The Artist Brush
Wayne Goss The Artist Brush ($150.00) is a limited edition face brush with an extra-long, wooden handle. The brush head is made out of a mix of gray squirrel and Sokoho goat hair, and the handle is listed as being made out of hand-carved, hard maple wood. The brush is supposed to apply a “soft halo of seamless color.” The brush head was 55mm in length, 33mm in width and depth at its widest point. It is long and comes to a tapered, rounded point. The brush had a total length of 9.85 inches / 25.00 centimeters.
The brush had moderate softness, is full and dense but not quite as dense as a buffer or kabuki brush. I was surprised that it did not feel softer or smoother against the skin. The brush head itself is on the longer side, so there was a little more floppiness at the base than I expected. I used it with loose and pressed powder, bronzer, blush, and highlighter, and I think the results for colored products was the best. It is a brush that seemed to pick up products just fine, but what it laid down was softer coverage, even when I used a more pigmented product. The only way I found it usable was sweeping forward and backward in one fluid motion, but it did not work well for swirling, light buffing, or quick back-and-forth motions. It seemed to bend unnaturally and did not splay well for much else.
As it just debuted (but is limited edition), I haven’t had it for long enough to know how it would hold up over time. There was nothing about the brush that suggested low quality, and my other Wayne Goss brushes have held up beautifully over time. The brush head seemed well-constructed with an even edge, no stray bristles, and no shedding. I haven’t noticed any dye bleeding from washing yet either.
I think that this is ideal for someone who enjoys the overall look and appearance of the brush or prefers an incredibly long handle that is still lightweight. For the price point, there are a lot of other face brushes I’d opt for first, whether from a softness standpoint or to get a more versatile shape.