Wayne Goss Limited Edition Christmas Brush Review & Comparison

Recently Wayne Goss added a face brush to his new line of brushes he released earlier this year (for my reviews of all brushes check out here and here). The limited edition face brush is released at Love Make-up (ships worldwide) last week and it is announced be available at Beautylish (for buyers in US) on the 12th of December. Just a quick note, the links in this post are not affiliated, they are placed just for your convenience. If you are at clicking mode, I recommend you to check out "how it is made" part in Beautylish, which I am loving at the moment.


Wayne Goss Limited Edition Christmas Brush

Limited edition face brush (or as it is called "The Christmas Brush") is the largest brush in the series which has a round form and is pointed. It can be seen as a bigger and thicker version of his powder brush #02. Those two have almost the same form. Face brush is made of goat hair as it is provided at Love Make-up website. Upon receiving, I could smell the goat hair very slightly but after using it a few times, the smell faded to nothing. The hair is very soft and the touch is lovely on the face. Just like the other brushes at his line, craftsmanship is excellent, I haven't experienced any hair shedding and the form is preserved beautifully until now. Bear in mind though I have been testing it only for a week now so I can't comment on how it looks like after a year but at this quality level, my expectations are high.


Wayne Goss Limited Edition Christmas Brush

I tried different applications such as powder, bronzer, blush, highlighter and contour. I have been using Wayne Goss #02 mostly for highlighter on top of the cheeks and on the bridge of the nose. I find that it works good with contouring applications too. For me #02 is too small for all over powder application, even if the powder will only be applied sparingly to certain parts of the face. I also don't prefer #02 for blush because I like wider and more blended looks on my cheeks which I achieve beautifully with Suqqu blush brush or Tom Ford cheek brush. The same goes for bronzer, I like more blended almost not there bronzer which very slightly warms up the skin and I don't like contouring with bronzer. 

I found Wayne Goss face brush to be most suitable to powder application to certain areas of the face like forehead, nose and chin. It is also very useful to set under eye concealer. Nowadays I use it also for finishing powders, such as Guerlain Meteorites for an all over application. I tried it also with bronzer and it worked wonderfully. For my blush I prefer flat brushes but if you like more defined blush look, you may like using it also on your cheeks.


Wayne Goss Limited Edition Christmas Brush vs. Wayne Goss #02

Previously I was a little let down by finding out there were Hakuhodo brushes in my collection which were similar to Wayne Goss ones. I can now proudly report I don't have anything like the Christmas brush so its form is unique to my stash. If you know a similar brush please leave a comment below. I guess the form might be close to Charlotte Tilbury's Powder&Sculpt brush, a little similar to the "artist's brush" of her father which she used at her tutorials but as far as I know these are made of synthetic hair.

Here is a comparison to some of my lovely face brushes. Chanel Powder/Contour and Hakuhodo G531 are closely related, they are both flat and angled. A different concept to make the brush friendly for application to smaller areas. I love my Hakuhodo G531 brush which is less scratchy than Chanel #2 and use it very often for all over powder application, especially for finishing powder. Wayne Goss face brush works also for more detailed face work, application of setting powder to forehead, under eye, nose as well as highlighting and contouring.


Wayne Goss Limited Edition Christmas Brush vs. Chanel #2, Wayne Goss #02, Hakuhodo G531

Again the tendency is there, there is not much room for very dense angled and flat brushes in Wayne's collection. Pointy and round they are and depending on your preferences it might work wonders. I have to admit, I like my flat brushes but I am slowly getting used to the different pressure technique with round and pointed ones.

Final thoughts: Loving this new softness in my life and welcoming its unique form to my stash.

Are you planing to check it out? Flat and angled or round and pointed, which one do you prefer?

15 comments

  1. Thanks for your review, Sara :-) I've been curious about this brush, but I think I might have to pick up the Hakuhodo one instead. I like my flat angled brushes. Also, does this Christmas brush have a lot of give, i.e. soft and fluffy, or is it denser for more pigmented application? I already have a really fluffy brush by Lunasol, so if this is just as soft, I'll have to pass. Looking for a denser brush for face :-)

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    1. Hi Lily,
      I will try to answer since softness and fluffiness are all relative.
      softness: Suqqu cheek brush being like 10/10, Mac 168 being 4/10, I would say this one is a 7 meaning it is not too soft for "barely there" application, therefore can also be used for contour etc.
      Fluffiness: Suqqu cheek brush being like 9/10 (sometimes way too fluffy for my taste) and MAC 163 something like 2/10, I would say this one is 6. ->Rather dense but soft enough (not too soft)
      Hope that helps.

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    2. Ah this exactly answers the questions I had!!!! Thank u so much for the review, especially compared to the Suqqu. What would you say the softness & denseness is compared to the Tom Ford Bronzer & cheek brushes?

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  2. What a thoughtful review! Thank you. I am interested in this brush to add the his others. How much is it?

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    1. Hi S Derrick,
      on Love Makeup it retails for 50 british pounds. By looking at how the other prices compare, I am guessing in US it will be around $75. We will learn it very soon ;-)

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  3. HI Sara - Love this post and comparisons. I was going to buy this brush- but since I was going to do a Hakuhodo order I chose the S103 which looks very similar in shape (not sure of size). I think as you said this would be good for all over powder - I thought it would work well for a softer contour as sometime I can be heavy handed- the WG looks really gorgeous -Enjoy using it! xx

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    1. I don't own S103 but it must be pretty too. Yes I think WG Face Brush can be used both for contour and for all over powder, depending on the pressure you apply on it. I am trying to get used to "adjusting pressure" kind of application since I am more used to adjusting angle until now ;-) Enjoy your S103 and let us know how you like it!

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  4. Omg!! This looks exactly like my Mac 138 brush which I love! I haven't used it in awhile bc I have way too many brushes now >.< for that I think I might pass. I prefer round flat brushes for finishing powder. Also I got his brush set and I do like his brushes but I found they are at time too soft to blend... Maybe it's just me but I am tempted

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    1. Hi Yin Hou,
      it is all relative I guess, if you find these brushes too soft maybe you don't enjoy any Suqqus. They are even softer and fluffier. I found WG (and similar Hakuhodos) greatly balanced for my applications in terms of softness and fluffiness. Thanks so much for pointing out the similar brush MAC 138, we don't have that one in Europe so I can't compare but just from the photos looks like that one is a little thinner, very similar form though!

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  5. I personally think it's ridiculous to do "limited edition brushes," but this does look very nice! I don't own anything like it. I still think I'll grab that eyeshadow brush that looks similar to MAC 217 first. Thanks for the review, Sara!

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  6. This brush as beautiful as it seems wouldn't work for me, I just can't get used to pointy ones. I too like them flat. :) Thanks for the review Sara.

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  7. Ich habe über diesen Pinsel auch schon nachgedacht.. und meine ersten Hakuhodos sind ja auch bereits hier... Die spitze Form ist - glaube ich - sehr angenehm für Contouring - ich mag es da nämlich bei Puderprodukten auch lieber etwas weicher und nicht so hart ... Aber 50 Pfund sind mir leider gerade etwas zu viel und bei Lovemakeup.co.uk kommt ja noch Versand hinzu... Ich schicke Dir ganz liebe Grüße und wünsche Dir eine schöne Weihnachtszeit!

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  8. I will definitely going to check this one out. This seems a great brush. And it is beautiful too. Thanks a lot for sharing this great review.
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  9. Unfortunately for Australians interested in this brush, purchasing from a U.K. based website means the Wayne Goss Face brush costs $100 AUD !! Way too rich for my blood.

    I prefer to stick to the many & varied Hakuhodo brushes which are considerably cheaper in comparison.

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  10. Hi, how does the Wayne Goss brush compare to the Hakuhodo G531 in terms of softness? I used to have the latter, also from the Misty set, but got rid of it because it was too scratchy. Cheers! :)

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