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I managed to get my hands on the Wayne Goss Artist Brush for Holiday 2016 today and I wanted to quickly post this to help anyone that might have questions about this brush, since its selling out fast! This beauty retails for $150 at Beautylish.
The details regarding this brush have been scarce; all I knew when I ordered it was that it was more of a collectors piece, it features a beautiful hand-carved maple wood handle, the hairs are made of Sohoko Goat and Grey Squirrel and its ridiculously pricey. I am nothing if not curious, so I ordered it and Beautylish kindly sent it Next Day Air free of charge. Yay!
As you can see below, the brush comes in a nice wooden case sort of resembling a coffin (am I weird? probably) with a nice black sleeve to let you know that yes, you have ordered the Artist Brush.
Upon opening the case, the brush lays nicely on red velvet with two golden ties to hold the brush in place.
I like the nice touch of having a wooden case for the brush, but it seems a little too narrow for the brush. The delicate brush hairs can get misshapen if you don’t carefully place the brush inside the case. But on to the brush, shall we??
The handle is gorgeous, I absolutely love the color and the weight of the brush isn’t too heavy nor too light. And if you are an eternal nerd like myself, you will also love how it reminds you of a Harry Potter wand. Expecto Patronum! (Which Patronus are you?? Let me know in the comments! I’m a St. Bernard!)
I also love how the Wayne Goss label is etched into the wood, rather than lasered on like his previous brushes. Thumbs up.
Here is a closeup of the combination of Sohoko Goat Hair and Grey Squirrel.
Omg. It. Is. So. SOFT. It is truly amazingly soft. Suqqu soft. Wayne Goss Air Brush soft. It is exquisite. I was concerned that the Artist Brush wouldn’t be as soft because it had Sohoko Goat, and I prefer Squirrel hair in my face brushes. But its lovely! From what I understand, the Sohoko hairs are from the chest of the goat and are long, thin and fine. I’m not quite sure if there is a discernable difference between blue and grey squirrel hairs, but I understand they are both incredibly fine, soft, and expensive. And even better, as always this Wayne Goss brush is cruelty-free. Another thumbs up!
Here is a photo of this massive brush next to my hand. It is huge, but awesomely so.
Finally, lets look at a comparison to some other large brushes that I own.
You can see how large the Artist Brush is compared to my other brushes! And I really enjoy the shape of the Artist Brush too, its nicely tapered to allow for bronzer placement, even blush if you prefer. I would personally use it for finishing powder.
So is this brush worth the $150 price? I am still trying to decide this myself. If you are a big collector of Japanese brushes, then yes absolutely its worth it. However if you prefer your brushes to be more functional then you might want to skip it. You will need to be careful when you wash the Artist Brush because of the maple handle, but for me this isn’t an issue because I am very careful with my brushes.
Nils from Beautylish wrote in his email about the Artist Brush that it wasn’t meant for everyday use, which confused many people and I believe Wayne Goss corrected him to say that yes you can use this everyday but you must be careful with it.
So there you have it, will you be purchasing the Wayne Goss Artist Brush? I hope my post has helped, sorry if its jumbled up but I wanted to get it posted before it sold out. I am personally on the fence about whether I will keep it or send it back! I’m trying to save for a new camera! But as usual, the beauty of Japanese brushes makes it difficult to resist.
I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday and Merry Christmas! 🙂