Wayne Goss The Holiday 2019 Brush Initial Review

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Wayne Goss Holiday Brush 2019  

Holiday Brush 2019

Wayne Goss Holiday 2019 Brush ($62.00) is a new, limited edition large fan-style brush that is made out of goat hair. It is supposed to work for “fast, flawless blending” and can be used with “bronzer, blush, and highlighter” as well as “cream, liquid, and powder-based products” (generally). Based on the brand’s video, the idea is that the edge can be used for precise application and then gently pressing to splay the edge gives it the ability to diffuse/blend out products.

The shape of the brush is wide with a decent length from ferrule to the edge of the bristles. The left and right edges had a stronger curvature to them, whereas the brush tapered and flattened out for about a third of the middle section. I didn’t have any issues with the brush shedding, and it retained its shape after washing. The brush was soft enough but the hairs felt slightly coarser than some of the other goat-hair fan and larger powder brushes I have. One edge (in the first photo, the right edge) seemed to be sharper and less rounded compared to the other edge. It was 75mm in width (at its widest section) and 60mm in length (at its longest), and it seemed about 20mm in thickness (at its thickest).

It’s denser than the average fan brush but had quite a bit of flexibility and spring, so I wouldn’t describe it as a truly dense brush. I think the flexibility made it more suitable for diffusing and blending out product than applying it, and it was easiest to use for spreading and blending out the edges of some products or to blend products together (but having used something else to apply the product before, just using this as a clean, blending brush). For example, after applying highlighter and blush with other tools, going back in with this brush (with no product) to diffuse those together worked beautifully.

When working with sheer to semi-sheer formulas that were closer to my natural skin tone, I could get the brush to work well for application and blending of the same products out. Working with anything that was even moderately pigmented (even with a light hand), based on my face shape and size, it was too thick and too prone to gently splaying/bending to give precision, so it resulted in a really imprecise application and an over-blending of product (e.g. blush that looked less like blush and more like I was red all over on one side of my face or bronzer that made me look like my foundation was far too dark).

When I looked closely at the brush, I think I struggled to find it as useful for my face shape/features for applying most products (aside from sheerer products, all-over finishing powders, and translucent powders) was because of the way the bristles taper in the front and back toward the edge, so it was difficult to pick up product evenly right on the sharpest edge, which didn’t have any “flatness” so it always splayed and bent slightly with any pressure (whether picking up product or applying it to my face). In a way, the very tips of the bristles easily splay a little upon contact, and I think this resulted in a wider footprint of product applied, rather than staying right on that edge.

With more buildable contour and bronzing products, the brush worked well for applying and distributing product while diffusing the edge, but it was a careful balance of applying and ensuring that things didn’t get over-blended and could look muddied. With blush and highlighter, the large size coupled with the way the bristles pick up and splay so readily, the end result always expanded far beyond where I’d want blush or highlight (like the highlighter would overwhelm the blush almost immediately).

While trying it with a slew of products, I didn’t find that it was efficient with more pigmented products or harder-to-blend products, though, as the sweeping motions weren’t enough to diffuse the edges (where circular, buffing motions worked better). I tried using the left/right edges, center, a mix, held more sharply against my face, and more splayed in an effort to try the brush and see the results for the different types of products and techniques I could think to try.

Whether this brush is a “good” brush is more about whether it’s a functional brush for you; and that means your facial features, face shape and size, the types of products you want to use it with, and what your application and technique would be with it. It can pick up product, apply it, and blend it out without a lot of effort, so I think that it, largely, does what was intended to do. I think the stability at the tips of the brush could be a little higher so that it was truer to the idea of using the edge for application and then using the side of the brush to blend, though.

This is where reviewing brushes/tools gets difficult because I think it lived up to its marketing claims in many ways, but I struggled with it due to the larger size so I think the tone/my experience may not reflect the rating. Even using a lighter hand or less-pigmented products, I just found this was more work to use for applying products over other tools (like a blush brush), and it only fit functionally into my routine (and with my facial features/shape/size) as a separate blending brush or for dusting finishing powder all over my face.

Holiday Brush 2019

LELimited Edition.
A
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14
Product
14
Fitness
5
Durability
4.5
Construction
94%
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Thanks so much for this review Christine. I was thinking about getting this brush, but I’m going to skip it. I like some of Wayne Goss brushes a lot, but some that I have, not so much, because they splay (a few of the eye brushes), & for me, it was upsetting. One of his face brushes did nothing for me, someone else said the same thing! Sonia G, brushes, however, are absolutely amazing, every single one of them, & they wash so darn well, & maintain their shape. No splaying on any of them, for me anyway. I’m waiting for several of her brushes to come back in stock.

Do you remember which face brush you had trouble with?

Sonia G. brushes definitely are–on average–much denser brushes than most on the market, so they really hold shape well!

It was his air brush. Way to flimsy for me. Did nothing! I tried in vain to make it work. I even put it away, came back to it. Nope, I was very disappointed. I know there were many positive reviews on this, but not all. (Which doesn’t mean anything, I suppose). It was the worst brush I ever purchased. This is just my experience with it. Kudos to those who love it. I’m very hesitant to buy from him now.

I do appreciate that you make the differentiation between quality and usability, while presenting cases in which this brush might work. I myself like smaller face brushes and I’m so iffy with the shape of cheek brushes, but if a brush doesn’t work for me (or even cosmetics in general) it doesn’t mean it’s a bad product. I mention this because I see so many reviewers stating that a product is bad just because it doesn’t work for they shape/lifestyle/preference, but the product in itself is good quality. Reviewers need to understand that some people might love a product for the exact reasons they hate it, so they should try to provide more than simply `I hate it`, `This is the worst product ever`.

Recently, I had a similar brush experience with the MAC 135 Synthetic Large Flat Powder Brush. I specifically purchased it because it’s soft but slightly flat paddled, because I felt sometimes the need of targeted but lighter application of contour or neutral blushes. Quality wise, it’s one of the best MAC face brushes I have tried; but after actually using it, for me it only works for sheer powder application (but I prefer tapping setting motions for all over powders) and it seems to be better for lose powder (but I always go with pressed powders, setting powders are too messy for my routine).
So I know that something more flat, like this one from Wayne Goss won’t work for me. Does it mean it’s not good quality? Absolutely not.

I’m glad it came across how I wanted, Ana Maria! I agree that articulating why something does or doesn’t work is critical; just hearing “I didn’t like it” isn’t very useful!

Thank you for sharing that mini-review of the MAC 135S!

This is one of the very few times that I was really excited about an item and left wishing that I had just passed on it. Maybe it’s that I have so many great brushes that I have more than five sets if I took the time to separate all of those out, but I feel like I have many brushes that handle the tasks better than this one does. I think I’ll go ahead and use it as you have decided it works best for you, to use it as a final blending brush.

Thanks for such a thorough review. I’ve got several brushes I use for blending, so I feel safe bypassing purchase of this one.

Thank you for your review Christine. I wanted to purchase this brush, but I couldn’t justify it as I have one that I’m happy with, and it looks like I didn’t really miss out on much. I love Wayne’s brushes but you can’t have it all!

Your review confirmed what my initial thoughts on the holiday brush were. I have last year’s holiday brush, and I find it doesn’t apply the way I like blush and bronzer to be applied. It’s is similar in that it’s flatter and tapered (but smaller and rounded on the edges). This being bigger, means that the only thing I would be able to use it for is an all over setting/buffing brush…and I prefer WG Airbrush for that. Although I will use last year’s brush from now on to blend, rather then to put down color with. Thanks for the tip!

Excellent review, Christine; thank you so much 🙂 I’m going to pass on this one, as I just don’t think it’s special enough to justify the price tag ($84CAD!).

Ditto. I love some of his shadow brushes, but this one, not so much. It’s nice, but Tarababyz, who has it all lol, actually talked about a Milani fan brush so I got it a while ago, when normally my brushes are more luxury brands (Chikuhodu, Goss, Tom F) and I couldn’t really tell the difference between that Milani and Goss. And I really never use the Milani because it’s too thick, etc as a practical matter, as you said.

that’s too bad. it seemed very similar in description to holiday 18 which i regretted not picking up a second one. i do have a small face and trend to prefer more precise brushes so i guess this one isn’t for me. thank you for the detailed review Christine!

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