Mar 292014

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set01Makeup artist Wayne Goss is one of the few Youtuber’s that I watch with some regularity (link to his channel is here). Although I don’t love all of his advice, I’ve picked up some tips over the years and I know that he loves some of the brands that I do (hello, Tom Ford!) Over the past several months, he’s launched a brush line that is available on Beautylish in the U.S. (and internationally on Love Make Up). Here it is (click to enlarge):

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set21It’s a little frustrating to buy these, because unless you frequent conferences like IMATS (I don’t), you can’t see them in person before you buy. Fortunately, Goss does videos that demonstrate them. Also, the people at Beautylish have been sort of wonderful about answering questions. They’ve played with them, know the line, and can actually tell you about them before you buy. Also, Color Me Loud did a good comprehensive review of his original set that I found very useful prior to ordering.

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Goss is self-funding the launches, and he’s putting them out in phases. His first launch, brushes 1 through 8, have been a genuine pleasure to use. They’re said to be extremely high quality, made in Japan of squirrel hair, and they act like it. My eyeshadows have a depth and subtlety that I didn’t know they possessed. They wash and dry beautifully. They are well-balanced, well-designed, and have an intuitive sense of how skin and makeup are supposed to interact. At some point, I hope to post a review of them.  For now, I do concur with some other bloggers assessment, however, that the original eight-piece collection did not have a sufficiently large face brush.


 This month, Wayne Goss launched a Face Brush set (brushes 10-15) that I picked up when it went online for sale. As you can see from the above, these brushes are much larger in scale compared to the original eight. According to this introductory video, these brushes are mainly goat hair. Here’s a closer look at these five Wayne Goss brushes from his new set:

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set08

Brush 10 is a large white duo-fiber.

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set09

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set02 brush 10

Brush 11 is slightly flattened powder brush, that will work well for blush.

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set10

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set11

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set03 brush 11

Brush 12 is a dense, short, slightly flattened brush that’s extremely soft (well, they are all extremely soft). The important thing about Brush 12 is that the softness is combined with a density that makes it great for highlighting and contouring. Also, I live for brushes like Brush 12 because they are genius for softly-pigmented blushes.

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set12

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set13

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set04 brush 12

Brush 13 has a round, semi-dense, domed configuration that is not quite as dense as brush 12. This is good for powders, and general multitasker. This is the Wayne Goss version of the Armani blush brush, which has been my go-to powder brush for the past year or so. The Goss #13 is smaller, softer, and a bit more dense than Armani’s blush brush.

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set14

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set15

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If Brush 14 were not in the set, I would not have ordered it separately. It’s a soft, floppy, long-haired, narrow brush that is said to be helpful for adding small, layered powders. I suspect that I’ll use this mostly to add color-correcting powders to small areas of the face over my foundation, so in the end I’m glad to have it. If you powder over your concealer (I don’t), then this would work well.

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set16

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set17

 Brush 15 is a fan brush. I do not currently own any fan brushes, because I understand that people use them when they want highlighter to be very, very, very subtle. I do not understand those people. Personally, I’d prefer to glow like one of the stars on Nashville. Have you noticed on that show that the supporting cast never wears highlighter? I have. Anyway, I have subtle non-sparkling highlighters so I would just use those on my “supporting cast” days. Here is brush 15:

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set18

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set19

Wayne Goss Face Brush Set07

As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently became a Google Glass Explorer. It’s been a life long dream of mine to take pictures directly with my eyes, without the use of a cumbersome camera. So, now I have my superpower. Ten minutes after I first wore my Glass, I did this video. In fact, in the first scene you can see a lot of Glass boxes and cases sitting around (as well as some kerfuffle for our upcoming move).  I pretty clearly don’t know what I’m doing yet (I’ll learn, I promise). Anyway, I thought it might be useful see see them in a video.

Watch on Google Plus:

To watch in a link:  New Project 4 (Half size)

Thank you for reading! This post contains one affiliate link (to the Armani brush)(for more information, see About Cafe Makeup). I received no endorsement, kudos or money from the Goss brushes.



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  12 Responses to “Wayne Goss Face Brush Set Review and Images”

  1. These sound amazing! Really quality brushes are so amazing aren’t they?! Thanks for sharing and reviewing!

  2. The Google glass/es shoot was very cool and exciting to watch, and I suppose somewhat groundbreaking as I haven’t yet seen a demo on any of the other blogs I read.
    I appreciated seeing how the packaging looked and behaved as you opened it up. I also appreciated seeing the size of the products compared to your hands – that was helpful. I am glad you moved your fingers through the bristles to show the flexibility and density of the brushes; again, helpful.
    As I watched I kept wishing for more; more of what, I don’t know. Perhaps an idea of how large or small the brush head is compared to other brands, or placing a brush against a model’s face to see clearly the size? Not sure, but this video was a very good start and full of potential to add variety to your site.
    I thoroughly enjoy reading your site. I particularly enjoy your subtle sense of humour, specifically your statements around the use of the fan brush. In fact, I read your site mainly for the advice/recommendations (going to Buffalo Sephora soon to pick up some Sunday Riley tinted primer, thank you) but mostly I enjoy your style of writing. I imagine you write as a part of your living?
    Looking forward to the next Google Goggle : ) shoot.

    • Thank you Elise, I was thinking at some point of using them to swatch different products compared to my standard brushes. Like, how does a Tom Ford blush apply with these brushes (compared with a MAC)? That might be useful. Because the result is noticeable and I’d like to show that distinction. And showing them in use on a face sounds ideal! 🙂 Thank you for the good comments–I’m still learning so much!!! 🙂

  3. Hi Amy,
    Thanks very much for the link love and another great review. I am glad to hear that you are enjoying the first set and already ended up with the second 🙂 I passed on that one because I prefer squirrel on my rather dry complexion but once they start selling them separately, I might get 12 and/or 13 🙂 which one would you recommend?

  4. I love the banter mixed within your thoughts. Thanks for sharing some amazing photos of Wayne’s new brushes. I’ve been on the fence for a while, so maybe I’ll start with brushes 1-8. One thing, I’m assuming your brush collection is carefully curated as buying brushes is a major investment. Aside from lacking a larger eyeshadow brush, do you think the first 8 is a justifiable purchase?

    • Well, yes, I was glad to have them. I think that I might have assembled something similar from Hakuhodo, but I honestly couldn’t have done quite as well and I find buying them through the website a little confusing. For me, it was the right decision. I might have left the lip brush off my list. Then, I realize that I always bypass the lip brushes and they are, in good things to have. So overall, I made the right decision.

      Keep in mind that the blush brush in the first set (#2) is quite a bit smaller than the blush brushes in other lines (Chanel, MAC, Laura Mercier, etc.). It’s a very nice brush, but you’ll notice that size difference right away. The eye brushes are really nice–I like having small eye brushes.

      Also, note that Goss is going to be releasing an eye brush set in about a month. I’ll likely pick those up as well.

  5. I do think they look of amazing quality however I don’t think I will buy them.

  6. Feel sorry for the squirrels

    • Hi Luka,

      Per Wayne, the brushes are cruelty free. That was one of the criteria he set when selecting the manufacturer for his brushes. There are several outstanding Japanese brush manufacturers that offer that option when having brushes made.

  7. they seem to be good. but quite pricy for me!

  8. Those sound really nice. I like my Armani brushes but after 10 years I think I need to refresh them!

  9. You’re so right! I don’t understand invisible highlighters!! LOL! And Google Glass Explorer is so cool!!! I wished I still lived in the US so I can sign on as an explorer too!!!

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