I had my beady eye on the Shu Uemura Goat Hair foundation brush for a long, long time. I finally saw it with a decent discount on eBay and went ahead and purchased the No. 18!
This brush is unusual for a foundation brush for so many reasons! It’s a short handle, its a small head, it’s stubby and sort of more of a blusher brush, it has goat hair which is quite rough etc. etc. It’s nothing like what we’d think of as a foundation brush.
This brush is amazing…
Even though it looks weird, totally the opposite of what a foundation brush should be. It reminds me of me of the Sephora IT brush which I like but has started to moult. Also the IT brush has a really long handle which looks nice but is totally impractical to carry round.
The brush has a stubby head and short bristles. To be honest I hate the normal type of foundation brush, with the flat style and synthetic hair. I find it’s streaky and I am not the biggest fan of fibre brushes either.
The hairs are uneven and like I said before, a bit rough – that’s what goats hair is like. I used this with my MAQuillage base which I ADORE.
Don’t be too precious about the smooth surface, eh!?
Within a few buffs, I had a really clean, really soft even finish. It’s SO good and leaving an even coverage on the face, no streaks with a bit of buffing and also encouraged me to use less product instead of spreading it about over and over.
Note – I prefer cream foundation due to the dryness of my skin but I love cream and liquid bases too. I noticed in the Shu Uemura promo pictures they ALSO demonstrated this brush with a cream (nobara) foundation.
Does this mean this brush works best with cream compact foundations? Well I think it was exceptional with my cream foundation, and I have used this with liquids etc and it works just as well. No go with mineral foundation, it just doesn’t seem to make sense but with the runnier/cream textures, yes it’s great.
I think this brush is £41 which is EXPENSIVE, I mean you could buy the whole goat for that. I got it for £24 from eBay so I do recommend checking it out but of course you want to make sure you get the real thing and comparing mine side by side I know it is.
It’s here on the Shu Uemura site. I seriously exhausted Shu Uemura a few years ago by buying everything they have (like I did with Nars) and am waiting for them to do a rebrand or really bring out something super exciting but I’m not seeing it yet.
What is your favourite foundation brush?