Sonia G. The Lotus Set Review (Initial Impressions)

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Sonia G The Lotus Set Summer 2021 Brush Set
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Sonia G The Lotus Set Summer 2021 Brush Set
Sonia G The Lotus Set Summer 2021 Brush Set
Sonia G The Lotus Set Summer 2021 Brush Set
Sonia G The Lotus Set Summer 2021 Brush Set
Sonia G The Lotus Set Summer 2021 Brush Set
Sonia G The Lotus Set Summer 2021 Brush Set

The Lotus Set

Sonia G The Lotus Set Summer 2021 Brush Set ($215.00) is a new, limited edition set that features a different-colored ferrule and handle compared to the brand’s permanent brushes. The set includes six brushes; three for face and three for eyes. Three of the brushes are very similar to existing, core brushes (one is exactly the same).

I’d consider this a semi-review as there are three brushes that are similar to past releases, so I have more knowledge on those, but there are three that are new to the set, so those may be more like initial impressions. Sonia G.’s quality has been high that I feel comfortable releasing initial impressions, as I have not had issues with brushes degrading over time and usually find I love a brush more over time rather than go the other direction. I have replaced most of my go-tos over the years with Sonia G. brushes.

The Lotus Set

LELimited Edition. $215.00.
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Lotus Base

Lotus Base is a new, fan-shaped brush with a pinched ferrule, which gives the brush a firmer, denser feel in the center (where the ferrule comes up) and leaves the edges more flexible. It features a mix of sokoho goat, PBT, and PTT synthetic bristles, and it has a hair length of 18mm and total length of 163mm. This brush is new and exclusive (at least, at this time) to the set.

Per the brand, it is designed to apply foundation. The mix of both natural and synthetic bristles helps the brush have more grip and movement while being more durable and less absorbent of any liquids and creams it is used with. The brush head felt smooth against my skin whether I used it more on the edge in a stippling motion or more in a sweeping motion and utilized the sides and edges. It was well-shaped and placed without any shedding.

I’m not sure that it’s the brush I’d reach for to apply my foundation, as I tend to prefer something with a more rounded shape that can be patted and buffed with. I could see using this more for sculpting or highlighting with liquid or cream products. The curved nature, but still having some width at the edge, did make it particularly easy to maneuver around my nose, upper lip, between brows and around brows, but I feel like I have to use it a few dozen times to know if it’ll be a go-to for foundation.

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Lotus Cheek

Lotus Cheek is a small-to-medium cheek brush that is moderately dense with slight tapering, more feathery bristles as they get to the top edge of the brush head. It features saikoho goat bristles, and it has a hair length of 30mm and total length of 165mm. This brush is an undyed version of the Cheek Pro, though it is supposed to be “airier.”

This one changes shape and becomes noticeably flared out once washed, which was as intended and noted by the brand. When working with the Cheek Pro, it can be easier to over-apply product in a particular area, but I like it for working with higher-shimmer products, like highlighter, over more matte or more powdery cheek colors, like bronzer or blush. I found the same was true with the Lotus Cheek, but the Lotus Cheek was more forgiving as it was definitely not as dense along the edge but still something more suitable for those with a lighter hand or who have sheerer products to start with.

The quality of the bristles felt consistent with what I’d expect from the brand; they were positioned well, soft, and comfortable against the skin regardless of direction or technique.

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Lotus Detail

Lotus Detail is a small, angled cheek brush that features a mix of dyed and undyed saikoho goat, and it has a hair length of 28mm and total length of 173mm. It is new (and at least at this time, exclusive to) in the set.

It’s a more feathery, incredibly soft and silky-smooth brush head that felt less-dense than most brushes I have with a similar shape. It has a fluffier edge, which gives a more diffused effect when initially laying down product, and that fluffiness also helps to spread and diffuse for a blended edge. It worked well for powder cheek colors, though I found it most useful for getting more buildable coverage out of more intense highlighters, contouring/sculpting, and highlighting.

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Lotus Builder

Lotus Builder is a medium, shader brush and is supposed to be similar to Builder Three in the brand’s permanent range but has undyed bristles. It features saikoho bristles, and it has a hair length of 10mm and total length of 150m.

I actually felt like this was a bit more compact and not as thick/dense as the Builder Three. The edge became fluffier than the Builder Three after a couple of washes, so it diffused products a touch more when they were sheerer. The shape is excellent for applying and packing on product to the lid or using the edge against the lash line to apply or blend out products. I use the Builder Three regularly (I have several of them), and I’ll definitely add this to my rotation.

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Sonia G Lotus Worker  
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Lotus Worker

Lotus Worker is a small-medium, eye brush with a rounded edge and a moderately dense feel. It features a mix of saikoho bristles, and it has a hair length of 15mm and total length of 155mm. This is the same as the Worker Two in the permanent range.

I regularly use the brand’s Worker brushes in my eyeshadow application, typically reaching for them to do more intense inner tearduct or brow bone work. I’ll also use them to diffuse and soften the edges of crease colors if I need some extra buffing. You can read my full review here, as this brush was consistent with original release.

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Lotus Soft Definer

Lotus Soft Definer is a very small crease brush with a soft, rounded edge that opened and flared out slightly after the initial wash (which was as intended). It features dyed saikoho goat bristles, and it has a hair length of 12mm and total length of 152mm. This is a new and (and at least, at this time) exclusive brush to the set.

From the set, this was the one brush that stood out to be the most. The brand described it as a “cross between a pencil brush and a crease brush,” which is exactly how I’d describe it. The length is more like a small crease brush, but the precision and firmness is more like a pencil brush. This is great for getting a more defined crease color placement or ensuring more intensity in the crease. Often, I use a smaller crease brush to initially deposit and lightly blend out crease colors, especially in the deepest part of my crease, and then use a larger, fluffier brush to really diffuse and blend out the edge.

It’s slightly shorter, more compact, and firmer with less flexibility/fluffiness compared to the Mini Booster, which is one I use often and have purchased multiples over. Between the two, the Mini Booster is more versatile, but I expect I’ll be reaching for the Soft Definer often.

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These are so pretty. I ended up picking up a set because I couldn’t resist the handle and I only have two other Sonia G brushes. I have a lot of other fude in my collection from various brands, but these newer shapes are unique to my collection that I think would serve the purpose I intend them for.

These brushes are so beautiful. I have been eyeing Sonia G since you first featured them on the website. I still have yet to purchase any since I have some synthetic brushes I really adore for daily use. Perhaps I may pick a few up in the future if she releases an edit that is just face or just eye brushes.

Looked very seriously at these today. I’ve been skipping email while recuperating from kidney surgery, ugh! Now, I’m thinking about hurrying back to Beautylish.

How do you compare this set to the newest Wayne Goss set release? I haven’t even had a chance to wash those or use them yet. Please, let me know how the best way to clean brushes is. I have some baby shampoo, various cleaners from Sephora and professional makeup sites, but I really, really want what works for you to clean your brushes, please!

I haven’t tried the newer Wayne Goss brushes! I have found that I use primarily Sonia G. brushes over Wayne Goss, in general, though.

I use Dr. Bronner’s unscented liquid soap mixed with a lot of water (to dilute the soap), that’s it.

Thank you so very much! I have plenty of natural brushes from Hakuhodo and Wayne Goss, to name a couple. I never use them because I’m petrified of destroying them if I clean those. I’m familiar with Dr Bronner liquid Castile soap (peppermint in the summer), but would never have thought of using the liquid unscented to properly, gently clean. There’s a documentary about him and his kids…kind of bizarre, like the labels. I’m going to order some and finally enjoy my nice brushes.
Since I don’t have any Sonia G. Brushes yet, do you have advice about beginning with the Lotus set, or her original sets? The designs are all beautiful, so that wouldn’t be a defining decision. Just curious about your opinion. I trust your advice and opinion greatly.

I know a lot of people in the fude community adhere to the recommended washing/cleaning methods… but I don’t. I wash most brushes after a few uses (depending on what I’ve used them for) rather than waiting a month or longer. I prefer a fully cleaned brush over one wiped down, and I’d rather have to purchase a few new ones in 10 years+ than clean so sparingly/worry about it! Mine have held up fine to many washings.

With Sonia G., there’s no advantage to buying a set – you pay the same as buying the brushes individually, so I might buy a two or three individual brushes that are either in shapes you really love (so you could use another/know what you’re looking for) or a shape that is familiar enough but you feel would do a “better” job than what you have.

Hi H! I use both Sonia G and Wayne Goss brushes daily and have both this set and the new Goss edit collection. I like both Sonia G and Wayne Goss brushes in general. But they are a bit different from one another. And pull in a bit different directions. Sonia G’s brushes are in general a bit more dense and have less give compared to Wayne G’s who’s brushes usually are more soft and he focuses a lot on finding the sweet spot before softness surpasses into flimsiness if that makes sense. His new edit collection is inspired by calligraphy which also is a lot about finding that sweet spot between softness and dense ness. And he has focused a lot this time on making brushes that helps people with hooded eyes with the more tapered heads.
The Sonia G lotus set is both I’d say a collector’s item as it is exquisite with its purple handles and the overall look of the set. But also offers some of her before released brushes but in a smaller size like the Lotus detail which is similar in shape to its much larger big sister the face shape brush from her pro face set. Or the lotus soft defined which is smaller but similar to her soft shader in her sky eye set. It also contains some brushes well known before in her permanent set ups. Which you may or may not need more of. But which can be great if you want to collect all Sonia G brushes,

When it comes to face brushes. Wayne’s brushes are in general softer. Sonia G’s face brushes both in this set and in other parts of her collection are more varied, as in you can find both brushes with quite a bit of dense ness which can be great for harder packed products or cream powder hybrid or baked blushes for instance, but that can be perhaps a bit harder to use if you are not very light handed. She has however with time also made a few really soft and smooth face brushes (in her pro face set and her sky set) that are mixes between goat and synthetic which are more similar to the softness you always find in Wayne Goss’s face brushes. The biggest difference you can find between Sonias and Wayne’s brushes are in the face brushes made for application of foundation and for sculpting and such things as there Sonias brushes are usually quite a bit denser compared to Wayne’s. Both are super high quality but depending on your technique you probably prefer one over the other.

When it comes to the eye brushes. Wayne’s brushes are all about smooth blending ability. And being able to use the same brush for several things. While Sonia G is great at making specific brushes for different things. As her brush style also in general is making brushes a tad bit more dense they are great when you want to do a bit more elaborate make up’s such as the typical American style looks that are common also among Temptalias looks with many different defined and often brighter or more contrasting colours on the eyes where you want to avoid them muddling up together too much. Or if your style is more specific or you are very skilled in your technique and are light handed. Whereas Wayne’s eye brushes are made for more diffused softer and perhaps more everyday wearable less Instagram kind of looks? Or if you know you are a bit heavy handed and perhaps not so skilled in your technique, (or have hooded eyes). Then I think you should definitely look into the new Wayne set, (which also shares a lot of traits with Suratt’s eye brushes and also the newer Beautylish fude made eye set).

I love both Sonia G’s and Wayne Goss’s brushes and enjoy both their brush styles a lot and have found some of my most favourite brushes among both of their different collections. And I am not biased to either brand and would therefore not choose one brand over the other. But if I had to choose i would more look into what kind of looks am I creating the most and what kind of shapes suits me the most? And if do prefer a bit denser brushes or a bit softer?

If I should try and differentiate between them as brands I’d say that they are grounded in different foundations from a creative point of view. Sonia G is to begin with a brush collector and specifically of fude brushes. So her primary skill lies in knowing the fude artisan world to a T and knowing how to make exquisite quality brushes that both can be durable for usage but also which can be collected and desirable that way. (She focuses therefore in general equally much on the brush quality and performance as she does on the look and feel of the brush handle and everything around that as in brush storage and such things).
Wayne’s foundation is being a trained makeup artist and makeup teacher primarily not for the Couture cat walks or fashion magazines but for the general public. And is specifically interested in helping the amateur become and feel more skilled. So he is more focused on different application skills and the usability of the brush. And always with the also not so savvy user in mind. His brushes are less about the aesthetics of the handles and more about the versatility in the usage.

So if you want to choose one over the other I’d say it depends on what kind of technique you are more comfortable with.

When it comes to taking care of your brushes cleaning them with a very mild shampoo preferably one with less harsh surfactants as in less lathering shampoos is the best. As you want to prevent the hair follicles from opening up too much. So shampoos that says non SLS on them or specific brush cleaning soaps are great. (Beautylish sells some brand that only makes soaps for fude brushes if you want that. But other wise I just use a mild SLS free shampoo).

With Sonias brushes they will change their shape a bit after washing which is meant to happen as they are more densely made brushes. So they will splay out a bit making them attain their intended shape. Wayne’s brushes will also splay out a bit after washing but as they are softer from the beginning it is good to shape them a bit when they are dry so they more fo back to their initial look to help keep the taper in place on especially the eye brushes, His new edit collection is made to be hung upside down when drying which is helpful for keeping the shapes of the brushes and avoiding water getting into the ferrule. (You always want to hold your brush facing downwards when cleaning so water doesn’t get into the ferrule where it can dissolve the glue).
Sonia recommends allowing her brushes to dry lying flat on a towel or something else soft. Or preferably on an edge where the bristles can stick out a bit allowing the air all around the brush. (Or that you turn them once in a while during drying time).

Good luck with your brush choices! You can’t really go wrong with either of these brands! ❣️

These reviews are so helpful! A lot of times I look at brushes and just feel stumped so an expert’s overview is perfect.

I picked up 2 sets of the lotus brushes just because it’s limited edition, love the color and they’re my first sonia g brushes! Just washed one set the other day for use and I’m so excited!

I skipped this set because I have so many fude, from other brands as well as Sonia G, that I already have all of these shapes already, even the new ones. The only exception is the Lotus Base, but honestly I’m tired of fan brushes and I never reach for them.
I missed the Fusion series and I find that more unique and innovative, so I’ll prioritize that set.

I definitely think this is more of a collector’s set / if you haven’t already purchased several Sonia G. brushes in the past. I’m sure if it’s something that is popular, it’ll find its way to the core range!

OMG Christine!!! I couldn’t resist had to pick these up. I’m pretty new to Fude life. I have two other fude face brushes and Sonia G’s eye brush set. Glad these will find a new home. Thanks so much Christine for your hard work testing, reviewing and creating!!

I broke down and purchased it hoping that this will work well with my cream products. Westman Atelier and Lisa Eldridge are in heavy rotation as they work really well on my dry skin. I also am hoping these brushes work well with the temptalia palettes(I live for heartdog). I also bought two brushes from Sonia Gs fusion line(yeah, I really broke the bank!). I have yet to use either as I am unsure which set is best and I may return one. Does anyone have any comparisons yet? Christine, have you tried the fusion set? I’d appreciate any advice.
Thank you!

They should! Sonia G. brushes work well with Sydney Grace’s formula, though I made sure to play with the SG formula using both natural and synthetic brushes, lol, since I DO normally use Sonia G. 🙂

I have tried the Fusion set! It is going to be more ideal for working with creams/liquids than just powder. The synthetic bristles mixed in will tend to give the brush some greater durability and hold up better to multiple washings. That being said, the Fusion set is pretty much a face set unlike the Lotus set which has a mix of eye/face.

I find I prefer something a little less dense for sheerer liquid/cream blushes over the Fusion set, which is fairly dense across the board. I like the Fusion set when working with cream/liquids all over the face, like concealer, foundation, etc. Otherwise, I like the smaller brushes for buffing and more circular blending motions along the edges for blush/bronzer/highlighter. The Soft Concealer can work well for diffusing a cream eyeshadow through the crease/toward the brow bone.

Sonia is pretty thorough on comparisons, so you can check out her posts on both series:

https://sweetmakeuptemptations.com/2021/06/18/the-fusion-series/
https://sweetmakeuptemptations.com/2021/07/08/the-lotus-set/

I wasn’t going to pick these up, as I have a number of synthetic brushes. Also, I use undied goat hair for cream and liquid products. But it’s Sonia G… and your review got me very curious. I can always use another worker and blender from Sonia and ive yet to find the perfect foundation brush, though a few come close.
And while I was on Beautylish I also got the fusion series. I’ve warmed up to the mixed-hair idea and am curious how they perform.
So looking forward to these brushes!

0 to 100 there! The blends are nice, though I have found that I still end up leaning toward full synthetic when working exclusively with creams (like for foundation), just because I like knowing I can aggressively wash it, both in terms of vigor in motion but also with alcohol-based cleansers, which definitely breakdown build up better.

The Fusion Set is lovely as you’d expect from the brand, but I think it’s going to take me sometime to figure out which ones will really make their way into my favorites when it comes to the face brushes.

Yup 0 to 100 😂Christine, I noticed you hadn’t reviewed the Fusion set so it was a leap of faith. I poo pooed the synthetic blends at first but then realized I really ought to try them before writing them off.
Wednesday 🤣🤣

Gotcha! Curious to see if they change your mind. I grew up using synthetic blends often, e.g. MAC 187s, which I used for a long while as a go-to foundation brush. I have found I tend to prefer a full synthetic brush for foundation partially just so I can use whatever cleanser necessary without worry!

I am completely surprised at how long these are still available, even compared to her fusion set and her recent face one restock. My biggest issue in sets is there is no advantage to buying them vs singles (not that WG is any different with his). In this aspect i can’t justify the price since i only use a beauty blender to apply my base, the lotus base serves no purpose in my collection and looks too dense for powder. And if I’m being honest I’m most drawn to the cheek pro (love her original) , detail and definer. While i could get use of the worker and shader, I’m not huge on eyeshadow so it’s not a necessity. I like her crease brushes better (in this aspect i prefer WG) but her worker brushes are a bit too dense for my liking. I prefer the jumbo blender but did not end up keeping the worker one for this reason. Her recent releases were too close together but yet not close enough to be able to order the face one restock and 2 fusion eye brushes for the same flex payment lol.

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