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Wayne Goss – The Holiday Brushes (2014)

January 19, 2015

On the nails: Dior Lady

I’m late to the game with the Wayne Goss Holiday Brushes in White and Black ($85 each, limited-edition) but I am really happy I was able to get both as they were produced in limited quantities for last holiday (the white one is already sold out). These are exclusive to Beautylish and although I almost always purchase brushes I can see and touch in person, I made an exception and ordered them sight unseen after seeing it featured on @raeview’s Instagram (also featured on her December Hits/Misses video). I’m so glad that I did.

This year he released a Black and White version:

The Wayne Goss Holiday Brush is a large tapered powder brush. It’s dense, fluffy and ultra soft. All of his brushes are all hand made (cruelty free) and none of the hairs are cut – the two holiday brushes are the first that I’ve tried from his line for face brushes and I am really impressed. They both pick up just the right amount of product with just one or two swipes. I’ve tested it on pressed setting powder, bronzer, highlighter and blushes. The tapered shape makes it extremely versatile for all sort of powder face makeup. I really like these for blush and bronzer.

MAC Sheertone Blush in Tenderling

For me, it’s been challenging to find a brush with this particular shape and size – most tapered brushes I’ve seen are quite a bit smaller. The MAC 138 is similar in size and density but the ones designed by Wayne Goss by comparison are much softer in texture and feel like silk on the skin. In my entire brush collection, my Tom Ford brushes are the softest that I own. These holiday brushes from Wayne Goss are just as soft.

For my testing, the Black Holiday brush has gone through two washings already. It does fluff up a little bit after the first wash but it still retains its shape. I photographed it next to an unwashed/unused white one before I tried it. For me there was no shedding or color bleeding with the first or second wash.

If you’re crying over the fact that the White Holiday brush is sold out, I found both the White and Black versions to be identical in texture, density, softness and performance. I would still be crying if I didn’t get the white version since I have a soft spot for white fluffy brushes, but they are both identical and I probably didn’t need both. That being said I am really happy I have both, I’ve found them both to be very gentle on the skin and effective at pickup up product and giving you a super smooth and even makeup application with powders, bronzers and blushes. For me they are both worth every penny even though the price is on the steep side. They are well made and very good quality.

If you haven’t checked out the Wayne Goss Holiday Brush, I highly recommend you do soon. It’s limited-edition and exclusive to Beautylish. Have you tried any of the brushes from Wayne Goss? What are your favorites?

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  • kellyroo January 19, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I picked this up last Christmas in the black, and I'm so happy that I have this in my collection. While I would love to own a Suqqu face brush, it is way out of my budget. I can't compare the two, but I find that Wayne Goss brush to be a real pleasure to use everyday to apply my powder. It's the small luxuries in life!

    • Sabrina January 28, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      Ahhh Suqqu! I would love to own some items from the line too but splurging on items and brands sight unseen is something I'm trying to avoid since it's so hard to tell without being able to try things first.

  • Dovey January 19, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Sabrina,

    I love the full, taped shape of this brush! It seems like one that could get a lot of use 🙂

    • Sabrina January 28, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Dovey, I think it's such a good one!

  • Nikoleta Ljuljduraj January 19, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I never tried these brushes before, but now I will definitely! I use the Real Technique ones.
    Great post! 🙂

    Nikoleta, xoxo

  • Sunny January 19, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Hey Sabrina, thanks for the enabling LOL I own 3 Wayne Goss brushes, including 1, 4, and 6. I don't use 1 that much anymore since I discovered Dior Backstage Blender, but before that it was my favorite foundation brush! 4 and 6 I still use all the time. The quality is excellent!

    • Sabrina January 28, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Oooh, I will have to check out those brushes you mentioned! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Clever Girl Reviews January 19, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Good to know they are quality brushes! I'd rather give Wayne my money!

    • Sabrina January 28, 2015 at 7:57 pm


  • Eileen January 19, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I finally got around to ordering some of Wayne's brushes: the Holiday Brush and three eye brushes (# 6, 19, and 20). They're all excellent examples of Japanese crafting at its finest. I've been using the face brush to apply highlighters. It's a luxuriously soft brush which is generous in size without sacrificing precision. I've been so pleased with how effortlessly it applies a veil of light from browbone to cheekbone that I've decided to order another one for bronzer and contour. It really is a beautifully designed and executed brush. As for the three eye brushes I purchased, they're all excellent, but the real standout for me was the #20 pencil brush. It is dense, über soft, and has a precision tip that makes blending product along the upper and lower lash lines simplicity itself. I need at least one more of those in my life as well :-). Many makeup artist have put out brush collections, but Wayne's is a step above them from the standpoint of design, materials, fabrication, and price.

    • Sabrina January 28, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      I couldn't have said it better Eileen!

  • January 19, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I went crazy with these and ordered both the Holiday brush and The Collection brushes. WOW I was blown away. They perform wonderfuly and make makeup application a dream.

    And although I really like my Holiday brush, the feel of the brushes in The Collection is even better! First time I got my hands on squirrel brushes and I am hooked!

    • Sabrina January 28, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      So awesome! I have been eyeing the collection brushes however my brush collection is well, overflowing, so I've tried to resist buying any more unless I find the shape super unique. I've hears so many good things about the Wayne Goss brushes – always happy to get recs from other fans 🙂

  • Louisa January 19, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    I have the 01 foundation brush and the eye set. The eye brush 16 is my absolute favorite for blending! It has supplanted my former favorite, Edward Bess luxury eye brush. Love the quality of these brushes, and will probably continue to add to my collection over time. I also love his tips and videos. There's always something to learn from him.

    • Sabrina January 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Hi Louisa, I have the Brush #16 too and love it! It's a bit too big/dense for my eye size so I use it for my Laura Mercier secret brightening powder under the eyes. I wish he made one size down b/c it's so unique and soft and blends like a dream.

  • nueyork January 19, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    His brushes look incredible! I have heard so much about them and the quality just looks supreme.

  • Jocelyn January 19, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    I purchased the black brush in 2013 when it debuted (along with quite a few other WG brushes) and I fell in LOVE, so when given the opportunity to purchase another in white I jumped at the chance. I love the white even more. WG brushes are the best quality brushes I've owned and their performance is everything I hoped. Thanks for the post 🙂

    • Sabrina January 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks for sharing Jocelyn! I'm glad he re-released it this year and that I was able to get it 🙂

  • Candice Petersen January 20, 2015 at 9:14 am

    These are stunning brushes!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Anonymous January 20, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Hakuhodo brushes! Went to a makeup expo just to get them, which at least saved me the postage. -AnnieA

  • Fancie January 20, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    His brushes are so pretty and always get the best reviews. I've been eyeing these for a while but they're a little out of my budget. I'll have to remember to save up for them lol

    Follow me to Fancieland!

  • chassiness January 24, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I have the holiday brush in black, #2 and #6. Wayne Goss brushes are THE BEST. I'm saving up to get the entire set. 🙂

  • Kirsten Norman January 29, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Now I'm wondering if I need to replace my list Tom Ford blush brush (sob). I love the white bristles but did not have this on my radar in time, so am getting the black. I'm buying it as a setting powder brush but now I know from your blog (and the Wayne Goss description) that you can use it for all powders! Can't wait to try it with blush! Someone may have already mentioned it above, but for new subscribers to beautylish they have a $10 off min $50 purchase right now!!!

  • [email protected] February 4, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Gorgeous pictures as always! The Wayne Goss brushes have been on my list. Are there two separate colors just for personal preference?

  • Lauren Sissons April 30, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I really really want the Kevyn Aucoin powder, the contour one especially.
    Been on my wishlist for a while, good to see another review 🙂

    Lauren x

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