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Wayne Goss The Face Set and Eye Set Review

June 6, 2017

Wayne Goss The Face Set and The Eye Set | The Beauty Look Book

Wayne Goss has added new brush sets to his collection in a 6-piece Face Set ($250) and 5-piece Eye Set ($130). The Face Set actually launched in earlier this year back inΒ  March and sold out within a few weeks. It’s scheduled to restock today at Beautylish at 10 AM PST/1 PM EST. In addition to the set, they’ll have each brush available for purchase separately. The Eye Set is still available as a set for now. I’m hoping they’ll consider launching them individually.

By now I’ve accumulated quite a few brushes from dozens of brands. I’ve found only a small handful of new launches different or unique enough to have that wow factor. The latest launch that really impressed me was the MAC 140S (best powder brush ever) but when it comes to brushes I feel like I’ve already found my favorites and I buy multiples of a few so I don’t have to wash them as often (especially when I have an armful of swatching that I do). Wayne Goss brushes however are completely different and I’ve been so impressed with every one I’ve tried from his line. If I had to start over my entire brush collection I would pick his brushes to do it. At first glance they seem like they could be standard brushes just with a well-designed size handle and shape. Once you put them on your face you will really see the difference in how soft and smooth they are. You’ll also notice that they pick up product better and application is SO MUCH better. For years I’ve loved and relied on MAC brushes, in particular the #217, 219 and 239 for the eyes. They’re classic staples and perform well, but once you’ve tried brushes from Wayne Goss, Hakuhodo or Chikuhodo you’ll be floored.

The brushes are handmade in Japan and are cruelty-free. A look at each set and a few comparisons for size/shape reference. I was sent these for review by the Beautylish team but I would have no hesitation splurging the full retail price on both sets. Up first is The Face Set which has 6 brushes.

Wayne Goss The Face Set review | The Beauty Look Book

From the bottom to top, these are designed for both powder and creams. I took a few of these with me on recent trips along with other brushes and these were ones I reached for the most. They’re unbelievably soft and layer product beautifully without disturbing what’s underneath. There are certain uses for each one, but I used each of these for almost anything: powder, blush, creams, highlight, etc.

  • 10 looks almost identical to 02, just with white natural hair, this is a tapered brush that you can use for highlighting
  • 11 is one I used for setting powder, Wayne Goss uses this for his buffing technique, I haven’t tried it that way yet, but I found it perfect to set powder (pressed and loose)
  • 12 is a flatter more dense brush but still fluffy, this is good for contouring and blending
  • 13 is another cream or powder brush, it’s a shorter almost dome like brush, I tried this with cream contours and it blends them out perfectly better than a sponge or fingers for a natural blurred finish
  • 14 is a light fluffy brush, I love this for more intense shimmers or blushes because it gives the face a light even wash of color
  • 15 is a fan brush, I rarely use fan brushes but this is another good one for a light wash/veil of color anywhere

Wayne Goss The Face Set review | The Beauty Look Book

Comparisons to:

Wayne Goss The Face Set Comparisons | The Beauty Look Book

Up next is The Eye Set. Out of the 5 brushes I thought I’d only really use 2 based on the shape. I gave them all a test run and found them surprisingly versatile.

Wayne Goss The Eye Set review | The Beauty Look Book

Shown from top to bottom:

  • 16 is a skinny tapered brush that you can use to sweep product all over the lids, it fluffs out a bit after you use it
  • 17 is similar to 16, but 17 is shorter and a tiny bit smaller with less of a point, this is a good blending brush
  • 18 is my favorite, it’s the widest that resembles the MAC 217 in shape and size, the softness is something you have to touch to really understand, it’s the perfect all over wash brush for me
  • 19 is a slim tapered brush I thought I wouldn’t use, but it’s great for precise blending and detail application
  • 20 was a surprise for me as well, I didn’t think this would be useful for my eye shape, but it’s a smaller version of 19 and the 20 is perfect for a soft smokey eye to line/smudge, it really doesn’t seem like it would work for that because of the length, but it’s just perfect

Close ups:

Wayne Goss The Eye Set review | The Beauty Look Book


Wayne Goss The Eye Set comparisons | The Beauty Look Book

A look at how I tested each one with the Natasha Denona Sculpt and Glow Palette (review soon), Tom Ford Warm Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette (review here) and one of my favorite setting powders the Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Flawless Powder (shade #2). The brushes were all versatile with powder and cream formulas. With powders they worked well with all textures whether they were shimmer, matte or glitters. With creams they apply product without any streaks which is just amazing. To date only Tom Ford brushes have done that for me and the Wayne Goss brushes are similar in performance and quality.

Wayne Goss The Face Set and The Eye Set | The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line amazing. Many of you might wonder if I think they’re worth owning even with all the brushes I already have. The answer is hands down yes. I’ve been one who always stuck with MAC because I found good ones that worked and they still do, but the Wayne Goss brushes take application to another level. Based on my personal preferences I would skip the fan brush #15 (because I don’t use fan brushes ) and the eye brush #19 (because it’s similar to #20). The brushes perform so much better than other standard brushes. If you already own a lot of brushes made in Japan you probably have some of the best ones on the market. I don’t own a lot with the exception of a few so I don’t have a lot of repeats.

You can find the Wayne Goss brushes available online at Beautylish. The Eye Set is in stock now, the Face Set (and individual ones) restock today at 10:00 AM PST. Have you tried these? What are your thoughts? If not what are your go-to makeup tools?


Many thanks to Beautylish for sending The Face Set and The Eye Set for review.


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  • TraceyEB June 6, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I upgraded my brushes, which were mostly Bobbi Brown, MAC, and Charlotte Tilbury, when Wayne launched the Anniversary set. Prior to that, I owned the fan brush, a multi tasker I used for bronzing, blush & highlighting and the #13 ultimate multitasker and fell in love. I’ve since added the Holiday/00 brush, which is a standout favourite for applying bronzer but the tapered end allows for blunsh and highlighting, too. Face brushes 13, 14, a second #2 (my powder brush), 2 Air Brushes, and eye brushes 16, 17 & 18 are also in my collection. I did find the need to add a Bobbi Brown Angle Face brush (good for hugging the cheek bone when applying blush), a second Full Face Coverage brush (my HG foundation brush) andMAC 205 for mascara clumping (a necessity brush). I have Wayne’s brow set but haven’t taken the time to incorporate it yet. The bottom line, and I’ve said this to Wayne: I’d rather buy his brushes over makeup because they better apply the makeup I already own. I travel with his brushes selectively, default to other brushes when going out of town (for fearof loss, even when hand carrying).

    • BeautyLookBook June 8, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Wow! You have such a great collection!

  • Lu Suito June 6, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Would love to try them someday

    lu | Coco&Louis

  • Noirette Diary June 6, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    These brushes look gorgeous. I’ve ben wanting to invest in a really good set instead of just purchasing whatever cute brush I see. I love my Zoeva ones to death though, they’re really soft. Even softer than MAC ones. x

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    • BeautyLookBook June 8, 2017 at 8:08 am

      LOL I struggle with that too πŸ™‚

  • DB_Boston June 6, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    After reading your review, I’m having a bit of buyer’s remorse for buying the Tom Ford bronzer and cheek brushes. Neither brush is instinctive and requires effort during application, but I fell in love with how plush and soft they were. Rumor has it the same manufacturer is making Goss’ brushes. If I had known then that he was coming out with an updated line, I would have waited.

    • BeautyLookBook June 8, 2017 at 8:09 am

      Interesting! I wouldn’t have buyers remorse, I still adore my TF brushes. They’re so soft and dense, there’s really nothing like them!

  • Millie Robinson June 6, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    These look so so good! I love to discover new brush brands! x

    Millie |

  • Yvonne Ashon June 6, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Brushes look soft and fluffy.

  • Gina Swartzendruber June 6, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Once again, thank you for your thorough review! This post reminded me, I’d love to see you do a segment on your favorite brushes. I’m shopping for a number of replacements and would love to hear what your preferences are for both face and eye brushes. Thank you!

    • BeautyLookBook June 8, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Hi Gina – glad this one helped! I’ve done a few posts on brush favorites. If you click on the tag near the bottom of the post in the grey buttons that says MAKEUP BRUSHES you’ll see the other ones.

      • Gina Swartzendruber June 8, 2017 at 8:56 pm

        Thank you – I appreciate your recommendations, we seem to have a lot of the same “favorites” in common, so I always look forward to your posts!

  • Lea Ann Pringle June 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks so much for this Sabrina! Which would you get to use for bronzer? I apply it in the “3” method. Thanks again for all your hard work and detailed information on these lovelies!

  • laura June 8, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try one of his eye brushes but I feel like they’re all blending brushes and none are suitable for just packing on color… :/

    • panties June 8, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      like packing on a lid color? Shu Uemura 10 brush does that for me πŸ™‚

  • Christine Brightside June 9, 2017 at 5:14 am

    little bitt off topic, but would you mind doing an eye make up tutorial? I love your eye makeups and I never achieve a look like yours – I am also very hesistant with shimmery colors since I have monolids and stick to purely matte colors on my lids, but I’d love to hear your secrets! πŸ™‚

  • Debra Ostrander June 9, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Thanks for the info, I didn’t realize they are now for sale individually. I already have a few of his brushes (love!) but I just placed an order for 1 more lol! Do you know if there’s any difference in the white hair brush vs. the black?

  • Rosey June 12, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Thank you for this post! It really helped my decision making! I have placed my order. My question is… Is there anything like the Tom Ford 02 Foundation brush?! I love it soooo much, would love a back up, but…would Wayne make one similar?!

  • Lisa Peterson June 14, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I purchased the Eye Set also… I didn’t think I would use all of them but honestly, I LOVE WAYNE. He is such a genuine person on You Tube I simply want to support him. However.. I was very pleasantly surprised. I love all of them and within a few days some of my previous fav brushes have fallen to the wayside. My eye shape/size is different than yours… so I’m using each in a different way. But EACH one just amazes me how little shadow you need.. it’s like the brush makes your shadow more pigmented. It grabs the shadow like my other brushes do not. The only exception is my Troy Surratt brushes still work perfectly – like no others – with my Troy Surratt shadows. 16 is definitely an ‘all over’ for me… 17 is perfect for my crease… 18 is the improved mac 217 – 19 does a more precise crease for me… and 20 is for a soft under eye look or my brow bone! LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!

  • Joyce Belfort June 17, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    How was the washing? Any lost of hair or dye coming off (06)?

    I am a huge fan of real hair brush, especially for powder products. It is nice to see a youtuber coming up with something non-vegan.