Wayne Goss #03, 04, 05, 17, 18, 19 Eye Brushes Review, Photos, Swatches

Wayne Goss Brush 03
Wayne Goss #04, #19, #03 Brushes

Wayne Goss Brushes are, by and large, a good, solid range of brushes with usable shapes and sizes. I think the eye brushes are better than the face brushes, though the cheek and face brushes are still good, but the assortment of eye brushes has been more impressive. The price point across most of the brushes is comparable to mid- to high-end brands, and some of the eye brushes are more reasonable than you’d expect (cheaper than brands like MAC). What I personally enjoyed most was not just the quality of the brushes, but the shapes and sizes of the brushes, as I found myself reaching for and using them as part of a routine, not just for testing. The line is more traditional in its types of brushes offered, but a couple of brushes are more interesting. The only brush in this review that I had quality issues with was the #18, which felt poky on the lid. The #03, #04, and #19 are brushes that have found their way into my permanent stash, while #05 and #17 are nice, they aren’t shapes I personally reach for.

Wayne Goss Brush 03 ($32.00) is a large, tapered crease brush with moderate density and fullness that comes to a more defined point where the hairs get less dense towards the tip. The hairs are soft enough to always feel comfortable on the lid, no matter the position or type of stroke or motion you use in your routine, but it still picks up a good amount of product and blend product easily. If there’s one type of brush you’ll find in the range, it’s a crease brush; there are five to choose from, this being the largest. I like using this for laying down a transition shade, blending out crease colors, highlighting the brow bone, and setting under eye concealer. The brush head is 21mm in length, 10mm in width, and 10mm in thickness. It has a total length of 6 inches / 15 centimeters with a open, round ferrule. For me, it’s very comparable in shape, size, and fullness to the Hakuhodo G5522 ($28), while the MAC 224 ($32) is less tapered.

Wayne Goss Brush 19 ($27.00) is a medium, tapered crease brush with a tapered edge. This brush is 1.5mm wider than #04 but 2mm narrower than #03, though it is very similar in nsize and shape to the #04 to a degree where it’s very hard to tell by eye. The bigger difference, to me, between this and the #04 is density; the #19 has less give and flex, which makes it better for getting a defined crease and more precision out of the brush. Between the two, I prefer the #19 as I find it more versatile. The brush head is 18mm in length, 8mm in width, and 8mm in thickness. It has a total length of 6.2 inches / 15.50 centimeters with a open, round ferrule. Tom Ford Eyeshadow Blend (13) ($55) seems denser but very comparable in shape, size, and purpose and is 1mm wider.

Wayne Goss Brush 04 ($28.00) is a medium-sized, tapered crease brush that comes to a soft, lightly rounded point. Visually, it looks to have half the fullness of the #03.
The brush is soft in all directions with more give and flex compared to #03, though I think some may find it has too much give. It works nicely for applying and blending out eyeshadow in the crease, above the crease, or on the brow bone. The brush hairs are soft, silky, and move as one. The brush head is 17mm in length, 6.5mm in width, and 6.5mm in thickness. It has a total length of 6.2 inches / 15.5 centimeters with a open, round ferrule. Hakuhodo J142 ($18) is comparable in size and shape, though it is 0.55mm narrower. I find Louise Young LY38 ($28) is fairly cmparable, though a tiny bit wider, while the LY38B ($24) is narrower.

Wayne Goss Brush 05 ($25.00) is a small, narrow crease brush with a lightly rounded, tapered edge. This is one of the smaller crease brushes offered by the range, and naturally, the shape follows #03 and #04, it’s just smaller in size across the board. It works well for depositing more defined color into the crease and smudging eyeshadow on the lower lash line. The texture of the brush was soft to feel comfortable to use but still picked up color well. The brush head is 13mm in length, 5mm in width, and 5mm in thickness. It has a total length of 6 inches / 15 centimeters. Hakuhodo J5529 ($16) comes to a less tapered point, but it has the exact same length and width/thickness.

Wayne Goss Brush 17 ($32.00) is a large, flat, dense all-over dome eyeshadow brush. For someone who applies a wash of color or a powder base on the eye lid, it would work nicely for that. The edge also works for smudging or applying color to the lash line. It’s soft, smooth, and I couldn’t feel the individual bristles moving across the skin, even on the edge. The brush head is 15mm in length, 16mm in width, and 6mm in thickness. It has a total length of 5.75 inches / 14.5 centimeters. Tom Ford Eyeshadow (11) ($55) is fluffier, not quite as firm, and comes to a more pointed (less domed) edge, but is very similar in size and purpose.

Wayne Goss Brush 18 ($26.00) is a medium, flat, dome-shaped eyeshadow brush. It is fairly dense and firm with just enough give to work around the curvature of the eye. I expected to use this brush the most, but this was the one eye brush that felt rough to me–I kept feeling individual bristles poking at the skin. If used it solely for packing on eyeshadow onto the lid, I usually didn’t feel any roughness or bristles, but I felt I had to use just right to avoid it.
The brush head is 11mm in length, 10mm in width, and 5mm in thickness. It has a total length of 5.75 inches / 14.5 centimeters. MAC 239 ($25) is less firm, slightly fluffier, especially along the edge, which makes it a better multi-tasker. Hakuhodo J004G ($20) is softer and less thick.

There are also the following eye brushes (that I don’t have): #06 (shorter crease), #07 (appears to be a short, stubby domed brush), #08 (short, flat eyeliner), #16 (rounded dome), #20 (pointed crease).

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I am completely addicted to Wayne Goss brushes, so much so that I gave away a lot of my MAC brushes, his are so much better both in softness and application. I love that the handles aren’t too long (my one complaint with CHIKUHODO (but my only complaint, they are amazing).

The #3 looks like it would be a lovely addition to my collection, but could anyone tell me if they prefer it to the Hakuhodo?

In terms of quality, I think they are extremely comparable – you cannot go wrong with either. Wayne Goss’ handles stay in better condition (the numbers/text haven’t worn off for me) vs. Hakuhodo’s (but this might depend on the series). I use the two interchangeably! Beautylish has free shipping at a threshold (I think it’s $35?), and Hakuhodo is a minimum of $9 no matter how much or little you order.

Fantastic post!

I personally have the brushes in the collection and the holiday brush. I took advantage of the “shipping worldwide” event last xmas to get my hands on them and it is one of the best beauty purchases I have ever made!

I am really looking forward to getting more of them 😉

I’ve been wanting to spulrge on some Wayne Goss Brushes for ages, I’ve heard nothing but good things and who can’t use more eye brushes. 🙂

I love my Wayne Goss brushes! I have #7 (a very interesting lipstick brush), 8 (the tiniest push brush in the world!), and 20 (pencil shape- super soft).

The #20 looks really good! I’m wondering if it is comparable to Chikuhodo’s Z pencil brush for you know, half the price 🙂

i was seriously debating his brushes over hakuhodo but ended up buying hakuhodo (and i fell in love)

i still want to buy wayne’s one day though!

Here are the eye brushes! Just ignore my comment about hoping to see eye brush reviews under the face brush reviews,lol! I have #s 06,0504,18,20&16 as far as Goss eye brushes go. The # 16 I don’t use too much. I thin the sales rep form Beautylish talked me into it. I need to find a use for it. I really like them I need to look into the #19. It looks pretty close to the Rae Morris Medium point shader that I love. I like that point on the fluffy brush. It’s perfect for crease and blending out.

I really like it.I think a good pencil brush is a must. My favorites are : hakuhodo( I’m not real sure because the Engraving is pretty wore off-B5620 maybe?) ,wayne Goss 20,& chikuhodo z4.I think the Goss is comparable on texture.it is slightly thicker than the hakuhodo , But slimmer than the chikuhodo. So I feel the trio work well for whatever you will need. If I had to go back and knew what I do now and could only buy one pencil brush,it would be the WG 20. Middle size but it comes to a nice point so it can go in small areas. Its soft,but not overly soft to not pick up or blend. Priced beyond fair compared to what I have paid for Mac brushes and other brands which just get worn out with use. That is one thing I notice with Japanese made brushes – they don’t tend to have a short life span like my brushes bought from cosmetic brands.it has me thinking about scouring the sites to find a dupe for Macs159 instead of replacing it every year.

Hi Christine, I realized when I was looking up the Z8 this am , that I put the Z4 as a pencil brush which is a cheek brush! Duh! I should know these because I have quite a few of them. But ,I am really bad at memorizing brush #s. Too many other things to memorize I suppose! I think that pencil is actually a Z 10. I’m sure you know what I am talking about. The short handled one.Sorry if I caused any confusion!

I love my Goss brushes. For the money and quality, you just can’t beat them. I have 4 squirrel (4, 7 and two 6s), and 4 goat (17, 18, 19, and 20). I’m sure I’ll get more. They’re great!

I own the Wayne Goss #4 and #6 crease brushes. They are very soft and I use them to blend and gently diffuse my transition eyeshadow shades. They are great, but I use my Hakuhodo brushes daily. Those brushes are workhorses, a little cheaper but great quality. I do intend to treat myself to the #19 brush and one of Waynes’s face brushes, probably a stippling brush for foundation.

Christine, I bought the original Collection set when it first came out which includes eye and face brushes. I have to admit, I have not used them much because it almost seems that they are SO soft that they do not pick up and deposit color on the eye. Is this true or is it just me and I need to get used to working with them? Thank you!

I haven’t had any issues with that, but it may depend on what type of eyeshadow formulas you’re using? Softer hair will pick up less color than a scratchy brush, as the scratchier brush will dislodge color from the pan’s surface and therefore more color will get on the brush. I use Chikuhodo’s GSN-09 a lot for applying color on the lid, and it’s very soft but still manages to pack plenty of color on when I use it.

I really want to try a few of his brushes! I don’t think I’ve read a bad review on one yet. The blending brushes are high on my list but the shadow brushes are slowly starting to tempt me. I like how they’re flat yet still pretty dense. I can imagine they’ll work great for shadows prone to fallout

The #16 is my fave brush of all time! I can use it to contour cheeks, nose, and blend eyeshadow. I love it so much I bought two! The #17 is nice too and I use it often. It’s great for depositing color on lid. I have been extremely happy w/ my Wayne Goss brushes!

Hi Christine, which one would you prefer the Hakuhodo G5522 (I’m thinking about getting the J version but I think you own the G one which if I’m not mistaken is the same shape) or the Wayne Goss #19. I have hooded eyelids, think something like Jennifer Lawrence’s eyelids, I want to try a brush in that shape, I don’t think I have anything like it, thankssss!

The G5522 is more comparable to the 03 in size – it is a lot larger, less dense. If you’re trying to apply color precisely, you’ll want something like the 19 as the 03 or G5522 give a much more diffused look.

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