally plan to pick up a backup at some point! I use the Shiseido one with cream blushes as well, so I’m not surprised this one also works that way. I don’t think I’ve seen any hair coming loose, either!

  • Diana

    That sounds great! I love his videos so I’m willing to bet I’ll love these as well.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Diana, I actually don’t watch that much Youtube but Wayne is one of the Youtubers that I follow. The brushes are really of amazing quality. You can see how much thought he has put into them.

  • peggy timmermans

    WOW… I’m just in schock with what you write about loosing the hair of the Shiseido brush after the first wash. Have washed it many many times and i didn’t loose one i think.. Must have been a production faillure. This Wayne Goss one sounds really good!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Peggy, the first one I own is still alive and kicking after almost 2 years, so that one was definitely a dud. I do like this one better in any case though. Don’t think I’ll repurchase the Shiseido one in the future!

  • http://www.beautyaddiction1.blogspot.co.uk/ syrena85

    This brush seems to be fab!!! I thought that Tom Ford’s brushes are my favourite. Imay have to order Wayne’s too ;-) ;-) thanks for another lovely review.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Irena, I’ve been DYING to try Tom Ford brushes, but it’ll be the death of my wallet so I’ve been trying to hold back! The eye brushes are amazing as well. SO silky and the shapes are well designed.

      • http://www.beautyaddiction1.blogspot.co.uk/ syrena85

        I’m gonna be a bad girl now and tell you that I’m in love with them. Obviously I’m dosing my love and buy one every few months. Otherwise I would have to rob the bank!!!! I highly recommend the cream foundation brush (02). You can even use it instead of a blush brush if your face is small and also for compacts!!!

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Hahaha oh Gosh yeah I’ve been eyeing that one forever!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    I’ve heard such good things about this one! I’m intrigued as I really love my Shiseido one and can’t imagine anything being better that it LOL! So sad about that dud one though-I haven’t lost a single hair from mine yet!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, oh you’ll see. This one is really even better than the Shiseido one! The first one I bought is completely alive and kicking as well, so I don’t know what happened to that dud!

  • http://msberrystylish.blogspot.com/ Sierra Calah

    I’ve been on the hunt for new brushes and I think it’s so important for a new bush not to shed! Yikes! Hopefully they wont shed as much down the road.
    xoxo
    Sierra Calah ♡ Berry Stylish  

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sierra, nope this one doesn’t shed at all! I think the Shiseido one I got had some manufacturing problems, which is a pity because otherwise it is a decent brush!

  • beautiesatwork

    what a sad story about the shiseido brush :( at least you found something better now :D

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yeah I know. It made me pretty angry!

  • http://www.beautycabby.com/ lyn

    I’ve held off getting Wayne Goss brushes but your review may just tip me over the edge ;-) It does sound like a really fantastic brush and I can’t wait to see what you have to say about the eye brushes.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lyn, the eye brushes are really good as well! I don’t know if you have tried LMdB eye brushes. Essentially the hair is of a very similar quality and they cost half the price!

  • http://www.beautyloves.be/ BeautyLoves

    Looks like a great brush! I’d love to try his line, but I’m also contemplating about Hakuhodo and Tom Ford brushes. Oh, if only… :-)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Oh God yeah I’d love to try those two as well, but I don’t want to end up with no money and just great brushes LOL

  • http://redhotjillypeppers.com/ Redhotjillypeppers

    This one sounds great ! Must give it a try sometime. And I need another blending brush, too :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jill, if you need another blending brush, I’d recommend 4 and 6 as well. If you have a lot of lid space, maybe even 3 (I got 4 because I have limited lid space)!

  • http://www.beauty-box-online.com Beauty Box

    Can I say WOW! I’m impressed by this Wayne Goss brush. I’m not surprised his brushes are of stellar quality because his videos show that he’s really into the technicalities of makeup and application. In Japan, that Shiseido brush is only USD15 and would not pay close to 30 pounds for it!! Good grief! I expected his brushes to be cheaper though but I guess he is trying to go for a higher price point with exceptional brushes.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Yuming, just to be honest, here we pay an arm and a leg even for MAC brushes, so while I wouldn’t call this cheap, it is really great value! I’m pretty sure you can snatch the Shiseido one when there is a discount, so it might end up cheaper (but I’m so not over how the brush head just detached from the ferrule!).

  • Lily

    Thanks for the detailed review. I want it now :-)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      You’re welcome, Lily! You should give the line a chance!

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    Nooooo, Sunny, no! I have a weakness for wanting to add more and more brushes to my already huge brush collection, and you’re NOT helping me get rid of it, lol :-)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha sorry, Melissa! I don’t really buy a lot of brushes (or at least I don’t think I do), but before I got this I pretty much had one foundation brush and that’s really not enough!

  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    Oh great, looks like I need another foundation brush :p. I’m totally sold on the idea of the brush and you know how I love white hairs on my brushes ^^. Great in-depth review!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      You do! I don’t have a preference for the color, but I do love very soft hair and natural hair in general ;)

  • http://beautyandtheeyeliner.wordpress.com/ Natalie

    This brush looks amazing! I would love to hear what you think of the eye brushes, I’m looking for some new ones at the moment and his line sounds fantastic.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Natalie, I have 4 and 6 and they’re great! It’s amazing how great the quality is, and they’re all designed to do more than one thing!

  • Sylvia

    I purchased the entire Wayne Goss collection but have only used the foundation brush so far. I have had some fallout but I have only used the brush 3 times so I expect that should stop. While the brush does do a good job, my preferred brush for my dry skin is the Dior version of your Shiseido brush. I also have the Tom Ford foundation brush. I am still experimenting with different foundations and application techniques so I have not ruled out the Goss brush yet. The other brushes do look and feel divine. When compared to say Tom Ford and Suqqu, they are a very good value.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sylvia, I do hope the shedding will stop soon! I heard the Dior foundation brush s very similar to the Shiseido one, but I don’t own the Dior version to really compare. The Tom Ford foundation brush looks like a dream! I hope I’ll own it one day ;) I agree they’re great value. I have the feeling that here in Europe we get so ripped-off when we buy everything, so finding these is like hitting the jackpot :)

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    Oh man, this sounds so good. I want to dive into your photos and nuzzle that brush, LOL! I wasn’t too curious about Goss brushes before but now I’ll be on the lookout. :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hahaha yeah I totally understand! I love all three brushes I have. They’re GREAT value (especially here in Europe where the prices are sometimes really jacked-up), and the shapes are designed to be multi-purpose!

  • http://angelandthings.wordpress.com/ angelandthings

    This sounds like the perfect brush! I was just thinking about getting some new brushes in the near future. Will definitely check this out when I do! Thanks for the great detailed review Sunny!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, yup definitely look into this one! I feel like it’s the easiest way to achieve perfection, plus you’ll have less brushes to clean afterwards as well.

  • http://www.LipstickRules.com/ Michelle @LipstickRules

    This looks nice! I don’t think it’s available in my part of the world. Hopefully someday!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Michelle, as far as I know the line is available on Beautylish and Love Make Up (UK-based). Technically speaking at least one of those sites should ship to Canada!

  • http://www.project-swatch.com/ Emi at Project Swatch

    I have the #2 brush and like it a lot – perhaps this one will be next on my list!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Emi, oh that’s nice to hear! I wasn’t so sure about #2 because it seems small, but if you like it I’ll look into it!

      • http://www.project-swatch.com/ Emi at Project Swatch

        It’s definitely smaller than I prefer for blush – or maybe just too tapered – but it’s great for highlighter & works for contour as well.

  • http://www.abeautifulzen.blogspot.ca/ jenn @Abeautifulzen

    so, i’ve been really wanting to try the shiseido brush but your story sort of worries me…..i hope that doesn’t happen when/if i do get. having said that,….you’re making the wayne brush seem like the better option (i’m actually really glad you did a comparison between the two).

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, just don’t get one when you’re on holiday and lose the receipt. You’ll be fine! But yeah, if I had to pick I’d pick this one over the Shiseido one for sure!

  • http://macaronsandmischief.com/ Whitney

    I’m using the shiseido brush right now, but I haven’t encountered any problems yet :( But good thing you found a new holy grail! I don’t think I’ve seen this brand, but I can’t wait to go to Europe again and buy all things beauty there!!
    I’ve been tempted to get a MAC brush, but I usually use 1-2 brushes because I do most of my makeup in my room, but keep the brushes in the bathroom and too lazy to run between both places!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Whitney, unless it’s a dud, I wouldn’t say you’ll encounter any problems with the Shiseido brush! I know the line is available on Beautylish and Love Make Up, so one of those sites should ship to Canada!

  • Bella

    I love Wayne Goss. Would you believe that I always apply foundation, concealer, cream blush etc with my fingers? This brush sounds awesome but I am not sure I have any of the skills required to make it worthwhile.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Bella, I’m pretty sure you can do a great job with a lot of textures just with your fingers! Trust me you don’t need much “skills” to work with this brush. It does most of the work for you!

  • UFgirl

    I’d appreciate it if you could do a review of the 2 other brushes you mentioned you have. I use your reviews in part of my decision to buy or not making process. & since these are available only on line, I’d love it have as many opinions as possible.

    I enjoy your blog very much.

    Thank you!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girl, I’ve already written the review and it’ll be up next week! Check back and I hope it helps!

  • http://procrastinatingpretty.blogspot.com/ TheProcrastinator

    I realllllllllllllly don’t need more brushes but…WANT.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha so what are the foundation brushes you use often?

      • http://procrastinatingpretty.blogspot.com/ TheProcrastinator

        Lately, because I’ve been lazy — fingers. Otherwise I’ll use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, the Sephora #45 or the Chanel foundation brush. I also have the Shiseido fdtn brush which doesn’t get nearly enough love from me!

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    I’m happy to see your review! This is my least favorite of the 8 brushes though I do think it’s a good brush. Yes I had similar issues to you when using it how he described. I need to try it with a stippling motion, the way you recommend :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Phyrra, oh once start using a stippling/circular motion, you’ll see how it realizes your foundation’s potential! It’s strange how streaky it gets otherwise, but I do stipple my foundation most of the time so I’m fine with it!

  • http://www.glittergeek.ca/ Arianne

    Sounds amazing! I love my Real Techniques stippling brush for foundation (actually tinted moisturizer). I love that this is more versatile though due to its shape. Will have to investigate if it’s something I can find on our side of the world. :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Arianne, I’ve heard a lot of great things about the RT one, but I haven’t tried it yet! I think either Beautylish or Love Make Up will ship to Canada, so you should look into it!

  • marciaf

    You’re giving me a new appreciation of this brush. I need to start using it more now. I’ve really just been using the eyeshadow brushes but that will change.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Marcia, yeah try to see just how many products this brush works for! It’s mind-blowing to say the least ;)

  • lola

    Excellent review, as always, Sunny! This reminds me a bit of my Hakuhodo G5557-2mm– I also use it for foundations, cream blushes, and highlighters– it is definitely one of my very favorite brushes. I have a huge pile of Hakuhodos and most of the Tom Ford brushes– yet this remains one of my most reached for and beloved brushes. I might have to get this Wayne Goss brush. I had heard a rumor that Hakuhodo is making his brushes for him– I wonder if it is, in fact, true.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Helen! I still haven’t tried any Hakuhodo or TF brushes! I Googled G557-2mm and I think the Wayne Goss one is even more slanted. I wouldn’t be surprised if Hakuhodo is making his brushes though. They also make brushes for some luxury brands as far as I know.

      • lola

        Hakuhodo and TF brushes are fantastic. In fact, Hakuhodo makes the TF brushes, as well as the MAC brushes made in Japan. My guess is that they could also make the Wayne Goss brushes, but I am not certain. I might have to get this brush now as well!

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Haha so basically Hakuhodo makes EVERYONE’S brushes :p You should give this a go, Helen. It’s mind-blowing just how many things it can do!

          • lola

            Haha– at least the ones that I have fallen madly in love with. You have really really tempted me.I have such a weakness for brushes– and I really don’t need another brush, but this one really is calling out to me! Your review makes me want it all the more!

        • http://bronzerbunny.com/ Joyce (bronzer bunny)

          I have heard other people say they think that hakuhodo makes wayne goss brushes! But I’m not sure if they actually KNOW or if they just think so based on experience lol

          • lola

            I’m not surprised– I am among the people guessing that they are based upon the way they look, and their similarities to many of the Hakuhodo brushes (which is mostly what I own). Who knows though, it could be another company altogether.

          • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

            Yeah I wouldn’t be surprised, either. You do have to give him credit for having designed the brushes so well tho!

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  • http://bronzerbunny.com/ Joyce (bronzer bunny)

    i just got a japonesque brush that is similar in shape. This one looks good!!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Joyce, I’d love to hear how that works for you!

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