Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush!

Natalie Tuesday, February 22, 2011
For those of you who aren't familiar with the brand.. Sonia Kashuk is a line of beauty products (created by Makeup Artist & Entrepreneur Sonia Kashuk) that are sold exclusively at Target stores. Sonia Kashuk products are supposedly of high end quality for an affordable price. One thing Sonia Kashuk is really known for is their wonderful brushes. Often times Sonia Kashuk comes out with limited edition brush sets for the whole face that range from $10-$20.. often times you can snag a great set for a great price since they go Clearance when the next new items come out. If you have, Kudos to you! I unfortunately don't have a very large selection of brushes and don't happen to own any myself.

It wasn't until lately that I was feeling a little dissatisfied with my selection of foundation brushes (I lost my MAC 131 somehow.. I gave my full size MAC 187 to my Mom and my MAC 187SE got ruined when my eyelash glue leaked into all of the bristles). Currently, I only have my ELF Studio Stipple brush.. which works wonderfully and a few basic foundation brushes (MAC 109, Ecotools Foundation Brush, ELF Studio Angled Foundation Brush) which I don't find practical for every foundation I own. I've been really wanting to try the Sigma Synthetic Face Kit, but as of the moment I can't dish out $50 on brushes. So, I finally decided to purchase the Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush that I've see every time I'm at Target and have read raves for among Beauty Blogs.

The Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush is a synthetic fiber brush with relatively short bristles (maybe a little under an inch long?) and is very silky soft to the touch. It is very dense and sturdy, and because of the small size - it is ideal for applying foundation and working it into small areas as well as creme and powder blush. The brush retails for $14.99.

I compared it to my other flat top brushes...
From Left to Right: Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush, ELF Studio Powder Brush & Gotta B' Urban Finishing Brush. 
The Sonia Kashuk brush is the smallest of the three and it is the most dense. My ELF Studio Powder Brush is almost just as dense and a little bit larger. The ELF brush works well for foundation.. but I found it very difficult to clean when I used liquid foundation, so I just stick with using powder products with it. The Gotta B' Urban brush (purchased at Marshall's) is the least dense, as the fibers are very long and is ideal for setting powder.

The first time using the brush was today and I really liked the result. It smoothed on my foundation so quick and easy. I didn't have to spend extra time buffing it in like I usually do. 

Overall, I think it's a very good brush. The price seems a lot for a brush that isn't high end, but it works extremely well and is comparable to a brush you'd buy from MAC or Sephora. 

I'll keep you updated to let you know how I like this brush as I use it more and more.

Do you own this brush? How do you like it?

12 comments :

  1. I love this brush, and love the ergonomic handles on these. I get some new brushes from her line every time I am in the states, in Canada we don't carry Sonia Kashuk products, unfortunately.

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  2. i have had this brush for quite a while. i really liked it at first, as it was basically my first flat top brush; but after using my sigma F80 i found that the sonia one was just too small and i reach for my sigma 99% of the time.

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  3. I love using this to apply my liquid foundation. It gives a wonderful finish, doesn't use up a lot of product, and hasn't shed on me.

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  4. I love this brush! I don't have the patience to use it for foundation though. Takes far too long because of its smaller size. I actually prefer the e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush for foundation. Best foundation brush I have used to date! You're right though, it is a pain in the butt to clean, but luckily it's only $3. So you can always repurchase if it doesn't clean properly ;) I have three of them so that I always have a clean one on hand.

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  5. I think I need a trip to US just to go to Target to buy all the great products you are always mentioning!

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  6. If i was in the US i would be getting alot of SK brushes, too bad i can only buy MAC or Dior here:P

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  7. I wish we had Sonia Kashuk here in Canada! I've been using the ELF flat top powder brush for my foundation and I really like how it applies, but I have to agree with you that the Studio brushes are difficult to clean when you use liquid/creamy products.

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  8. thank you for the review, i've been eyeballing this brush for MONTHS now and wasn't sure if i really wanted it or night. but hey why not give it a try :)

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  9. I have a LE travel size version of this brush (bought on clearance as part of the bamboo set) and I love it! I use it stipple my foundation on and then buff it in. People always say I have great skin (I SO don't, LOL)when I apply my foundation with this brush because it helps me buff out hyperpigmentation marks easily. I also use it to blur the edges of my cream blush & highlighters. I've been thinking about getting the full-size one since Sigma isn't in the budget right now for me either.

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  10. I too was considering buying this one last night, even thought I have the Sephora Platinum airbrush but your review almost convinces me to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  11. i have this brush, i think i'm too impatient to use it =/ it feels great and i think i have too strong of a hand when using it, i'm just moving foundation all over my face, so glad it works out for you!!

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  12. I love this bush. Every time I use it I think of how long it took to cave and spend the $15, and how silly that was. I've had it for about a year now and use it for my foundation and my blush. What would I do without it?

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