You might remember that I have nothing but love for Wayne Goss Brush 1. His 4 Medium Crease and 6 Blending brushes are equally impressive!
Wayne’s eyeshadow brushes have standard long handles. Initially I wanted to go for 3 Large Crease, but Sara says in this post that is it too large even for her crease, so I went with 4 Medium Crease instead.
4 Medium Crease is a tapered brush that can actually be used to do much more than placing color in the crease. The quality of the hair is superb. You can see in the photo just how glossy it is, and it feels finer than silk on the skin. It keeps its shape beautifully after wash, and hasn’t shed a single hair. Wayne says you can place a wash of color with this brush, highlight the brow bones, and even conceal undereye bags with a lighter powder foundation.
While it is possible to add a wash of color to the lid with this one, I personally prefer to blend and contour with it. The most amazing thing about Medium Crease is that since the hair comes to a fine point, I can highlight my inner corners with it! I usually use MAC 219 for this, but it picks up more product and tends to produce a harsher result (sometimes I have to rub my pinky over the area a little to soften it down). With Medium Crease, the effect is much softer.
The most similar brush I have to Medium Crease is Le Métier de Beauté Eye Crease brush.
Le Métier de Beauté Eye Crease brush also has amazingly soft hair, and it blends like a boss. It has a bit more yield than Wayne Goss Medium Crease, so it is not as perfect for adding a wash of color. The tip is also way too blunt for the inner corners. It is still a great one, but if you can only pick one and budget is a concern (around 36 pounds/43-44 euros versus 18 pounds/21-22 euros), I’d say Medium Crease is a bit more versatile and the hair is equally incredibly silky!
Next, let’s move on to 6 Blending brush. I have been looking high and low for something that will replace my beloved 217, and this is as close as I have come so far!
6 Blending is a flat blending brush with rounder edges. Despite the fact that it is called a blending brush, like MAC 217, it is actually very easy to apply eyeshadows with it. It doesn’t place as much product as for example MAC 239 does, but for my type of everyday looks, it is more than enough. The quality is top-notch. It has the same glossy and silky hair as Medium Crease (though it has more yield), and it keeps its shape well.
You can also conceal with it, and I it works with cream shadows as well. For a simple everyday look, this is pretty much the only brush I need for the eyeshadows. For a look that takes a little more blending, I prefer to apply with this one and blend everything out with Medium Crease.
Like I said, I have been able to finally pretty much replace MAC 217 with Wayne Goss 6 Blending, at least for my eyeshadow needs. As you can see, they aren’t all that similar, as 217 is way fluffier. Nevertheless, they both apply and blend very well, though 217 might blend a little faster because the tip is “thicker.” Again, I wouldn’t mind repurchasing 217 if the ones made nowadays have the same quality with mine (which is about 3 years old), but they aren’t the same thing anymore. Wayne Goss 6 Blending costs around 24 euros (20 pounds), which is only a couple euros more than MAC 217 here. If you have been searching for a replacement to no avail, this might be an option!
Bottom line: Wayne Goss Brush 4 Medium Crease & 6 Blending have amazing quality, and they are both versatile. The hair truly feels much more expensive. I would urge people who are looking for great eyeshadow brushes to take them into consideration!
What are the best multi-tasking brushes in your stash?