Aug 062011
 

Shiseido’s Perfect Foundation Brush ($30, available at Nordstrom and elsewhere soon) first came to my attention because I noticed several beauty editors twittering praise.  You really don’t see a lot of excitement about brushes in the makeup world.  When I saw the impression that this brush was making, I made a mental note.

The brush is small but mighty.  About 4 1/2 inches long, the head is very densely packed with bristles that feel synthetic.  The tip is slanted so that it can fit the contours of the face.  The upper edge fits nicely into small niches, such as around the nose.

The bristles are remarkably soft.  No scratchiness.  This picture shows the shape from the side:

To use it, I pumped some liquid foundation on the back of my hand.  I then dabbed the brush into the foundation, then dabbed it over the areas of my face.  Touch lightly for soft coverage, and more strongly for denser coverage.  Once you’ve dabbed some dots in each area, use the brush to smooth, distribute and cover the skin.

You can go back over problem areas to add coverage where needed.

The Shiseido Perfect Foundation brush works quite well.  My foundation was very even, it was fast and easy to use and it gave a flawless finish.  It is designed to work with all foundation formulas.

I find nearly all my foundation brushes challenging to clean, this one was no different.  I attribute this to the foundation formula, which usually must be removed with oil.  For that reason, I’ll sometimes use a drop of an oil cleanser to clean any foundation brush (including this one).

Also, I find that I use more foundation with a brush (1 1/2 to 2 pumps), perhaps because some of the liquid is lost to the brush.  In this respect, Shiseido’s Perfect Foundation Brush was no different.

The bigger question is how the Shiseido Perfect Foundation brush compares to more traditional foundation brushes, am I right?  When I first used it, I did not find the experience terribly different. After a few tries, I realized that there were some important differences.

First, Shiseido’s Perfect Foundation brush seems to grab foundation well, then lay it down quickly.  In other words, you can get medium-to-dense coverage in less time.  When I use a traditional paddle-shaped foundation brush, it takes more patience to build up coverage.  Shiseido’s Perfect “dab dab” technique and density allows me to quickly pick up and distribute more product more rapidly.  Second, for some inexplicable reason I really got no brush marks with it.  It really does give an airbrushed, smooth finish.

This brush really does seem designed by a makeup artist, in that coverage is quick, flawless and pleasant.  Believe me, it made my foundation look better.  Highly recommended.

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  24 Responses to “Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush Review”

  1. Noted! I usually apply my foundation with my fingers, but I really want to try this brush!

  2. I usually use the MAC 109 but this looks good!

  3. This is a beautiful little brush.

    You’re probably not experiencing streaks because you’re buffing with the tips of the fibers, in a circular motion, rather than using the sides (which leaves behind brush strokes) as you would with a paddle brush.

  4. This looks almost identical to diors powder foundation brush which a mua used on me for liquid and its was perfect. Thought it gave less coverage than normal paintbrush style though

  5. Hi Amy! I saw this the other day at Nordstrom and was intrigued – it was so soft! Which foundation did you use this with? Do you think this brush can be used with powder foundation, or is it only for liquids?

    • I believe it’s designed for liquids, Nina! I’m not sure how it would perform with powders–that’s a good question! I suspect that the fibers are so dense together, so it would be heavy coverage for powders.

    • I work for shiseido- this brush is designed for all formulas: liquid, cream, and powder :) just not water-resistant!

  6. I have the Philosophy The Supernatural Airbrush brush and it seems very similar to the Shiseido brush. The Philosophy brush has a flat top with super dense synthetic bristles, but the issue that I have with it is that it tugs my skin when I buff in foundation. (It think the reason it tugs my skin is that the bristles are too dense.)

    Does the Shiseido brush tug your skin at all?

    http://makeupbyjoyce88.blogspot.com/2011/06/review-philosophy-supernatural-airbrush.html

  7. Is this a newly released brush? There are no Nordstroms in nyc but there are few individual shiseido sellers near me. If it’s not new maybe they’ll carry it

  8. This looks similar to Sonia Kashuk foundation / cream blush brush. Will you do a comparison?

    • Hi Laura–thanks for your comment. I don’t own (and don’t wish to purchase) the SK brush. However, readers and other bloggers will see your comment so perhaps we’ll get some feedback that way?

      • I have the SK brush – it is similar, but it’s not tapered the way this brush is. I’m going to order the Shiseido brush – they have it at Sephora! The SK brush is very nice for the money…

  9. What an intriguing little tool. I love your little note in the last photo :) Time for me to go to Nordstrom Shiseido and check this one out. Thank you for the lovely review.

  10. What a great review, I was actually thinking of getting this brush. Thank you!

  11. This brush reminds me of my Sigma Flat Top Kabuki Brush (F80) which I use for both liquid and powder foundation. I prefer these styles of brushes so much more than the spatula type application of other foundation brushes. Flawless application, blends easily and quickly, perfect for beginners and experienced alike. I do not know if I would like the angled brush edge. I tend to twirl my brush as I’m applying my foundation and I might muck things up if the top were not flat and uniform. That’s just me though. I’ll keep my eye out for this one though. :)

  12. I’ve recently purchased this brush during my Hong Kong trip a few days ago. I was a bit skeptic before I used it, BUT it really did make a BIG difference. No streaks, no uneven patches and great over-all coverage especially around the nose area. It even lessened the appearance of my pores considerably. The finish of my usual foundation (which is also from Shiseido) seemed more matte. I didn’t need to retouch as much as I used to. I so love this product and I highly recommend it. I plan to buy another one for use for my powder foundation/ translucent ones.

  13. Hi Amy, Julie Hewett LA has a similar brush, known as the Cheekie brush, meant for use with her cream blush. The brush is really great :) Will have to check out this Shiseido foundation brush when it arrives in Singapore :)

  14. That’s a fantastic makeup tool for applying foundation, I was lucky to able to use it from beginning of this year, it’s easy to use, specially for non-makeup artist.
    It also can help to build up the full coverage look if you want it. Combing with the super light and non sticky Shiseido Perfect Foundation, it’s just PERFECT!

  15. hi! i use this brush and is just perfect!!! in cyprus we don’t have yet but if we have it, it will be the best seler brush for liguid fountation!!:-)

  16. Thanks for the review! I will have a close look at it at the counter. But not sure if it will be available at Shiseido counters here in Austria.

  17. How do you clean the brush?

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