I’ve owned and featured Wayne Goss brushes for… years now! I figure it’s about time I share my thoughts. I’m gonna keep it short(ish) and sweet, if you want detailed measurements and individual comparisons, definitely check out Sonia’s post, she’s the bomb 😉
Background story: As some of you may know, I moved my entire collection to my studio recently so my home was completely brush-less, can you imagine? Shock horror. So I needed a selection of brushes for home use but wasn’t keen on navigating the
crazy overwhelming Hakuhodo site nor could I justify shelling out for an entire Chikuhodo Z Series (I love them but damn, girl gotta be practical sometimes).
In the end, I decided to purchase a second Wayne Goss Brush Set**. With a single add-to-cart click I had a small but well curated brush selection, each of exquisite quality AND at a ‘reasonable price point’ ($225 isn’t cheap by any standard but we’re talking eight Japanese brushes here). Aside from a SUQQU Cheek and a Chikuhodo Z4, the Wayne Goss are the only brushes I keep at home right now.
** This can be confusing but there are two VERY similar Wayne Goss Sets on the Beautylish site – the Anniversary Set and the Collection Set. The only difference is brush 01, which is about double the size in the Anniversary set but identical shape. I purchased the Collection Set first time around but the Anniversary Set is pictured below. PHEW.
Fibre & Quality
As far as I know, brushes 02 through 06 are comprised of blue squirrel. Not all blue squirrel brushes are made equal and I can tell Wayne has chosen a premium variety as the hair is silky soft but still bouncey (i.e. decent resistance) and not at all prone to splaying – they hold their pointed shapes very well, even when washed numerous times. Before you ask, they’re not as soft as SUQQU but if you’re accustomed to Hakuhodo, you won’t be disappointed.
Brush 01 is a mixture of goat and synthetic hair. Brushes 07 and 08 are detail brushes, I’m not certain what fibre but Sonia suggests horse and that sounds accurate to me.
I didn’t have a MAC 217 on hand, DERP. I’ve added a Hakuhodo J142, a MAC 219, a Zoeva 227 and a Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush for size comparison.
01 Brush // I would describe 01 as a dense, angled stippling brush (?) and the only brush in the set that I don’t love. I have no complaints on the quality front, I’m simply not fond of dense face brushes but if that’s your thing, you may very well enjoy it.
02 Brush // A small, pointed face brush that I love for setting undereye concealer and/or highlight. Moderate density and soft enough for my insanely delicate skin.
03 Brush // A large pointed crease brush. I’ll often use it for transition eyeshadows in more complex looks or for everyday socket shading (when I want a lil something but am too lazy to do anything fancy).
04 Brush // A smaller version of 03 that I’ll use for precise socket work (fab for cut creases) or shading the lower lash line.
05 Brush // A new addition, Wayne replaced the old 05 brush (can’t even recall the shape) with this tiny pencil brush. I actually love it for smudging pencil liner to a wing (AKA Karima’s easiest winged liner) although worth noting that it’s not super duper soft. I can use it comfortably on the lash line but it depends on how sensitive your eyes are, I suppose.
06 Brush // My favourite brush in the set. A fraction smaller than the MAC 217 with the same pinched ferrule but infinitely softer and silkier. If I’m looking to build quite a bit of depth in the socket, I’ll turn to the 06.
07 Brush // A push brush with curved edges. This is a funny one, very tapered and stiff so it irritates my eyes when used on the lash line but I do love it as a lip brush.
08 Brush // A microscopic flat push brush, almost identical to the Hakuhodo 521-D1. I use them both interchangeably for intricate eyeliner work or when tightlining with gel eyeliner.
All in all, I’d recommend the Wayne Goss Anniversary Set (or Collection Set, they’re identical aside from Brush 01) to pretty much everyone. In particular, I think it would be a wonderful option for those who are looking to get into Japanese brushes but are overwhelmed with the possibilities; the quality is superb, the selection of shapes is well thought out and price per brush calculates at ~26USD. Not much pricier than MAC, really. The only missing puzzle piece is a flat shading brush but throw in a MAC 239 and Bob’s Your Uncle (is that an Australian thing?).
Have you tried Wayne Goss brushes? What are your thoughts? I haven’t delved into the other WG sets but I’ve heard they’re lovely. Collection Set available on Beautylish, the Anniversary Set appears to be sold out and you can buy the brushes individually.
NB: I purchased both sets with my own caaaaaash moneys. Some of the links above are affiliate links.